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Selected Poetry of Francis Grose (ca. 1731-1791)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. On a Wife
  2. On one Munday, who Hanged Himself
  3. Poetical Epistle to Mrs. Green


Notes on Life and Works

Francis Grose (ca. 1731-1791), born in Middlesex, served for more than twenty years in the army, particularly the Hampshire and then the Surrey militia, until he emerged as one of the period's greatest antiquarians. He published The Antiquities of England and Wales in 1772-76, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in 1785, and subsequently other antiquarian collections on Scotland, Ireland, and the English military. His amusing occasional poems are typical of an 18th-century man of letters. He died in Dublin in 1791 and is buried in Drumcondra churchyard.

Biographical information

Given name: Francis
Family name: Grose
Birth date: ca. 1731
Death date: 1791
Nationality: English
Buried at: Drumcondra churchyard
First RPO edition: 2002