The marquess of Ormond, Lord Montgomery of the Ards and the problem of authority in Ulster, 1649
in Ireland in crisis
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In this chapter, Kevin Forkan charts the leaching away of support for Ormond in Ulster in 1649. Viscount Montgomery of the Ards seemed a good choice to lead the royalist ‘non-sectarian coalition’ in the north, but he could not convince the Presbyterian ministers, who turned against him, and his position was further weakened by the activities of Sir George Monro as a rival commander in the west of the province. The chapter underlines Ormond’s weakness and the divided nature of the Protestants in Ireland in the period immediately before the Cromwellian invasion.

Ireland in crisis

War, politics and religion, 1641–50

Editor: Patrick Little

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