?1480-1540; Baron of the Exchequer, 1520; Breviat of the getting of
Ireland and of the decaie of the same, and treating of the oppressions
of the Irish nobility; his MS held in Public Record Office [extant
after 1922?]; cited in Wares Writers of Ireland, and later
printed in Harriss Hibernica (1770). ODNB DIW
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Sir James Ware, Writers of Ireland, trans. Walter Harris (Dublin: Ebenezer Rider 1739), Chap. XII, incls. allusion: Patrick Finglas, a famous Lawyer, was made chief Baron of the Excehquer by Henry VIII, aferwards chief Justice of the Kings-Bench: he writ The Causes of the Calamities of Ireland, and their Remedies.
Rodulf Gottfried, Spensers Prose Works, Variorum Edn., Vol. 10: The Breviat of Ireland, by Patrick Finglas and a fifteenth c. letter from the citizens of Cork and Campion and Holinshed quote and to whic the View presently refers, both describe the revival of Irish power during the War of the Roses; and Davies, making use of Finglas, gives an account similar to Spensers [in View of the Present State of Ireland, ll.407-21] (Discoverie, pp.90-92; also Davies, Speech on the Irish Parliament, p.398) , p.287.)
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On Hugh ONeill: The Erle of Ulster might dispend [i.e., gather] a Yere in that Lond above thirty thousand marks. (Quoted in Harris, Hibernica, 1.52.) Further, Holinshed expands on a passage [in Finglas] based on Edmund Campion: the revenues of that earldome, in the daies of Edward the third were reckoned and found to amount unto the some of one and thirty thousand marks yearelie, while Camden writes in Britannia: suis Comitibus olim trigintia millia Marcarum dependit - all of these undoubtedly being Spensers good records, as Gottfried remarks (See View, ll.557-9; Gottfried op. cit., supra, p.295.)
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Dictionary of National Biography, fl. 1535; Irish judge; chief justice, 1534-35; his Breviat of the Getting of Ireland and the Decaie of the Same included in Harriss Hibernica (1770).
Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 1, incls. brief reference to Baron Finglas and other Anglo-Irish chroniclers, in Edmund Burke, 1st Letter to Sir Hercules Langrishe (pp.834ff.).
ALSO, Finglas, writing long before Spenser, traces the Hibernicisation
of the great Anglo-Norman families to their feuds, which arose after the
departure of the Duke of clarence in the reign of Ed. III (Walter Harris,