By Roger B. Manning
This ebook explores the ways that the varied army reports at domestic and overseas of the British and Irish humans throughout the 17th century brought sleek army conception and perform into the 3 Kingdoms of the British Isles and formed the embryonic British military that emerged through the reign of the soldier-king William III.
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The possibility that the Spanish might send assistance to him in the south meant that he had to keep his lines of communication with Connaught and Munster open. When a Spanish force under Don Juan Áquila landed at Kinsale with additional outposts at Castlehaven, Berehaven and Baltimore in September 1601, O’Neill was forced to come out into the open and march south to assist the Spanish, which meant employing offensive tactics. O’Neill set up his camp surrounding the English besiegers at Kinsale.
In the articles of surrender, the Spanish army, which never engaged the English, was allowed to depart with all their arms, ordnance, munitions and ensigns. O’Neill ﬂed northward into the forests. ⁴⁹ Under the generous terms offered by James VI and I, O’Neill could have lived out his remaining years in peace with his estates largely intact but for an English military presence in Ulster. However, his pride was such that he could not accept a superior authority in his lordships of Clandeboye and Tyrone.
B. Quinn, The Elizabethans and the Irish (1966), 133; V. Carey, ‘The Irish Face of Machiavelli: Richard Beacon’s Solon his Follie (1594) and Republican Ideology in the Conquest of Ireland’, in H. ), Political Ideology in Ireland, 1541–1641 (1999), 86–9. ²⁷ The English government asserted that the English crown held title to Ireland by right of conquest dating to the Norman invasion of Ireland. Queen Elizabeth assumed that once the rebellious Irish chieftains were defeated, her Irish subjects would be entitled to the same rights and protection as her English subjects, whereas the Scots were trespassers and could be ejected.
An Apprenticeship in Arms: The Origins of the British Army 1585-1702 by Roger B. Manning