(d. 1622), the leading Catholic opponent of Sir Arthur Chichester's regime. He rallied the Palesmen to the cause of Dublin's recusants in the mandates crisis of 1605, with a petition complaining about the use of the court of Castle Chamber to enforce penal legislation. Sent for interrogation in England and placed in the Tower, Barnewall merely gained the opportunity to negotiate, funded by money collected throughout Ireland. He returned a hero when the policy was suspended. A well-timed summons to England prevented him from standing for the 1613 parliament after he objected to the government's creation of new boroughs.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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