Ervine, St John Greer (1883-1971), playwright and novelist

William Allingham Archive

Libraries NI, Belfast Central Library

William Allingham was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal on March 19th 1824. His father was a successful merchant and later a banker in the town. He grew up in Ballyshannon and worked in the bank there and various other towns in Northern Ireland before joining the Customs Service. He finally settled in England, remaining a Civil Servant for twenty five years. He continued to be torn between his ...

John Smyth Crone Collection

Libraries NI, Belfast Central Library

There is also a sizeable quantity of newspaper cuttings, most of which are held in six large scrapbooks, plus several folders of political cartoons from the late nineteenth century. In addition the Crone Collection contains some two hundred individual newspapers comprising ninety-four different titles. Daily newspapers, such as the Belfast Newsletter and Northern Whig are included, along with nort ...

St John Greer Ervine Collection

Libraries NI, Belfast Central Library

St John Greer Ervine (1883-1971) was a dramatist, novelist,biographer and critic. He was born in Ballymacarrett, Belfast. Both of his parents were deaf mutes and his maternal grandmother had a great influence on his early life. She had a shop on the Albertbridge Road and it is here that he absorbed much to influence his later works. He is recognised as a keen observer of life in East Belfast prote ...