Richard Moryson (1571 - 1628):
Soldier and politician
Richard Moryson came to Ireland in 1599 as a soldier in the English army and was knighted. He was Governor of Dundalk and then of Lecale, County Down. He fought in the campaign against Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone. In 1604 he was appointed Governor of Waterford and Wexford, and in 1609 Vice-President of Munster. He proposed the transportation to Virginia of Irish pirates. In 1613 he was elected member of parliament for Bandon, but returned to England when he was not appointed President of Munster. He be-came Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance in England from 1616 to 1628. In 1621 he was member of parliament for Leicester.