1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. Richard Fitzpatrick

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 1:553.



RICHARD FITZPATRICK, second son of the Earl of Upper Ossory, was born on the 30th of January, 1747. Entering the army, he rose to the rank of general, and acquired some distinction as a military man, during the early part of the American war. He went into parliament, in 1780, as member for Tavistock; and, subsequently, represented the county of Bedford. He proceeded to Ireland in 1782, as secretary to the Duke of Portland, then lord-lieutenant; and, in the following year, obtained the office of secretary of war, which, however, he soon resigned; but held it again during the administration of Fox and Lord Grenville. At the time of his death, which took place on the 25th of April, 1813, he was a general in the army, colonel of the forty-seventh regiment, and a privy-counsellor. A modest epitaph, in verse, written by himself, is inscribed on his monument, in the church-yard of Sunning Hill, where he was buried. He appears to have been possessed of such talents, as might, combined with more energy, have raised him to greater distinction. When Fox and Sheridan spoke after him, on the celebrated motion respecting Lafayette, Dundas, his political opponent, observed, that "the gallant general's friends had only impaired the impression made by his speech." He is said to have been a handsome man, and one of the prince's circle, which, it is added, he adorned by his wit and courtly manners. He wrote various poetical trifles; the best of which, was, perhaps, his inscription on the Temple of Friendship, at St. Anne's hill. A constant associate of Fox, he impaired his fortune by gambling; and prematurely injured his health, to such an extent, by dissipation, that, according to Croly, for some years before his death, he could scarcely be said to live.