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James Owen Hannay (1865 - 1950):

James Hannay was born in Belfast and educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Dublin. He was rector of Delgany, Westport, County Mayo from 1892 to 1913. From 1892 he was a member of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. His works, which he produced almost annually, include Spanish Gold; The Seething Pot and The Bad Times. His play, General John Regan, upset the local people when produced in Westport, especially when they discovered the identity of the pseudonym under which he wrote. Consequently he left to serve first as chaplain to the British Embassy in Budapest and then in France as army chaplain during the First World War. By 1924 he was a clergyman in Somerset and later in London. As well as fiction he published other writings , which appeared under his own name, such as A Padre in France,  A Wayfarer in Hungary, and biographies of Isaiah and Jeremiah. His autobiography, Pleasant Places, was published in 1934. 

Born: 16 July 1865
Died: 2 February 1950
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