|Born||Eliot Bartholomew-George Warburton
Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
|Died||4 January 1851
at sea in the Bay of Biscay
|Subject||Travel writing, historical fiction|
|Notable works||The Crescent and the Cross|
|Spouse||Matilda Jane Grove|
|Children||George Hartopp Eliot and Piers Eliot|
|Relatives||George Drought Warburton (brother)|
His father was Major George Warburton, Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary for Aughrim, County Galway. His mother was Anne Maria Acton of Kilmacurragh, County Wicklow. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was called to the Irish Bar in 1837. He contracted lasting friendships with Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton) and AW Kinglake, author of Eothen, which he admired. He decided to give up his practice as a barrister for travel and literature.
His first travel articles were published in the Dublin University Magazine, where the editor, Charles Lever persuaded him to make them into a book. This became his first book, The Crescent and the Cross, an account of his travels in 1843 in Greece, Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Egypt, and which fairly divided public attention with Kinglake's Eothen, which appeared in the same year, 1844. Interest in England was centred in the East at the time, and Warburton had popular sympathy with Kinglake in his advocacy of the annexation of Egypt. But, apart from this consideration, the spirited narrative of Warburton's adventures and the picturesque sketches of Eastern life and character were more than sufficient to justify the success of the book. It was a huge success and went into 18 editions.
In 1847 Warburton wrote Zoë: an episode of the Greek War, derived from a story he had heard while visiting the Greek islands. He donated the proceeds of the book to Irish famine relief. His most substantial work was a Memoir of Prince Rupert and the Cavaliers (1849), enriched with original documents, and written with eloquent partiality for the subject. This was followed in 1850 by Reginald Hastings, a novel, the scenes of which were laid in the same period of civil war, and, in 1851, by another historical novel, Darien, or The Merchant Prince. He was also for a time the editor of The Gentleman's Magazine.
He was planning to write a history of the poor, and on his last visit to Dublin visited slums and poor areas of the city. However, in 1851 he was sent by the Atlantic and Pacific Junction Company to explore the isthmus of Darién and to negotiate friendly relations between the company and the local Indian tribes. He sailed on this mission aboard the steamship RMS Amazon, and died along with about 110 other passengers and crew when the Amazon caught fire and sank on 4 January 1852 in the Bay of Biscay.
His brother, Major George Drought Warburton (1816–1857, named after his uncle George Drought of Glencarrig, County Wicklow), collaborated with him on Hochelaga, or England in the New World (1847), and The Conquest of Canada (1849). Another brother, Thomas, studied law at Trinity College, Dublin, while a sister, Sidney, was also a writer.
- Zoë: an episode of the Greek War. 1847.
- Reginald Hastings. London: Henry Colburn. 1850.
- Darien: Or, The Merchant Prince. London: Henry Colburn. 1852.
- The Crescent and the Cross. London: Henry Colburn. 1844.
- Hochelaga, or, England in the New World. London: Henry Colburn. 1847. (with George Warburton)
- Memoirs of Prince Rupert, and the Cavaliers. London: Richard Bentley. 1849.
- Memoirs of Horace Walpole and His Contemporaries. London: Colburn & Co. 1852.
- A Memoir of Charles Mordaunt, Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. 1853. (posthumous; with George Warburton)
|Wikisource has original works written by or about:
- Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography (3rd ed.). Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. p. 440. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4.
- "Warburton, Bartholomew Elliott George (WRBN828BE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- RIA, Dictionary of Irish Biography, 2008
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Warburton, Bartholomew Elliott George". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 317–318.
- 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
- Kent, Charles (1864). Footprints on the Road. London: Chapman & Hall. pp. 254–255.
- Sorrow on the Sea: An Account of the Loss of the Steam-ship "Amazon", by Fire. London: J Mason. 1852. p. 14.
- "Destruction of the Steam Ship Amazon by Fire. Great Loss of Life". The Times. Wikisource. 7 January 1852. Retrieved 19 September 2008.