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Thomas Chatterton
Birth: Nov. 20, 1752
Death: Aug. 23, 1770

Poet. Famous for creating one of the 18th Century's most notorious literary hoaxes. He was the son of a church choirmaster who died three months before Thomas was born, and he grew up in poverty. At the age of eight he was sent to the school founded by Edward Colston, which was a charitable institution that took in poor boys. He began writing poetry and his love of literature continued after he left school at the age of 14, and started work at a local company copying legal documents. Through his family connections with St Mary Redcliffe, he had access to the church's coffers where legal documents were stored. He claimed to have discovered poems written by a 15th century priest named Thomas Rowley. The poems were hailed as a magnificent find and experts were unstinting in their praise of the work. When his forgery was discovered, he was discredited and shunned and moved to London, hoping to make a living as a poet. His fate did not change and he was short of money, on the point of starvation, but too proud to borrow or beg, he committed suicide. Others believe his death resulted from an accidental cocktail of arsenic and opium. His death attracted little notice at the time. His body was thrown into a mass grave in a burying-ground attached to Shoe Lane Workhouse, in the parish of St Andrew's, Holborn. Some believe that the body of the poet was recovered, and secretly buried by his uncle, Richard Phillips, in Redcliffe Churchyard. (bio by: julia&keld) 
 
Burial:
St Mary Redcliffe Churchyard *
Redcliffe
Bristol Unitary Authority
Bristol, England
Plot: * Possible Cenotaph
*Cenotaph [?]
 
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Originally Created by: julia&keld
Record added: Jul 01, 2008
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Thomas Chatterton
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Thomas Chatterton
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Thomas,Happy birthday, lad! I hope you have found the peace in heaven that you could not find on Earth.
- Gina Marie
 Added: Nov. 20, 2014

- indigo_rain
 Added: Aug. 23, 2013
In loving memory of a proud soul. xxx
- emma battle
 Added: Jul. 15, 2013
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