From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Johnstone, Charles, author of Chrysal or the Adventures of a Guinea, was born at Carrigogunnel, County of Limerick, about 1719. He was called to the Bar, but deafness prevented him from practising otherwise than as a chamber counsel. His Chrysal attracted much attention at the time, revealing as it did the secret springs of some current politics, and exposing the profligacy of several men of rank. Amongst other works he wrote the Reverie. In 1782 he sailed for India, where he became the proprietor of a newspaper, and having acquired considerable property, died in Calcutta about 1800.
37. Biographical Dictionary: Alexander Chalmers. 32 vols. London, 1812-'17.
349. Worthies of Ireland, Biographical Dictionary of the: Richard Ryan. 2 vols. London, 1821. Wyse, Thomas, see No. 73.
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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