1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Whyte

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 480.



SAMUEL WHYTE. — The Shamrock, a collection of Poems, Songs, and Epigrams, the original production of Ireland (edited by S. W.) Dublin, 1772, 4to; London, 1773, 8vo.; The Theatre, a didactic essay (in verse), in the course of which are pointed out the rocks and shoals to which deluded adventurers are inevitably exposed, Dublin, 1790, 8vo; The Mourners, a sketch form life, in memory of his Excellency, Charles Manners, Duke of Rutland, late Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Dublin, 1787, 8vo; Poems on Various Subjects, Dublin, 1795, 8vo. (Three editions in same year).

There are a large number of Whyte's own poems in the first-named volume, one of the earliest of Irish anthologies. He was born on board a ship just entering the Mersey, in 1733, and was a natural son of Capt. Sheridan (q.v.) He landed in Liverpool again in December 1754, and having lost his money on the passage had to walk to London. He opened his famous school in Grafton Street, Dublin, on April 3, 1758, and became a noted schoolmaster, having among his pupils at various times the Wellesleys (afterwards Duke of Wellington, and Marquis of Wellesley), Thomas Moore and R. B. Sheridan. He published several other works, and died in Grafton Street, Dublin, October 4, 1811, aged 78. His Miscellanea Nova, a collection of essays, etc. was edited by his son. It contains some interesting particulars of Dr. Johnson and Thomas Sheridan. The 1801 edition of the work includes various elegies by Whyte, which first appeared in The Shamrock. His Poems obtained a long list of subscribers, many of them of a very distinguished order. Two-thirds of the Shamrock collection were his own poems.