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Patrick Darcy

(1598—1668) lawyer and politician


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(1598–1668), a Galway Catholic, the most important constitutional lawyer of the 17th century. Educated at the Middle Temple in London, Darcy established a lucrative practice representing a wide range of clients, including the earls of Clanricard, Ormond, and Cork (see boyle). Blooded politically in Wentworth's parliament, he became a formidable opponent of the lord deputy as a legal representative and political agent of Galway landowners threatened with confiscation. Imprisonment and debarral ended his campaign.

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From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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