(c.1638–1712), earl of Ranelagh. A nephew of Orrery, he headed the opposition in the Irish parliament of 1661–6, but later joined the administration as chancellor of the exchequer (1668). In 1671 he undertook to manage the revenues and financial obligations of the crown in Ireland. Although there were complaints concerning both Ranelagh's methods of raising revenue and his failure to make payments, he was able to remit significant amounts of money directly to Charles II, who in return protected him from inquiries and repercussions. After the revolution of 1688 Ranelagh was paymaster general of William III's army from 1691 until 1702, when irregularities in his accounts led to his resignation and expulsion from the English parliament.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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