Stephen Brown, ed., Guide to Books on Ireland (Dublin: Talbot Press 1912)

Irish Dramatists
Richard Head; Susan Centlever; Matthew Concanen; Issac Sparks (actor)George Stevens; John Michelburne; Arthur Murphy; Robert Ashton; Charles Macklin; George Farquhar; R. B. Sheridan; James Sheridan Knowles (Brian Boroimhe, etc.); Kitty Clive; Francis Dobbs (Patriot King, 1774, Smock Alley); Richard Cumberland (The West Indian, written in Ireland); John McDermott; David Garrick (The Irish Widow, London 1772); Hugh Kelly (School for Wives, London 1774); Isaac Jackman; Peter Le Fanu (Smock Alley Secrets .. Dublin 1778); Mrs. H. Cowley (The Belles’ Stratagem, Dublin 1829); Thomas Knight (The Honest Thieves, Dublin 1843; studied under Macklin [DNB]); Walley Chamberlain Oulton; (-) Holman; J. C. Cross; Daniel O’Meara (Brian Boroimhe, adapted by Knowles); George Coman; Richard Millikin (Darby in Arms, c.1810); Charles Wilson; Mrs Alicia Le Fanu (Sons of Erin); Henry Brereton Code [Cody]; Maria Edgeworth (Love and Law, et al. printed London 1817; Walter Cox; James McNeil (The Agent and the Absentee, 1824); William Macready (The Irishman in London, Dublin 1830, with Tyrone Power); John Baldwin Buckstone (The Boyne Water 1831, et al.); William Tyrone Power [ ‘Irish comedian’, DNB], 12 titles listed; William Collier (Kate Kearney, Maid of Killarney); Mrs. S. C. Hall (Groves of Blarney 1836, with Tyrone Power); William Bayle Bernard [DNB: born Boston 1807]; H. P. Grattan (The White Boys, London 1836; The Omadhaun, London 1877); Charles Macklin, for whom Brown lists five titles with Irish interest or settings. 19th c. listings include Charles Reade & Taylor (Mask and Faces 1852 - here called ‘a fine comedy’ [GBI] but identified as an erroneous ascription in OCEL; also Calderon’s St. Patrick’s Purgatory (freely translated by Denis Florence McCarthy, 1853; but note that Edward M. Fitzgerald trans. 5 Calderon plays in the same year). John Brougham’s Irish plays are also listed.

Among the dramatists listed by under “Plays before 1700”, an appendix by Joseph Holloway, the following are cited as containing Irish characters and scenes: 1) The Misfortunes of Arthur, with Irish-dressed chars. as Fury and Revenge 2) MacMorris in Henry IV, ii, 3) History of Sir John Oldcastle with MacShane of Ulster; 4) Dekker’s Irish characters; 5) Irish allusions in The White Devil; 6) Heywood’s scenes set in Ireland with kernes. Playwright listed as Irish are incl. Henry Burnell (Landgartha); James Shirley (St. Patrick’s Day, 1639); Charles Shadwell (Rotheric O’Connor King of Connaught, or The Distressed Princess, Dublin 1720), The Plotting Lovers or the Dismal Squire (Dublin 1770), and set in Dublin; also Irish Hospitality or Virtue Rewarded (1720); Thomas Shadwell, Teague O’Divelly, The Irish Priest (1682), and 2nd Part (1682); O’Keefe, The Shamrock, or The Anniversary of St. Patrick (Cvt. Gdn 1783), Patrick in Prussia (Dublin 1786), The Poor Soldier, comic op. (Cvt. Gdn 1783), Wicklow Mountains or Gold in Ireland (q.d.), The Lad of the Hills (Lon 1796), Wicklow Gold Mines, or The Boy from the Scalp (with Tyrone Power as Billy O’Rourke, his 1st appearance, 1830); Richard Head; Susan Cent[i]lever; Matthew Concanen; Issac Sparks (actor); George Stevens; John Michelburne; Arthur Murphy; Robert Ashton; Charles Macklin; George Farquhar; R. B. Sheridan; James Sheridan Knowles; Kitty Clive; Richard Cumberland (wrote The West Indian in Ireland); John McDermott; David Garrick (The Irish Widow, London 1772); (- ) Kelly (School for Wives, London 1774); Isaac Jackman; Peter Le Fanu (Smock Alley Secrets, Dublin 1778); Mrs. H. Cowley (The Belles’ Stratagem, Dublin 1829); Thomas Knight (The Honest Thieves, Dublin 1843; DNB: studied under Macklin); Walley Chamberlain Oulton [see also DNB]; (-) Holman; J. C. Cross; Daniel O’Meara (Brian Boroimhe, adapted by Knowles); George Colman; Richard Millikin (Darby in Arms, c.1810); Charles Wilson; Mrs Alicia Le Fanu (Sons of Erin); Henry Brereton Code [Cody]; Maria Edgworth (Love and Law, et al. printed Lon 1817); Walter Cox; James McNeil (The Agent and the Absentee, 1824); William Macready (The Irishman in London, Dublin 1830, with Tyrone Power); John Baldwin Buckstone (The Boyne Water, 1831, et al.) b. London 1802 [DNB]; Tyrone Power [DNB “Irish comedian”, with 12 titles listed in GBI]; William Collier (Kate Kearney, Maid of Killarney); Mrs S. C. Hall (Groves of Blarney 1836, with Tyrone Power); William Bayle Bernard [DNB born Boston 1807]; H. P. Grattan (The White Boys, London 1836; The Omadhaun, London 1877).

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