James I: May 1605

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James I: May 1605

478. Governorship of Kerry and Desmond. [May 1.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 27.

Draft of commission appointing Sir Charles Wilmot to be Governor of the county of Kerry and Desmond, with the usual entertainments, and with powers to proceed against rebels, traitors, and offenders, and to parley with, them; also to be a justice of assize and custos rotulorum, with power to hold courts of oyer and terminer; also empowering him, in case of his absence upon public service or by licence, to substitute a Vice-Governor.

[To this draft is appended a copy of a Council warrant to issue letters patent, to the above effect.]

Signed: Arthur Chichester, Thomond, Thos. Midensis, James Ley, Oliver Lambert, Nich. Walsh, Edmond Pelham, Anthony St. Leger, Geo. Bourchier, Jeffery Fenton.

Pp. 7½. Draft, Copy. Endd. by Cranborne's clerk: "1605. The copy of Sr C. W. his intended patent, concerning Sir Charles Willmott."

479. Sir George Bourchier to Lord Cranbourne [Earl of Salisbury]. (fn. 1) [May 16.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 29.

Some persons labour to get the reversion of his office of Master of the Ordnance; requests that his eldest son may have it as joint patentee or in reversion. For testimony of his son's capacity, refers to the Lord Lieutenant, "whom he alwaies followed in the warres there."—St. Mary's Abbey of Dublin, 16 May 1605.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir George Bourchier to Cranborne."

480. Thomas Phillips to Salisbury. [May 19.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 30.

Coming hither about some private business, he met with the reducement of His Majesty's army, and finding he has one of the companies which stands, thanks his Lordship for it as his original and only patron. By the Lord Deputy's direction, he published the last proclamation throughout the county of Antrim, and in several places caused most part of the county to assemble, and had it interpreted into Irish. This has bred such an impression in them, that they will not now endure any more wrongs of their cheiftains, but they immediately seek for redress, which formerly they durst never do, but were as bondsmen. They now begin to have the feeling of His Majesty's laws. This abates the superiority of their Lords, to their great grief, for now they fall from them and follow His Majesty's officers, to crave justice against their Lords. Has done his best to right them, and so will continue without respect of persons. His upholding of them in their rights causes the Lords to think hardly of him. Thinks he has heard how Sir Randall M'Donnell, upon their first acquaintance, being in a good humour, gave him a little neck of land called Port Rush, some mile and a half from the castle of Denn Lewes [Dunluce]; it contains some 60 acres or thereabouts. When he gave it him, he conditioned he should keep the "redshanks" from landing there; which he undertook, and has at his own charge made it defensive against them or any other His Majesty's enemies. It stands to very great purpose, being an outlet to all places in the north. Hard by it is a goodly road. Under the fort itself there might be made a good harbour, with the value of 100l., which would save many men's lives and goods, as there is no harbour there for shipping. It is one of the most necessary places in all the north for a ward to be kept, for with 10 men it might be kept from all the Irishry and redshanks of the isles. It is the key of all those parts. It is offensive and defensive against the islanders who usually did land there, for it is but six hours sailing. Divers have told him they grieve much he is seated there. Sir Randell is sorry to have let him have it, and would give him any reasonable thing to have it back again. Has it for 40 years, paying yearly one hogshead of claret wine. Has been at great charge there, and as yet got nothing. Sir John Davys can inform his Lordship of the circumstances. Prays to have some settled estate as a ward there, and a grant of Castletown during his life, as being two of the most necessary places in the north. Urges his Lordship to speak for him to the Lord Lieutenant for 40 warders which he promised him at his last being with him.—Dublin, 19 May 1605.

Pp. 2½. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Capn Phillips to V. Cranborne."

481. Lord Deputy Chichester and Council to the Lords and others of Privy Council of England. [May 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 31.

Complain that the treasure which has arrived is so far below the necessary demands upon it, that they are at a loss how to apportion the amount to the general wants of the army, and to the loans already contracted to relieve unavoidable necessity. Besides the long arrears of pay due, the losses sustained in consequence of the late change in the standard of money have made all impatient. The little sum now sent "will more increase their grief than give them any contentment." Beseech their Lordships to send over means to stop further discontent.

It was ordered in a late assembly of the nobility and Grand Council, that there shall be a general hosting for 40 days, according to usage. This is done in order to maintain the usage, albeit they hope not to have occasion to put it in force; and though the order has been given for general preparation and mustering, and for mustering and arming men, yet as the Lord Deputy has power reserved to postpone it for 15 or 20 days, there will not be any charge on the country unless some unforeseen emergency should arise.—Dublin, 20 May 1605.

Signed: Arthur Chichester, Thomond, R. Wingfield, James Ley, Edmund Pelham, Anthony Sentleger, Ol. Lambert, G. Bourchier, Geff. Fenton.

P. 1. Sealed. Add.: "To the Right Honorable the LLs. and others of His Maties most hoble Privie Councill."

482. Lord Deputy Chichester and Council to the Privy Council. [May 22.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 32.

Observe that Sir Richard Cooke, the Lord Chief Baron, and Sir John Davys, Master of the Rolls, having gone on circuit into Connaught and the King's and Queen's Counties, on the business of compositions made there in lieu of cess, before the late dispatch was signed, their signatures are not attached thereto. These functionaries have reported since their return on all these proceedings, on the compositions, cess, the laying off O'Carroll's country (which had not previously been "shier-[shire-]ground") to the King's County, the inquisitions of wastes, and other branches.

Complain much of the difficulties which arise as to the cess in consequence of the weakening and diminution of the King's revenues by the passing away, in sundry grants, of lands and pensions by warrants from England.

The late commission of arrears gives no power to the Commissioners to remit any part of the arrears, but only to permit its payment by instalments. This is most prejudicial to the recovery of arrears. Suggest that power be given to the Commissioners, for sufficient reason shown, to remit, as well as to instal, the arrears.

Since their last dispatch some other points of suggestion as to their Lordships' purpose for reformation and for matters of the Parliament have occurred to them, which they have sent to Sir R. Cooke and Sir John Davys, to be by them propounded to their Lordships.

On the arrival of the King's late directions for reducing the army, several officers applied for licence to take with them as volunteers any of the reduced soldiers who might consent to enter a foreign service under a sovereign who should be at amity with His Majesty. At first they had partly assented to this suit, and even thought it advantageous to the peace of the country; but having perused on circuit a book on the late treaty of peace of His Majesty with the King of Spain, where this course is strongly impugned, they have recalled the sanction.—Dublin, 22 May 1605.

Signed: Arthur Chichester, Thomond, James Ley, Edmund Pelham, Ol. Lambert, Anthony Sentleger, G. Bourchier, Geff. Fenton.

Pp. 3. Add.: "To the Rt Honble the LLds of His Mties most honorable Privie Council." Endd.: "22 May 1605, L. Deputy & Council to their LLs."

483. Sir Arthur Chichester to Sir John Davys, Attorney General. [May 22.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 146.

Warrant for fiant for a commission, pursuant to His Majesty's letters of 16 June last, to inquire what lands, villages, tenants, rents, &c. Owyne M'Cartie, father to Dermod M'Cartie, had or was seised of at the time of his death. The commission to be directed to the Lord President of Munster, Bishop of Cork, Sir Francis Barkley, Knt., Sir Richard Boyle, the Chief and Second Justices of the provinces, Sir Thos. Browne, the King's Escheator, Sir William Power, or to any five, four, or three of them, whereof the Lord President, Sir Richard Boyle, the Chief Justice, and the Escheator to be always two and present.—Dublin Castle, 22 May 1605.

P. 1. Orig.

484. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Salisbury. [May 25.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 33.

Has published the proclamations which he sent him, and performed his commands in behalf of private persons. A small proportion only of treasure, not amounting to 6,000l., has reached him, the rest being disposed of, before it came to their hands, in discharge of bills of old date; neither has he any measure to content the poor men discharged, who will greatly exclaim for money and apparel. He prays God these untimely discharges bring not new troubles; for this nation will remain subject no longer than while it is overmastered with strong hand; which would better have been done with these 1,800 now discharged than with 10,000 new men, if there shall be cause to raise them.

Four of the reduced captains being desirous to employ themselves in the wars of other countries, the Council have promised to transport 400 of them out of this land, for the reasons signified in their general letters. They have so long continued in this course of life that he thinks them unnecessary men to be returned into that kingdom. Upon sight of a printed copy of the articles betwixt His Majesty and the King of Spain and the Archduke, the Council have altered this, as their general letters import Pursuant to late letters from the Lords, has stayed the passing of concealed and forfeited lands, in any grants made by His Majesty in general books, and for particulars, he never sets his hand to any, unless first allowed by the judges, or some of them, and the King's Council; though in his time there hath been little passed by reason the grants will not hold with the King's antient lands, they being high-rented and stated for many years. Other lands are hard to find in this kingdom, unless it be by such as have jurors at command. The King's desire of reducing his forces, to proceed thereby to ease the country of the soldiers' oppression, shall be complied with, if money come to pay them weekly or monthly; but if the means be un certain, as in former times, these few will be as offensive to the country as the army when it stood 10,000, for the very sight or name of a soldier is odious to this nation, although he has reduced them to the quiet they are in. Even if they had this coin to pay them, he yet cannot conceive how a man shall live for 2s. 3d. a week, for in value it is no more; but he will yet do his best to keep them quiet. Many captains and others have four months' pension due to them; and he has heard and believes that some of them would be willing, if the King would pay the balance, and give them one year's means beforehand, to quit their pensions, and acknowledge themselves honourably satisfied. This would content them and profit His Majesty. Sends a brief of all the concordatums given the first three months of his government, which will show how sparing he has been that way. Begs him to remember that all employments, and charges not contained in the establishment, are paid by concordatum; so are the judges, council, and all others employed by commission or other ways for the King's service. And though the judges had but 20s. a day when salaries were paid in the standard of England, they have now 26s. 8d., which is all one in substance, and in name only increased.

Has sent the bearer, his servant, to remain about the Court and to attend him and the Lord Lieutenant for full dispatches.—Castle at Dublin, 25 May 1605.

Pp. 2½. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Salisbury." Encloses,

485. Concordatums from 3 February 1604, until 1 May 1605. [May 1.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 33 I.

A docquet of such concordatums as have been signed by the Lord Deputy and Council for several sums of money to be paid out of His Majesty's treasure, from the day the Lord Deputy received the Government, being 3 Feb. 1604, to 1 May following, according to their entries in the Council Book.

4 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 20 marks sterling, granted to John Everard, the second Justice of His Majesty's Chief Bench, for keeping of sessions in the counties of Meath and Kilkenny, wherein he continued, the space of 20 days, at the allowance of 13s. 4d. per diem. 20 marks sterling.

"This money grew due before the now Lord Deputy received, the sword."

6 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 6l. 10s. sterling, granted to John Elliot, Esq., His Majesty's third Baron of His Highness's Court of Exchequer, for keeping of sessions as an associate to Justice Palmers, in the counties of West Meath and Longford for the space of thirteen days, beginning 11 Sept. last, at the allowance of 10s. sterling per diem.

6l. 10s. sterling.

"This money grew due before the now Lord Deputy received the sword."

6 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 51l. sterling, granted to Sir James Ley, Knight, Chief Justice of His Majesty's Chief Bench, as well for his travelling charges from, Wexford to Leixlipp, by direction of the late Lord Deputy, as also in keeping of sessions in the Queen's County and the county of Catherlaghe [Carlow], where in, all he continued the space of 51 days, at the allowance of 20s. sterling per diem.

51l. sterling.

"For service before the Lord Deputies time."

12 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 6l. sterling, granted to Sir Nicholas Walshe, Knight, Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas, for keeping of sessions within the county of Kilkenny, the space of six days, beginning 5 Dec. 1604, at the allowance of 20s. sterling per diem. 6l. sterling.

"This is for service done before the now Lord Deputies time."

12 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 4l. granted to John Everard, for keeping of sessions in the county of Kilkenny, as an associate to Sir Nicholas Walshe, for the space of six days, at the allowance of 13s. 4d. sterling per diem. 4l.

"This is for service likewise before the Lord Deputies time."

13 Feb. 1604.—A warrant of impost of 5l. sterling, granted to Nicholas Beavens, to provide necessaries for the Council Chamber. 5l. sterling.

20 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 30l. sterling, granted to George Sparke, who had the charge of His Majesty's treasure at the Newery, in consideration of 30l. lost by casualty of fire, for that his chamber where His Majesty's said treasure was, was blown up. 30l. sterling.

"This is for loss sustained before the now Lord Deputies time."

26 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 128l. 5s. 10d. sterling, granted to Captain William Coal, overseer of the barges at Bellashanon, in building of the said barges and other charges between 1 April 1604 and the last of September next following. 128l. 5s. 10d. sterling.

"This money is for service done before the now Deputies time."

26 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum, granted unto John Cornewall, clerk of the munition at Ardmagh, for his entertainment at 1s. 6d. sterling per diem for 183 days, beginning 1 April 1604, and ending ultimo September next following, amounting to 13l. 14s. 7d. sterling. 13l. 14s. 7d. sterling.

"This money was due before the government of this Deputy."

28 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 20 nobles sterling, granted to William Romer, for being pressed by the Captain of the Isle of Man to Chester, with a packet from the said Isle of Man from the late Lord Deputy to Chester, directed to the Lord Treasurer of England, found in a barque lately cast away. 20 nobles sterling.

"Before the now Lord Deputies time."

26 Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 17l. 2s. 8d. sterling, granted to John Cornewall, for money by him disbursed for carriage and other necessaries about the munition at Ardmagh. 17l. 2s. 8d. sterling.

"Before the now Deputies time."

Last of Feb. 1604.—A concordatum of 7l. sterling, granted to John Francton, His Majesty's printer for Ireland, for printing of four several proclamations for service of His Majesty. 7l. sterling.

1 March 1604.—A concordatum of 50l. sterling, granted to Sir Ralph Sidley, Knight, for keeping of his company together from 27 August 1604, at what time he was discharged, to the latter end of September, to guard the victuals and artillery at the garrison of Inchemuckenaghe. 50l. sterling.

"For service done before the now Deputies time."

5 March 1604.—A concordatum of 30l. sterling, granted unto Sir John Davis, Knight, His Majesty's Solicitor, for his employment in keeping of sessions in the counties of Catherlaughe and Queen's County, at the allowance of 20s. by the day, for 30 days. 30l. sterling.

"Before the now Lord Deputies government."

18 March 1604.—A concordatum of 21l. 18s. sterling, granted to Nicholas Beavens, keeper of the Council Chamber, as money by him disbursed for fire and other necessaries for one whole year, beginning 1 March 1603, and ending the last of March 1604.

"Only two months of this time in the now Lord Deputies government."

29 March 1605.—A concordatum of 40 marks sterling, granted to Sir James Ley, Knight, Chief Justice of His Majesty's Chief Bench, for his employment in keeping of sessions in the several counties of Catherlagh, Kilkenny, and Wexford, wherein he continued the space of 20 days, at the allowance of 1l. 6s. 8d. for every of the said days. 40 marks sterling.

29 March 1605.—A concordatum of 20l. sterling, granted to Sir John Davis, Knight, Solicitor-General, for his employment as an associate to Sir James Ley, Knight, for the keeping of sessions in the several counties of Catherlaughe, Kilkenny, and Wexford, wherein he continued by the space of 20 days, beginning at the 4th of this March and ending at the 24th of the same, at the allowance of 20s. sterling per diem.

3 April 1605.—A concordatum of 12l. sterling, granted to John Francton, printer to the King's Majesty, as well for the printing of two several proclamations, the one in English and the other in Latin, but all to one effect, as concerning His Majesty's free and general pardon to all His Highness's sub jects, as also forbidding chiefs, lords, gents, their cuttings and cosherings upon their poor tenants. 12l. sterling.

4 April 1605.—A concordatum of 20l. sterling, granted to Thomas Taylor, gent., as well for his employment as postmaster, to answer the service betwixt Bellashana and the Abbey of Boyle, wherein he continued from 1 April 1603, until 5 June next following; as also for his other employment as Provost Marshal in the county of Sligo, since 1 July 1603, until the last of September next following, at the entertainment of 3s. 4d. sterling per diem for each of the said employments. 20l. sterling.

"This is for service done before the government of the now Lord Deputy."

9 April 1605.—A concordatum of 120l. sterling, granted to Daniel Barnes, clerk of the munition at Galway, as well in consideration of his loss sustained in the sum of 200l. in copper, impressed upon him for the transporting of munition from Cork to Galway, which money was decried before he could issue the same, as also in regard of his travel and charges in that service. 120l. sterling.

"This is before the now Lord Deputies time."

14 April 1605.—A concordatum of 17l. 1s. 7d. sterling, granted unto Captain William Filling, for money by him disbursed for repairing His Majesty's barges at Lough Foile, between the 1st of October 1604 and the last of March 1605.

"Before the Lord Deputies time."

16 April 1605.—A concordatum of 20 marks sterling is granted unto Read Cowp, for his services and deserts as well in the government of the Earl of Essex as in Mr. Clifford's time, and in regard he hath no means to live.

20 marks sterling.

"And this likewise."

16 April 1605.—A concordatum of 9l. sterling, granted to Kenerick Lord, overseer of His Majesty's boats at Sligo, for money by him disbursed in and about the necessary reparations of the said boats. 9l. sterling.

"Before the Lord Deputies time."

16 April 1605.—A concordatum of 110l. sterling, granted to Giles Stanley, as well for his hindrance sustained in disbursing of 100l. of old silver money, at such time as he was appointed by the State to a proportion of corn for the horse and garrison of Athlone, at such time as the Spaniards arrived at Kinsall, (having received for the same but 100l. in copper), as also for other his demands of 48l. for the other former services by him done for like purposes and employment. 110l. sterling.

"This for service done by the said Gyles before the government of the now Lord Deputy."

18 April 1605.—A concordatum of 42l. 13s. 4d. sterling, is granted to Sir Edmond Pelham, Knight, as well for keep ing of sessions in the several counties of Meath, West Meath, Longford, and King's County, as also in Athlone and Queen's County, for other special matters of His Majesty; wherein he continued the space of 32 days, beginning the 5th day of March last, and ending the 5th of this April, at the allowance of 26s. per diem. 42l. 13s. 4d. sterling.

18 April 1605.—The like concordatum granted to Sir Anthony Sentleger, Knight, Master of the Rolls, for the said time and circuit, and for like allowance and sum.

42s. 13s. 4d.

18 April 1605.—A concordatum of 15l. sterling, granted to the Lord Bishop of Downe, for his repair hither, by direction out of England, and his attendance for effecting special services of His Majesty. 15l. sterling.

25 April 1605.—A concordatum of 15l. 19s. 6d. granted to Sir John Everard, Knight, for the keeping of sessions in the county of Louth and Downe and the town of Drogheda for the space of 18 days, at the allowance of 17s. 10d. for every of the said days. 15l. 19s. 6d.

25 April 1605.—A concordatum of 16l. sterling, granted to Sir Nicholas Walshe, Knight, for keeping of sessions in the county of Kildare and Queen's County for the space of 12 days, at 26s. 8d. sterling by the day. 16l. sterling.

30 April 1605.—A concordatum of 92l. 7s. 10d. sterling, granted to the Earl of Clanrickard, for money by him disbursed for the necessary reparations of His Majesty's house at Athlone, between the 10th May 1604 until the last of September following. 92l. 7s. 10d. sterling.

His Lordship will please to observe that this is a concordatum for the payment of monies which his Lordship and Council have signed since the 3rd of February 1604, at [which?] time he received the government, till the 1st of May following, being three months; which according to his pleasure and instructions out of England are humbly certified as they are entered in the Council book.—1 May 1605.

Pp. 7. Endd.

486. Lord Deputy and Council to the Privy Council. [May 28.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 34.

Have settled the matter in controversy between the auditors Peyton and Ware by allowing both their patents. There is need of the service of both. Have determined to look into the reckoning for the composition of the English Pale, which has not been taken for eight or ten years past. This can only be gathered out of Sir Henry Wallop's and Sir George Carey's accounts, taken by the auditor in England. They have appointed the bearer, James Ware, to attend the taking out of the necessary collections, and request that order may be given to the auditor accordingly. Have given similar directions to Ware in respect of bonds due to the King by persons in Ireland, remaining in the Exchequer in England. —Dublin Castle, 28 May 1605.

Signed: Sir Arthur Chichester, R. Wingfield, James Ley, Edmund Pelham, G. Bourcher, Anth. Sentleger, Jeff. Fenton.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.: "D. & Council to the Lords."

487. Pension to Anthony Standen. [May 29.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 34 a.

Letters Patent under the great seal of Ireland, reciting that a yearly pension of 5s. per diem had been granted for good service by the late Queen to Anthony Standen, and that the same has now been surrendered by him; and ordering that the like pension shall be granted to Eusebius Andrews.

P. 1. Parchment. Sealed. Endd.: "29th May 1605. Entered ult̃o Sept. 1605, per Deput. Auditor, Henr. F. Reynolds."

488. Bishop of Meath to the Earl of Salisbury. [May 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 35.

Some of his Lordship's friends both here and there have, as the Bishop has learned by credible intelligence, recommended him by their letters and favourable testimonies to succeed his dear deceased Lord Chancellor in that office, which he confesses is a place of greater height and honour than any worthiness in him can deserve or merit; and such was his wisdom and sufficiency which supplied that place, as that the Bishop finds himself many degrees less than he was to perform the several offices belonging thereunto; yet out of the advice of some of his friends here, rather than from any ambition in himself, he has humbly made bold to write unto the Lord Lieutenant (to whom his service and course of life are well known) if in his own judgment he shall conceive him to be fit for that promotion, or that therein he may perform any acceptable service to His Majesty, to vouchsafe him his furtherance in the attaining of this dignity; wherein he shall be ready to employ both his knowledge, experience, and whatsoever else there is in him to the advancement of His Highness's service and the good of this poor kingdom. And to this end he humbly intreats Salisbury's good favour to this suit, as in his wisdom he shall think most meet; his (the Bishop's) purpose and intention being none other but, in the exercise of this office, to carry himself with that integrity and sincerity which is required, and to show the fruits and effects of whatsoever he has learned in the time of his 31 years' service in this country. All which he humbly submits to Salisbury's wise consideration, craving pardon for his boldness. —Dublin, 30 May 1605.

Does not desire the archbishoprick of Dublin in any ambition, but for the convenience of living nearer the State, to answer the office of the Chancellor; of the which if it shall seem good to His Majesty otherwise to dispose, he humbly prays Salisbury to be a means he may continue in the place he now holds.

Pp. 2. Hol. Sealed. Endd. Add.: "B. of Meath to Cecyll."

489. Sir Patrick Murray to Salisbury. [May.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 28.

Craves leave to explain his true meaning in the suit which he made to the King concerning Magowir's (Lord Maguire's) lands. Thinks Salisbury has mistaken him, supposing that he was "a suttor (suitor) for Magowir's holle (whole) lands." Is not, "bot in a sertane kynde." If the King is pleased to restore the estate to the next heir, his (Murray's) "sutte is no moir bot the wardship of the chyld whoe is the next aire, till he but at full age." Hopes his Lordship will think this "a resanable sute."

P. 1. Hol. Add. Endd. by Salisbury's clerk: "Sir Patrick Murray to my Lord, concerning his suite for M'Guyer's lands."

[Not dated; but must be prior to June 23, as there is an order of Council on that date regarding Maguire's lands. See June 23.]


  • 1. Created Earl of Salisbury, May 4, 1604.