About Edward Quillinan
Edward Quillinan was born in Portugal of Irish parents; he served in the cavalry during the Peninsular War, published poetry and fought duels, and in 1821 settled near Wordsworth at Ambleside. Quillinan wrote for Blackwood's Magazine and other periodicals; he was a friend of Charles Lamb, and married a daughter of Sir Egerton Brydges who was killed in a fire in 1822. In 1841 Quillinan married Wordsworth's daughter, Dora. Most of his poems were privately printed in small editions.