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William Cole (1756 - 1653):
Landowner and soldier


William Cole was born in England but settled in County Fermanagh in 1607. He had the title of 'captain of the long boats and barges' bestowed upon him and he carried out his duties at Ballyshannon and Lough Erne. He was first Provost of Enniskillen. He was knighted in 1617 and was the first to give warning to the Lord Deputy, of the impending uprising of 1641. At this time he raised a regiment and protected Enniskillen for King Charles I. He is buried in St Michan's Church, Dublin.

Born: 7 October 1756
Died: October 1653
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