Bryan Waller, an English poet, better known by his anagrammatic pseudonyme of Barry Cornwall, born in London about 1790, died there, Oct. 5, 1874. He was educated at Harrow, passed some time in the office of a solicitor in Wiltshire, removed to London, and in 1831 was called to the bar from Gray's Inn.
For several years he was a commissioner in lunacy, resigning in 1861. His first publication was a volume entitled "Dramatic Scenes and other Poems" (1819), which was followed by "Marcian Colonna, an Italian Tale; with three Dramatic Scenes, and other Poems" (1820); "A Sicilian Story, with Diego de Mantilla and other Poems" (1820); "Mirandola, a Tragedy" (1821); "The Flood of Thessaly and other Poems;" "Poetical Works" (3 vols., 1822); "Effigies Poeticae" (1824); "English Songs and other Small Poems" (1832); "Life of Edmund Kean" (1835); "Essays and Tales in Prose" (1851); and'" Charles Lamb, a Memoir" (1866). His "Mirandola" was produced with success at Covent Garden in 1821. He is best known by his songs, some of which are singularly well adapted to music, and are equally refined in sentiment and diction. All his publications appeared under his assumed name of Barry Cornwall.
Adelaide Anne, a poetess, daughter of the preceding, born in London, Oct. 30, 1825, died there, Feb. 2, 1864. She published "Legends and Lyrics, a Book of Verse." (1858), and "A Second Volume of Legends and Lyrics" (1860). Both series with new poems appeared in one volume in 1865, with an introduction by Charles Dickens.