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Barham, The Rev. Richard Harris, better known by his literary pseudonym "Thomas Ingoldsby," was born at Canterbury in 1788, and after an Oxford education was about to enter the law when his tastes drew him towards the Church, and he was ordained in 1813. He obtained a minor canonry at St. Paul's, was made a priest in ordinary of the Chapel Royal, and ultimately received the living of St. Augustine's. He soon became mixed up in literary society, for which his wit and kindly nature fitted him so completely. His incomparable Ingoldsby Legends appeared in Bentley's Miscellany, and being reprinted passed through many editions. He wrote also for Blackwood and the Literary Gazette, contributed about a third of the matter to Gorton's Biographical Dictionary, and produced a successful novel, My Cousin Nicholas. He died in Amen Corner in 1845.