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T. Crofton Croker (1798-1854) is regarded as one of the most distinguished of all Irish folklore collectors, and during his lifetime he played a leading role in the founding of several important historical societies including the Percy Society and the British Archaeological Association. He possessed an unrivalled knowledge of the Irish countryside, spent a great deal of time among its people, and drawing on this knowledge retold in book form many of the nation's great legends and tales. Probably his most famous work is Fairy Legends and Traditions of teh South of Ireland which was highly praised by Sir Walter Scott in his Waverley Novels.