Lord Edward FitzGerald was the revolutionary son of the Duke of Leinster who took up arms against Britain in the revolt of 1798. He perished in the aftermath of his great patriotic sacrifice for Ireland. A Protestant, he was also the grandson of Charles II and son of one the famed Gordon Lennox sisters. His boyhood home was Leinster House, now the Irish Parliament. His short hair made him a " croppy," those young men who refused to wear their hair in the fashion of the day.