(1770–1835), soldier and memoirist. Born to a down-at-heel ascendancy family in Glasnevin, Co. Dublin, he ran away to join the army. His Memoirs and Confessions (1815) is an autobiographical account of ‘criminal and delinquent’ escapades beginning with the seduction of a girl in France. In America he edited the National Intelligencer, and was arrested when attempting to steal treasures from churches in Latin America. Other works were: Travels in America (1806) and The Soldier of Fortune (1816).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.