Sir William Taaffe

Taaffe, Sir William, of Ballymote, distinguished himself on the Government side in the O'Neill wars, and was knighted for his services at the siege of Kinsale, in 1601. In December 1602 he commanded the Irish in the Queen's pay in Carbery, and defeated a body of the enemy under "the Apostolick Vicar, Owen MacEgan," killing 140 men, including the commander. In the ensuing confiscations of the territory of the MacCarthys, Sir William "had not the least share of her Majesty's bounty." He died 9th February 1630, and was buried at Ardee.


216. Lodge's Peerage of Ireland, Revised and Enlarged by Mervyn Archdall. 7 vols. Dublin, 1789.