R[ichard] B[rinsley] Sheridan
1820-1882; journalist, son of James Sheridan Knowles; Middle Temple, 1843; The Maiden Aunt, com. (Haymarket, 1845); converted to Catholicism
; ed. Catholic Standard, afterwards Weekly Register; ed.
Illustrated London Magazine, 1853-55; staff of Standard, 1857-60;
ed. Chronicles of John of Exenedes in Rolls Series (1859); Royal
Commission on historical MSS, 1871; Life of James Sheridan Knowles
(private) [see supra]. ODNB IF RAF OCIL
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists Glencoonage [first ser. in The Month; US ed.; Blackwood
1891], love-story of English girl and splendid Irish peasant.
Romantic South-West Ireland setting like Glengarriff. Biog. note; grandson
[sic] J. S. Knowles; ed. Rosminian Fathers, Ratcliffe; Glencoonoge (1891) appeared in The Month. Lived at Hammersmith. Clencoonoge,
3 vols. (1891; 1 vol., US), 3 romance threads interwoven, English girl
of gentle birth meets splendid Irish peasant nr. Glengarriff, description
of Irish Sunday one of the most beautiful in fiction; portraits
of both clergies, both gentries [Catholic and Protestant], and the peasants.
Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature
in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin
Smythe 1980), Vol. I, give details: b. Glasgow, lawyer and journalist; converted to
Catholicism the same year his father published The Rock of Rome
(1849); wrote biog. of J. S. Knowles, and also The Maiden Aunt,
5 act verse com. Haymarket, Nov. 1845).
Peter Kavanagh, The Irish Theatre (1946), gives bio-details: Richard Brinsley Knowles 1820-1882; son of the James Sheridan
Knowles; wrote The Maiden Aunt, 5 act verse com. (Hay 19 Nov. 1845)