Irish evidence


Irish evidence
   a perjurer
   Either because Irish Catholics, forced to swear on a Protestant bible, felt no compunction to tell the truth, or from the denigration of all things Irish by the English:
    The publick shall be acquainted with this, to judge whether you are not fitter to be an Irish Evidence, than to be an Irish peer. (J. Boswell, 1791, quoting a letter from Richard Savage to Lord Tyrconnel)

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