|Thomas Campbell is buried in Poets' Corner,
Westminster Abbey, London, England.
Campbell was born in Glasgow, the youngest of eleven children. He
was educated at Glasgow Grammar School and at Glasgow University (1791-1795).
In 1799 he published The Pleasures of Hope which proved to
be an instant success with the public. However, his second
collection Gertrude of
Wyoming didn't appear until 1809. Throughout his life Campbell
was plagued by fears that he would not live up to his early poetic
achievements. He was also lacked organisational skills and wrote
In 1803 he married his cousin Matilda Sinclair and the couple had
two sons. Tragically his second son died of scarlet fever in 1810
and his first developed mental health problems. In 1828 Matilda also
In 1819 Campbell finally published his important critical study
Specimens of the British Poets - a work which took over fifteen
years to reach completion.