?1731-1791; English antiquarian and draughtsman; Richmond Herald,
1755-63; FSA, 1757; met Burns during Scottish tour; exhibited tinted drawings
at Academy; Antiquities of England and Wales (1773-87), with many
drawings; Antiquities of Scotland (1789-91); poosthum., with continuation
by Edward Ledwich, The Antiquities of Ireland, 2 vols. (London:
Hooper 1791); Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785),
reissued as Lexicon Balatronicum (1811); died suddenly in Dublin,
having written and printed but seven pages of descriptions, May 1791;
bur. Drumcondra; the work continued by Edward Ledwich; Grose appears as
the dedicatee of Robert Burns poem Tam o Shanter.
Mary Cusack, The Liberator [Life of Daniel OConnell] (London:
1872), makes reference to Captain Grose of whom Burns wrote,A
chiels among you takin notes/And, faith, hell prent
em. (ftn. p.319); also notes a story of OConnells, who
wrote that Grose .. came to Ireland full of strong prejudices against
the people, but gave way beneath the influence of Irish drollery,
and further tells a story of a sly, waggish butcher who surveys
Groses fat, ruddy face and corpulent person, only to remark, Well,
plaze your honour, I wont ask ou to buy since it puts your honour
in a passion. But Ill tell you how youll sarve me.
Just tell all your friends that its Larry heffernan that supplies your
honour with mate [for meat], and never fear Ill have enough
Belfast Central Public Library holds
The Antiquities of Ireland (London 1791), with Edward Ledwich.
University of Ulster Library (Morris
Collection) holds Antiquities of Ireland, Vol. 1 (1791), Vol. 2 (1797).
De Burca Books (Cat. 44, 1997) lists The Antiquities of Ireland, 2 vols. ([printed for] S. Hooper 1791), fol., 250 pls. ALSO, The Antiquities of Ireland. Two volumes. London, Hooper, 1797. Pages (1) iv, viii, xlviii, , 88, 138 (plates) (2) iv, vi, , xiii, 98,122pp., with pls.; large 4o. [£650].
Nathaniel Hone (The Elder) sent Two Gentlemen in Masquerade (1774), to the RA (London) - a a satirical composition showing Grose
and Theophilus Forrest as two Franciscan friars regaling themselves with
punch, one stirring the liquid with
a crucifix, but was persuaded to replace the latter with a ladle for the exhibition,
and later restored it. (See Ann Cruikshank and the Knight of
Glin, Irish Portraits 1600-1860, 1969, p.47.)