Croker, Thomas Crofton, 1798-1854

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Birth 1798-01-15
Death 1854-08-08

Biographical notes:

Thomas Crofton Croker was an Irish antiquary who devoted most of his life to collecting ancient Irish poetry and Irish folklore. In England in 1828 he founded the Society of Noviomagus with a small circle of like-minded friends.

From the guide to the T. Crofton Croker Collection, 1827-1925, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

Thomas Crofton Croker was born in County Cork, and worked as a clerk in the British Admiralty for some forty years. He is well remembered today for being one of the first to collect and publish Irish folktales. His first book of tales was quite popular, and was translated into German by the Brothers Grimm.

From the description of Thomas Crofton Croker letter to Richard Sainthill, 1826 Oct. 13. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 53148145

Irish antiquary. In 1825 published "The Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland," praised by Sir Walter Scott. Helped found the Camden Society, the Percy Society, and the British Archaeological Association.

From the description of Croker papers, 1854. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81161016

From the description of Croker papers, 1854. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702146782


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  • Antiquities, Prehistoric
  • Elegiac poetry, English
  • Tales
  • Book history and arts
  • Sonnets, English
  • Folklorists--Correspondence
  • Sentimentalism in literature
  • English poetry--19th century
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Book collectors--England--19th century--Correspondence
  • Coins, Chinese
  • Folk literature
  • Antiquarian booksellers--England--Societies, etc.--19th century
  • Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815--Poetry
  • Occasional verse, English


  • Compilers


  • Wales (as recorded)
  • Limerick (Ireland : County) (as recorded)
  • Ireland (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Donegal (Ireland : County) (as recorded)
  • Ireland (as recorded)
  • Ireland (as recorded)
  • Wales (as recorded)