These pages provide information about contemporaries to whom Southey was connected, in particular, correspondents, family and
Information about minor acquaintances and about contemporaries whom Southey did not meet or correspond with can be found in the
editorial notes to individual letters.
DNB indicates that further information can be found in the new Oxford Dictionary of National
Hist P indicates that further information can be found in The History of Parliament.
Abella, Manuel (1753–1825):
Aragonese lawyer and antiquarian. He served as secretary to the Cortes (1809) and then worked as
secretary at the Spanish embassy in London. Whilst there he met Blanco White and Southey. On his return to Spain, he
supplied Southey with material for the Edinburgh Annual Register and his History of the Peninsular
War (1823–1832). Southey feared that he might have been imprisoned after the restoration of the Spanish
monarchy in 1813–14, but Abella remained in favour until about 1819, when he was exiled. Until this date he was Southey’s
main source of news and documents from Spain.
Abbot, Charles, 1st Baron Colchester (1757–1829; DNB; Hist
The Speaker of the House of Commons 1802–1817. He was responsible for the legislation that led
to the first census in 1801. Through their mutual interest in statistics, he became Rickman’s patron and was responsible
for appointing Rickman Secretary to The Speaker in 1802. Southey called him ‘Emperor of the Franks’ because he was able to
take advantage, through Rickman, of Abbot’s privilege of franking mail for free.
Adamson, John (1787–1855; DNB):
solicitor, antiquary, Portuguese scholar and leading figure in the intellectual life of
Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He corresponded with Southey over their shared interest in Portuguese literature and translation. His
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Luis de Camoens (1820) was greatly admired by Southey.
Adderley, Richard Boyle (d. 1857):
a friend of Southey’s during his time at Westminster School. His family were from Innishannon, Co.
Cork; in later life he was a barrister and civil servant.
Aikin, Arthur (1773–1854; DNB):
son of John Aikin and nephew of Anna Letitia Barbauld. A Unitarian intellectual, writer and
lecturer on chemistry and mineralogy and from 1803-1808 the editor of the Annual Review, the journal for
which Southey wrote before he became a regular contributor to the Quarterly Review.
Aikin, John (1747–1822; DNB):
physician, author and brother of Anna Letitia Barbauld. In the mid-1790s, Southey and Aikin moved
in the same circles in London. Aikin was a regular contributor to periodicals and his review of Joan of Arc
appeared in the Analytical Review in 1796. In 1797 Aikin and his son, Arthur Aikin, translated the first
volume of Necker’s On the French Revolution. Southey translated the second. In the mid-1790s, Southey
(using a variety of pseudonyms) corresponded with Aikin in the latter’s capacity as editor of the Monthly
Magazine. In 1807 Southey contributed articles to the new periodical Aikin edited: The Athenæum: a
Magazine of Literary and Miscellaneous Information. Southey also contributed to Aikin’s General
Allen, Robert (1772–1805):
surgeon and journalist. Educated at Christ’s Hospital (where he was a contemporary of Samuel
Taylor Coleridge and Charles Lamb) and University College, Oxford (BA 1796, MA 1803, MB and MD 1803). He first met
Southey, who was flirting with a career in medicine, at the Anatomy School in Oxford in early 1794. They became firm
friends, Southey later describing how in 1794 Allen had been his ‘bosom-companion’ and had ‘rendered many hours delightful
which would otherwise have passed in the destructive daydreams of solitude’. Allen wrote poetry and, in Oxford in June
1794, introduced Southey to Coleridge. In 1794–1795, Allen was possibly a convert to Pantisocracy. In 1796, he enrolled at
the Westminster Hospital and married a wealthy widow, Catherine, daughter of Nathaniel Forster (1726–1790; DNB). She died within a year. In 1797, with the encouragement of Anthony Carlisle, he became deputy
surgeon with England’s Second Royals, then stationed in Portugal. He was back in Britain by 1802 and from 1803 until his
death worked as a journalist, writing for (according to Charles Lamb) the London newspapers the Oracle, True Briton, Star and Traveller.
Allston, Washington (1779–1843; DNB):
American painter and poet. During his time in Rome in 1805–1808 he formed a close
friendship with Coleridge, and the two greatly influenced each others’ ideas about the fine arts. Allston lived in England
1811–1818 and gained some renown for his The Dead Man Restored to Life by Touching the Bones of the Prophet
Elisha (1811–1814). Southey met him in 1813 and shared Coleridge’s admiration for Allston’s works.
Amyot, Thomas (1775–1850; DNB):
lawyer and antiquary, who had been private secretary to William Windham (1750–1819;
DNB), 1806–1810. He sent Southey papers relating to the campaign in Spain and Portugal.
Arrowsmith, Aaron (1750–1823; DNB):
cartographer of Soho Square, London, renowned for his 1790 large chart of the world. Among
Arrowsmith’s other productions were A Map Exhibiting All the New Discoveries in the Interior Parts of North
America (1795, rev. 1801, 1802, 1804), Chart of the South Pacific (1798) and A New Map
of Africa (1802). Southey employed him to make an accurate map of South America for the first volume of his
History of Brazil and suggested several books as sources for information about geographical locations.
In the end, it was the second volume of Southey’s history, published in 1817, which contained Arrowsmith’s Map of
Brazil and Paraguay with the Adjoining Countries.
Baillie, Joanna (1762–1851; DNB):
Scottish dramatist, friend of the Aikins and of Scott. Southey, an occasional acquaintance and
correspondent, greatly admired her A Series of Plays: In which it is Attempted to Delineate the Stronger Passions
of the Mind.
Ballantyne, James (1772–1833; DNB):
printer and schoolfriend of Walter Scott. He printed Southey’s Madoc (1805)
and many of his subsequent poems. Ballantyne’s printing business, in which Scott had a secret share, became one of the
most highly regarded and profitable of the first decade of the nineteenth century. In 1809 Southey agreed to provide
historical material for the Edinburgh Annual Register, issued by the related publishing firm in which
Ballantyne, Scott and Ballantyne’s younger brother John were partners. Southey wrote the historical section of the
Register between 1810–1813, though as the Register was issued two years in arrears, this
covered the period 1808–1811. Southey was persuaded to invest his first year’s salary of £209 in the
Register and become a shareholder in the concern. However, the Register was not a
financial success and helped draw the Ballantynes’ partnership into increasing difficulties. Southey was not paid for his
work on the volume published in 1813 and ceased writing for the Register at the end of that year. He also
lost his investment. As a result, Southey became increasingly hostile to Ballantyne, describing him as shifty and
incompetent (a ‘sad shuffler’). Although the Register’s failure owed much to its attempt to compete in an
already crowded marketplace, Southey himself played a role. His contributions often massively exceeded the length
allocated to them, thus delaying the appearance and increasing the cost to the publisher of the periodical. In 1811
Ballantyne’s concern about the impact of this on the Register’s potential sales led him to demand that
Southey publish an apology at the front of that year’s issue.
Ballantyne, John (1774–1821):
the younger brother of James, and a partner in the publishing firm with him and Scott.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia (née Aikin; 1743-1825; DNB):
poet, essayist and children’s author, sister of John Aikin and aunt of Arthur Aikin,
Southey’s editor at the Annual Review. She married the Revd Rochemont Barbauld (1749-1808) on 26 May 1774.
Barbauld and Southey met in 1797 and had many acquaintances in common, including George Dyer, William Godwin and Joseph
Johnson. Barbauld was publicly linked with the literary and scientific experimentalism of Southey’s circle, and featured
in the Anti-Jacobin satire ‘The Pneumatic Revellers’ (1800). She and Southey both contributed to the
Monthly Magazine and the Annual Review and occasionally socialised, in particular during
Southey’s time in London in 1801-1802. However, his attitude to her was ambivalent. He agreed with her advice to Coleridge
(whom Barbauld admired and promoted) not to lose himself in ‘the maze of metaphysic lore’, but condemned the verses in
which she articulated this as ‘trite’. He also punned on her surname, calling her ‘Bare-bald’ because he attributed to her
a hostile review of Charles Lamb’s play John Woodvil; a Tragedy (1802) in the Annual Review for
1802, 1 (1803), 688-692.
Barker, Mary (c. 1780-1853):
author, painter and close friend of Robert Southey. Born in Congreve, Staffordshire, daughter of
Thomas Barker, an ironmaster, and Mary Homfray. Author of A Welsh Story (1798), she moved in literary
circles. She met Southey in Portugal in 1800 and subsequently visited the Southeys frequently in Bristol, London and
Keswick. She was godmother to Southey’s first child, Margaret (d. 1803). Southey had a high opinion of Mary Barker’s
talents and proposed that she should illustrate Madoc (1805). She appears as the ‘Bhow Begum’ in The
Doctor (1834-1847). Mary Barker lived at Greta Lodge in Keswick, next to Greta Hall, between 1812 and 1817,
becoming a close friend of the Coleridges and Wordsworths, as well as the Southeys, and teaching music to the girls of the
families. Financial difficulties forced her to move to Boulogne in 1819 and she never returned to England. Southey met her
for the last time on his trip to France in 1825. In 1830 she married a Mr Slade, who was much younger than her and thought
to be a ‘mere adventurer’ by her Keswick friends.
Barnes, Frederick ‘Ginger’ (1771–1859):
clergyman. A friend of Southey’s during his time at Westminster School and Oxford. In later
life, Barnes held several livings in Devonshire.
Barrington, C. J. (dates unknown):
publisher, in partnership with J. Harris. In 1813 they suggested Southey should take up the
continuation of John Campbell’s (1708–1775; DNB), Lives of the Admirals and Other Eminent British
Seamen (1742–1744). Southey immediately declined the offer on the grounds of his inadequate knowledge of the
Barton, Bernard (1784–1849; DNB):
Quaker poet. He was a clerk in Alexanders’ Bank in Woodbridge, Suffolk, and disliked
travelling, but carried on an extensive correspondence with a number of men of letters, including Southey and Lamb. Barton
asked for Southey’s help with some of his literary projects, but the two met only once, in 1824. His half-brother, the
economist John Barton (1789–1852; DNB), married Ann Woodruffe Smith (d. 1822), the daughter of Grosvenor
Bedford’s friend, Thomas Woodruffe Smith.
Beaumont, Sir George Howland, 7th Baronet (1753-1827; DNB):
art patron, landscape painter, and coal mine owner. He was a friend and patron of
Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, Constable and Scott, inviting them to his estate at Coleorton, Leicestershire. Sir George
was an enthusiastic amateur painter and owner of many Italian landscapes. Southey first met Beaumont in the Lakes in 1803
and corresponded with him and his wife.
Beaumont, Margaret, Lady (née Willes; 1756-1829):
married Sir George Beaumont on 6 May 1778 and accompanied him on his tours of Europe,
England and Wales. She was on friendly terms with Southey and her husband’s other protégés.
Beddoes, Anna Maria (1773–1824):
daughter of the Irish educational writer and engineer, Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817;
DNB) and younger sister of the novelist, Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849; DNB). In April 1794
she married Thomas Beddoes, an acquaintance of her father’s. The marriage produced two sons (including the poet, Thomas
Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849; DNB)) and two daughters, but proved unhappy.
Beddoes, Thomas (1760–1808; DNB):
chemist and physician. Born at Shifnal, Shropshire, son of Richard Beddoes and Ann Whitehall.
Educated at Bridgnorth Grammar School, by private tutor, and at Pembroke College, Oxford (matric. 1776, BA 1779, MB and MD
1786), and Edinburgh. Reader in Chemistry at Oxford from 1788. In the early 1790s, a growing reputation as a radical led
to his surveillance by Home Office spies and failure to gain the Regius Chair in Chemistry. He left Oxford for Bristol in
1793 and married Anna Edgeworth, sister of the novelist Maria (1768–1849; DNB), in the following year.
Beddoes was involved in the political protest movements of the mid-1790s and possibly first met Southey in 1795, during
the latter’s immersion in Bristol politics. In 1799, Beddoes opened the Pneumatic Institute (from 1802 the Preventive
Medical Institution for the Sick and Drooping Poor) in Hotwells, Bristol. Southey participated in the experiments with
gases carried out by Beddoes and Humphry Davy, and recorded in Notice of Some Observations Made at the Medical
Pneumatic Institution (1799). Beddoes was a prolific writer on medical, political and educational reform. He
was also a poet: author of Alexander’s Expedition (1792) and a contributor to Southey’s Annual
Anthology (1799). Southey respected Beddoes’s medical judgment, consulting him on more than one occasion. In
1809 he recorded that ‘From Beddoes I hoped for more good to the human race than from any other individual’. However,
disagreements about poetry ensured that their personal relationship was not warm. Southey dismissed Beddoes as a
‘hypercritic of the Darwin school’ and was furious when his ‘Domiciliary Verses’ (a parody of Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
William Wordsworth and Southey) found its way into the first volume of the Annual Anthology.
Joseph Cottle, who was responsible for the poem’s inclusion, was ordered by Southey not to solicit any further
contributions from Beddoes.
the Bedford family lived at Westminster and Brixton. The household consisted of the parents,
Charles (c. 1742-1814) and Mary Bedford, three sons (Grosvenor, Horace and Harry) and a cousin, Mary Page. Southey was on
good terms with the entire family. He made use of the library in their Westminster home and wrote the first draft of
Joan of Arc during an extended stay at their house in Brixton in summer 1793. Southey corresponded with
Grosvenor and Horace.
Bedford, Grosvenor Charles (1773–1839):
civil servant and miscellaneous writer. The son of Charles Bedford (Deputy Usher of
the Exchequer, as Horace Walpole’s substitute). Educated at Westminster School (adm. 1784), but did not attend university.
Assistant clerk in the Exchequer Office, 1792–1803; clerk of the cash book, 1803–1806; clerk of the registers and issues,
1806–1822; chief clerk in the auditor’s office, 1822–1834. Admitted to Gray’s Inn, 26 January 1797. Bedford did not marry,
despite regularly seeking Southey’s advice on his love affairs. Bedford and Southey met at Westminster School and their
friendship endured for the remainder of their lives. Bedford had literary inclinations. He was involved in the ill-fated
Flagellant (1792), contributed poems to the Monthly Magazine (1797) and the first volume
of the Annual Anthology (1799), and privately published his translation of Musaeus, The Loves of
Hero and Leander (1797). He worked with Southey on Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807)
and contributed an unsigned notice of Southey’s Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814) to the
Quarterly Review. His other publications included A Letter to the Right Hon. William Pitt on his
Political Experiments (1804, anonymous) and a Memoir of Barré Charles Roberts (1814).
Bedford, Henry (‘Harry’) (dates unknown):
the younger brother of Grosvenor and Horace Bedford.
Bedford, Horace Walpole (c. 1776–1807):
civil servant and miscellaneous writer. The younger brother of Grosvenor Charles
Bedford and named after his father’s patron. He was educated at Westminster School (adm. 1784), where his nickname was
‘the Doctor’ or ‘Dr. Johnson’. He did not attend university and later held a post at the British Museum. Like his older
brother, he did not marry. Southey’s friendship with Horace began at school and their correspondence (though occasionally
intermittent) lasted until at least 1797. Southey’s relationship with Horace was slightly different from that with
Grosvenor Charles Bedford. He treated Horace as a younger brother: encouraging him and worrying about his tendency to
laziness. He also fostered the younger man’s literary ambitions. Horace’s poems appeared in the Monthly
Magazine (1797) and the Annual Anthology (1799).
Bell, Andrew, Revd (1753–1832; DNB):
Scottish clergyman, the founder and tireless advocate of the ‘Madras’ system of schooling. When a
chaplain in India, Bell introduced to the Madras Orphan Asylum the ‘monitorial’ system, wherein brighter children were
charged with supervising groups of slower children, and all were motivated by a graduated scale of rewards and
punishments. Returning to Britain, Bell promoted the system in a series of publications and attempted to have it
instituted by a board of education controlled by the Church of England. From 1807 he engaged in a public dispute with the
supporters of Joseph Lancaster, who promoted a version of his system outside Church control. Southey, at Bell’s request,
supported his system in an 1811 Quarterly Review article and book, The Origin, Nature and Object of
the New System of Education (1812). By 1832, Bell’s National Society for the Education of the Poor in the
Principles of the Christian Church was responsible for over 12000 schools in Britain and the empire. Bell continued to
badger Southey for public support; after his death Southey, as his literary executor, worked on his biography. Completed
by Caroline Bowles and Charles Cuthbert Southey, this was published in 1844 as The Life of the Rev. Andrew
Bell, John (c. 1747–1819):
prominent English merchant in Lisbon, admitted to the British Factory in 1774. Southey came to know
him well during his visit to Portugal in 1800–1801. He appreciated Bell’s wide knowledge of the country and benefitted
from his connections to Portuguese intellectual life. Bell’s special interest was numismatics.
Betham, (Mary) Matilda (1776–1852; DNB):
writer and painter of miniatures. Her poetry was admired by Coleridge, who penned the
complimentary ‘To Matilda Betham, from a Stranger’. Betham published Elegies (1797) and
Poems (1808); Southey advised her about her poetry and sat to her for his portrait in 1808, as
Coleridge also did. In 1809 Betham visited Greta Hall and painted Southey’s wife and children. Owing to the
unconventionality of her conduct Betham’s family confined her in an asylum in 1819. Meeting her the following year,
Southey declared her ‘perfectly sane in her conversation and manner, tho she has written me the maddest letters I ever
Biddlecombe, Charles (dates unknown):
neighbour and friend. Biddlecombe met Southey in summer 1797 when the latter moved to the
village of Burton in Hampshire. Southey described him as ‘rich enough to buy books, and very friendly, all that a
neighbour should be’. Biddlecombe married in 1798, but his wife died in childbirth in March 1799, leaving him with an
infant daughter. During Southey’s numerous absences, Biddlecombe appears to have looked after the cottage at Burton and
when it was finally given up in 1802 arranged for a sale of part of the furniture and stored some of Southey’s
possessions, including books, for a number of years. During his 1817 visit to France, Southey ran into Biddlecombe, whom
he had not seen for several years, and his invalid daughter, describing the latter as ‘short and plethoric, with a
countenance of prepossessing good nature’.
Biggs, Nathaniel (dates unknown):
printer and stationer in Bristol. He printed books, including works by Beddoes, Coleridge,
Estlin and Southey, for congeries of publishers in London and the South-West of England. In the mid-late 1790s, he entered
into a business partnership with Joseph Cottle, printing the Bristol edition of Coleridge and Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads (1798), and the revised editions of 1800 and 1802.
Bill, Robert (c. 1790–1823):
the elder son of John Bill (d. 1847), a surgeon to the Manchester Infirmary who inherited the
Farley estate, near Alton, Staffordshire. Robert Bill was educated at Macclesfield School (now the King’s School,
Macclesfield), whose headmaster was Dr David Davies (1755–1828). Bill matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1807
graduating BA 1810 and MA 1814. He pursued a career as a barrister. In 1820 he married Louisa Dauncey, the daughter of
Philip Dauncey K.C. (d. 1819) and granddaughter of Mrs Dolignon who had acted in loco parentis during Southey’s time at
Westminster School. Bill fathered two daughters and died in Rochester, Kent, on 12 October 1823. As a schoolboy in May
1806, Bill wrote to Southey, expressing his enthusiasm for his work. Bill was clearly a fan of contemporary poetry because
in February of the same year he had written admiringly to Thomas Campbell. His enthusiasm persisted and in 1823 he, his
wife and sister-in-law subscribed to Joanna Baillie’s A Collection of Poems, which included Southey’s ‘The
Cataract of Lodore’ and ‘Lines in the Album, at Lowther Castle’. Bill’s love of poetry was shared by his relative, and
namesake, the mechanic and inventor Robert Bill (1754–1827; DNB).
Bloomfield, Robert (1766–1823; DNB):
brought up in Suffolk as a farmhand, Bloomfield became a shoemaker in London. His Georgic
poem The Farmer’s Boy (1800) sold over 25,000 copies, and later collections Rural Tales
(1802) and Wild Flowers (1806) also sold by the thousands. After 1813, owing to the bankruptcy of his
publisher, Bloomfield was afflicted by poverty; Southey advised on schemes to raise money for his benefit.
Boucher, Jonathan (1738-1804; DNB):
schoolmaster, clergyman and lexicographer. Southey corresponded with him in 1802 concerning
Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770; DNB).
Bowles, William Lisle (1762–1850; DNB):
Church of England clergyman and poet, whose sonnets were a major influence on Coleridge
and Southey in the mid-1790s. Southey reviewed Bowles’s poem The Spirit of Discovery (1804) and later
corresponded with him.
Britton, John (1771–1857; DNB):
antiquary and topographer, co-editor of the illustrated topographical survey, in 27 volumes,
The Beauties of England and Wales (1801–1818) and editor of Architectural Antiquities of Great
Britain. Southey corresponded with him about Chatterton, and Britton’s book on the latter appeared in
Brougham, Henry Peter, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778–1868;
DNB; Hist P):
the son of a Westmorland squire, Brougham grew up in Edinburgh and became one of the
principal contributors to the Edinburgh Review. Brougham’s radical Whig opinions, expressed in the
Edinburgh, provoked Scott and others into founding the Quarterly Review, for which
Southey wrote scores of articles. Brougham’s politics also brought him into conflict with Southey at the Westmorland
elections of 1818 and 1820, when, as a Whig candidate standing against the candidates of the Earl of Lonsdale, whom
Southey and Wordsworth supported, Brougham attacked the influence in the nation of aristocrats and their placemen.
Browne, Wade (1760–1821):
wealthy woollen merchant, who was Mayor of Leeds in 1791 and 1804, Justice of the Peace and Deputy
Lieutenant for Yorkshire. He retired to Ludlow in 1807 and Southey came to know him in 1808 when Browne and his family
spent one of several summers in the Lakes. The two continued to correspond until Browne’s death.
Browne, Elizabeth (née Jones; dates unknown):
the second wife of Wade Browne, by whom she had one daughter, Mary (dates unknown).
Brydges, Sir (Samuel) Egerton, 1st Baronet (1762–1837; DNB;
poet, editor and bibliographer who issued neglected literary works from his private press.
Brydges compiled ‘Censura literaria’, containing titles, abstracts, and opinions of old English books, with
original disquisitions, articles of biography, and other literary antiquities (1805–1809). Southey, who shared
his interest in English literary history, initiated a correspondence with Brydges in 1807.
Bunbury, Charles John (1772–1798):
soldier. Educated at Westminster School, where he was a friend of Southey’s, and Trinity
College, Cambridge. In 1789, Bunbury presented Southey with a copy of Thomas Warton’s Poems (3rd edn,
1779). Their friendship did not last. In 1793, Bunbury tried to avoid Southey when the latter was visiting Cambridge.
Southey, in turn, claimed that Bunbury’s ‘debauchery’ was the direct result of his public school education. Bunbury joined
the army and died at the Cape of Good Hope. Bunbury’s father, the artist Henry William Bunbury, and his younger brother,
Sir Henry Edward Bunbury, later became close friends of Southey’s and members of his circle in Keswick.
Bunbury, Sir Henry Edward, 7th Baronet (1778–1860;
army officer, uncle of Southey’s schoolfriend, Charles John Bunbury, and member of
Southey’s circle in the Lake District.
Bunbury, Henry William (1750–1811; DNB):
artist and caricaturist. He was the father of Southey’s schoolfriend from Westminster,
Charles John Bunbury. In later life he settled in Keswick and from 1805 until his death became part of Southey’s social
Burdett, Sir Francis, 5th Baronet (1770–1844; DNB; Hist
a radical politician involved in the election of 1807 for the Westminster constituency. Burdett
fought a duel with his fellow radical candidate James Paull (1770–1808; DNB), whose independence of party
Southey applauded. Southey initially admired Burdett but became increasingly critical of him as he became more suspicious
of popular radicalism.
Burnett, George (c. 1776–1811; DNB):
writer. The son of John Burnett, a farmer, of Huntspill, Somerset. Educated at Balliol
College, Oxford (matric. 1793). His varied career included time spent as a student at a dissenting academy in Manchester,
pastor to a Unitarian congregation in Great Yarmouth, medical student at the University of Edinburgh, assistant to John
Rickman, domestic tutor to the sons of Lord Stanhope, assistant surgeon to a militia regiment, and (in Poland) tutor to
the family of Count Stanislaw Kostka Zamoyski (1775–1856), a Polish nobleman, politician and patron of arts, after which
Southey referred to him as ‘the Count’. Burnett was also a professional writer, whose works included View of the
Present State of Poland (1807; from essays originally published in the Monthly Magazine),
Specimens of English Prose Writers (1807; a companion to George Ellis’s Specimens of the Early
English Poets) and Extracts from the Prose Works of Milton (1809). Southey met Burnett at
Balliol and the two became friends. Burnett was one of the originators of Pantisocracy and in true Pantisocratic spirit
proposed to Martha Fricker, who turned him down. In 1795, he shared lodgings with Southey and Coleridge in Bristol. From
1797–1798, he was minister to a Unitarian congregation in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, where he also tutored Henry Herbert
Southey. Burnett moved in metropolitan literary circles and was friendly with Charles Lamb and John Rickman. His
relationship with Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge became deeply ambivalent — by 1803 he was accusing both of treating
him badly. Burnett was an opium addict and his last years were probably spent in poverty. He died in the Marylebone
Burney, James (1750-1821; DNB):
naval officer and writer, second son of the music historian Dr Charles Burney (1726-1814;
DNB) and brother of Charles (1757-1817; DNB) and Frances (Fanny; 1752-1840;
DNB). He was nicknamed the ‘Capitaneus’ by Southey. He was sent to sea at the age of 10. In 1772 he
sailed in the Resolution on James Cook’s (1728-1779; DNB) second voyage to the South
Seas and on his return home in 1774 acted as an interpreter for Omai, the first Tahitean to visit Britain. Burney sailed
on Cook’s third voyage and witnessed the latter’s death in 1779. He rose to the rank of Captain, but a reputation for
insubordination brought his active naval career to an end in 1784. In the 1790s, Burney embarked on a second career as a
writer, publishing an edition of William Bligh’s (1754-1817; DNB) A Voyage to the South Sea in HMS
Bounty (1792). His magnum opus was A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or
Pacific Ocean (1803-1817). Burney separated from his wife, setting up house between 1798 to 1803 with his
half-sister Sarah Burney (1772–1844) in a relationship that was rumoured to be incestuous. He returned to his wife in
1803, where Southey subsequently visited him at his home in James Street, Westminster. Southey and Burney’s shared
interest in the South Seas and voyages of exploration led to a long-standing exchange of information and books.
Butler, Charles (1750–1832; DNB):
leading Catholic layman, lawyer and writer, especially on legal matters. In 1791 he became the
first Catholic called to the Bar since the Revolution of 1688; he was closely involved in attempts to secure Catholic
Emancipation from Parliament. Southey met him in 1811 and found him ‘thoroughly amiable’. However, he replied to Southey’s
Book of the Church (1824) with a defence of Catholicism, The Book of the Catholic Church
(1825). This in turn provoked Southey’s Vindiciae Ecclesiae Anglicanae (1826).
Butt, John Marten (1774–1846):
clergyman and author. Only son of George and Mary Martha Butt and brother of Mary Martha
Sherwood (1775–1851; DNB), author of The Fairchild Family. Educated Westminster (adm. 1788)
and Christ Church, Oxford (matric. 1792, BA 1796, MA 1799). Curate of Witley, Worcestershire; Rector of Oddingley,
Worcestershire from 1806 and Vicar of East Garston, Berkshire from 1806. Author of The Last Vision of
Daniel (1808) and other works. His first wife was Mary Ann Congreve; his second, Jemima Hubbal. Butt was a
friend of Southey’s at Westminster School and Oxford.
Byron, George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron (1788–1824; DNB):
the best-selling poet whom Southey accused of leading a Satanic school of writers which corrupted
readers’ morality. Byron, in Italy, thought of returning to Britain to challenge Southey to a duel; instead, he satirised
the Poet Laureate’s A Vision of Judgement (1821). He had earlier, however, been influenced by Southey’s
Oriental romances and continued to admire Roderick Last of the Goths (1814).
Cadell, Thomas (1773–1836; DNB):
bookseller. The son of the London bookseller Thomas Cadell (1742–1802; DNB), he
took over his father’s business in 1793, working in partnership with William Davies (d. 1820; DNB).
Calvert, William (1771–1829; DNB):
was at school with Wordsworth at Hawkshead, where he later became schoolmaster. On the death
of his father, Calvert became a man of independent means, inheriting, alongside other property, the estate of Bowness on
the east shore of Bassenthwaite, near Keswick. He was a member of Southey’s Lake District circle. His younger brother
Raisley (1773–1795) left Wordsworth a legacy of £900.
Campbell, Henry ‘Horse’ (1774–1846):
clergyman. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1792). A university friend of Southey’s, they
did not keep in touch in later life. Their last meeting was at Falmouth in 1801, when Campbell was on his way to take up
the living of St John’s in Antigua. Campbell was the illegitimate son of Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston (1739–1802)
and swiftly returned from Antigua to England when he received a considerable legacy at his father’s death. Southey was
later dismayed to find that Campbell had become an evangelical and fallen out with the Church authorities. He served as
curate of Bicton in Shropshire, Minister of the Chapel at Nailsworth, Gloucestershire and, finally, Minister of St John’s
Canning, George (1770–1827; DNB; Hist P):
contributor to the Anti-Jacobin, 1797–1798, and parodist there of Southey’s
radical ballads. A Pittite in politics, Canning was Foreign Secretary 1807 until 1809, when he lost office after fighting
a duel with another minister. In this capacity, he signed a treaty providing for the removal of the Portuguese court to
Brazil, and sent British troops to the peninsula, though more tardily and in smaller numbers than Southey wished. The
Convention of Cintra and the retreat to Corunna were setbacks in the peninsular war for which he was held partly
responsible. Canning was a major influence on the politics of the Quarterly Review, sometimes in ways that
Southey disliked, and he suspected Canning of preventing the Quarterly opposing Catholic Emancipation.
However, the two men were on relatively friendly terms and Canning visited Southey at Keswick in 1814 before he left to be
Ambassador to Portugal, 1814–1816. From 1822 to April 1827 Canning was again Foreign Secretary, and from April to August
1827, Prime Minister.
Carlisle, Anthony (1768–1840; DNB):
surgeon and anatomist. Born at Stillington, Durham, the third son of Thomas Carlisle and his
first wife Barbara (d. 1768). Studied medicine in York, Durham and London, and was appointed surgeon to the Westminster
Hospital in 1793. He married Martha Symmons in 1800 and in the same year was one of the founding members of the Royal
College of Surgeons, serving as its president in 1829 and 1839. He moved in metropolitan literary and scientific circles,
attending Mary Wollstonecraft on her death-bed in 1797. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1804, held the
post of Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy from 1808 and later that of surgeon-extraordinary to the Prince Regent.
Carlisle was knighted when George IV acceded to the throne. Carlisle and Southey met in c. 1795, probably through their
mutual friend Grosvenor Charles Bedford. In c. 1798 Carlisle, Southey and John May collaborated on a scheme for a
convalescent asylum to assist the poor after their discharge from hospital. Carlisle attended Southey’s mother in her last
illness in 1801–1802, but after Southey settled in Keswick the two men saw much less of each other. Although Carlisle and
Southey corresponded, their letters to one another seem not to have survived.
do Cenáculo, Manuel (1724-1814):
Bishop of Beja, 1770-1802, Archbishop of Evora 1802-1814. Member of the Franciscan Order and
Professor of Theology at the University of Coimbra 1751-1755. Cenáculo was closely associated with the reforms of the
Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal 1750-1777, and retired to his bishopric when Pombal fell in 1777, devoting
his energies to his library and promoting education. When Southey visited Portugal in 1800-1801 he obtained a letter of
introduction to the Bishop from his uncle, Herbert Hill, and visited him at Beja in April 1801.
Clarkson, Catherine (née Buck; 1772-1856; DNB):
a native of the Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds, she married Thomas Clarkson in 1796. She
shared his radicalism and became close friends with the Wordsworths, Southey, Coleridge and Crabb Robinson. Owing to her
illness, she was treated by Beddoes in Bristol in 1804 and 1805; she and her husband moved south to Suffolk from the Lake
District for the sake of her health in 1806.
Clarkson, Thomas (1760-1846; DNB):
campaigner for the abolition of the slave trade, and a friend of the Wordsworths, Coleridge
and Southey. He moved to the Lake District in 1794 and lived in retirement at Eusemere, near Pooley Bridge, Ullswater,
until 1806. Clarkson and his wife returned to her native Suffolk in 1806, and remained there until his death. He returned
to the campaign against the slave trade in 1804 and wrote ceaselessly in the cause until the passing of the 1833 Act
abolishing slavery in the British empire. He also wrote admiringly of the Quakers.
Cobbett, William (1763–1835; DNB):
a journalist whose weekly paper, the Political Register, took an
anti-jacobinical line until 1804, but thereafter became progressively more radical, supporting Burdett at the Westminster
election of 1807. From 1810 to 1812 he was imprisoned after being prosecuted by the government for criticising flogging in
the militia. Cobbett’s political development was the exact opposite of Southey’s and Southey was a consistent critic of
Colburn, Henry (1784/5–1855; DNB):
one of the leading publishers of the first half of the nineteenth century. After setting up in
business in 1806 he became well-known for promoting popular fiction, including ‘silver fork’ society novels, naval
adventures and historical novels. He also had an interest in numerous periodicals, including the New Monthly
Magazine, the Literary Gazette and the Athenaeum, and gained a reputation for
‘puffing’ his own authors in their pages. In 1814 Colburn wrote to Southey, asking for biographical details and a portrait
of Southey to use in the first issue of his New Monthly Magazine. Southey obliged, directing Colburn to a
copy of the bust of Southey sculpted in 1813. The article and portrait appeared in the New Monthly
Magazine, 1 (January–June 1814), 566–571.
Coleridge, David Hartley (1796–1849; DNB):
eldest son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sarah Fricker; and Southey’s nephew,
nicknamed ‘Job’ for his seriousness as a child. Southey played a considerable part in Hartley’s upbringing after his
father separated from his mother, leaving his children in Southey’s care at Greta Hall.
Coleridge, Derwent (1800-1883; DNB):
third son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sarah Fricker; and Southey’s nephew. Anglican
clergyman, writer and educationist. First Principal of St Mark’s teacher training college in Chelsea 1841-1864.
Coleridge, George (1764–1828):
clergyman and schoolmaster. The elder brother of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Southey and George
Coleridge were — especially later in life, when the latter acknowledged Southey’s services to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s
family — on terms of mutual respect.
Coleridge, Sir John Taylor (1790–1876; DNB):
nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He began his education under another uncle, George
Coleridge, leading to a close friendship with John May, who was one of George Coleridge’s former pupils. After John Taylor
Coleridge’s triumphant career at Oxford University, May paid for his tour of Europe in 1814 and loaned him £1,000 to set
up as a barrister in 1819. His career took a long time to prosper and he undertook a great deal of journalism, including
briefly editing the Quarterly Review in 1825–1826. John Taylor Coleridge finally became a judge in the
Court of King’s Bench 1835–1858. Throughout his life he was a prolific writer, including a Life of Keble
(1869), based on a life-long friendship with the leading High Churchmen of his day. Southey knew him well and they engaged
in a substantial correspondence.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834; DNB):
poet, critic, philosopher and Southey’s brother-in-law. His complex — at times
passionate — four-decade relationship with Coleridge had a major impact both on Southey’s life and on his critical
posterity. It began in Oxford in summer 1794 when Robert Allen introduced Southey to a visitor from Cambridge — Coleridge.
It was a fateful meeting, leading to the failed scheme of Pantisocracy, literary collaboration, and — eventually — mutual
disenchantment. As Southey later recorded: ‘that meeting fixed the future fortunes of us both ... Coleridge had at that
time thought little of politics, in morals he was as loose ... as men at a university usually are, but he was a Unitarian.
my morals were of the sternest Stoicism ... that same feeling which made me a poet kept me pure ... Our meeting was
mutually serviceable, — I reformed his life, & he disposed me toward Xtianity’. It was Coleridge who induced Southey
to come north and live at Greta Hall in 1803. In 1804 he left Keswick for Malta and Italy for the sake of his health,
returning in 1806, after which he separated from his wife, leaving her and his daughter Sara at Greta Hall and taking his
sons Hartley and Derwent to be educated at Ambleside, near the Wordsworths, with whom he lived. During 1807 and 1808 he
was in London, lecturing and writing for the Courier, which duly puffed Southey’s work. In 1808 he planned,
with assistance from Southey, a new journal The Friend, editing this from Grasmere from 1809 to 1810, with
Southey’s help as a proofreader. In 1810 he quarrelled with Wordsworth and moved south. His last visit to the Lake
District was in 1812. His relationship with Southey, though distant, was never broken and Southey continued to provide for
his wife and children.
Coleridge, Sara (1802-1852; DNB):
fourth and youngest child of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sarah Fricker; and
Southey’s niece. Translator, writer and indefatigable editor of her father’s works. Educated, in part, by Southey, her
first book, a translation of Martin Dobrizhoffer’s History of the Abipones (1822), was a project that he
found for her. In 1829 she married her first cousin, Henry Nelson Coleridge.
Coleridge, Sarah: see Fricker, Sarah (1770-1845)
Coleridge, William Hart (1789–1849; DNB):
nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was educated by his uncle George Coleridge, master
of the grammar school at Ottery St Mary. This was followed by a glittering career at Oxford University. He used his
prestige in the University to secure the scholarship, known as a Postmastership, that allowed Hartley Coleridge to attend
Merton College, Oxford. William Hart Coleridge was a clergyman who later became Bishop of Barbados and the Leeward Islands
Collins, Charles (c.1777–1806?):
school friend. The son of William Collins and his wife Sarah Astell of Maize Hill, Greenwich,
Kent. Educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (matric. Jan 1793). Married Jane Forman, by whom he had one son.
Died c. 1806. Collins’s biography is difficult to reconstruct as Records of Old Westminsters and
Alumni Oxoniensis both confuse him with his son, also named Charles Collins, and give a later date of
death. A note, now in the Huntington Library, written by an eponymous descendant confirms that he died young. In 1815,
Southey referred to Collins’s widow and in 1828 described him as long dead. Southey met Collins at Westminster and later
described him as ‘one of my most intimate school and college friends’. However, by early 1794 their friendship had cooled
and they seem to have had no contact with one another after Southey’s departure from Oxford later that year.
Collins, Jeremiah (1774–1853):
clergyman. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford (BA 1794). He eventually returned to his
native Cornwall, where he became chaplain of the Truro Infirmary. He and Southey were friends for a short time in Oxford,
but by mid-1794 they were permanently estranged.
Combe, Edward (c. 1773/4–1848):
clergyman. Son of Richard Combe of Harley St. Educated at Westminster (adm. June 1785) and
Christ Church, Oxford (matric. October 1792, BA 1796, MA 1803). Admitted to Lincoln’s Inn, January 1795. Perpetual Curate
of Barrington, Somerset, 1810; Rector of Earnshill and of Donyatt from 1821. Southey met Combe at Westminster and later
described him as one of his ‘most intimate acquaintances’ during his years at school. Combe was known by the nicknames
‘His Majesty’ or the ‘King of Men’. Although their close friendship did not outlast Oxford, Southey did visit Combe in
Conder, Josiah (1789–1855; DNB):
started life in his father’s booksellers’ business, which he inherited and ran 1811–1819.
However, he became better known as an industrious writer, editor and compiler, particularly of works on Nonconformist
themes, and as owner and editor of the Eclectic Review, 1814–1837. In 1815 he married the poet Joan
Elizabeth Thomas (c. 1786–1877) who wrote as ‘Eliza Thomas’. Southey admired the Associate Minstrels
(1810), a collection by Conder and his friends, and arranged for some of the contributors’ work to appear in the
Edinburgh Annual Register for 1810 (1812), though he was annoyed by the exclusion of Conder’s poem,
‘Reverie’. Subsequently, Conder wrote to Southey for advice about the Eclectic Review and his other
publications and the two developed a regular correspondence.
Copleston, Edward (1776–1849; DNB):
Fellow and then Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, and Bishop of Llandaff 1827–1849. Copleston
was a writer on theological, social and economic subjects, from a liberal Tory viewpoint, and a leading figure in Oxford
University. He gained Southey’s approval through his Three Replies to the Calumnies of the Edinburgh Review
(1810–1811), which attacked the Edinburgh Review’s criticism of Oxford’s teaching.
Corry, Isaac (1753-1813; DNB; Hist P):
prominent Irish politician. Born in Newry, son of the merchant and MP Edward Corry. Educated at
the Royal School, Antrim and BA, Trinity College, Dublin, 1773. Succeeded his father as MP for Newry in the Irish
Parliament, 1776. Originally an opposition MP, he first gained office as surveyor-general of the ordnance in 1788 and rose
to be Irish Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1799 -1804. Always a controversial figure, he fought a duel with the opposition
MP, Henry Grattan (1746-1820; DNB), in 1800. He supported the British government’s policies of Union
between Britain and Ireland and Catholic Emancipation, but was still dismissed by the Prime Minister, William Pitt
(1759-1806; DNB) in 1804. Rickman secured Southey the post of Corry’s secretary in 1801-1802.
the children of Robert Cottle, an unsuccessful Bristol tailor and draper. The family included
Amos, Joseph and Robert (?1780–1858), a painter and founder of his own religious sect (‘the Cottlelites’), and five
sisters, Elizabeth (c. 1764-1789), Mary (?1772-1839), Ann (?1780-1855), Sarah (d. 1834) and Martha (c. 1785-1800). Southey
seems to have been acquainted with the entire Cottle family. After their secret marriage in November 1795, his wife Edith
lived with the Cottle sisters for some of the time Southey was absent in Spain and Portugal.
Cottle, Amos Simon (1768?–1800; DNB):
poet and translator. Elder brother of Joseph Cottle. Educated at the school run by Richard
Henderson (1736/7–1792) at Hanham, near Bristol, and Magdalene College, Cambridge (matric. 1795, BA 1799). He then
embarked on a legal training. He spent the final year of his life in London, where he was a friend of George Dyer and
Charles Lamb, and died in his chambers at Clifford’s Inn. Author of Icelandic Poetry, or, The Edda of Saemund,
Translated into English verse (1797; published by Joseph Cottle and with a dedicatory poem by Southey).
Several of his other poems were collected posthumously in the fourth edition of Joseph Cottle, Malvern Hills, With
Minor Poems and Essays (1829). Southey probably met Amos Cottle through his younger brother Joseph. The two
shared an interest in Scandinavian literature and mythology and it was Southey who encouraged Amos to produce a verse,
rather than prose, translation of the Edda and who reviewed it in the Critical
Cottle, Joseph (1770–1853; DNB):
Bristolian author, bookseller and publisher. Although Coleridge’s biographer James Dykes
Campbell joked ‘I never heard of ... [Cottle’s] having ... any [parents], and think it very doubtful. I should think he
was found under a booksellers counter wrapped in Felix Farley’s newspaper’, Joseph was in fact the second child of Robert
and Sarah Cottle. He was educated at the school run by Richard Henderson (1736/7–1792) at Hanham, near Bristol. In 1791 he
opened a shop as a printseller, stationer, binder and bookseller in Bristol. Cottle abandoned bookselling in 1798 but
continued publishing. Between 1791 and 1800, he sold, printed or published 114 works, in congeries with Joseph Johnson,
Benjamin Flower, H. D. Symons and others. In 1800 he began to sell his copyrights to the London firm of Longman. A poet
and prose writer, his works included: Poems (1795), Malvern Hills (1798; with a prefatory
poem by Southey), Alfred (1800), The Fall of Cambria (1808), Early Recollections,
Chiefly Relating to the Late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, During his Long Residence in Bristol (1837) and
Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey (1847). Cottle and Southey were introduced
by Robert Lovell in 1794. Although not wealthy, Cottle provided generous financial help to Southey throughout the 1790s,
even lending him money for his wedding ring. He published Joan of Arc and the majority of Southey’s
earliest works, including Poems (1797) and Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and
Portugal (1797). His professional collaboration with Southey also included contributing poems to the
Annual Anthology and co-editing the works of their fellow Bristolian Thomas Chatterton (1752–1770;
DNB). What Cottle did not know, was that Southey viewed his poetry with a merriment that verged on
contempt. The two men met less frequently after Southey’s move to Keswick in 1803, but maintained their correspondence.
Southey’s final tour of the West Country in 1836–1837 included a visit to Cottle in Bristol. After Southey’s death, Cottle
was a central figure in the successful campaign to erect a monument to his memory in Bristol cathedral. He recorded his
association with Southey for posterity in his controversial Reminiscences (1847), itself a reworking of the
equally contentious Early Recollections (1837).
Croft, Herbert, 5th Baronet (1751–1816; DNB; Hist
writer and lexicographer. Born at Dunster Park, Berkshire, the son of Richard Croft. He
inherited the Croft baronetcy from a relative in 1797, but no money or lands to accompany the title. He practised as a
barrister in London in the late 1770s, and gained some reputation as a miscellaneous writer. Perennially short of money,
Croft changed direction and graduated from University College, Oxford in 1785 and was appointed Vicar of Prittlewell in
Essex and chaplain of the British garrison in Quebec. Most of his time in the late 1780s and early 1790s was devoted to
compiling a new dictionary, but, despite amassing 11,000 entries, he could not find enough subscribers to publish the book
and the project was abandoned in 1793. In 1795 Croft was arrested for debt and fled to Hamburg, only returning to England
in 1800-1802, after which he lived in France, dying in Paris. In 1780 Croft had published Love and Madness,
the story of James Hackman (c. 1752-1779; DNB), who had shot Martha Ray (1742?-1779; DNB),
the lover of the Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792; DNB). The book contained a lengthy digression into the life
of the Bristol poet Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770; DNB). Southey published a letter in the Monthly
Magazine for November 1799, accusing Croft of obtaining some of Chatterton’s letters by deception from the
poet’s mother and sister, and refusing to pay them any share of his profits from Love and Madness. Croft’s
defence, to say the least, was evasive. In 1803 Southey and Joseph Cottle published a new version of Chatterton’s works
for the benefit of his sister and niece.
Croker, John Wilson (1780–1857; DNB; Hist P):
Irish Protestant politician and writer. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and
called to the Irish Bar in 1802. In 1807 he was elected MP for Downpatrick and became Secretary to the Admiralty
1809–1830. He was a close friend of Wellington and, particularly, of Peel. Croker was a prolific writer of light verse and
often acted as an intermediary between the government and the literary world – he played a key role in making changes to
Southey’s early Odes as Poet Laureate. He also contributed regularly to the Quarterly Review, where his
hostile review of Keats’s Endymion was alleged to have hastened the poet’s death. In the 1830s and 1840s he
was seen as one of Peel’s key supporters and was satirised in both Disraeli’s Coningsby and Thackeray’s
Vanity Fair. Southey admired some of Croker’s verse, but his attitude was tinged with reserve, as he
was well aware of Croker’s connections and influence in literary and political life.
Crothers, Mrs (dates and first name unknown):
a Keswick neighbour of the Southeys. She lived opposite the Vicarage of Crosthwaite Church and
was a regular visitor to the Southey household in the 1810s and 1820s.
Danvers, Charles (c. 1764-1814):
Bristol wine merchant, trading under the name Danvers and White. He was distantly related to
the regicides Sir John Danvers (1584/5–1655; DNB) and General Thomas Harrison (c. 1616–60; DNB) and to the diarist Celia Fiennes (1662–1741; DNB). (Southey possessed a manuscript of
Fiennes diary which he had been given by the Danvers family and included unacknowledged excerpts from it in his and
Coleridge’s Omniana (1812).) Danvers’ father had ‘been a person of some property’, though the family’s
fortunes had since declined. Danvers seems to have had two brothers and two sisters. He never married. A dissenter, he
died in London ‘during a short tarriance there’ and was buried in Asplands Burial Ground, Hackney. Danvers knew Southey
from childhood. In 1797, their friendship flourished when Southey and his wife lodged in a house in Kingsdown, next door
to Danvers and his mother. In 1799, Southey finished the fifteen book version of Madoc in Mrs Danvers’
‘parlour on her little table’. When Southey went to Portugal in 1800–1, he left a copy of his poetic magnum opus with
Danvers and also delegated the task of collecting materials for the third Annual Anthology to him and Davy.
This volume did not appear. Danvers visited Southey at Keswick in summer 1805 and kept a journal of his tour, now in the
British Library, Add MS 30929. Extracts from this were published in Kenneth Curry, ‘A note on Wordsworth’s “Fidelity”’,
Philological Quarterly, 32 (1953), 212–214.
Danvers, Mrs. (d. 1803):
mother of Charles Danvers. She lived at Kingsdown in Bristol and became very close to Southey
when he was resident in the city in the late 1790s and 1802-1803. After her death in the influenza epidemic of 1803,
Southey described her as someone ‘whom I regarded with something like a family affection.’
Davey, John (d. 1798):
master of Balliol College, Oxford 1785–1798.
Davy, Humphry (1778-1829; DNB):
born in Penzance, son of Robert Davy, a woodcarver. Educated at Penzance and Truro grammar
schools and apprenticed to an apothecary-surgeon in Truro. Davy had wide interests as a young man, writing poetry as well
as conducting chemical experiments on the nature of heat, light and acidity. In October 1798 he went to Bristol to work
for Thomas Beddoes at his Pneumatic Institution, which opened in March 1799. Davy soon became friendly with Southey and
Coleridge, and they both participated in his experiments with nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’. Southey published some of
Davy’s early poems in the Annual Anthology (1799) and (1800) and suggested Davy should write a poem on
Mango Capac, the first Inca, after Southey had failed in his plan to identify Madoc with the Inca ruler. In January 1801
Davy moved to London, and Southey saw much less of him. Davy worked at the Royal Institution, where he became a Professor
in 1802. In 1807 he made a series of experiments there, using the Voltaic pile to isolate previously unknown elements
including potassium and sodium. This work was regarded as a brilliant contribution to Britain’s scientific reputation;
Southey, while recognising Davy’s genius, thought that he became vain and over-assiduous to win the approval of polite
society. Davy was elected President of the Royal Society in 1820.
Davy, Jane (1780–1855; DNB):
wealthy widow, socialite and distant cousin of Walter Scott. She married Humphry Davy on 11 April
Dawes, Revd. John (c. 1765–1845):
Perpetual Curate of Ambleside, 1805–1845, and schoolmaster. His pupils included Hartley and Derwent
a friend of Grosvenor Charles Bedford and his family. Daughter of Mr and Mrs Deacon.
Deacon, Mr and Mrs:
friends of Grosvenor Charles Bedford and his family.
De Quincey, Thomas (1785–1859; DNB):
essayist and admirer of Wordsworth and Coleridge, who lived at Wordsworth’s former home, Dove
Cottage, Grasmere, from 1809–1819, when he came to know Southey.
Dodd, James William (?1759/60–1818):
an Usher at Westminster School from 1784.
Dolignon, Louisa (d. 1802):
the widowed Mrs Dolignon and her sisters, the Misses Delamere, were friends of Southey’s aunt
Elizabeth Tyler. Southey spent time at the Delamere home (Theobalds) in Hertfordshire, and Louisa Dolignon seems to have
acted as his guardian during his time at Westminster School. William Vincent wrote to her (and not to Southey’s parents)
regarding his involvement in The Flagellant. Southey, in turn, went from Westminster to the Delameres’
house after his suspension from school. Southey later recorded his ‘utmost reverence and affection’ for Dolignon.
an acquaintance of Southey’s during his time at Westminster School. Kenneth Curry identified him as
Thomas D’Oyly (1772–1855). However, the contexts in which he figures in Southey’s correspondence suggests that a more
likely candidate is Sir John D’Oyly (1774–1825; DNB), King’s Scholar at Westminster. Whilst at Cambridge,
he won Sir W. Browne’s Medal for a Latin Ode (1795) and the Chancellor’s Second Medal (1796). An excellent linguist, he
later worked as a civil servant in Ceylon.
Duppa, Richard (c. 1768–1831; DNB):
writer (mainly on botany, art, literature and politics) and draughtsman. Son of William and
Susannah Duppa. Educated (late in life) at Trinity College, Oxford (matric. 1807); entered Middle Temple 1810; graduated
LLB Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1814. His publications included: A Brief Account of the Subversion of the Papal
Government in 1798 (1799); Heads from the Fresco Pictures of Raffaele in the Vatican (1802),
reviewed by Southey in the Annual Review (1805); A Selection of Twelve Heads from the Last Judgment
of Michael Angelo (1801); Memoirs of a Literary and Political Character (1803); and The
Life and Literary Works of Michael Angelo Buonarotti, with His Poetry and Letters (1806). The latter contained
translations by Southey and William Wordsworth. Southey and Duppa were introduced by Edmund Seward in Oxford in 1793.
Duppa was related to Seward and, according to family lore, distantly related to Southey. Part of Southey’s circle, he was
at one time engaged to Mary Page, the cousin of Grosvenor Charles and Horace Walpole Bedford. In the 1790s, Southey sought
Duppa’s advice about projected illustrated editions of his poems. Later, Duppa provided the material on Westminster Abbey
and on art in Southey’s Letters from England (1807).
Dusautoy, James (c. 1797–1815):
son of a retired officer from Totnes, Devon. He cherished ambitions for a poetic career. As a
schoolboy in 1811 he canvassed Walter Scott’s advice and was politely encouraged to improve his writing by gaining more
knowledge. In 1813 Dusautoy sent some of his verses to Southey. The latter replied and a correspondence about Dusautoy’s
career ensued. He took Southey’s advice and was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1813. In 1814 he entered an
ode, in Spenserian stanzas, for a university prize in English poetry. He did not win, but did very well in examinations
and seemed to have a promising future. However, in 1815 he fell victim to an epidemic sweeping Cambridge. Southey blamed
himself, noting that without his encouragement Dusautoy would never have been at the university and would therefore have
not contracted the fatal disease. As a tribute, he proposed publishing a selection of Dusautoy’s writing. However, when he
obtained the manuscripts, Southey felt they would not suit public taste: ‘To me … the most obvious faults … are the most
unequivocal proofs of genius in the author, as being efforts of a mind conscious of a strength which it had not yet learnt
to use … But common readers read only to be amused, and to them these pieces would appear crude and extravagant, because
they would only see what is, without any reference to what might have been’. The edition of Dusautoy
was therefore abandoned.
Dyer, George (1755–1841; DNB):
author and advocate of political reform. Son of John Dyer, a shipwright of Bridewell, London.
Educated at Christ’s Hospital and Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA 1778). From the late 1780s to mid 1790s he was active in
reformist causes, a member of the Constitutional Society and author of An Inquiry into the Nature of Subscription
to the Thirty-Nine Articles (1789, 2nd revised edn 1792), Complaints of the Poor People of
England (1793) and A Dissertation on the Theory and Practice of Benevolence (1795). After 1795,
he abandoned active politics, turning instead to scholarship and literature. He was a prolific poet whose works included,
Poems, Consisting of Odes and Elegies (1792), The Poet’s Fate (1797), and
Poetics (1812). Dyer met Southey in c. 1794–1795, probably through Coleridge. He was enthusiastic about
Pantisocracy and encouraged the publication of The Fall of Robespierre (1794). He seems to have
corresponded with Southey from the mid 1790s, but none of these early letters survive, making it difficult to judge the
actual extent of their friendship. It is, however, fair to say, that this has probably been underestimated. A handful of
letters written by Southey to Dyer from later periods do exist. Dyer’s close connections with Southey’s literary circle
are evidenced in a letter sent to him by Joseph Cottle, 22 April 1797 now in the Houghton Library (Autograph File: Cottle,
Edmondson, John (d. 1823):
a surgeon and apothecary in Keswick, who treated the Southey family.
Edridge, Henry (1768–1821; DNB):
watercolourist who lived in Cavendish Square, London. Edridge sketched Southey in
Egerton, Thomas and John (both, dates unknown):
London publishers and booksellers. Southey and his collaborators Bedford and Wynn,
employed the Egertons as printers for the first five numbers of the schoolboy magazine The Flagellant,
which appeared between 1–29 March 1792. The fifth issue contained a controversial essay denouncing flogging as an
invention of the devil. Under pressure from Dr William Vincent, the Head Master of Westminster School, the Egertons
revealed that Southey was its author. Southey was expelled and the Egertons’ involvement with The
Flagellant ceased. The remaining four issues, 5–26 April 1792, were printed by the Pall-Mall bookseller and
printer Edward Jeffrey (dates unknown).
Elliott, Ebenezer (1781–1849; DNB):
the ‘Corn-Law Rhymer’. Son of an ironmaster, Elliott became an amateur botanist and a
self-taught poet after his brother introduced him to Thomson’s Seasons. From 1808, when Elliott first
requested Southey’s advice, Southey encouraged his poetic career: Elliott later declared that Southey had taught him the
art of poetry. He published Night, or, the Legend of Wharncliffe in 1818 and Tales of the
Night in 1820. From the 1820s, Elliott was a manufacturer in Sheffield, where, disgusted by what he saw as the
adverse effects of the Corn Laws on business and on the poor, he campaigned for their repeal, especially through his
Corn Law Rhymes (1831). Southey reviewed these critically in 1833, writing to Lord Mahon, ‘I never
suspected him of giving his mind to any other object than poetry till Wordsworth put the Corn-Law Rhymes into my hands . .
. In such times as these, whatever latent evil there is in a nation is brought out’.
Ellis, George (1753-1815; DNB; Hist P):
man of letters. Ellis entered parliament in 1796 as junior member for Seaford; he never spoke in
the house, and did not stand for re-election. He collaborated with George Canning and William Gifford on the journal
The Anti-Jacobin; and he was a friend, from 1801, of Walter Scott. Ellis’s Specimens of the
Early English Poets (1790, 2nd edn. 1801, 3rd edn. 1803) provided the model for Southey’s Specimens of
the Later English Poets (1807).
Elmsley, Peter (1774–1825; DNB):
classical scholar. Son of Alexander Elmsley. He was named after his uncle, the famous London
bookseller from whom he inherited a considerable fortune. Educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (matric. 1791,
BA 1794, MA 1797, BD and DD 1823), he was described as ‘the fattest undergraduate of his day’ (DNB). Ordained and presented to the living of Little Horkesley, Essex, on his uncle’s death in 1802 he
relinquished his duties and income to a curate, though he continued to hold the living until 1816. He made a brief move to
Edinburgh, where he met the founders of the Edinburgh Review, to which he became a contributor. He returned
to London and in 1807 moved to Kent, where he lived with his mother until 1816. During this time he produced editions of
Aristophanes, Sophocles and Euripides and a number of learned papers on classical subjects, published in the
Quarterly Review and other periodicals. He travelled at length in Europe c. 1816–1818 and settled in
Oxford in 1818. In 1823 (having been unsuccessfully proposed for the Regius Chair of Divinity at Oxford and having turned
down the See of Calcutta) he was elected Camden Professor of Ancient History and Principal of St Alban Hall, Oxford,
offices he held until his death in 1825. Southey and Elmsley met at Westminster School and remained lifelong friends,
though relatively little of what seems to have been an extensive correspondence survives. Elmsley was also a great friend
of Charles Watkin Williams Wynn and the latter erected a memorial tablet to him in Christ Church Cathedral,
Erskine, Henry (1746–1817; DNB; Hist P):
lawyer and politician. Younger brother of the barrister and from 1806–7 Lord Chancellor Thomas
Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine (1750–1823; DNB).
Estlin, John Prior (1747–1817; DNB):
Unitarian minister, at Lewin’s Mead Chapel, Bristol, and school master. Educated at the
Warrington Academy, he moved to Bristol in 1771. Married Mary Coates (1753–1783) and, after her death, Susanna Bishop (d.
1842). He was on good terms with a number of writers, including Southey (whom he had taught briefly when he took over Mr
Foot’s school, Bristol), Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Anna Letitia Barbauld. His publications included The Nature
and Causes of Atheism (1797).
Susanna Bishop (d. 1842), the second wife of John Prior Estlin.
in 1814 Southey received a letter from ‘Greeton Evans’, who claimed to be a labouring class poet
from rural North Wales seeking the Poet Laureate’s advice. Southey was impressed and offered to help the young man. He was
shortly afterwards forced to conclude the letter was a hoax.
Favell, Robert (1775–1812):
soldier. Educated at Christ’s Hospital, where he was a friend of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Obtained an army commission, fought in the Peninsular War and was killed at the battle of Salamanca. There is some
confusion over Favell’s first name — with some sources citing it as Joseph or Samuel — see C. A. Prance, Companion
to Charles Lamb. A Guide to People and Places 1760–1847 (1983), pp. 112–113 and Duncan Wu, ‘Unpublished drafts
of sonnets by Lamb and Favell’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, n.s. 75 (1991), 100.
Flower, Benjamin (1755–1829; DNB):
writer and publisher of the radical newspaper the Cambridge Intelligencer. In
1799, Flower was sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine of £100 for a libel against Richard Watson, the Bishop of
Fox, Charles James (1749–1806; DNB; Hist P):
a hero of Southey’s in the 1790s as the great radical Whig leader and ‘Friend of the People’
who opposed the anti-reform policies of William Pitt’s (1759–1806; DNB) government. Fox was an admirer of
pastoral poetry and for this reason Southey sent him a presentation copy of Madoc (Wordsworth had done
likewise with Lyrical Ballads). In semi-retirement from politics from 1797–1806, Fox became Foreign
Minister in the government headed by Wynn’s uncle, William Wyndham, Baron Grenville, in 1806, dying the same year having
seen the bill for the abolition of the slave trade, for which he had long campaigned, pass parliament.
Fox, Elizabeth Vassall (1771–1845; DNB):
the wife of Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, and a renowned political
and literary hostess. Lady Holland discussed Spain and Portugal with Southey, and welcomed him to Holland House where he
used the library.
Fox, Henry Richard, 3rd Lord Holland (1773-1840; DNB):
Whig politician and Hispanophile; nephew of the Whig politician Charles James Fox. Lord
Holland gave Southey access to his superb library of books and manuscripts relating to Spain, Portugal and their colonies.
Southey used it to research his History of Brazil (1810–1819).
Freeling, Francis,1st Baronet (1764-1836; DNB):
postal administrator and book collector. A supporter of William Pitt (1759-1806;
DNB), in the 1790s Freeling was involved in monitoring the activities of corresponding societies and
supporters of the French revolution. A bibliophile, he was elected to the fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries in
1801. Southey and Freeling were both the sons of Bristol tradesmen. They corresponded over financial matters connected to
Southey and Joseph Cottle’s 1803 edition of the works of their fellow Bristolian, Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770;
Frere, John Hookham (1769–1846; DNB; Hist P):
poet, diplomat, Hispanist, Frere had parodied Southey’s radical ballads in ‘The Friend of
Humanity and the Knife-grinder’ in the Anti-Jacobin (1797). Three of Frere’s translations from the
Poema del Cid were appended to Southey’s edition of the Chronicle of the Cid. Frere had
been Britain’s ambassador to Portugal while Southey’s uncle had lived there; from 1808–1809 he was ambassador to Spain.
Southey defended Frere’s conduct in advising Sir John Moore to retreat to Corunna in 1809 and obtained copies of rare
Spanish manuscripts for him.
Fricker, Edith (1774–1837; DNB):
Southey’s first wife. The third surviving child of Stephen Fricker and Martha Rowles. Southey
and Edith met as children in Bristol. They married in secret on 14 November 1795 at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. As her
sister Sarah later explained, Southey ‘left ... [Edith] at the Church door’ and the following day departed for Spain and
Portugal. Edith spent the early days of her marriage living with the Cottle sisters and using her maiden name, only
reverting to ‘Southey’ when the secret became public in early 1796. Recent biographers of Southey have questioned the
state of his marriage, particularly given his lively — even flirtatious — friendships with Mary Barker and Caroline
Bowles, who became his second wife in 1839. Compared to these other women, or to her sister Sarah, Edith is a relatively
shadowy figure, plagued by physical and mental illness. The deaths of four of her eight children, in particular that of
her daughter Isabel in 1826, hastened her decline. She suffered a complete collapse in 1834 and was taken to The Retreat,
the pioneering, Quaker-run asylum in York, where she was diagnosed as of ‘unsound mind’ and treated with ‘purgatives,
remedies, [and] leeches’. She was released in 1835 ‘as admitted’ — that is, uncured and incurable. Edith spent her final
years at her home, Greta Hall, where she was cared for by Southey and her daughters Bertha and Kate. Southey described her
death as a release from ‘a pitiable state of existence’.
Fricker, Eliza: see Fricker family
Stephen Fricker and his second wife Martha Rowles and their six surviving children: Sarah,
Mary, Edith, Martha (b. 1777), Eliza (b. 1778) and George (b. 1785). The failure of his business speculations (including
the manufacture of sugar pans) contributed to Stephen Fricker’s early death and to a sharp decline in the fortunes of his
family. The family home was sold, Mrs Fricker moved into lodgings in Bristol and opened a dame school, and her three
eldest daughters became seamstresses, whose clients included Southey’s mother and aunt, Elizabeth Tyler. Southey knew the
Frickers from childhood and was ‘partly educated’ with the three eldest girls. The similarity between their situation and
his own (Southey’s father was also a bankrupt) was perhaps an important factor in what was to be a lifelong
Fricker, George (1785–1813):
Southey’s only brother-in-law. Southey was intermittently successful in gaining him
employment, at a bank in Bristol in 1800 and on one of Rickman’s statistical projects in 1804. Though Southey respected
George’s good qualities, he was frustrated by his ‘uncommon dullness’, and bemused by his Methodist enthusiasm. He died at
Greta Hall after a long illness.
Fricker, Martha (1777-1850):
Southey’s sister-in-law. She never married and spent her final years on the Isle of Man, with
her sister Eliza.
Fricker, Mary (1771–1862):
Southey’s sister-in-law. The second surviving child of Stephen Fricker and Martha Rowles. In the
early 1790s she worked as an actress in Bath and Bristol theatres. She married Robert Lovell in January 1794, in spite of
the disapproval of his family. Their son, also called Robert, was born in 1795. After Lovell’s death in 1796, Southey
tried to persuade his family to provide for his widow and child. He was only partially successful. The Lovells gave Robert
Lovell Junior the occasional gift (for example, £20 in 1802) and made some contribution to the boy’s early education, but
they did not provide consistent, long-term support. As a result, Mary and her son were dependent upon Southey. They lived
with or near to the Southeys for the rest of the 1790s and early 1800s and in 1803 accompanied them to their new home,
Greta Hall. Mary remained with the Southeys after her son’s apprenticeship to a London printer. She finally moved out when
the house was given up after Southey’s death in 1843. She spent her final years living with Kate, Southey’s unmarried
daughter, and died on 10 August 1862. She was buried in the Southey grave in Crosthwaite churchyard, on the outskirts of
Fricker, Sarah (1770–1845):
Southey’s sister-in-law. The eldest surviving child of Stephen Fricker and Martha Rowles. Sarah
and Southey were childhood friends and it was through her that Southey met Robert Lovell in late 1793. Sarah married
Samuel Taylor Coleridge on 4 October 1795. Her relationship with Southey, who provided her with advice and support during
her later marital difficulties, was affectionate, and at times jokey and rumbustious. Indeed, Sarah’s daughter and
namesake recorded that Southey had been romantically interested in Sarah Fricker first, only later turning his attentions
to her sister Edith.
George IV (1762–1830; DNB):
Prince Regent 1811–1820; King of the United Kingdom 1820–1830. Southey met him at a Court
levee on 11 November 1813 following his installation as Poet Laureate and gave him what little praise he felt he could in
one of his Congratulatory Odes (1814). George IV made only fleeting appearances in the rest of Southey’s
Laureate verses and Southey did not commemorate either his Coronation or his death.
Gifford, William (1756-1826; DNB):
long known to Southey as a Tory critic and editor of The Anti-Jacobin, Gifford
became the first editor in 1809 of a new conservative journal begun on Southey’s advice – the Quarterly
Review. Gifford then approached Southey through their mutual friend Grosvenor Charles Bedford to be a
contributor. Gifford continued as editor until 1824, frequently the target of Southey’s ire over the cuts and
interpolations he made to Southey’s contributions. In earlier life a shoemaker, Gifford was the author of two powerful
verse satires, The Baviad (1791) and The Mӕviad (1795).
Gilbert, William (1763–c. 1825; DNB):
poet and astrologer. Born in Antigua, son of Nathaniel Gilbert, speaker of the Antiguan House
of Assembly. In 1788 he came to England to work as a lawyer, but suffered a mental collapse and was placed in an asylum
run by Richard Henderson (1736/7–1792) at Hanham near Bristol. (In an earlier career as a schoolmaster, Henderson had
numbered Joseph Cottle among his pupils.) Gilbert was released after a year and went to London, where he worked as an
astrologer and maker of magic talismans. In 1795 he went to Bristol, where he became friends with Southey and Coleridge.
In 1796 he published The Hurricane: a Theosophical and Western Eclogue. He disappeared in 1798. It was
thought he had left Bristol in search of the ‘Gilberti’, an African tribe with whom he believed he had a spiritual
affinity. Southey made enquiries after him, but to no effect. Although by 1820 Southey spoke of Gilbert as long dead, he
was in fact probably still alive, dying c. 1825.
Godwin, William (1756–1836; DNB):
philosopher and novelist. Southey was an early enthusiast for his An Enquiry Concerning
Political Justice (1793), which he read shortly after its publication. He met Godwin in London in 1797 and
Gonne, Mary (dates unknown):
wife of William Gonne. She was the godmother of Edith May Southey and the mother of Henry Southey’s
second wife Louisa Gonne. Southey greatly admired her.
Gonne, William (d.1815):
wealthy merchant, based in Portugal. He first met Southey in 1800, when he was the packet agent
at Lisbon. In 1815 his daughter Louisa married Henry Herbert Southey.
Gooch, Robert (1784–1830; DNB):
obstetric physician from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He became a close friend of Henry Herbert
Southey when they both studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and also knew William Taylor. Gooch graduated MD in
1807 and became, as Henry also did, a contributor to the journal the London Medical Record. In 1811–1812
Gooch set up a successful medical practice in London, and published important works on puerperal fever. Gooch met Southey
on a tour of the Lakes in 1811 and the two began a lifelong correspondence. Southey also introduced Gooch to the
Quarterly Review, where he became an occasional contributor.
Gooch, Mrs: (first name and dates unknown):
second wife of Robert Gooch, whom she married in January 1814. She was the sister of the surgeon,
Benjamin Travers (1783–1858).
Gooden, James (1773–1851):
a merchant in the Portugal and Brazil trade with literary and antiquarian tastes. He assembled an
impressive collection of books and manuscripts on Brazil and Southey thanked Gooden for lending him ‘the Life of F. Joam
d’Almeida, among other books, and a manuscript Apology for the Jesuits in Paraguay and Maranham, of great importance’; see
Southey’s History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), II, p. [v].
Grahame, James (1765–1811; DNB):
Scottish poet and, from 1809, a clergyman of the Church of Scotland. He published The
Sabbath (1804) (reviewed by Southey in the Annual Review (1806)), British
Georgics (1808) (reviewed by Southey in the Quarterly Review (1810)), and The Siege of
Copenhagen; a Poem (1808). In 1811 Southey wrote of him: ‘His understanding was not equal to his genius, &
it required the sunshine of a brighter fortune than ever fell to his lot to counteract a natural melancholy, the
constitutional mental disease of men whose feelings are stronger than their intellect … his Sabbath will always remain, –
& from all his other pieces … a few rare passages may be culled which the best of us might have been proud to have
Grenville, Thomas (1755–1846; DNB; Hist P):
Charles Watkin Williams Wynn’s uncle. First Lord of the Admiralty, 1806–1807.
Grenville, William Wyndham, Baron Grenville (1759–1834; DNB;
Foreign Secretary 1791–1801, Prime Minister 1806–1807. Grenville was the uncle of Southey’s
friend and patron Charles Watkin Williams Wynn.
Gutch, John Matthew (1776–1861; DNB):
educated at Christ’s Hospital with Coleridge and Lamb and later the owner and printer of Felix
Farley’s Bristol Journal, 1803–1844. He also printed Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria (1817).
Gutch was an enthusiastic collector of antiquarian books, and major sales from his library occurred in 1810, 1812, 1817
Guthrie, John (d. 1824):
bookseller, originally from Aberdeenshire he moved to Edinburgh where he was a founder of the
firm Tait & Guthrie. In autumn 1803 Henry Herbert Southey lodged with him at 2 Nicolson St.
Harris, J (first name and dates unknown):
publisher, in partnership with C. J. Barrington. In 1813 they suggested that Southey should take up
the continuations of John Campbell’s (1708–1775; DNB), Lives of the Admirals and Other Eminent
British Seamen (1742–1744). Southey immediately declined the offer on the grounds of his inadequate knowledge
of the subject.
Haslewood, Joseph (1769–1833; DNB):
London solicitor, who became a well-known bibliographer and antiquary. He edited many early
English texts and created a very important collection of ephemeral literature. Southey corresponded with him about the
works of Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770; DNB).
Hatherton, Lord, Edward John Littleton (formerly Walhouse; 1791–1863; DNB;
politician. The son of Moreton Walhouse, he changed his name to Littleton in 1812 in order to
comply with the terms of the will of his great uncle Sir Edward Littleton, the bulk of whose estates he inherited. He
married Hyacinthe Mary (1789?–1849), the illegitimate daughter of Richard, 1st Marquess Wellesley. He was elected MP for
Staffordshire in 1812, and supported Canning and Catholic emancipation. In 1835 he was created Baron Hatherton of
Hays, Mary (1759–1843; DNB):
writer. Brought up in a Dissenting home in London, she first found fame with her Cursory
Remarks on an Enquiry into the Experience and Propriety of Public Worship (1792). This propelled her into the
circle of radicals around the publisher Joseph Johnson (1738-1809; DNB). Hays’s Memoirs of Emma
Courtney (1796) gained her some notoriety, as it was a thinly-disguised version of her relationship with the
radical William Frend (1757-1841; DNB). She was caricatured in, among other places, Charles Lloyd’s
Edmund Oliver (1798), but her main claim to posthumous fame has been her feminist writings, especially
An Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women (1798). Southey met Hays in London in 1797 and
corresponded with her in the early 1800s.
Hazlitt, William (1778-1830; DNB):
writer and painter. He first met Southey in 1803, whilst in the Lakes on a commission from Sir
George Beaumont to paint Coleridge, Hartley Coleridge and Wordsworth. Their relationship was, though, to be conducted
largely in the public sphere, via the medium of newspapers and reviews. The catalyst for so public a relationship was
undoubtedly Southey’s appointment as Poet Laureate in September 1813. Over the next decade or so Hazlitt produced a series
of reviews and essays devoted to Southey and his works. His observations on the new Poet Laureate appeared in the
Morning Chronicle on 18 and 20 September 1813, followed by his appraisal of the Laureate’s first
‘official’ publication (the ode Carmen Triumphale) in the pages of the same newspaper on 8 January 1814.
His critique was continued in a review of The Lay of the Laureate, gained new ferocity in pages of the
Examiner during the 1817 controversy over the illicit publication of Southey’s Wat
Tyler, continued in the Lectures on the English Poets (1818-19) and culminated in the pen-portrait
of Southey in The Spirit of the Age (1825).
Heber, Reginald (1783–1826; DNB):
younger half-brother of Richard Heber, he was ordained in 1807 and gained some reputation as an
Anglican theologian and hymn-writer. He was deeply interested in missionary work, was well-read on West and South Asia and
was an occasional contributor to the Quarterly Review. In 1823 his friend Wynn obtained for him the post of
Bishop of Calcutta and he died in India after a brief, but highly successful, term of office. Southey wrote a poem in
memory of Heber for the Life of Reginald Heber (1830).
Heber, Richard (1774–1833; DNB; Hist P):
book-collector. Son of Reginald Heber, clergyman and landowner. Educated at Brasenose College,
Oxford (BA 1796, MA, 1797). Heber edited some minor classical writers, but his main interest was his book collection,
which finally totalled over 100,000 volumes housed in eight different locations. Though he concentrated on early English
poetry and drama his library included classical works and a wide selection of European and Latin American literature.
Heber was exceptionally generous in lending his books, and let Southey use his copy of Amadis of Gaul.
Heber was MP for Oxford University 1821-1825, but resigned and spent several years on the continent after rumours of a
homosexual relationship began to circulate. However, he was never prosecuted and eventually returned to England.
Herries, John Charles (1778–1855; DNB; Hist
started his life in office in 1798 as a junior, but well-connected, civil servant at the
Treasury. He played an important part in the British war effort as Commissary-in-Chief 1811–1816, and later moved into
politics as Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1823–1827, and Chancellor of the Exchequer 1827–1828. Southey knew him
through Grosvenor Bedford and Herries proved helpful with franking Southey’s correspondence.
Hertford, Lord; Francis Ingram-Seymour-Conway, 2nd Marquess of Hertford (1743–1822;
Lord Chamberlain 1812–1821, and as such, a key figure in the appointment of Southey as Poet
Laureate in 1813.
Hill, Alfred (b. 1815):
fourth son of Herbert and Catherine Hill. He became a lawyer.
Hill, Catherine (1775–1848):
daughter of Lovelace Bigg-Wither (1741–1813), a Hampshire landowner. She and her sisters were
friends of Jane Austen (1775–1817; DNB). In 1808 she married Herbert Hill and the couple had six
Hill, Edward (1809–1900):
eldest son of Herbert and Catherine Hill. Southey greatly liked him and invited him to spend
the summer at Greta Hall in 1830. He became a clergyman and was Rector of Sheering, Essex, 1849–1899.
Hill, Herbert (c. 1749–1828):
Southey’s maternal uncle. Hill was the product of a second marriage, and after his father’s
death was left short of money (even having to ‘pay his own school bills when it was in his power’) and on extremely bad
terms with his older half-brother. Hill was educated at Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1772, MA 1774). From 1782–1807, he was
chaplain to the British factory at Lisbon. Hill took a paternal interest in his nephews, and helped finance Southey’s
education. Hill’s concern about Southey’s refusal to take the path mapped out for him (a path leading to ordination), his
relationship with Edith Fricker, and his politics, led him to visit England in 1795. He returned to Portugal with Southey
in tow. Oblivious to the fact that his nephew had married Edith the day before their departure, Hill used every
opportunity to introduce Southey to more suitable women. Nevertheless, the time Southey spent with his uncle in 1795–1796
greatly strengthened their relationship, which remained close until Hill’s death in 1828. Hill encouraged his nephew’s
interests in Spanish and Portuguese history and literature – the History of Brazil and the unfinished
History of Portugal were projects prompted by Hill, who supplied books and manuscripts for them. When
in 1806, the expected French invasion of Portugal forced Hill to contemplate returning to England, Southey was detailed to
go to Hill’s parish of Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire and investigate the mismanagement of tithe income. Hill returned to
this living in November 1807 and was the incumbent there until 1810, when the Duke of Bedford presented him to a parish in
Streatham, near London. In 1808 Hill had married a woman twenty-five years his junior, Catherine Bigg-Wither, a friend of
Jane Austen (1775–1817; DNB). The marriage produced six surviving children, all of whom were on good terms
with Southey and his family. Hill’s son and namesake, Herbert Hill Junior, married Southey’s daughter Bertha in 1839.
Southey dedicated his Colloquies (1829) to his uncle.
Hill, Herbert Junior, (1810–1892):
second son of Herbert and Catherine Hill. He married his cousin, Southey’s daughter Bertha, in
1839 and spent most of his life as a schoolmaster. He was Master of King’s School, Warwick, 1842–1876.
Hill, Errol (1812–1844):
third son of Herbert and Catherine Hill; a clergyman and Fellow of New College, Oxford. He was
reputed to have proposed marriage to Southey’s daughter Katherine (Kate), but was turned down.
Hill, Margaret (known as ‘Peggy’ and, occasionally, ‘Margery’) (d.
Southey’s cousin, probably the daughter of his mother’s brother Joseph Hill.
Hill, Thomas (1760–1840; DNB):
book-collector and part-proprietor of the Monthly Mirror. Born in Lancaster in May
1760, he went at an early age to London, where for many years he carried on an extensive business as a drysalter at
Queenhithe. He patronized Robert Bloomfield, whose The Farmer’s Boy he read in manuscript and recommended
to a publisher. In his role as part-owner of the Monthly Mirror he befriended one of its contributors, the
youthful Henry Kirke White. Southey believed that Hill owned probably ‘the best existing collection of English
Hogg, Edward (1783–1848):
doctor at Hendon and travel writer. With Paul Moon James he planned the idea of an edition of the
works of the Bristol poet, William Isaac Roberts, which appeared in 1811. Southey was sympathetic to the project and
agreed to promote the book amongst his friends and colleagues.
Hogg, James Ettrick (1770–1835; DNB):
a shepherd by upbringing, Hogg taught himself to read and write and became an admirer of the
verse of Burns. Scott employed him to help compile his collection of ballads, Minstrelsy of the Scottish
Border. Hogg published a collection of poems, The Mountain Bard, in 1807, and another,
The Forest Minstrel, in 1810. A fringe member of the Edinburgh literary set, Hogg communicated news of
forthcoming critical reviews to Southey, and was himself featured, mockingly, in Blackwoods
Hood, Alexander (1758-98):
naval officer, Captain of the Mars, in which Tom Southey served.
Killed 21 April 1798 when the Mars captured the French vessel, L’Hercule. Hood
and two of his brothers were later the subject of a memorial inscription by Southey.
Holland, Lord: see Fox, Henry Richard (1773–1840)
Holland, Lady: see Fox, Elizabeth Vassal (1771–1845)
Hood, Alexander, Viscount Bridport (1726–1814; DNB):
a cousin of the Captain of the Mars, Vice Admiral of England and
Commander of the Channel Fleet 1795-1800.
Hook, James (c. 1772–1828; DNB):
Dean of Worcester and brother of the writer and hoaxer Theodore Hook (1788–1841;
DNB). Educated at Westminster School and St Mary Hall, Oxford (his admission to Christ Church was
blocked in 1792 because of his involvement in ‘acts of insubordination’ whilst at school). Hook was one of the editors of
the schoolboy magazine, The Trifler, and a keen musician and artist. He was a friend of Southey’s during
his time at Westminster, but their friendship did not last beyond schooldays.
Horseman, John (1776–1844):
clergyman. The son of an Oxfordshire cleric, he was educated at Corpus Christi, Oxford (BA
1795), where he remained as a fellow from 1795–1819. He was Rector of Heydon and Little Chishill from 1810. He was a
university friend of Southey’s. Although they lost touch in the mid 1790s, in 1835 after a gap of ‘one and forty years’
Horseman wrote to Southey recalling their old acquaintance. At the time of their reunion, Southey was not aware that at
the height of the Wat Tyler controversy in 1817, a ‘John Horseman’ — presumably the same one — had sent his
political opponent William Smith (1756–1835) a transcript of another production of the Poet Laureate’s radical youth — ‘To
the Exiled Patriots’. Horseman’s letter is now in the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University.
Howe, Thomas (dates unknown):
clergyman. Possibly the son of John Howe of Honiton, Devon. Educated at Emmanuel College,
Cambridge and Balliol College, Oxford. Howe was Rector of Huntspill, Somerset 1804–1823. He was Southey’s tutor at Oxford
Hucks, Joseph (1772–1800):
writer. Educated at Cambridge, Hucks accompanied Samuel Taylor Coleridge on his 1794 tour,
publishing an account — A Pedestrian Tour Through North Wales, in a Series of Letters — the following year.
Southey — and Coleridge — renewed their acquaintance with him during their visit to Exeter in 1799 and Hucks contributed
three poems to Southey’s Annual Anthology (1800). He died of consumption in 1800. In an unpublished
preliminary notice to his Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) Southey recalled the ‘many pleasant
& rememberable hours’ he and Hucks had spent together.
Hunt, James Henry Leigh (1784–1859; DNB):
the child of radical, Unitarian parents, Hunt quickly earned a reputation as a poet and a
theatrical critic. In 1808–1821 he was the editor of the anti-government paper The Examiner, a role that
earned him two years in prison, 1813–1815, for attacking the Prince Regent. Southey was resentful of Hunt’s criticism of
Coleridge and Wordsworth and thoroughly disliked The Examiner and its politics. In later life Hunt became a
friend and supporter of Byron, Shelley and Keats and a well-known (though never a wealthy) man of letters.
Hutchinson, Sara (1775-1835):
daughter of a family of Yorkshire farmers, she was the younger sister of Mary Wordsworth.
Coleridge fell in love with her in winter 1799 during his first visit to the north of England and the Lakes. Over the next
decade, their relationship caused great distress to them and their respective families. Practical and eminently capable,
Sara, who never married, spent a great deal of time with the Wordsworths and their children. She also became a very close
friend of the Southey family, providing invaluable assistance after the death of Herbert Southey in 1816 and also in the
mid 1830s during Edith Southey’s confinement in The Retreat, York.
Jackson, William (1748-1809):
builder, owner and co-occupier of Greta Hall. A carrier by trade, Jackson was the model for
Wordsworth’s ‘Benjamin the Waggoner’.
James, Harry: (dates unknown):
he wrote to Southey in 1803–1804, claiming that he had submitted a poem for inclusion in the
Annual Anthology. Nothing further is known of him.
James, Paul Moon (1780–1854):
Birmingham Quaker, poet and banker. In 1808 he married Olivia Lloyd (1783–1854), sister of
Charles Lloyd. He was also editor of the poems of the Bristol writer William Isaac Roberts. Southey was sympathetic to
this project and promoted the book among his friends.
Jardine, Alexander (d. 1799; DNB):
army officer and author. He was appointed to the post of Consul in Galicia in 1791. He was
a friend of William Godwin and Joel Barlow (1754–1812; DNB), and his writings included Letters from Barbary, France, Spain, Portugal &c. (1788). He and Southey met during the latter’s
1795–1796 visit to the Iberian peninsula. He figures in both Southey’s correspondence from this period and in Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal (1797).
Jardine, David (1794–1860; DNB):
the eldest child of David Jardine (1766–1797), Minister of the Trim Street Unitarian Chapel,
Bath. Jardine was an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow and Southey helped his education by lending him books. He
later pursued a career in the law, becoming a magistrate and a legal historian.
Jardine, Mrs (first name and dates unknown):
widow of David Jardine (1766–1797), Minister of the Trim Street Unitarian Chapel, Bath. She was
the daughter of George Webster of Hampstead. The Jardines owned a small estate at Pickwick, near Bath.
Jeffrey, Francis, Lord (1773–1850; DNB; Hist
Scottish, Whig lawyer and critic, from 1803 editor of the Edinburgh Review and,
as such, Southey’s bête noire for damning reviews of his, Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s poetry (Jeffrey is credited with
identifying them as a school or sect of poets; see Edinburgh Review, 1 (October 1802), 63-83). Southey
affected indifference but was acutely sensitive to Jeffrey’s reviews. Jeffrey’s reluctance to support war with Napoleonic
France also incurred Southey’s wrath, as appears in the notes to Carmen Triumphale (1814), in which Southey
enjoys demonstrating how the Edinburgh’s predictions of defeat were erroneous as well as morale-sapping.
The two men met in Edinburgh in October 1805, and Southey ever after consoled himself for the printed criticisms by
remembering Jeffrey’s diminutive stature.
Jennings, James (1772–1833; DNB):
writer. Born in Huntspill, Somerset, son of a village shopkeeper, John Jennings, and his wife
Elizabeth Fear. Educated locally and at North Petherton School. Apprenticed to a Bristol apothecary in 1786. He
contributed poems to the European Magazine and in 1794 published The Times, a satire.
Jennings moved to London shortly after his marriage to Charlotte Sawier, probably the only daughter of Southey’s landlady
Mary Sawier, in 1795. He returned to work in his family’s shop in 1801 and remained in Huntspill until the mid-1810s, when
economic depression led to the failure of the business. He continued with his literary pursuits, contributing to the
Monthly Magazine (from 1807) and publishing Poems, Consisting of the Mysteries of Mendip, the
Magic Ball (1810). He returned to London in 1817 and worked as a professional writer, with some support from
Sir William Paxton, a wealthy banker. His works included the Family Cyclopaedia (1821), Observations
on Some of the Dialects of the West of England (1825) and Ornithologia (1828). He founded the
short-lived Metropolitan Literary Institution in 1823 and was editor of the Metropolitan Literary Journal
(1824). Jennings met Southey (and Coleridge) in Bristol in c. 1794. Although they were not close friends, he and Southey
corresponded (the correspondence has not survived) and remained in contact until c. 1828. Jennings was a great admirer of
Southey’s writing, but the admiration was not reciprocated. Southey nicknamed him ‘poor Trauma’ and ‘the traumatic poet’,
though he admired Jennings’s ‘moral character’. Jennings shared Southey’s interest in educational methods, and in 1813, in
collaboration with the local rector at Huntspill, established a school conducted on Lancaster and Bell’s monitorial
systems. Jennings included anecdotes of Southey and Coleridge’s early careers in the Metropolitan Literary
Jervis, Admiral John, 1st Earl of St Vincent (1735-1823; DNB;
Commander in Chief of the British Mediterranean Fleet 1796-9, 1800-1801, First Sea Lord
Kelly, Montague Henry (dates unknown):
educated at Westminster School (adm. 1786). A friend of Southey’s during his
Kenyon, John (1784–1856; DNB):
when a resident of Nether Stowey he was introduced to Southey, Wordsworth and Coleridge by Thomas
Poole. Kenyon was a very wealthy man, with extensive land holdings in Jamaica. He was well known for his generosity and
contributed to the costs of Derwent Coleridge’s education. He was one of the party who accompanied Southey on his final
tour of France in 1838.
Kidd, John (1775–1851):
doctor and author of medical treatises. Educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford
(matric. 1793, BA 1797). A friend of Southey’s during his time at Oxford, and possibly a school friend as well.
King, John [Nicholas Johann Koenig] (1766-1846):
Bristol-based surgeon, painter and linguist, originally from Berne, Switzerland. He came to England
in the 1790s and studied medicine under John Abernethy (1764-1831; DNB) at St Bartholomew’s Hospital,
before settling at Clifton in Bristol. He married Emmeline Edgeworth, a sister of the novelist Maria (1768-1849;
DNB). Southey came to know King well when he succeeded Davy in his role at the Pneumatic Institution in
1801. Southey saw much less of King after he moved to Keswick in 1803, but he continued to speak warmly of his personal
qualities and medical skill.
King, Emmeline (1770–1847):
younger sister of Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849; DNB). She married John King in 1802 and
the couple had two daughters.
Knighton, Sir William (1776–1836; DNB):
courtier and physician. He became a friend of Henry Herbert Southey while the two men were
studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and set up a London practice in 1806. He became physician to the Prince
of Wales (the future George IV) in 1810 and gradually assumed the role of sorting out the Prince’s tangled finances. In
1822 he became Keeper of the Privy Purse and, effectively, George IV’s private secretary.
Koster, John Theodore (1750-1828):
English sugar merchant, whom Southey met in Portugal during his visit of 1800-1801 and
again in Liverpool in 1804. Koster lodged in Keswick in 1815-1816 after suffering heavy financial losses and later
relocated to France, where he died at Bordeaux. Koster’s home in Lisbon was a meeting place for those interested in the
arts and sciences and he was a man of wide interests, a member of the Portuguese Royal Academy of Sciences and a writer on
economic matters, including A Statement of the Trade in Gold Bullion (1811). His son, Henry Koster, was also
a friend of Southey’s.
Koster, Henry (1793–1820):
son of the Lisbon merchant, John Theodore Koster. At the age of only sixteen his father sent him
to Brazil, both for his health and to set up as a sugar planter. Koster travelled extensively in Pernambuco and returned
to England only briefly in 1811 and again in 1815. On the latter occasion, his visit to Southey in Keswick turned into a
prolonged stay after Koster was injured in a coach accident. Koster had already aided Southey’s History of
Brazil (1810–1819) by locating manuscript material in Pernambuco; in 1815 he helped Southey decipher
Portuguese texts and set about translating the first volume of the History of Brazil into Portuguese. He
also accompanied Southey on his visit to the Low Countries in the autumn of 1815. Southey encouraged Koster to publish his
journal of his time in Brazil as Travels in Brazil (1816), a widely admired book that is still an important
source for the social history of North East Brazil. Koster returned to Pernambuco in 1816 and died there in 1820.
Koster, Susanna Maria (née Carrett; 1760–1842):
wife of John Theodore Koster, whom she married in Lisbon in 1778. The couple had twelve children,
many of whom died young.
Lamb, Charles (1775–1834; DNB):
essayist. Educated at Christ’s Hospital, where he was a friend of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he
was later a clerk at the East India Company. Lamb and Southey met in 1795. Their relationship started to blossom in 1797,
when Lamb — accompanied by Charles Lloyd — paid Southey an unexpected visit. Southey and Lamb shared an interest in
Francis Quarles (1592–1644; DNB). They quarrelled briefly — and publicly — in 1823, but were reconciled.
Although they corresponded, Southey’s letters to Lamb have not survived.
Lamb, Mary Anne (1764-1847; DNB):
writer. Sister of Charles Lamb. She suffered from bouts of insanity and in 1796 she killed
their mother. After this incident she was cared for by her brother or in asylums. The siblings wrote Tales from
Shakespeare (1809) together.
Lamb, Thomas Davis (1775–1818; Hist P):
politician. The eldest son of Thomas Phillipps Lamb and his wife Elizabeth Davis. Educated
at Westminster (adm. 1788); Edinburgh University (1792) and Christ Church, Oxford (matric. Dec 1793). Lamb’s family were
wealthy, politically influential and well-connected. His father was the government manager at Rye, Sussex. Lamb’s career
benefited from the patronage of Lord Liverpool (1727–1808; DNB) and his eldest son, Lord Hawkesbury, a
future Prime Minister. Lamb was private secretary to Hawkesbury, then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1801–1802,
and in 1802 was offered but rejected the consulship at Lisbon, a post worth between £2000–2500 per year. He sat as an MP
for Rye from 1802–1806, though he seems never to have spoken in the House of Commons. He vacated his seat when appointed
to the post of Law Clerk at the Home Office by the Ministry of ‘Talents’. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather
and father, he was Mayor of Rye from 1803–1804, 1809–1810 and 1816–1817. He never married. Southey described Lamb as ‘one
of my oldest — & once one of my most intimate friends’. The two met whilst pupils at Westminster and Southey stayed
with Lamb’s family in Rye on more than one occasion. They drifted apart (though, Southey later noted, ‘without
dissention’) during Southey’s time at Oxford. Lamb seems to have made an effort to renew their acquaintance, seeking
Southey out in London in 1802. In later years, however, Southey’s opinion of him soured. He described him as one who had
‘discarded decency’ and on reading of Lamb’s death in a newspaper admitted that he had: ‘ ... thought more of him, poor
fellow, in consequence, than I had done for the last four-and-twenty years ... [He] had become a mere idle heir of
fortune, and not having his estates to manage while his father lived, had not even that occupation to keep him from
frivolities. He was an old man at thirty, and that too being of a family in which it is degeneracy to die at an age short
Lamb, Thomas Phillipps (?1752–1819; Hist P):
politician. The father of Thomas Davis Lamb. He was married to Elizabeth Davis and lived
at Mountsfield Lodge, near Rye. By the mid-eighteenth century the Lamb family had become the dominant force on Rye
corporation and wielded great political influence in the borough. Lamb was the government agent in Rye and sat as an MP
for the town 1812–1816 and 1819, though (like his son) he is not known to have spoken in the House of Commons. He was
Mayor of Rye some 18 times between 1775–1817. Southey twice visited the Lambs home in Rye in 1791 and 1792 and was on
excellent terms with Thomas Phillipps Lamb, perhaps seeing him as a surrogate father-figure. Their correspondence lapsed
during Southey’s time at Oxford and was briefly renewed in 1798.
Lancaster, Joseph (1778–1838; DNB):
the educationalist whose monitorial system of teaching mirrored that of Southey’s friend
Andrew Bell. Although a Quaker, and opposed to corporal punishment, Lancaster’s disciplinary methods, involving public
humiliation and confinement, lost him Southey’s approval. Bell relentlessly promoted his own Anglican educational system
over Lancaster’s, and Lancaster found greater success in the United States, Mexico and South America.
Landor, Julia (née Thuillier; 1794–1879; DNB):
the daughter of an unsuccessful banker, she married Landor on 24 May 1811. They lived firstly on
Landor’s estate at Lanthony and then in Italy. The Landors had three sons and one daughter, but by the 1830s their
marriage was troubled. Landor left his wife in 1835 and settled first in England and then Italy.
Landor, Robert Eyres (1781–1869; DNB):
writer and clergyman. Youngest brother of Walter Savage Landor.
Landor, Walter Savage (1775-1864; DNB):
writer and poet (in English and Latin) whose 1798 Gebir, Southey declared,
contained ‘some of the most exquisite poetry in the language’. Landor inherited wealth in 1805 and in 1808 met Southey at
Bristol, offering to pay for the publication of future poems that Southey might write. Thus encouraged, Southey completed
The Curse of Kehama (1810), sending drafts to Landor, and Roderick the Last of the Goths
(1814). In 1812 Landor himself published a blank verse tragedy on Spain, Count Julian, with Southey’s help.
In 1808 Landor went to Spain to fight with the Spanish against their French occupiers. Upon landing at Corunna, he
‘immediately gave the governor ten thousand reals for the relief of Venturada, which had been sacked by the French’. He
engaged in some minor action at Bilbao and ‘had the satisfaction of serving three launches with powder and muskets, and of
carrying on my shoulders six or seven miles a child too heavy for its exhausted mother’ (quoted by Malcolm Elwin,
Savage Landor (London, 1941), pp. 101–102). Thoroughly disgusted by the Convention of Cintra, and
believing that he had been insulted by Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779–1845; DNB), British
envoy to the Spanish juntas in French-occupied Spain, he returned to England and from 1809, he lived at Llanthony Abbey in
Wales, where Southey visited him in 1811. Landor left England to live in France and Italy in 1814. He received Southey’s
advice on his Imaginary Conversations (1824-46), visited Southey in Keswick in 1832, returned to England in
1836 and met Southey for the last time in Bristol in 1837. In 1843 Landor published a tribute after Southey’s death in
The Examiner; he also sought advancement for Charles Cuthbert, Southey’s son, in the church. Admired by
Dickens, Browning, Swinburne and Trollope, Landor spent his final years in Italy and died in Florence.
Lawrence, Mary (d. after 1851):
a Unitarian member of the circle of William Roscoe in Liverpool, whom Southey met on his visit
there in February 1808. Lawrence ran a school, the Gateacre Academy, with her sisters Sarah and Eliza. A native of
Birmingham, she moved to Leamington in later life.
Le Grice, Samuel (1775–1802):
soldier. The younger brother of Coleridge’s school fellow, Charles Valentine Le Grice
(1773–1858). Educated at Christ’s Hospital, where he was a contemporary and friend of Charles Lamb, and Trinity College,
Cambridge. He obtained an army commission and died in Jamaica.
Lewis, Richard (1771–1843):
clergyman and schoolmaster. Educated at Balliol and Corpus Christi Colleges, Oxford (matric.
1792, BA 1796). He became a curate and master of the grammar school in Honiton, Devon. A friend of Southey’s at Oxford,
they lost touch in later years.
Lightfoot, Nicholas (c. 1771/2–1847):
clergyman and schoolmaster. Son of Nicholas Lightfoot of Moretonhampstead, Devon. Educated
at Balliol College, Oxford (matric. 1790, BA 1794). Perpetual curate for Churcheton, Devon from 1795 and Rector of
Stockleigh Pomeroy from 1831–1847. Southey met Lightfoot at Balliol and their friendship endured until his death. Southey
briefly considered sending his brother Edward Southey to be educated by Lightfoot and in later life stayed with him during
visits to the south west of England.
Littleton, Edward, Sir (1726–1812; Hist P):
squire of Penkridge, Staffordshire, who lived at Teddesley Hall, where Mary Barker
resided as his companion. Littleton was MP for Staffordshire from 1784 to 1812. Mary Barker’s brother-in-law, William
Brewe (dates unknown), was his steward.
Liverpool, Lord: Jenkinson, Robert Banks, Lord Hawkesbury/2nd Earl of Liverpool
(1770–1828; DNB; Hist P):
a Tory politician who was successively Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Secretary of State
for War and the Colonies and then, from 1812–1827, Prime Minister. Southey wrote to him directly in 1817, urging further
measures to suppress the Radical press.
Llangollen, Ladies of:
Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1739–1829; DNB) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755–1832;
DNB), two Anglo-Irish women who lived together at Plas Newydd in North Wales from 1780, despite the
disapproval of their families. The precise nature of their relationship fascinated contemporaries and has continued to
attract speculation. Southey visited them in 1811.
Lloyd, Charles (1775–1839; DNB):
poet. Eldest child of Charles, a wealthy Quaker banker, and his wife Mary. He matriculated at
Caius College, Cambridge in 1798 but did not take his degree. He married Sophia Pemberton in 1799 and they moved to
Ambleside in 1800. His works included: contributions to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Poems (1797),
Blank Verse (1798) (co-authored with Charles Lamb), the controversial roman-à-clef Edmund Oliver (1798), Nugae Canorae (1819), Desultory Thoughts in
London (1821), Poetical Essays on the Character of Pope (1821), and The Duke
d’Ormond (1822). Lloyd met Southey at Burton in August 1797, when he and Charles Lamb unexpectedly
turned up on Southey’s doorstep. Lloyd remained with Southey and his family for several months. Southey recognised in him
a fellow man of strong emotions, a kindred — yet also unlike — spirit, and worried that Lloyd’s ‘feelings ... are not so
blunt as we could wish them — or as they should be for his own happiness’. Indeed Lloyd’s continued presence was
increasingly unwelcome and in 1798 his tale-telling led to a major quarrel between Southey and Coleridge which was not
healed until 1799. After Southey moved to Keswick in 1803, he and his family saw Lloyd, who lived at Low Brathay near
Ambleside, regularly. Lloyd’s later life was clouded by mental illness. He was briefly confined in the Quaker-run asylum
The Retreat, York, and died in a sanatorium near Versailles. In his edition of Cowper (1836–1837), Southey made his final
public observations on Lloyd’s tragic history: ‘[his] intellectual powers were of a very high order ... when in company
with persons who were not informed of his condition, no one could descry in him the slightest appearance of a deranged
Lloyd, Charles, Senior (1748–1828; DNB):
Quaker banker and translator of Homer. Father of Charles Lloyd.
Lloyd, Sophia: see Pemberton, Sophia (d. 1830)
Locker, Edward Hawke (1777–1849; DNB):
Locker initially held a number of administrative posts in the Navy, concluding his career
as private secretary to Lord Exmouth (1757–1833; DNB) during the latter’s time as commander in the
Mediterranean, 1811–1814. Southey first wrote to Locker in search of information for his History of the Peninsular
War (1823–1832), but the two shared many interests and the correspondence continued. Locker was the editor of
the patriotic journal, the Plain Englishman (1820–1823), to which Southey contributed poems, and played an
important role in developing Greenwich Naval Hospital 1819–1844.
Locker, Eleanor (d. 1861):
she married Edward Hawke Locker on 28 February 1815.
Longman, Thomas Norton (1771-1842; DNB):
senior partner in a long-established and prestigious firm of London publishers. Southey began
publishing with Longman and his partners in 1799 and their association continued until his final collection,
Poetical Works (1837-1838). Southey often jokingly referred to the firm as ‘the Long Men’ or ‘Our
Fathers’ (since their premises were in Paternoster Row). He also nicknamed Longman ‘Artaxerxes’ (465–424 BC) and ‘the King
of Persia’ because the Persian emperor had been named Longimanus by the Romans.
Longmire, John Martyn (1781–1854):
Rector of Hargrave, Northamptonshire, 1805–1818, and Curate of Westwood, Wiltshire,
1825–1851. Longmire was a well-connected evangelical clergyman, the nephew of Thomas Martyn (1735–1825;
DNB), Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, 1762–1825. In 1812 Longmire wrote to Southey to thank
him for the moral lessons and biblical parallels that could be drawn from Thalaba the Destroyer (1801),
which had strengthened his faith. Southey was surprised and amused, but replied politely.
Losh, James (1763–1833; DNB):
barrister. Second son of John Losh. Born at Woodside, Carlisle, he was educated at Trinity
College, Cambridge (BA 1786) and Lincoln’s Inn (called to the Bar 1789). He visited Paris in 1792 and on his return to
England moved in a circle of metropolitan and Cambridge-based radicals and reformers that included George Dyer, William
Godwin, John Horne Tooke (1736–1812; DNB), John Tweddell (1769–1799; DNB), Felix Vaughan
(dates unknown), and William Wordsworth. In 1795–1796, ill-health forced his relocation to Bath, where he moved in the
same circles as Southey. Losh was amongst the earliest readers of the manuscript of the first complete version of
Madoc and had literary ambitions of his own, publishing an edition of Milton’s
Areopagitica (1791) and a translation of Benjamin Constant’s Observations on the Strength of the
Present Government in France (1797). He married Cecilia Baldwin in February 1798 and moved permanently to
Newcastle at the end of the same year. In later life he was a successful lawyer, businessman and local politician.
a family of Bristol-based Quakers and pin manufacturers. Robert Lovell (1746-1804) and his
first wife Edith Bourne (1745-1782) had two sons, Joseph and Robert (Southey’s brother-in-law), and five daughters.
Lovell’s second marriage to Lydia Hill (1754-1816) produced five more children. Southey was on reasonable terms with all
the Lovells, but their relationship was clouded by struggles over adequate financial provision for the son and widow of
Lovell, Mary: see Fricker, Mary (1771-1862)
Lovell, Robert (1771–1796; DNB):
poet. Born in Bristol, the son of a wealthy Quaker manufacturer (initially of cabinets and
later of pins), and his first wife Edith Bourne, a Quaker minister. Lovell possibly entered the manufacturing business (on
his death he was described as a pin manufacturer) but was ill at ease in the commercial world. In 1794 he married Mary
Fricker. His family disapproved of the match because she was not a Quaker and had worked as an actress. Their son, also
named Robert, was born in 1795. Lovell died at Bristol on 3 May 1796 of a fever contracted on a trip to Salisbury and
exacerbated by refusing to take medical advice before returning home. One of his final letters to his wife is in the
Huntington Library, San Marino, another in Bristol Reference Library. Lovell’s father was reluctant to provide regular
financial support for Mary Lovell and her child, and both became part of Southey’s extended household. Lovell and Southey
were introduced by Sarah Fricker in Bristol in late 1793. Lovell was also a poet, his Bristol: A Satire
appeared in 1794, and he and Southey embarked on a period of collaboration: planning two co-authored collections, only one
of which was published under the pseudonyms ‘Bion’ [Southey] and ‘Moschus’ [Lovell] in late 1794. Lovell was also involved
in the 1794 revisions to Southey’s Joan of Arc. The advent of Coleridge in summer–autumn 1794 seems to have
led (at least temporarily) to a reorientation of literary relationships. Lovell was pushed to the margins. His
contribution to The Fall of Robespierre was dropped and Coleridge was openly critical of his
poetry. Lovell was, however, involved in Pantisocracy and it was through him that Southey and Coleridge were introduced to
Joseph Cottle. After Lovell’s death, Southey tried — and failed — to produce a subscription edition of his poems, to raise
money for his widow and child. However, Lovell’s writings were included in the Annual Anthology (1799 and
1800) and Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807). In a notice published in Literary Memoirs of
Living Authors of Great Britain (1798), David Rivers described Lovell’s poetry as being ‘entitled to
considerable distinction’. Southey described receiving the news of Lovell’s death as ‘the most sudden check I ever
experienced’. The full extent of their relationship is difficult to gauge because of the survival of only two letters from
what must have been an extensive correspondence.
Lovell, Robert, Junior (1795-1836):
the son of Mary and Robert Lovell, his father’s early death left him with few prospects
(significantly less than those of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s children, whose paternal relations were capable of greater
generosity). In 1803 the money paid by the Lovell family for his education ceased. Southey and John May tried to get
Robert Lovell Junior into Christ’s Hospital. They failed. The boy was apprenticed to a London printer and effectively
separated from his mother, who lived with the Southeys in Keswick. The impact of this on his character seems to have been
profound. In 1836 his first cousin Sara Coleridge described his lack of social skills: ‘From nine years old he has had to
shift and scramble a good deal for himself, to bear up against a hard world which would have crushed <or injured>
the frame it did not render to a certain degree tough & unyielding ... [he] never had the opportunity of acquiring a
taste for domestic, scarcely even for social enjoyment: we ought not to wonder that he is deficient in many qualities
which can only be fostered thereby.’ Robert Lovell Junior predeceased his mother. He disappeared whilst on a European
walking tour in 1836.
Lowther, William, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1757–1844; DNB):
from 1802, when he inherited vast estates in Cumberland and Westmoreland, one of the
wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the country. A Tory, Lowther became the patron of Wordsworth, arranging for him
to be given the government post of Distributor of Stamps. Southey and Lowther were on good terms, and Southey made several
visits to Lowther castle.
Lundie, Revd Robert (1774–1832):
educated at University of Edinburgh. He married Mary Grey on 27 April 1813 and was Minister of
Kelso. He worked with John and James Ballantyne on the Edinburgh Annual Register, producing the yearly
‘Chronicle’ from late 1810. He was one of the financial guarantors of their co-partnership, along with Walter Scott. He
was described as ‘highly and justly respected, and esteemed for the urbanity of his manner, his unaffected piety, and
other excellent qualities’ (James Haig, A Topographical and Historical Account of the Town of Kelso
(Edinburgh, 1825), p. 119).
Maber, George Martin (d. 1844):
clergyman. Educated at St Paul’s School, London and then at Cambridge. He was personal
chaplain to Lord Bute and from 1795 Rector of Merthyr Tydfil. Maber and Southey met during a voyage to Portugal in
Malone, Catherine (c. 1749–1831):
unmarried sister of Lord Sunderlin. Southey got to know the family well when they visited the
Lakes in 1812–1813.
Maurice, Michael (1766-1855):
Unitarian minister and schoolmaster. Born at Eastwood, Yorkshire, he was educated at Leeds
Grammar, Hoxton Academy and Hackney College. In 1787 he converted to Unitarianism. From 1787-1792 he was assistant
minister of the Old Meeting, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He was a foundation member of the Unitarian Society in 1791 and in
1792 was elected evening preacher at the chapel at Hackney in which Joseph Priestley preached in the mornings. In 1794 he
married Priscilla Hurry, daughter of a Yarmouth timber merchant. They had ten children, of whom the fifth was the
theologian Frederick Denison Maurice (1805–1872; DNB). Maurice was distantly connected by marriage to
William Taylor. The latter was involved in securing a place for Henry Herbert Southey at the school Maurice ran at
Normanston manor house, near the Suffolk port of Lowestoft.
May, John (1775–1856):
merchant, financier and business agent. A member of a wealthy family, both his father (Joseph) and
grandfather were successful merchants in Lisbon. He was educated at Newcome’s Academy, Hackney, where he was taught by
George Coleridge, with whom he became lifelong friends. May went to Lisbon in 1793, in order to learn the family trade,
returning to England in 1796. May married Susannah Frances Livius in 1799. The marriage produced four children. May and
Southey met in Portugal in 1796. Their friendship was to last until the latter’s death. May acted as a financial adviser
and agent to Southey, lending him money — including sums to finance Henry Herbert Southey’s education — and purchasing
goods on his behalf. Southey reciprocated when May experienced a severe financial crisis in 1821 by lending him his life
savings of £620. May visited the Southeys on several occasions and acted as godfather to Southey’s two eldest children —
Margaret Edith and Edith May, the latter named in his honour. The Poet’s Pilgrimage to Waterloo (1816) was
dedicated to him ‘in testimony of the highest esteem and affection’.
May, Susannah Frances (née Livius; 1767–1830):
wife of John May, whom she married in 1799.
Mitford, George (1760–1842):
educated at Edinburgh University he practised briefly as a surgeon and in later life assumed
the unauthorised title of ‘Doctor’. He married Mary Russell (1750–1830), a distant and wealthy relation of the Dukes of
Bedford. Their only child was the writer Mary Russell Mitford (1787–1855; DNB). Mitford’s inverate
gambling, social pretensions and extravagant expenditure brought his family close to ruin on several occasions. Southey
wrote to Mitford in 1812 to acknowledge receipt of copies of works by Mary Russell Mitford.
Mitford, John (1781–1859; DNB):
Suffolk clergyman, who took little interest in his parochial duties but played an important role
in London literary life. He was a noted editor (especially of the works of Thomas Gray), editor of the Gentlemans
Magazine 1834–1850, and close friend of Samuel Rogers and Bernard Barton. In 1810 he wrote to Southey for
advice about his poem, Agnes, the Indian Captive (1811).
Montagu, Anna Dorothea (née Benson; 1773–1856):
a former friend of Robert Burns, the widow of Thomas Skepper, a lawyer in York, and daughter of
Edward Benson, a York wine merchant. She was Mary Barker’s friend, and married Basil Montagu in 1808.
Montagu, Basil (1770–1851; DNB):
lawyer and author, illegitimate son of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718–1792;
DNB) and the actress Martha Ray (d. 1779; DNB). Montague, like Southey, was a member of
Gray’s Inn, and was called to the Bar in 1798. He was a friend of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and in
1795 Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, undertook the upbringing of his two-year old son, Basil (1793-1830), by his first
wife who had died in childbirth in 1793. His second marriage, in 1806, was to Laura Rush (d. 1806). Like his first wife,
she died in childbirth. In 1808 Montagu married his housekeeper and children’s governess, Anna Dorothea Benson
(1773–1856). Montagu had three sons with his second wife, and two sons and a daughter with his third.
Montgomery, James (1771–1854; DNB):
a radical journalist and poet. His father was a Moravian pastor and missionary and Montgomery
was educated at the Moravian school at Fulneck, near Leeds. He was the editor of the Sheffield Iris
newspaper from 1794 to 1825, and was twice imprisoned in the 1790s for publishing articles critical of the authorities. He
authored The Wanderer of Switzerland (1807), a poem severely criticised in the Edinburgh
Review (Southey sympathised). He also wrote the anti-slavery poem The West Indies (1809) and a
series of long historical epics, including Greenland (1819). Southey admired much about Montgomery’s verse
(a feeling he shared with Byron), and Southey and Montgomery were occasional correspondents.
Moore, Thomas (1779–1852; DNB):
Irish poet, playwright, and satirist, who in later life turned to writing biography, including a
life of his friend Byron, whose Whig politics he shared. As a poet Moore achieved commercial success with his
Poetical Works of the Late Thomas Little (1801); subsequent volumes included Irish
Melodies (1808-1834), Intercepted Letters, or, The Twopenny Post-Bag (1813), and The
Fudge Family in Paris (1818). Southey’s oriental romances Thalaba and Kehama
were important influences on Moore’s Lalla Rookh (1814). However, he did not hold Moore’s work in high
regard and in 1807 used an Annual Review essay on the latter’s Epistles, Odes and Other
Poems (1806) to accuse him of being ‘a corrupter of the public morals’.
More, Hannah (1745–1833; DNB):
writer and philanthropist. Southey and More met in October 1795, when he visited her house at
Cowslip Green, just outside Bristol.
Morgan, John James (d. 1820):
businessman. His friendship with Southey dated from their time as pupils at Williams’
School, Bristol. From 1810–1816, Morgan and his wife took in Samuel Taylor Coleridge and attempted to cure him of his
opium addiction. When Morgan’s finances collapsed in 1813, Southey, Charles Lamb and other friends contributed to an
annuity for him.
Morgan, Mary (b. 1782):
the wife of one of Southey’s oldest friends, John James Morgan.
Murray, John Samuel (1778–1843; DNB):
publisher, who inherited his business from his father, John (1737–1793; DNB). After
Murray took sole control of the firm in 1803, he proved a shrewd businessman. He published everything from cookery books
and cheap reprints to the works of Byron, Scott, Crabbe and Jane Austen. After he purchased the business and premises at
50 Albermarle Street of William Miller (1769–1844; DNB) in 1812, he was at the centre of London literary
life. In 1809 Murray launched the Quarterly Review, to which Southey became a contributor, and the two
began to correspond regularly. Murray also published some of Southey’s other works, most importantly the Life of
Nelson (1813), which developed from an article in the Quarterly Review.
Nares, Robert (1753–1829; DNB):
philologist, clergyman and reviewer. From 1779–1783 Nares was tutor to Charles Watkin Williams
Wynn and his older brother, Watkin. He was Usher at Westminster School from 1786–1788, where he continued his tutoring of
the Wynn boys and where he undoubtedly met Charles Wynn’s friend Southey. In 1793 Nares was the founder-editor of the
pro-government review the British Critic.
Nash, Edward (1778–1821):
a painter who travelled in the Netherlands with Southey and his family in 1815 and who illustrated
The Poet’s Pilgrimage to Waterloo (1816). Best known for his miniatures, Nash painted Southey, and a
double portrait of Edith May Southey and Sara Coleridge, in 1820.
Neale, Cornelius (1789–1823):
clergyman and writer. He was the son of James Neale (c. 1760–1814), a china manufacturer and
member of the London Missionary Society. Educated at St John’s, Cambridge, Cornelius was appointed to a curacy in
Leicestershire after his ordination. His Mustapha: A Tragedy (1814) was dedicated to Southey.
Nichols, John [as Editor of the Gentleman’s Magazine] (1745-1826;
editor and owner of the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1792-1826. Printer, author and noted
antiquarian. Among his many works was Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century (1812-1815).
Opie, Amelia (1769–1853; DNB):
writer. Born in Norwich, her father was the physician James Alderson (d. 1825). Brought up in
progressive, Unitarian circles, she published poetry in the radical Norwich periodical, The Cabinet, in
1794. In 1798 she married the painter, John Opie (1761-1807; DNB) and moved to London, only returning to
Norwich on his death in 1807. Opie contributed poems to Southey’s Annual Anthology (1799) and (1800) and
became a prolific novelist after the success of Father and Daughter (1801). In 1825 she converted to
Quakerism and devoted the rest of her life to charitable works.
a close friend of Southey’s aunt, Elizabeth Tyler. Her father was John Palmer (1702/3–1788),
proprietor of the Theatre Royal, Bath, and her only brother the theatre proprietor and postal reformer John Palmer
Parry, Caleb Hillier (1755-1832; DNB):
physician. He was educated at the Warrington Academy and Edinburgh and settled in Bath in
November 1779. He developed a large practice and participated in local scientific and agricultural societies. His
An Inquiry into the Symptoms and Causes of the Syncope Anginosa Commonly Called Angina Pectoris (1799)
was the first monograph on the pathology of angina pectoris. Parry was a friend of Edward Jenner (1749-1823;
DNB), and dedicatee of the latter’s book on vaccination. His celebrity patients included Edmund Burke
(1729/30-1797; DNB). He was the father of Charles Henry Parry (1779-1860; DNB), who was a
companion of Coleridge on his visit to the Harz Mountains in 1799. Parry and Southey undoubtedly knew each other via
mutual friends in Bath. They corresponded in 1798 about a print of Joan of Arc.
Parsons, John (1761-1819):
Master of Balliol College, Oxford 1798-1819.
Parsons, William, Sir (1745/6–1817; DNB):
musician and composer. He held the post of Master of the King’s Music from 1786 until his
death. As Poet Laureate, Southey sent him his New Year’s Odes to set to music. The music composed by Parsons for Southey’s
Odes was not performed and has not survived.
Peachy, Emma Frances (née Charter; d. 1809):
wife of Colonel and later Lieutenant-General William Peachy, from a family resident in Bishops
Lydeard, Somerset, where she continued to spend winters after her marriage, Southey visiting on at least one occasion. In
summer, Peachy was fond of rowing her boat on Derwentwater, near her home on Derwent Isle. Southey wrote an epitaph for
her when she died, recalling her gliding across the lake in her skiff. Through Peachy, Southey was introduced to her uncle
Sir Charles Malet (1752–1815) and his family.
Peachy, Susannah (dates unknown):
the second wife of William Peachy, whom she married in 1812. She was the widow of James Henry of
Peachy, William, Colonel and later Lieutenant-General (c. 1763-1838; Hist
a Keswick resident, MP for Yarmouth (1797-1802) and Taunton (1826-30). An officer in the
Wiltshire militia and a convivial host at his home in Keswick and later on Derwent Isle, Derwentwater. Southey was very
fond of Peachy’s wife, Emma Frances Charter, for whom he wrote a poetic epitaph when she died in 1809. His third daughter,
Emma (February 1808-May 1809), was named after her. Others in the Peachy circle who visited the Lakes were his
sister-in-law Elizabeth Charter and her uncle Sir Charles Malet (1752-1815) and his family, and Peachy’s second wife, a
widow, Mrs James Henry.
Peacock (first name and dates unknown):
Southey lodged with Peacock and his wife in Newington Butts in 1797. Peacock was involved in
the book trade, possibly as a travelling salesman. The Peacocks were unhappily married and later in life Mrs Peacock was
central in having her husband committed to a private asylum. On at least two occasions, Peacock wrote to Southey from his
‘place of confinement’ and in 1816 Southey made enquiries about his case.
Peckwell, Robert Henry (later Blosset; 1776–1823):
lawyer. Eldest son of Revd Henry and Bella Peckwell. In 1811, he assumed his mother’s
surname. Educated Westminster (adm. 1785) and Christ Church, Oxford (matric. 1792, BA 1796, MA 1799). Admitted to
Lincoln’s Inn 1795, called to the Bar 1801; Serjeant-at-Law 1809. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bengal, 1821;
knighted 1822. Author of Cases on Controverted Elections in the Second Parliament of the United Kingdom
(1805–1806). He never married. Peckwell was a friend of Southey’s during his time at Westminster School and
Pegge, Christopher (d. 1822):
a fellow of Christ Church, Oxford and from 1790 Lees Reader in Anatomy. He was elected a
Fellow of the Royal Society in 1795 and was knighted in 1799.
Pemberton, Sophia (d. 1830):
daughter of a Birmingham manufacturer, she married Charles Lloyd on 24 April 1799. They
moved to Old Brathay, near Ambleside, in 1800. They had nine children and a notably happy family life, despite Charles
Lloyd’s bouts of mental instability. Thomas De Quincey claimed that ‘as a wife and mother’ Sophia was
Perceval, Spencer (1762–1812; DNB; Hist P):
Chancellor of the Exchequer 1807–1812, and Prime Minister 1809–1812. Southey admired
Perceval’s opposition to Catholic Emancipation and Perceval was reported to be impressed by Southey’s attacks on
Methodism. Perceval’s assassination in 1812 deeply shocked Southey, as it seemed to reveal popular sympathy with
Perceval’s killer and to weaken the government’s hostility to Catholic Emancipation.
Phillimore, Joseph (1775–1855; DNB):
lawyer. Educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford (matric. 1793, BA 1797,
BCL 1800, DCL 1804). He won prizes at Christ Church for Latin verse (1793) and prose (1798), and the University English
essay prize (1798) for his dissertation, ‘Chivalry’. Southey and Phillimore met at Westminster School, and their
friendship lasted until the end of Southey’s time at Oxford. When Southey returned to Oxford in 1820 to receive an
honorary DCL, Phillimore, by then Regius Professor of Civil Law, participated in the degree ceremony. Phillimore was not
very tall, hence his nickname ‘little Joe’.
Phillips, Richard (1767–1840; DNB):
author and publisher, initially in Leicester and from 1795 in London. In 1796 he founded the
progressive Monthly Magazine, employing firstly John Aikin and from 1806 George Gregory as its editor. A
radical and republican, Phillips himself wrote anti-government articles for the periodical under the signature ‘Common
Sense’. Phillips’s business prospered in the first decade of the nineteenth century. In 1807 he was elected a sheriff of
London and in 1808 he was knighted. His fortunes declined in the 1810s and he retired to Brighton in 1823, dying there in
1840. Southey contributed poems and letters to the Monthly Magazine from 1796 and thus had a professional
relationship with Phillips. However, he did not have a high opinion of him. In 1812 he cautioned that the publisher was
‘one of the most accomplished rogues in his majestys dominions’. Southey also shared Coleridge’s view of Phillips’s
vegetarianism: ‘whatever might be thought of innate Ideas, there could be no doubt to a man who had seen Phillips of the
existence of innate Beef.’
Poole, Thomas (1766–1837; DNB):
tanner and farmer of Nether Stowey in Somerset. He met Southey and Coleridge during their
walking tour of 1794 and became a friend of both and a crucial financial support to Coleridge. Poole helped untangle the
financial difficulties left by Coleridge’s failed periodical, The Watchman, found a house at Nether Stowey
for Coleridge’s family in 1797 and provided much financial assistance for them while Coleridge was in Germany in
1798-1799. Poole was the central figure in reconciling Coleridge and Southey in August 1799. Later, he assisted Rickman in
compiling a report on the state of the poor. Southey last met Poole on his tour of the West Country in 1837.
Pople, William (fl. 1806–1837):
printer, bookseller and stationer, based at various addresses in central London. Before his move
to the metropolis, he had been apprenticed to the Bristol printer Nathaniel Biggs. He printed several of Southey’s works,
including The History of Brazil (1810–1819). Southey’s nephew, Robert Lovell, was apprenticed to
Pratt, Samuel Jackson [pseud. Courtney Melmoth] (1749-1814;
writer and actor. In 1803 he sent Southey a copy of his Gleanings, which
contained a poem in praise of Southey’s popular ballad ‘Mary’.
Proby, John Joshua, 1st Earl of Carysfort (1751–1828; DNB;
politician and writer. Educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. In
the mid 1790s, Carysfort developed an interest in Southey’s poetry, communicating with him through his cousin and
Southey’s patron Charles Wynn. Southey arranged for Carysfort to be sent copies of his books, though any letters he wrote
to the peer have not survived. Carysfort’s critiques of ‘The Retrospect’ and Madoc are in National Library
of Wales, NLW MS 4819. Carysfort’s own Dramatic and Narrative Poems were published in 1810.
Proby, William Allen (1779–1804; Hist P):
naval officer, eldest son of John Joshua Proby, 1st Earl of Carysfort. He was made a captain in
1798 when only 19, probably because of his political connections.
Pughe, William Owen (1759–1835; DNB):
lexicographer, grammarian, editor, antiquarian and poet. The son of John Owen, he adopted
the surname Pughe in 1806 after inheriting property from a relative. A leading member of the Society of Gwyneddigion and
the Society of the Cymmrodorion, his publications included: The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hen (1792),
The Myvyrian Archaiology (1801, 1807) and The Cambrian Biography (1803). In 1796–1797,
Southey and Pughe engaged in a (pseudonymous) debate about the Welsh language in the pages of the Monthly
Magazine. Later in 1797, Southey consulted Pughe about details for his Welsh-American poem
Madoc. Pughe susbsequently became one of the principal disciples of the self-proclaimed prophet Joanna
Rees, Owen (1770-1837; DNB):
publisher and bookseller. He was born at Geli-gron, Wales, eldest brother of Thomas Rees, Unitarian
minister and writer on theological history. Owen Rees migrated to Bristol where he became a bookseller. He later moved to
London and in 1797 was taken into partnership by the publisher Thomas Norton Longman. From 1799 Longman and Rees became
Southey’s main publishers. Rees retired from the business in early 1837.
Rees, Thomas (1777–1864; DNB):
Unitarian minister and writer on theological history. He was the younger brother of Owen Rees.
Southey corresponded with him in 1809 over the Annual Review, which Rees edited for that year.
Reeve, Henry (1780–1814; DNB):
physician. A native of Hadleigh, Suffolk, he became acquainted with Henry Herbert Southey while
studying under the Norwich surgeon Philip Meadows Martineau in 1796–1800. He proceeded to Edinburgh University in
1800–1803, a move that probably inspired Henry Herbert Southey’s decision to attend Edinburgh. After a prolonged
Continental tour in 1805–1806, he set up practice in Norwich.
Reeve, Susan (1788–1853; DNB):
the daughter of the Unitarian hymn-writer, minister and manufacturer John Taylor (1750–1826;
DNB) and his wife Susanna (1755–1823; DNB). She married Reeve in 1807. Of their three
children, only one survived infancy: Henry Reeve (1813–1895; DNB), later editor of the Edinburgh
Reid, Samuel (c. 1775–1821):
a Bristol friend of Southey’s; probably the younger brother of the insurance broker William Reid
(b. 1774). Sam Reid had intended to pursue a career as a Unitarian minister, but abandoned it after a crisis of faith. In
1806 he moved to Liverpool, where he worked as a private tutor.
Rickman, John (1771–1840; DNB):
statistician. Only son of Thomas Rickman, vicar of Newburn, Northumberland. Educated at
Guildford Grammar School (1781–1785) and Oxford (matric. Magdalen Hall, 1788, and migrated to Lincoln College, BA 1792).
After graduation he joined his father, who had retired to live in Christchurch, Hampshire. Rickman worked as a private
tutor and read widely in economics. He edited the Commercial, Agricultural and Manufacturer’s Magazine
(until 1801). In 1796 he wrote a private paper in which he argued for the benefits to the nation of a census. George Rose,
MP for Christchurch, showed this to the politician Charles Abbot and in March 1801 the latter steered the census bill into
law. Rickman was responsible for the first four censuses (1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831) and paved the way for the fifth
(1841). In 1801 he became Abbot’s personal secretary whilst the latter was Chief Secretary for Ireland. On Abbot’s
election to the post of Speaker of the House of Commons, Rickman became the Speaker’s Secretary. In 1820 he became Clerk
Assistant to the Commons with a salary of £2500 per year. He married Susannah Postlethwaite (d. 1836) in 1805. Rickman's
friendship with Southey began at Burton in 1797 and endured for the rest of their lives. Shortly after their first
meeting, Southey described him as ‘rough, coarse, well informed on all subjects, believing nothing, jacobinical’. Later in
life Rickman became high Tory, anti-Malthusian and anti-semitic. He regularly provided ideas and information (especially
statistics) for Southey’s articles in the Quarterly Review and authored the majority of Southey’s April
1818 Quarterly essay on the Poor Laws. Southey and Rickman planned to collaborate on a sequel to the
Colloquies (1829) but this was prevented by John Murray’s (1778–1843) financial problems.
Rickman, Susannah (née Postlethwaite; d. 1836):
married John Rickman in 1805.
Roberts, Barré Charles (1789–1810):
third child and second son of Edward Roberts. A delicate child, he showed a precocious
interest in antiquities and amassed a coin collection that was said to be worth 4,000 guineas. He was a student at Christ
Church, Oxford, 1805–1808, and contributed to the Gentlemans Magazine and Quarterly Review,
especially on numismatics. After his early death, Grosvenor Bedford, who was his cousin, compiled a Memoir
(1814), which was, unsurprisingly, favourably reviewed by Southey in the Quarterly Review. Southey also
wrote a poem in memory of Roberts.
Roberts, Edward (d. 1835):
Chief Clerk of the Pells; father of Barré Charles Roberts. He was related to the Bedfords.
Grosvenor Bedford published an edition of Barré Charles’s papers and a memoir in 1814. Southey corresponded with Edward
Roberts at this time.
Roberts, William Isaac (1786–1806):
a Bristol writer who died aged nineteen. Southey helped promote an edition of his letters
and poems in 1811.
London booksellers and publishers. George Robinson (1736–1801; DNB) and his
brothers James Robinson (d. 1803/4; DNB), John Robinson (1753–1813; DNB), and possibly Henry
Robinson (d. in or after 1813; DNB).
Robinson, Henry Crabb (1777–1867; DNB):
the friend of almost every literary man of his day, first met Southey at a dinner at Dr
Aikin’s in March 1808. Robinson had gone to Spain in 1808 as a special war correspondent of The Times, and
through the connections he made at that time he was able to help Southey find materials he needed for the Edinburgh
Roscoe, William (1753–1831; DNB; Hist P):
lawyer, banker and leading public figure in his native Liverpool, which he represented in
Parliament 1806-1807. Roscoe was a Unitarian and a radical. He was also an expert on Italian history and literature and
collected a notable library and series of Italian paintings, as well as writing The Life of Lorenzo de’
Medici (1796). He corresponded with Southey in 1798 on the whereabouts of William Gilbert.
Rosser, Robert (d. 1802):
Bristol-based printer. Best known for printing the Bristol Mercury.
Rough, William (1772/3–1838; DNB):
lawyer and poet; only son of William Rough. Educated Westminster (adm. 1786, King’s Scholar
1789) and Trinity College, Cambridge (matric. 1792, BA 1796, MA 1799), he entered Gray’s Inn in 1796, and was called to
the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1801. He married Harriet (1778–c. 1820), an illegitimate daughter of John Wilkes
(1725–1797; DNB). He served in the judiciary in Demerara and Essequibo and later Ceylon and was
knighted in 1837. His literary works included Lorenzo di Medici (1797), The Conspiracy of
Gowrie (1800), and Lines on the Death of Sir Ralph Abercromby (1800). He was also a contributor
to the Gentleman’s Magazine and the Monthly Magazine. Rough and Southey were friends whilst
at Westminster School and remained in contact in later life. He was rumoured to have contributed to The
Rushton, Edward (1756–1814; DNB):
Liverpool poet, journalist and anti-slavery campaigner, blinded in 1773 while assisting
suffering Africans on board a slave ship. Southey met him in 1808.
Sawier, Mary (d. before April 1798):
the widow of a Bristol accountant and Southey’s landlady in College Street, Bristol in 1795. Her
daughter married James Jennings.
Sayers, Frank (1763–1817; DNB):
a poet and scholar who resided in Norwich and was a close friend of William Taylor’s. His
collection of Poems (1792) influenced Southey’s own work.
Scott, Walter (1771-1832; DNB):
poet and novelist. Scott and Southey first met in October 1805, when their mutual interest in
chivalric romances brought them together. Scott reviewed Southey’s Amadis of Gaul in the Annual
Review, and The Chronicle of the Cid and The Curse of Kehama in the
Quarterly Review, while Southey reviewed Scott’s Sir Tristram in the
Annual. Privately envious of the enormous sales Scott achieved with his own chivalric poems, Southey
was nevertheless a ready correspondent, persuading Scott of Wordsworth’s claims to greatness. For his part Scott, as his
fame and influence increased, did not forget Southey: he arranged for Southey to write for the Edinburgh
Review in 1807, and when Southey declined, disapproving of its anti-war politics and personal attacks on
authors, helped him to a position reviewing for the new journal set up to counter the Edinburgh – the
Quarterly. Scott also sought preferment for Southey via his connections in government: Canning was
approached to see whether a diplomatic place might be found; Melville was requested to grant the post of Historiographer
Royal. Southey also sought Scott’s help as he pursued the sinecure of Steward of the Derwentwater estates (which had
passed to the Crown). None of these attempts having succeeded, Scott recommended in 1813 that Southey should be offered
the Laureateship, after refusing it himself. Scott had also been influential behind the scenes in securing Southey the
invitation from the Ballantynes’ publishing house (in which he was, unbeknownst to Southey, a silent partner) to write the
historical section of the Edinburgh Annual Register (1808–1811). Here Scott was disingenuous: Southey was
offered a share in the venture and so deferred payments owing to him to take up the offer; Scott, however, did not reveal
his own financial involvement in the firm even when, as it faced insolvency in 1813, he promised to help Southey retrieve
the monies owed him.
Scott, Margaret Charlotte (née Carpenter) (1770–1826):
Walter Scott’s wife.
Senhouse, Humphrey (1773–1842), of Netherhall:
Senhouse, whose acquaintance Southey made in 1807, was a landed gentleman from a family
enriched by the exploitation of coal and iron from their estate along the Cumbrian coast, and by their development of
Maryport as a commercial harbour from which these minerals were exported. Senhouse made his excellent library available to
Southey; there was much family visiting over the years in both Netherhall and Greta Hall. Senhouse accompanied Southey on
his tours in Europe in 1817 and 1838.
Seton, Barbara (dates unknown):
the only child of George and Barbara Seton and a cousin of Agnes (1764–1852;
DNB) and Mary (1763–1852; DNB) Berry, friends of Horace Walpole (1717–1797;
DNB). In 1807, she married the Revd James Bannister, Rector of Iddesleigh. Her date of death is
unknown, but she is said to have been living in Honiton, Devon in 1838. Seton met Southey during his second visit to
Portugal in 1800-1801, and corresponded with him until 1810. She was on very good terms with both Southey and his
Seward, Anna (1742-1809; DNB):
the ‘swan of Lichfield’– a poet, encouraged in youth by Erasmus Darwin (1731- 1802;
DNB). Her writings included Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional (1760), Elegy on
Captain Cook (1780), Monody on Major Andre (1781) and Louisa: A Poetic Novel
(1784). Walter Scott edited her Poetical Works for Ballantyne in 1810; her voluminous correspondence was
published in 1811. Seward was quick to recognise Southey as a poet to be watched: her 1797 ‘Philippic on a Modern Epic’
condemned the ‘Baneful’ politics of his Joan of Arc, but simultaneously heralded it as the work of
‘sun-born Genius’. She continued to follow Southey’s career with some interest. In 1802 she wrote to the Poetical
Register, lauding him as a ‘genuine Poet’, though cautioning the reader against adopting ‘his capricious
systems’. She read Madoc shortly after its 1805 publication and published a lengthy defence of it in the
Gentleman’s Magazine in 1808. When Southey got wind (via a letter sent by Seward to Charles Lloyd) of
her high opinion, he wrote to her. This initiated a correspondence that lasted until Seward’s death and that led to their
one meeting in Lichfield in summer 1808. Late in life, Southey provided a comic account of the ‘jubilant but appalling
solemnity’ of this encounter. However, his attitude to Seward was more ambivalent than this suggests. He was keenly aware
of – and attentive to - her place in literary history, noting that she ‘was not so much over-rated at one time, as she has
been since unduly depreciated’ (Poetical Works, 10 vols (London, 1837- 1838), V, pp. xv-xviii).
Seward, Edmund (c. 1770/71–1795):
the youngest son of John Seward of Sapey, Worcestershire. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford
(matric. 1789, BA 1793). Seward was one of Southey’s closest friends at Oxford, and an important influence on him. An
early enthusiast for Pantisocracy, Seward later withdrew from the scheme and felt himself partly to blame for what he
described as ‘having contrived to bring [Southey] ... into ... a calamitous & ruinous ... adventure, from which I
might at first perhaps have diverted him’. Southey was deeply shocked by Seward’s death from a ‘fever’, and later
addressed his elegy ‘To the Dead Friend’ to him. In a letter to James Montgomery, 6 May 1811, Southey recalled him as ‘an
admirable man in all things, whose only fault was that he was too humble ... In his company my religious instincts were
strengthened ... Sick of the college-chapel & of the church, we tried the meeting house, — & there we were
disgusted too. Seward left College, meaning to take orders; — I who had the same destination, became a Deist after he left
a Worcestershire family consisting of four brothers and three sisters. The death of Southey’s
close friend Edmund Seward in 1795 was followed by that of his brother John (educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, MB
1795, and physician to the Worcester infirmary) in December 1797. Some time afterwards, the eldest brother, William (a
lawyer, based in Ledbury, Herefordshire) shot himself. A fourth brother, whose name Southey does not record, was a ‘mere
farmer’ of a ‘methodistical turn’. Of the sisters, one married Mr Severn (a clergyman) and two remained unmarried. In the
mid 1790s, Southey was on good terms with most — if not all — of the siblings and corresponded with at least Edmund and
one of the Seward sisters.
Sharp, Richard (1759–1835; DNB; Hist P):
businessman, Dissenter, radical and writer, but most famous for his conversational powers –
hence his nickname ‘Conversation’ Sharp. He was born in Newfoundland, the son of the elder Richard Sharp, an army officer.
But the family soon returned to England and Sharp took over his grandfather’s hat-making business, later moving into the
West India trade. He was a member of various radical organisations in the 1790s and Whig MP for Castle Rising 1806-1812
and Portarlington 1816-1819. Sharp’s only major publication was the anonymous Letters and Essays in Poetry and
Prose (1834), but he was a friend and adviser to many literary men. He encouraged Southey to proceed with
The Curse of Kehama (1810).
Shelley, Percy Bysshe: (1792–1822: DNB):
eldest son of the wealthy Sussex landowner, baronet and MP, Sir Timothy Shelley
(1753–1844). He became a published poet and novelist while still at Eton and was expelled from University College, Oxford,
in March 1811 for writing The Necessity of Atheism (1811). In August 1811 he eloped with, and married,
Harriet Westbrook (1795–1816), causing a temporary breakdown in relations with his family. Shelley admired some of
Southey’s poetry, especially Thalaba the Destroyer (1801) and The Curse of Kehama (1810),
and engaged in a number of intense conversations with the older man while Shelley lodged in Keswick in 1811–1812. Southey
saw Shelley as a ‘ghost’ of his own past, who would grow out of his heterodox opinions. He directed Shelley to the work of
the philosopher George Berkeley (1685–1743; DNB), as an antidote to atheism, thus profoundly influencing
Shelley’s intellectual development. Shelley left suddenly for Ireland in February 1812 and the two men did not meet again.
However, this was not the end of their relationship. Southey took an increasingly hostile view of Shelley’s politics and
his abandonment of his first wife. Shelley (erroneously) believed that Southey had attacked him in the Quarterly
Review in 1820, leading to an acrimonious exchange of letters.
Shelley, Harriet (née Westbrook; 1795–1816):
Shelley’s first wife. They eloped and married in 1811. They had two children, but Shelley left
her in 1814. She committed suicide two years later.
Smith, Elizabeth (c. 1764-1859):
wife of Thomas Smith and a noted collector of autographs and manuscripts.
Smith, Grace (née Weatherall; 1751/2–1832):
wife of Major-General John Smith (1754–1837; DNB); grandmother of Charlotte-Julia
Jephson. She visited the Lakes, including Keswick, in 1812.
Smith, Thomas (c. 1770-1822):
country gentleman and JP, of Unitarian and liberal views and literary and scientific interests.
He was born in Cirencester, and later owned estates at Bownham House, near Minchinhampton, Gloucestshire and at Easton
Grey, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire. He trained as a barrister but a speech impediment meant that he never practiced. He was
known as the ‘Macenas of his neighbourhood’ for his patronage of men of letters and his philanthropy. He had a wide circle
of friends in public life, including the economist David Ricardo (1772-1823; DNB) and John Whishaw (c.
1764-1840), ‘the Pope of Holland House’. Smith was married to Elizabeth Chandler, a fellow Unitarian. She was a noted
collector of autographs and books. They had at least one child, a daughter, who was painted by James Northcote (1746-1831;
DNB) in 1803. Southey was on very good terms with the Smiths, whom he probably knew through Charles
Danvers. Southey visited them at Bownham in 1803, where he made use of their extensive library. He also sought out new
items for Elizabeth Smith’s autograph collection. These included a MS of Coleridge’s then unpublished ‘Kubla Khan’, now
British Library Add MS 50847, sent by Southey in February 1804. In turn, Thomas Smith subscribed to the Southey-Cottle
edition of Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770; DNB) and lent Southey books.
Smith, Thomas Woodruffe (c. 1747–1811):
a wealthy Quaker merchant who lived at Stockwell Park, Surrey, with his second wife,
Anne Reynolds (dates unknown) of Carshalton. The Smiths were friends of Grosvenor Charles Bedford and Duppa.
Southcott, Joanna (1750–1814; DNB):
a Devon maidservant and upholsterer who in 1801 began to publish accounts of the prophetic
visions she had been experiencing since 1792. Although the Devon clergy proved uninterested in her experiences, her
publication The Strange Effects of Faith; with Remarkable Prophecies (Made in 1792) (1801–2) brought her to
the attention of followers of Richard Brothers, including Southey’s acquaintance William Sharp. Transferring their
allegiance to Southcott, these Brotherites brought her to London, where they and a number of women converts enabled
Southcott to publish her prophecies of a coming millennium in England, in numerous pamphlets – many of them bought and
collated by Southey in the course of his work on Letters from England, then the best-researched and most
detailed account to have been published. Southcott also embarked on a preaching tour and attracted many thousands of
followers, whom she confirmed as adherents by issuing with seals, bearing her symbol and signature and the believer’s.
Many of her followers were women, for Southcott empowered the female, suggesting that she herself fulfilled the
predictions in Genesis 3, that the woman’s seed shall bruise the serpent’s head, and
Revelation 12, that the woman clothed in the sun will precipitate a millennium. Southey’s sceptical
distrust of Southcott and her movement came to a head in 1814, when she announced that she, a virgin of sixty-four, was
pregnant with Shiloh, the returning saviour. She died, without issue, on 27 December, although William Sharp believed that
her body might only be in a trance and be resuscitated and the Shiloh discovered. She left behind her a ‘great box’, made
by Sharp, containing sealed prophecies, to be opened by the bishops of the Church of England.
Southey, Bertha (1809–1877):
fifth child of Robert and Edith Southey. In March 1839 she married her cousin, Herbert Hill,
Junior (1810–1892), second son of Herbert and Catherine Hill. They had nine children.
Southey, Edith: see Fricker, Edith (1774-1837)
Southey, Edith May (1804–1871):
Southey’s oldest surviving daughter, friend of Dora Wordsworth (1804–1847). Edith May married
John Wood Warter (1806–1878) in 1834.
Southey, Edward (1788–1847):
Southey’s youngest brother, he spent much of his childhood in the household of Elizabeth
Tyler. Southey was much preoccupied with arranging Edward’s education, though plans to send him to St Paul’s School did
not work out. It is not certain where he was educated. Southey despaired, noting ‘I never saw a lad with a better capacity
or with habits more compleatly bad’. Edward was to lead an increasingly rackety, disreputable life, trying his hand at
being a sailor, soldier and, eventually, a provincial actor.
Southey, Eliza (1776–1779):
Southey’s younger sister.
Southey, Emma (1808–1809):
Southey’s third daughter.
Southey, Henry Herbert (1784–1865; DNB):
physician. Southey’s younger brother. With the help of his uncle Herbert Hill, Southey
provided money for Henry Herbert’s education at Norwich and Edinburgh. His concerns about his younger brother’s lack of
application proved — eventually — to be ill-founded, and in later life the two enjoyed a close friendship. Henry graduated
MD on 24 June 1806, producing, with Southey’s help, a dissertation on the origins and course of syphilis which suggested
an American origin for the disease. Southey also helped Henry’s finances by procuring him reviewing work in the
Annual Review. Henry travelled to Portugal in 1807, returning before its conquest by France at end of
the year. He married Mary Sealy (1784–1811), the daughter of a wealthy Lisbon merchant, in 1809. In 1815 he married for a
second time, his bride being Louisa Gonne. In his later years Henry became a successful London doctor, with premises in
Harley Street and an appointment as physician in ordinary to King George IV.
Southey, Herbert (1806–1816):
Southey’s first son, a boy of great intellectual promise.
Southey, Isabel (1812–1826):
Southey’s youngest daughter.
Southey, John Cannon (1743–1806):
the eldest brother of Southey’s father, who lived at Taunton, Somerset. His work as a lawyer led
to him accumulating a substantial fortune of £100,000. Although he was unmarried, he refused to help either Robert Southey
Senior, thus ensuring the latter’s imprisonment for debt in 1792, or his nephews, to whom he left nothing in his Will.
Southey visited his uncle in 1802, describing his miserly existence to John May. In 1806, he recorded that his uncle ‘had
thanked God upon his death bed that he had cut me off’. Southey retaliated by writing a poem attacking the
Southey, Katharine (‘Kate’) (1810–1864):
sixth child of Robert and Edith Southey. She did not marry and in her later years lived at
Lairthwaite Cottage in Keswick with her aunt, Mary Lovell.
Southey, Louisa (née Gonne; d. 1830):
daughter of Southey’s old Lisbon friends, the Gonnes, and second wife of Henry Herbert Southey.
They married on 21 August 1815. Louisa died giving birth to their tenth child.
Southey, Margaret (1752–1802):
Southey’s mother. Born Margaret Hill, she married Robert Southey Senior in 1772. The
marriage produced nine children, of whom five died young. She was dominated by her older half-sister, Elizabeth Tyler,
with whom Southey spent a great deal of his childhood. After the bankruptcy and death of her husband in 1792, Margaret
moved to Bath, running a boarding house in Westgate Buildings. Her continued financial difficulties — possibly exacerbated
by the extravagance of her half-sister — caused Southey great anxiety. Margaret died on 5 January 1802 after a long
Southey, Margaret (b. 1811):
eldest child of Tom Southey and his wife Sarah. Born 7 March 1811.
Southey, Margaret Edith (1802-1803):
the first-born child of Robert and Edith Southey, who both doted on her. She died of
hydrocephalus in August 1803.
Southey, Mary (1750–1838):
Southey’s paternal aunt, also referred to as ‘Aunt Maria’. Whereas Southey was on poor terms
with his surviving paternal uncles, John and Thomas, he was on excellent terms with their sister. Mary Southey lived in
Taunton, Somerset. After 1803 she provided important links between her nephew and his regional roots, and Southey stayed
with her on his visits to the West Country. Mary, like her nephews, suffered from her two brothers’ lack of familial
feeling. She was not included in either of their wills, but did eventually manage to obtain some property from the estate
Southey, Mary Hannah (b. 1812):
Tom Southey’s second child. Born 12 November 1812.
Southey, Mary-Harriet (1784–1811):
daughter of Southey’s old Lisbon acquaintance, Richard Sealy (c. 1752–1821). She married
Henry Herbert Southey in 1809.
Southey, Robert, Senior (1745–1792):
Southey’s father. A failed Bristol linen-draper, he was briefly imprisoned in 1792 ‘for a
bill endorsed for a deceitful friend’. His release was secured by Elizabeth Tyler. He died in December 1792, after what
his eldest son described as a ‘long’ decline.
Southey, Robert Castle (1813–1828):
son of Tom and Sarah; born 14 December 1813, died 20 July 1828.
Southey, Sarah (née Castle; 1782–1849):
the daughter of a lawyer from Durham. She married Tom Southey in June 1810. Their nine surviving
children were born between 1811–1824.
Southey, Thomas (‘Tom’) [brother] (1771–1838):
sailor and farmer. Southey’s younger brother and the one to whom he was in the 1790s closest. Tom
entered the navy as a midshipman at the age of 12, saw action in several major battles of the French revolutionary wars
(including Cape St Vincent and Copenhagen), was captured on one occasion, wounded on several others, and was made a
lieutenant as reward for his bravery in the fight between Mars and L’Hercule on
21 April 1798. He was sent to the West Indies station in early 1804, court martialled for insubordination there, but was
given a post under a different captain. He was made captain himself in 1811, but never commanded a ship. After he retired
from the navy, he tried his hand at farming and as a customs officer. His last posting was at Demerara, British Guiana,
and he died on shipboard on the return voyage to England. He married Sarah Castle in 1810 and produced a large family.
Tom’s lack of financial stability meant that some of the burden of supporting him fell on his brothers Robert and Henry
Herbert Southey. Tom’s knowledge of the navy and seafaring, and his observations of foreign climes, provided important
information for many of Southey’s writings, including his poetry and The Life of Nelson (1813). Tom’s only
publication was A Chronological History of the West Indies (1827), written with his brother Robert’s
Southey, Thomas [uncle] (1748–1811):
younger brother and at one time the business partner of Southey’s father, Robert Southey
Senior. He was the beneficiary of the will of John Southey, to Southey’s envy and dismay, thus becoming a rich man. He
spent his later years in Taunton, Somerset. Although unmarried, childless, and wealthy Thomas Southey was on distant terms
with his brother Robert’s sons. Thomas Southey’s Will held no surprises — it cut his nephews off without a penny, ‘his
last boast being ... that no one of his own name should ever be a shilling the better for him’.
Spedding, John (1770–1851):
of Mirehouse, near Keswick. A boyhood friend of Wordsworth who became a close friend of the
Standert, Hugh Chudleigh (1782–1850):
surgeon at Taunton with literary inclinations, and a friend of James Montgomery.
Standert was known to Southey through the latter’s extensive family connections in Taunton and the two men occasionally
Strachey, George (1776–1849):
officer of the East India Company. Son of John Strachey. Educated at Westminster (adm. 1787)
and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1795; MA 1822). Writer EICS (Madras) 1796; Assistant in the Military, Secret and
Political Department, 1798; Joint Assay Master, 1807; Private Secretary to the Governor, 1808; Judge and Magistrate of the
Zillah of Cuddapah, 1809; Junior Secretary to Government, 1812; Chief Secretary, 1813; retired 1824. Strachey was
Southey’s ‘substance’ (an older boy assigned to induct a new pupil into school rules and rituals) at Westminster School.
During their schooldays, Strachey (perhaps in response to the scandal surrounding The Flagellant) was one
of many acquaintances who treated Southey ‘like a scabby sheep’, dropping him. They were later only partially reconciled,
but enough for Southey to commemorate Strachey’s departure for India in 1798 with a sonnet (‘Fair be thy fortunes in the
distant land’) published in the Morning Post. Southey attempted to maintain their correspondence, but it
had lapsed by April 1805 when he confessed that as Strachey had not replied to his letters, he would ‘not ... write to him
again, nor in any way force myself upon him.’
Stuart, Daniel (1766–1846; DNB):
newspaper proprietor and journalist. Originally a printer, he bought the Morning
Post in 1795 and turned it into the leading anti-government newspaper and a very profitable venture. Though he
sold the Morning Post in 1803, he retained an interest in the Courier, which he acquired in
1800-1801, though it is disputed how much influence he had over the newspaper’s contents. Stuart employed Southey to write
poems for the Morning Post at a guinea a week in 1798-1799, and again in 1801-1803. This ‘laureateship’ was
crucial to Southey’s finances. He invited Southey to contribute to the Courier in November 1807 and in that
same month included excerpts from Letters from England in the paper (on 17th and 20th). Southey continued
to order the Courier as his daily paper and occasionally published poems there, including a sonnet praising
Lord Percy for his involvement in the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and a controversial ode (‘Who counsels peace’)
attacking British policy towards Bonaparte in 1814.
Sunderlin, Lord, Richard Malone (1738–1816; DNB):
elder brother of the Shakespeare critic, Edmond Malone (1741–1812; DNB).
Sunderlin was an Irish politician, barrister and landowner, who received his title in 1785. Southey got to know Sunderlin
and his family well when they visited the Lakes in 1812–1813.
Sunderlin, Lady, Philippa Elizabeth Dorothy (née Rooper; 1745–1831):
daughter of Godolphin Rooper (1709–1790) of Berkampstead, she married Lord Sunderlin in 1778.
The couple had no children.
Taylor, Henry (1800–1886; DNB):
poet and civil servant. The son of the gentleman farmer and classicist George Taylor
(1772–1851). Southey became acquainted with the Taylors in the early 1810s via his brother Tom, who lived near them in
County Durham. Taylor joined the Colonial Office in 1824, eventually rising to be senior clerk for the Carribean colonies.
He married Theodosia (1818–1891), daughter of the politican Thomas Spring Rice in 1839. Taylor was a successful civil
servant, knighted for his service to the Colonial Office in 1869. He managed to combine his job with a literary career.
His greatest success was the drama Philip Van Artevelde (1834), which contained a preface critiquing Byron
and Shelley. Taylor and Southey were on excellent terms, and the latter encouraged the former’s literary ambitions,
writing a favourable review of his Isaac Comnenus (1827). They toured Holland, France and Belgium in 1825
and 1826 and in the 1830s Southey appointed Taylor as his literary executor and official biographer. The family feud that
erupted after Southey’s marriage to Caroline Bowles and that escalated after his death, made Taylor’s role impossible and
he resigned from the task. Taylor’s Autobiography (1885) includes material on his friendship with
Taylor, William (1765–1836; DNB):
reviewer and translator. Born in Norwich, the only child of William and Sarah Taylor. Taylor’s
interest in German culture culminated in his Historic Survey of German Poetry (1828–1830). He was also a
prolific contributor to the Annual Review, The Athenaeum, Monthly Magazine, and Monthly
Review. Southey and Taylor met in 1798, whilst the former was on a visit to Great Yarmouth, where his brother
Henry Herbert Southey was being tutored by George Burnett. Taylor introduced Southey to his great friend Frank Sayers
(1763–1817; DNB) — whose 1792 collection Poems had influenced Southey’s early work — and
also to radical and dissenting circles in Norwich. Taylor gave Southey the idea for the Annual Anthology
and was an acute, if frequently blunt, critic of his work. From 1803–1804, he edited the Norwich newspaper The
Iris, to which Southey contributed poetry. Southey described Taylor as ‘one of the three great men of my
acquaintance ... the more I know him and the longer I know him, the more do I admire his knowledge and love his moral
Thelwall, John (1764–1834; DNB):
political radical, poet and erstwhile friend of Coleridge. Arrested on a charge of treason in
1794, Thelwall became first a farmer at Llyswen, Wales, then a speech therapist, journalist and itinerant lecturer on
elocution. He remained a Radical but faded from the forefront of the political scene after the 1790s. Though they came to
disagree on politics, Southey retained a good deal of affection for Thelwall.
Thomas, Dr (first name and dates unknown):
a native of Hereford, father of William Bowyer Thomas. He was involved in the management of Herbert
Hill’s business affairs.
Thomas, William Bowyer (d. 1802):
a native of Hereford, Thomas was the business agent for Herbert Hill, Southey’s uncle.
His job also involved him in the tangled finances of Elizabeth Tyler, Hill’s half-sister and Southey’s aunt. Thomas met
Southey during the latter’s 1795–1796 visit to Portugal. Southey stayed with him in Hereford in 1798 and through Thomas
gained access to the cathedral library. In 1800 Thomas married a cousin, a woman Southey greatly admired. Thomas died
suddenly in 1802.
Thorp, William (1727-1800):
well-known hosier in Oxford, with a shop in Broad Street; Mayor of Oxford, 1775-6 and 1789-90. Thorp
and his son and namesake, William Thorp (1762-1835), Vicar of Sandfield, 1807-35, were friends of Southey’s during his
time at Oxford.
Tobin, James Webbe (1767–1814; DNB):
abolitionist son of a Nevis sugar planter, Tobin became friends with Coleridge and
Wordsworth, whom he may have visited in 1797 in Somerset. In Bristol he befriended Humphry Davy and participated in the
nitrous oxide experiments at Thomas Beddoes’s Pneumatic Institution. A prospective Pantisocrat, Tobin later contributed
five poems to the second volume of Southey’s Annual Anthology and urged Southey to produce a third. A
political radical and, in the mid-1790s, a follower of William Godwin, Tobin began to lose his eyesight when in America
and Nevis in 1793-94. In 1804 Tobin was bereaved of his brother and companion John (1770-1804), and fell out with
Coleridge, who resented his advice on money and health matters. In September 1807 he married Jane Mallet (d. 1837), and
from 1809 till his death lived on Nevis, campaigning against cruelty to slaves.
Tuffin, John Furnall (d. 1820):
wealthy vintner of Great Queen Street, London, an acquaintance of John Horne Tooke, Joseph
Watt, William Godwin, and the Wordsworths. His fame as a conversationalist led to the epithet ‘River’ to describe him.
Southey’s correspondence with him does not appear to have survived.
Turner, Sharon (1768-1847; DNB):
lawyer and historian who lived at Red Lion square near the British Museum and used the
manuscripts thus accessible to him to compile a History of the Anglo-Saxons, 4 vols (1799-1805), on which
Southey drew in Madoc (1805). A long term friend and correspondent of Southey, in 1817 Turner gave him
legal advice over the Wat Tyler piracy.
Tyler, Elizabeth (1739–1821):
the older, unmarried half-sister of Southey’s mother. She had spent her early life looking
after an elderly relative and on his death received an inheritance which she then spent on living the high life. Her
extravagance was a source of great concern to her relatives, in particular her half-brother Herbert Hill. Elizabeth Tyler
was painted by Joshua Reynolds and moved in cultural circles in Bath and Bristol, counting amongst her friends the
Palmers, owners of the Theatre Royal, Bath. Southey was largely brought up in her household, an experience he later
described in a series of autobiographical letters to John May. Southey quarrelled with his aunt over his relationship with
Edith Fricker and involvement in Pantisocracy, and on a wet night in 1794 she threw him out. They never saw or spoke to
one another again. Southey later speculated that Elizabeth Tyler, whose grandmother had died ‘in confinement’, suffered
from a form of insanity, noting that ‘her habitual violence of temper is now increased by long indulgence absolutely to a
state of derangement’.
Vardon, Thomas (dates unknown):
iron merchant and manufacturer in Greenwich, where he was a partner in the Crowley works and an
important supplier to the Royal Navy. Vardon met Southey on his tour of the Netherlands in 1815. They had a mutual friend
in John William Knox (1784–1862) and Vardon also knew the family of the wife of Southey’s old Westminster friend, Charles
Vardon, Elizabeth Bryan (née Tarbutt; dates unknown):
daughter of the London merchant George Tarbutt. In 1797 she married Thomas Vardon. They had at
least three children, including Thomas Vardon (1799–1867; DNB), Librarian of the House of Commons. Her
sister, Caroline Forsyth Tarbutt, married Southey’s old Oxford friend George Maule (d. 1851) in 1810.
Vincent, William (1739–1815; DNB):
Head Master of Westminster School 1778–1802 and later Dean of Westminster. A Tory, in 1792 he
used a public sermon at St Margaret’s, Westminster, to defend the constitution and the prevailing social order. He
published works on the geography and commerce of the classical world.
Wakefield, Gilbert (1756-1801; DNB):
radical writer. Born in Nottingham, the son of George Wakefield, Rector of St Nicholas’s
Church. He attended Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA in 1776. Wakefield was a Fellow of the College
1776-1779 and a deacon 1778-1779. But he resigned the former post on his marriage and the latter on his conversion to
Unitarianism. Thereafter he was a teacher (at Warrington Dissenting Academy 1779-1783) and a professional writer, mainly
on classical, religious and political topics. He was one of the Pitt government’s fiercest critics and was imprisoned for
two years in Dorchester gaol for his A Reply to Some Parts of the Bishop of Landaff’s Address (1798).
Southey visited him in prison.
Walwein de Tervliet, Joseph Antoine (dates unknown):
Librarian of the Public Library in Ghent, 1810–1818. Southey corresponded with him in 1815
as part of his book-buying activities during his tour of Belgium.
Watson, Richard (1737–1816; DNB), Bishop of
in the 1790s a critic of the French revolution and its British supporters and an
opponent of Gilbert Wakefield. Southey came to know Watson after his move to the Lakes, visiting him at his Calgarth
estate in Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere, where he had lived since 1788.
Wedgwood, Thomas (1771-1805; DNB):
chemist. Third son of the potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795; DNB). He
inherited a substantial fortune of the death of his father and dedicated this to supporting writers and scientists. He was
a patron of Beddoes’ Pneumatic Medical Institution and of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He participated in Davy’s Bristol
experiments with nitrous oxide and later attended his lectures at the Royal Institution.
Weeks (also spelled ‘Weekes’), Shadrach (dates unknown):
childhood friend of Southey. A servant of Elizabeth Tyler, Southey’s aunt, and a recruit to
Wellesley, Arthur (1769–1852; DNB; Hist
pre-eminent British soldier of the nineteenth century, created Duke of Wellington
in 1814. In later life he was a Tory politician, and Prime Minister 1828–1830, 1834. Southey’s relationship with
Wellington was deeply ambiguous. He passionately supported Wellington’s aim of defeating the French invasion of Spain in
1808–1813, but was often critical of Wellington’s tactics, especially his caution and unwillingness to rely on Spanish
help. In 1815 Southey was alarmed to find that an article he had written for the Quarterly Review on
Wellington’s role at Waterloo had been personally censored by the general to remove unflattering references to his conduct
of the battle. Southey’s History of the Peninsula War (1824–1832) retained a guarded attitude towards the
Duke. In 1829, Southey was horrified by the decision of Wellington’s government to support Catholic Emancipation.
Wellesley, Richard, Marquess Wellesley (formerly Wesley; 1760–1842;
DNB; Hist P):
Governor-General of Bengal, who returned to England in early 1806. Wellesley’s governorship
was marked by a drive to acquire more territory in India. On his return, political controversy soon erupted: James Paull
(1770–1808; DNB), Indian trader (1790–1805), accused Wellesley of ruining his trade in Lucknow (Bengal) and
undermining the nawab of Oudh’s authority there during the years 1801–1802. This challenge kept Wellesley out of political
office until 1809. In that year Wellesley was appointed Ambassador to Spain, and he arrived in Seville in August 1809 to
negotiate with the embattled Supreme Central Junta. Here, he found himself once again in the same theatre of military and
diplomatic activity as his brother Sir Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Wellington), his main aim being to support his brother’s
army in the Peninsula. The Junta’s unwillingness to organise supplies for the British Army while urging a policy of attack
led Wellesley (and Southey) to suspect some of the Junta of co-operating with the French. Southey was suspicious of
Wellesley’s role in the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary 1809–1812, because he knew Wellesley favoured Catholic Emancipation.
Nevertheless, he had some hopes that Wellesley’s appointment as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1821–1828 might lead to stern
measures to suppress rural disorders.
Westall, William (1781–1850; DNB):
painter and engraver, whose works played an important role in the shaping of Romantic ideas of
the landscape. He was the half brother of the academician Richard Westall (1765–1836; DNB). In 1801 he was
appointed as the landscape draughtsman for the voyage to New Holland and the South Seas commanded by Matthew Flinders. His
travels eventually also took him to Canton and Bombay. He arrived back in England in 1805 and was elected a Fellow of the
Linnean Society later that year. He held exhibitions of his foreign views in 1808 and 1809. In 1811 he became a full
member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours, contributing to their exhibitions of 1811 and 1812. In 1814 Flinders’s
A Voyage to Terra Australis contained 37 illustrations by Westall. He had a nervous breakdown in 1815.
With the help of Sir George Beaumont, he became a regular visitor to the Lakes, where he met Southey and Wordsworth, who
both admired his work. Westall and Southey corresponded and the latter contributed an introduction to the former’s
Views of the Valley and Vale of Keswick (1820). This described Westall as ‘by far the most faithful
delineator of the scenery of the Lakes’.
White, Henry Kirke (1785–1806; DNB):
the son of a butcher in Nottingham, White was a studious boy who, after being articled to a
lawyer, learned classical languages and, with help from Capel Lofft (1753–1824 ; DNB), patron of Robert
Bloomfield, published Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse, with other Poems in 1803. The book was violently
attacked in the Monthly Review (February 1804); Southey then wrote to White offering encouragement. White
also received help from evangelical Anglicans, who provided the means for him to study towards becoming a student at
Cambridge. In 1805 he took up a place there, but his fierce regime of study exacerbated a delicate constitution, and he
became ill and died. Southey then edited his Remains (1807), having been supplied with papers by White’s
brother Neville. These were well received, went through several editions and established White’s reputation.
White, James (1787–1885):
younger brother of Henry Kirke and (John) Neville White. He attended Pembroke College, Cambridge,
graduating in 1815; Southey sent him some encouraging letters when White was disappointed by his academic performance.
White never married and became a clergyman. Initially, he held difficult curacies in industrial parishes in West Bromwich
and then St George’s, Manchester (1826–42) – Southey helped him acquire the latter post. However, he finally benefited
from the connections his brother, Neville White, had made in Norfolk, especially that with Benjamin Cubitt (1769–1852), a
wealthy clergyman and landowner. Cubitt was a relative of Neville White’s wife, Charlotte Sewell, and married in 1827, as
his second wife, Neville and James’s middle sister, Frances Moriah White (1791–1854). To consolidate the Whites’
connections with the Cubitts even further, in 1835 Catherine Bailey White (1794–1889), the youngest sister of Neville and
James, married Thomas Mack (1794–1858), Benjamin Cubitt’s nephew and another Norfolk clergyman and landowner (Curate
1822–37, Vicar 1837–58 of Tunstead). Cubitt, as patron of the living, appointed James White to be Vicar of Stalham in
Norfolk (1843–52). Following Cubitt’s death, White succeeded him as Rector of Sloley (1852–85), and was followed by one of
Neville White’s sons, Joseph Neville White (1825–1901) as Vicar of Stalham (1852–1901). James White also inherited the
estate at Sloley after the death of his sister, Frances. White officiated at the marriage of Southey’s daughter, Edith
May, and John Warter, at Keswick in 1834.
White, (John) Neville (1782–1845):
elder brother of Henry Kirke White. Southey greatly admired him and the two men became regular
correspondents. He initially trained as a medical student in London, but then became a hosiery merchant. In the latter
capacity he was able to help Southey acquire books and newspapers from South America for his work on the Edinburgh
Annual Register (1810–13) and the History of Brazil (1810–19). He then gave up his business,
decided to become a clergyman, and in 1820 married Charlotte Sewell (1799–1873), the daughter of Joseph Sewell
(1772–1844), a wealthy Norwich solicitor. White obtained a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Cambridge (1829) and became a
clergyman in Norfolk, serving as Perpetual Curate of Great Plumstead from 1822, before his father-in-law, as patron,
appointed him to the living at Rushall 1828–32. White then moved on to be Rector of Tivetshall 1832–45. His marriage to
Charlotte Sewell produced ten children. One of his sons, Herbert Southey White (1830–63; he succeeded his uncle, Thomas
Mack, as Vicar of Tunstead 1858–63), married a granddaughter of Southey’s, Edith Frances Warter (1837–63), so uniting the
two families. Another son, James Sewell White (1827–1912), a barrister, inherited the Sloley estate in Norfolk from his
uncle, James White, but only on condition that he changed his surname to ‘Neville’.
White, Joseph Blanco (formerly José María Blanco y Crespo; 1775–1841;
Spanish poet and journalist. He was the grandson of an Irishman who had founded a business
in Seville, though his mother was from a minor Spanish noble family. In 1798 he became a priest, though he had effectively
abandoned this role by 1805 and did not find a new vocation until, in 1808–1810, he edited the Seminario
Patriotico in Seville in aid of the Spanish cause, followed by El Espanol in London 1810–1814.
White supported the need for reform and despaired at the restitution of the absolute Monarchy in 1814. He spent the rest
of his life in England as a journalist and miscellaneous writer. Southey respected White’s political role in 1808–1814,
and once he had become an Anglican in 1812, tried to help him find a post in the Church. He was also crucial in urging
White to write a tract against Catholic Emancipation in 1825, which led to White becoming an Honorary Fellow of Oriel
College, Oxford in 1826–1832. In his last years he moved away from Anglicanism to Unitarianism.
Wilberforce, William (1759–1833; DNB; Hist
son of a wealthy merchant in Hull; MP for Hull 1780–84, Yorkshire 1784–1812 and Bramber
1812–25. Wilberforce underwent a conversion to evangelical Christianity in the mid-1780s and became one of the country’s
leading campaigners against the slave trade. Southey admired Wilberforce’s stance and the two started to correspond in
1813 over the need to promote Christian missionary activity in India.
Wilkinson, Thomas (1751–1836):
Cumbrian landscape gardener, who owned a small estate at Yanwath, south of Penrith, and
advised William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale, on improvements to his grounds. Wilkinson, a Quaker, was a friend of Thomas
Clarkson and of Wordsworth. A keen fellwalker and a poet, Wilkinson published Tours to the British Mountains; with
the Descriptive Poems of Lowther, and Emont Vale (1824).
Wilson, John [pseud. Christopher North] (1785–1854; DNB):
Scottish author and journalist from a wealthy family. He was an early admirer of Wordsworth and
settled in the Lake District in 1805. Southey did not know him well. Financial losses forced Wilson into journalism and he
became the mainstay of Blackwood’s Magazine 1817–1854, where he wrote some notorious attacks on his former
idols, Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Wilson, Molly (?–1820):
housekeeper at Greta Hall, daughter of a Keswick midwife. Beloved of the Southey and Coleridge
families; ‘Wilsy’ left money in her will to the Southey and Coleridge children.
Wingfield, John (c. 1757–1825):
Under-Master at Westminster School 1788–1802.
Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759–1797; DNB):
author. Southey was a great admirer of Wollstonecraft and dedicated ‘The Triumph of
Woman’ (published in his Poems (1797)) to her. They met in London in 1797, where they moved in the same
radical circles. Southey mourned her death in his 1797 poem ‘To A. S. Cottle’.
Wordsworth, Catherine (1808–1812; DNB):
fourth child of Mary and William Wordsworth. Born 5 September 1808. Died of convulsions
on 4 June 1812.
Wordsworth, Dorothy (1771–1855; DNB):
writer. She and Southey probably met in 1795 but their relationship only flourished after
Southey and his family moved to Keswick in 1803.
Wordsworth, Mary (1770-1859):
wife of William Wordsworth. The Southeys became better acquainted with her after their move
to Keswick in September 1803.
Wordsworth, Thomas (1806–1812; DNB):
third child of Mary and William Wordsworth. Born 15 June 1806. Died of measles 1 December
Wordsworth, William (1770–1850; DNB):
poet. Wordsworth and Southey met in Bristol in 1795. Their relationship became closer
after the Southeys moved to Keswick in 1803 and particularly after the death of John Wordsworth in 1805, when Southey
provided comfort and managed some of Wordsworth’s business affairs in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. Southey
early recognised Wordsworth as one of the great poets but maintained a detached amusement about his unconscious pride and
Wynn, Charles Watkin Williams (1775–1850; DNB, Hist
politician. The second son of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 4th Baronet, and his second wife
Charlotte Grenville. He was educated at home by a tutor, the Revd Robert Nares, and later at Westminster (adm. 1784) and
Christ Church, Oxford (matric. 1791, BA 1795, MA 1798, DCL 1810). Entered Lincoln’s Inn in 1795 and was called to the Bar
in 1798. He married Mary Cunliffe, daughter of a baronet, in 1806. Wynn had excellent family and political connections as
his maternal grandfather was the Prime Minister George Grenville (1712–1770; DNB). He served as an MP for
Old Sarum (1797–1799) and for Montgomeryshire (1799–1850). From 1806–1807, he served in the Ministry of Talents (led by
his uncle Lord Grenville) as Under Secretary to the Home Office, and secured a pension for Southey, which he described as
‘the only benefit I reap from 12 months of office’. From 1822–1828, he held a cabinet post as President of the Board of
Control. Wynn met Southey at Westminster and the two remained friends for rest of their lives. He contributed to
The Flagellant (1792) under pseudonyms which included ‘St Pardulph’. Wynn (who was not personally
wealthy) gave Southey an annuity of £160 from 1797, and Southey dedicated Madoc (1805) to him.
Wynn, Mary (née Cunliffe; d. 1838):
daughter of Foster Cunliffe, 3rd Baronet (1755–1834) and wife of Charles Watkin Williams
Wynn, Sir Watkin Williams 5th Baronet (1772–1840; Hist
elder brother of Charles Watkin Williams Wynn. Like his brother, Watkin was a
long-serving MP 1794–1840, though he never held political office. His main interests were the family estates in North
Wales, which he inherited in 1789, and military life – he raised the Ancient British Fencibles in 1794 and saw service in
Ireland in 1798.