DIED: Huy France(then Belgium) 1st August 1693(Battle of Landen)
WARS: Williamite Wars, Flanders Wars
FAMOUS FOR: Siege of Limerick, Kidnapping Elizabeth Herbert, the widowed daughter of Lord Chandos to get her to marry him(She Refused) Giving his name to a whole host of Bridges,GAA Clubs and the Military Barracks in Limerick
Wars; Seven Years War, American War of Independence,1798 Rebellion
Famous For; Being Commander in Chief in Ireland during the 1798 Rebellion.
Notorious For; Losing the American Colonies. He surrendered Yorktown to the American Rebels in 1781, claiming to be ill on the day and sening Brigadier Charles O'Hara to surrender his sword in his place.
Michael Jones was born about 1608, the second son of Lewis Jones, a Welshman who became Bishop of Killaloe. He trained as a lawyer and was admitted to the King's Inns in Dublin in 1640 but became a soldier in the Earl of Kildare's regiment on the outbreak of the Confederate War, rising to the rank of major. As a staunch Protestant, Jones was suspicious of the King's negotiations with the Confederates and refused to fight for the Royalists when the Cessation of Arms was signed in 1643. He defected to the Parliamentarian army and served with Sir William Brereton's forces in Cheshire, participating in the siege of Chester and the battle of Rowton Heath in 1645. Jones was appointed governor of Chester after its surrender in February 1646.
In April 1647, Jones was appointed governor of Dublin and commander of Parliament's forces in Leinster. Unfortunately for Jones, when he returned to Ireland in June 1647 Dublin was in the hands of the Royalists, luckily for him, the King's lord-lieutenant, the Marquis of Ormond, preferred to surrender the city to Parliament rather than allow it to fall into the hands of the Catholic Confederates. In August, Jones marched relieve Trim, which was besieged by the Confederates under General Thomas Preston. Jones won a major victory over Preston on 8th August at Dungan's Hill, where the Confederate army of Leinster was virtually annihilated.
In October 1647, Jones co-operated with Colonel Monck, commander of Parliament's Ulster forces, in a bold campaign to drive Owen Roe O'Neill out of northern Leinster and to establish garrisons at strongpoints along the River Boyne. By the end of 1647, they had secured Leinster for Parliament. During 1648, an internal civil war broke out within the Confederacy when Archbishop Rinuccini and Owen Roe O'Neill refused to accept a truce with Lord Inchiquin. Jones negotiated a separate truce with O'Neill in August 1648 that allowed him to consolidate his control of Dublin and the Pale while the Confederates were preoccupied with their internal struggle. Jones' example of negotiating with O'Neill was followed the following year by Monck at Dundalk and Sir Charles Coote at Londonderry.
Early in 1649, the Marquis of Ormond succeeded in forming a coalition of Royalist and Confederate forces under the Second Ormond Peace. The Ulster Scots also joined the coalition after the execution of King Charles. Ormond was determined to recapture Dublin and initially attempted to persuade Jones to abandon the regicide Parliament and surrender the city. Upon Jones' refusal, Ormond besieged Dublin in June 1649. Jones conducted a vigorous defence that culminated in a spectacular victory over Ormond at the battle of Rathmines in August 1649. Jones attempted to follow up his victory by immediately marching against Drogheda but the garrison rejected his summons and he did not have enough forces to besiege or storm the town.
Jones' victory at Rathmines enabled Cromwell's army to land unopposed in Ireland in mid-August 1649. Appointed lieutenant-general to Cromwell, Jones served on the Irish campaign at the sieges of Drogheda and Wexford, where he captured Rosslare. Jones became ill on the march from the unsuccessful siege of Waterford in November 1649 and he died of fever in Dungarvan on 10th December.
Who was he? Son of Maurice Fitzjohn and Julia Mulryan of Solohead, Co. Tipperary. Nephew of the 14th Earl of Desmond and Cousin of the 15th Earl. Captain of Desmond while his Cousin was trying to talk his way out of a date with a wooden block and a headsman's axe.
Died; 18th August 1579 in a skirmish with the Burkes between Kilmallock and Thurles.
Wars; Desmond Rebellions
Famous For; Leading the Desmond Rebellion against the English and their Irish allies. Managing to land a small Spanish army in Kerry in 1579.
Notorious For; Heading off on a pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey and leaving the Spanish to get slaughtered at Dun an Oir near Smerwick.