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Re: 16th Century Shields

Postby kevin714 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:35 am

I know he wrote some posts on the Irish Arms and Amour thread on myArmoury. He's an encyclopedia when it comes to 16th century Ireland.
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Re: 16th Century Shields

Postby finnobreanan on Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:29 pm

Bob Gresh is a founding member of our 16th Century Irish Living History group, Caislean na Cnamha, here in the states. Check us out on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/149467801819891/
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Re: 16th Century Shields

Postby kevin714 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:37 pm

This account is from "A Booke of Questions and Answers concerning the Warrs or Rebellions of the Kingdome of Irelande" by Hiram Morgan. The introduction says that it was most likely written by Captain Nicholas Dawtrey in 1597. He was an eyewitness who served in Ireland. The introduction also says that he had not been in Ireland for 12 years at this time but he is discussing the current forces of the Irish in the Nine Years War. So this account is accurate to at least 1585 but possibly later. That date is after Derrickes images so it also validates his work as credible. It also validates the use of an "Irish Targe" for both horsemen and kern(together with the historical examples we have in the O'Donovan and Bell targes). Looks to be overwhelming evidence to me of Irish Horsemen using shields in the late 16th century.
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Re: 16th Century Shields

Postby Stephen Curtin on Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:29 am

Thanks again for the source material Kevin, this is a great find.
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Re: 16th Century Shields

Postby finnobreanan on Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:32 pm

What a great reference with detailed information! Where did you find "A Booke of Questions and Answers concerning the Warrs or Rebellions of the Kingdome of Irelande"? I would like to print the posted section out.
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