Walter Hussey Burgh

Life
1742-1783, b. Co. Kildare; Prime Sargeant of Ireland and Free Trade orator whose rousing speeches in the Irish Parliament were recalled by Sir Jonah Barrington and J. A. Froude. In a debate of November 1779 he said, ‘England has sown her laws as dragon’s teeth, and they have sprung up as armed men.’ A member of the Monks of the Screw, he also wrote poems, never collected, some of which are printed in The Cabinet of Irish Literature (1876-8) ed. Sir Charles Read. RR CAB ODNB FDA

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Notes
He is cited by Richard Lovell Edgeworth as one of the geniuses of Ireland, in the Essay on Irish Bulls (1803). See also Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica: Irish Worthies (1821), vol. I, p.229.

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