William Kennedy


Life
1799-1871; b. Dublin, ed. Belfast ?College, 1819; ordained for minister, but took to journalism; became editor in Paisley, and associated with Paisley Mag., and later in Hull; ed. The Continental Annual (1832), contrib. The Amulet, 1829-31; prose stories, My Early Days (aetat. 25), and An Only Son (1831), both anon.; acted as secretary to Lord Durham in Canada, later appt. British Consul in Texas; d. Paris;
 
issued Fitful Fancies, poem (Edinburgh 1827); The Arrow and the Rose and other Poems (London 1830); The Siege of Antwerp, hist. play in verse (Lon 1838); also Texas, the Rise, Progress and Prospects of the Republic of Texas, 2 vols. (London 1841). NOTE, PI adds circumstantial discuss of his possible birth places, his relationship with several Ulstermen, and the errors in the standard American account of his death. PI RAF

 

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References
Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. I; 1799-1871; b. Dublin, ed. Belfast, with J. Sheridan Knowles teaching, and Scotland, theolog; followed Byron’s example and served in the Greek revolution [Chk.]; ed. in London The Englishman’s Magazine (April-Oct 1831); USA in 1838; Consul in Texas, 1841-1847. d. Paris. Works include poems and prose; The Siege of Antwerp, 5 act hist. drama (1838); Texas, the Rise, Progress and Prospects of the Republic of Texas (London 1841). Commentaries, IBL II, 11 (1911). Also Life of W. Kennedy, Poet, Journalist and British Consul 1799-1871 (Dungannon, 1920) 57p.

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