(1803–1868), dramatist and comic journalist. Born in Birr, Co. Offaly, he produced a succession of farces at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, of which The Phrenologist (1835) was the first. He launched Punch with Mark Lemon and Henry Mayhew in 1841. The Queer Subject (1837) was followed by several full-length plays, but his speciality remained curtain-raisers, such as How to Settle an Account with Your Laundress (1847) is the best example and Box and Cox Married and Settled! (1852). The Hope of the Family (1853) was a three-act comedy. Others are Irish Assurance and Yankee Modesty (1857), Paddy the Piper (1857), and The Bashful Irishman (1857).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.