1747-1813; general, politician, and wit; grandson of Richard Fitzpatrick,
1st Baron Gowran; lifeong friend of CJ Fox; entered army, 1765; served
in America, 1777-8; Tavistock MP, 1774, 1807, 1812; Bedfordshire, 1807-12;
Chief Sec. for Ireland, 1782; Sec. of War to Coalition of 1783; member
of ministry of all the talents, 1806-07; one of the chief
writers of the Rolliad. [Suppl. ii.216] ODNB.
Prologue to Sheridans The Critic (1779) is by Fitzpatrick.
See the following note in Geoffrey Tillotson, ed., Eighteenth Century
English Literature (Harcourt Brace Janovich 1969), p.1378, 1747-1813,
MP, wit, and soldier; just back from the American war, he was a leader
of fashion and a devotee of the theatre.