Thomas Ingoldsby Esquire of Tappington Everard in Kent was in reality a contributor to Bentley’s Miscellany and the owner of Tappington Hall in Kent. Since his death in 1845, his identity has become well known, but for his tales and verse he is best remembered as Thomas Ingoldsby.
Born in Canterbury on 6th December 1788, in his twenties he was ordained in the Church of England and initially served as curate in Ashford and then Westwell. After his marriage in 1814, he was awarded a living at Snargate, and the nearby curacy at Warehorn, in Romney Marsh. It is probably during this period that he collected most of the Kentish folk tales and contemporary stories which became The Ingoldsby Legends.
In 1821 he was appointed a minor canon at St Paul’s Cathedral, and in 1825 as Priest in Ordinary at the Chapel Royal. In 1826 he started contributing to Blackwood’s Magazine, and in 1837 the Ingoldsby Legends first appeared in Bentley’s.
The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels, is a collection of Kentish folk tales, humorous stories and verse, originally published in Bentley’s Miscellany between 1837 and 1845, and in collected volumes in 1840, 1842, and 1847. All the stories are original compositions by the author, but derive from traditional oral tales, anecdotes, historical sources, and contemporary pamphlets and broadsheets. The Ingoldsby Legends, put these into a new form, with emphasis on the humour of sometimes tragic situations, including ballad-like verse which was a popular amongst the readers of the 19th Century magazines, and tales narrated in the vernacular.
|Author's Preface and The Jackdaw of Rheims||Kachu Gwirion about...||Folklore & Heritage pdf edition|
|A Lay of St Nicholas and The Spectre of Tappington|
|Grey Dolphin: A Legend Of Sheppey and The Ghost|
|The Leech of Folkestone; The Hand of Glory; and Look at the Clock|
|The Witches' Frolic; The Lady Rohesia; and Legend of Hamilton Tighe|
|A Singular Passage in the Life of the Late Henry Harris DD; The Tragedy; and The Cynotaph|
|A Lay of St. Dunstan; A Lay of St. Gengulphus; and A Lay of St. Odille|
|Mr. B. Maguire’s Account of the Coronation; The "Monstre" Ballon; The Execution; and Account of a New Play|
|Mr. Peter's Story: The Bagman's Dog|
|Author's Preface to the 2nd Series; and The Black Mousquetaire: A Legend of France|
|Sir Rupert the Fearless: A Legend of Germany; and The Merchant of Venice: A Legend of Italy|
|The Ingoldsby Penance: A Legend of Palestine — and West Kent; Netley Abbey: A Legend of Hampshire; and Fragment|
|Nell Cook! a Legend of the Dark Entry; Nursery Reminiscences; and Aunt Fanny: A Legend of a Shirt|
|The Smuggler's Leap: A Legend of Thanet; Bloudie Jacke of Shrewsberrie; The Babes in the Wood|
|The Dead Drummer; A Row in an Omnibus (Box); Raising the Devil; The Lay of St Cuthbert, or the Devil's Dinner-Party|
|The Lay of the Old Woman Clothed in Grey: A Legend of Dover; Saint Medard: A Legend of Afric|
|The Lord of Thoulouse: A Legend of Languedoc; The Wedding Day, or the Buccaneer's Curse: A Family Legend|
|The Blasphemer's Warning: A Lay of Saint Romwold|
|The Brothers of Birchington: A Lay of St. Thomas a Becket; The Knight and the Lady: A Domestic Legend|
|The House Warming: A Legend of Bleeding Heart Yard; The Forlorn One; Jerry Jarvis's Wig: A Legend of the Weald of Kent|
|Miscelleanous poems includng The Truants; As I Lay a-Thynkinge: The Last Lines of Thomas Ingoldsby|
This edition of The Ingoldsby Legends is adapted from the 1888 edition published by Frederick Warne, which with the addition of an extended biography is mainly a reprint of the 1847 edition. The order of presentation has been changed, but no material has been omitted.
Author Illustation: Thomas Ingoldsby Esq., Illustration from the 1888 edition by George Cruickshank
Cover Illustation: A Saint, from the “Jackdaw of Rheims”, by Briton Rivière, 1868
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