In August Sir Alexander Radcliffe, of Ordsal, was slain when Tyrone defeated the English forces at Cunley Hills. Sir Alexander was knighted at the sack of Cadiz, 20th June, 1596. His bravery is mentioned by Sir John Harrington. Margaret Radcliffe was a favourite maid of honour of Queen Elizabeth, and sorrow for the death of her brother shortened her life, which ended 10th November. Another sister, Anne, died soon after at the age of 18.(7)
Edmund and Thomas Radcliffe, twin sons of Sir John Radcliffe, of Ordsal, died of fever whilst on military service in Flanders.(7)
On raising men to suppress the rebellion in Ireland, the magistracy of Manchester were cautioned not to send any vagabonds or disorderly persons, but young men of good character, who were well skilled in the use of the hand-gun.