Julia Crawford

Life
?1800-?1855 [poss. Louise or Louisa]; author of the ‘Kathleen Mavourneen’ and ‘Dermot Astore’; b. Co. Cavan; dg. of a British soldier and naturalist married to a Macartney; ed. Wiltshire, her father’s home place; prob. married; contirb. Metropolitan Magazine, 1830-35; Irish Songs (1840), with music by F. N. Crouch; Thomas Moore wrote lyrics for Russian airs composed by her. PI DIW ODQ JMC DIL DUB OCIL.

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Commentary
Justin McCarthy, ed., Irish Literature (1904), gives dates as ?1800-?1855, and styles her Mrs.; selects ‘Kathleen Mavnorneen,’ and Dermot Astore’; ANTH, Oxford Dict. Quot. gives ‘Kathleen Mavourneen,’ with bio-date, fl.1835.

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References
DIW, c.1799-c.1860; b. Co. Cavan; ‘Kathleen’ published Metropolitan, 1830; published Irish Songs, set to music by F. N. Crouch (1840); and several novels. QRY, DUB has F. M. Crouch]

PI calls her Louisa Matilda Jane Crawford, but cites E. C. Stedman’s Victorian Anthology which gives her name as Louise Macartney Crawford. Native of Cavan, b. 1790, but the daughter of a British soldier and naturalist, of Luckham Hall, Wiltshire. ‘Kathleen Mavorneen’ appeared in the Metropolitan Magazine (1830-40). Moore wrote words for Russian airs composed by her.

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