1771-1853 [the Roscoe of Cork;
var. 1770 ODNB]; b. Cork; wine merchant trading out of Bordeaux; imprisoned
in France during the Revolution and narrowly escaped the gilloutine; left
France, 1797; est. bank in Cork, 1800; suspended payment, 1819; commercial
and parliamentary agent for Cork, Youghal and Limerick, 1819-26; joined
National Bank of Ireland as local director at Cork, 1832-53; contrib.
to Gentlemans Magazine and Dublin Review, his articles
being published in limited edition of 100 called Critical and Miscellaneous
Essays by an Octogenarian (n.d.)CAB ODNB
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Dictionary of National Biography comments that his articles evinced much literary taste.
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Name-sake: Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: University of America 1904), lists a James Jeffrey Roche, b. Ireland in mid-19th c.; moved to Prince Edward Island in infancy; spent most of his mature life in Boston; extract from Ballads of Blue Water; also cites Her Majesty the King, The Kearsage, and other works. [Additional info. supplied by Thomas O'Grady].