Manorhamilton and District Historical Society will launch “The Life and Times of Sir Frederick Hamilton, 1590-1647” by noted local historian Dominic Rooney in the grounds of Manorhamilton Castle on this Friday evening, September 13 at 6.30pm.
Dominic’s new book will be launched by Professor Raymond Gillespie, Department of History NUI Maynooth. Everybody is cordially invited to attend this historic occasion.
The book tells the story of Hamilton, a nobleman from Paisley near Glasgow and a distant relative of King James (Stuart) I of England, from his youth in Scotland to his time at the English court, the twenty-one years he spent in North Leitrim, his involvement in the Thirty Years War in Germany, his quest for the governorship of both Sligo and Derry, his switch of loyalties from the king to the Scottish covenanters and English parliament, right up to his unexpected death at the age of fifty-seven back in Scotland.
Sir Frederick Hamilton founded the town of Manorhamilton in the mid 1630s and built an impressive castle there – the ruins of which are still very imposing today at the top of Castle Street.
He successfully withstood the attacks of the Irish during the 1641 Rebellion and waged a relentless counter-offensive against the rebels of Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan and Donegal. He burned the towns of Sligo and Ballymote in retaliation for the destruction by the rebels of Manorhamilton town in January 1642.