Charles Chorley

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Charles Chorley (1810?–1874) was an English journalist and man of letters.


He was born at Taunton, Somerset about 1810, and was the son of Lieutenant and Paymaster John Chorley of the 1st Somerset militia (died February 1839). The greater part of his life was spent at Truro, where he acted for thirty years as sub-editor and reporter of the Royal Cornwall Gazette, the old-established Tory paper of the county. He held also the posts of secretary to the Truro Public Rooms Company, and sub-manager of the Truro Savings Bank. For eleven years (1863–74) he edited the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, and was involved in the management of the society. He died at Lemon Street, Truro, on 22 June 1874, aged 64.[1]


Chorley was a man of wide scholarship, well versed in the classics and several modern languages, and of good classical taste. It was his custom to print for the private gratification of his friends, to whom alone the initials ‘C. C.’ revealed the authorship, small volumes of translations from the dead and living languages. The most important of them were versions of George Buchanan's tragedies of Jephtha, or the Vow, and The Baptist, or Calumny, and two volumes of miscellaneous renderings from the German, Italian, Spanish, and French, as well as from the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.

The titles of all these works appear in the pages of the Bibliotheca Cornubiensis. When the council of the Royal Institution of Cornwall proposed to bring out a volume under that title, the preparatory lists of the publications known to them were drawn up by Chorley and Thomas Quiller Couch. The scheme did not propose the inclusion of more than the works relating to the topography or the history of the county, but even within that limited area, the design was beyond the power of persons not acquainted with the treasures of the British Museum.[1]



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCourtney, William Prideaux (1887). "Chorley, Charles". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


  • Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, October 1874, pp. iii–iv, vii
  • G. C. Boase and W. P. Courtney's Bibliotheca Cornubiensis, i. 69, iii. 1009, 1119.
  • H. C. G. Matthew (2004). "Chorley, Charles (1810?–1874)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.