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James I: May 1604

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James I: May 1604

246. Lord of Upper Ossory to Cecil, in behalf of one Duinne [Dunne]. [May 1.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 18.

Recommends this gentleman, Charles Duinne, son to O'Duinne, and one of the masters of His Majesty's Court of Chancery in this realm, who was no mean comfort unto him in withstanding the often combinations of Conne O'Neyll, son to the Earl of Tyrone, and the most part of Leinster rebels, as often as they assaulted and destroyed his lands and thought to come into his castles. He came in the last rebellion in this realm from his studies in Oxenford, where he continued 17 years, to persuade his neighbours not to shrink in their loyalty; with whom he much prevailed, to the advancement of his late Majesty's service. If it should stand with Cecil's liking to further his suit to His Highness, he (Upper Ossory) is persuaded that Cecil may make good use of him in this realm.— Dublin, 1 May 1604.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Endd. Add.: "Baron of Upper Ossory to Cecil."

247. A List of Names of His Majesty's Army as have entertainments in Ireland and are now in England, absent from their charges. [May 1.] S.P. Ireland, vol. 216, 19.

Horse. Foot.
The Lord Lieutenant 50 150
The Earl of Kildare 150
The Earl of Thomond 150
Lord President of Munster 50 150
Sir Richard Wingefield, Marshal 50 150
Sir Charles Willmott 150
Sir William Godolphin 50
Sir Henry Harrington 25
Sir Samuel Bagnall 150
Sir Oliver Saint John 150
Sir Thomas Roper 100
Sir John Jephson 50
Sir Francis Rushe 150
Sir William Windsor 100
Capt. Josias Bodley 100
Capt. Henry Berkeley 100
Capt. John Sidney 100

Signed: Sir Anthony St. Leger, Mr of the Rolls.—1 May 1604.

P. 1. Endd.

248. Sir C. Wilmott's Petition to the Council. S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 19 A.

Prays to have payment of 1,200l. due to him, or a grant of a payment of 20s. a day as an equivalent. (Probably in 1604, and certainly before 1 April 1605, in the establishment of which date he appears as a pensioner of 200l. per ann.)

P. 1

249. Sir George Carey, Lord Deputy, to Charles Calthorp, Esq., Attorney-General, or Sir John Davys, Solicitor-General. [May 2.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 128.

Warrant for a fiant of the King's free and general pardon (murder, coining, and treason against the King's person excepted) unto the persons under-named, being in number 28, Dermott M'Morish Kavanagh, of the Knockengarron, the first of the list; with the usual provisoes of putting in sureties, and that it shall not extend to any in prison or upon bail, nor to defendants in the Court of Castle Chamber, nor to the inhabitants of cities or corporate towns, nor to debts or fees due to the King, nor to any that have been pardoned since the Deputy took the government of Ireland.—Leixlip, 2 May 1604.

Pp. 1½. Original.

250. Warrant to the Lord Deputy and Treasurer at Wars. [May 4.] Docquet Book, May 4.

Letter to the Lord Deputy and Treasurer at Wars, to detain in his own hand 2,259l. 5s. 3d. half farthing, out of the money sent into Ireland; and to receive plenary allowance, upon determination of his accounts now to be yielded, of all such sums as for relief of poor distressed servitors and others he hath out of commiseration supplied out of his own estate.

251. Warrant for Pension of 18d. a day to John Ugan. [May 4.] Docquet Book, s. d.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy of Ireland, for a pension of 18d. sterling, by the day, for John Ugan, a maimed soldier, during life.

[Recorded with other pensions by Erck, Calendar, p. 126.]

252. Warrant for Pension of 250l. to Sir Charles Wilmot, Knt. [May 4.] Docquet Book, s. d.

A pension of 250l. sterling by year (which is 333l. 6s. 8d. Irish) for Sir Chas. Wilmot, Knt., during his life, in regard of his service done in Ireland, and for satisfaction of debts due to him by the late Queen, to be paid by the Treasurer at Wars.

253. Grant of Secretaryship of Ireland to Sir Geoffrey Fenton, Knt. [May 6.] Ind. Warrant Book, p. 41.

Grant to Sir Geoffrey Fenton of the office of secretary of Ireland for life.

254. Grant to Sir Henry Maynard. [May 6.] Ind. Warrant Book, p. 59.

Grant to Sir Henry Maynard of the office of muster master of Ireland for life.

255. Commission for H.M.S. "Tramontana." [May 10.] Add. Papers, Ireland.

Privy Seal for the employment of the ship "Tramontana," in the King's service, upon the coast of Ireland, from 1st January last until the last day of December following; being a new Privy Seal, the former extending to three ships, the Tremontane, the Merlion pinnace, and a merchant ship. In all else this agreeth in substance with the former Privy Seal, signed Wm. Skynner.

Memorandum addressed to Sir Thos. Lake, for the ingrossing of the same for the King's signature, being for his especial service.—10 May 1604.

Signed: T. Dorset.

1 broad sheet. Endd.: "May 1604. Draught of a newPrivy Seal for Ireland."

256. Licence for Sir Edw. Blount and William Britten to export linen yarn. [May 12.] Docquet Book, May 12.

Letter to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, for licence to transport 1,200 packs of linen yarn into England within seven years, for Sir Edw. Blount, Knt., and William Britten, gent., paying a yearly rent of 100l.

257. The King to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy. [May 12.] Docquet Book, s. d.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy of Ireland, for a grant to Sir Henry Bruncker, Knt., of so much of His Majesty's manors, castles, lands, tenements, &c. as shall amount to the yearly value of 100 marks sterling.

258. To Officers of Ports in Ireland. [May 12.] Docquet Book, s. d.

Letters to the officers of the ports in Ireland, to take care that no yarn be transported but upon His Majesty's licence.

259. The King to the Earl of Devonshire, and in his absence to Sir George Carey. [May 13.] Philad. P., vol. 1. p. 39.

In consideration of the services done by Donatus Earl of Thomond to Queen Elizabeth, deceased, the Deputy is to accept a surrender from the said Earl to the King's use in fee, of the manors of Galbally, Atherloe, and Dungroff, and of the abbey and parsonage of Galbally, in the province of Munster, then in lease to Myles Roche and John Burgat for 21 years, at a rent of 100l. per year, subject to the said lease, they paying said rent to the King's use at the Exchequer; or of a surrender of any other lands of fee simple of 100l. yearly value. And thereupon, that there be passed to the said Earl an estate in fee simple, for ever, of the manor of Catherlogh, being of the yearly rent of 23l. 3s. 1d. (reserving and excepting out of said grant the castle of Catherlogh), and so much other land, &c. as, at the ancient rents, shall amount, together with the said manor of Catherlogh, to the value of 100l. per ann., in free and common soccage as of the castle of Dublin; to be held of the King. The said Earl and his son and the longer liver of them to have the constableship of the said castle of Catherlogh, with all such entertainments as Robert and William Harpoole lately enjoyed the same.—Nonsuch, 12 May 1604.

Pp. Add. Endd.

The Docquet of this letter is dated 18 May 1604.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, p. 138.]

260. Lord Deputy's Warrant to Attorney-General. [May 15.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 129.

Warrant to draw a fiant of pardon for 22 persons, chiefly of the county of Dublin, James Wolverstone, of Stillorgan, in the county of Dublin, the first of the list.—Leixlip, 15 May 1604.

Pp. 2. Original.

261. Exchequer Warrant for Sir George Carey. [May 16.] Docquet Book, May 16.

Warrant to the Exchequer, to pay to Sir George Carey, Treasurer at Wars and Master of the late Exchange, all such sums of money as six of the Privy Council shall appoint for satisfaction of servitors and merchants, upon bills of exchange due in the late Queen's time or since, before the last of September last, when the said exchange was dissolved.

262. Letter and draft of warrant for a licence to Sir Edward Blunt, Knight, and William Brytton, gentleman, to transport 1,200 packs of Irish yarn yearly for ten years into England; they having compounded with James Hamilton, who had obtained the same licence by letters, dated Wilton, 1st November 1603.—16 May 1604. [May 16.] Add. Papers, Ireland.

P. 1. Draft of warrant, not signed or sealed. Endd.: "Warrant for a letter to the L. Deputy for James Hamilton, 16 May 1604."

263. Warrant to Sir Robt. Mansett. [May 18.] Docquet Book, May 18.

Warrant to the Exchequer, to pay to Sir Robt. Mansett, Treasurer of the Navy, the sum of 766l. 10s. for charge of the Tramontana, serving on the coast of Ireland, for one whole year.

264. Exchequer Warrant for Ury Babington and Robt. Bromley. [May 18.] Docquet Book, s. d.

Warrant to the Exchequer to pay Ury Babington and Robt. Bromley, for providing apparel for the footmen and officers serving in Ireland.

265. Patent to Sir Edward Blount and William Britten. [May 18.] Docquet Book, s. d.

Letter to the Lord Deputy, to insert in the letters patents granted to Sir Edward Blount and Wm. Britten, for transporting 1,200 packs of yarn yearly for ten years, other 1,200 packs granted by former warrant to James Hamilton.

[Erck's Calendar, p. 101–2.]

266. Deputy and Council of Ireland to the Lords [of Council], in answer of their letters of 25th January, for a learned ministry to be planted in Ireland. [May 20.] S.P. Ireland, vol. 216, 20.

In answer to the Lords of the Council's letters of the 24th of January last, conveying the King's desire to have a zealous and learned ministry planted here, they have called before them the best affected bishops of this land and sundry other both godly and zealous ministers; as namely, besides us, the Lord Chancellor and Lord of Meath, the Lord Primate, the Bishops of Killmore and Fernes, the deans of Christchurch, St. Patrick's, Lymerick, and Cork, Mr. Doctor Challoner, Mr. Philip Worth, and others, that might with best convenience be got together. With them they have conferred, and out of their opinions have collected sundry briefs, which they present to the Lords, together with some certificates of the bishops of the value of the church livings, with the name of the incumbent and donator, which they have delivered on their credits to be true. And for the planting of a learned ministry in this land, they conceive it most requisite, first that there be a supplantation of the swarms of titulary bishops, seminaries, Jesuits, priests, and friars: for, except they be banished the land and their relievers punished, it will be over hard to plant a learned ministry, the people are so carried away with the enticements of this rabble. This (in the opinions of the Lord Deputy and Council) may easily be effected while His Majesty's army continues at this strength, especially in the English Pale, and the civil countries that are under good government. All which they submit, &c. —Leixlipp, 20 May 1604.

Pp. 2. Signed. Sealed. Endd.: "L. Deputy and Counsel to the Lls. of the Counsel in England."

267. Certificate of the Diocese of Dublin.S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 20 I.

A catalogue of certain ecclesiastical livings, dignities, and prebends in the diocese of Dublin, which exceed the yearly value of 30l. sterling; together with the names of the several incumbents, how they are qualified, and of what sufficiency they be; and also the patrons of the said ecclesiastical livings.

The Church. The Incumbent. The Patron.
The deanery of Christchurch, having four rectories annexed unto it, value per ann. 150l. Mr. Whater, (fn. 1) one of His Majesty's chaplains, a minister and grave preacher is incumbent. The King's Majesty, patron.
The prebend of St. Merchans [Michan's], in Christchurch, value per ann. 30l. sterling. Meredeth Hanmer, a doctor of divinity, minister, and learned preacher, incumbent. The Dean and Chapter of Christchurch, patrons.
The deanery of St. Patrick's, with five rectories annexed, valet per ann. 300l. sterling. Mr. John Ryder, a master of arts, a minister and preacher, incumbent. This deanery is elective by the chapter, and Mr. Ryder obtained it by letters from Her late Majesty.
The chauntership of St. Patrick's, with two rectories annexed, valet per ann. 40l. sterling; for it is so leased to the late Earl of Leicester by Her late Majesty's special direction. Sir Arthur Atie [Athie], (fn. 2) Knt., by special letters from Her late Majesty, was preferred to this dignity and qualified to hold it. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The chauntership of St. Patrick's, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 120l. sterling. I, the Archbishop, do hold this dignity by a special command from Her late Majesty, and in this rectory I have placed a master of arts to minister, and a preacher named Mr. King, to serve the church and instruct the people. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The treasurership of St. Patrick's, with two rectories annexed, value per ann. 120l. sterling. Mr. Daniell, a master of art, minister and preacher, now in England, and upon special occasion for this college. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The archdeaconry of Dublin, with four churches annexed, valet per ann. 120l. sterling. The primate of Ardmaghe, by Her late Majesty's special letters, holds this living in commendam. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The archdeaconry of Clondelaughe [Glendalough], with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 45l. sterling. Mr. Adam Loftus, an ancient master of arts, professor of the civil law and vicar general to me, the Archbishop, keeping a sufficient minister to serve in the same rectory. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Kilmatallwey [Kilmactalwey], with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 40l. sterling. Mr. Barnaby Bolger, a master of art, a minister and preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Swordes, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 30l. sterling; leased with that reservation by Her late Majesty's letters of commandment to Sir William Fitz Williams, Knight, late Lord Deputy of this land. Mr. William Pratt, a master of art, a minister and a preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of St. Audwins [Audoen's], with one parish church in Dublin annexed, valet per ann. 30l. sterling. Mr. Richardson, a master of art, a minister, and a godly preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Wickloe, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 30l. sterling; leased with that reservation to Edward Tremayne, one of the Clerks of the Council in England, by Her late Majesty's special letters of commandment. Mr. William Webbe, a master of arts, a minister, and a preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Mullahiddert [Mullahithart], with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 46l. 6s. 8d. sterling. Mr. Luke Challoner, a doctor of divinity, a minister, and learned preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Castleknock, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 46l. 6s. 8d. The Bishop of Meath holds this prebend by special commendam under the great seal of England. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Clonmeathan, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 35l. sterling. Mr. Robinson, an English minister, and a preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Tipper, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 33l. sterling. Gilbert Purdon, an ancient minister, and of long continuance. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Maynooth, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 80l. sterling. Mr. Godfry Loftus, a University man, a minister, and a preacher. The Earl of Kildare, patron.
The prebend of Howthe, with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 46l. 6s. 8d. sterling. Mr. Christopher Huetson, an ancient master of arts, a minister, and a preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Staggaire [Tassagart], with one rectory annexed, valet per ann. 35l. sterling. Mr. Edward East, a University man, a minister, and a godly preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
Besides these dignities and prebends, amounting to and exceeding the yearly value of 30l. sterling, there are certain inferior prebends of less value in the Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, wherein are placed sufficient persons, viz.:—
In the prebend of Yagoe Gabriel Cornewall, an ancient minister and a preacher. The Earl of Kildare, original patron; but this incumbent was presented by me, by lapse.
The prebend of Monmahannock, with one rectory annexed. Mr. Pilsworthe, a master of art, a minister, and a preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The prebend of Donamore Michell Bellerbie, a graduate in the University, a minister, and able to preach. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
In the prebend of Rath Michell Mr. Albright, a master of arts, a minister, and able to preach. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
In the cure of St. Warborowe's [Werburgh's], within the city of Dublin. Apollo Water, a graduate minister, and a preacher. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.

The are also in St. Patrick's two petty channons, (fn. 3) named Tedder and Meredeth, which are ministers and preachers.

Memorandum.—That the dignities and prebendaries before named are for the most part either resident in their rectories in the country, or within the limits of the Cathedral Church; and besides the discharge of their duties in their several parish churches, and a sermon every Sabbath day in their Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, they are further tied to maintain every Sabbath day a public sermon before the State in Christchurch, which they duly perform with great study and care.

Besides these dignities and prebends in the Cathedral Churches there be in the country, within the diocese of Dublin, some few livings at the yearly value of 30l. and above, viz.:

The Church. The Incumbent. The Patron.
The vicarage of Ballrodrie [Balrothery], valet per ann. 30l., wherein Mr. Ram, a master of art, a minister, and a learned preacher, is resident and incumbent. The King's Majesty is patron.
The vicarage of Swordes, valet per ann. 40l. sterling. Mr. Huetson, a master of art, a minister, and a learned preacher, is incumbent and resident there. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The vicarage of Luske, valet per ann. 30l. sterling. Mr. Simon Bolder, a master of art, a minister, and a preacher, is incumbent and there resident. The Archbishop of Dublin, patron.
The vicarage of Castle Dermott, valet per ann. 30l. This is void by the death of the late incumbent, but no presentation yet made. Sir William Sarsfield, Knight, patron.
The vicarage of Larraughbrine [Laraghbrian], valet per ann. 30l. sterling. Henry Luttrell, an ancient minister of this country birth, is incumbent and resident there. The Earl of Kildare, patron.

Signed: Ad. Dublin.

Pp. 5. Endd.: "Certificate of the diocese of Dublin, 1604."

268. A Catalogue of certain ecclesiastical livings, rectories, and vicarages in the diocese of Meath, which do amount unto or exceed the yearly value of 30l. sterling, together with the names of the several incumbents of the same; how they are qualified, and of what sufficiency they be; and also of the patrons of the said several livings. S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 20 II.

Memorandum.—In this diocese of Meath there is not, as in other dioceses, a Cathedral Church, neither a dean and chapter, but in this diocese we bear the name of a bishop and his clergy; and so it hath been since the first erection of this bishoprick.

The Church. The Incumbent. The Patron.
The archdeaconry of Meath, a living seated upon this border, near to the town of Kells, is by these late broils in value damaged; yet I do value it at this instant at 200 marks per ann.; to this dignity pertains the rectory of Kells, with three other parishes next adjoining. Mr. Owen Wood, one of Her late Majesty's chaplains, is incumbent, and under him and Patrick Barnewell, receive the yearly profits; but between them there is neither care taken of the service of the church nor of upholding the repair of the chancells, and therefore the fruits are in sequestration. The Bishop of Meath is ordinary patron, but Mr. Wood was presented by an advowson granted by one of my predecessors, and confirmed by the clergy.
The rectory of Trym, with four churches annexed to it, hath likewise sustained some decay in this rebellion, but is worth, per ann. about 150l. sterling. Mr. Robert Draper, an ancient master of arts, a learned preacher, and a good keeper of hospitality, still resident upon his living. The Bishop of Meath is patron.
The rectory of Rathseighe (fn. 4) [Rathfeigh], valet per ann. 40l. sterling. Mr. Godfrey Loftus, a University man, a minister, and a preacher. Mr. Bath, of Rathseighe [Rathfeigh], patron.
The rectory of Kilmore, valet per ann. 35l. The son of Mr. Loftus also holds this living, seated within two miles of the other, by dispensation, and in this living resides and keeps good hospitality. The Lord Primate of Armagh.
The vicarage of Stamullen, valet per ann. 33l. 6s. 8d. sterling. Mr. Whitehorne, an honest English minister, resident. Sir Garret Moore.
The rectory of Kentston, valet per ann. 40l. sterling. Mr. Luke Usher, a University man, and a minister. The Lord of Dunsany, patron.
The rectory of Balygarthe, valet per ann. 65l. sterling. John Derbishire, a graduate in the University, a minister, and a preacher. Mr. Nettervile, of Dowth, is patron; but this incumbent was presented by me, by a lapse.
The rectory of Paynston, valet per ann. 50l. sterling. Gilbert Purdon, an English minister of long continuance. Mr. De la Field, of Paynston, patron.
The vicarage of Ratowth, valet per ann. 40l. sterling. Nicholas Smith, graduate in the college near Dublin, and a minister, resident, able to teach. The King's Majesty, patron.
The vicarage of Rabegan [Rathbeggan], valet per ann. 35l. sterling. One Kevan, a reading minister, born there, of honest reputation. Sir Garret Moore.
The rectory of Kilbrew, valet per ann. 35l. Mr. Huberstie, a master of art, a minister, and a good preacher. Mr. Barnewell, of Kilbrew; but this incumbent was presented by me, by a lapse.
The rectory of Agher is now somewhat wasted, but in time of peace valet at 35l. per ann. Thomas Tedder, a University scholar, minister, and preacher, living in Dublin. The King's Majesty patron.
The vicarage of Galtrim, valet per ann. 32l. sterling. Nicholas Dalie, an honest minister of this country birth, able to preach in the Irish tongue. Mr. Hussie, Baron of Galtrim.
The vicarage of Skryne, valet per ann. 33l.; it is a good house for a preacher. One Whitbred, an aged English minister of 70 years, resident. The King's Majesty patron.
The vicarage of Killeene, valet per ann. 40l. Arthur Book, an English minister, resident. The Lord of Killeene, patron.
The vicarage of Athboy, valet per ann. 35l. David Jones, a master of arts, a minister, and a good preacher, resident. The Primate of Armagh.
The rectory of Rathmoore, valet per ann. 40l. Wilbryan Fox, a minister of this country birth, resident. Mr. Plunkett, of Rathmore.
The rectory of Kilskyre, valet per ann. 40l.; These two livings are possessed by Richard Linsdon, a graduate in the University (a minister, resident, well able to teach), by dispensation, in regard these livings are near together, viz., within two miles. Mr. Plunkett, of Rathmore.
The rectory of Killalon, valet per ann. 35l. The Lord of Killeene.
The rectory of Moynalth [Moynalty], bordering upon Brennie and Ferney, in time of peace valet at 50l. per ann., now at 30l. per ann. John Carie, student in the college near Dublin; allowed by dispensation. The Lord of Slane, patron.
The rectory of Slane, valet per ann. 40l. Thomas White, born in Meath; a minister, and able to teach both in English and Irish. The Lord of Slane.
The rectory of Killery, in time of peace valued at 50l., now at 20l. Richard White, minister, of this country birth, able to teach in Irish. Everhard of Randelston.
The rectory of Clongill, valet per ann. 33l. sterling. The same man is also incumbent of this rectory; to the former he is resident. The Bishop of Meath.
The rectory of Stacallan, valet per ann. 30l. sterling. Edmund Southerne, an English minister and preacher, residing for his safety at the Navan, within two miles of his living, by my appointment. Mr. Barnewell, of Crykeston, patron.
The rectory of Rathwire, valet per ann. 120l. sterling. Henry Luttrell, a minister of this country. The old Countess of Kildare is patron, and fermor of this rectory for a little.
The vicarage of Rathwire, valet per ann. 40l. Mr. Robinson, an English minister and preacher, living at Dublin. The said Countess is also patron of this vicarage.
The rectory of Multifernam, in Westmeath. Gilbert Purdon, an English minister. Richard Nugent, of Donore, gent.
The rectory of Rathconert, valet per ann. 40l. sterling. Tybolt (Theobald) Dalton, born there, incumbent, and resident there these 30 years. The chief of the Daltons, patron.
The vicarage of Molingar, valebat ad 40l., nunc ad 20l. One Dalton, a reading minister, resident. Pettit, of Irishton, patron.
The vicarage of Athlone is near in value to 30l. per ann. David Malone, an aged minister, at the age of 80 years, born there, resident. The Bishop of Meath.
The vicarage of Ferrall, valued at time of peace 50l., now at 10l. Mr. Charles Odur, professor of the civil law. The King's Majesty, patron.
The vicarage of Ardnurcher, in time of peace valued at 50l., now, in a manner, it is quite waste. No incumbent The King's Majesty, patron.

There are besides, in the diocese of Meath, about 30 or 40 other vicarages and rectories, some few of 40 marks, some of 20l. and some of 20 marks or 10l. yearly value, filled, especially in East Meath, by English reading ministers, and some of the country birth born in the Pale, which shall be compelled to do some good in their churches. But the greatest number of churches in this diocese of Meath (about 120) belonged to the suppressed abbeys and religious houses; and so the tithes are come to His Majesty's hands, and are for the most part granted to Papists by lease for years or in fee farm, who place curates of their own choosing without sufficient maintenance, neither do they keep in repair (as they are bound by their estates) the chancels of their churches, which is a thing the bishop cannot remedy, being debarred to sequester the fruits of their impropriate parsonages.

Signed: Tho. Middensis.

Pp. 7. Endd: "Certificate of the diocese of Meath."

269. Sir George Carey to Cecil. [May 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 21.

Recommends Mr. Pilseworth for the bishoprick of Kildare, as a man of good doctrine, and commended for keeping good hospitality upon that small living he hath. If he were made Bishop of Kildare, he might reform the abuses crept into that diocese by the many superstitious priests and seminaries that haunt in these parts, who, by his presence, would not show themselves so common as they do. The living is very small, for the temporalities are passed away by the former bishops in fee-farm, or for hundreds of years; and yet the see is as fit to be supplied as any other in this land, being the nearest to Dublin on the south-west part.—Leixlipp, 20 May 1604.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Endd. by Cecil's clerk. Add.

270. Carey to Cecil. [May 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 22.

Thanks him for the warrant for sending over his ledger books and accounts. Desires leave to come into England for two or three months. Recommends Sir Arthur Chichester to supply his place. Requests that money may be assigned for payment of the bills of exchange to poor servitors, &c.

Has received two letters from him in behalf of Sir Richard Boyle, for the speedy dispatch of the passing of his books concerning the land that he bought of Sir Walter Raleigh. The grant is passed under the seal, but remains in his [Carey's] hands until he bring good testimony that the 1,000l. mentioned in the conveyance between Sir Walter Raleigh and him, be paid unto His Majesty, or a sufficient discharge thereof. He has foreborne to pass unto him, as directed by the King's warrant, the fee-farm of the abbey of Cairduneske with the commandry and hospital, but has passed him the hospital and commandry only. The whole are of the yearly rent of 80l., and, being out of lease, worth 300l. per annum. The King's warrant states them to be in the possession of his brother-in-law, Captain Thomas Browne, when in truth the abbey is not in the possession of him, but of one Sherlooke. He therefore forbears the passing of the fee-farm of the abbey, until he bring some testimony from his Lordship that it is His Majesty's pleasure that it shall be passed away in this grant.

Urges him to hasten the return to Ireland of the Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls, as many grants daily pass, and the King's Council here are but weak, and he is afraid lest anything unadvertised should be passed before it be thoroughly considered of.—Leixlipp, 20 May 1604.

Pp. 2. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Cary to Cecil."

271. A Certificate for Edmond Cotton, Esq. [May 23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 23.

Being thereunto required, they set down the continuance of Edmund Cotton, Esq., amongst them, in the county of Waterford, his service done to Her Majesty, deceased, and his spoils and losses sustained in time of his said service, as follows:—

First, "that Mr. Cotton has continued amongst us the space of 13 years continuously, and served Her Majesty faithfully, never absenting himself from any service, and serving at his own charges.

"The said Mr Cotton had settled himself amongst us upon a piece of land in the county of Waterford, called Campher Castle, where he built a pretty town all English like, and so continued there unto the good liking of the whole county. Till now in this last rebellion, the said Mr Cotton was forced by the enemies to abandon the place with very great danger of the loss of his life, his wife and family, whereby he was not only wasted and burnt by the said rebels, but also lost all his goods and chattells, to the value of two thousand pounds or thereabouts, to his undoing. And for which as yet we have never known him to have any recompence. This is our true knowledge of the said Master Cotton. Witness our hands this 23d of May 1604."

Signed: Ga. Kildare, D. de Rupe, Vi. Fermoy, John Barry, Edmund Fitz Gibbon, Thomas Gates, George Kingesmell, D. MacOwen, George Flower.

P. 1. Endd.: "23rd May 1604."

272. The King to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy. [May 24.] Docquet Book, May 24.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy, for a grant in fee-farm to Edward Penteney (son of Rich. Penteney, late attainted of high treason,) of such lands as came to the late Queen by the attainder.

[Printed in Erck's Calendar, p. 163.]

273. Earl of Clanricard to Cecil. [May 25.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 24.

Professes his deep and unchangeable affection and gratitude to Cecil. Nothing noteworthy in the condition of the country. All quiet, very poor, a great deal of waste, and many idle knaves that he would wish a good riddance of. As soon as he can settle this province, which has troubled the State more than any other part of Ireland, he will wait on Cecil in England.—Athlone, 25 May.

Hol. Pp. 1½. Add: "To the right honorable and worthy Lord, the Lord Cecill, His Maties principal secretary." Endd.: "1604, May 25. Earle of Clanricard to my Lorde."

274. Pension of 3s. a day to Patrick Arthor. [May 26.] Docquet Book, May 26.

Letter to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, for a pension of 3s. Ir. by the day, for Patrick Arthor, in regard of his service, &c.

[Recorded in Erck's Calendar, p. 126.]

275. Sir Geff. Fenton to Lord Cecil. [May 28.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 25.

Begging his Lordship to further his suit for reparation for the damages he had unworthily sustained in being superseded in the chief secretaryship of Ireland, (and enclosing certain memorials [wanting] touching the present state of things in Ireland).—From my lodgings in the Strand, 28 May 1604.

Hol. P. 1. Sealed. Add. Endd. by Cecil's clerk.

276. Petition of Robert Arthur to the King. [May.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 24a.

Prays to be appointed receiver and collector of the rents, revenues, and compositions in Munster, or that a competent pension for life may be assigned him.

P. 1. Encloses,

277. Memorandum of Patrick Arthur's Services. [May.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 24b.

Note of the services of Patrick Arthur, particularly at the siege of Kinsale, his subsequent employment into Spain, and other services.

P. 1.

Footnotes

  • 1. Sic; but probably by a mistake of the transcriber for Wheeler (Jonas), whose appointment as Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Christchurch) is recorded in the Patent Roll, 37 Eliz. (1595), under date March 9.
  • 2. See Morrin's Calendar of Patent Rolls of Elizabeth, p. 17.
  • 3. Minor canons.
  • 4. Sic in MS.