?1746-1801; b. Roscrea; Poems on Several Occasions (?), The Swaddler, farce (Dublin 1771); notice in Walkers Hib. Mag. for Jan. 1773, and unflattering mention in Giffards Orange. His Miscellaneous Tracts (Dublin 1771) was printed with 748 subscriptions; it is impartial towards Catholics. but violent towards Presbyterians; appt. Surveyor of Taxes, but lost the position through opposing the Govt. at Carrickfergus elections in 1785. there is a memoir in Gentlemans and London Magazine (Dec. 1785); Observations on the Bishop of Cloynes pamphlet, addressed to Richard Woodward; there is a study by F. J. Bigger (A Belfast Micawber ). PI OCIL
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Observations on the Bishop of Cloynes pamphlet, in which the Doctrine of Tithes is candidly Considered and Proved to be Oppressive and Unpolitic (Dublin: T. Byrne 1787), 72pp.; Griffith was the object of a vitriolic Letter from Patrick Duigenan (see James Kelly, Relations between Presbyterians and Episcopalian Protestants, in Eire-Ireland (Fall 1988). Also, Wexford, Dublin Magazine, August 1764 [Clark, Irish Stage in the County Towns, 1965]
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F. J. Bigger, Amyas Griffith: A Belfast Micawber (1916); Aiken McClelland, Amyas Griffith, in Irish Booklore, 2 (1972) [infra].
See under Richard Griffith (1704-1793), q.v., regarding the confusion of authors in D. J. ODonoghues Poets of Ireland (1919).
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C. G. Duggan, The Stage Irishman (1937): I have excluded nondescript plays like ... Amyas Griffiths The Swadler [sic] though it may be ... the Methodists of Ennis, Co. Clare, where he spent his youth, which [he] scurrilously attacks (p.4).
Peter Kavanagh, The Irish Theatre (Tralee 1946), cites Amyas Griffith 1745-1801, The critical sovereign of Belfast and The Swadler, 1771, printed wth a portrait of the author, but unacted.
Aiken McClelland, Amyas Griffith, in Irish Booklore, 2, 1 (Spring 1972), Amyas Griffith: b. Roscrea, 1746; all information from the biog. in The Gentlemans Magazine, Dec. 1785, 616-121. He edited a Dublin magazine called The Phenix in 1791.
W. J. Lawrence (Irish Book Lover 1, 17 [q.d.]), notes that Amyas Griffin wrote The Swaddler, an unacted play which entails a caricature of his own mother.
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British Library holds Miscellaneous Tracts containing 1] Letter to D. Trant relative to his pamphlet against the Munster peasantry, and his unfortunate duel with J. Colthurst, Bt. 2] Observations on the Bishop of Cloynes pamphlet in which the doctrine of tithes is candidly considered 3] Extract of Theophiluss letter to the author ... a letter to D. Toler ... relative to the unfortunate victim of popular prejudice, N. Sheehy (Dublin , 85pp. 8o; Miscellaneous Tracts containing a narrative of the misfortune of the author ... in a letter to Dominic Trant ii] observations on the Bishop of Cloyne &c iii] Theophilus &c iv] Toler (Dublin 1788), 8o; Observations on Bishop of Cloyne [R. Woodwards] pamphlet &c (Dublin 1787), 8o.
Belfast Linen Hall Library holds Miscellaneous Tracts; narrative of misfortunes of A. G.; Observations on the Bishop of Cloynes Pamphlet (1788).
Belfast Public Library holds F. J. Bigger, Amyas Griffiths, Surveyor Gen. of Belfast, 1780-1785.
Emerald Isle Books [q.d.] lists Observations on the Bishop of Cloynes pamphlet, in which the Doctrine of Tithes is candidly Considered and Proved to be Oppressive and Unpolitic (Dublin: T. Byrne 1787), 72pp.
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Nicholas Sheehy: There is a reference to Miscellaneous Tracts in entry on Nicholas Sheehy, the priest hanged by judicial murder in Co. Tipperary in 1966, in W. J. McCormack, Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture (1999).
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