Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

A Hyper-Concordance to the Poems of Thoms Moore

This is a photograph (taken by Kim Gayton-Pollard) of Thomas Moore's House In KEGWORTH.
It is now occupied by a man that sells historical and ancient musical instruments.

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Chronology

1779
Thomas Moore born May 28 in Dublin, Ireland; the first child of John and Anastasia Codd Moore.
1784
Attended private school run by T. J. Malone.
1786
Attended English Grammar School; Samuel Whyte, headmaster of "the best school in Dublin."
1790
First stage appearance, speaking epilogue to Jane Shore in private theatricals.
1793
October, first appeared in print with verses in Anthologia Hibernica, Dublin magazine.
1794
June, attended Dr. Carr's Latin School, preparatory to Trinity College, Dublin.
1795
January, entered Trinity; tried for scholarship but as Roman Catholic was ineligible. Began translation of Anacreon. Robert Emmet and Edward Hudson were fellow students and friends.
1798
May, rebellion of United Irishmen. Emmet, who had left college in April, was wounded but survived; Hudson was imprisoned and exiled; Wolfe Tone died in prison, allegedly a suicide; Lord Edward Fitzgerald died of wounds. Moore was questioned but refused to testify against his friends; permitted to remain in college.
1799
March, received B.A. degree from Trinity. April to July, read law in Middle Temple, London; never admitted to bar. Worked on Anacreon. Returned to Dublin. (This was his first trip to England.)
1800
Odes of Anacreon (London).
1801
The Poetical Works of Thomas Little, Jr. (London).
1802
July 27, The Gypsy Prince, opera, for which Moore wrote part of libretto, performed at Haymarket Theater, London.
1803
Declined offer of Irish Laureateship, created for him. Robert Emmet hanged. Moore appointed registrar of admiralty prize-court, Bermuda; September, sailed for Norfolk, Virginia; arrived in November.
1804
January 3, sailed for Bermuda. April, appointed deputy to take over duties; sailed for New York. Traveled in eastern United States and Canada. October, sailed for England.
1806
Epistles, Odes, and Other Poems (London). Denounced by Francis Jeffrey in Edinburgh Review; challenged Jeffrey to duel, which was stopped by police; they were reconciled and became lifelong friends.
1808
First and second volumes of Irish Melodies (London and Dublin); series continued to Volume 10 in 1834.
1811
March 25, married Elizabeth (Bessy) Dyke, London. Lived in England thereafter.
1812
February 4, daughter Barbara born. Moved to Kegworth, Leicestershire. Began contributing to Morning Chronicle.
1813
March 16, daughter Anastasia born. Moved to Mayfield, Derbyshire. Intercepted Letters, or The Two-Penny Post-Bag (London).
1814
Began contributing to Edinburgh Review. August 18, daughter Olivia born.
1815
Spring, daughter Olivia died. Moore in Ireland until autumn.
1816
First volume of Sacred Songs (London and Dublin); Volume 2 out in 1824.
1817
Lalla Rookh (London). Visit to France. September 17, daughter Barbara died after a fall.
1818
The Fudge Family in Paris ("by Thomas Brown the Younger") (London) . First volume of National Airs published ( London and Dublin ) ; series continued to Volume 6 in 1827. Moved to Sloperton Cottage, near Bowood, Wilt-shire, his home for the remainder of his life. October 24, son Thomas born.
1819
Deputy in Bermuda absconded with 6000, for which Moore was responsible. To avoid arrest for debt, went to Continent. May, traveled in Switzerland and Italy; saw Byron for last time and was given manuscript of Byron's Memoirs. Family joined him in Paris at end of year. First collected volume, The Works of Thomas Moore (six volumes) published (Paris).
1822
November, returned to England after compromise settlement of debt.
1823
The Loves of the Angels and Fables for the Holy Alliance (by "Thomas Brown the Younger") (London). May 24, son Russell born. In Ireland with Lansdowne.
1824
Memoirs of Captain Rock (London). Dispute over burning of Byron's memoirs.
1825
Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan (London). Visit to Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh. December 17, father died; Moore in Ireland.
1826
Evenings in Greece (London).
1827
The Epicurean: A Tale (London).
1828
Odes upon Cash, Corn, Catholics, and Other Matters (London).
1829
March 18, daughter Anastasia died. Catholic Emancipation Bill passed.
1830
Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, with Notices of His Life (London).
1831
The Life and Death of Lord Fitzgerald (London).
1832
May 18, mother died.
1833
Travels of an Irish Gentleman in Search of a Religion (London).
1834
December, sister Catherine (Kate) died.
1835
First volume of History of Ireland (London) (Volume 4 [last], 1846). The Fudge Family in England (London). Granted Civil List pension, 300 a year. Triumphal visit to Ireland; elected to British Association for the Advancement of Science.
1838
Last visit to Ireland.
1841
The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore, Collected by Himself (ten volumes) (London), with autobiographical preface to each volume.
1842
Received Order of Merit from Frederick the Great of Prussia. November 23, son Russell died.
1846
February, Son Thomas and sister Ellen died. Moore's health failed from this time on
1849
Moore lapsed into senile dementia.
1852
February 25, Moore died.

* This is taken from MILLIAM ALLEN DEFORD, Thomas Moore (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1967).


Last updated: 23 January 2001.

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