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Sir Henry Bagenal (c. 1556 – 14 August 1598) was marshal of the army in Ireland during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Bagenal probably matriculated from Jesus College, Oxfordmarker when he was 16 (in 1572 or 1573), but left without taking a degree in order to join his father (Sir Nicholas Bagenal), who was marshal of the army in Ireland. In May 1577, Sir Nicholas was appointed chief commissioner of Ulster, with Henry as his assistant. Bagenal was himself knighted in 1578. He was involved in some military disasters, such as a defeat at Glenmalure on 25 August 1580 when Lord Grey led the troops (with Bagenal one of the commanders of the rear) into battle with Fiach McHugh O'Byrne and Viscount Baltinglass in the Wicklowmarker mountain passes. In 1584, Bagenal was colonel of the garrison at Carrickfergusmarker when 1,300 of Sorley Boy MacDonnell's Scots landed on Rathlin Islandmarker. Bagenal attacked but was ambushed at Glenarmmarker and had to retreat.

In May 1586, Bagenal was sent by his father to the court to report. He sought measures to weaken Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone, an enhancement of the role of the marshal, and a presidency in Ulster with a shire hall and jail to dispense royal justice. Whilst on his visit, he wrote to Edward Manners, 3rd Earl of Rutland (a relative of his wife) on 16 September 1586 to ask whether he had a parliamentary borough to spare; he was elected MP for both Granthammarker and Angleseymarker and chose the latter. He returned to Ireland in September 1587 to deputize for his father. He succeeded his father as marshal of the army in Ireland and chief commissioner for Ulster in October 1590, and was sworn of the Privy Council. His proposals for action were not accepted, as a decision had been taken to adopt a conciliatory attempt to O'Neill. To Bagenal's contempt, O'Neill asked for the hand of Bagenal's sister in marriage; he refused, but they eloped anyway.

In May 1595, Bagenal led an army of 1,750 to relieve the garrison at Monaghanmarker. His forces were attacked by O'Neill and sustained heavy losses. Bagenal was forced to withdraw to Newrymarker and had to be resupplied by sea as O'Neill had blocked the Moyry Pass. Bagenal managed to resupply the Armagh garrison in December 1598 and June 1597, but had more difficulty in resupplying a fort on the Blackwater. In an attempt to do so, he was mortally wounded by O'Neill's forces during Battle of the Yellow Ford.


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