Richard Alfred Milliken

(1767—1815) poet

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(1767–1815), author of the burlesque poem ‘The Groves of Blarney’. Born in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, he became a Dublin solicitor and published some poetry, fiction, and drama, including The Slave of Surinam (1810), a tale of cruelty, and Darby in Arms (1810), an Irish affray which played in Dublin. The poem for which he is remembered is a mock-idyll concerning the well-appointed estate of Lady Arabella Jeffreys, proprietor of Blarney Castle.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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