English poet and novelist, London priest. Born in Canterbury, he was educated at St. Paul's College, London, and in 1805 entered Brassenose College, Oxford University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts. After taking up theological studies, he became a minister in 1813 in Ashford, a small town in Kent County. In 1821 he was made canon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Barkham's fame was formed by a cycle of ballads that began to appear in 1837 in Bentley's Miscellany under the title "The Ingoldsby legends" and signed with the pseudonym Thomas Ingoldsby.