Leonard McNally

Leonard McNally or MacNally (27 September 1752 – 13 February 1820) was an Irish barrister, playwright, lyricist, founding member of the United Irishmen and spy for the British Government within Irish republican circles.

He was a successful lawyer in late 18th and early 19th century Dublin, and wrote a law book that was crucial in the development of the "beyond reasonable doubt" standard in criminal trials. However, during his time, he was best known for his popular comic operas and plays, together with his most enduring work, the romantic song "The Lass of Richmond Hill". He is now mainly remembered as a very important informer for the British government within the Irish revolutionary society, the United Irishmen and played a major role in the defeat of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. In return for payments from the government, McNally would betray his United Irishmen colleagues to the authorities and then, as defence counsel at their trial, secretly collaborate with the prosecution to secure a conviction. His notable republican clients included Napper Tandy, Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet and Lord Edward FitzGerald. Provided by Wikipedia

by MacNally, Leonard
Published 1820
Printed at the Hibernia-Press for J. Cumming

by MacNally, Leonard
Published 1785
printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson Pater-Noster-Row

by MacNally, Leonard
Published 1779
printed for J. Wenman, Fleet-Street ; F. Newbery, Corner of St. Paul's Church-Yard ; and W. Thompson, Exeter-'change, in the Strand

by MacNally, Leonard
Published 1783
printed for S. Bladon, No. 13. Pater-Noster-Row

by MacNally, Leonard
Published 1786
Printed for the booksellers

by MacNally, Leonard
Published 1790
printed for J. Moore, No. 45, College-Green