Thomas Moore, Irish poet, was born May 28, 1779, in Dublin, the son of John Moore and his wife Anastasia Codd. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, at the age of fifteen. After graduation he went to London and in 1804 went to Bermuda as Registrar to the Admirality Court. He remained there but two years, returning to London in 1806 and leaving his duties to a deputy. In 1817, however, he was held liable for a £6,000 embezzlement by his deputy, which caused him to flee to the continent. His debt finally paid, he returned in 1822. Moore was extremely popular, especially with women, as a poet and singer. Besides songs and a novel, Moore wrote a history of Ireland and biographies of Sheridan and Lord Byron. His long poem, "Lallah Rookh," was published in 1817. He died February 25, 1852.
REFERENCES: J. Burke, Life of Thomas Moore; M. J. Symington, Thomas Moore, His Life and Works.
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