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  • ID: I4734
  • Name: Thomas Norreys
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 20 AUG 1599 in Mallow Castle
  • Residence: Mallow, co Cork, Ireland
  • Occupation: Lord President of Munster. Justice of Ireland.
  • Education: Magdalen College, Oxford
  • Cause: From ?a thrust from a pike in the neck where the jaw-bone meets the upper part of the neck?
  • MEM: Westminster Abbey, London: kneeling effigy on parents? tomb
  • Note: 1 2 3

    5th of 6 sons.
    Went as a soldier to Ireland in 1579 and acted for a few months as president of Connaught. He fought against the Fitzgeralds and also in Ulster; in 1585 he became vice-president of Munster, and in 1597 he succeeded his brother, Sir John Norreys, as president. In Ireland with Captain Careill in 1584 before he became general of troops for the Roanoke voyages. Thomas Gates his lieutenant.
    The old Desmond fortress on the Blackwater River at Mallow was granted in 1584 to him, son of Queen Elizabeth's life-long friend.
    He built a "goodly strong and sumptuous house, upon the ruins of the old castle, with a bawn to it about 120 foot square" sometime between 1593 and 1599. This building, whose shell still stands, is a three-storey gabled oblong, one room thick, with an attic floor and a cellar below the centre. At the front there are two octagonal corner turrets, one for a stair and a projecting turret in the middle for the entrance. There is also a turret at the centre rear for the main stair and latrines. The style is essentially English and early Jacobean with its high gables, single-stepped battlements and large mullioned windows, but the place was well-adapted for Irish conditions with numerous loop-holes for muskets, notably in the turrets and beneath the upper windows.
    One source on Rootsweb says he was buried in Speke, Lancs (the home of the Norris?s many generations before). Is this correct?
    Was mortally wounded in a conflict with the Burkes near Kilmallock in the summer of 1599; and died six weeks afterwards at Maola, near Kilmallock.
    Not buried at Westminster Abbey, but his kneeling effigy is there on parents? tomb. I have assumed that they go in age anticlockwise (because the third one in that order is Edward, looking upwards to distinguish him as the only survivor of his father) from the NE corner of the tomb, so the he would be the fifth one.
    Died From ?a thrust from a pike in the neck where the jaw-bone meets the upper part of the neck?, in a conflict with the Burkes near Kilmallock
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  • Change Date: 19 AUG 2011

    Father: Henry Norreys b: ABT 1525
    Mother: Margaret Williams

    Marriage 1 Bridget Kingsmill b: ABT 1553
    • Married: 1585 4
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Norreys b: 1595

    1. Type: Web Site
      Author: Jorge H. Castelli
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: A Compendium of Irish Biography: comprising sketches of distinguished Irishmen, eminent persons connected with Ireland by office or by their writings
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: Westminster Abbey Official Guide
      Date: Revised 2005
    4. Text: Journal? of Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.
      Page: 1906. P1.
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