Antique Silver Freedom Box
Irish Silver Freedom Box, 1799, awarded to Frederick Darley, the then High Sheriff of Dublin by the Guild of Merchants.
As High Sheriff Darley was one of the main men responsible for suppressing the rebellion in Dublin and the surrounding counties. Sir Jonah Barrington (1760-1834) relates how, on the occasion of an Anti-Union meeting in King’s County: ” .. Darley the High Sheriff, and Major Rogers (acting of course under the instructions of Dublin Castle) placed two six pounders, charged with grape shot, opposite the Court house where the meeting was being held-bringing England’s logic to bear on the misguided ones who thought they could better know than England, what was for Ireland’s benefit.”
Frederick Darley (1764-1841) architect, builder and stonecutter was joint Dublin city sheriff 1798-9. Elected an alderman in March 1800, he was Lord Mayor in 1808-09, and chief magistrate of the Dublin police from 1814. He was also a wide streets commissioner. Part of the ultra-conservative group that dominated the politics of Dublin Corporation at that time, he was a member of Dublin’s most fashionable Orange Lodge, L.O.L. No.176, founded in 1797. As an Orangeman he was opposed to the various attempts to put through catholic relief legislation during 1805-29. Frederick Darley was married to Elizabeth Guinness, a sister of the brewery proprietor Arthur Guinness II. The couple had 20 children.