A List Of Irish Writers

3d of Strickland, Irish Artists, vol. 2With the state visit to the United Kingdom of Irish President Michael D. Higgins, it seemed a good moment to look at the Irish writers featured so far in the Cambridge Library Collection. They are listed below in alphabetical order, and include some editors of medieval works. If I have overlooked anyone, let me know!


Sir Robert Stawell Ball (1840–1913), astronomer and mathematician

Gabriel Beranger (1729–1817), landscape artist and antiquarian: his life by Sir William Wilde (see below), the father of Oscar, is coming soon

Elizabeth Owens Blackburne (1848–94), novelist and biographer

Edmund Burke (1729–97), writer, philosopher and politician

Francis Butler (1838–1910), army officer and explorer

Frances Power Cobbe (1822–1904), social reformer and feminist

John Wilson Croker (1780–1857), politician and writer

Michael Davitt (1846–1906), politician and nationalist

Peter Dobell (1772–1852), adventurer and explorer of Siberia

Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849), writer and educationalist

Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817), father of the above, educationalist, engineer and inventor

John Thomas Gilbert (1829–98), historian and antiquary, editor of the Chartularies of St Mary’s Abbey, Dublin; Historic and Municipal Documents of Ireland, A.D. 1172–1320; Register of the Abbey of St Thomas, Dublin

Oliver Goldsmith (1728–74), novelist and playwright

James Graves (1815–86), historian and founder of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, editor of A Roll of the Proceedings of the King’s Council in Ireland

Augusta Gregory (1852–1932), dramatist, folklorist and nationalist

William Rowan Hamilton (1805–65), mathematician

William Henry Harvey (1811–66), botanist

William Hennessy (1829–89), historian and scholar of Irish, editor of The Annals of Loch Cé and Chronica Scotorum

Augustine Henry (1857–1930), botanist and dendrologist

F. J. A. Hort (1828–1892), theologian

John Kells Ingram (1823–1907), statistician, mathematician, literary critic and nationalist

Robert Kane (1809–1890), chemist and economist

Julia Kavanagh (1824–1877), novelist and critic

Michael Kelly (1762–1826), singer, composer and impresario

Emily Lawless (1845–1913), novelist and gardener

W. E. H. Lecky (1838–1903), historian

George Macartney (1737–1806), politician and diplomat

John Pentland Mahaffy (1839–1919), classicist and Egyptologist

Robert Montgomery Martin (1801–68), civil servant and expert on India

Robert John Le Mesurier M’Clure (1807–73), naval officer and Arctic explorer

Thomas Moore (1779–1852), poet, dramatist and confidant of Byron

Sydney Morgan (1783–1859), novelist and feminist

John O’Keeffe (1747–1833), dramatist and actor

William Parsons, third earl of Rosse (1800–67), aristocrat and astronomer

George Petrie (1790–1866), artist, musician and antiquarian: his biography by William Stokes is coming soon

William Robinson (1838–1935), gardener and writer

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) , dramatist and socialist

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816), playwright and politician

Frances Sheridan (1724–66), mother of the above, playwright and novelist

Richard Steele (1672–1729), soldier, courtier, dramatist, and founder of the Tatler and Spectator

George Gabriel Stokes (1819–1903), physicist and anti-Darwinist

Whitley Stokes (1830–1909), philologist and historian, editor of The Tripartite Life of Patrick

Walter George Strickland (1850–1928), Director of the National Gallery of Ireland

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), Anglican clergyman and satirist

James Henthorn Todd (1805–69), historian, editor of Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh: The War of the Gaedhil with the Gaill

W. Steuart Trench (1808–72), land agent and author

John Tyndall (1820–93), physicist and Alpinist

Jane Francesca Wilde (1821–96), writer and Irish nationalist, mother of Oscar

William Wilde (1815–1876), husband of the above, surgeon, antiquarian, author and father of Oscar: his life of Gabriel Beranger is coming soon

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