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Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex's plan for the securing of Ulster

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Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex's plan for the securing of Ulster

Author
Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex
Date
[1574-1575]
Medium
Manuscript

On 16 August 1573 William and John Norris set sail from Liverpool as part of the adventurer force recruited by Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex, for his scheme for the plantation of Ulster (CSP Ireland 1571-5, pp. 366-7; Morton, 'Enterprise of Ulster', p. 118). In return for their service, the Norris brothers hoped to be rewarded with land which had been granted to Essex by the Queen should his plantation prove successful (Falls, Elizabeth's Irish Wars, p. 114). Essex, however, was to encounter stiff resistance to his scheme from the native Irish chieftains and Scottish mercenaries. This plan for the securing of Ulster was prepared by Essex for the Queen's consideration, [1574-1575]. The measures advocated by Essex include the introduction of English settlers into coastal towns, allowing a maximum of four hundred Scots to inhabit the Glens of Antrim upon pledges of good behaviour, and the construction of new towns, castles and bridges supported by English garrisons. The plan bears an endorsement on folio 64 in the hand of John Norris.

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