Thomas Amory (author)

Thomas Amory
Bornc. 1691
Died25 November 1788

Thomas Amory (c. 1691 – 25 November 1788) was a writer with an Irish background, thought to have lived in Dublin and later in Westminster.[1]


In 1755 Amory published Memoirs containing the lives of several ladies of Great Britain, a History of Antiquities and Observations on the Christian Religion. This was followed by the Life of John Buncle, Esq. in 1766, which was practically a continuation: (Vol. I,[2] 1756, and Vol. II,[3]

These works are those of a polymath, covering philology, natural science, theology and other subjects, unsystematically, but with occasional originality and felicity of diction.

Private life

Amory was a keen Unitarian. He was also a renowned eccentric, with a peculiar appearance and the manner of a gentleman. He scarcely ever stirred abroad except at dusk. He died at the age of 97, probably in London.[1]


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons – via Wikisource.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Amory, Thomas". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 877.
  • The information here is consistent with the entry in The Oxford Companion to English Literature, ed. Sir Paul Harvey, 4th e. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967).


  1. ^ a b Britannica. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  2. ^ Amory, Thomas; Buncle (Fict. Name), John (1766). "The life of John Buncle, esq. by T. Amory".
  3. ^ Amory, Thomas; Buncle (Fict. Name), John (1766). "The life of John Buncle, esq".

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