FREDERICK NICOLLS CROUCH (1808 - 1896)
Born into a family of musical ancestry, Frederick Nicholls Crouch, a cellist like
his father, played in a number of theatre orchestras, before establishing a career
as a singer and lecturer on the songs and legends of Ireland. He moved to New
York in 1849, where he continued a varied career. He had at least eighteen children
from four bigamous marriages and in his later years worked as a varnisher in a
Baltimore factory. He wrote a large number of songs, of which Kathleen Mavourneen
is the best known, the one through which his name is remembered.