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CROUCH, Frederick Wm. Nicholls--authored Kathleen Mavourneen and 2,000 ballads, 2 operas. Was a musician of note in London; came to America in 1849; lived a time in Portland, Maine; was in Richmond 1861 and at age 53 joined First Richmond Howitzers; went through to Appomattox; moved to Baltimore, MD 1871 and remained here but visited Portland, and died there August 18, 1896; a niece accompanied his body to Baltimore where he is buried at Confederate Hill in Loudon Park Cemetery; estimated 500 attended burial services at which "Kathleen Mavourneen" was sung. Married 4 times; 16-17 children, or 27, according to various sources. Death notice in Baltimore paper came from a Portland source and cited "memoir" Professor Crouch had written.