Sir William Fitzwilliam

(1526—1599) lord deputy of Ireland

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(1526–99), vice-treasurer (1559–73), lord deputy (1571–5, 1588–94), the most experienced Elizabethan minister in Ireland, and reputedly the most corrupt. When his account was audited in 1571, it was nearly £6,000 short. Fitzwilliam was nevertheless appointed chief governor with orders to cut costs and reduce the army. This gave him little leverage over the provincial presidencies of Munster and Connacht or over the Enterprise of Ulster, and as a result he quarrelled with their commanders.


From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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