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.