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Henry Docwra

(c. 1564—1631) army officer


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(d. 1631), leader of the Lough Foyle expedition of 1600–3 during the Nine Years War. On May 1600 he landed unimpeded with 4,000 men and began the fortification of Derry. He found a formidable ally in Niall Garbh O'Donnell and gradually widened his control until in June 1602 he was able to effect a rendezvous with Mountjoy in mid-Tyrone and participate in the spoliation of the country which finally brought O'Neill to submission. Docwra subsequently wrote a ‘narration’ to indicate that he and his erstwhile allies had been ill-rewarded for their services at Lough Foyle.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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