[James Kenney]: The Irish Ambassador

Scope and Content

'The Irish Ambassador', a play in two acts, 61 folios. The present copy, which lacks the author's name, contains a list of the cast, including [Tyrone] Power and Miss E[llen] Tree in the leading parts of Sir Patrick O'Plenigo and Lady Emily Delawney. According to the Dictionary of national biography, Power appeared in this part at the Haymarket Theatre, London, in 1840. The paper is watermarked 1838. On fo. 34: 'Elsher Shaw'.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Kenney (1780-1849), dramatist, was born in Ireland. He was employed in the banking-house of Herries, Farquhar and Co., where he became involved in private threatrical works. Thereafter, he became a successful writer of farces and comedies for the stage. Kenney's works include Raising the wind (1803), Turn him out, a musical (1812), and Sweethearts and wives, a drama (1823). He died at Brompton on 25 July 1849.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

No record of accession, but acquired before 1912.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on James Kenney in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XI (London, 1909), pp. 8-9.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


The play is printed in Dicks's Standard plays, no. 920.