[Rev] Matthew West
1749-1814; Sch. TCD, 1766; BA, 1768; MA, 1773; rector of Clane Union;
curate of Donnybrook, 1772; Vicar of Carnalawey, 1777; twice married;
bur. Donnybrook churchyard; issued Poems on Several Occasions (?1800)
mostly written before age of 17; plays incl. Ethelinda (1769),
and Female Heroism (1793), founded on revolutionary events in France
in 1793, and performed Crow St. May 1804. RAF PI
Ethelinda, a trag. (1769); Pizzarro (unpub.); Poems on Several
Occasions (Dublin ?1800); Female Heroism, 5 act tragedy (Dublin:
Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English: The Romantic Period,
1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. 2, cites Wests
Charm of Melody (1830), an anthology, was attrib. to him in error,
according to Rafroidi.
Peter Kavanagh, Irish Theatre
(Tralee 1946): Vicar of Union of Clare; author of two privately printed and unacted
tragedies, Ethelinda (1769) and Pizarro (1799), the latter
an adapt. of Kotzebue; Female Heroism (1803), based on French Revolution,
acted at Crow St. the preface speaks of finishing it after Eyres
Normandy appeared at Crow St. Good char. in Robespierre. Biog.
W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the
Classical Tradition (IAP 1976; 1984), p.110, cites Hecuba,
attrib. Robert West (1762).