Lewis Wingfield

Life
1842-1891 [Lewis Strange Wingfield; youngest son of Richard Wingfield, 6th Viscount Powerscourt]; b. 25 Feb., London; brought up at Powerscourt; ed. Eton and Bonn; adventures incl. attending Derby as a negro minstrel, nights in workhouses and pauper-lodgings, madhouse and prison attendant; studied painting and surgery at Antwerp, continuing the latter under Couture in Paris, where be obtained diploma; appeared at Haymarket Theatre, London, 1865; joined Germans as medical man at battles of Woerth and Wissembourg, and returned to Paris for first siege, 1870, worked in the American hospital and as correspondent for London Daily Telegraph; got Paris dispatches out by balloon; special corr. for The Times during second siege; his novel My Lords of Strogue deals with Irish affairs at the period of the Union, and marked by eloquence and descriptive power; travelled widely; also reported on Gordon in Khartoum, and suffered damage to his health, 1884; exhibiting paintings at RHA; elected MRHA; issued Wanderings of a Globetrotter in the Far-East (1889), incl. an account of an earlier journey to China; other novels include Slippery Ground (1876); Lady Grizel (1878), an 18th century romance; In Her Majesty’s Keeping (1880), set in Dartmoor prison; also Abigail Rowe (1883); Barbara Philpot (1885), and The Maid of Honour (1891), set in the French revolution; a picture of his in the Orléans mairie; d. London. ODNB DIW CAB JMC SUTH OCIL

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Commentary
Justin McCarthy, ed., Irish Literature (1904), extract from My Lords of Strogue entitled ‘Ennisown’.

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References
Dictionary of National Biography
also lists English Wingfields incl. Sir Anthony (1485?-1552), who arrested Somerset, 1549; Sir Richard (d.1634), deputy vice-treasurer of Ireland c.1580, present at siege of Kinsale and other actions; Downpatrick MP; created Viscount Powerscourt, 1619. SUTH notes 11 fiction titles in the British Library.

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