Charles Moore, Viscount Drogheda

Moore, Charles, Viscount Drogheda (descended from Sir Edward Moore, a soldier of fortune, who came over in Elizabeth's reign), was born in 1603, and succeeded his father, the 1st Viscount, in 1627. He was in 1641 residing at his castle of Mellifont, near Drogheda, which, with the surrounding abbey lands, had been granted to his ancestors by Queen Elizabeth. On the news reaching him of the rising of the Catholic Irish, he hastened to Drogheda and put the town in a proper state of defence.

The particulars of the ensuing hostilities, in which he took a prominent part, and the raising of the siege at the end of five months, belong more properly to the notice of Sir Roger Tichborne. Viscount Drogheda had been obliged at an early period to abandon his own castle of Mellifont to the enemy. He assisted at the subsequent operations at Ardee and Navan; in August 1643 he hastened to defend Athboy against Owen Roe O'Neill; and on the 15th of the same month fell in an engagement with the Irish at Portlester ford, on the Blackwater, five miles from Trim. The present Marquis of Drogheda is his descendant.


54. Burke, Sir Bernard: Peerage and Baronetage.

216. Lodge's Peerage of Ireland, Revised and Enlarged by Mervyn Archdall. 7 vols. Dublin, 1789.