(1701–1749) was a writer and lawyer born in Ireland. In June 1732 he was appointed attorney-general
In 1731 Concanen, Edward Roome, & Sir William Yonge produced The Jovial Crew, an opera, adapted from Richard Brome's A Jovial Crew.
His publications included
- Wexford Wells (1719)
- Meliora's Tears for Thyrsis (1720)
- A Match at Football (1720)
- Poems on Several Occasions (1722)
- Miscellaneous Poems (1724)
- Miscellaneous Poems and Translations (1726)
- A Supplement to the Profound (1728)
- The Speculatist (1730)
- A Miscellany on Taste (1732)
- Review of the Excise Scheme (1733).
An Essay Against Too Much Reading
The 1728 humorous anonymous pamphlet, An Essay Against Too Much Reading
has variously been attributed to Concanen and a certain Captain Goulding of Bath. It included the first, though none too serious, direct statements of doubt about Shakespeare's authorship
The author proposed A short account of Mr Shakespeare's proceeding, and that I had from one of his intimate acquaintance... Shakespeare is described as merely a collaborator who in all probability cou'd not write English. With regard the Bard's grasp of history, the Essay related that Shakespeare not being a scholar had a chuckle-pated historian who gave him a set of notes to save the trouble of research.