(1751–1834), United Irishman. A member of the Volunteer Convention of 1784 and a founder member of the northern Whig club in 1790, he joined the society of United Irishmen in 1791. Imprisoned for an allegedly seditious address to the Volunteers in 1794, he escaped after having been dangerously compromised by the Revd William Jackson, going first to France and then to America. Disenchanted with revolutionary politics following the French Terror, he accepted a pardon in 1803 and settled on his Co. Down estate, retaining some interest in liberal politics.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: European History.