November 21, 1787, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

October 5, 1874, Marylebone, Middlesex.

Barry Cornwall.


Procter was educated at Harrow School, where his contemporaries included Lord Byron and Robert Peel. On leaving school, he worked in the office of Mr. Atherton, a solicitor in Calne, Wiltshire, staying there until about 1807, when he returned to London to study law. Upon his father’s death in 1816, he inherited a small property, and soon after entered became partner with a solicitor. In 1820, the partnership dissolved, and he began to write under the pseudonym of Barry Cornwall.

After his marriage in 1824 to Anne Skepper, daughter of Mrs. Basil Montague, Procter returned to his profession as a conveyancer, and was called to the bar in 1831. The next year, he was appointed metropolitan commissioner of lunacy—an appointment annually renewed until his election as one of the Commissioners in Lunacy (constituted by the 1845 Lunacy Act); he resigned in 1861.

Procter wrote most of his verse between 1815, when he began to contribute to the Literary Gazette, and 1823, or at latest 1832. His works include:

Procter’s daughter Adelaide was also a poet.

  1. Labor’s Strong and Merry Children

Procter’s burial place