Joseph Cooper Walker was an Anglo-Irish antiquarian working during one of the most exciting periods in Irish cultural and political history. Today, he is is best-known for his earliest work, Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bard (1786), a pioneering study of the Irish cultural past.
Walker was the eldest of three children born to Cooper Walker (1725-1799), a Dublin cabinet-maker, and his wife (and second cousin), Mary Gordon. He was educated in Dublin by the Rev. Thomas Ball, but also received private tutoring at Castle Dawson, Blackrock, where, as an asthma sufferer, he was probably sent for the sea air. Unlike his brother, Samuel, he did not go to university, and worked instead as a clerk in the Irish treasury at …
Buchanan, Averill. "Joseph Cooper Walker". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2007
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