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1597 - Cecil, Robert - To Thomas Burgh

Allusion
Date 26 May 1597
Author Cecil, Robert
Title Letter from Sir Robert Cecil to Sir Thomas Burgh
Mentions A base Robin Hood [Feagh M'Hugh]

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-30.

Allusion

[...] The restraint on the making of knights. "Her Majesty is much troubled with the late knights that were made, and surely not well contented that the head of such a base Robin Hood [Feagh M'Hugh] is brought so solemnly into England. It is no such trophy of a notorious victory, and yet of it his friends make here great advantage; but if it be true that his son be still out, his youth will better his father's age." — The Court at Greenwich, 1597, May 26.[1]

Source notes

MS ref.: Vol. CXCIX. Brackets as in printed source. The cited text is a calendar summary or paraphrase of the original.

IRHB comments

The writer of the letter, Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563?-1612) was Lord High Treasurer May 1598-24 May 1612, Lord Privy Seal 1598-1612, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 8 October 1597-1599, and Secretary of State 5 July 1590-24 May 1612. His letter is addressed to Lord Burgh: Lord Deputy of Ireland, Thomas Burgh, 3rd Baron Burgh (c.1558-1597), 7th Baron Strabolgi. The allusion has not been noted in previous lists or studies.

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