4th earl of Clanricard, Richard Burke

(1572—1635) politician

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(1572–1635), knighted in the field for his bravery in the cavalry charge which won the battle of Kinsale. The only Irish Catholic trusted in an administrative capacity, Clanricard was made provincial president of Connacht in 1604. Married to an English heiress, he was mostly absent from his magnificent Jacobean mansion at Portumna. To pay for his courtier lifestyle, he leased lands to improving tenants, including English Protestants. His court connections (he became earl of St Albans from 1628) and immunity from recusancy fines made him a tough opponent of Wentworth's attempt to colonize Connacht.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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