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Sir Thomas Cusack

(c. 1505—1571) lawyer and administrator


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(1490–1571), leading Anglo-Irish reformer and author, as the crown's most trusted local adviser, of a series of important reports on Irish affairs. Under St Leger, Cusack was the speaker of the commons which voted Henry VIII king in 1541 and the architect of surrender and regrant. A beneficiary from the dissolution of the monasteries, he became lord chancellor in 1550 and acted as lord justice in 1552–3, but was out of government under Mary because of his Protestantism. Later, in tandem with Kildare, he helped undermine Sussex's regime.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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