Henry Riddell Montgomery
1800-1875; his Specimens of the Early Native Poetry of Ireland (1846)
includes work by Callanan, Anster, Furlong, Mangan, W. H. Drummond, Ferguson,
and Edward Walsh. MKA RAF.
An Essay Towards Investigating the Causes that have Retarded the Progress
of Literature in Ireland. And the most efficient means of promoting
its advancement. Paper read before the Belfast Rhetorical Society, Nov.
25, 1840 (Belfast 1840); Specimens of the Early Native Poetry of
Ireland, in English metrical translations, with hist. and biog. notices (Dublin McGlashan, 1846).
Michael Cronin, Translating Ireland: Translations, Languages, Cultures (Cork UP 1996), quoting: It seems a prominent characterisitc
of the present day, both in these islands and on the continent, that the
popular taste is recurring to the productions of early times, and reviving
the spirit of primitive literary ages. Of this, the institution of national
Archaeological societies, both in England and irealnd, would of itself
afford sufficient evidence. (Specimens
1846, p.iii; here p.105.)
Brian McKenna, Irish Literature, 1800-1875: A Guide to Information
Sources (Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1978), listing Specimens of
the Early Native Poetry of Ireland, in English metrical translations,
with hist. and biog. notices (Dublin McGlashan, 1846); it includes
Callanan, Anster, Furlong, Mangan, W. H. Drummond, Ferguson, and Edward
Walsh. Note, McKenna calls An Essay Towards Investigating the
Causes that have Retarded the Progress of Literature in Ireland (1840)
a very important article which instances the paucity of educational
and literary institutions, native periodicals, and the neglect of
native literati (p.49).
Patrick Rafroidi, Irish
Literature in English: The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross:
Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. 2), supplies variant bio-dates: 1818-1904; lists An Essay towards Investigating the causes that have retarded
the progress of literature in Ireland (Belfast 1840); Specimens
of the Early Native Poetry of Ireland in English metrical translations
by Miss Brooke, Dr. Drummond, S. Ferguson, J. C. Mangan, T. Furlong, H.
Grattan Curran, Ed. Walsh, J. D. DAlton, and J. Anster etc. With
historical and biographical notes by H. R. Montgomery (MGlashan
1846; enlarged ed. Hodges Figgis, 1892, xv, 311p.). Also, Thomas Moore,
his Life, Writing, and Contemporaries (1860); Memoirs of the Life
and Writings of Sir R. Steele (1865); Famous Literary Impostures
(1884). Bibl., Irish Book Lover, I, 100-1; IX, 7, 8, Feb.-Mar.
Henry Riddell Montgomery is not to be confused with Henry Montgomery,
1788-1865, author of The Creed of an Arian (1830).