The second son of John Fitzpatrick, Earl of Upper Ossory, Richard Fitzpatrick studied at Winchester School (where he befriended Charles James Fox) and Caen Military Academy (1767). He served in the American war (1777-78) and was Secretary of State for War (1783, 1806) Privy-Councillor, and Chief Secretary for Ireland. In Parliament (1774-1813) he was allied with Fox and Sheridan. A town wit, Fitzpatrick contributed a political eclogue to the Rolliad and an epilogue to Samuel Croxall's Fair Circassian that appeared in Walker's Hibernian Magazine (December 1781). He was awarded an LL.D. by Trinity College Dublin (1782).
The Bath picture ... a ballad. 1771.
Dorinda, a town eclogue. 1775.
Criticisms on the Rolliad. 1785.