Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Coleridge (1772-1834) is said to have
taken the name Silas Tomkyn Comberbache,
or Silas Tomken Cumberbatch.
Note the initials of both names - STC.
|Poet and Philosopher |
Educated at Christ's Hospital, and Jesus
College, Cambridge, studying Latin, Greek, Medicine and Metaphysics,
and adopted extreme religious and political views.
Enlisted in the Fifteenth
(King's) Light Dragoons, 1793, under the pseudonym "Silas Tomkyn
Comberbach", but was bought out by his brothers a year later
(reputedly following his discovery as an educated Gentleman, resulting
from his correction of a point of Latin being discussed by two
Officers as they entered the mess outside which he was on sentry
|Returned again to Cambridge, 1794, and became
politically active, particularly against Pitt. |
|Began to publish poems, 1795 |
|Married Sarah Fricker, 1795 |
|Known to be taking Laudanum, 1796 |
|Preached in Unitarian Chapels |
|Began association with Wordsworth, 1797
|Received annuities from Josiah and Thomas
Wedgewood [Thomas Wedgwood bought
Staffs properties in Burslem 1712-1793 from the trustees of a
Cumberbatch, see: Staffordshire and
Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service via
|Became addicted to Opium, 1803 |
|Visited Malta, 1804-5, and Rome, 1805-6
|Lectured at the Royal Institution, 1808
|Moved to Grasmere in 1809, becoming dependent
on Wordsworth |
|Annuity from Josiah Wedgewood stopped, 1812
|Acted at Drury Lane, 1813 |
|Left his Family, 1813, now unable to disguise
his addiction |
|Lived, with John Morgan, at Calne, Wiltshire,
1813 -16 |
|Lived, with James Gillman, at Highgate, 1816 -
|Visited Germany, 1828 |
15th, or Kings, Light Dragoons (Hussars) originally at
The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to
myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.