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Thomas Gray (1716-1771), poet, was born in Cornwall on 26 December 1716. He attended Eton, before entering Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1734. He left the university without a degree in 1738, but after a tour on the continent, he returned to Peterhouse in 1742, and proceeded LL.B. in 1743. Gray remained in Cambridge for the rest of his life. In 1768 he became professor of history and modern languages at the university. He died on 30 July 1771.

From the guide to the Thomas Gray: Catalogue of Books in the Royal Library, c. 1742-1752, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Epithet: author of ' Observations on a General Iron Railway.'

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Epithet: of Egerton MS 2400

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Epithet: of Stowe MS 865

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Epithet: son of John Gray of Unstone

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Epithet: of the Board of Trade

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Epithet: Lieutenant; RN

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referencedIn LETTER of Thomas Gray, the poet, to the Rev. James Brown, of Pembroke College, Cambridge, giving an account of his visit to Netley Abbey, Winchester, etc.; dat. Southhampton [1764 ?]. Holograph. Paper. Quarto., 1764 British Library
referencedIn NOTES on classical Greek literature, by Thomas Gray, the poet, viz.: (1) Genealogies of the ancient kings of Arcadia, Laconia, Attica, Corinth, Sicyon, Philius, Messenia, Elis, Pisa, and Thebes. f. 1;-(2) Notes on Pindar, 01. I., and on Greek lyric m..., 1747 British Library
creatorOf CARNARVON PAPERS. Vol. CCXXV A. ff. 114. Miscellaneous translations, verses, etc., by Lord Carnarvon and others, incl. (ff. 36-39) a Latin version of Gray's Elegy by Lord Chief Justice Sir A. J. E. Cockburn, dated 1867 (printed in [1871?] in [London?..., approximately 1858-1889 British Library
creatorOf GEORGE FREDERIC SHARPE. Vol. IV (ff. viii+174). 'The Progress of Poesy', setting of words by Thomas Gray, Oxford D.Mus. exercise; accepted Sept. 1908.Thomas Gray, poet: Music: George Frederic Sharpe, composer: 'The Progress of Poesy' by George Freder... British Library
creatorOf LITERARY COMMONPLACE-BOOK in several hands; circa 1783. Partly printed. Included in the original core of the book, now ff. 66-166, 172, are (ff. 89-93v, 96-97) verses by William Hayley and Anna Seward mostly relating to her visit to Eartham, co. Suss..., approximately 1783 British Library
referencedIn Grant British Library
referencedIn HARDWICKE PAPERS. Vol. DCCCCXXII. Miscellaneous letters and papers, chiefly literary; 1707-1794. Included are:-1. Alexander Pope to [the Rev. Ralph] Bridges, in answer to criticisms on his Homer; 5 April, [1708]. Copy. Printed in Elwin's Works of Po..., 1707-1794 British Library
referencedIn The life of Edmund Kean : from published and original sources, extra-illustrated Houghton Library
referencedIn "NOTULÆ; a few notes upon the Scriptures and some of our greater poets," by Joseph Hunter. 1. Notes on passages in the Pentateuch and other books both of the Old and New Testament, ff. 3, 28, 33; Illustrations of obsolete English terms used in the re..., 19th century British Library
referencedIn MORLEY PAPERS. Vol. XXXV (ff. 129). Verse, commonplaces, etc.; 1701-circ. 1854, n.d. Included (f. 35) is a visiting card of Sir Joshua Reynolds, engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (see A. Baudi di Vesme and A. Calabi, Francesco Bartolozzi, 1928, no. 19..., 1701-1859 British Library
creatorOf CHARNWOOD AUTOGRAPHS. Vol. II. English literary autographs; circa 16th-20th cent. Included are Edmund Waller, Andrew Marvell, John Evelyn, John Locke, John Dryden, Joseph Addison, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, William Congreve, Sir Richard Steele, ..., approximately 16th century-20th century British Library
referencedIn Material relating to Thomas Gray, the poet. [Ashley Library Catalogue, ii, p. 159]. As follows:―1. Epigram on Gray, in the hand of W. H. Thompson, with a note by Edmund Gosse; n.d. f. 41.2. Sketches by Sir W. H. Thornycroft for a monument to Gray; 18..., 1883 British Library
referencedIn Vol. III. EXTRACTS from the common-place books and other MSS. of Thomas Gray, the poet, including:-Notes on Sophocles, the Greek orators, Athenæus, etc. ff. 3-59;-Notes on the Gray family, ff. 61, 66, 76;-"Beauties and faults observed by Mr. Chambers... British Library
referencedIn "RELAZIONE di Venetia," by "Don Alfonso de la Queva [Cueva], Conte di Bedmar," Ambassador of Spain to the Republic [ 1 619 ?1. Begius " Se Ministro alcuno the end is wanting. In the holograph of Thomas Gray, the poet, and copied by him, according to ..., 18th century British Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1863-1879 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Pacific Islands missions records, 1819-1960. Houghton Library
referencedIn Vol. I, ff. 236.James Ingram, DD President of Trinity College, Oxford (1824): Annotations by(?): bef. 1826.includes:ff. 1, 11 Reverend Richard Tomkyns, of New College, Oxford: Letters to Rev. J. Warton: 1742, 1746.ff. 2, 177 passim Reverend Josep... British Library
referencedIn Harvard University. Autograph File, G. 1641-2009. Houghton Library
referencedIn BURGESS LETTERSLetters to the Rev. Thomas Burgess, D.D. (1803), Bishop successively of St. David's (1803) and Salisbury (1825), mainly on classical subjects. The principal contents are:-(1) Letters (53) from Thomas Tyrwhitt, the scholar and critic, 1..., 1779-1837 British Library
referencedIn MISCELLANEOUS TRACTS and papers, as follows:-1. Papers relating to the Savoy Hospital in the Strand, London, viz. (a) "Case of the Savoy," being a brief account of it from the time of Henry III. to about 1725. f. 2;-(b) "Lord Keeper Wright's sentenc... British Library
referencedIn "SILVA Poetica:" extracts from poets, classical and modern, with critical remarks, by Joseph Hunter. Paper; 1807. Octavo.includes:f. 8 Thomas Gray, poet: Notes on, by J. Hunter: 19th cent., 1807 British Library
referencedIn Wendell family papers, 1620-1921 Houghton Library
referencedIn CORRESPONDENCE of William Taylor How, of Standon Place, Ongar, Essex, including letters from Thomas Hollis, Thomas Gray, the poet, William Pitt, afterwards Earl of Chatham, and Sir Horace Mann (f. 6); 1760-1768. Paper. Quarto. Presented by the Rev. E..., 1760-1768 British Library
referencedIn Vol. CLXXIII (ff. 313). 16 Nov.-Dec. 1822.includes:ff. 1, 2, 38, 200 Sir Robert Harry Inglis, 2nd Baronet; MP: Correspondence with Sir R. Peel: 1813-1850. f. 3 Grace Maxwell, wife of John James, 2nd Earl of Farnham: Letters to Sir R. Peel: 1814-1823.... British Library
referencedIn Vaughan, John, 1755-1841. Papers, 1768 - ca. 1936 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn MS Mus. 186. B. Vocal Music.ALICK MACLEAN COLLECTION. Vol. xix. Songs; n.d.ff. 66. Largest size 350 x 280mm.1. ff. 1-8. ‘Choral Song’ from ‘The Annunciation’, oratorio (words Louis Napoleon Parker, beginning ‘Look out of window and behold’), for mixe... British Library
referencedIn Vol. IV. EXTRACTS from MSS. of Thomas Gray, viz.:-"in Mason's collection," ff. 1-12;-"from Mr. Bright's collection, sold Nov. 1845, which had belonged to Mr. Stonehewer," chiefly matter which has been copied into vol. III. above, ff. 14-120;-"Manuscr..., 1845-1853 British Library
referencedIn ORIGINAL letters of Thomas Gray, the poet, to Thomas Wharton, M.D., of Old Park, Durham; 12 Mar. 1740-24 May 1771. Some of the letters enclose copies of his poems, and amongst them one of the " Elegy," f. 45. At the end are added:-Letters of James Br... British Library
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Vol. CVII, 1758-1821.includes:f. 2 S Crowder and Co: Letter to W. Strahan: 1758.f. 8 John Wilkie: Letter to W. Strahan: 1767.ff. 17, 18 James Donnegan, MD; lexicographer: Letters to A. Spottiswoode, etc.: 1836-1838.f. 18 London, Parishes. St...., 1758-1821 British Library
creatorOf Vol. II (ff. 304). Oct.-Dec. 1878.Fiji Islands: Papers of Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon rel. to: 1873-1885.Pacific Ocean: Papers of Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon as High Commissioner for Western Pacific: 1878-1883.Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert, GCB; Co... British Library
referencedIn Vol. VIII (ff. 157). Miscellaneous papers. Included are :-A memoir of Rev. T. Twining by R. Twining I, printed with minor alterations in A Country Clergyman (f. 1) ; an epitaph by Dr. S. Parr printed ib., copy (f. 10) ; an obituary notice by Dr. Burn... British Library
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Vol. VI. (ff. 524). GI-Ha.includes:f. 1 Captain William Nugent Glascock, RN: Biographical notes: 1844.f. 2 Lieutenant William Glennie, RN: Letter to W. R. O'Byrne: 1845.f. 3 Lieutenant George Henry Godden, RN: Biographical notes: 1844.ff.5-8 ... British Library
referencedIn "THE Bard, an ode," to words by Thomas Gray; 17 June, 1786. Full score. Paper. Oblate Quarto.Thomas Gray, poet: "The Bard," set to music by J. W. Callcott: 1786.John Wall Callcott, composer: Musical compositions: 1785-1812. British Library
referencedIn English-language manuscript verse in the Houghton Library: First-line index, ca. 1000-ca. 1820. Houghton Library
referencedIn (XIV. ff. 452). 28 Sept.-8 Oct. 1852.includes:f. 4 James Fuller Madox: Letter to the Postmaster General: 1852. ff. 6, 241 Henry George Liddell, 2nd Earl of Ravensworth: Letters to P. Dickson: 1852. f. 9 Sir John Hope, Baronet; MP: Letter to P. Dick... British Library
creatorOf Vol. CCCXLVI (ff. 285). June-Sept. 1871.includes:f. 1 Sir Joseph Neale McKenna, MP: Letters to W. E. Gladstone: 1871. ff. 3, 106, 117, 119, 131 George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge: Correspondence with W. E. Gladstone: 1861-1882. ... British Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library
referencedIn (III. ff. 483). 1-15 Apr. 1852.includes:f. 2 Midhurst, Sussex: Testimonial from: 1852. f. 3 Lieutenant-General Hon Hugh Arbuthnott, MP for county Kincardineshire: Letters to the Postmaster-General: 1852. f. 5 George Sholto Douglas, Baron Douglas; 1... British Library
referencedIn (IV. ff. 138). Co. Bucks (N-W).County of Buckingham: Drawings of churches, etc., in: 1805-1863.includes:f. 3 Nettleden, Buckinghamshire: View of church: 1814. f. 3 b Ashridge, Buckinghamshire: Plans, etc., and sketches of: 1813-1844. f. 3 b Denham,..., 18th century-19th century British Library
creatorOf Thomas Gray: Catalogue of Books in the Royal Library, c. 1742-1752 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Thomas Gray. Ellis’s English Atlas: or, a compleat chorography of England and Wales (London: Robert Sayer and Carrington Bowles, 1766), owned and annotated by Thomas Gray, poet (b. 1716, d. 1771). Fifty two engraved maps, lacking two: half of the f..., 1766 British Library
referencedIn MACKINTOSH PAPERS (3RD SERIES). Vol. XXVIII. ‘Sketches of Distinguished Characters for a History of England’, prefaced by considerations on historical writing; 1811-1812. The names of Sir James’s subjects may be found in the index to the present c..., 1811-1812 British Library
referencedIn LITERARY correspondence of Bishop Percy with various persons; 1762-1789. The names of the writers will be found in the Index. At f. 72 is the draft of a 1etter from Percy to Lord Dacre, 6 Sept. 1773, and at f. 124 a letter from Sir Robert Chambers to..., 1762-1795 British Library
referencedIn Vol. CCCXLVI (ff. 285). June-Sept. 1871.includes:f. 1 Sir Joseph Neale McKenna, MP: Letters to W. E. Gladstone: 1871. ff. 3, 106, 117, 119, 131 George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge: Correspondence with W. E. Gladstone: 1861-1882. ... British Library
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