Joseph Stirling Coyne

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Coyne, Joseph Stirling, son of an officer, was born at Birr in 1805, and received his education at Dungannon School. He was intended for the Bar, but ultimately devoted himself entirely to literature, chiefly dramatic. His first piece, The Phrenologist, was produced at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, in 1835. Two years later, he went to London, and became a voluminous and successful writer, chiefly for the Haymarket and Adelphi. He contributed to several London papers, and, with Mark Lemon and Henry Mayhew, was one of the projectors and original contributors to Punch. Coyne was the author of The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland, and some works of fiction. He died 18th July 1868, aged about 63.

Sources

241. Men of the Time. London, 1856-'75.

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