Sir William Brabazon

(c. 1530—1552) lord justice of Ireland

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(d. 1551), vice-treasurer and three times lord justice, the prototype New Englishman—a hard man with sticky fingers. He began the conquest of Gaelic Ireland by attacking the O'Mores and O'Connors while St Leger was away in 1546. The dissolution of the monasteries, in which he was prominent, presented an opportunity to overhaul government finances. However, Brabazon, St Legerz, and other officials profited themselves by renting out confiscated lands at rates far below market values and leaving thousands of pounds of rent arrears uncollected. This massive fraud was not uncovered until three years after his death.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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