Samuel Kennedy Cowan (1850 - 1918):
Writer of Christmas card verses
Samuel Cowan was born in Lisburn, County Antrim, and was educated at Trinity College,Dublin. He was a prolific writer of verses for Christmas cards. Many of his poems were set to music by composers including Sir Arthur Sullivan. He published Sung by Six: Collected Poems of Six Poets; Poems; Victoria the Good; and From Ulster's Hills. He served as a major in the militia.