Thomas Grady

Life
d.1842; possibly the author of the coinage West Briton; author of The Vision, A Poem: Containing reflections on fashionable attachments, fashionable marriages, and fashionable education. By an Enemy to them all (Dublin: Printed for P. Byrne, No. 108, Grafton-Street, 1798), q.pp.; as anon., View of the causes leading this country to the necessity of an union ; cont. a history of the rise and progress of orange men ; &c. [3rd edn.] (Dublin 1799); and An impartial view, of the causes leading this country to the necessity of an union, in which the two leading characters of the state are contrasted, and in which is contained, a reply to Cease your funning, and Mr. Jebb (1799); The West Briton: Being a collection of poems, on various subjects (Dublin: Graisberry & Campbell for B. Dornin 1800), xic, 68pp.; Family Feuds, or Election Animosities [in Co. Limerick] (Dublin 1811); The Barrister, with other poems (London 1811); The Nosegay, being the third letter of the country postbag, from the man to the monster [No. III] (Dublin 1815) - a skit on G[eorge] E[vans] Bruce, who was the plaintiff in a law case against Grady in Limerick in 1816. Many of these titles were printed anonymously and attributed to him by bibliographers.

References
D. J. O’Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); The Danciad, a poem (Limerick 1783); The Vision containing reflections on fashionable marriage etc., by an enemy of them all [anon] (Dublin 1798); The West Briton, poems (Dublin 1800), The Barrister, poems (Lon. 1812, 1820); The Nose-Gay, an attack on a Limerick banker which encurred a law suit causing Grady to live in Brussels; O’Connell was his attorney; mentioned in Moore’s diary; The West Briton is a defence of the Union; known as ‘Spectacle Grady’; further details as IBL below [substituting Paris for Paris]; in 1805 he was high sherriff for Limerick; see references in Daniel O. Madden’s Revelations of Ireland.

Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. I; , [The Danciad, 1783]; [The Vision, 1798]; The Barrister (1799); The West Briton, being a collection of Poems on various subjects (1800, claiming to be 2nd edn.); 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Letter[s] of ‘The Country Post Bag’, the 3rd being The Nosegay (1815).

No Dictionary of National Biography entry.

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Notes
Irish Book Lover, Vol. VII, No. 11, p.188: The Nosegay was a satire on George Evans Bruce, a fellow-barrister [RAF says banker] who won a suit of 500 against Grady, causing the latter to flee to Paris, where he died.

Impartial View ... &c. (1799) is an answer to The Union: or Cease your funning, by Charles Kendal Bushe and a pamphlet by Richard Jebb entitled A reply to a pamphlet, entitled, Arguments for and against an union [by Edward Cooke] (Details from COPAC online - accessed 16.08.2023.)

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