(1738–1823), antiquarian. Born in Dublin and educated at TCD. His Antiquities of Ireland (1790) is written from the standpoint of the Anglo-Irish chronicles and informed by suspicions that Charles O'Conor the Elder and others were attempting to enhance the cultural appreciation of Gaelic Ireland as part of a campaign against the Penal Laws. His disparaging view of the lives of the Irish saints was disputed in John Lanigan's Ecclesiastical History (1822).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.