1858 – John Smyth Crone, physician and editor, is born in Belfast.

John Smyth Crone (25 November 1858 – 1945)


John Smyth Crone; ed. Royal Acad. Inst., and Queen’s University, Belfast, MD; worked in London hospital before engaging in 40 years of medical practice in Willesden, Middlesex (Greater London); app. Chairman of District Council, 1900-03; Member of Middlesex Co. Council, 1906-16; Deputy Coroner, 1917; High Sherriff, 1933-34; President of Irish Literary Society (London), 1918-1925; founder-editor of Irish Book Lover, 1919-24, to be resumed by Seamus O Casaide in 1928; compiled A Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography (1928); ed., with F. J. Bigger and a memoir by D. J. O’Donoghue, Reliques of Barney Maglone (1894); also issued Henry Bradshaw: His Life and Works (1894) and Francis Joseph Bigger, In Remembrance (1927); his obituary appears in Irish Book Lover, 30 (Oct. 1946), with an appreciation by PS O’Hegarty and another notice by W. B L(uke) in the issue where the bequest of his library to the Belfast Public Library, all housed with the library of F. J. Bigger’, is announced (Feb. 1947); Belfast Central Library also holds an archive of 10,000 items relating to The Irish Book Lover.DIB DIH DUB OCIL


John S. Crone, MRIA, A Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Talbot Press 1928), 270pp.; epigraph: ‘Quae regio in terris nostri non plena laboris’, Virgil (and the motto of the RDS); ded. ‘To His Excellency James McNeill, Governor-General Irish Free State, in all friendship these pages are inscribed.


Belfast Public Library holds the John Crone Collection, which incls. a correspondence with W. B. Yeats, along with papers of John Foster (Baro Oriel), last Speaker of the Irish House of Lords. Belfast Public Library Crone Collection (Behest) incls. his correspondence with D. J. O’Donoghue Archive (1866-1917); correspondence with John Vinnycomb, chief ill. of Marcus and Ward, and papers of Sir John Newport Chancellor of Irish Exchequer (1756-1853). Also titles by Crone: Run Round Ulster (newspaper cuttings, 1893-1903); Henry Bradshaw (1894); A Concise Dict. of Irish Biography (1928).



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