Another very interesting piece. Thanks.
Undoubtedly true that many impoverished nobles tried to get noticed. It is also true that many better off ones were happy to take leadership posts in the Army in Ireland but stay in London and spend the pay while subordinates did the work. Several officers in 1599/1600 were brought before the Privy Council to explain why they were there and not in Ireland and claimed they had never commanded a company in Ireland. Where the Privy Council could prove they had, they were shipped back to actually do the job!
As your ‘better hanged in Cheshire’ comment shows, Ireland was not a popular posting! One muster of 900 in 1598 eventually arrived in Ireland 612 men strong. That’s before any fighting, dysentry or ague took their toll.
Looking forward to the battles.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by Guy Farrish.