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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 operated .

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.

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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.
11 Mar:
'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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