Paul Cudmore (abt 1614 – abt 1700) was a lawyer who came to Ireland with Cromwell’s army in the regiment of Colonel Phaire. Paul’s future father-in-law, Captain Michael Gale (died 1681), was a member of the same regiment.
Cudmore married Anne Gale in 1655 becoming the son-in-law of Captain Michael Gale.
Paul was admitted to the King’s Inns in Ireland 28 January 1657. He was described as Paul Cudmore Esq. I could not find a record of him having been admitted to one of the London Inns. Paul Cudmore practiced as a solicitor and in the 1680s served in that capacity to Colonel Phaire at the time of his death in 1682.
In 1663 Paul Cudmore and Michael Gale were implicated in a plot to overthrow the new King. Cudmore and Gale were named in a deposition sent on 26 June 1663 by Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery to King Charles II informing the King of a plot to overthrow the government.
Orrery wrote, “The four mentioned in his enclosed deposition were officers who served under Phaier.” Orrery imprisoned Paul Cudmore, Gale, the two other men, and Colonel Phaire. The deposition stated :
On 31 July 1663 James Butler, Duke of Ormond, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, ordered Phaire’s release. In 1660 Ormond had played a part in Phaire’s acquittal of the charge of regicide. Presumably Paul Cudmore and Michael Gale were released at the same time.
Although the Earl of Orrery referred to Paul Cudmore as an army officer under Phaire, only two of the men he named were given an army rank. It is likely that Cudmore served Phaire in an administrative rather than a military role.
Paul Cudmore is mentioned in the Dublin Assembly Roll of 1669-70 as supplying timber for the hospital on Oxmantowne Green.
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