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Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray was born in London, in a house on Cornhill in the City of London, on 26 December 1716. His grandfather had been a successful merchant, but his father took up work as a money-scrivener - a loan-broker in modern parlance - and was not too successful. In fact, when his father died, the family was left in somewhat straitened circumstances. The younger Gray was however educated at Eton, where he was to meet young men who were to be important to him in later life, such as Richard West -...See more