?-1812; Roman Catholic bishop of Ossory; biography, W. J. Fitzpatricks
life of Lanigan is included in his Irish Wits and Worthies (1878).
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Don Gifford, Joyce Annotated (p.182), cites an amusing anecdote
from Irish Wits and Worthies (1873) [sic], p.336, in which the
bishop comes from Ossory with complimentary speech for LL Lord Cornwallis,
who had a small eye and a tic, addressing him, Tour Excellency has
always kept a steady eye upon the interests of Ireland, having
prepared his speech far from sight of the person he was addressing. The
period was the immediate sequel to the Union when promises of Emancipation
had been given, to be broken like the piecrust with which his excellency
feasted the [clerical] deputations.