Thomas Coram
Born Circa 1668
Died 29th March 1751


Plaque  Location

Foundling Museum
Brunswick Square

Further Information

Plaque reads:
Thomas Coram was born at Lyme Regis, Dorset in 1668 He
became a Captain in the Merchant Navy trading between
England and America. For several years he lived in America as
a shipwright gaining a great reputation as an expert on all
matters concerning the Colonies. As a staunch churchman he
realised the importance of the spiritual needs of the settlers
and left land in trust for the building of a church in Taunton
Massachusetts. He became a Younger Brother of Trinity House
and a trustee of the Colony of Georgia and settled in London in
1720. Here, in 1739, he established the Foundling Hospital for
which a Royal Charter was obtained. He died in 1751 and his
body now rests in the Church of Saint Andrew, Holborn. The
great pioneer work begun by Captain Coram is under the name
of the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. This statue was
erected by the Governors in 1963.