Born: 1850, Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland.
Cowan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1871, MA 1874), and lived in Bangor, County Down. Many of his poems were set to music. His works include:
Poems (London: Smith, Elder & Company, 1872)
The Murmur of the Shells (Belfast: McCaw, Stevenson & Orr; London: George Bell & Sons; Edinburgh: John Menzies & Company, 1879)
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