Earl of Desart (William Ulick O’Connor Cuffe)

Life
1845-1928 [William Ulick O’Connor Cuffe; var. 1898], ed. eldest son of 3rd Earl, ed. Eton and Bonn; commissioned in Grenadier Guards; succeeded to the earldom at 20; divorced in 1878; wrote on hunting for London papers; lived at Desart Court in Kilkenny; , Only a Woman’s Love (London: Tinsley 1869); Beyond These Voices (1870), deals with seduction and revenge against a Fenian background; Children of Nature: A Story of Modern London (1878); The Honorable Ella (1879); Lord and Lady Picadilly (1887); The Little Chatelaine (1889), a mystery story and his most successful work; Herne Lodge (1888); also Kelverdales and Helen’s Vows; d. on board his yacht in Falmouth. IF2 SUTH

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References
John Sutherland, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (Longmans 1988; rep. 1989), fives bio-dates as 1845-1898 [sic]; lists Only a Woman’s Love (Tinsley 1869), a desultory novel; Children of Nature, a Story of Modern London (1878); The Honorable Ella (1879), a tale of ‘Foxshire’; Lord and Lady Picadilly (1887); The Little Chatelaine (1889); his most popular a mystery story, Herne Lodge (1888).

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