John Sheehan

1812-1882; b. Celbride, Co. Kildare, tutored by Father Prout (F. S. Mahony); ed. TCD and Cambridge, non-graduate from either; started anti-tithe Comet and Comet Club with Remy Sheehan and others, 1831; imprisoned for libel as sub-editor, 1833, released before term; signed as Philander in Comet; Comet brochures are The Parson’s Horn-Book and The Valentine Post-bag, ill. Samuel Lover, then a member of the Club; Irish and English bar, Home Circuit; Parl. reporter for The Morning Herald; prop. and ed. The Independent (Cambridge and London); represented the Constitutional in Paris and Madrid, 1836-37; m. wealthy widow of Anglo-Indian Col. Shubrick, c.1868; travelled widely in Europe; The Bentley Ballads, ed. J[ohn] S[heehan] (1869); pseuds. in Bentley’s Miscellany, Temple Bar, et al., ‘The Irish whiskey Drinker; Knight of Innisowen; supposed orig. of Thackeray’s Captain Pendennis. ODNB PI RAF


Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. I; 1812?-1882; contrib. The Comet, The Parson’s Horn Book (publ. by the Comet); wrote for Thackeray’s Bentley’s Miscellany; at one time Paris corr. for The Constitutional; lists The Bentley Ballads ed.; original of Capt. Shandon in Pendennis; comic writer and editor.

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