Thomas Tod Stoddart was a Scottish angler and poet. Born in Edinburgh, he attended Edinburgh University and gained admittance in 1833 to the Faculty of Advocates. A highly knowledgeable fisherman with expertise in fly fishing, he published several books, poems and articles on angling. He campaigned against the pollution of rivers. Stoddart's rare and unique volume of verse, The Death-wake, or, Lunacy: a Necromaunt in Three Chimeras, was reprinted in 1895 by John Lane with an introduction by Andrew Lang.
Sing, sweet thrushes, forth and sing!
Meet the moon upon the lea;
Are the emeralds of the spring
On the angler's trysting-tree?
Tell, sweet thrushes, tell to me,
Are there buds on our willow-tree?
Buds and birds on our trysting tree?