Finglas, Patrick (DNB00)

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Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 19
Finglas, Patrick

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FINGLAS, PATRICK (fl. 1535), Irish judge, was appointed baron of the exchequer in Ireland by Henry VIII in or before 1520, and afterwards, by patent dated at Westminster 8 May 1533, he was constituted chief justice of the king's bench in that kingdom in the place of Sir Bartholomew Dillon. He resigned the latter office in or before 1535.

He wrote 'A Breviat of the getting of Ireland, and of the Decaie of the same.' Printed in Harris's 'Hibernica,' edit. 1770, i. 79-103. It appears that the original manucript of this work is in the Public Record Office (State Papers, Henry VIII, Ireland, vol. xii. art.7). It is described in the calendar as 'An Historical Dissertation on the Conquest of Ireland, the decay of that land, and measures proposed to remedy the grievances thereof arising from the oppressions of the Irish nobility.

[Ware's Writers of Ireland (Harris), p.93; Liber Hiberniæ, ii. 30, 49; Cal. of State Papers relating to Ireland, 1509-73 (Hamilton), pp.3, 9, 14, 161.]