Samuel Burdy

Life
1754-1820; antiquarian and biographer; ed. TCD, BA 1781; curate of Ardglass, 1783; incumbent Kilclief, Co. Down, c.1800-20; History of Ireland (1817), memoirs [i.e., lives] and poems; his History of Ireland took the view that Swift used Irish matters to inflate his reputation. ODNB RAF OCIL.

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References
D. J. O’Donoghue, Poets of Ireland: A Biographical and Bibliographical Dictionary of Irish Writers of English Verse (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co. 1912), Ardglass; or The Ruined Castles; also Transformation, with other poems, Dublin 1802. ed. QUB [but Rafroidi says TCD, which is more likely]. Anglican minister Cullybackey, Co. Antrim; died [?1904]; represented in Paul’s Modern Irish Poets. UUC LIB; PI, memoir of Thomas Stott [q.v.] NOTE, RAF gives bio-dates 1754-1820.

Belfast Central Public Library holds History of Ireland from the Earliest Ages to the Union (1817); Ardglass [not available 18/8/90]. Also Life of Rev. Philip Skelton (?date). BELF LIN holds Ardglass (1802); History of Ireland (1801); Life of Philip Skelton (1792, another ed. 1914; var. 1915)

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Notes
The Dictionary of National Biography article on Burdy written by Norman Moore. See also Irish Book Lover, 3, 6, 7, 11, 14. For extract from the life of Skelton, see under Philip Skelton, Rx.

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