ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. Richard Fitzpatrick

(1747-1813)


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).


TEXT RECORDS:

1768Ode on a Distant Prospect of Almack's Assembly Rooms.
1775Dorinda, a Town Eclogue.
1785Probationary Odes No. XV. Pindaric.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Bath picture ... a ballad. 1771.
Dorinda, a town eclogue. 1775.
Criticisms on the Rolliad. 1785.