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George Clarke, 1661-1736

George Clarke fonds. - 1690-1691. - 50 items.

George Clarke was the son of Sir William Clarke, England’s first Secretary at War (1661-1666), and his wife Dorothy. George himself became the fourth Secretary at War sometime before March 1690. The Battle of the Boyne took place in July of that year. He held an estate at Kilkenny in Ireland.

Fonds consists of 50 items, most of which are letters to Clarke concerning military matters falling under his control as Secretary at War. Several of the letters were sent to Clarke from Mullingar, where the English army established a military depot in 1690, and were received in various places as he moved through the countryside: at Dublin (Mar. 1690); Limerick (Aug. 1690); Cashells (Sept. 1690); Dublin (Nov. 1690); Clonmel (Dec. 1690); Kilkenny (Dec. 1960). Other letters concern Clarke’s personal affairs, with letters from his mother (who nonetheless also informed her son of military matters, as her husband had also been Secretary at War) and from the women who managed his manor at Kilkenny during his absence.

Title based on content of the fonds.
Fonds (34-2008) was acquired from Alexander Books in July 2008.
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Further accruals are not expected.

Last Reviewed: January 7, 2009