James Thomson (Poet) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

James Thomson (poet, born 1700)

James Thomson was a Scottish poet and playwright, known for his poems The Seasons and The Castle of Indolence, and for the lyrics of “Rule, Britannia!”.

Born: c, Ednam, Roxburghshire, Kingdom of Scotland
Died: (aged), Richmond upon Thames, Kingdom of Great Britain
Alma mater: University of Edinburgh

About James Thomson

Scottish poet, dramatist, and lyricist known for his poetry collection The Seasons and for the text of the song “Rule, Brittania! His last work, The Castle of Indolence, was published just before his early death.

Before Fame

He studied at the College of Edinburgh, where he became a member of The Grotesque Club.


He wrote a 1729 play entitled The Tragedy of Sophonisba.

Family Life

He was one of nine children born to Beatrix Trotter and Presbyterian minister Thomas Thomson.


He wrote a poem in honor of Sir Isaac Newton on the occasion of Newton’s 1727 death.

Information related to James Thomson (poet, born 1700)

  • 18th-century Scottish poets
  • People of the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Scottish male poets
  • 18th-century Scottish writers

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Latest information about James Thomson updated on August 26, 2020.

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