xt7qjq0stw34_5018 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qjq0stw34/data/mets.xml https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qjq0stw34/data/1997ms474.dao.xml unknown archival material 1997ms474 English University of Kentucky The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.  Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. W. Hugh Peal manuscript collection Thomas Crofton Croker manuscript letters, check, and fragments, with clipping and typescript sheet about the British Archaeological Association text 43.94 Cubic Feet 86 boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 22 items Poor-Good Peal accession no. 11453. Thomas Crofton Croker manuscript letters, check, and fragments, with clipping and typescript sheet about the British Archaeological Association 2017 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qjq0stw34/data/1997ms474/Box_58/Folder_51/Multipage26970.pdf 1828-1846, undated 1846 1828-1846, undated section false xt7qjq0stw34_5018 xt7qjq0stw34 CHOKE l, THOMAS CROFTON, whose name '-
idcntilied with the fairy legends and traditions
the Celtic race, was the son ol’ Major Croker,
the 38th regiment of foot, and was born at the
house of his iiiatei‘iial grandi’atlicr, in Cork, 1798.
He was a. descendant ol‘ an old Devoi‘isliire thmily,
some ot'wlioni had settled in the south of Ireland
in the times of Elizabeth and Cromwell; and, not-
withstanding his high connections, was educated
'or a ii’iei'eaiitile lite. He passed much time in the
south of Ireland in the period 1812 to 1815, eol~
lccting the legends and songs of the peasantry;
at the same time employing occasionally his talent
for sketching; yet his first work, ‘licsearclics in
the South of Ireland,’ did not appear till 182-1.
In the spring of the following year, he became
renowned by the publication ofhis ‘Fairy Legeiids,’
to which he was indebted for the acquaintance of
Sir Walter Scott, who met him with several other
celebrities of the (lay at a breakfast party, at Mr.
Lockliart’s, in Pall Mall. The occasion is inter—
esting, as it forms the subiect ot' a notice in Sir
Walter Scott’s journal, who characterizes Mr.
Croker as ‘thc author of the Irish Fairy Tales,
little as a dwarf, keen—eyed as a hawk, and 01'
easy, prepossessiiig manners, something like Tom
Moore.’ Other interesting particulars concerningr
this interview will be found in the ‘Gciitleii'iaii’s
l\Iaga'/.iiie,7 vol. :;li.i., p. 452. it may be added,
that the best published likeness of him is said to
be in Maclise’s ‘b'nap Apple Nightl It would
exceed our limits to speeily all the legendary and
other amusing or learned works we'owe to the
subject of our notice; but we may briefly mention
his contributions to the annuals, ‘ Daniel O’Rourke,’
and ‘Legends of the Lakes,’ in which he was
aided by the MSS. of Mr. Lynch. In 1832, he
essaycd his hand as a novelist, but was more him-
self in 1839, as editor of ‘The Popular Songs of
Ireland.’ This year also he took part in the
lormation of the Camden Society, and, in 1840,
was still more active in foundingr the Percy So—
ciety, both of which were benefited by his anti—
quarian knowledge and literary talents as editor.
Died at his house in Brompton, after a short ill-

ess. Aiicrust 8 185-1. ' ‘ [ER]

l hIr. Thomas Crotton Croker, whose deli 1 took
lplace, on the 8th inst., in the neighbourhood of
‘1 London, and of the age of fifty-seven, was"priii-
. eipally known as the author of a volume of ‘ Re-
searches in the South of]reland,’ (l 824, Lond. 4t0.)
and a collection of Irish fairy tales, which was
reprinted in hilui‘i‘ay’s Family Library. Walter
Scott hits ott‘ his personal appearance in a few
words in his Diary 2—“ Little as a dwarf, keen-eyed
as a hawk, and of easy prcpossessingr manners—
sonietliing like Tom Bloom.” Mr. Croker was a na-
tive of the south of Ireland. Through the influence
of his namesake, Mr. J. \V. Crolter, he obtained an

appointment in the Admiralty, from which he retired .
some low years ago alter a long period of service 1
He was a liellow of the Boeiety of Antiiliiai'ies

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and one. of the managers of the Arcliaioli‘wical
Association, the Camden, Percy, and other siiiiilar
boeieties, He contributed papers and volumes to
the publications of all these Societies. For the
(fain'iden Society he edited a. volume entitled ‘ Et-
cidiiini hlaeariee : Narratives illustrative ofCoritests
1111 Ireland, in 1641 and 1693/ (1811 Alto ) and
tor the Percy Society two volumes of the SOTIUS of
Ireland and a collection ofili'ish Keens with 86501111
others. Chit Mr. Croker was not fortunate either
in his connexion with these Societies, or with his
literary brethren. He had formed a considerable
collection of Irish antiquities, which was enriched

throutgh fhis i-iiiluencc at the Admiralty, with {i
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In memory of
TllOMAri CltOli'l‘t)N CROKIZR, Lng.,
The uniiabie and iiccoiiiplislied
Autliorof the “Fairy Legend-i oi" ll‘ull'l‘l,”
And other Works,
Literary and .intiiiudi‘ia'i,
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