Tom Moore

Tom Moore by Thomas Fitzpatrick [?]. Stone. Belfast Place, Belfast. Text and photograph by Philip V. Allingham 2006. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

Of the figures depicted on the stone building on Linen Hall and Donegall Square North, only Thomas Moore (1779-1852) is actually Irish, although he was a native of Dublin rather than Belfast. Although he was a published poet, it is for his music that he is remembered, chiefly Irish Melodies (1807-34), The Two-Penny Post-bag (1812), and the famous and popular Lalla Rookh (1817), for which Longmans paid him 3000 guineas. He is said to have had a generous contempt for money and paid insufficient attention to his financial dealings, which permitted his Bermuda deputy to embezzle 6000, sending him into exile. Returning in 1819, he spent the last thirty years of his life in Wiltshire, during which period he wrote biographies of Sheridan and Byron, a novel, The Epicurean (1823), and numerous other works, as well as musical pieces.

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Last modified 12 September 2006