John Toler, 1st Earl of Norbury

1 portrait of John Toler, 1st Earl of Norbury

John Toler, 1st Earl of Norbury, after Unknown artist, early 19th century - NPG D9303 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Toler, 1st Earl of Norbury

after Unknown artist
coloured etching, early 19th century
7 1/4 in. x 4 5/8 in. (184 mm x 117 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D9303


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An arch-conservative, Toler was the first member of the Irish administration to lose his job under Lord Lieutenant Fitzwilliam's liberal three-week rule in 1796. He was reappointed Attorney-General in 1798 and in this role conducted the prosecution of those involved in the 1798 Rebellion with notorious severity. He was promoted to Chief-Justice and presided at the famous trial of the rebel Robert Emmett. He was the sworn enemy of the Radical leader Daniel O'Connell whose campaigning finally secured Toler's resignation.