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Wesley Greenhill Lyttle (1844-96)

Wesley Greenhill Lyttle was born in Newtownards, County Down. The editor of the North Down and Bangor Gazette, he was the author of a great many poems and sketches in Ulster Scots. His humorous monologues, recited in the speech of an Ards farmer, were reproduced in his newspaper and subsequently published as Robinís Readings. Betsy Gray (in which Lyttle preserved a great deal of oral tradition relating to the 1798 rebellion in County Down) too originally appeared in serial form in his newspaper. He also wrote Sons of the Sod and Daft Eddie and the Smugglers of Strangford Lough.

Further reading: Rolf Loeber & Magda Loeber, A Guide to Irish Fiction 1650-1900 (Dublin, 2006).

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