Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Christopher Nugent, 5th Baron Delvin (see here and here), born 1544.
Goes to Cambridge.
Thought to have written Irish primer for Queen.
He was educ Clare Hall (later Clare College), Cambridge, matric 12 May 1563.
He is thought to be the author of a short 16th century primer on the Irish language. It was prepared for Elizabeth I at her request. It was possibly presented to Elizabeth I on the occasion of her visit to the University of Cambridge in 1564.
knighted at Drogheda by the Lord Deputy
Sir Henry Sidney
He came under suspicion in July 1574 when he refused to sign the proclamation against the rebel Earl of Desmond. Explanations were demanded and it took until 1575 before he recovered the good opinion of government.
Multiple times a prisoner in Dublin Castle:
In 1576, Delvin led a dispute with the Crown about taxation. The complaints were not well received and in May 1577 he and others were confined in Dublin Castle. Later released.
He fell under suspicion again. In Dec 1580 he and his father-in-law the 11th Earl of Kildare were imprisoned in Dublin Castle on suspicion of being implicated in the rebellion of 3rd Viscount Baltinglass. Delvin was accused of "obstinate affection to Popery".
This time he was held for a long period. He and and his father-in-law were sent, still prisoners, to London in 1582. Held in the Tower of London while a treason case was considered.
No real evidence could be found. He was released after 1582, back in Ireland by 1585.
In 1593 he was appointed leader of the forces of Westmeath at the general hosting at Tara.
During the Earl of Tyrone's rebellion, he submitted to Tyrone in 1600. As a result he was shortly afterwards arrested on suspicion of treason and confined in Dublin Castle.
He died a prisoner in Dublin Castle, Aug to Oct 1602 (various dates given), age 58 yrs,
bur 5 Oct 1602 in Delvin church, Co.Westmeath.
Mary died 1 Oct 1610, age 54 yrs,
bur at Delvin church.
5th Baron and Mary had issue:
Richard Nugent, 1st Earl of Westmeath built a new family seat in 1639.
The 17th century "Clonin House" on 1829 to 1842 map.
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