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By Roger B. Manning

This ebook explores the ways that the various army stories at domestic and out of the country of the British and Irish humans through the 17th century brought smooth army idea and perform into the 3 Kingdoms of the British Isles and formed the embryonic British military that emerged through the reign of the soldier-king William III.

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Sir James Perrott, The Chronicles of Ireland, 1584–1608, ed. H. Wood, IMC (1933), 89–90, 93–7, 161–2, 164. Perrott was the bastard son of the late lord deputy, Sir John Parrott, and governor 20 The Irish wars Because so many of the English forces in Ireland were scattered among garrisons in the numerous small forts, it was impossible to gather together a field army of significant size. Sir James Perrott described the English forces as ‘disheartened’ and subject to the depredations of corrupt captains, who cheated and abused their men and returned false musters.

Nor was it particularly beneficial to enjoy Carew’s protection, as Edmund Fitzgibbon, the so-called ‘White Knight’ and sheriff of co. Clare discovered. One of Carew’s captains burned a house in one of the White Knight’s towns, before an old soldier told him that he had made a mistake. The White Knight’s son, John Fitzgibbon, sought revenge against Carew’s captain and sixty people died in the ensuing clash. ³⁴ Sir Richard Bingham, who began his military career as a gentleman volunteer in an English troop of horse in the French Wars of Religion, was sent as governor of Connaught in the 1580s to suppress the rebellion of the Bourkes in co.

16–17; Churchyard, Generall Rehearsall, sigs. Q1–R1; Canny, ‘Ideology of English Colonization’, 581–3. ³¹ Canny, Elizabethan Conquest, 81–2. ³² Raphael Holinshed, Chronicle of England, Scotland and Ireland, 6 vols. (1807–8), vi. 437; M. MacCarthy-Morrough, The Munster Plantation: English Migration to Southern Ireland, 1583–1641 (1986), 28–30. ³³ [Richard Rawlinson], The History of . . ), bk. iii, p. 127; Sir Robert Naunton, Fragmenta Regalia, or Observations 14 The Irish wars When Sir George Carew became president of Munster in 1600, he would accept the surrender of Irish rebels only if they could persuade large numbers of followers to do the same.

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