[Sir] William Parsons

Life
1570?-1650 [1st Baronet]; Surveyor General, 1602; came to Ireland and took active part in plantation of Ulster, being accused of stimulating the rebellion of 1641 to achieve a new crop of confiscations. ODNB

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Quotations
‘We must change their course of government, clothing, customs, manner of holding land, language and habit of life […] it will otherwise be impossible to set up in them obedience’ (quoted in Declan Kiberd, Inventing Ireland, Jonathan Cape, 1995; no ref.)

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