1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2: Sig. G5v.



Mathew Concanen Esq. — This Gentleman was a Native of Ireland, and descended from a good Family in that Kingdom. — He had a liberal Education bestowed on him by his Parents, and was bred to the Law. — His Wit and literary Abilities recommended him to the Favour of his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, thro' whose Interest he obtained the Post of Attorney-General of the Island of Jamaica, which Office he filled with the utmost Integrity and Honour, and to the perfect Satisfaction of the Inhabitants, for upwards of twenty Years; when having acquir'd an ample Fortune, he was desirous of passing the Close of his Life in his Native Country; with which Intention he quitted Jamaica and came to London, proposing to pass some little Time there before he went to settle entirely in Ireland. — But the Difference of Climate between that Metropolis and the Place he had so long been accustomed to, had such an Effect on his Constitution, that he fell into a galloping Consumption, of which he died in a few Weeks after his Arrival in London.

The World is obliged to him for a very elegant Translation of Vida's Art of Poetry; for several original Poems, which, tho' small, have considerable Merit; and for one Play, entitled Wexford Wells. Com. He was also concerned with Mr. Roome and another Gentleman in altering Richard Brome's Jovial Crew into a Ballad Opera, in which Form it is now frequently performed. — As to his Prose Writings they are mostly political, or critical; in the latter of which, having pretty severely attacked Mr. Pope and Dean Swift, the former of whom, whose Disposition was on no Occasion of the most forgiving Nature, has handled him very severely in the Dunciad.