Cecil Papers: September 1606

Pages 88-90

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 24, Addenda, 1605-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1976.

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September 1606

The Merchants of the Intercourse to the King.
[? September, 1606]. The Kings and Queens of England have hitherto exempted them by privy seal from paying subsidies. They ask for a similar privy seal and discharge from the subsidies granted by Parliament.—Undated.
⅓ p. (P. 2095.)
[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1603–10, p. 332.]
Daniel O'Doelan to the Earl of Salisbury.
[After September, 1606]. He is in the service of William Cecil, Viscount Cranborne. His father, Teig O'Doelan, was seised by right of descent from his father, Daniel O'Doelan, of the land called Camma I Dowllan at Moyfyean in the county of Roscommon, Connaught. In the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth he conveyed the property to certain feoffees for the use of petitioner and his heirs. But during the late rebellion in Ireland, and because of his extreme poverty and want, Teig O'Doelan sold the land for an insignificant sum to Thomas Dillon, deceased, (fn. 1) late Chief Justice of Connaught, whereby petitioner has been disinherited and cannot regain the property by ordinary course of justice unless favoured by Salisbury. He asks that Salisbury move the King to direct the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland to summon before them Alice, widow of Thomas Dillon, and Robert his son, as well as petitioner; to order the restitution of the land to petitioner in return for the repayment of the sum for which it was sold; and to accept a surrender by petitioner of the property and to grant him letters patent for the same upon payment of composition rent to the King, petitioner to hold it in future from the King by tenure of socage as of the King's castle of Athlone.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 1026.)
John Chambers to the Earl of Salisbury.
[After September, 1606]. He is submitting the petition on behalf of his sister Mary Chambers, wife of Edward Piers alias Hughes. At the time of the marriage between his sister and Piers, it was covenanted that the latter should assure all his lands discharged of encumbrances upon the children of the marriage. But Piers, an unstable character, was inveigled by William Hughes and Harry ap Edward into pursuing harmful courses. First, he acknowledged a fine of all his lands to Roger Salisbury, esquire, without any reason or justification. Upon petitioner's suit, Salisbury had directed Sir Richard Lewkenor, Justice of Chester, to stay that course. Secondly, he had been persuaded to acknowledge two bonds of £2000 each, one to William Hughes and Maurice Wyn alias Gethin, and the other to Harry ap Edward and Piers ap Hugh. Thirdly, he had been led to acknowledge a fine of all his lands to the use of William Hughes and his heirs for ever without even reserving any rights for himself. Fourthly, William Hughes and Harry ap Edward had persuaded Piers to mortgage a tenement, and then sell it for £100 when it was actually worth £290; enticed him to abandon his wife who was with child at the time; join them in taking away all his cattle by night, to the value of £60, and sell them at a much lower price; and caused him to proclaim publicly at the high cross on market day in the neighbouring market town that no man should relieve his wife or make any bargain with her. When the matter was taken to court at the Great Sessions held in Flintshire in June, 1606, Sir Richard Lewkenor ordered that Piers should restore all the cattle which had been carried away, and remain with his wife. Later, Sir Richard Lewkenor was informed that Piers intended to leave the country to avoid implementing the decree; he immediately ordered him to be bound over to appear at the Great Sessions in September, 1606. There it was further decreed by Sir Richard and by the other Justice of Assize, Sir Henry Townshend, that all money bonds should be cancelled, arrangements made for the maintenance of the wife and her children, and conditions laid down regarding the inheritance of the property.
Petitioner now informs Salisbury that Piers has fled from Flintshire to London, and proposes to go abroad. At the instigation of William Hughes and Harry ap Edward, he has mortgaged his lands to Roger Rogers of London. Petitioner requests that Hughes and Edward be arrested in London and bound over to appear at the next sessions in Flintshire, or that measures be taken for the relief of Piers's family and the preservation of his lands for his heirs.— Undated.
Endorsed: "The humble petition of John Chambers, gent, on the behaulfe of a pore distressed wief and her three small children oppressed by their owne father." ¾ p. (P. 541.)
[See Edwards Star Chamber Proceedings relating to Wales, James I, Flintshire, 18/16; 134/4 and 210/8.]


  • 1. Died on September 24, 1606. [See Lodge Peerage of Ireland, Vol. IV, p. 138, note.]