R. A. Wilson
?1820-1875 [Robert Arthur Wilson; pseud. Barney Maglone];
b. Falcaragh, Donegal, 1820; emigrated to America, 1840; contrib. to The
Nation on his return; established role as humorous writer under pseud.
of Barney Maglone; leader writer to Morning News and
editor for 14 months before his death; poems Reliques of Barney Maglone (1894); d. 10 aug., in consequence of too vigorous participation
in the OConnell centenary celebrations in Dublin (OByrne).
PI ODNB DIL MKA OCIL DUB
Barney Maglones Almeynack for all Irelnd (London 1871); John S.
Crone, ed., The Reliques of Barney Maglone, with preface by D.
J. ODonoghue (Belfast: T. Dargan 1894). COMM, Robert McGahan, Life
of Barney Maglone [n.d.]
D. J. ODonoghue, preface to J. S. Crones edition of
The Reliques of Barney Maglone (Belfast: T. Dargan 1894), givies
biographical data, from which DIL is compiled, b. Dunfanaghy, Donegal;
a Presbyterian; teacher at Ballycastle; journalist on American Boston
Republic, settled in Enniskillen in 1847; sub-ed. the Nation, 1849 ;
Impartial Reporter, Enniskillen; Fermanagh Mail, commenced
Barney Maglone articles; Morning News, Belfast, 1865; Almeynack
for all Ireland, an Whoever else wants it (1871); author of
temperance poems, and poems praising poteen; ODonoghue admits that
his poetry was damaged by carelessness. SEE also barney Maglone
of the old Morning News, in Cathal OByrne, As I Roved
Out (Dublin: Three Candles 1946), pp.115-_
McKenna, Irish Literature (1978),
cites Crone, in IBL 12 (1921); and Ruddick Millar, in Irish
Bookman 2 (1947), giving affectionate picture. SEE ALSO Life,
by R. McGahan (n.d.); Reliques, ed. Crone, J. S., with memoir by
D. J. ODonoghue.
D. J. ODonoghue, Poets of Ireland (Dublin: Hodges Figgis
1912), cites Reliques of Barney Maglone, ed. F. J. Bigger & John S.
Crone, with memoir by D. J. ODonoghue .
Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (1904), gives The Irish Cry.
Ulster Libraries: Belfast Central Public Library holds
R. A. Wilson (pseud. Barney Maglone) ed. F J Bigger and J S Crone (1894); also, Belfast Linen Hall Library, cuttings: Maglone Minor, Antrim v. McMullen, in Ulster Weekly News.
Poems incl., Father OCarroll, a Legend of Ballycastle, Co.
Antrim; To Ireland [Of all the lands the sun shines
on/Ireland is the fairest one/though not so grandly splendid.; Bee
and the Flowerlet is pleasantly indecent [He kissed her, he
teased her, he rumpled her too; some Burns poems, I wann,
maunna, canna change/In my fond thoughts of thee, lass. Potheen
includes the lines, I love the tender crayther/All in her punchy
dhress/And when shes mother naked/I love her none the less;
also a piece on the death of G[ustavus]. V[aughan]. Brooke, who went down
in the SS London; The Green shows him a patriot, The
orange lily rears its head the pride of many a walk,/And bends its lady
head above its proud and splendid stalk;/But whats the colour of
the stem, itself and earth between?/The stalk that bears the lily up is
still the glorious green. ... When Earth and Faction cease for us, and
we are all alone,/The mantle that our Mother spreads above our grave/Is
still the colour of our land, our own sad, lovely green! (From Poetry
of Barney Maglone.)
Wilson dressed fancifully with slope hat and coloured scarves, and died
of drink (JS Crone, Pref. to Reliques.)