(1724–94). A Co. Cork-born lawyer he entered parliament in 1759 and was prime serjeant 1761–74. During the free trade agitation he produced an influential memorandum detailing the damage done to the Irish economy by English commercial legislation. His appointment in 1774 as provost of Trinity College, Dublin, made in order to liberate the office of prime serjeant for other purposes, was widely viewed as the extension of political patronage into an inappropriate area. His son Richard, 1st earl of Donoughmore (1756–1825), was one of the liberal Protestant sympathizers through whom Irish Catholics put their case before parliament in the period prior to the veto controversy.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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