Robert Cromie

Life
1856-1907; b. Clough, Co. Down; son of Dr. Cromie; died before 1919 [Brown]; Cromie was on the staff of the Northern Whig; issued Kitty’s Victoria Cross (1901) and The Shadow of the Cross (1902), the former is a romance of British officers, one good and one bad, and Irish evictions; the heroine falling in love with the bad, who dies, and then with the good, who has meanwhile won the VC. IF

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Works
The Crack of Doom (London: Digby, Long & Co. 1895); El Dorado (London: Ward, Lock & Co. 1904), ill. Victor Prout; For England’s Sake [8th thousand] (Lon/NY: Frederick Warne & Co. 1889); The King’s Oak and Other Stories (Belfast: R. Aickin & co./London: Geo. Newnes [1899]); A New Messiah, A Novel (London: Digby, Long & Co. 1902), 320pp.; The Next Crusade (Hutchinson & Co. 1896), viii, 240pp.; A Plunge Into Space (Lon/NY: Frederick Warne & Co. 1890); The Shadow of the Cross (London: Ward, Lock & Co. 1902), 326pp., ill. Gordon Browne; with T. S. Wilson, The Romance of Poisons, being weird episodes from life (London: Jarrold & Sons 1903), 271pp. [BL]

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References
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919, lists Kitty’s Victoria Cross (Warne 1901), and The Shadow of the Cross (Ward & Lock 1902). IF2 (Clarke, 1985) adds no more titles.

Belfast Public Library holds 10 titles, 1891-1903, including, The Crack of Doom; El Dorado; Kitty’s Victoria Cross; A Plunge into Space, all fiction.

LIbrary of Herbert Bell (Belfast) holds A New Messiah (London 1902); The Crack of Doom (London 1895); The Last Crusade (London 1896); King’s Oak (Belfast n.d.); Shadow of the Cross (Londondon 1902); The Lost Liner (Belfast [n.d], and Do., err. ... Lunar.

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