Roscoe, William (1753 - 1831)

Biography: 

William Roscoe was born March 8, 1753, in Liverpool. In 1774 he became an attorney and during his long life proved a great supporter of the city and its arts. Of the several volumes of poetry that he published, some on the slavery trade, others on Liverpool and its environs, only one poem, The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, which he wrote for his son Robert, had lasting popularity. It first appeared in Gentleman's Magazine in November 1806 and in a volume of its own, in 1807, issued by John Harris, who initiated with it a series of children's books. He died on June 30, 1831, in Liverpool. His Poetical Works were published posthumously in London in 1853. For a life, see George Chandler, William Roscoe of Liverpool (London: B. T. Batsford, 1953; PR 5236 R56 1953 Robarts Library).

Given Name: 
William
Family Name: 
Roscoe
Birth Date: 
March 8, 1753
Death Date: 
June 30, 1831
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Family Relations: 
father : William Roscoe
mother : Elizabeth Roscoe
wife : Jane Roscoe (from 22 Feb. 1781)
son : Thomas Roscoe
son : Henry Roscoe
daughter : Mary Anne Jevons
daughter : Jane Elizabeth Hornblower
son : Robert Roscoe
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Illness

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First RPO Edition: 
1998