Year: 1977 Source: Notes and Queries, v.24, no.1, (1977), p.36-38 SIEC No: 20040075

This article discusses the death of the poet James Thomson in 1882. Although it is known that Thomson spent the last weeks of his life on an alcoholic binge that culminated with his death of hemorrhage, speculation still abounds as to whether Thomson accidentally lost control of his drinking, or whether he drank himself to death as a form of suicide. Evidence from Thomson’s diary is used to investigate these two possibilities.