Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
"Charles MacCarty, Viscount Muskerry was the son of Donough MacCarty, 1st Earl of Clancarty and Eleanor Butler. He married Lady Margaret Bourke, daughter of Ulrick Bourke, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde and Lady Anne Compton, from 2 March 1659/60 to May 1661. He died on 3 June 1665, slain on board The Royal Charles, while fighting the Dutch. He was buried on 22 June 1665 at Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England" see:http://www.thepeerage.com/p21663.htm
He was Ormond’s brother-in-law.
On 29th March 1644, Lord Muskerry and Confederate agents at Oxford demanded complete freedom for the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland and an independent Irish parliament in exchange for an Irish army to serve the King. Later in December Lord Muskerry and the Confederate agents were dismissed from Oxford.
Lord Muskerry and the connection with Tunbridge Wells.
The principal attraction, however, of the place is the chalybeate water. Nearly the whole of the forest ridge abounds with springs, more or less impregnated with iron, but the spring at the Wells being lower than the generality, it is less liable to be affected by changes of the atmosphere and heavy rains. The spring which is most in estimation, affords about a gallon a minute, and yields, therefore, a plentiful supply. It was for many years surrounded only by a common wooden railing. In 1664, however, Lord Muskerry, Lord of the Manor, enclosed it with a triangular stone wall, and built a hall "to shelter the dippers in wet weather." A very handsome building is now erected on the scite of the ancient enclosure, containing cold, warm, vapour, and shower baths; all excellent in their kind, and well appointed. 'The well, or basin, from which the water is supplied by the dippers, still retains its original situation, though better protected in front of the building.
15th Dec. 1664"...Is seems, of all mankind there is no man so led by another as the Duke is by Lord Muskerry and this FitzHarding..."
Eldest son of the Earl of Clancarty and nephew of the Duke of Ormonde. He had served with distinction in Flanders, as colonel of an infantry regiment, and was killed on board the Duke of York's ship in the sea-fight, 1665.
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