Randal MacDonnell, 1st Marquess of Antrim (1645 creation)
|Marquess of Antrim|
|Predecessor||Randal, 1st Earl of Antrim|
|Successor||Alexander, 3rd Earl of Antrim|
|Died||3 February 1683 (aged 74)|
|Buried||Bonamargy Friary, Ballycastle|
|Father||Randal, 1st Earl of Antrim|
|Occupation||chief of Clan MacDonnell, politician, military contractor|
Randal MacDonnell, 1st Marquess of Antrim (1609–1683) was a Roman Catholic landed magnate in Scotland and Ireland, son of the 1st Earl of Antrim. He was also chief of Clan MacDonnell of Antrim. He is best known for his involvement, mostly on the Royalist side, in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
Birth and origins
His father, Lord of the Route and Constable of Dunluce Castle, had been knighted by Lord Lieutenant Mountjoy in 1602. His father was an important landowner in the north-eastern corner of the Ireland facing Scotland across the North Channel. His father's family, the MacDonnell of Antrim, were the Irish branch of the Scottish Clan Donald. The MacDonnels descended from the twelfth-century Scottish warlord Somerled and from Alexander MacDonald, 5th of Dunnyveg, a Scottish-Irish magnate, who was driven out of Scotland by James IV and fled to Ulster where the family was already established through a series of marriages. His Scottish lands were taken over by the rival Clan Campbell, although the MacDonalds continued to live there and looked towards the MacDonnell family for leadership. Recovering his Scottish lands remained an objective that his father pursued all his life whithout ever meeting it.
Randal's mother was described as "of good cheerful aspect, freckled, not tall but strong, well set, and acquainted with the English tongue." She was born in 1583 as the daughter of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and his second wife, Siobhan (i.e. Johanna) O'Donnell.[a] She was thus a member of the O'Neill dynasty, an ancient Gaelic family, the leaders of which were once kings and ruled all of Ulster. However, her father had left Ireland in the Flight of the Earls in 1607 and was then attainted by the Irish Parliament, losing his title and lands.
Randal's parents were both Catholic. They had married in 1604 before the Flight of the Earls. Unlike most of the Ulster Catholic elite, the MacDonnells benefited financially from the Plantation of Ulster, which brought large-scale Scottish and English settlement of Northern Ireland. In spite of this, and their good relations with their Protestant neighbours and tenants, the MacDonnell's remained staunch Catholics.
He appears below as the elder of two brothers:
He had six sisters.
On 28 May 1618 Randal's father was created Viscount Dunluce and in 1620 1st Earl of Antrim by King James I of England. By the latter creation Viscount Dunluce became a subsidiary title of the family, which was given as courtesy title to Randal, aged 11, the Earl's eldest son and heir apparent, who was therefore styled Viscount Dunluce.
Although the family was part of an increasingly Anglicised Irish elite, he was exposed to Gaelic culture, Gaelic language, and raised as a staunch Catholic. In 1613, when he was four, an arranged marriage was made for him with Lucy Hamilton, a daughter of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn, but the wedding never took place.
France and England
In 1625 Dunluce, as he was now, travelled to France to complete his education. After two years there he went to London, where he was presented at the court of Charles I. He was described as "a tall, clean-limbed, handsome man with red hair". Dunluce spent the next ten years in England, with only occasional, brief visits to Ireland. In 1635 he began a career as a military contractor by agreeing to raise two regiments of Irish troops for service in the French army, but the plan was vetoed by the King.
After abandoning his long-standing fiancée Lucy Hamilton, Dunluce was linked with several other prospective marriages. In 1635 he married Katherine Manners, the widow of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, who had been England's Chief Minister under both James I and Charles before his assassination in 1628. The Duchess was a devout Catholic and wealthy. She was close to Queen Henrietta Maria, and further enhanced Dunluce's status at court. He became friends with leading British politicians including the Earl of Nithsdale, the Duke of Lennox and the Duke of Hamilton.
Dunluce planned to acquire large amounts of land in the Londonderry Plantation, but this was blocked by Thomas Wentworth, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, who mistrusted Dunluce and was to become a major opponent of his. Dunluce also made a failed attempt to recover some of the family's traditional lands in the West of the Scotland by purchasing them, but this also fell through.
Dunluce was emotionally very close to his wife, and became stepfather to her children including George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. The couple lived a lavish lifestyle, and Dunluce ran up large debts in England which troubled him for the rest of his life.
Earl of Antrim
On 10 December 1636 Dunluce's father died in Dunluce Castle and was buried at the Bonamargy Franciscan Friary. Dunluce succeeded as the 2nd Earl of Antrim. In his will his father had divided his estate between his two sons. Randal inherited the larger share of the land, consisting of the baronies of Dunluce and Kilconway, whereas Alexander, his younger brother, inherited the Barony of Glenarm.
In an effort to cut down on expenses Lord Antrim, as he was now, and his wife the countess relocated to Ireland in 1638. Antrim, as he was now, set up home in his family's traditional seat of Dunluce Castle as one of the wealthiest men in Ireland. He oversaw nearly 340,000 acres of land, which was mostly sublet to tenant farmers. Along with the family's traditional Scottish followers in the Western Isles, Antrim's tenants provided him with an important power base during the coming wars.
Due to his family connections there, Antrim took a strong interest in Scottish politics. By 1638 the King's attempts to introduce religious reforms there had led to protests, the signing of a Covenant and eventually armed resistance by the Protestant ibhabitants in the Bishops' Wars. Antrim saw in the developing situation an opportunity both to assist the King and to regain his family's traditional lands in Scotland from his hereditary enemy Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll who had joined the Covenanters. He proposed raising an Irish Catholic army from his tenants in Ulster and then crossing the North Channel to Kintyre and the Western Isles where they could link up with the Scottish MacDonalds, many of whom had refused to sign the Covenant.
Antrim's proposed expedition would take place in conjunction with other landings and an invasion by the main English army under Charles. The expedition would divert Covenanter troops away from the King's army while in the process Antrim would be able to recover Kintyre, a peninsula in Western Scotland, for his family. Antrim also tied the project to the fears of the Irish government that the Covenanters might invade northern Ireland where they enjoyed strong support amongst the Presbyterian settlers. He suggested that an Irish invasion of Scotland would pre-empt this threat. Nonetheless Wentworth in Dublin was extremely sceptical about the plan. He rejected Antrim's appeals for money, supplies and weapons. Wentworth's refusal was likely due to his own plans for the regular Irish Army to launch a rival invasion from Ireland against Dumbarton and his mistrust of the Earl's motives. Eventually, Wentworth was ordered to assist Antrim by the King.
The growing crisis re-ignited the MacDonald-Campbell feud. In response, Argyll raised troops of his own in Scotland and attacked the MacDonalds who were arming in anticipation of Antrim's invasion, driving many into exile in Ireland. The threatened invasion by Irish Catholics also strengthened support in Scotland for the Covenanters, and further damaged the King's reputation there.
New Irish Army
Based in Carrickfergus, Antrim began raising his army from December 1638 although it wasn't until April the following year that he formally received a commission from the King authorising him to do so. Antrim recruited his army from many of the leading Gaelic families of Ulster, but Wentworth blocked a plan to import experienced Irish mercenary officers from Europe to command them. The army was raised separately from the existing standing Irish Army, which was more heavily Protestant. The army was to consist of 5,000 infantry and 200 cavalry.
Assembling of the force took longer than expected, and by the time it was ready the First Scottish War had been ended by the Treaty of Berwick (1639). This settled relatively little and was closer to a ceasefire than a final agreement. A second war was widely expected, but Antrim had to postpone and then abandon his expedition. Nonetheless, sporadic fighting continued in western Scotland between local MacDonalds and Campbells. Antrim and Wentworth both blamed the other for the delays with the expedition.
In 1640, the Scottish situation flared up again and the Covenanter Army now launched an invasion of England. Antrim's planned expedition was revived, but this time Wentworth himself oversaw the recruitment of an 8,000-strong "New Irish Army" which assembled at Carrickfergus. Like Antrim's earlier force, the army was made up mainly of Irish Catholics. By this time the Scots had captured Newcastle, and were able to agree a favourable peace at the Treaty of Ripon before the Irish army had crossed to Scotland. This effectively left the new Covenanter government intact in Scotland, with Argyll one of its leading figures.
Antrim moved to Dublin during 1640, occasionally attending the Irish House of Lords and generally opposing the policies of Wentworth. In November 1640 Wentworth was recalled to London where he was impeached by Parliament and ultimately executed.
The future of the New Irish Army became a source of controversy once the Scottish crisis ended, as it was alleged that Charles I intended to ship them to England to enforce his will against the London Parliament with whom he was in dispute. Antrim's exact role remains controversial. He later claimed he was contacted by a messenger named Thomas Bourke, on the King's behalf, and encouraged to stop the New Irish Army from disbanding, to raise its strength to 20,000 and to equip it for operations in England. Antrim worked alongside other Irish supporters of the King such as Ormonde and Castlehaven and kept in contact with Charles. Some of the other figures Antrim worked with at the time such as Lord Enniskillen were soon to take part in the Irish Rebellion. As the King's political situation in both England and Scotland seemed to improve in 1641, the need for Irish military intervention lessened. Nonetheless, Antrim worked hard to secure support for the King in Ireland, planning to get the Irish Parliament to declare for the King against the English Parliament should fighting break out in England.
Antrim's plan to use Ireland to solve the King's English problems, was wrecked by the outbreak of the Irish Rebellion in October 1641.
The New Irish Army remained unpaid in the wake of Strafford's execution, and were waiting to be shipped abroad for foreign service.
Soon afterwards he returned to Ireland, and sought in 1641 to create a diversion, together with James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, for Charles I against the parliament. He joined in his schemes Lord Slane and Sir Phelim O'Neill, later leaders of the rebellion, but on the outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 in the autumn he dissociated himself from his allies and retired to his castle at Dunluce (now in Northern Ireland). Although Sir Phelim O'Neill announced in the Proclamation of Dungannon that he had a commission from the King that authorized the rebellion, Antrim remained broadly neutral. He assisted the besieged Protestant garrison during the Siege of Coleraine, persuading his Catholic tenants to abandon the campaign and sending supplies of food to the hard-pressed inhabitants.
His suspicious conduct, however, and his Roman Catholicism, caused him to be regarded as an enemy by the English party. In May 1642 he was captured at Dunluce Castle by the Scottish Covenanter general Robert Monro, and imprisoned at Carrickfergus. Escaping thence he joined the queen at York; and subsequently, having proceeded to Ireland to negotiate a cessation of hostilities between the English Royalists and Irish Catholic rebels, he was again captured with his papers in May 1643 and confined at Carrickfergus, thence once more escaping and making his way to Kilkenny, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic confederation.
He returned to Oxford in December with a scheme for raising 10,000 Irish for service in England and 2000 to join Montrose in Scotland, which through the influence of the duchess of Buckingham secured the consent of the king. On 26 January 1644 Antrim was elevated from Earl to Marquess of Antrim. He returned to Kilkenny in February, took the Irish Confederate oath of association, and was made a member of the council and lieutenant-general of the forces of the Catholic confederacy. The confederacy, however, giving him no support in his projects, he threw up his commission, and with Ormonde's help despatched about 1600 men under his kinsman Alasdair MacColla in June to Montrose's assistance in Scotland, sparking a Scottish civil war. Antrim subsequently returned to Oxford and was sent by the king in 1645 with letters for the queen at Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
He proceeded thence to Flanders and fitted out two frigates with military stores, which he brought to the Prince of Wales at Falmouth. He visited Cork and afterwards in July 1646 joined his troops in Scotland, with the hope of expelling Argyll from Kintyre; but he was obliged to retire by order of the king, and returning to Ireland threw himself into the intrigues between the various factions.
In 1647 he was appointed with two others by the Irish confederacy to negotiate a treaty with the Prince of Wales in France, and though he anticipated his companions by starting a week before them, he failed to secure the coveted lord-lieutenancy, which was confirmed to Ormonde. He now ceased to support the Roman Catholics or the king's cause; opposed the treaty between Ormonde and the confederates; supported the project of union between O'Neill and the parliament; and in 1649 entered into communications with Cromwell, for whom he performed various services during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, though there appears no authority to support Carte's story that Antrim was the author of a forged agreement for the betrayal of the king's army by Lord Inchiquin (Calendar State Papers Ireland, 1660–1662, pp. 294, 217; Cal. of Clarendon St. Pap., ii. 69, and Gardiner's Commonwealth, i. 153). Subsequently, he joined Ireton, and was present at the Siege of Carlow.
Following the Restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660, Antrim went to London to demonstrate his loyalty to the King. Before being able to meet Charles, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, accused of collaboration with Cromwell and the English Republicans. Antrim was excluded from the Indemnity and Oblivion Act, which offered a pardon for offences that might have been committed during the previous two decades. His long-standing rival Argyll also came to London to swear his loyalty to Charles, and was likewise imprisoned before being taken back to Scotland, tried and executed for treason.
From July 1660 until May 1661 Antrim remained in the Tower. He was investigated by the new Royalist authorities for several offences, particularly allegations that he had taken part in the 1641 Irish Rebellion and that he had publicly suggested Charles I had secret involvement with the rising. He was also accused of a variety of other crimes including specific charges of his dealings with Ireton and other Republican officers during the Irish campaigns. Although all but the first of these accusations were essentially true, Antrim was eventually released without being charged.
Despite being cleared, he still faced serious battles to recover his Irish estates. He had to prove that he was innocent of any involvement in the Irish rebellion.
Subsequently, being called before the lords justices in Ireland, In 1663 he succeeded, despite Ormonde's opposition, in securing a decree of innocence from the commissioners of claims. This raised an outcry from the adventurers who had been put in possession of his lands, and who procured a fresh trial; but Antrim appealed to the king, and through the influence of the queen mother obtained a pardon, his estates being restored to him by the Irish Act of Explanation in 1665
Antrim was described by Clarendon as "of handsome appearance but of excessive pride and vanity and of a marvellous weak and narrow understanding." He married secondly Rose, daughter of Sir Henry O'Neill, but had no children, being succeeded in the earldom by his brother Alexander, 3rd Earl of Antrim.
Death and timeline
Lord Antrim died on 3 February 1683. He had married twice but both marriages were childless. The marquessate became extinct and Randal was therefore the first and last Marquess of Antrim of the 1645 creation. His brother Alexander succeeded him in the earldom as the 3rd Earl of Antrim.
|0||1609, 9 Jun||Born, probably at Dunluce Castle.|
|8||1618, 28 May||His father created Viscount Dunluce.|
|11||1620, 12 Dec||Becomes Viscount Dunluce, as his father is created Earl of Antrim.|
|15||1625, 27 Mar||Accession of King Charles I, replacing King James I.|
|26||1635||He married Katherine Villiers, the widow of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham.|
|27||1636, 10 Dec||He succeeded his father as the 2nd Earl of Antrim'.|
|33||1642||Is surprised by Monroe at Dunluce and taken prisoner.|
|35||1645, 26 Jan||He was created Marquess of Antrim.|
|39||1649, 30 Jan||King Charles I beheaded.|
|73||1683, 3 Feb||Died childless, and was succeeded by his brother as the 3rd Earl.|
- In the Dictionary of National Biography (DNB), Dunlop (1898) claims that Alice is a daughter of Hugh's fourth wife, but this seems impossible as her birth date falls into the time of Hugh's second marriage. In the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, an update to the DNB, Canny (2004) mentions neither Alice nor Randall MacDonnell.
- Webb 1878a, p. 310, left column, line 9: "... [Randal] is stated to have been born 9th Jube 1609."
- Lodge 1789, p. 207: "Randal, the second earl of Antrim, was born in the year 1609 ..."
- Cokayne 1910, p. 174, line 16: "RANDAL MAC SORLEY MAC DONNELL of Dunluce, co. Antrim, 2nd but 1st surv.s. and h. of Sorley Boy MAC DONNELL, Lord of the Route ..."
- Cokayne 1910, p. 174, line 21: "He was knighted, 13 May 1602 by the Lord Deputy Mountjoy ..."
- Webb 1878b, p. 416, right column, line 23: as quoted
- Webb 1878b, p. [ 416, right column, line 20]: "Hugh's daughter Alice, born in 1583, married Sir Randal MacDonnell (1st Earl of Antrim)."
- Cokayne 1910, p. 174, line 34: "[Alice] was living 19 Aug. 1663, and then aged 80."
- Cokayne 1910, p. 174, line 29: "He [the 1st Earl] m. 1604 Alice, da. of Hugh (O'NEILL), EARL OF TYRONE [I.] by his 2nd wife, Johanna, da. of Hugh McManus O'DONNELL"
- Dunlop 1898, p. 196, right column, line 4: "She [Hugh's 4th wife] was the mother of ... several daughters, one of whom married Sir Randal MacDonnell, first earl of Antrim ..."
- Canny 2004, p. 839, left column, line 19: "Dungannon [i.e. Hugh] formed further strategic alliances within Gaelic Ulster by negotiating marriages for ... his various daughters ..."
- Meehan 1870, p. 402: "But the grand object for which this parliament met was not achieved till October 1614, when Sir John Everard ... brought in a bill for confiscating the vast territories of the fugitive earls ..."
- Burke 1949, p. 66, left column, line 30: "His Lordship [the 1st Earl] m. 1604, Alice, dau. of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, and had issue, with six daus. ..."
- Debrett 1828, p. 688, line 34: "... ALEXANDER, 3rd Earl, who d. 1699, leaving issue ..."
- Lodge 1789, p. 207, line 12: "Daughter Lady Ann, was first married to Christopher, Lord Delvin; and secondly to William Fleming, Baron of Slane ..."
- Lodge 1789, p. 207, line 15: "Lady Mary, first in 1605 to Lucas, the second Viscount Dillon; and secondly to Oliver, the sixth Lord Louth."
- Lodge 1789, p. 207, line 17: "Lady Sarah, first to Neile-Oge O'Neill of Killileagh in the county of Antrim, Esq. (son of Neile Mac-Hugh O'Neile, who, in Q.Elizabeth's wars in Ireland, was slain in the service of the Crown) by whom she had Henry O'Neile, born in 1625, and other children; secondly to Sir Charles O'Conor Sligo, Knt., who died at Sligo 14 May 1634, without issue; and thirdly to Donald Mac-Carthy More, Prince of his sept in the Province of Munster."
- Lodge 1789, p. 207, line 25: "Lady Catherine, in 1639, to Edward Plunket, of Scatlecor, Esq. son and heir to Patrick, Lord Dunsany."
- Lodge 1789, p. 207, line 27: "Lady Rose, to Colonel Gordon, who commanded a regiment in Major-General Robert Munroe's army in the North."
- Ohlmeyer 2004, p. 307: "... and six sisters (Anne, Mar, Sarah, Catherine, Rose, and Ellis)."
- Cokayne 1910, p. 174, line 23: "On 28 May 1618 he was cr. VISCOUNT DUNLUCE, co. Antrim [I.] ..."
- Cokayne 1910, p. 174, line 25: "... on 12 Dec. 1620 he [Randal McSorley] was cr. EARL OF ANTRIM [I.] ..."
- Paul 1904, p. 48, line 15: "Lucy or Lucrece, contracted by her father, when very young, to Randal, Lord Dunluce, afterwards Marquess of Antrim, but he not abiding by the contract, she never married; and by letters from Whitehall, 28 October 1627, the Earl of Antrim was ordered to pay £3000 to James, Earl of Abercorn for his son's failure to implement the contract."
- Ohlmeyer 2004, p. 307, line 27: "In the spring of 1627 as Viscount Dunluce—described as 'a tall, clean-limbed, handsome man with red hair'"
- Ohlmeyer. War of the Three Kingdoms p.28
- Ohlmeyer 2004, p. 307"Undauntedly he married in April 1635, Katharine Villiers (née Manners), duchess of Buckingham (1603?–1649) ..."
- Ohlmeyer 2012, p. 216, line 3: "The second earl of Antrim's marriage to the duke of Buckingham's widow brought him the patronage of Charles I himself, together with that of the queen and William Laud, the Archbishop of Canterbury ..."
- Ohlmeyer. War of the Three Kingdoms p.55-60
- Burke 1949, p. 66, left column, line 35: "The [1st] Earl d. 10 Dec. 1636, and was s. by his elder son ..."
- Hill 1873, p. 246, line 9: "He died at Dunluce at the 10th of December, 1636, and his body, after lying for some time in state, was buried in the vault which he had built at Bunnamairge in 1621 ... "
- Hill 1873, p. 246, line 24: "His elder son, Randal, got the baronies of Dunluce and Kilconway,"
- Hill 1873, p. 247: "His younger son, Alexander, was bequeathed the barony of Glenarm,"
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- Ohlmeyer. War of the Three Kingdoms p.33-48
- Stevenson 1981, p. 22: "The suggestion that Ireland could play a part in reducing the covenanters to obedience came first from the earl of Antrim who hoped (by thus helping the king) to regain former MacDonald lands in the Highlands and Isles that had fallen into the hands of the Campbells."
- Stevenson 1981, p. 23: "Antrim would thus command an invasion of the Western Highlands by part of the Irish army and his own MacDonald forces, which would prevent the covenanters from drawing forces from this area to the border to oppose invasion from England."
- Ohlmeyer War of the Three Kingdoms p.81–82
- Ohlmeyer War of the Three Kingdoms p.83
- Stevenson 1981, p. 24: "And it was not only Campbells who were turned against the king by the news of Antrim's invasion plan; many other Scots were appalled that the king was ready to send an army of 'Irish' papists under a Catholic commander against good protestants."
- Ohlmeyer. War of the Three Kingdoms p.82-85
- Ohlmeyer War of the Three Kingdoms. p.94
- Ohlmeyer p.96-99
- Ohlmeyer. War of the Three Kingdoms p.99
- Webb 1878a, p. 310, left column, line 32: "In 1642, on the plea that some of his tenants had been engaged in the war, Munro seised his person and plundered Dunluce."
- Gilbert 1879, p. (33): "... he [Munroe] seissed on the earle's bodie, plunders all the house, left a garrison of hise owne there, and the earle in the nature of a prisoner for some fewe weekes, and after caried his lordship to Carrigfergus, where he was close prisoner ..."
- Cokayne 1910, p. 175, line 4: "... by Royal warrant dat. at Oxford 26 Jan. 1644/5, was cr. MARQUESS OF ANTRIM [I.] ..."
- Carte 1851, p. 509: "Something must be observed to explain the affair here mentioned between Antrim and Inchiquin ..."
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Antrim, Randal MacDonnell, 1st Marquess of". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 152.
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- Hallam 1872, p. 396, line 15: "Notwithstanding the rigorous proofs nominally exacted, more of the Irish were pronounced to be innocent than the commons had expected; and the new possessors having the sway of that assembly, a clamour was rised ..."
- Debrett 1828, p. 688: "... [Randal MacDonnell] was twice married but d. without issue 3 Feb. 1682."
- Burke 1949, p. 66, left column, line 43: "He [the 1st Marquess] d. 3 Feb. 1682, when the marquessate expired, but the other honours devolved on his brother ..."
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