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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) is said to have taken the name Silas Tomkyn Comberbache, or Silas Tomken Cumberbatch. Note the initials of both names - STC.

 

bulletPoet and Philosopher
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Educated at Christ's Hospital, and Jesus College, Cambridge, studying Latin, Greek, Medicine and Metaphysics, and adopted extreme religious and political views.

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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 duty).

bulletReturned again to Cambridge, 1794, and became politically active, particularly against Pitt.
bulletBegan to publish poems, 1795
bulletMarried Sarah Fricker, 1795
bulletKnown to be taking Laudanum, 1796
bulletPreached in Unitarian Chapels
bulletBegan association with Wordsworth, 1797
bulletReceived 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 Access2Archives]
bulletBecame addicted to Opium, 1803
bulletVisited Malta, 1804-5, and Rome, 1805-6
bulletLectured at the Royal Institution, 1808
bulletMoved to Grasmere in 1809, becoming dependent on Wordsworth
bulletAnnuity from Josiah Wedgewood stopped, 1812
bulletActed at Drury Lane, 1813
bulletLeft his Family, 1813, now unable to disguise his addiction
bulletLived, with John Morgan, at Calne, Wiltshire, 1813 -16
bulletLived, with James Gillman, at Highgate, 1816 - 34
bulletVisited Germany, 1828

Source: The 15th, or Kings, Light Dragoons (Hussars) originally at http://www.xvld.bfpo.co.uk/personality_frame.htm

 

His Quotations

  1. The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

  2. Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
 

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