1878 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Whyte

Alfred Webb, in Compendium of Irish Biography (1878) 562.



Samuel White, a well-known Dublin schoolmaster, said to have been a relation of the Sheridan family, was born in 1733. In 1758 he opened a school at No. 75 (now 79) Grafton-street, Dublin, where he taught the Wellesleys, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Thomas Moore, and many others afterwards eminent. Moore pays a grateful tribute to him in his Life of Sheridan. White was peculiarly successful in his method of teaching, and was fond of cultivating the dramatic talents of his pupils. He was the author of The Shamrock, a Collection of Poems, Songs, and Epigrams (Dublin, 1772), an English Grammar, and some minor works. He died in Grafton-street, 4th October 1811, aged 78.