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erkin Warberk was from Tournai in Flanders who arrived in Cork late in 1491. When he arrived in Cork he was dressed in the finest clothes, supplied by his master a silk trader, working as a walking advertisement. The locals, seeing him dressed so well, assumed he must be of royal birth and declared that he was Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, the younger brother of Edward V both of whom had disappeared in suspicious circumstances in 1483 from the Tower of London just after Richard III became King of England.
At some point the young king Edward V and his brother Richard disappeared. Whether they were murdered in the Tower of London and by whom is not known, but they were not seen of again. Later, in 1491, a man called Perkin Warbeck appeared in Ireland and claims were made that he was really Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, one of the princes.
The peace treaty signed by Charles VIII and Henry VII. Charles agreed not to support Perkin Warbeck and Henry agreed not pursue his claim to the French throne. Charles also had to pay Henry a large sum of money to be paid over several years.
Perkin Warbeck and an invasion force of around 200 to 300 men approached England at Deal on the south coast. Warbeck did not get off his ship but his small army did. The local people did not accept Warbeck's claims and turned on his army killing many and taking the rest prisoner. The invasion had been financed by Maximilian, the Holy Roman Emporer. Warbeck then turned his attention to Ireland.
Warbeck arrived in Scotland near the end of November and was greeted by the Scottish king James IV. The king gave the pretender money and arranged a marriage to Lady Catherine Gordon, daughter of the earl of Huntley.