1752–1770

No­vem­ber 20, 1752, Bris­tol, Eng­land.

Au­gust 25, 1770, Lon­don, Eng­land.

St. An­drew’s, Hol­born, London.

The of­fice of sex­ton at St. Ma­ry Red­cliffe in Bris­tol had long been held by the Chat­ter­ton fa­mi­ly. The po­et’s fa­ther, al­so named Tho­mas Chat­ter­ton, was a mu­si­cian, po­et, nu­mis­ma­tist, and dab­bler in the oc­cult. He had been a sub-chant­er at Bris­tol Ca­thed­ral and mas­ter of the Pyle Street free school, near Red­cliffe church. He died four months be­fore his son’s birth.

Thomas the young­er re­ceived his ear­ly ed­u­ca­tion at Ed­ward Col­ston’s Cha­ri­ty School in Bris­tol, and was af­ter­ward ar­ti­cled to an at­tor­ney. He moved to Lon­don in 1770, but earned lit­tle through his writ­ings. Over­come at last by po­ver­ty and stress, he burned his man­u­scripts and com­mit­ted su­i­cide by tak­ing ar­se­nic.

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