John Fraser

Fraser, John, a verse-writer, was born near Birr about 1809. He was a cabinetmaker, "a steady and unassuming workman, enjoying the respect of his fellow-workmen, and the friendship of those to whom he was known by his literary and poetic talents. He possessed much mental power; and had his means permitted him to cultivate and refine his poetic mind, he would have occupied a higher position as a poet than is now allotted to him. As it is, he has clothed noble thoughts in terse and harmonious language." He wrote under the assumed name of "J. De Jean." Pieces from his pen will be found in most collections of Irish poetry. He died in Dublin in 1849.


159a. Hayes, Edward: Ballads of Ireland. 2 vols. Dublin, N.D.