From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Delacour, James, an obscure poet, was born at Killowen, near Blarney, in 1709. He was educated at Trinity College, and before he reached his twenty-first year wrote his Letter of Abelard to Eloisa, in imitation of Pope. In 1733 appeared his work entitled The Prospect of Poetry. Eventually he fell into intemperate habits and became deranged. The latter part of his life he pretended to have the gift of prophecy, and was regarded with some awe after a successful guess as to the day on which the garrison of Havannah, then besieged, would be compelled to surrender. He died in 1781, aged about 72.
36. Biographical Dictionary: William R. Cates. London, 1867.
42. Biographical Dictionary: Rev. Hugh J. Rose. 12 vols. London, 1850.
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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