- 3rd April 1606)
Charles Blount was an English
nobleman who served as Lord Deputy of Ireland under Queen Elizabeth
I and after her death on 22nd March 1603, as Lord Lieutenant under
James I. Charles social position and youthful good looks he soon
found favour at the court of Elizabeth I, this led him into conflict
with Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, to the extent
that the two men fought a duel obviously both survived as afterwards
they became friends.
Between 1586 and 1598 Charles spent a lot of time
on the continent, serving in the Netherlands and in Brittany. He
joined Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh in their expedition to the Azores
in 1597, along with his distant cousin, Sir Christopher Blount (1565–1601).
(Sir Christopher had married Essex's mother, Lettice Knollys, the
Countess of Essex, and he was afterwards executed for complicity
in Essex's treason.