Walter Bloomfield: Memoir of Robert Bloomfield

Scope and Content

The memoir is comprised of forty-five numbered pages written on the recto of the volume. The text is preceded by a pedigree of Robert Bloomfield. There is a covering letter from the author at the front of the volume, 22 June 1891, presenting the manuscript to Prince Frederick Duleep Singh.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823), poet, was born at Hornington, Suffolk, on 3 December 1766. While employed as a shoemaker in London, he published the poem The farmer's boy (1800), which received great acclaim and launched his career as a poet. Bloomfield was employed as an under-sealer in the Seal Office, 1802-1803, but faced growing financial difficulties in his later years. He died in poverty in Shefford, Bedfordshire, on 19 August 1823. A collected edition of his poems was published in 1824.

Walter Bloomfield's background is not known.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Adam Mills, 18 July 1985.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Robert Bloomfield in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. III (London, 1908), pp. 698-699.

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