McCormack, Anthony M.

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Ball, Edward

Ball, Edward (c.1579–1625), mayor of Dublin and merchant, was second son of Walter Ball (d. 8 December 1598), mayor of Dublin, and Eleanor (d. 5 December 1613), daughter of Robert Ussher senior of Santry, Co. Dublin. A member of a prominent merchant family in Dublin, he had…

Bathe, James

Bathe, James (d. 1570), chief baron of the exchequer, was a relation of Sir Thomas Bathe, Lord Louth. He entered the Middle Temple in 1522, becoming master of the revels two years later. Appointed chief baron of the exchequer on 24 March 1535, he continued to hold this post until…

Bellew (Bedlowe), James

Bellew (Bedlowe), James (d. 1606), merchant and mayor of Dublin, was the son of John Bellew and Anne, daughter of Edward Dowdall, of Co. Louth. Most likely he was born in Louth, but by 1560 he had moved to Dublin. A wealthy merchant trading with Spain, he was very active in…

Bodkin (Bodekin, Bodikin), Christopher

Bodkin (Bodekin, Bodikin), Christopher (c.1505–1572), catholic and Church of Ireland archbishop of Tuam, was born in Galway, the son of John Bodkin, mayor of Galway in 1518. Said to have been educated at Oxford, he was provided to the see of Kilmacduagh 3 September 1533…

Brady, Richard

Brady, Richard (d. 1607), catholic bishop of Ardagh and of Kilmore, was a member of the family of the Mac Bradaigh chiefs of Cuil Bhrighde, in Co. Cavan. He entered the Franciscan monastery in Cavan and eventually became the Franciscan provincial in Ireland (1573–6). On 23 January…

Browne, Sir Valentine

Browne, Sir Valentine (d. 1589), English official and settler in Ireland, was the son of Sir Valentine Browne (d. 1568), of Crofts, Lincolnshire. In a career spanning at least forty years he served three monarchs as an auditor. He audited the accounts of the royal castle at Berwick…

Burgh (Boroughs), Thomas

Burgh (Boroughs), Thomas (d. 1597), 5th Baron Burgh of Gainsborough , lord deputy of Ireland, was the second but eldest surviving son of William, 4th Baron Burgh, and his wife, Katharine, daughter of Edward Clinton, earl of Lincoln. Having embarked on a military career, he served as…

Burke (Bourke), John

Burke (Bourke), John (d. 1607), of Brittas, Co. Limerick, landowner and Roman catholic martyr, was eldest son of Richard Burke of Brittas (younger brother of Sir William Burke, Lord Castleconnell) and his wife Honora, daughter of Conor O'Mulrian, chief of Owny. In the late 1590s…

Burke (de Burgo), Roland

Burke (de Burgo), Roland (d. 1580), catholic and protestant bishop, was the son of Redmond Burke of Tynagh, Co. Galway, and the grandson of Uilleag Burke (qv) (d. 1509), lord of the MacWilliam Uachtar. He…

Butler, James

Butler, James (1543–79), landowner, was the eldest son of Piers Butler (qv) of Grallagh (d. 1578) and Honora Fitzgerald (d. 1577), the apparently illegitimate daughter of James…

Butler, Piers

Butler, Piers (d. 1597), Butler rebel, was the eldest son of Sir Edmund Butler (qv) (d. 1601) of Cloghgrennan, Co. Carlow, and Eleanor Eustace, daughter of Rowland, Lord Baltinglass. He resided at his castle in Newstone. In spite of…

Butler, Piers (Peter)

Butler, Piers (Peter) (1521–78), landowner, was the second son of Sir James Butler (qv), baron of Dunboyne (d. 1538), and Joan, daughter of Sir Piers Butler (qv), earl of Ormond (d…

Butler, Sir Edmund

Butler, Sir Edmund (c.1534–1602), Irish lord and rebel, was the second son of James Butler (qv), 9th earl of Ormond, and his wife Joan, daughter of James fitz Maurice…

Campion, Edmund

Campion, Edmund (1540–81), Jesuit, writer, and martyr, was born in London on 25 January 1540, the son of a bookseller. He attended Christ's Hospital and then St John's College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1561 and MA…

Capstock (Capstocke), Francis

Capstock (Capstocke), Francis (d. 1596), deputy surveyor of Ireland and corrupt ally of Richard Boyle (qv), 1st earl of Cork, was appointed clerk of the pipe roll in the exchequer on 6 February 1589, and chief engrosser on 11 February. On…

Cavanagh (Kavanagh), Patrick

Cavanagh (Kavanagh), Patrick (d. 1581), catholic martyr, was a sailor in the port of Wexford. In 1581 Viscount Baltinglass (qv), then in rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I, and his Jesuit chaplain Robert Rochford attempted to find…

Champfleur (de Champfleur), Walter

Champfleur (de Champfleur), Walter (fl. 1482–98), was abbot of St Mary's Cistercian abbey in Dublin. He served as keeper of the seal on the death of the lord chancellor, William Sherwood (qv), bishop of Meath, on 3 December…

Cheevers, Blessed Edward

Cheevers, Blessed Edward (d. 1581), Irish martyr, was a sailor in Wexford port. In 1581 he was one of a number of sailors who attempted to find passage to the Continent for Viscount Baltinglass (qv), then in rebellion against Queen…

Colclough (Colcloght), Sir Anthony

Colclough (Colcloght), Sir Anthony (d. 1584), military governor of Co. Wexford, was the eldest son of Richard Colclough, of Woolstanton, Staffordshire, and Eleanor, daughter of Sir John Draycote, of Paynesley. He moved to Ireland about 1538, presumably as a soldier. From that…

Comerford (Comberford, Quemerford), Nicholas

Comerford (Comberford, Quemerford), Nicholas (c.1541/5–c.1599), Jesuit, was born in Waterford city, son of Patrick Comerford and his wife, who was a Walsh. He was educated at Peter White's renowned school in Kilkenny city before studying at Oxford for at least…

Cosby, Francis

Cosby, Francis (1510–80), soldier and planter, was the second son of John Cosby of Great Leak in Nottinghamshire and his wife Mabel Agard. He became a soldier, serving in the English forces in the Low Countries. In 1535 he arrived in Ireland in the retinue of…

Cowley, Robert

Cowley, Robert (d. 1546?), government official, was the son of Walter Cowley. His origins are uncertain: the near-contemporary Book of Howth states that he was born in England, but the name Cowley was common in Kilkenny city from the start of the fifteenth century; perhaps he was…

Curwin (Curwen, Coren), Hugh

Curwin (Curwen, Coren), Hugh (c.1507–1568), catholic and Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin, was born in High Knipe, in the parish of Bampton, Westmorland. He attended Brasenose College, Oxford, graduating BCL in 1528 and…

Delahide (De La Hide), Richard

Delahide (De La Hide), Richard (d. c. 1540), lawyer and chief justice of the common bench, was a member of the Delahide family of Moyglare, Co. Meath, who were loyal followers of the earl of Kildare. In 1514 he was appointed joint chief justice of the common bench with…

Derricke, John

Derricke, John (fl.1578), author of The image of Ireland with a discourse of woodkarne (1581), may have been the same Mr Dericke who was directed by Sir John Bourne in June 1557 to make a new great seal for Ireland, although this was more likely to have been…