Thomas Whittle (poet)

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Thomas Whittle (1683–1736) was a Tyneside, England, poet/songwriter, artist and eccentric spanning the late 17th to early 18th centuries.

Tyneside Place in England

Tyneside is a conurbation on the banks of the River Tyne in North East England which includes Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Tynemouth, Wallsend, South Shields, and Jarrow. The population at the 2011 census was 774,891.


Early life

Thomas Whittle appeared at Cambo around 1700 riding on an old goat. It was suggested by Thomas Allan in his book Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings that he could have been born at Long Edlingham, Ovingham or Shilbottle, and that his brother was the parish clerk at Earsdon in 1750. In fact, his name may have been originally spelt “Whittel”. It has been suggested [ by whom? ] that he was christened at Kirkwhelpington on 10 September 1683.

Thomas Allan was an English collector of songs and a music publisher from Newcastle upon Tyne who played a major part in the recording of the music of the day.

Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings is a book of Tyneside popular and traditional songs consisting of approximately 400 song lyrics on over 600 pages, published in 1891. It was reprinted in 1972 by Frank Graham, Newcastle upon Tyne, with an introduction by David Harker.

Edlingham village and civil parish in Northumberland, England

Edlingham is a small village and civil parish in Northumberland in the north of England. At the 2001 census it had a population of 196, reducing slightly to 191 at the 2011 Census. The road to Alnwick passes close by the village and the town of Rothbury is about 6 miles (10 km) away.

He was employed by an old miller, for whom he worked for years. He became, according to William Brockie quoting from Mackenzie's Northumberland (published 1825), and Thomas Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings , [1] [2] a disciple of “Bacchus”, the Greek god of wine (Roman = Dionysus) and remained so for the rest of his life.

William Brockie (1811–1890) was a 19th-century Scottish born writer, newspaper editor, poet and songwriter who lived for many years in Sunderland.

Later life

He died in East Shaftoe (near Killingworth) on 19 April 1736, and was buried at Hartburn.

Killingworth a town in England, United Kindom

Killingworth, formerly Killingworth Township, is a town north of Newcastle Upon Tyne, in North Tyneside, England.

Hartburn, Northumberland village in United Kingdom

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He was a very talented, versatile artist and some relics of his workmanship were to be seen at Belsay Castle, Hartburn, Ponteland, and other churches in Northumberland.

Belsay Castle Grade I listed historic house museum in the United Kingdom

Belsay Castle is a 14th-century medieval castle situated at Belsay, Northumberland, England. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building.

Ponteland village and civil parish in Northumberland, England

Ponteland is a village in Northumberland, England, 15 km north of Newcastle upon Tyne. The name means "island in the Pont", after the River Pont which flows from west to east and joins the River Blyth further downstream, before flowing into the North Sea. Newcastle Airport is 2.5 km to the south of the village.

Northumberland County of England

Northumberland is a county in North East England. The northernmost county of England, it borders Cumbria to the west, County Durham and Tyne and Wear to the south and the Scottish Borders to the north. To the east is the North Sea coastline with a 64 miles (103 km) path. The county town is Alnwick, although the County council is based in Morpeth.

In addition, his poems and songs were very popular, particularly among the rural inhabitants of Northumberland.


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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside songs and readings".
  2. Allan’s Illustrated Edition of Tyneside songs and readings with lives, portraits and autographs of the writers, and notes on the songs. Revised Edition. Thomas & Gorge Allan, 18 Blackett Street, and 34 Collingwood Street, (Newcastle upon Tyne) – Sold by W. Allan, 80 Grainqer Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, B. Allan, North Shields and Walter Scott. London. 1891.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Bell’s Rhymes of Northern Bards.