Tyrone Power (1795–1841)

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Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power elder.jpg
Tyrone Power c. 1840
Born 1795
Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland
Died 17 March 1841

William Grattan Tyrone Power (1795 – 17 March 1841), known professionally as Tyrone Power, was an Irish stage actor, comedian, author and theatrical manager.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland to a landed family, the son of Maria Maxwell and Tyrone Power,[1] he took to the stage achieving prominence throughout the world as an actor and manager.

He was well known for acting in such Irish-themed plays as Catherine Gore's King O'Neil (1835), his own St. Patrick's Eve (1837), Samuel Lover's Rory O'More (1837) and The White Horse of the Peppers (1838), Anna Marie Hall's The Groves of Blarney (1838), Eugene Macarthy's Charles O'Malley (1838), and Bayle Bernard's His Last Legs (1839) and The Irish Attorney (1840). In his discussion of these works, Richard Allen Cave has argued that Power, both in his acting as well as his choice of plays, sought to rehabilitate the Irishman from the derogatory associations with "stage Irishmen" ("Staging the Irishman" in Acts of Supremacy [1991]).

He had a number of notable descendants by his wife Anne, daughter of John Gilbert Esq. of the Isle of Wight:

  • Sir William James Murray Tyrone Power[2] 1819–1911 Commissary General in Chief of the British Army and Agent-General for New Zealand.
  • Maurice Henry Anthony O'Reilly Power[2] 1821–1849 initially trained as a barrister but later took up acting.
  • Frederick Augustus Dobbyn Nugent Power[2] 1823–1896 civil engineer who left a large estate of £197,000 (a minimum of 15.6 million pounds sterling or 28 million US dollars in 2006 terms).
  • Clara Elizabeth Murray Power[2] (1825-)
  • Mary Jane Power[2] (1827-)
  • Harold Littledale Power (1833-1901) actor, wine merchant, mine agent & engineer.

Tyrone Power was lost at sea in April, 1841, when the SS President disappeared without trace in the North Atlantic.[3]

Published works[edit]

Power as the "Character of Major O'Dogherty in the Drama of St. Patrick's Eve", 1837
  • Born to Good Luck: or the Irishman’s Fortune. A farce in two acts. Adapted from “False and True”.
  • How to Pay the Rent; a farce, in one act [and in prose]
  • St. Patrick’s Eve; or the Order of the Day. A drama in three acts [and in prose]
  • The Lost Heir and The Prediction (1830)
  • The King’s Secret (1831)
  • The Gipsy of the Abruzzo. (1831)
  • Impressions of America, during the years 1833, 1834 and 1835. (1836)


  1. ^ Famous Actor Families in America
  2. ^ a b c d e Registers of St Andrew, Holborn.
  3. ^ Northern Mariner Volume 15 (2005) pg 65 (Canadian Nauatical Research Society)

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