John H. Edge
1841-1916 [John Henry]; land commissioner; An Irish Utopia (1906,
1910, 1915); The Quicksands of Life (1908); Irish conservative
without religious bias. IF
An Irish Utopia, A Story of a Phase of the Land Problem [rep.]
(Dublin: Combridge 1911) (iv), xxxvi, 1-301pp.
Irish Utopia (4th ed. 1915 [1st 1906]), preface includes material
arguing for a pre-Christian origin of the Round Towers, as phallic; a
defence of the petty gentry, or middlemen; and an encomium
of JKL [Bishop Doyle], the large hearted and broadminded
Bishop Doyle ... strove earnestly, as I have explained in my book, to
unite all Christians in his native land. He died without having accomplished
his purpose [...] The setting is the valley of Avonmore.
Dictionary of National Biography lists
John Henry Edge (1841-1926) [chk]; an Indian Judge; member of judicial
council of India, 1899-1908; ed. TCD.
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction
(Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists An Irish Utopia, A Story of a Phase of
the Land Problem (1906, 1907, and 1915, 4th ed.) (1915), Wicklow and
Shropshire, attempt to oust rightful heir, law suit; well-known lawyers,
and Dr Doyle, JKL, are characters; conservative, but sympathising with
certain Irish grievances. Quicksands (1908) contains dishonest
love intrigues against Land War background, not discussed, set in
England and S. Ireland; Aristocracy shown in bad light, and some tributes
to virtues of Irish peasantry.
Belfast Public Library holds
Genealogical Memoirs of the Echlin family (n.d.); also Irish Utopia (4th
ed. 1915 [1st 1906])