Northumbrian Language Society

J. T. Brockett

John Trotter Brockett -(1788-1842),

Brockett was born at Witton Gilbert, County Durham.  In his early youth his parents moved to Gateshead, and he was educated under the care of the Rev. William Turner of Newcastle.  The law having been selected as his profession, he was, after the usual course of study, admitted an attorney, and practiced for many years at Newcastle, where he was respected as an able and eloquent advocate in the mayor’s and sheriff’s courts, and a sound lawyer in the branches of his profession which deal with tenures and conveyancing.

He was a man of refined tastes, and a close student of numismatics and of English antiquities and philology.  He made considerable collections of books and coins and medals, in 1823-1824 the choice library and cabinets which he had formed up to that time were dispersed by auction at Sotheby’s, the sale of the latter occupying ten days, and that of the former fourteen days.

Brockett was a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a secretary of the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society, and one of the council of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-on-Tyne.  He died at Albion Place, Newcastle, on 12 October 1842, aged 54.

In 1818 he published an Enquiry into the Question whether the Freeholders of the Town and County of Newcastle-upon-Tyne are entitled to vote for Members of Parliament for the County of Northumberland, and in 1825 the first edition of his Glossary of North Country Words in Use (Newcastle-on-Tyne, 8vo).  The manuscript collections for this valuable work were not originally intended for publication, and they passed into the library of John George Lambton, afterwards Lord Durham, but that gentleman surrendered them for the public service.

A second edition, to a large extent rewritten, was published in 1829; and a third was in preparation at the time of the author’s death, and was published, under the editorship of W. E. Brockett, in 1846 (2 vols. 8vo).

You can access the Glossary here –  A Glossary Of North Country Words   (1847)

 

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