BAGENAL, Philip H. Vicissitudes of an Anglo-Irish Family 1530-1800
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A Story of Irish Romance and Tragedy. With illustrations and large folding pedigree of the Irish Bagenals. London: Clement Ingleby, at the Sign of the Boar’s Head, Great James Street, 1925. Quarto. pp. xii, [i], 166, xii. Original orange cloth, titled in black. A very good copy. Very rare.
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Sir Nicholas Bagenal or Bagenall (1509-1591) was an English-born soldier and politician who became
Marshal of the Army in Ireland during the Tudor era. He was born the second son of John Bagenal
(died 1558), a tailor who served as Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, by his wife Eleanor, daughter of
Thomas Whittingham of Middlewhich, Cheshire and cousin of William Whittingham, Dean of
Durham. His elder brother, Sir Ralph Bagenal, was one of Henry VIII’s courtiers.
In 1538 Nicholas fled to Ireland to escape justice for killing a man in the Staffordshire village of Leek;
his two brothers were apparently also involved in this crime. In Ireland he became acquainted with Con
O’Neill, 1st Earl of Tyrone and on 7 December 1542 the Irish council, at the suit of Tyrone, begged the
King to pardon Bagenal, who returned to England in April 1544 and took part in the campaign in
France in the following summer.
In January 1586 Sir John Perrot complained that Nicholas Bagenal was too old to perform his duties as
marshal; a feud between Bagenal and Perrot lasted until the lord deputy was recalled. On one occasion
(15 July 1587) there was an affray between the two in Perrot’s house, where they were both drinking
heavily. Bagenal was pushed to the ground after lunging out at Perrot. In 1590 Bagenal resigned the
office of marshal asking for the post to be conferred on his son, Sir Henry.
The contents include: Sir Ralph Bagenal; Sir Samuel Bagenal; Sir Nicholas Bagenal; The Marshal’s
Army; Sir Henry Bagenal; The Love Story of Mabel Bagenal and Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone; The
Battle of the Yellow Ford; The Barony Idrone, County Carlow; Dudley Bagenal; Colonel Walter
Bagenal; His Part in the Rebellion of 1641; His Trial; Colonel Bagenal’s Family; Colonel Dudley
Bagenal in Exile; Mrs Bagenal - Her Second Son George and their Jacobite Adventures; Walter
Bagenal II; Beauchamp Bagenal; His Further Political Adventures; Beauchamp’s Family and
Illustrations includes: Sir Nicholas Bagenal; Bagnall Hall and Cross; Albert Durer’s Sketch of Irish
Galloglass; Folding Plan of the Battle of the Yellow Ford; Bagenall Arms; Pedigree of the Irish
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