[Sir] John Perrot

Life
?1527-1592; reputed son of Henry VIII by Mary Berkley; President of Munster, campaigned against Fitzmaurice; defeated by Hebridean Scots in Ulster and attempted to expel McDonnells from settlements on Antrim coast; died while charged with treason and disgraced, in the Tower of London. MORRIS holds The Chronicle of Ireland 1584-1608 (Dublin Stat. Office 1933) 199p. ODNB.

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Notes
For details of Perrot’s career in Ireland, see Bardon, History of Ulster, 1992, and R. Gottfried, Comm. on Spenser’s View of Ireland, in Prose Works of Spenser, Var. Ed., vol. 10 (1949); Perrot was the illegitimate child of HVIII, and half-brother of Elizabeth, whom he called on occasion ‘a base bastard pisskytching’ (Sir Robt. Naughton, Fragmenta Regalia, 1870); he was pardoned by Elizabeth only shortly before his death in the following year. He was Lord Deputy, 1584-88; admiration for him is expressed in John Hooker, and Camden (Holinshed, vol. II; the Supplie of the Irish Chronicles; Annales); see anon. History of Sir John Perrot; according to Bagwell, his departure was bewailed by the Irish; Dublin city presented him with a bowl inscribed Relinquo in pace; also, Spenser, View, 3410-21, ‘but surely his manner of government could not be sound or wholesome ... &c. [see Spenser RX, TEXT [Gottfried, 386]

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