31 December – The Gunner and a bishop who angered Queen Elizabeth I

| December 31, 2021

31 December – The Gunner and a bishop who angered Queen Elizabeth I

On this day in Tudor history, 31st December 1535, in the reign of Henry VIII, Sir William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland, died at Kilmainham in Dublin. Skeffington had become known as “the Gunner” following his use of heavy artillery while taking Maynooth Castle in County Kildare, where he killed, or had executed, the whole […]