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Sir Edward Denny, Governor of Kerry and Desmond

Sir Edward Denny.
From Victoria and Albert Museum.
Image used with permission of V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum.

Sir Edward Denny (see here and here), born 1548.
His father died 1549.
His mother died, and he was orphaned, in 1553.
He was a favourite of Elizabeth I and of Lord Burghley.
He was a friend of Sir Henry Sidney and Sir Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser.
He went on an expedition to the north of Ireland 1574 under 1st Earl of Essex to suppress rebels and install settlers.
He served against the Spanish. Sailed the Spanish Main (the Spanish possessions in the Caribbean) with his 1st cousins Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Humphrey Gilbert.
He was sent to Ireland 1580 with Sir Walter Raleigh to suppress the Desmond rebellion (1579-83).
He served under 14th Baron Grey of Wilton at Smerwick, Co.Kerry, in Nov 1580, when Grey massacred surrendering Papal troops and Irish rebels and their families.
He led a campaign 1581 against the rebellious O'Tooles of Co.Wicklow. He returned to England with the head of their chieftain, Garret O'Toole.

Helped found the British Empire:
He sailed with Sir Humphrey Gilbert in 1583 to claim Newfoundland for England, thus founding the overseas British Empire.

He mar 1583 or early 1584 to Margaret Edgecumbe [born 1560, descendant of Edward I].
As a wedding present, Elizabeth I gave them Rectory Manor House, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.

Architect of Munster Plantation in Kerry:
He was granted 1586 a large part of the Earl of Desmond's forfeited estates after his defeat.
He was granted Desmond's chief castle, Tralee Castle, at Tralee, Co.Kerry.
Tralee Castle and Tralee town had just been destroyed in the rebellion.
Pages 51-52 of [Smith, 1756] show the grant dated at Dublin, 7 Sept, 29 Elizabeth (7 Sept 1587).
He served in the Channel fleet against the Spanish Armada in July 1588.
He was knighted 1588 by Sir William Fitzwilliam.
High Sheriff of County Kerry. Governor of Kerry and Desmond. Helped implement Munster Plantation.
Tralee Castle was in ruins. He apparently lived at Carrignafeela Castle near Tralee.
He spent some time in Ireland but returned to England.
Tralee was burnt again in an insurrection in 1598.

Sir Edward dies, 1600:
He died 12 Feb 1600 [at the time regarded as end of 1599], age 52 yrs.
He was buried 14 Feb 1600 in the chancel at Waltham Abbey, Essex.
Beautiful tomb built 1600 by his wife, with sculptures of him, wife and children.

Margaret lived for decades after him.
She lived Rectory Manor House, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.
She outlived her son (died 1619).
She lived to see her great-grandchildren, who were sent to stay with her for safety during the 1641 Rebellion in Ireland.
She outlived her grandson (died 1646).

Margaret dies, 1648:
She died 24 Apr 1648, age 88 yrs.
She was bur in chancel of St. Michael's church, Bishop's Stortford. See street view.
Though there is an effigy of her on husband's tomb at Waltham Abbey, Essex.
Sir Edward and Margaret had issue:

  1. Sir Arthur Denny, Knt.,
    of Co.Kerry, born 1584, eldest son,
    sometimes written as Edward, but that may be an error.

Margaret Edgecumbe.
From Victoria and Albert Museum.
Image used with permission of V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum.

Rectory Manor House, Bishop's Stortford

Rectory Manor House, at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.
Also called "Bishop's Stortford Manor" or "Stortford Manor House".
Granted to Sir Edward Denny and Margaret Edgecumbe 1583-84.
Sir Edward Denny died 1600.
His widow Margaret lived at Rectory Manor House for decades.
During the 1641 Rebellion in Ireland, Margaret's grandson Sir Edward Denny sent his wife and children to live with his grandmother (the children's great-grandmother) in England at Bishop's Stortford for safety.
Margaret's great-grandchildren who were sent to Bishop's Stortford included Elizabeth Denny (born 1635).
Margaret Edgecumbe died 1648.
The house survives.
Now called "Church Manor House".


Rectory Manor House is the "Parsonage" here to the NE side of Bishop's Stortford.
From old map. Surveyed: 1874 to 1879. Published: 1880 to 1883.
See close-up.

Rectory Manor House ("Church Manor House").
Drag to rotate. From Google street view.
See 2015 screenshot.

The stables of Church Manor House (opposite the house) are now converted to living accomodation called Glebe Court.
From street view.


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