George Symes Catcott
30/02/1739 - 19/11/1802
Much more than Rowley's Nursemaid
(.QE!.) is currently working on this page - now this minute 31/03/21 10pm
George Symes Catcott played a hugely important part in the Chatterton story. He is, perhaps, the major reason Chatterton became known to a wider audience.
George was a bit of a manipulator who could clearly see the main chance when it came along. His correspondence with William Barrett and others, as well as some of his letters to the periodicals, show him as a man born with a well-greased stirring-stick in his left hand, although he would have preferred a silver spoon.
George spent an inordinate amount of time writing about Chatterton (I know how that feels) and transcribing (and editing/amending) his works over and again; this was not an altruistic endeavour, for he was actually maintaining a trade in transcriptions of 'Rowley's' works - good on you George!
It seems that one of George's dearest wishes was to be remembered in after-times and, if his wish hasn't already been granted, then he will get it in ways he could not possibly have imagined; I hope to treat George as an important and main character in the Chatterton saga, rather than as a simpleton of a side dish. So, all of George's manuscripts, his letters and transcripts etc., will be uploaded here. I will also add, when time allows, my own transcripts of some of his works, which will facilitate ease of reading as some of his Ms. are quite faded.
This is a big job that will take a while because the task is a little onerous and time consuming, but strangely enjoyable at the same time.
Yere we go! Ooops, no we don't, back to uploading Mss., will be back here soon.
Over The North Porch of
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Is a Large Hexagonal Room
Once Known as the Treasury House
Or the Muniment Room,
Now Known as Chatterton's Room.
It Still Holds the Iron-bound Coffer
Which Contained Ancient Archives
Belonging to the Church.
This is Where Chatterton Claimed
To Have Found the
A Montage by QE!
For the Very First Time
The Famous Meeting
Of Three Great Minds
George Catcott, Samuel Johnson
& James Boswell.
The New Bristol Bridge 1768
Can be seen in the 'engraving'
On the wall behind Catcott