(1721–1770), poet and dramatist. Born near Drogheda, Co. Louth, he became a brick-layer but gained the patronage of the Viceroy, Lord Chesterfield. His poetry includes Poems on Several Occasions (1749), The Relief, or Day-Thoughts (1754), The Invention of Letters (1755), and Vectis, or The Isle of Wight (1766), one of several topographical poems. His sentimental tragedy, Earl of Essex (1753), was successful, as was the Cave of Idra, revised for publication as The Heroine of the Cave by Paul Hiffernan (1775).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.