W. R. Ancketill

Life
1820-1889 [William Robert; pseud. ‘Scrutator’]; author of The Adventures of Mick Callighin, M.P: A Story of Home Rule and The De Burghos: A Romance [bound together] (1874), the former a satire on Home-rulers, the latter a romance of Arthur Mervyn and Nora, dg. of Col. De Burgho, home from Italy, in which the hero rescues the latter from pirates and marries her;[as 'Scrutator'] Roman Catholic Schools: A Warning to England (1875); Dowdenham: A Tale of High Life in Present Period (1879).

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Works
The Adventures of Mick Callighin, M.P: A Story of Home Rule and The De Burghos: A Romance [bound together] (London: Samuel Tinsley 1874), [4], vi, [2], 243 [1]pp., 8 pls.; Do., 2nd edn. (Belfast: James Reed 1875), 101pp.; Do. (Chicago: Railroad News Co. 1875), 184 pp.; Do. (Toronto/Detroit: Belford 1875), 184 pp.; as ‘Scrutator’ [pseud.], Roman Catholic Schools: A Warning to England (London 1875); Dowdenham: A Tale of High Life in Present Period (London: M. Ward 1879), 491 pp.

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Notes
Ancketill is the name of a character in Isaac Butt’s College Romance (1863). See also There is no entry for the name in any form in Kate Newmann, Dictionary of Ulster Biography (Belfast: IIS 1993).

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