WILLIAM READ. b. county Down about 1795; contributed poems under the signature of Eustace to the first numbers of the Literary Gazette; major North Down rifles 2 Nov. 1836, lieut. col. May 1852 to Oct. 1854; author of On the death of the princess Charlotte, Belfast 1817; The hill of caves and other poems 1818; Rouge et noir, in six cantos, Versailles and other poems 1821 anon; Sketches from Dover castle, Julian and Francesca, rouge et noir 1859; he resided at Union park, Queen's county and Tullychin co. Down. d. Dec. 1866. W. Jerden's Autobiography ii 81 iii 277 (1853); O'Donoghue's Poets of Ireland (1893) 211.