A COMPENDIUM OF IRISH BIOGRAPHY
COMPRISING SKETCHES OF DISTINGUISHED IRISHMEN, EMINENT PERSONS CONNECTED WITH IRELAND BY OFFICE OR BY THEIR WRITINGS.
"And if I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired : but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto."-II. MAC. xv. 38.
DUBLIN: M. H. GILL & SON, SACKVILLE-STREET.
I dedicate this Book to the Memory of my Father
RICHARD DAVIS WEBB
WHO DEEPLY INTERESTED IN ITS PLAN AND INCEPTION HAS NOT LIVED TO SEE ITS COMPLETION