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    The Cromwellian conquest of Ireland

    About Cromwell Oliver Cromwell was a Huntingdon born English general and statesman. Cromwell was Chancellor of Oxford from 1650-57 and was also appointed Lord Protector of the British Isles from 1653 until 1658. The Cromwellian Conquest The first cannon was introduced to Ireland at the end of the 15th century.   Cromwell was a highly resilient member of parliament from 1640-1642. In the summer of 1649, he was sent to Ireland with two objectives: to place it firmly under English control and to superintend the confiscation the land of all ‘rebels’. In his book, The Cromwellian settlement of Ireland, John Patrick Prendergast summarised what happened next:  “As their object was…