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by Steven Morrison
In 1607, the Crown undertook a scheme to entice British settlement within the Irish province of Ulster. New colonies of English and Scots settlers were to be strategically placed on lands that until then had belonged to Irish lords. While previous British settlements within Leinster and Munster by previous English monarchs had only limited success, John Taylor, a gentleman of Cambridgeshire, became the first to collect his assigned lands in what was called the Ulster Plantation.1 His grant of 1,500 acres was located within the parish of Castleterra in the heart of County Cavan