Sir William Drury(1527-1579), Soldier
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Drury embarked on a military career during King Henry VIII's invasion of France in 1544. He acted on diplomatic missions for Queen Mary, but attained greater responsibility under Queen Elizabeth I. He was sent to Edinburgh in 1559 where he provided a link between the Elizabethan regime and the Scottish lords. A close observer of the affairs of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1570 he marched with an army into Scotland to intervene in the civil war between camps of the deposed Queen and her infant son, James VI. In 1576 he was appointed President of Munster, south of Ireland and two years later he became Lord Justice to the Irish Council.