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Brown, Thomas Edward (Thomas)

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Born: 1830 AD
Died: 1897 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Poets

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1830 - He was born at Douglas, Isle of Man on the 5th of May.

1854 - He won a double first, however, and was elected a fellow of Oriel in April, Dean Thomas Gaisford having refused to promote him to a senior studentship of his own college, on the ground that no servitor had ever before attained to that honour.

1857 - He married his cousin, Miss Stowell, daughter of Dr Stowell of Ramsey, and soon afterwards left the island once more to become headmaster of the Crypt School, Gloucester--a position which in no long time he found intolerable due to the burden of administration.

1863 - Brown remained from September to July, when he retired--to the great regret of boys and masters alike, who had long since come to regard "T.E.B.'s" genius, and even his eccentricities, with a peculiar pride--to spend the rest of his days upon.

1873-1889 - His poem "Betsy Lee" appeared in Macmillan's Magazine, and was published separately in the same year. It was included in Fo'c's'le Yarns, which reached a second edition.

1897 - In October, he returned to the school on a visit. He was the guest of one of the house-masters, and on a Friday evening, he gave an address to the boys of the house.

         - He died on the 29th of October.

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