Thomas Stott was born in Hillsborough, County Down. His family were involved in linen bleaching. He published poetry in the Northern Star in Belfast and the Morning Post in London and was satirised by Lord Byron in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. He published Songs of Deardra, and when Bishop Percy died he erected a memorial to him at Dromore, County Down. He wrote under the pen-name 'Hafiz', or Banks of Banna.