(1794–1827), poet. Born in Ballylough, Co. Wexford, the son of a small farmer, he was educated at a hedge-school and apprenticed to a Dublin grocer in 1809. An elegy on the death of his employer, Mr Hart, brought him to the attention of Jameson the distiller, who supported him. In 1819 he published The Misanthrope at his own expense. It was followed by The Plagues of Ireland (1824), a satire on government hacks and placemen such as Henry Code, advocating rebellion. James Hardiman asked him to work up literal versions of Gaelic poems and songs into verse for his Irish Minstrelsy (1831). The Doom of Derenzie (1829) was a romantic narrative poem featuring witchcraft, abduction, and hanging.
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.