Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Elliot, Ebenezer (1781-1849), called "the Corn Law Rhymer," was born at Masborough in Yorkshire. His love of nature and of contemplation gained him, as such qualities generally do, the reputation of being dull and idle. But he studied botany, and worked hard at educating himself. He produced his first poem, A Vernal Walk, at the age of seventeen. After working for a time in a foundry, he was an iron-merchant in Sheffield (1831-1837). His Rhymes were produced at intervals, and were collected into one volume with the Ranter. In 1829 appeared his Village Patriarch. Many of his pieces contain good descriptions of Yorkshire scenery.