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Thomas Pringle

1789 - 1834

Minor poet and reformer. Born the son of a farmer at Blakelaw, to the southeast of Kelso, Pringle was educated at Kelso Grammar School and the University of Edinburgh. He began his career in Edinburgh as a clerk in the Public Records Office of Scotland. In 1817, he started the Edinburgh Monthly Magazine, later Blackwood's Magazine, becoming its joint editor. He emigrated for South Africa (the Cape Colony) in 1820 and served as the government librarian for three years. Returning to London in 1826, he became secretary to the Anti-Slavery Society.

He published his poems in two collected volumes; The Autumnal Collection (1817) and Ephemerides (1828). An account of his life in Southern Africa was published as African Sketches (1834).

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