Sir Ralph Bingley was a Welsh soldier who served and settled in Ireland. Born in Hawarden in Flintshire, Bingley served as an officer under Sir Henry Docwra, as part of the expedition to establish garrisons in Derry and the Lough Foyle during Tyrone's Rebellion (1594-1603). Following its capture, Bingley was placed in command of Rathmullan. In 1602 he was granted land near Rathmullan by the Crown as a reward for his services. In the Plantation of Ulster he was granted 1,100 acres in Kilmacrennan, including the town of Rathmullan. His brother Richard Bingley also served in Ireland and became a landowner in the Plantation, with northern County Donegal becoming a centre of Welsh settlement due to the influence of the brothers. (Morgan p. 81) During O'Doherty's Rebellion of 1608 he returned to active service with the Irish Army, following the Burning of Derry.(Morgan p. 38) In 1624 he was elected Mayor of Derry. (Morgan p. 99) He was a strong supporter of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (Morgan p. 68) and led a force of Irish troops to serve under him at the Siege of La Rochelle. He was killed during the battle of the Pont du Feneau.
Ralph may also have been of Broughton, Cheshire, Wales. He was the second of three brothers (William and Richard) of Hawarden and likely a descendent of John Bingley, the Earl of Derby's bailiff of Hawarden in 1474.
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