Richard Talbot Tyrconnel, 1st Earl

(1630—1691) army officer and politician

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Talbot, a younger son from Co. Kildare, fought for the king in the 1640s and escaped from the destruction of Drogheda in 1649. In the 1650s he was appointed a groom of the bedchamber to the duke of York in exile and for the rest of his life his fortunes followed his patron's. As soon as the duke became James II, Talbot was created earl and in 1686 appointed lieutenant‐general of the army in Ireland. In 1687 he succeeded Clarendon as lord‐lieutenant and began consolidating the catholic position. Tyrconnel was the ‘new deputy’ whom ‘brother Teague’ welcomed in *‘Lillibullero’. After the Glorious Revolution he was made a Jacobite duke, fought at the Boyne, and died in Limerick just before it was forced to capitulate.

Subjects: British History — European History.

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