Holcroft, Thomas, 1745-1809

Alternative names
Birth 1745-12-10
Death 1809-03-23

Biographical notes:

Epithet: dramatist

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000411.0x0003b7

Son of the dramatist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to W. G. Elliston, 1826 May 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270469755

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Henry Elliston, 1829 Dec. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270469729

English poet.

From the description of Autograph manuscript unsigned of a poem of 34 verses : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270476640

Epithet: Deputy-Server Royal; Ambassador to Scotland

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000703.0x000064

Thomas Holcroft, English writer. A proponent of radical reform, and an early supporter of the French Revolution, Holcroft had a major influence on the political mind of William Godwin, who considered him one of his "four principal oral instructors." Believed to have aided in the publication of Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, Holcroft was indicted for treason and arrested in 1794, though he was subsequently acquitted and released. Much Holcroft's work exhibits reformist social criticism, including his biggest theatrical success, The Road to Ruin (Covent Garden, 1792); and his novel, The Adventures of Hugh Trevor (1794-7).

From the description of Thomas Holcroft manuscript material : 2 items, 1797 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 427415390

English dramatist.

From the description of Autograph signature to a receipt, 1787 May 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270477201

From the guide to the Memoirs of the late Thomas Holcroft ... newly edited ... by Elbridge Colby, 1924, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)


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  • Item (Fictitious character)--Manuscripts
  • Authors, English--18th century--Correspondence
  • Operas--Librettos


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  • Roxburgh Castle, Roxburghshire (as recorded)
  • Hume Castle, Berwickshire (as recorded)
  • Bristol, Gloucestershire (as recorded)
  • Lauther Castle, Berwickshire (as recorded)
  • Oudewater, the Netherlands (as recorded)
  • Jedburgh, Roxburghshire (as recorded)
  • Eyemouth Cantle, Berwickshire (as recorded)
  • Carlisle, Cumberland (as recorded)