|Place of Birth||Greenock, Scotland|
|Place of Death||East Greenwich, London|
Scottish novelist and journalist. He contributed to journals in Scotland and London, and after Head Pieces and Tail Pieces, by a Travelling Artist (1820) wrote several travel-related books and novels. In the early 1830s he lived for a time in Normandy. He was commissioned by the engraver Charles Heath to write two series of illustrated travel books, Turner's Annual Tour (1833-35) and Heath's Picturesque Annual (1832-45). In connection with these he travelled extensively, supplying the letterpress for twelve volumes, including Ireland Picturesque and Romantic (2 vols, 1837-38). In 1837 he also wrote A Bystander's View of the Irish Poor Law Question.
Sources: George Clement Boase, in Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 48.
Glen Hooper, ed., The Tourist's Gaze: Travellers to Ireland, 1800-2000. Cork: Cork University Press, 2001.
- Ireland Picturesque and Romantic (Author of travel text)
A Lady at Prayers (Author of travel text)
Carrickfergus Castle [Ireland Picturesque and Romantic] (Author of travel text)
Fair Head. County Antrim (Author of travel text)
Dunluce Castle, County Antrim. [Ireland Picturesque and Romantic] (Author of travel text)
Comme Dhuv (The Black Valley) (Author of travel text)
Turk Mountain from Dinis Island (Author of travel text)
Mc Gillicuddy’s Reeks and the Upper Lake of Killarney (Author of travel text)
Waterloo Bridge, Cork (Author of travel text)