Lucas, Henry

(?1740-1795)
   Born at Dublin, the son of Dr. Charles Lucas, M.D., the Irish patriot, he graduated M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1762. He became a student at the Middle Temple but abandoned law for literature. Nothing else about him is known. His publications: The Tears of Alnwick: A Pastoral Elegy on the Death of the Duchess of Northumberland, 1777. A Visit from the Shades, or Earl Chatham's Adieu to his Friend, Lord Camden: A Poem, 1778. Poems to Her Majesty, 1779 (dedicated to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, it contains "The Ejaculation," occasioned by seeing the royal children). An Oblation: A Lyric Poem on Her Majesty's Happy Delivery of a Daughter, the now amiable Princess Sophia. The Earl of Somerset (a tragedy in blank verse, literally founded on history). The Cypress Wreath: A Poem to the Memory of Lord Robert Manners, 1782. A Pastoral Eleg y in Memory of the Duke of Northumberland, 1786 (Henry Percy, 3rd Duke (1785-1847), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland). Celina, a Mask-commemorative of the Nuptials of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline, 1795.
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk).

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