John Lawless

 

Life
1773-1837; b. Dublin [‘Honest Jack’]; cousin of Lord Cloncurry; refused admission to bar on account of United Irishman associations; ed. the Ulster Register, Belfast, c.1817, and later the Belfast Magazine and The Irishman; collaborated with P. B. Shelley on the Compendium. of the History of Ireland (1814); agitated for Catholic Emancipation, leading figure on Catholic Association, and violent speaker; strong opponent of O’Connnell, who called him ‘Mad Lawless’; nevertheless, he was praised by Wellington for withdrawing from the Monster Meeting at Ballybay in 1828. Compendium of the History of Ireland from the earliest period to the Reign of George I (1814), with Shelley; An Address to the Catholics of Ireland (1825). ODNB DIW

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References
Irish Book Lover
, Vol. 2 ( Aug. 1910-July 1911), p.176, contains a notice to the effect that he collaborated with P. B. Shelley on the Compendium of the History of Ireland (1814).

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Notes
Shelley’s visit: A citation from the advertisement for Shelley’s Address to the Catholics of Ireland [1812] given in W. J. McCormack, ed., Maria Edgeworth, The Absentee (OUP 1988), p.xii, states that the date of the visit was Feb. 1812.

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