Place of migration:
Stayed in Ireland

William Carleton (1794–1869) was an Irish writer and novelist, best known for this collection of ethnic sketches of the stereotypical Irishman.

He the son of a native Irish-speaking Catholic tenant farmer, and his mother was a noted singer who sang in Irish. His family were evicted from their small-holding in 1813.

His accusations of violence and alcoholism among the Irish tenant class alienated the sympathies of many.

Aged about nineteen, he went on a religious pilgrimage to Lough Derg which made him give up the thought of entering the priesthood, and he later converted to Protestantism.

In 1853, he and his family lived at 3, Marino Terrace. Carleton died in Ranalagh Dublin, several hundred pounds in debt. 

His published works include:

  • Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, (1830).
  • Tales of Ireland, (1834).
  • Fardorougha the Miser,(1839).
  • Valentine McClutchy, (1845).
  • The Black Prophet, a tale of the Irish Famine,(1847).
  • Willy Reilly and his Dear Colleen Bawn, (1855).
  • Redmond Count O'Hanlon, the Irish Rapparee, (1862)

READ FREE ONLINE Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, by William Carleton

Additional Information
Date of Birth 14th Mar 1794  
Date of Death 30th Jan 1869  
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Mary Kelly a traditional Irish folk singer  
Father (First Name/s and Surname)    
Townland born Prolusk (often spelt as Prillisk)  
Place & Date of Baptism    
Number of Siblings 13  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Jane Anderson Carleton (1804–1882)  
Place & Date of Marriage m. 1822  
Names of Children Rose Carleton Brush (1831–1868)  
Place of Death    
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