An Apprenticeship in Arms: The Origins of the British Army by Roger B. Manning

By Roger B. Manning

This booklet explores the ways that the various army reviews at domestic and in a foreign country of the British and Irish humans through the 17th century brought glossy army conception and perform into the 3 Kingdoms of the British Isles and formed the embryonic British military that emerged through the reign of the soldier-king William III.

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Upon Queen Elizabeth, Her Times and Favorites, ed. J. S. Cervoski (1641; repr. 1985), 65–6. For a detailed discussion of Sir John Perrott’s career as lord deputy between 1584 and 1588, cf. H. Morgan, Tyrone’s Rebellion: The Outbreak of the Nine Years War in Tudor Ireland (1993), ch. 3. –1608). ³⁵ BL, Harley MS. 35 (‘Richard Bingham’s Relation of the Suppression of the Bourkes in co. Mayo, Province of Connaught, 1586’), fos. 222v–35r. ³⁶ Churchyard, Generall Rehearsall, sig. A1v; Triumphs of Nassau, trans.

These towns needed to be walled about and the streets laid out in a regular grid pattern in order to make control easier. They usually contained a small garrison—a practice which tied English forces down and made them less mobile. Altogether, some fifty-six towns in Ireland were walled. Although the British civil wars made urban fortifications redundant on the main island, they continued to be quite necessary in Ireland until the Williamite conquest was completed in 1692. These towns were intended to be outposts of civility, symbolized by English speech, dress and law, as well as military strongholds set down in the Irish wilderness.

1988), 70–1, 107–9, 116–17, 126, 130; S. O’Domhnaill, ‘Warfare in SixteenthCentury Ireland’, IHS 5 (1946–7), 39–41. ²² Davies, True Causes, 162–3. ²³ J. F. Lydon, The Lordship of Ireland in the Middle Ages (1972), 195, 234; George Story, A Continuation of the Impartial History of the Wars of Ireland (1693), 58–9; K. Simms, ‘Warfare in the Medieval Gaelic Lordships’, IS 12 (1975–6), 98–104. 1. The late Elizabethan wars in Ireland The Irish wars 11 The invasion of Ireland by Edward Bruce in 1315 led to the importation of Scots mercenary soldiers known as gallowglasses who came to be associated with an especially brutal kind of warfare.

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