[Rev.] Jonathan Smedley
1671-?1729; b. Ireland, ed., TCD; ord.; supported Whigs and attacked Swift
on appt. to St. Patricks; appt. dean of Killala, 1718; dean of Clogher,
1724, resigning in 1727; A Christmas Invitation to the Lord Carteret
(Dublin 1725); earned place in Popes Dunciad for attacks
on Swift and Pope in Gulliverniana (1728); also issued The Metamorphosis,
a poem (1728); Poems on Several Occasions (1730); a poem appears
in Matthew Concanens collection; died, travelled to India in Feb.
1728 [var. 1729 FDA]. PI FDA
D. J. ODonoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); quotes offending lines from Gulliverniana Who reads Popes verses, or Dean Gullys prose,/Must
a strong stomach have, or else no nose; cites also A Letter
from a Friend to Miss Smedley (1730), addressed to his daughter.
Smedley and Swift called inseparable complements of one another
by Mark R. Blackwell, in Patrick Kelly ed., Locating Swift (Dublin:
Four Courts 1998), 208pp.