Colonel Richard O’Farrell’s Regiment of Foot
After the trauma (!) of researching Turlough MacHenry O’Neill, I'm giving the O'Neills a wide berth for a wee while, and researching a not-O'Neill regiment.
|The monumental job of cutting and drilling away cast on pikes that are much too short|
The Farrells were rulers of Annaly, roughly the modern County Longford. They lost about a quarter of their lands in the plantation of Longford in 1618 but were still in control of the county at the outbreak of the 1641 rebellion. So it comes as no surprise that they joined the rebellion in 1641, setting out their grievances in a letter to Lord Dillon, who presented it to the Dublin government on their behalf:
The Papists in the neighbouring counties are severely punished and their miseries might serve as beacons unto us to look unto our own, when our neighbours houses are on fire.They expressed their support for the king and enclosed an oath of loyalty to him. However, they also voiced their disappointment that as Catholics their loyalty had not been rewarded:
There is an incapacity in the Papists of honour and the immunities of true subjects, the royal marks of distributive justice and a disfavour in the commutative . . . when the old families of the English and the major part of us the meer Irish did swim in blood to serve the crown of England; and when offices should call men of worth, men without worth and merit obtain them . . . The restraint of purchase in the meer Irish of lands in the escheated counties and the taint and blemish of them and their posterities doth more discontent them than that plantation rule; for they are brought to that exigent of povertie in these late times that they must be sellers and not buyers of land.Richard Farrell had fought abroad in Spanish service, returning to Ireland with Owen Roe O'Neill. Richard raising a regiment, in 1643, and declaring for his friend. However, there was a bit of hedgesitting by the family; Richard's brother Lisagh, who became his lieutenant-colonel, kept links open with the Old English of Leinster, while some members of the family joined the royalist army of Ormonde.