Villiers Sankey, William (M)

b. 1793. d. 1860. Nationality: Anglo-Irish. VIAF.
Chartist poet. Born in Dublin, Ireland, to an aristocratic family. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Paris. Married Sophia May Muloch. Supporter of Universal Suffrage and encouraged members of his own class to take interest in the lives of the working class. Elected as the delegate from Edinburgh to the General Convention of the Industrious Classes in 1839. Contributed poetry to the Chartist newspapers *The Northern Star* and *Leeds General Advertiser*. Member of the Société d’Enseignement Mutuel de France, Anti-Corn Law League, and the Irish Repeal Association. Biographical information: Scheckner 343; Owen R. Ashton and Paul A. Pickering. *Friends of the People: Uneasy Radicals in the Age of the Chartists*, The Merlin Press, 2002, pp. 55-75. (CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
There’s a Hum Through the Land 1841-01-30 The Chartist Circular Poet 82