Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth

Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth

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Excerpt: ...these haughty noblemen attempting to arrogate the state of the independent native chieftains, and to firmly establish the English power, a Parliament, which assembled at Nottingham, in the seventeenth of Edward III. (1343), enacted laws for the reformation of the Irish Government. A few months previous to the sitting of this Parliament, Sir Ralph Ufford had been sent over as Lord Deputy, to stamp out this incipient spirit of independence, and to impede the fusion of the two races. This nobleman, by rigid and cruel measures, executed the nefarious intentions of the English Parliament. He appropriated the goods of others, plundered, without discrimination, the clergy, the laity, the rich and the poor; assigning the public welfare as a prbook. He broke down the pride of the Earl of Desmond, and for a while seized his estates; but, on Ufford's recall to England and the appointment of Sir Walter Bermingham as his successor, Desmond was restored to royal favour. Gradually the old animus was revived, and old dormant jealousies between the two races were awakened, until, in the year 1376, the "Statute of Kilkenny" threw the whole nation into a state of commotion and chaos, and aroused a fierce hatred between the Anglo-Irish and the later arrivals from England, who were styled by that Act, "the English born in England." The latter despised the former and called them "Irish Dogg;" the Anglo-Irish retorted, giving them the name of "English Hobbe," or churl. These bickerings were Pg 74 reprobated by the said Statute, which, at the same time, banned the whole race of the native Irish. Sir John Davis writes of it: "It was manifest from these laws that those who had the government of Ireland under the Crown of England intended to make a perpetual separation between the English settled in Ireland and the native Irish, in the expectation that the English should in the end root out the Irish." more

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  • English
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  • 1236721837
  • 9781236721839