Robert Hartpole was a soldier/settler from Kent who arrived in Ireland around 1549 and rose through the ranks of the Tudor administration to acquire extensive lands and hold the titles of Constable of Carlow Castle and Sheriff of both Carlow and Queens Counties. He also represented Queens County in Perrott’s Parliament of 1585. He is perhaps best known for his role in the Massacre at Mullaghmast. His activities between 1569 and 1571 against the Gaelic Irish on lands held by the Earl of Ormonde in County Carlow resulted in a formal complaint to the Irish Privy Council. He lived in Shrule castle in Laois and the story of his effigy after his death is a tale all itself!
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