Enterprise of Ulster

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The Enterprise of Ulster was a program launched in the 1570s where Queen Elizabeth I tried to get English entrepreneurs settled in areas of Ireland troubled by the activities of Ulster.[1] Under this program Nicholas Malby, Thomas Chatterton and Sir Thomas Smith were granted large areas of Eastern Ulster and a larger area was granted to the Earl of Essex in 1571.[2] It is believed that Malby never followed up regarding his grant, though he did serve in the military.[3] This was an attempt by the crown to counter resistance in Ulster.[4] This program was, by all accounts, unsuccessful.[5]


For some time after the enterprise was established, the crown did not actively interfere in the affairs of the other Provinces of Ireland.[6]


  1. ^ Sean J. Connolly (1998). The Oxford companion to Irish history. Oxford University Press. p. 177. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ John Patrick Montaño (11 August 2011). The Roots of English Colonialism in Ireland. Cambridge University Press. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-521-19828-8. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Analecta Hibernica. 1992. p. 127. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Christine Kinealy (1 October 2008). A New History of Ireland. Sutton. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7509-4816-6. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Martin Marix Evans; David Lyons (October 2003). A terrible beauty. Gill & Macmillan. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Hiram Morgan (1 April 1999). Tyrone's Rebellion: The Outbreak of the Nine Years War in Tudor Ireland. Boydell & Brewer. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-85115-683-5. Retrieved 25 February 2013.