|NOVELIST, AUTHOR (IRELAND)|
BORN 20 Feb 1794, Prolusk, Clogher, County Tyrone - DIED 30 Jan 1869, Dublin: Sandford Road, Ranelagh|
GRAVE LOCATION Dublin: Mount Jerome Cemetery, 158 Harold's Cross Road (C 130 - 3754)
William Carleton was the son of a farmer. His father had an impressive memory and told him stories and his mother was a fine singer. At Maynooth he studied to become a priest, but he left after two years and eventually he converted to protestantism.
He worked as a tutor before he went to Dublin, where he had several jobs and found work as a teacher. He wrote for journals and in 1830 his book "Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry" was published.
He wrote for magazins in Dublin during the 1830s and 1840s. After that he drank too much and he was struck by poverty allthough he continued his writing. In 1848 Lord Russel granted him a pension of 200 pounds a year. He died in 1869 in Dublin.