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Sir John Norris's instructions for the negotiation of a pardon for the Earl of Tyrone

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Sir John Norris's instructions for the negotiation of a pardon for the Earl of Tyrone

Author
Sir John Norris, George Bouchire and Sir Geoffrey Fenton
Date
9 March 1597
Medium
Manuscript

In May 1595 Sir John Norris landed in Ireland, as Lord General, to lead the army against the Earl of Tyrone's rebellion (van Meteren, Discovrse Historicall, pp. 144-5). Efforts to subjugate Tyrone over the course of the following two years, both by negotiation and military action, proved ineffective. In March 1597 Norris attempted to reopen negotiations to obtain a royal pardon for Tyrone. These instructions were prepared for a Captain Warren by Norris and his fellow commissioners. Warren was to inform the Earl that Elizabeth I would only consent to further talks on the condition that Tyrone present himself to the commissioners at Dundalk "acknowledginge his former faltes and imploring hir high mercy as a penitent offendour ought to doe." Nothing came of the talks. The rebellion was finally ended in 1603, six years after Norris's death.

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