The Royal Irish Regiment

Earl of Tyrconnell

Richard Talbot, Earl of Tyrconnell lived from 1630 to 1691. He was a royalist during the English Civil War fighting against Cromwell's parliamentarians in Ireland. In 1655 he was arrested for plotting Oliver Cromwell's assassination but he escaped. He was a leading Irish Catholic and was made Lord Lieutenant of Ireland by James II. He encouraged the Catholics of Ireland to rise up against the Protestants and many communities were wiped out in a latter-day ethnic cleansing. His purges of King James's army led to the dismissal of many 'Cromwellians' and when James was in Exile he sent letters to him urging him to return via Ireland.

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