Walking through Macetown
Sir Christopher was a widower and Anne Plunkett was an heiress with no
male family alive. She brought considerable estates to the union
including Rathmore,Co.Wicklow and further land in Co.Kildare.
Her arms were incorporated in Christopher Chevers on the dexter side and
include Fleur de Lys. The church or chapel of St.Nicholas, built by
Chevers is a ruin in a walled enclosure, in a sorry state, with nettles
up to five feet high). Sir Christopher and Dame Anne Plunkettt are buried
in /under the chancel of the chapel, which is nearby to the sad few
stones, which constitute all that remains of the Pied a Terre, which
was useful for a family seated at Ballyhealy, since they could entertain
their Dublin friends, who might not be inclined to undertake a perilous
journey through the wilds to get to Wexford, bearing in mind they would
have to pass hostile territory, from where the native Irish raiding parties
Sir Christopher Cheevers was the defendor of the Gentry against the
infamous Cess Tax, incurring the displeasure of the
English government and Irish authorities, who conspired with Carew to
claim Chevers estates at Macetown- forcing him to make a settlement
eventually. Christopher was imprisoned on more than one occasion for his
opposition to the Cess.
More on this shortly!
From 1567 Carew's energies were mainly absorbed in his attempt to obtain
the vast estates in Ireland to which he claimed he was heir. Feb 1569;
marshal of the army in Ireland. With the aid of the antiquary John
Hooker and the lawyer William Peryam, he made good his claim in the
courts to the barony of Odrone in county Carlow, but his attempts to
take physical possession of his rights led to conflict with the
neighbouring Irish gentry, and was the immediate cause of driving Sir
Edmund Butler into rebellion. Carew's activities were naturally
considered untimely by the hard-pressed English officials in Ireland and
he was forced to return to England in 1569 or 1570. Next, early in
1572, he apparently entertained some hopes of being made warden of the
stannaries, to the amazement of Lord Hunsdon , who wrote to Burghley.
'I marvel that Sir Peter Carew is anyway able to encounter with my lord
of Bedford for the stannary, being an office of such a number of men as
it is fit for none but such a one as her Majesty hath great cause to
trust unto, which I know not that she hath had at Sir Peter's hand ... '
In the event he was made constable of the Tower for the period of
Norfolk's confinement that year, and in the Sep he was appointed a
commissioner to inquire into the state of the Tower. He returned to
Ireland in Jul 1573 with the army of Walter Devereaux, 1st Earl of Essex,
to defend his title to Odrone and make good his claim to the Munster
estates, though Sir John Perrot and others advised the lord deputy and
the Queen that in the disturbed state of the country any move to enforce
such a claim would be dangerous. He acted as marshal to Essex's army in
Ulster until Nov of that year, when he fell ill and departed for the Pale,
promising to postpone any attempts to secure his Munster estates. He
returned to England soon afterwards, but in Apr 1575 he was sent again
by the Queen to act as Essex's lieutenant, 'as a person for his wisdom,
discretion, reputation and for his affection to the Earl most meet'.
He earned the Queen's commendation for his part in the Ulster campaign
of that year. On the departure of Essex he set out finally to take
possession of some of his Munster lands, but fell ill at Ross on the
way to Cork, dying there 27 Nov 1575. He was buried at Waterford 15 Dec,
Hooker erecting a monument to him in Exeter cathedral.
His will, made 4 Jul 1574
Yours Max Chevers 2/26/2004
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