History Quiz 2.3

Put Your Brain to the Test and see if you are a Trivia Master! No peeking at the answers until you have answered all the questions! 😀


1. Why did the English King and government wish to establish plantations in Ireland
2. Explain what was meant by “The Pale”
3. Name two powerful native Irish families in the 1500’s
4. What was the very first plantation in Ireland and what was the main result?
5. What happened during the Plantation of Munster?
6. How did a large part of Ulster become available for Plantation?
7. What was the “Flight of the Earls”?
8. How was the Plantation of Ulster organised?
9. Name the Ulster Counties that were to be planted?
10. Which English King was responsible for the plantation of Ulster?
11. Explain what was meant by the term “Undertaker” during the Ulster Plantation
12. Explain what a “Servitor” was
13. Where did most of the new settlers in Ulster come from?
14. What was the main religion of a majority of the new settlers?
15. How did Londonderry get that name?
16. Name three new towns built in the 1600’s
17. How were the new towns different than older Irish towns?
18. What happened to the native Irish people as a result of the Ulster Plantation?
19. Why was the Ulster Plantation the most successful?
20. What were some of the main results of the Ulster Plantation?


1. They wanted to have people in control of Ireland that they could trust to be loyal to England. These new loyal settlers would be Protestant and would introduce English laws and the English language.

2. This was the area around and including Dublin which was the only part of Ireland in the year 1500 that was under English control.

3. The O’Neill’s and the O’Donnells.

4. This was in Laois and Offaly. They were called King’s county and Queen’s County. Two-thirds of the land was to be re-settled with people from England. However the plantation was a failure because no settlers came from England and only eighty planters who were Englishmen born in Ireland actually came. This number proved to be too small.

5. The Earl of Desmond who owned most of Munster had just been defeated in a war. He was punished by the loss of his lands. The land was surveyed and mapped. It was divided into 36 estates. These estates were then to be given at low rents to people from England. However not enough people came and there was war between the Irish and the new settlers.

6. The two most powerful Gaelic chiefs, O’Neill and O’Donnell fled from Ireland which meant that a large part of Ulster was without strong leadership. The English King saw this as a good opportunity and he seized their lands and made plans to place new loyal settlers in Ulster.

7. This was when O’Neill and O’Donnell fled from Lough Swilly in Ulster to Europe in the year 1607.

8. The land was to be divided among three main groups: Undertakers, Servitors and Deserving Irish.

9. Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Cavan and Armagh.

10. King James I of England.

11. Undertakers were planters who were given very large Estates by the King. They had to take over at least TEN families. They were not allowed any Irish tenants. They had to build a stone castle with a barn.

12. Servitors were former soldiers in the English army who were owed money. They were also given land in Ulster.

13. Most came from the Lowlands of Scotland.

14. Majority were members of the Presbyterian church.

15. The city of Londonderry which was renamed after London merchants came to settle there.

16. Draperstown, Coleraine and Strabane.

17. These new towns such as Draperstown were carefully planned. They had a central Square or Diamond such as in Donegal Town today. The streets were wide and straight. All the main buildings were in the central area and included a Courthouse, a Jail, a Market house and a Protestant Church.

18. Many had their land confiscated from them and it was given to the new settlers. Some of the native-Irish became tenants on the estates of the new settlers from Scotland and England. However, others were forced to move away and they often led attacks on the new settlers.

19. Because more people from England and Scotland did come and they stayed. It also helped of course that Ulster was close physically to Scotland. Also a greater mixture of people came, farmers, tradesmen, former soldiers, ministers of religion etc.

20. Large numbers of people from Scotland and England moved to live in Ulster.

  • Around 40,000 people came
  • All were Protestants
  • Most Scottish were Presbyterian
  • Most English were Anglican
  • Planters brought new farming methods
  • Cleared many forest
  • Grew huge amount of crops
  • Flax grown for first time
  • Potatoes grown for first time
  • Over 20 new towns created
  • Towns were carefully planned
  • Donegal town and Enniskillen good examples
  • Each town had a church, courthouse, townhall
  • New and better roads built
  • Great bitterness created between settlers and Irish

So how did you do? Don’t worry if you didn’t get them all right…come back later and try again. If you like, why not try out other quizzes on this site!


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