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  • ID: I58140
  • Name: Hugh Clotworthy
  • Prefix: Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: in Devonshire, England
  • Death: 12 FEB 1630 in Ireland
  • Residence: Massareene, Ireland
  • Occupation: Sheriff of co. Antrim
  • Note: 2

    Hugh Clotworthy came to Ireland in 1573 as a member of the 1st Earl of Essex's expedition to Ulster. He must later have distinguished himself in the Nine Years' War, because (in a patent quoted in the 1789 edition of Lodge's Peerage of Ireland) he is described as 'a man of extraordinary merit in those wars'.
    The Clotworthys came originally from Somerset, but in the 16th century Hugh Clotworthy's branch moved to Devonshire on marrying an heiress of that county. In 1603, Capt. Hugh Clotworthy, as he then was, was part of the garrison of Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, serving under its Governor, a fellow-Devonian, Sir Arthur Chichester. Chichester had arrived in Ireland more recently, only in 1599, and Clotworthy probably served under him in the latter stages of the Nine Years War. His fortunes were thereafter closely linked with those of Chichester, who in 1603 received a grant of a huge estate in and around Belfast and Carrickfergus, as well as the governorship of the latter castle. In 1603 Chichester was also constituted Admiral of Lough Sidney or Lough Neagh, and was granted its fishing rights and the fishing rights of the River Bann as far as the salmon leap south of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry. In 1605, he was appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland in 1605 and remained in that office until 1616. Having been first a lieutenant, Clotworthy became also a tenant, of Chichester. In 1606 he obtained from Chichester a lease of '... "Massarine", which [in the words of Campbell and Rice] consisted partly of confiscated church lands and partly of the lands of the O'Neills of Killultagh. By 1606 he had built a moated bawn enclosing five acres, flanked with towers which included an earlier Norman motte. In accordance with his contract [with Chichester] ..., Clotworthy planted English and Scottish settlers (Presbyterians like himself) on his lands. He was knighted at about this time. ...'
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    The Nine Years War (Irish: Cogadh na Naoi mBliana) in Ireland took place from 1594 to 1603 and is also known as Tyrone's Rebellion.
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    Hugh Clotworthy of Devon was made a knight on March 16 1617-8, at Whitehall.
    (The Knights of England.)
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  • Change Date: 6 OCT 2008



    Father: Thomas Clotworthy
    Mother: Dorothy Parker

    Marriage 1 Mary Langford
    • Married: 1607 3
    Children
    1. Has Children Mary Clotworthy

    Sources:
    1. Type: Web Site
      Title: Stirnet Genealogy
      Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
      URL: www.stirnet.com
    2. Type: Web Site
      Author: www.proni.nics.gov.uk
      Title: N Ireland Public Record Office
    3. Type: Web Site
      Author: www.proni.nics.gov.uk
      Title: N Ireland Public Record Office
      Page: The Foster/Massereene Papers
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