James I: July 1604

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James I: July 1604

290. Sir George Carey to Sir John Davys, SolicitorGeneral. [July 2.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 291.

Warrant for fiant to accept from Sir Randal M'Donnel a surrender of His Majesty's former letters, dated 14 April last, and patent passed thereupon, as by reason of the sudden departure of the late Lord Lieutenant the grant was drawn in haste, and did not include the island of Raghlin, always esteemed one of the seven Toughes (fn. 1) of the Glyns, and the lands were besides rendered forfeitable for non-payment of rent, contrary to His Majesty's good intentions.

A new grant is now to be made to the said Sir Randal and his heirs, of the countries of the Route and Glyns, in the county of Antrim, enjoyed of long time by him and his ancestors, to be held by such rents and tenures as are before reserved, and without any proviso making the lands to be forfeited for non-payment of rent or performance of other acts. The Island of Raghlin to be expressly included in the grant.

Pp. 1½. Orig.

291. Robert Newcomen to Thomas Watson, Esq. [July 2.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 28.

Hears that 2,000 men are presently to be discharged, and that at Michaelmas next 1,600 more are to follow, so as from thenceforward the forces in this kingdom in pay will be but 3,000 foot and 300 horse. Is assured that this force will be well able to live and victual themselves with their leavings, so that after Michaelmas next and thenceforward it will not be necessary to send any more victuals from England hither in all the next year, but the soldier, having his lendings duly paid him, will be better contented therewith than with victuals. And although, in speaking against the making of contracts, he speaks against his own profit, yet, when he considers the benefit it will be to His Highness to have the soldiers victual themselves with 2s. 4d. per week of the new money, whereas His Majesty pays his partners and himself 2s. 5½d. of current English money, besides other losses in victualling, which comes to a full third of his whole charge, he is in duty bound to discover the same, being his sworn officer, over and besides as a contractor.—Ballyfermott, 2 July 1604.

P. 1. Hol. Sealed. Endd. Add.: "To Thos. Watsonne, Esq."

292. The King to the Earl of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and in his absence to Sir George Carey, the King's Deputy there. [July 7.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 43.

In pursuance of the late Queen's letters, in favour of Edmund Fitzgibbon, called the White Knight, dated at Westminster, the 12th of December 1601, and for his loyal services to her and to the King, an Act is to be passed at the next Parliament in Ireland for restoring the said Edmund by the name of Edmund Fitz John Oge Gibbon, alias Gerald, called the White Knight, to his ancient blood and lineage, so that his own or his father's attainder shall not prevent him to make his title by descent from his father, deceased, late attainted, and from his grandfather, and all other his ancestors whatever. All bonds and recognizances of him and his sureties forfeited for want of his appearance, all arrears of rents during the late wars due by him to the 27th of June last to be remitted. It is further directed to accept a surrender and to re-grant to him (though belonging to the King in right of the Crown by his father's attainder or his own defection), all such lands as he hath purchased and possessed in the province of Munster, to be held by him as amply as his father or any of his ancestors held the same; provided that his surrender do not prejudice any other of the King's good subjects or diminish the King's rents; the said lands to be passed by patent under the Great Seal to the said Edmund Fitz Gibbon and his heirs in fee-farm for ever, to hold Ould Castle Towne and Michell's Town, in the county of Cork, of the King by the same services as they were then held, and to hold the residue of said lands in free and common soccage and not in capite, reserving the ancient rents. And because the said Edmund Fitz Gibbon, as the King was informed, had good scope of land, and, by the King's bounty, was to receive an enlargement of his territories and amendment of his estate, such as would enable him to live in a degree of honour, the King had thought meet to countenance him with the style of the Baron of Clangibbon, to hold the said name of a baron to himself and the heirs male of his body.

And at the next Parliament, according to the Deputy's opinion and allowance thereof, the King's princely intention was to be effectually accomplished.—Westminster, 7 July 1604.

Pp. 2. Orig. Add. Endd. and enrolled.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, pp. 162, 163.]

293. Lord Deputy Sir George Carey to Sir J. Davys, Solicitor-General. [July 10.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 134.

Warrant for fiant for John Francton to be printer to His Majesty for life, with the fee of 8l. sterling.—Leixlip, 10 July 1604.

P. 1.

294. Sir Theobald Dillon to Cecil. [July 13.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 29.

Complains that when last at Court he could not obtain any thing to better his estate, after his long service and great losses known to many there and here, often testified by the several governments of this kingdom. His land is so wasted by the rebellion, and his house razed, as he cannot inhabit it a long time for lack of tenants. He sent his man to be a suitor to His Majesty to forbear the demanding for certain years of the composition he yielded out of his Connaught lands unto her late Majesty, amounting when inhabited to 80l. and odd money per annum; which forbearance, if granted, might enable him to reset his living, build up some of his houses, and encourage some tenants to dwell with him, and after a while His Majesty's composition should be paid.

There is no news worth troubling him with, except the great scarcity of food, and that the plague is very hot, from which it is no great matter that those who have been traitors were never free. Great quietness is enjoyed, and will be until the race of thieves be able to live. As long as they are kept under, they will be tractable enough. There are too many soldiers, which is a great charge to the King and country.

He lost his fortunes by the death of Cecil's father. Wishes that Cecil had some cause for his services, that he might show his zealous affection to him.—Kilfahye, 13 July 1604.

P. 1. Hol. Endd. and add.: "Dillon to Cecill."

295. The King to the Lord Deputy Carey. [July 16.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 31.

Licensing him to return to England, and appointing Sir Arthur Chichester to succeed him as Deputy.

[For another copy, see Warrant Book, I., p. 198.]

Pp. 2. Endd.

296. The King to the Lord Lieutenant. [July 19.] Docquet Book, July 19.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy, for a lease in reversion for 60 years for John Lye and his son of the castle, town, and land of Rathbride, Relockestowne, Moristownebiller-Crotanstowne, Little Moristowne, in the county of Kildare, and the moiety of the village of Kilmary, in the county of Meath, now in the tenure of the said John Lye.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, p. 90.]

297. The King to the Lord Deputy and Lord Chancellor. [July 22.] Warrant Book.

The King to the Lord Deputy and Lord Chancellor, authorizing them to abate the army store to a rate set down in a list signed by His Majesty.

[The docquet of this warrant is dated July 24.]

298. The King to Sir George Carey, Lord Deputy and Treasurer at Wars. [July 23.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 47.

Letter accompanying an establishment framed by the advice of the Lord Lieutenant and Council of England, reducing the numbers of the horse and foot, and expressing the names of all such captains (with the numbers of their companies) as are to be retained in pay; the rest not contained in the list to be discharged.

The number in the companies retained to be reduced from 150 to 100 men.

All colonels (as will be seen by the list) are discharged, as a title not necessary, no army being now in use; but as the gentlemen who had that title had most of them charge of some important places or towns in that kingdom, as many of them as were contained in the present list were to be retained at the same rate as they had when colonels, that is to say, 10s. per day, under the title of governors of those places which they then held or shall hold in their charge. Amongst whom, in the case of Sir Henry Poor [Power], who hath 10s. per day as a colonel and 6s. 8d. a day as governor, the latter sum is to cease, and he is to be retained a governor, at 10s. per day as the others.

Sir Edward Blaney to be governor of Monahan at 10s. per day.

P. 1. Copy. Add. Endd.

At foot the following note in Sir George Carey's handwriting:—"This is a trewe copy of His Mas Letter. George Cary." Encloses,

299. 23d day of July 1604. [July 23.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 49.

The List of our Army in Ireland to be reduced as following; viz.—

The General Officers of our Army as they now stand, only the corporals of the field to be henceforward paid by list, as they were by Concordatum out of the Extraordinaries.

Smyth, Commissary of Victuals, at 6s. per diem.

Sir Henry Crofts, Scoutmaster, at 6s. 8d. per diem.

Peter Boulton, Provost Master, 6s. 8d. per diem.

Principal Governors as they now stand, besides the increase of eight, following in the place of the 13 Colonels discharged.

Sir Arthur Chichester, Governor of Carrickfergus.

Sir Henry Docwra, Governor of Loughfoile.

Sir Richard Morison, Governor of Waterford and Wexford.

Sir Henry Power, Governor of Leix.

Sir Charles Wilmot, Governor of Kerry.

Sir Richard Piercy, Governor of Kinsale.

Sir Henry Folliot, Governor of Ballishannon.

Sir Edward Blaney, Governor of Monaghan.

Every of them at 10s. per diem, excepting those that have an increase of their pay by Letters Patent.

Warders in several provinces as they now stand.

Horse Troops.
The Lord Lieutenant, at 18d. per diem 50
The Lord President at 18d. per diem 50
The Knight Marshal, 20, at 18d. per diem, and 30 at 12d. per diem 50
Sir Arthur Chichester, at 18d. per diem 25
Sir Henry Docwra, at 18d. per diem 50
Sir Henry Folliot, at 15d. per diem 50
Sir John Gephson, at 18d. per diem 50
Sir Richard Trevour, at 12d. per diem 25
Sir Edward Harbert, at 12d. per diem 12
Captain Edward Way, at 12d. per diem 12
At 18d. per diem 245 374
At 15d. per diem 50
At 12d. per diem 79
Foot Bands.
The Lord Lieutenant's Guard 100
The Lord President 100
Mr. Treasurer 100
The Earl of Clanrickard 100
The Knight Marshal 100
Sir Arthur Chichester 100
Sir Thomas Docwra 100
Sir Oliver Lambart 100
Sir Richard Morison 100
Sir Henry Power 100
Sir Charles Wilmot 100
Sir Richard Piercy 100
Sir Henry Folliot 100
Sir Edward Blaney 100
Sir Francis Rush 100
Sir Samuel Bagnell 100
Sir Thomas Cooch 100
Sir Lawrence Esmond 100
Sir Ellis Joanes 100
Sir Josyas Bodley 100
Sir Ralph Constable 100
Sir Francis Barkley 100
Sir Thomas Roper 100
Sir Foolk Conway 100
Sir Francis Roe 100
Sir Tobyas Calfield 100
Sir Thomas Williams 100
Sir Ferdinando Freckleton 100
Sir Ralph Bingley 100
Sir William Windsore 100
Captain Edward Leigh 100
Captain Bassil Brooke 100
Sir Lionel Ghest 100
Captain Thomas Rotheram 100
Captain Henry Atherton 100
[Captain] Edward Trevour 100
Captain Richard Tirrell 100
Captain John Sydney 100
Sir Richard Hansard 100

Three thousand nine hundred at the several rates of a Captain of 100, with allowance of dead pays as in times past.

Total horse 374
Total foot 3,900

Pensioners according to our Establishment, and those by Letters Patent, as they now stand at their several entertainments: Importent soldiers as they now stand at their several rates: Officers of Musters as they now stand at their several rates: James Ware, Assistant to Auditor Peyton, 10s. per diem.

Irish Horse.
Connor Roe M'Guier 10 100 at 6d. le peece, per diem.
Owen M'Hugh O'Neale 10
Ferlagh M'Art O'Neale 20
Bryan Moderon O'Neale 50
Denyes O'Dale 10
Irish Foot.
Edmond Groome 14 54 at 4d. le peece, per diem.
Ross Bane M'Mahon 10
Denyes O'Mullan 30

Pensioners and Warders by virtue of our Letters and the Lords of our Council's Letters in August and September last past, as they now stand.

"This is a trew Copy.—George Cary."


300. The King to the Lord Lieutenant or the Deputy. [July 23.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 51.

Being pleased to accept of a surrender at the suit of Dermod M'Chartie called M'Donogh, of Dowhallie [Duhallow] in the county of Cork, of all his castles, lands, &c., and to re-grant the same to him and his heirs. An inquisition to be taken of what lands and tenements the said Dermod was then seized, and the same to be re-granted to him, to hold to him and his heirs for ever, together with courts leet, and courts baron to be held within his manors and towns of Kenturke, Loghert, and Castle Corrie, yielding a rent of 40s. Irish yearly, and to be held of the Castle of Dublin by the moiety of one knight's fee; and order to be taken, by a summary speedy course of justice, that the said Dermod M'Chartie shall receive present satisfaction for all such losses and damages as he, his followers and tenants, have received by any person during such time as he was restrained of his liberty.—Dated at Westminster, 23 July 1604.

P. 1. Add. Endd. Enrolled.

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

301. The King to the Lord Deputy. [July 23.] Docquet Book, s.d.

Letter to the same, for Wm. Pilsworth to be Bishop of Kildare, and to hold in commendam the vicarages of Naas and Carbery and prebend of Mona Hannock [Monmachenock].

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

302. The King to the Lord Deputy and Chancellor. [July 24.] Docquet Book, July 24.

Letter to the Lord Deputy and Chancellor, to pass letters patent of the office of Lord Justice to Sir Arthur Chichester.

303. The King to the Lord Lieutenant. [July 27.] Docquet Book, July 27.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant, Deputy, and Chancellor, to pass a grant of the office of Provost Marshal of Leinster to Peter Bowlton, Provost Marshal General of Ireland, in reversion, after Robt. Bowen, now Provost Marshal of that province.

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

304. Warrant for Sir James Ley's (Lord Chief Justice) Allowance. [July 27.] Warrant Book, p. 9.

Letter to the Treasurer, to pay to Sir James Ley, Lord Chief Justice, such allowances as Sir Robert Gardiner lately had.

305. Memorandum of Letters to be written. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 30.]

A letter to the Lord Deputy and Council, to license his coming over, and to authorize them to make a patent to Sir Arthur Chichester to be Justice in the absence of the Lord Lieutenant, whose present return to establish that kingdom the King is pleased to stop until the winter, in respect of some weighty considerations and of the sickness in that country, and in that letter authority to the Treasurer to pay unto the Lord Lieutenant two third parts of such entertainments as he had for being Deputy, and the other third part to the Justice during only the absence of the Lieutenant, according to a letter to the like effect, 21st April 1603.

Thirteen colonels to be reduced to eight, and these no more under the names of colonels, but governors of certain places best fitted for their charge, with the same fee they had before.

Five hundred horse reduced to 450; 6,000 foot reduced to 4,000.

Such as have their companies by this last list reduced to hundreds, still to enjoy for themselves and their officers the pay that they had before, and such as are cast, as are but four or five, to enjoy the pay they had before for themselves and their officers.

In the general letter to be inserted, that in the case of captains who shall die, their companies are to be cast, and in that of any other officer whatsoever, no other is to be substituted until it be considered here whether such entertainments be fit to continue.—1604.

P. 1. Endd.

306. Unnecessary Officers and Pensioners. [July 27.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 32.

Statement of unnecessary officers and pensioners in Ireland whose entertainments may be saved.

P. 1.

307. The King to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy. [July 28.] Docquet Book, July 28.

Letter to the Lord Lieutenant, Deputy, and Chancellor, to grant to Robert Nangle leases in reversion of such lands as were leased to him by the late Queen for 31 years.

[Printed by Erck, under date July 18, 1604, Calendar, p. 91–2.]

308. Monthly Charge of the Army. [July 28.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 33.

Amount of the monthly charge of the Army in Ireland, as now reduced.

Pp. 2. Not add.

309. The King to the Lord Lieutenant or the Deputy. [July 30.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 53.

Owen O'Sulevaunte [O'Sullivan], called O'Sulevante More, having besought the King to accept a surrender of his lands in the province of Munster, and to re-grant them to him and his heirs by English tenure, at an increase of five pounds English yearly rent beyond the present rent and services, an inquisition to issue to find what castles, lands, &c. he was seized of, and thereupon to re-grant the same to the said Owen O'Sullevaunte and his heirs for ever, without fine, reserving the said increase of rent of five pounds English yearly, with all such other rents, duties, and services as are answerable thereout: And forasmuch as the said O'Sulevant had informed the King that he possessed a great country, and was desirous by that surrender of his lands to hold them by English tenure and name, and that the Irish title or name of O'Sulevant More may be extinguished; and thereupon had humbly desired, as others did, to be graced by the title of a baron, his request was to be considered at the next Parliament to be held there. —Dated at Theobalds, 30 July 1604.

P. 1. Orig. Add. Endd. Enrolled.

[Printed by Erck, Calendar, p. 162.]

310. The King to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy. [July 30.] Docquet Book, s.d.

Letter to the same, to take surrender by Callogh O'Mulloy, son of Connil O'Mulloy, of the lordship of Raley and all his lands in Fercall, in the King's County, and to re-grant the same with remainders.

311. Sir Francis Stafford to Cecil. [July 31.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 216, 34.

Complimentary.—Desires to be continued in his favour.— Glaspystle, 31 July 1604.

P 1. Signed. Endd. and add.


  • 1. Tuoghes, or territories. See Erck's Calendar, p. 137, for particulars of this grant.