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Rupert of Debate

Edward Geoffrey, fourteenth Earl of Derby. It was when he was Mr. Stanley, and the opponent of the great O (i.e. O'Connell), that Lord Lytton so describes him. (1799-1869.)

The brilliant chief, irregularly great,
Frank, baughty, bold- the Rupert of Debate.

New Timon.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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