1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Furlong

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 155.



THOMAS FURLONG. — The Misanthrope and other poems, London, 1819; second edition, Dublin, 1821; Lines Written In A Blank Page of Lady Morgan's "Italy," 1821 (?); The Plagues of Ireland, etc., London, 1834; The Doom of Derenzie, a poem, published posthumously, like the preceding, London, 1829, 8vo.

Born at Scarawalsh, Co. Wexford, in 1794, and was the son of a small farmer. Was a grocer's assistant at first, but began to write for the Press at an early age, and in 1822 started The New Irish Magazine in Dublin. He contributed parodies and other poetry to The Morning Register, a Dublin Catholic newspaper, and wrote largely also for Dublin and London Magazine (London, 1825-27), of which his friend, M. J. Whitty (q.v.) was editor and chief support, as well as to The Literary Gazette and New Monthly Magazine. He died at the age of 33, on July 25, 1827, and a notice of him signed "W.," appeared in The Literary Gazette soon after, written by his friend Whitty. A notice of him with a portrait and a great number of his translations from the Irish are in Hardiman's "Irish Minstrelsy," 1831. In The Dublin Journal of Temperance, Science and Literature (1842-3) will be found a biography and some unpublished pieces of his, as also in Dublin and London Magazine at time of his death. The latter was by Whitty, doubtless, and the same admirable writer also presumably did the introductory account and notes to "The Doom of Derenzie." There is a biography and portrait of him in Nation, March 11, 1843; a sketch of him in Dublin Journal of Temperance Science and Literature (1842-3), by "J. McC.," and in Shamrock, July 9, 1892. He wrote political and other verse over his name in Ulster Register (edited by John Lawless), 1816-17, and as early as November, 1814, there is a poem by him in Watty Cox's Magazine. At the sale of Edward Evans' library in Dublin in 1889, there was sold a collection of his poems in MS., and letters and cuttings relating to him, and arranged by James Hardiman. He was "The Hermit in Ireland" of The Dublin and London Magazine.