(1764–1827), United Irishman. A lawyer and son of a well-connected Dublin physician, he was part of the conservative wing of the United Irish movement, uneasy about lower-class mobilization and consequently reluctant to act without French support. Arrested with other leaders on 12 March 1798, he was imprisoned 1798–1802, then went to France, where he competed unsuccessfully with Arthur O'Connor for control of the émigré movement. In 1804 he moved to New York, where he had a successful legal career.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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