1795-1850 [var. 1786-1848; occas. MSparran]; b. Oct., Drumseerin,
Co. Derry; Glenkeen school-master, 1802-16; entered TCD as pensioner,
1816; author of very a successful novel, The MacDonnell and the Norman
De Burgos (1829); emig America, 1830; and settled in Philadelphia;
issued Tales of the Alleghanies (q.d.) and Hermit of the Rocky
Mountains (q.d.), et al.; d. May, Philadelphia; bur. Presbyterian
Cemetry at Cermantown Ave. and Berks; there is a notice in Coleraine
Constitution for March 31, 1906. ODNB PI DIW IF DUB
The MDonnell and the Norman de Burgos: An Irish Legend (Belfast
1829; enl. rep. Glasgow 1869), and Do. [rep. of 1869 Edn.], with
biographical preface (Limavady: Anthony Rowe, 23 Main St. 1989) [ISBN
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919),
gives bio-dates 1795-1850; schoolmaster in Derry; Tales and the Hermit in the States; The Legend of MDonnell and the Norman
de Borgos (Belfast 1829; Gill [q.d.]); concerns ONeills, OCahans,
et al., the work of a half-educated man; shows considerable
ill-digested knowledge of Irish history; [Brown].
Mullins Limavady and the Roe Valley (1983) incls. pref. remarks
stating that it a pit in which were the bodies of some fifteen massacred
men inspired the authors historical interests.
Kate Newmann, Dictionary of Ulster
Biography (Belfast: QUB/IIS 1993) also lists James McSparran (d.1757),
ord. Church of Ireland; missionary at Rhodes Island, where he entertained
Berkeley; also James McSparran (1892-1970), b. Glasgow, ed. QUB; bar,
1916; Anti-Partition League; Nationalist MP in Stormont, 1945-58.