George Croly

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George Croly

George Croly (August 17, 1780 – November 24, 1860) was an Irish 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 worked as a curate in Ireland until moving to London around 1811. In 1835 Lord Brougham, a distant relative, presented him to the living of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London, a position he held until his death.. In 1847 he was also appointed afternoon preacher to the Foundling Hospital, but resigned after criticism from its governors. In his letter of resignation, he said "Christianity is a manly religion, addressed to manly understandings, and which ought to be preached in a manly language." [1]

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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 (1828), 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.


  1. ^ White, J.G. (1904). History of the Ward of Walbrook in the City of London. London: Privately printed. 


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource

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