Thomas Tickell

(17 December 1685 - 21 April 1740)
Thomas Tickell (1685-1740)

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Thomas Tickell (1685-1740)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758]. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.001)
  • Mendez, Moses. A collection of the most esteemed pieces of poetry: that have appeared for several years. With variety of originals, by the late Moses Mendez, Esq; and other contributors to Dodsley's collection. To which this is intended as a supplement. London: printed for Richardson and Urquhart, 1767. [8],320p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T124631; DMI 1073; OTA K099398.000)

Biographical note

Thomas Tickell was born in Bridekirk, Cumberland, the son of a clergyman, Richard Tickell (1648?-1692), and his wife, Margaret, née Gale (d. 1729). He attended The Queen's College, Oxford (B.A. 1705, M.A. 1709, Fellow 1710-1726) and began writing poetry while still a student. In 1711 he acted as Joseph Trapp's deputy as Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Joseph Addison became his mentor and Tickell's poems appeared widely in miscellanies and magazines. Tickell's rival translation of Homer's Iliad deepened the rift between Pope and Addison. When Addison returned to his political career after the accession of George I, he appointed Tickell his under-secretary, the first of a series of administrative posts Tickell would have for the rest of his life. Tickell continued to publish poetry and later became Addison's literary executor, editing his Works (1721) in four volumes. In 1724, Tickell moved to Dublin to take up the post of chief secretary to the lords justices of Ireland. He married in 1726, devoted himself to his career and family, and only occasionally published poetry. He became friends with Jonathan Swift, then also living in Dublin. Tickell died at Bath in 1740 and was buried in Glasnevin, near Dublin. Tickell's poetry appeared in collections throughout the 18th century.


DMI 2244; ODNB 27432; NCBEL 570


  • Sutton, David C. Location Register of English Literary Manuscripts and Letters. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Volume II: K-Z . London: The British Library, 1995. 950. Print. 2 volumes.



  • Tickell, Richard Eustace. Thomas Tickell and the eighteenth century poets (1685-1740): containing numerous letters and poems hitherto unpublished compiled from his family papers. London: Constable, 1931. Print.

Reference works

Studies of individual works

  • Rogal, Samuel J. Thomas Tickell's Prospect of Peace. Illinois Quarterly 35.3 (Feb. 1973): 31-40. Print.