Paul Hiffernan

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Hiffernan, Paul, M.B., a minor poet of slender abilities, who occasionally associated with Foote, Garrick, and Goldsmith, was born in Dublin in 1719. Intended for the Catholic priesthood, he was sent to study in France, and lived there seventeen years. On his return to Dublin he took the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, and conducted in 1750 the Tickler, a periodical paper in opposition to Lucas and his friends. About 1753 he removed to London, and was employed by the booksellers in the compilation and translation of various works. He wrote several short plays, trained candidates for the stage, lived the life of a literary vagabond, and died in an obscure lodging in June 1777. References will be found to him in Notes and Queries, 2nd and 3rd Series; and a full memoir, with list of his works, is given in Walker's Magazine for 1794.

Sources

254. Notes and Queries. London, 1850-'78.
O'Callaghan, John C., see No. 186.

338. Walker's Hibernian Magazine (1794). Dublin, 1771-1811.
Walker, Joseph C, see Nos. 20, 108.

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