Thomas Crofton Croker
Thomas Crofton Croker (15 January 1798 – 8 August 1854) was an Irish antiquary, born at Cork. For some years, he held a position in the Admiralty, where his distant relative, John Wilson Croker, was his superior.
Croker devoted himself largely to the collection of ancient Irish poetry and Irish folklore. He assisted in founding the Percy Society and the Camden Society. He and his wife's testimonies about funereal customs, particularly the tradition of keening the deceased are among the earliest and most significant contributions to the understanding of the Irish language lament and the accompanying traditions. His work Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland went to six editions, and was translated into German by the Brothers Grimm.
Croker died in 1854 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.
- Researches in the South of Ireland (1824)
- Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland (1825-27)
- Popular Songs of Ireland (1837)
- Daniel O'Rourke (1829)
- Barney Mahoney (1832)
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource
- Archival material relating to Thomas Crofton Croker listed at the UK National Archives
- Works by Thomas Crofton Croker on Open Library at the Internet Archive