(1761–1810), antiquarian. Born in Dublin and educated at Thomas Ball's school, he spent some time in Italy for reasons of health before settling in Bray, Co. Dublin, where he entertained many Irish antiquarians of the time, among them Charles O'Conor (the Elder), Charles Vallancey, Sylvester O'Halloran, and Charlotte Brooke. A founder-member of the RIA, he was infected with the contemporary enthusiasm for Celticism. His Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards (1786) outline the progress of Irish poetry and music from the earliest times, making use of primary sources such as Fear Flatha Ó Gnímh and Carolan (Ó Cearbhalláin), with the assistance of scholars such as Theophilus O'Flanagan [see Gaelic Society of Dublin] and Charlotte Brooke.
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.