1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. James McHenry

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 281.



James McHenry, M.D. — The Bard of Erin, and other poems, mostly national, Belfast, 1808, 12mo; Patrick, a poetical tale of 1798, Glasgow, 1810, 12mo; The Pleasures of Friendship, and other poems, Philadelphia, 1822, 12mo; The Blessings of Friendship, and other poems (a reprint of preceding), London, 1825, 12mo; Waltham, an American Revolutionary tale in three cantos, New York, 1823, 12mo; Which Shall I Marry, a drama; Who Loves Best, a musical interlude; Gertrude of Wyoming, a drama; Genius, a comedy; The Usurper, a historical tragedy in five acts, and in verse, Philadelphia, 1829 (first acted in December, 1827); The Jackson Wreath, or The National Souvenir, prose and verse (addressed to General A. Jackson), Philadelphia, 1829, 8vo; The Feelings of Age, and The Star of Love, poems, second edition, Philadelphia, 1830, 8vo; Britannia, and ode, London, 1839, 8vo; The Antediluvians, or the World Destroyed, a poem in ten books, London, 1839, 12mo.

Author of various novels or romances, once very popular, and still read in Ireland, such as "O'Halloran, the Insurgent Chief," three volumes, 1824; "Hearts of Steel," three volumes, 1825, and or two others which he published anonymously, or over the signature of "Solomon Second-sight." Born in Larne, Co. Antrim, on December 20, 1785, educated in Dublin and Glasgow, and after obtaining his degree commenced practise in Larne and then at Belfast. Went to America in early life. In 1824 he edited a Philadelphia periodical called The American Monthly Magazine, and it was in that periodical his "O'Halloran" first appeared. In his youth he contributed to Irish papers over the signature of "Mac-Erin." Died at Larne, his native place, on July 21, 1845.