1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Lawrence Hynes Halloran

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 101 (November, December 1831) 476-77, 482.



ABROAD. — March 8. At Sydney, New South Wales, aged 65, the Rev. Lawrence Hynes Halloran, D.D. — This gentleman, who was apparently a native of Ireland, was formerly Master of Alpington academy near Exeter, where he educated Lord Gifford, the late Master of the Rolls. He published two volumes of poetry in 1790 and 1791; and an Ode on their Majesties' visit to that city in the latter year. In 1801 he printed "Lacrymae Hibernicae, or the Genius of Erin's Complaint, a ballad;" and, under the name of Philo-Nauticus, a drama entitled "The Female Volunteer." He was now a Chaplain in the Navy; and was in that capacity on board Lord Nelson's flagship the Britannia, at the battle of Trafalgar.

He published a sermon preached on board that ship, Nov. 3, 1805, and a Poem on the Battle. He afterwards held the appointments of Rector of the Public grammar-school at the Cape of Good Hope, and Chaplain to the Forces in South Africa; here he stepped so far out of his province as to interfere very warmly on occasion of a duel which took place between two officers about the beginning of 1810, and when the affair was brought before a court-martial, wrote the defence of the accused parties. His conduct was highly disapproved by Lieut.-Gen. the Hon. H. G. Grey, who ordered his removal to an outpost called Simon's Town. The Doctor resigned his office of Chaplain, but gave vent to his anger in "Cap-Abilities, or South African characteristics, a Satire," for which a suit was commenced against him, and he was sentenced to be banished from the colony, and to pay costs. He afterwards published the "Proceedings, Correspondence," &c. 8vo. 1811. In 1812 he circulated "Stanzas of affectionate regard to the memory of Capt. Dawson of the Piedmontaise," 4to. In 1818 he again got into a difficulty at home. At the Old Bailey sessions he was convicted of forging a frank, by which he defrauded the revenue of 10d. and was sentenced to seven years transportation (see our vol. LXXXVIII. ii. 462). It was surmised that the charge would not have been brought, had he not quarrelled with his correspondent, the Rector whose church he was serving. He pleaded guilty; and it may be presumed that he was not unwilling to resume his migratory, and colonial habits. It is said that he established a very successful school in the flourishing Australasian town of Sydney....

M. J. "begs to correct a statement (p. 476), in the notice of Dr. Halloran, that the Britannia was 'the flag-ship of Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.' The Britannia bore the flag of the late Admiral the Earl of Northesk, the second in command in that memorable engagement. Further particulars of Dr. Halloran are given in Warner's Recollections of a Literary Life, little to the credit of his character."