1607, in the episode known as the Flight of the Earls, Irish
leaders Hugh OíNeill, Rory OíDonnell, Cuchonacht Maguire and
their followers had departed for the continent, fearing further
losses. The government of Ireland declared their flight treasonous
and confiscated their lands. OíDohertyís rebellion
served to confirm the decision to proceed with the Plantation
British colonization of the escheated lands envisaged granting
lands to different categories of grantees. These included, Undertakers,
the chief planters, servitors, who were civil and military servants
of the crown in Ireland and natives, rewarded for their loyalty.
English and Scottish undertakers were given the responsibility
of attracting protestant settlers from their respective countries
thereby ensuring the protection of British interests.