Name: Richard Nugent
Suffix: 1st Earl of Westmeath
Birth: 1583 1
Death: MAY 1642
Change Date: 20 JUL 2011
Sat in parliament of 1613.
Refusing to join in the outbreak of October 1641, the Lords-Justices sent a party of horse to escort him to Dublin. The escort was defeated by the Irish near Athboy, and the Earl captured. Though liberated soon afterwards, he ultimately fell a victim to the Irish. Lodge tells us: "His lordship, in coming away towards Trim in his coach, was forcibly drawn and hauled out of it, and shot with pistol shots into the thigh, and then, in pulling and drawing him up and down, they drew both his shoulders out of joint; of which that noble Earl (being above sixty years old, blind of his eyes, and often struck with a dead palsy) died " .
In 1634 he sat in the parliament held by Lord Deputy Wentworth, and was a leading man in the house of Peers, but refusing to join with the Lords and gentry of the Pale in the rebellion of 1641 and, in particular, refusing to send a certain number of men, demanded by them, to the siege of Drogheda, a severe course was threatened to be taken with him for his refusal, being then aged and infirm, and dreading their power and threats, he left his house at Clonyn j a party of forty horse was sent to escort him by the
Earl of Ormonde, but they were attacked near Athboy by one thousand rebels, and obliged to yield. The rebels seized his plate and money, to the value of a thousand pounds, stripped the Countess and her gentlewoman in a most shameful manner, massacred his servants, and damaged his houses and lands to the amount of twenty thousand pouuds. He died in 1641, of the fatigue and hardship he suffered on this occasion.
Father: Christopher Nugent b: ABT 1544
Mother: Mary FitzGerald b: 13 SEP 1556
- John Nugent
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