Sir George Carew

(1555—1629) soldier and administrator

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(1555–1629), created earl of Totnes (1626), provincial president of Munster 1600–3. Carew arrived to assist his cousin Peter Carew in the 1570s but afterwards entered government service, becoming master of the ordnance in 1588. Having left Ireland in 1592, he was reappointed after the Nine Years War spread to Munster. He was a factional rival of the lord deputy—supporting Robert Cecil whereas Mountjoy was a friend of Essex. His mixture of brute force and skilful diplomacy quelled Munster within a year.


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