FITZGERALD, George Robert. An Appeal to the Public, by George Robert Fitzgerald, Esq. in which is occasionally introduced The Constitutional Doctrine of Indictments at Common Law, in Contradiction to those of Statute Law.


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Dublin: Printed in the Year, 1782. pp. [3], 4-463, [1], 2 (errata). Contemporary full, title in gilt on new brown morocco label on rebacked spine. occasional mild
foxing. A very good copy. Very scarce.
ESTC T63912. COPAC with 5 locations only.
George Robert Fitzgerald, a noted duellist and lawless criminal, better known by his pseudonym ‘Fighting Fitzgerald’, was born at Turlough, County Mayo in 1748. He was educated at Eton and commanded a local corps of Volunteers. He mourned for his first wife who died young in an extravagant manner but not so long afterwards married again. His exploits are legendary: hunting by torchlight, terrorising his friends by keeping bears and other ferocious animals as pets, held his father to ransom for the sum of £3,000. Four years after the publication of the present work he was executed at Castlebar for the murder of his neighbour Patrick Randall McDonnell.

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