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1599 - Anonymous - History of Tudor Conquest of Ireland

Allusion
Date 1599
Author Anonymous
Title Part of a MS history of the Tudor conquest of Ireland
Mentions Captain Thomas Lee and James FitzPiers will be "McRustelyns" or Robin Hoods

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

Allusion

[...] James FitzPiers, of the county of Kildare, the son of an honest gentleman and true servitor to Her Majesty, Sir Piers FitzJames, [...] was made Sheriff of that county, kept much company with Captain Thomas Lee, who was a great favourer of the Earl of Tyrone (and then in question and disgrace therefore); and, as it may be gathered, infected with that company, underhand this James practised a long time with the Earl of Tyrone, but at length broke out, and his practices were revealed to the Lords Justices. Captain Lee and he making merry together, said Lee, 'James, thou and I will be shortly McRustelyns, 'that is to say Robin Hoods, 'for we can get nothing as we are.' These words were brought to the Lords Justices. They were both sent for by a pursuivant. Lee appeared, was charged with treasons, and was committed to the Castle; but James would not shew himself. [...][1]

Source notes

MS ref.: Vol. CCV, No. 74, "Portion of a manuscript history" (cf. p. 51).

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