Thomas Moore biography :
Irish poet and balladeer / singer Thomas Moore was
born on 28 May 1779 in Dublin, Ireland. Though he and his family were
poor, he was able to get an education from Trinity College. He earned
a degree in law from Middle Temple in London, but gained fame through
his literary works.
In 1801, Moore published his first book, The Poetical Works of Thomas
Little. He moved to Bermuda in 1803, traveled the United States and
Canada, and returned to England in 1811. He married actress Elizabeth
“Bessy” Dyke on the same year.
Moore read at Trinity College, Dublin and London, and published his
first book, The Poetical Works of Thomas Little, in 1801. He became in
1803 a civil officer to Bermuda, where he stayed for a year, and then
returned to England after travels in the U.S. and Canada. He published
Epistles, Odes and Other Poems in 1806 after his travels.
In 1819, Moore was forced to leave London and live in Italy due to
financial difficulties. He returned to London in 1822, after all his
financial liabilities had been settled. During this time, Moore became
the literary executor of Lord Byron. He edited and published, Letters
and Journals of Lord Byron: with Notices of His Life in 1839.
He settled in Wiltshire and this was where Ireland’s national poet
died on 25 February 1852. He is best remembered for writing the words
to The Last Rose of Summer, Minstrel Boy, and Loves of the Angels. It
is odd that he is honoured by having his statue over the largest
public urinal in Dublin.