JOHN WILSON CROKER, LL.D. F.R.S. M.P. for Athlone, and Secretary to the Admiralty, a native of Ireland, son of Mr. C. many years Surveyor-general of Dublin; born in 1781, and educated at Trin. Coll. Dublin. In 1800 he was entered a student to the Irish Bar. At the general election in 1807, he was chosen M.P. for Downpatrick; in 1809 he took a prominent part in the parliamentary investigation of the conduct of the Duke of York; and is supposed by the zeal which he then manifested in the ministerial cause to have paved the way to his subsequent promotion; for before the end of the same year he officiated as secretary for Ireland, in the absence of Sir Arthur Wellesley, (now Marquis of Wellington,) and was appointed secretary to the Admiralty. In 1806, Mr. C. married the eldest daughter of Wm. Pennell, Esq. of Waterford. His publications have all been anonymous; they are:
Familiar Epistles on the Irish Stage, (poetical), 12mo. 1803. — An intercepted Letter from China, 1805. — A sketch of the State of Ireland past and present. 8vo. 1807. — The Battle of Talavera, a poem, 8vo. 1809.