Francis Higgins
 

 

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Francis Higgins 1746-1802

The Sham Squire. He was Editor of the Freeman’s Journal and ran a group of agents on behalf of the Castle. One of these recruits was Magan, who betrayed to Higgins the whereabouts of Lord Edward Fitzgerald. His magnificent tomb attracted attention after his death. Part of the slab was smashed by a sledgehammer and later a gallows and pike were etched on the stone with words: Here lies the monster Higgins, Lord Edward Fitzgerald’s informer. No trace of the tomb now remains but R.R.Madden in 1867 recorded the inscription before it was completely destroyed. The inscription extolled his benevolence and listed various donations to a number of charities. He was buried in Kilbarrack.