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Sir Henry Sidney

(1529—1586) lord deputy of Ireland and courtier


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(1529–86).

Lord deputy of Ireland. In 1551 Sidney married the daughter of Northumberland. He backed Northumberland's attempted coup on behalf of Lady Jane Grey in 1553 but distanced himself in time to avoid disaster. Though Northumberland perished, Sidney still had Leicester as a brother‐in‐law and patron. Elizabeth appointed him lord president of the marches in Wales in 1559, and in 1565 he was sent back to Ireland as lord deputy. His first task was to deal with Shane O'Neill who was in rebellion, but who was assassinated in 1567. By 1571 Sidney had had enough of trying to pacify Ireland and resigned. Fresh rebellions led to his recall in 1575. This time the difficulty was expense, since Elizabeth was unwilling to accept that Ireland could not be subdued on the cheap. He was replaced in 1578.

Subjects: British History — European History.


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