Two commissions issued by Philip Sidney, Viscount Lisle, as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland,
1646 Oct. 15.
|Main Creator:||Leicester, Philip Sidney, Earl of, 1619-1698|
Each commission begins 'Phillip, Lord Vicount [sic] Lisle, Lieutenant Generall of the Kingdome of Ireland and Generall of the fforces there, to Oliver Cromwell ...'. The commissions appoint Cromwell Captain and Major in the regiment of horse of Colonel Leonard Lydcott. The commission of Captain, but not that of Major, refers to raising a troop of horse.
Each commission has a seal of the Lieutenant General and Sidney's signature 'P. Lisle'.
It is most likely that the Oliver Cromwell referred to in these commissions is a cousin of the more famous Oliver Cromwell, The Lord Protector, and a son of Sir Philip Cromwell. He is known to have served in the army in Ireland and to have died during the siege of Waterford in 1649. The Lord Protector referred in a letter to 'my poor kinsman, Major Cromwell [having] died before Waterford of a fever'. Philip Sidney, Viscount Lisle, was at this time general of the English forces in Ireland, as well as Lord Lieutenant. Although appointed Lord Lieutenant in April 1646 he did not depart for Ireland until February 1647.
Physical description: 2 items.
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