Young prince in Tower was Lord of Carlow

King Richard III of England was reburied in Leicester Cathedral this week. Richard III remains the key suspect in the Murder of The Young Princes in the Tower in 1483.

What makes this story even more interesting is that younger of the Princes in the Tower was actually the Viceroy of Ireland and The Lord of Carlow at the time of his mysterious disappearance and death whilst in the custody of his Uncle Richard Duke of Gloucester who would become Richard III.

I’ve uncovered an 1865 Dublin publication “History of the Viceroys of Ireland” by renowned Victorian librarian of the Royal Irish Academy and author Sir John Gilbert.

This highlights clearly that the young Prince Richard — Duke of York had titled connections to Ireland and Carlow. Gilbert informs us that “After the death of the infant Prince George, in 1479, Edward IV conferred the Viceroyalty of Ireland on his second son, Richard, Duke of York. This boy, by marriage with Anne Mowbray, acquired the nominal Lordship of Carlow....”

Paul Horan

Asst Professor

Trinity College Dublin

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