Pre 1800, — February 3, 2010 14:06 — 0 Comments

Mabel Bagenal

Following the death of his second wife, Joanna O’Donnell, O’Neill asked Bagenal for the hand of his sister Mabel in marriage.  This approach was repulsed with contempt …

Sir Henry had Mabel removed to live with her sister Mary at Turvey, Co. Dublin.  Mabel’s subsequent elopement and marriage to O’Neill so deepened the feud between the two men that she became ‘the Helen of the Irish War’ (Bagwell, 3.223).  They were married in August 1591; Bagenal vainly attempted to prove that O’Neill was not properly divorced from his first wife and consistently refused to pay the

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