a Tyneside songwriter, born in Edinburgh in Scotland. Possibly his best known work is "Hydrophobie" (sometimes called "The skipper and the Quaker"), an example of Geordie dialect. His early professional writing was of children's nursery rhymes for penny and halfpenny books. In 1814 he wrote the first two verses of a song about the great frost of 1813 with co-writer Thomas Binney. He moved to Lamberts in Grey Street and whilst there, apparently wrote a song each year for his fellow work mates for their annual trip. He became self-employed, forming his own printing company about 1850.
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