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Walter Devereux, first earl of Essex (1539–1576) by unknown artist, 1575? [after original, 1572] © National Portrait Gallery, London


Devereux, Walter, first earl of Essex (1539–1576), nobleman and adventurer, was born on 16 September 1539 at Chartley, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Sir Richard Devereux and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of George Hastings, first earl of Huntingdon. Sir Richard, who was created a knight of the Order of the Garter on 20 February 1548, died the same year, in the lifetime of his father, ...


MacCarthy Reagh, Florence [Finian Mac Cárthaigh Riabhach] (1562–c. 1640), chieftain and writer on Ireland, was probably born at Kilbrittan Castle, the eldest son of Sir Donough MacCarthy Reagh (d. 1576), the second of the MacCarthy chiefs, the others being the MacCarthy...