The Historical Memoirs of the
Irish Bards

by Joseph Cooper Walker

Joseph Walker (1761-1810) published this book in 1786, and the following year became a member of the newly formed Royal Irish Accademy. Perhaps the first book to approach the subject, it became a reference work and a source of material for writers into the 19th century.

Its appendices also contain an early biography of Turlough Ó Carolan, 15 Irish tunes, and letters and essays from his friends Edward Ledwich, William Beauford and Ralph Ousley.

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