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Balscot, Alexander

Balscot, Alexander of (c.1335–1400), bishop of Ossory, bishop of Meath, and treasurer, chancellor, and justiciar of Ireland, was born in Oxfordshire and first appears in the records when he was presented to the vicarage of Dungarvan in 1359. He was a prebend in the diocese…

Barnewall, Christopher

Barnewall, Christopher (a. 1400–1446), lawyer and administrator, was son of Nicholas Barnewall of Crickeston, Co. Meath, and was the head of a prominent gentry family who became embroiled in the factional disputes between the supporters of…

Barrett, Patrick

Barrett, Patrick (d. 1415), bishop of Ferns and chancellor of Ireland, was originally a canon in the Augustinian priory of Kells in Co. Kilkenny. He was provided to the see of Ferns by the pope on 10 December 1400, and consecrated by the pope in Rome. He received the…

Barrett, Thomas

Barrett, Thomas (Tomás Bairéad) (d. c.1485), bishop of Annaghdown, obtained a papal provision to the see on 17 April 1458 although the see was already occupied by Donatus Ó Muireadhaigh (qv), archbishop of Tuam…

Barry, John de

Barry, John de (c.1265–1330), son of David de Barry III and his wife Joan, was head of one of the foremost magnate families in the lordship of Ireland in the early fourteenth century. His family had held three cantreds in eastern Co. Cork from the early thirteenth century…

Bole (Bull), John

Bole (Bull), John (a.1425–1471), OSA, abbot of Navan, archbishop of Armagh, was the only archbishop of Armagh in the fifteenth century not to attend university. Little is known of his life before his provision to Armagh beyond the fact that he served as abbot of Navan for…

Brereton, William

Brereton, William (c.1485–1541), soldier and lord justice of Ireland, was of a gentry family from Chester. He was knighted at Tournai, Flanders (1513), and seems to have spent much of his career in Cheshire and to have had no connection with Ireland before being sent there…

Bruce, Edward

Bruce, Edward (p. 1274–1318), lord of Galloway , earl of Carrick , and king of Ireland, was a son of Robert Bruce, earl of Carrick in right of his wife, Marjorie; he was a younger brother of King Robert I of Scots. He followed his brother into rebellion against the rule of…

Bryan, Sir Francis

Bryan, Sir Francis (a.1492–1550), poet, courtier, justiciar (lord justice), and lord marshal of Ireland, was son of Thomas Bryan, knight of the body to Henry VII and Henry VIII, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Humphrey Bourchier, and was possibly educated at Oxford,…

Burgh, Richard de

Burgh, Richard de (c.1193–1243), magnate, justiciar, and lord of Connacht, was eldest son of William de Burgh (qv) and a daughter of Domnall Mór Ua Briain (qv), and nephew…

Burgh, Richard Óg de

Burgh, Richard Óg de (d. 1387), 2nd lord of Clanricard , was eldest surviving son of William de Burgh, 1st lord of Clanricard. He inherited his father's position in 1343 and over the course of his career succeeded in asserting the independence of the Clanricard de Burghs from…

Burgh, Sir Edmund Albanach de

Burgh, Sir Edmund Albanach de (a.1315–1375), magnate, first lord of Lower Connacht (Mayo), was son of Sir William Liath de Burgh (qv); his sobriquet ‘Albanach’ (the Scot) refers to the time he spent in Scotland as a…

Burgh, Sir Edmund de

Burgh, Sir Edmund de (a. 1290–1338), magnate, third son of Richard de Burgh (qv), 2nd earl of Ulster, and his wife Margaret, rose to prominence after the death of his father in June 1326. The king entrusted the lordship to Sir…

Burgh, William de

Burgh, William de (a.1164–1206), magnate, brother of Hubert de Burgh, earl of Kent and justiciar of England, was one of the new wave of Anglo-Normans to come to Ireland with John (qv), lord of Ireland, in 1185. In some earlier…

Burke (de Burgh), Ricard Mór

Burke (de Burgh), Ricard Mór (d. 1530), 9th lord of Clanricard , was second son of Uilleag Fionn, 6th lord of Clanricard (qv), and Sláine, daughter of Mac Conmara, and succeeded to the lordship on the death of his…

Burke (de Burgh), Risdeárd

Burke (de Burgh), Risdeárd (d. 1473), and Burke (de Burgh), Ricard ‘Ó Cuairsge’ (d. 1479), 6th and 7th lords of Lower Connacht (Mayo), and respectively brother and son of Edmund na Féasóige Burke (qv) (d. 1458), 4th lord of Lower Connacht, are an example of…

Burke (de Burgh), Thomas

Burke (de Burgh), Thomas (d. 1402), 2nd lord of Lower Connacht, second son of Sir Edmond Albanach (qv), succeeded to the title of MacWilliam Burke on his father's death (1375). His succession marked a departure from…

Burke (de Burgh), Uilleag (‘Uilleag Fionn’)

Burke (de Burgh), Uilleag (‘Uilleag Fionn’) (d. 1509), 6th lord of Clanricard, was eldest surviving son of Uilleag Ruadh (qv), 5th lord of Clanricard, and his wife Sláine, daughter of…

Burke (de Burgh), Uilleag (‘Uilleag Ruadh’)

Burke (de Burgh), Uilleag (‘Uilleag Ruadh’) (d. 1485), 5th lord of Clanricard, was son of Uilleag de Burgh (qv), 3rd lord of Clanricard, and succeeded to the lordship (1430) on the death of his uncle…

Burke (de Burgh), Walter

Burke (de Burgh), Walter (d. 1440), and Edmund (‘na Féasóige’) (d. 1458), 3rd and 4th lords of Lower Connacht (Mayo), were sons of Thomas Burke (qv), 2nd lord. Although Walter was recognised as the rightful successor to his…

Burke, Edmund (na Féasóige)

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Burke, Ricard Ó Cuairsge

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Burke, Uilleag (‘Uilleag an Fhiona’) (Ulick de Burgh)

Burke, Uilleag (‘Uilleag an Fhiona’) (Ulick de Burgh) (d. 1423), 3rd lord of Clanricard, was eldest son of Richard Óg de Burgh (qv), 2nd lord of Clanricard. From Clanricard's central location in Galway, Uilleag Burke was able to…

Burke, Ulick (de Burgh, Uilleag) (‘Uilleag na gCeann’)

Burke, Ulick (de Burgh, Uilleag) (‘Uilleag na gCeann’) (d. 1544), 1st earl of Clanricard , eldest son of Ricard Mór (qv), 9th lord of Clanricard, and his wife Margaret, daughter of…

Butler, Edmund

Butler, Edmund (c.1431–1499), 8th lord of Dunboyne and seneschal of Tipperary, was second of five sons of James, 6th lord, and his wife Morina, an Ó Briain of Thomond, and succeeded to his father's lands in 1459, on the death of his brother William. Previously, he had…