Thomas Percy was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He became vicar of Easton Maudit, Northamptonshire in 1753 and rector of Wilby three years later. In 1770 he became Doctor of Divinity at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was appointed chaplain to the Duke of Northumberland and George III and from 1778 he was the Dean of Carlisle. Finally he became Bishop of Dromore from 1782 to 1811 and lived in the Bishop’s Palace, Dromore.In 1762 he published 'Miscellaneous Pieces', which was translated from Chinese.
Thomas Percy's interest in the literary antiquity of England also had a lasting influence on later poetry. This influence can be seen in Coleridge's 'Ancient Mariner' and it is openly avowed by Wordsworth in 'Lyrical Ballads'. . Thomas Percy’s skills were not limited to editing as he also composed and published his own work and most famous of these was a ballad entitled 'The Hermit of Warkworth'.