1878 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

Alfred Webb, in Compendium of Irish Biography (1878) 89.



Matthew Concanen, a miscellaneous writer, was born in Ireland, probably the end of the 17th century. He early went over to London, and commenced writing as an advocate of the Government, and for the newspapers, especially the Speculatist. His brilliant abilities recommended him to the Duke of Newcastle, who in 1732 procured for him the Attorney-Generalship of Jamaica, a post he held for nearly seventeen years. He published a volume of miscellaneous poems, original and translated, and was the author of a comedy, Wexford Wells. Concanen died in London in 1749. Allibone says: "He is principally remembered by the celebrated letter of Warburton concerning him, and by his position in the Dunciad — his reward for attacking Pope."