James Delacour, an obscure poet, was born at Killowen, near Blarney, in 1709. He was educated at Trinity College, and before he reached his twenty-first year wrote his Letter of Abelard to Eloisa, in imitation of Pope. In 1733 appeared his work entitled The Prospect of Poetry. Eventually he fell into intemperate habits and became deranged. The latter part of his life he pretended to have the gift of prophecy, and was regarded with some awe after a successful guess as to the day on which the garrison of Havannah, then beseiged, would be compelled to surrender. He died in 1781, aged about 72.