Bullock, Shan F. (1865-1935)


b. 1865, Crom, Co. Fermanagh, as John William Bullock (later changing his name to Shan Fadh Bullock after a title-character in William Carleton), son of Thomas Bullock, farmer and bailiff to the Earl of Erne/Fermanagh. Ed. Farra School, Co. Westmeath. After a short spell working on his father’s farm moved to London where he spent his working life as a civil servant. Enjoyed 30 years of literary success from 1893 with the publication of his first collection of short stories, ‘The Awkward Squad.’ A prolific writer, Bullock was responsible for more than 20 titles including novels, volumes of stories, books of verse and biographies. He is generally noted for his ability to portray both Catholics and Protestants in his novels with sympathy and open-mindedness not often shown by other Northern writers. D. 1935, Cheam, Surrey. Publications include: The Awkward Squads and Other Stories (London: Cassell 1893); By Thrasna River; The Story of a Townland, given by one John Farmer and ed. by his friend (London: Ward, Lock & Bowden 1895); Ring o’ Rushes (London: Ward, Lock & Bowden 1896); The Charmer (London: Bowden 1897); The Barrys (London: Harper 1899); Irish Pastorals (London: Grant Richards; NY: McClyre, Phillips 1901); The Squireen (London: Methuen 1903); The Red-Leaguers (London: Methuen 1904); Dan the Dollar (Dublin: Maunsel 1906); The Cubs (London: Laurie 1906); Robert Thorne, The Story of a London Clerk (London: Laurie 1907); A Laughing Matter (London: Laurie 1908); Master John (London: Laurie 1909); Hetty, The Story of an Ulster Family (London: Laurie 1911); Thomas Andrews, Shipbuilder [preface by Sir Horace Plunkett] (Dublin & London: Maunsel 1912), The Races of Castlebar (London: John Murray 1913) with Emily Lawless; Mr. Ruby Jumps the Traces (London: Chapman & Hall 1917); Loughsiders (London: Harper 1924).; Gleanings (Surrey: William Pile 1926); Mors et Vita, foreword by AE [George Russell] (London: Werner Laurie 1923); After Sixty Years, with a foreword by Sir Horace Plunkett (London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co. 1931). Sources: Dictionary of Ulster Biography (Belfast 1994) http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/ulster.htm