'The disclosures,' says Mr Grant, 'which took place in the
Court of Queen's Bench, on the occasion of the trial of Lord de
Ros, for cheating at cards, furnished the strongest demonstration
that he was not the only person who was in the habit of cheating
in certain clubs; while there were others who, if they could not
be charged with direct cheating, or cheating in their own
persons, did cheat indirectly, and by proxy, inasmuch as they, by
their own admission, were, on frequent occasions, partners with
Lord de Ros, long after they knew that he habitually or
systematically cheated. The noble lord, by the confession of the
titled parties to whom I allude, thus cheated for himself and
them at the same time.'
 Sketches in London.
Lord de Ros was at the head of the barons of England. He was the
son of Lord Henry Fitzgerald, and Lady de Ros, who inherited in
her own right that ancient title, which dates from the reign of
Henry III. He had studied at Eton and Oxford, and afterwards on
the Continent, and there was not a more accomplished man in
Europe. He possessed an ample fortune, was a member of several
of the clubs--White's, Boodle's, Brookes', and Graham's, and one
of the best Whist players in England.