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George Croly

George Croly (August 17, 1780 – November 24, 1860) was a poet, novelist, historian, and divine. He was born at Dublin, his father was a physician. Graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with an MA in 1804 and LLD in 1831. Croly married Margaret Helen Begbie in 1819.



After becoming ordained in 1804, he first labored in Ireland until moving to London around 1810. In 1835, Lord Brougham, a Whig patron and relative, helped Croly become Rector of St Stephen Walbrook, in the slums. It was there he opened a pulpit that had been closed for a hundred years and developed a high reputation as a preacher. He also served at the same time in St Benet Sherehog. He retained both positions until his death.

Published works

He wrote poems, dramas, satires, novels, history, and theological works, and attained some measure of success in all. Perhaps his best known works are his novels, Salathiel (1829), founded on the legend of the Wandering Jew, and Mareton (1846). He wrote as a dramatic critic to the New Times and later as a foreign correspondent. Croly was the leading contributor to the Literary Gazette and Blackwood's Magazine, published from 1817–25. Croly was also associated with the Tory magazine Britannia. His chief contribution to theological literature is an exposition of the Apocalypse. One of his hymns is Spirit of God, descend upon my heart written in 1854.


This article incorporates public domain text from : Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J. M. Dent & Sons; New York, E. P. Dutton.

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From LoveToKnow 1911

GEORGE CROLY (1780-1860), British divine and author, son of a Dublin physician, was born on the 17th of August 1780. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and after ordination was appointed to a small curacy in the north of Ireland. About 1810 he came to London, and occupied himself with literary work. A man of restless energy, he claims attention by his extraordinary versatility. He wrote dramatic criticisms for a short-lived periodical called the New Times; he was one of the earliest contributors to Blackwood's Magazine; and to the Literary Gazette he contributed poems, reviews and essays on all kinds of subjects. In 1819 he married Margaret Helen Begbie. Efforts to secure an English living for Croly were frustrated, according to the Gentleman's Magazine (Jan. 1861), because Lord Eldon confounded him with a Roman Catholic of the same name. Excluding his contributions to the daily and weekly press his chief works were: - Paris 1815 (1817), a poem in imitation of Childe Harold; Catiline (1822), a tragedy lacking in dramatic force; Salathiel: A Story of the Past, the Present and the Future (1829), a successful romance of the "Wandering Jew" type; The Life and Times of his late Majesty George the Fourth (1830); Marston; or, The Soldier and Statesman (1846), a novel of modern life; The Modern Orlando (1846), a satire which owes something to Don Juan; and some biographies, sermons and theological works.

Croly was an effective preacher, and continued to hope for preferment from the Tory leaders, to whom he had rendered considerable services by his pen; but he eventually received, in 1835, the living of St Stephen's, Walbrook, London, from a Whig patron, Lord Brougham, with whose family he was connected. In 1847 he was made afternoon lecturer at the Foundling hospital, but this appointment proved unfortunate. He died suddenly on the 24th of November 1860, in London.

His Poetical Works (2 vols.) were collected in 1830. For a list of his works see Allibone's Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1859).

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