1789-1859; b. Sligo; ed. TCD; Bar 1812; notorious as trying to clear Courvoisier,
accused of the murder of Lord William Russell, by throwing suspicion on
another man of whose innocence he was certain; The Lament of the Emerald
Isle, a poem (1812); Recollections of Curran and His Contemporaries
(1818); Specimens of Irish Eloquence (1819); Historical Sketch
of Wellington (1852). Moore speaks of his Curran as written
in wretched taste; d Golden Square, London. ODNB DIW JMC.
Justin McCarthy, ed., Irish Literature (1904), for extracts from An Historical Character of Napoleon; The Dinas Island Speech,
and Speech to the Catholics of Sligo, 1813.
Brian Cleeve & Ann Brady, A Dictionary of Irish Writers (Dublin:
Lilliput 1985), gives bio-data: b. Sligo, ed. TCD, Bar 1812; English bar,
1821, commissioner of Bankruptcy Court, Liverpool, 1842; national testimonial,
1813, for speeches in favour of Catholic Emancipation [MANC], admired
by OConnell; famed for The Queens Case Stated (1820),
many edns., a defence of Queen Caroline. Speeches 1816-17; Curran
and His Contemporaries (1818); writings on Napoleon and Napoleon III,
and Vacation Thoughts on Capital Punishment (1857) - against -
which was reprinted by Quakers.
Hyland Cat. (q.d.) lists The Lament
of the Emerald Isle (7th edn. 1818), 21pp. [Hyland 224]; The Queens
Case Stated (1820 3rd edn.), 32pp. [
Belfast Central Public Library holds
Emerald Isle (1818); Curran and his Contemporaries (1851); Specimens of
Irish Eloquence (1819); Speeches of Mr. Phillips in the Case of Guthrie
v. Sterne (1816).