William MacKay

1846-?; b. Belfast; journalist, several novels, including Beside Still Waters (1885); two brothers (Wallis and Joseph William) both wrote plays and verse. DIW IF DIL


The Popular Idol [2 vols] (London: Richard Bentley 1876); Pro Patria: The Autobiography of an Irish Conspirator [2 vols] (London: Remington 1885); Beside Still Waters (London: Remington 1885); Unvarnished Tales (London: Sonnenschein 1886) [short stories]; A Mender of Nets (London: Chatto & Windus 1905).

Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), calls him son of Pres. of Methodist College, Belfast; lists The Six Little Bannocks and other short Gaelic Fairy Tales (from MS collections of J. F. Campbell of Islay); The Popular Idol (1876); Pro Patria (1883); also, A Mender of Nets; Beside Still Waters; Unvarnished Tales; Popular Idol [deals with Michael Eugene Murphy, the nationalist propriety of The Eagle, which campaigns against landlord, McTavish, who is shot; Murphy defended by Isaac Butt (disguised)]; Pro Patria, the Autobiography of a Conspirator (1833), which also incls. a character modelled on Butt and deals with the betrayal of a rebellion by narrator Ptolemy Daly; ‘written in ironical vein’ (Brown)].

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