Patrick Sarsfield (d. 1693)

Sarsfield rose to fame as an Irish soldier in the army of the Catholic King of England James II. In 1688 James was replaced as King by William the Protestant Prince of Orange and ruler of the Netherlands at the request of political and religious leaders in England.

In 1689 James accompanied by Sarsfield came to Ireland to enlist Irish support for regaining the English crown. A year later Sarsfield commanded the cavaly at the Battle of the Boyne only to see James finally renounce his claim to the throne in the face of defeat.

The Irish army however, lead by Sarsfield continued to resist the Williamites and successfully defended Limerick after blowing up a convoy of guns and supplies. For Sarsfield was created the Earl of Lucan. Defeat came at the Battle of Gughrim in 1691 and for the second time he defended Limerick, this time withour success. The war ended upon his surrender.