Thomas Percy

(1729—1811) writer and Church of Ireland bishop of Dromore

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(born Piercy) (1729–1811), published in 1761 a translation (from the Portuguese) of the first Chinese novel to appear in English, Hau Kiou Choaan, and in 1763 his Five Pieces of Runic Poetry Translated from the Islandic Language, which considerably influenced the study of ancient Norse in England. Percy also published poetry (including his ballad The Hermit of Warkworth, 1771), translated from the Hebrew and Spanish, and wrote a Memoir of Goldsmith (1801). He is best known for his celebrated collection Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (3 vols, 1765), which contributed greatly to the understanding of the older English poetry. See also Percy Folio and ballad.

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