Mackay, Charles

JOURNALIST, POET, EDITOR (SCOTLAND)
BORN 27 Mar 1814, Perth - DIED 24 Dec 1889, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (132/PS (15647))

Charles Mackay was the son of a lietenant in the navy. After his mother died he was raised by foster parents. When he was sixteen years old ge became private secretary to an ironmaster in Belgium. During his period he started writing for newspapers. In 1832 he went back to England and in that year he married Rose Henrietta Vale. In 1835 he became assistant to George Hogarth at the Morning Chronicle. Eventually he became assistant editor of the Morning Chronicle.

In 1841 his "Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" became a succes. This remarkable book is still in print. In 1844 he became editor of the "Glasgow Argus" and during this time he contributed to Dickens' "Daily News". In 1846 he published "Voices from the Crowd", a volume of poetry. Some of the poems were set to music by Henry Russel. In 1848 he started working for the "London Illustrated News".

He visited the USA in the 1850s and during the civil war he worked as a correspondent for "The Times". Author Marie Corelli was his illegitimate daughter (his servant Elizabeth Mills was her mother). His son Erik Mackay (1851-1899) was also an author. Later in life he published two autobiographical volumes, "Forty Years Recollections" and "Through the Long Day".

Sources
Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Charles Mackay - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Charles Mackay at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Jun 2009)

 


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Published: 17 Jul 2009
Last update: 9 Aug 2015