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The Return of the ArmadasThe Last Years of the Elizabethan War against Spain 1595-1603$
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R. B. Wernham

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204435.001.0001

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Mountjoy in Ireland, 1600

Mountjoy in Ireland, 1600

(p.335) XXI Mountjoy in Ireland, 1600
The Return of the Armadas

R. B. Wernham

Oxford University Press

England's expenditure for the year ending Michaelmas 1600 rose once again to close on 540,000 pounds. Again, the bulk of it went towards Ireland, but this year at least it was not wasted. There, the new Lord Deputy, Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy, brought to the scene a clarity of purpose and a firmness of decision that contrasted sharply with the hesitations and indecisions of the Earl of Essex's Lieutenancy. Almost the first action Mountjoy took was to put in hand preparations to plant a garrison, as Queen Elizabeth I had urgently instructed, on the shore of Lough Foyle in Hugh Tyrone and Hugh O'Donnell's rear. News of this intention brought Tyrone racing back to Ulster. Mountjoy had hoped that his operation would have so tamed the Ulster rebels that they would be made unable either to foster rebellion in the other provinces or to assist substantially any Spanish force that might be coming. His hopes had been cruelly disappointed, largely by circumstances beyond his control.

Keywords:   England, Ireland, Lord Mountjoy, rebellion, Ulster, Hugh Tyrone, Elizabeth I

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