1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John D'Alton

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 96.



JOHN D'ALTON. — Dermid, or Erin in the Days of Boru, a poem in 12 cantos. London, 1814, 4to.

Born at Bessville, Co. Westmeath, in 1792. B.A., T.C.D., 1829. Was a barrister-at-law, and made various translations from the Gaelic poets, editing also some important Irish books. Wrote a History of Dundalk, in conjunction with J. R. O'Flanagan; also a History of Drogheda, Memoirs of the Archbishops of Dublin, History of Co. Dublin, etc. Some of his translations from the Irish are in Hardiman's Minstrelsy, 1831. Contributed to various magazines, as the Irish Penny Magazine, 1833, etc. He died in Dublin on January 20, 1867. His Dermid was highly praised by Sir Walter Scott.