2015 Festival

Lord Edward and “Faithful Tony” The story of Tony Small, valet to Lord Edward Fitzgerald

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

Stella Tillyard in conversation with Marion Lyons

Citizen Lord is the title of Stella Tillyard’s bestselling biography of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, one of the most fascinating characters in Irish history. Tony Small was a runaway American slave who rescued Lord Edward from the battlefield in South Carolina in 1781 and nursed him back to health. Lord Edward offered him a job and for the next decade Tony was with Lord Edward constantly – in North America, in Paris after the Revolution, in Dublin and Kildare. At some point after Lord Edward’s death in 1798, Tony left Dublin for London and died there sometime after 1805. What might Tony’s story tell us about colonialism? How did people of colour and minorities experience Dublin in the late eighteenth century? What are the implications of Tony’s story for the writing of history?

Stella Tillyard is an historian and author of several books including the best-selling Aristocrats. Professor Marion Lyons is Head of the Department of History in Maynooth University.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 26 September 2015.