The Worthies of Cumberland and Westmorland

  > The following is a "List of eminent men, natives of the county of Cumberland, or who have been nearly connected with it," and also includes figures of notoriety. Commentary from myself is in square brackets. Source indicated by (J) - Jollies Cumberland Guide & Directory 1811, (MW) - Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847, (M) - Mannix & Co., History, Topography and Directory of Westmorland, 1851, (B) - T. Bulmer, History, Topography, and Directory of Cumberland, 1901. Other entries are Steve Bulman, unless indicated otherwise. There are frequent references to "the city", or similar; in every case this refers to Carlisle.

Addison - Armstrong, Bacon - Burn, Calvin - Dykes, Egglesfield - Grindal, Hall - Irton, Jackson - Lowther, Marlowe - Potter, Ray - Routh, Salkeld - Swift, Taylor - Troughton, Vipont - Wordsworth


Taylor, Michael Napier, mathematician, see Hawkshead parish.

Thompson, George, - see Penrith parish.

Thompson, Jacob, also a native of the town [Penrith], served his apprenticeship to a house painter, but afterwards devoted his time to the study of the fine arts. Two of his Scriptural pieces still adorn the walls of the parish church, and other works of his may be seen in the mansions of many local gentry. His works have been highly extolled by many art critics. (B)

Thompson, Rev. George, late dissenting minister in Carlisle, published a work entitled Spirit of General History, the merit of which has been duly appreciated by a discerning public. (J)

Thompson, William, a learned schoolmaster, at Carlisle, about forty years ago, published a treatise on arithmetic, which was well received. He was the tutor of that eminent mathematician, John Howard. (MW)

Thompson, William, author of the poem on "Sickness," in four books, and of other political poems, was born at Brough. (M)

Threlkeld, Caleb, born at Kirkoswald in 1676, was an eminent botanist, and published a treatise on the Native Plants of Ireland. He mediated a general history of plants, but did not live to complete the work. He died at Dublin about the year 1729. (J)

Tickell, Thomas, Esq., - see Bridekirk parish.

Todd, Rev. Hugh, a prebendary of Carlisle, wrote a history of that city, about the year 1710. (MW)

Troughton, Edward, an eminent mathematical and astronomical instrument maker of London, was born at the farmhouse called Welcome Nook, in this [Corney] parish, in the garden of which he placed a beautiful sun-dial, and another in the churchyard. He succeeded to the business of his uncle and brother, in Fleet Street, London, and in 1826 took into partnership Simms, also eminent as a maker of mathematical instruments. It has been said of Troughton that "he improved and extended every instrument he touched, and that every astronomical instrument was in its turn the subject of his attention." Many of the finest instruments in the Royal Observatory and other scientific establishments were constructed by him. He was also the author of several treatises in the Philosophical Transactions, &c. He was born in 1753, and died in London in 1835. (B)



19 June 2015

Steve Bulman