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Henry Grattan 1746-1820

Born in Dublin. He believed that “The Irish Protestant should never be free until the Irish Catholic ceased to be a slave”. In 1882, with the support of the Irish Volunteers he declared the independence of the Irish Parliament. This was later granted by Westminster. For a while Georgian Dublin flourished, restrictions against Catholics were eased but reform was halted in 1895 with the recall of Lord Fitzwilliam. Opposing both the United Irishmen and the Government he retired from parliament in 1797 in poor health. He entered Westminster in 1805 and spent the rest of his life fighting for Catholic emancipation. He is buried in London.