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James I: June 1604

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Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1603-1606 . Originally published by Longman and Co, London, 1872.

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James I: June 1604

278. The King to the Earl of Devonshire, and in his absence to Sir George Carey. [June 5.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 41.

Forasmuch as Sir Roger Wilbraham, one of the masters of requests, and Sir Henry Bagnall, Knt., deceased, held of the Queen, deceased, to them and their heirs severally, at 20l. per ann. rent, the lands called the Termon of Mucknae, in the county of Monaghan, with condition of building a castle for defence of those parts, and as, for not erecting the same, the lands are forfeited; and as the said Sir Roger Wilbraham now affirms that those lands never yielded to them above two years' rents, nor answered to the Crown within memory any more than two years' profits, and that only while garrisons were kept there at far greater charge, the said lands called the Termon of Mucknae are to be granted to the said Sir Roger Wilbraham only and his heirs, to be held of the King in free and common soccage, reserving only a yearly rent of 40s. Irish, freed of the condition of building a castle, and discharged of all arrears of rent accrued since the late rebellion.—Greenwich, 5 June 1604.

P. 1. Original. Add. Endd.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, p. 164.]

279. Sir Arthur Chichester to Cecil. [June 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 26.

Has obtained for Captain Thomas Phillips, from the Lord Deputy, at Cecil's desire, a custodiam of the abbey of Coleraine upon the Banside, which, with some small proportion of lands, is exempted from Sir Randall M'Donnell in his patent, as being commodious for a garrison if there be troubles, or for a corporate town, whereby to subject that long barbarous and stiffnecked people.

But there being no need now of a garrison, and seeing no intention of the other plantation, he (Sir Arthur) deems the place better put into Captain Phillips's possession for the present than left to the use of priests and friars, who to this time have ever enjoyed it. Captain Phillips's custodiam is only during pleasure, but the Lord Deputy hath promised, if it be Cecil's wish, to make him an estate for 21 years, for which he (Sir Arthur) is an humble suitor to Cecil in his behalf. If His Majesty should require it for a garrison or corporate town, he shall in his deed be bound to surrender it. He thinks it were better bestowed upon Captain Phillips, unto whom it is well known, than on a Scotchman, who is said to be suitor for it, as he will hinder the unlawful excursions of our neighbouring islanders, who come and go at their will and pleasure, leaving ever behind them some note of their incivility and disobedience. As of late Angus M'Connell, Lord of Kentyre, pursuing one of his sons that had offended him at home, lighted upon him at the Roote, where he tried and hung some of his men; and charging his son with sundry treasons, after a few cups was soon reconciled and returned in company before he (Sir Arthur) could apprehend them. Begs that his orders for victuals may be sent for the companies there and in Tyrone, who are supplied from that magazine; otherwise he will be forced to oppress the country; which is so barren for two years that they will not be able to furnish the garrisons at reasonable rates. At his return thither from the Lord Deputy he found several companies of rebels and outlaws gotten together in this country and upon the borders of Tyrone; one party of above six score, which he has broken and killed and hanged above the third man, and the Earl of Tyrone has done the like with those upon his borders, not sparing his own nephew, whom he took and hanged; and so (God be thanked) they are in reasonable quiet, albeit poor, and in great necessity, which makes them outlaws, being driven to steal for want of other sustenance. Craves pardon for his long letters.—Knockfergus, 8 June 1604.

Pp. 2. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd. by Cecil's clerk.

280. Bishop of Ossory [John Horsfall] to the Deputy and Council of Ireland. [June 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 27.

Pursuant to their letter of 1st of May requiring him to certify into the Exchequer by the first of Trinity term the names of all impropriate churches within his diocese, he has returned a schedule of them, amounting to the number of 80, to the Chief Baron of the Exchequer. There is difficulty in carrying out their order for the repairing of the bodies of churches by a tax to be raised on the parishes, for the people generally are so misled with superstitious idolatry that they altogether scorn their church censures; and if he crave temporal assistance for the correction of the contumacious, there is neither sheriff nor other officer that will put those writs in execution, so that without extraordinary commission he will hardly prevail in executing those works. That they may the better imagine the truth of this report, he encloses a catalogue, which shows how many Romish caterpillars abiding in this diocese, prevent the hope of the Lord's harvest; for even on Sunday last they set their mass publicly on foot again in their late hallowed Abbey in Kilkenny; which they undertook to the Lord Lieutenant to alter to a sessions house, as it formerly was.—Bishopsloghe, 8 June 1604.

"Right honorable, there is one Richard Folay in the Irishtown at Kilkenny, who keeps continual mass in his house, as I am informed; and, whether I will or no, there resorteth to him divers priests and other people of the uptown, very dangerous for infecting that town, which, God be praised, is yet clear, and notwithstanding my often admonitions, he obstinately persisteth in the same."

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd. Encloses,

281. Priests in the Diocese of Ossory in Ireland. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 27 I.]

The names of such people, priests, seminaries, and Jesuits, as are in my diocese of Ossory:—

Sir John Murphey. Father Archer (so termed).
Sir John Fitz Robert. Sir Lawrance Reynaghan.
Sir John Power. Sir Patrick Harre.
Sir Henry Fleminge. Sir Thomas Brown.
Sir James Joyce. Sir Edward Seixe.
Sir John Madygan. Sir William Lawles.
Sir Murtogh Odowly. Sir Pierce Archer.
Sir Philip Moore. Sir Luke Archer.
Sir John Brenan. Sir Walter Costegan.
Sir Edmond Barrye. Sir Teig Dungan.
Sir Peter Stronge. Sir Donyll O'Foylan.
Sir William Morin. Sir Donyll Gaffney.
Sir William Wogall. Sir Conogh O'Doran.
Sir Patrick Bolger. Sir William Brenan.
Sir Patrick Bowden. Sir Robert Cantwell.

P. 1. Endd.: "Priests in the Diocese of Ossory in Ireland."

282. The King to the Lord Deputy. [June 10.] Docquet Book, s.d.

Letter to the Lord Deputy, that the warders of the castle of Dungarvon may have the full allowance of 8d. per diem.

283. The King to the Lord Lieutenant. [June 13.] Docquet Book, June 13.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant and others, for the Earl of Kildare to be restored to certain land, according to the entry thereof in the Private Signet Book.

284. Lord Deputy to the Attorney or Solicitor-General. [June 16.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 130.

Warrant to prepare fiant of letters patent for Sir Edward Blount and William Britten to transport into England 1,200 packs of linen yarn yearly during ten years, paying the accustomed duties and a yearly rent of 600l. to His Majesty, pursuant to His Majesty's letters in their behalf, dated at Westminster, 12th May last. And the said Sir Edward Blount and William Britten having purchased from His Majesty's servant, James Hamilton, the previous licence he had obtained from His Majesty to transport 1,200 packs during three years, the said Sir Edward Blount and William Britten are to be at liberty, pursuant to His Majesty's letters, dated 18th May last, to transport 1,200 additional packs contained in the said James Hamilton's licence within the ten years of their own grant, or within three years after its expiration.

Copy. P. 1.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, pp. 101–2.]

285. Lord Deputy Sir George Carey to the Attorney or Solicitor-General. [June 16.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 131.

Warrant for a fiant of pardon, with the usual clause against its extending to any in prison or upon bail (Theobald Lord Baron of Castleconnel and Theobald Burke MacUllic from that proviso excepted), for 229 persons, Theobald, Lord Castleconnel being the first of the list.—Drogheda, 16 June 1604.

P. 1.

286. Same to Same. [June 19.] Carte Papers, vol. 62, p. 308.

Warrant for fiant of pardon to certain persons, three in number, John Finglas of Wespalstown, Esq., being the first.— Drogheda, 17 June 1604.

Pp. 1.

287. Sir George Carey to Sir John Davys, SolicitorGeneral. [June 19.] Carte Papers, vol. 62, p. 308.

Warrant for a fiant of a grant of five marks formerly payable out of the Lord Coursey's land to the Earl of Desmond, and of later years to the inhabitants of Kinsale, by virtue of the late Queen's charter of incorporation of Kinsale; but the said charter being forfeited for the unlawful demeanour of the inhabitants at the arriving of the Spaniards there lately, the said rent is now to be granted to the said Lord Coursey and his heirs, pursuant to the late Queen's intentions and His Majesty's desires conveyed by the Lords of the Council, dated from the Court at Wilton, 28th October 1603.—Drogheda, 19 June 1604.

Pp. 1½.

288. The King to the Lord Deputy. [June 22.] Docquet Book, June 22.

Letter to the Lord Deputy, to grant to the Earl of Clanrickard letters patents with the title of President of Connaught, in such manner as the President of Munster hath.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, p. 161.]

289. The King to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy. [June 26.] Docquet Book, June 26.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy, to accept surrender of the lands Ambrose ap Hugh now holdeth, and to re-grant the said lands to the said Ambrose and his assigns for 21 years more.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, under date 21 June 1604, p. 103.]