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Cotton, Sir Richard (b. in or before 1497, d. 1556), courtier and administrator, was the third son of John Cotton, a Shropshire gentleman, and Cecily, daughter of Thomas Mainwaring of Ightfield, Shropshire. He began his career as an attorney in the sheriff's court in ...

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Esmonde, Laurence, Baron Esmonde of Limerick (c. 1570–1645), army officer and landowner, was the second son of Walter (also known as William) Esmonde of Johnstown, co. Wexford, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Michael Furlong of Horetown, barony of Shelmalier, co. Wexford, one of a family of seven daughters and four sons. The ...

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Fitzgerald, Gerald [Garret, Gearóid], eleventh earl of Kildare (1525–1585), magnate, was born on 28 February 1525, the eldest son of Gerald Fitzgerald, ninth earl of Kildare (1487–1534), lord deputy of Ireland, and his second wife, Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1514–1548), noblewoman, daughter of Thomas Grey, ...