From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Downes, George, A.M., author, was born in South King-street, Dublin, about 1790. He was a man of great and versatile genius, exhibited chiefly in some shorter pieces of poetry, and was an accomplished scholar in the Norse languages. His numerous works of continental travel met with little acceptance from the public. In 1827 he was principal of the Literary and Agricultural Seminary, established by a committee at Fallowlee, near Londonderry. For a time he was engaged with his friend Petrie on the Ordnance Survey. He was the author of some papers read before the Royal Irish Academy. The latter part of his life was spent in Trinity College, employed upon the catalogue of the Library. He died at Dalkey, 23rd August 1846, aged 56, and was buried at Ballitore, County of Kildare.
233. Manuscript and Special Information, and Current Periodicals.
323b. Tomb Stones and Monuments.
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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