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Sir Anthony St Leger

(c. 1496—1559) lord deputy of Ireland


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(c. 1496–1559).

Lord deputy of Ireland. Of a Kentish family, St Leger married the niece and heiress of Warham, archbishop of Canterbury, and rose under the patronage of Thomas Cromwell. In 1540 he succeeded Grey as deputy of Ireland, with a policy of reasserting royal authority, a first step being Henry VIII's adoption of the title king of Ireland. He was retained in office on Henry's death in 1547 but returned to England in 1548. When his successor died shortly afterwards, St Leger was sent out again but recalled in 1551 as too conciliatory towards Irish catholics. Mary's reign saw him reinstated for the third time (1553) and he served until 1556, when accusations of peculation were brought against him.

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