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George Carew, Earl of Totnes (1555-1629), Statesman
Sitter in 8 portraits
George Carew was a soldier, administrator, and antiquary noted for his service in Ireland during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Having served in Ireland from 1574, in 1586 he was appointed master of the ordnance in Ireland. He went on to become lieutenant general of the ordnance in England in 1592. In 1600 Carew was appointed president of the province of Munster, where he won the admiration of Elizabeth for his suppression of the Irish rebels under Hugh O'Neill. After the accession of Charles I in 1625, Carew was made Earl of Totnes. As an antiquary, he collected many Irish historical and genealogical materials.