William Parsons (c.1570 - c.1650):
William Parsons came from England and in 1602 was appointed Surveyor-General. Between 1610 and 1620 he acted as Commissioner of Plantations and was largely responsible for implementing the scheme for the plantation of Ulster. He obtained for himself a thousand acres of land in County Tyrone, as well as vast tracts in County Wexford and County Leitrim. In 1640 he became Lord Justice. In 1643 he was relieved of his office because he opposed conciliation and in 1648 he returned to England.