Thomas Foster Barham (musician)

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Thomas Foster Barham (1766–1844), was a musician and miscellaneous writer.


Barham was the third son of Joseph Foster of Jamaica, who in 1750 took the name of Barham by authority of a private act of parliament, and in accordance with the will of Henry Barham.[1] He was born in Bedford, 8 October 1766, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he matriculated in 1784 but did not graduate.[2] After his university course he travelled on the Continent. On his return he became connected with the mercantile house of Plummer & Co., but ill-health obliged him to leave London, and to retire to the West of England, where he finally settled, at Leskinnick, near Penzance, Cornwall. He died there on 25 February 1844. He married in 1790 Mary Ann, eldest daughter of the Rev. Joshua Morton, of Blackheath, and by this lady had six children, of whom Charles, Francis, Thomas, and William are notable.


  • Letter from a Trinitarian to a Unitarian, Penzance, 1811.
  • Musical Meditations, consisting of original compositions, vocal and instrumental, Lond. 1811, 2nd set 1815.
  • Abdallah or the Arabian Martyr, a Christian drama in three acts [and in verse], Lond. 1820, 2nd edit., Penzance, 1821.
  • Elijah, a sacred poem in four cantos, Lond. 1822.
  • Colonel Gardiner, a Christian drama in three parts, Lond. 1823.
  • Pergolesi's celebrated Stabat Mater or Calvary; with English words written for the purpose, substituted in the place of the ancient Latin verses, and the instrumental parts arranged for the organ or pianoforte, &c., 1829.
  • Lander Africanus. A musical drama, Penzance, 1834.
  • Reliquiæ Seriæ, or Christian Musings. By Ἐλάχιστος, Lond. 1836.


  1. ^ Deed Poll Office: Private Act of Parliament 1748 (22 Geo. 2). c. 14
  2. ^ "Barham, Thomas Foster (BRN784TF)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.  According to the DNB, however, he graduated with a B.A. as Thomas Foster in 1792.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Barham, Thomas Foster (1766-1844)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.