Thomas Gray (1716-71), British poet who led a quiet scholarly life, mainly at Cambridge. He is known chiefly for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751). Twenty years later he was buried in the country churchyard of the poem, at Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire.
“I would rather have written that poem [Gray’s Elegy] than take Quebec. Remark attributed to Genera! James Wolfe, on the night before he was killed at Quebec”