Today in Irish History – 16 November:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1272 – Henry III dies; his son Edward I, who has been Lord of Ireland since 1254, succeeds him.

1688 – Goodwife “Goody” Ann Glover is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, accused of witchcraft.

1745 – Death of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde KG. He was an Irish statesman and soldier. He was the third of the Kilcash branch of the family to inherit the earldom of Ormonde. Like his grandfather the 1st Duke, he was raised as a Protestant, unlike his extended family who held to the old religion.

1753 – Birth of James McHenry in Co Antrim. He was an early American statesman and a signatory of the United States Constitution from Maryland and the namesake of Fort McHenry. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Maryland, and the third United States Secretary of War (1796-1800), under the first and second presidents, George Washington,(administration: 1789-1797) and…

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