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James I: December 1605
587. Sir Arthur Chichester to any of His Majesty's Counsel. [Dec. 1.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 158.
Warrant for a fiant for Thomas Nolan, gent., and his heirs, to keep a weekly market at Ballinrobe every Thursday, and fair to begin the Monday in Whitsun week yearly, to continue for two days, reserving a rent of 10s. payable half-yearly at Easter and Michaelmas to His Majesty.— Dublin Castle, 1 Dec. 1605.
P. 1. Original.
588. Lord Deputy and Council to the Lords. [Dec. 5.] With P.S. dated Dec. 13. S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 95.
Upon consideration of the great backwardness of the people and their obeying the instigations of their priests and seminaries in dissuading them from repairing to divine service and sermons, they determined to take some course with them for their reformation in that matter. And having, after the publishing of His Majesty's proclamation sent from England, expected many Sabbath days their conformity to His Majesty's desire and commands, yet finding no amendment, but rather an increase of obstinacy against the proclamation, they resolved to begin with that city, which was the lantern of this whole kingdom, and in that matter the only place whereon the eyes of expectation of all the rest were earnestly fastened; and for that purpose they sent for the aldermen and some other chief citizens, with whom they dealt with all lenity and mildness by persuasion, to draw them to the duty of their repairing to church only. And for that they found some material difference to be betwixt the original record of the statute of second of the late Queen, for the uniformity of common prayer, and the printed copy thereof, they caused the statute to be exemplified under the great seal, and published the same in this city, and in the end of the proclamation they added His Majesty's commandment in these words:—" And, therefore, we do in the name of the King's most excellent Majesty expressly and straightly charge and command all His Majesty's subjects within this realm upon every Sunday and other days ordained and used to be kept as holy days, to resort and repair to their several parish churches or chapels, and then and there to abide orderly and soberly during the time of common prayer, preaching, or other service of God, and further to observe and obey all and every the articles of the said Act, according to the tenor and true meaning of the same, not only upon the penalties therein contained, but also upon the pain of His Majesty's high displeasure and indignation, and of such further punishment as may lawfully be inflicted upon the wilful contemners of His Majesty's royal commands, proclamations, and prerogatives." But finding they had no regard of the said several proclamations, nor of their gentle admonitions, they sent for them again, and bound them to appear in the Castle Chamber, at the first sitting there that term, which was adjourned by reason of the infection. In the meantime, perceiving no conformity in them, they sent several mandates under the great seal to 16 of the best of them, amongst whom were two Englishmen, one Phillip Bassett, and the other one Francis Marshall, his son-in-law. The form of the mandate they enclose. This course they thought fittest, in order the better to convict them in the Castle Chamber of many great contempts if they disobeyed. At this, although they were somewhat troubled, yet did they not stick to condemn the same; whereupon they convented them before them in the Castle Chamber on Friday the 22nd of the last month, at which time they thought fit to censure only nine of the chief of them. The aldermen they fined at 100l. a piece, being six, and the rest, who were of meaner ability, at 50l. a piece; of which number Bassett was, whom they further adjudged to depart this realm within 30 days, and to repair into England there to live under those laws under which he was born. The last part of their sentence was that they should all remain prisoners in this Castle during the Lord Deputy and Court's pleasure, and that none of those citizens should bear any office till they conformed themselves. This they did, in order that the better affected citizens might by their voices carry the greater sway in any matter for the advancement of this service. The Wednesday following they proceeded to sentence those whom they could not on the Friday before, except one of them named John Artor, an alderman, who undertook to conform himself, which now he has done. Of these was Francis Marshall, who had the same measure his father-in-law Bassett had, and the rest such punishment as the former; and in order that they might perceive that not their goods but their conformity was sought, they allotted the greatest part of their fines to the repairing of such churches in that city as remained ruinous since the great blast of gunpowder, to the relieving of poor scholars in the college, and to such other necessary and charitable uses. Assure him that by these measures those parish churches in the city that were in case to be resorted to, are better frequented now than they had been any time these dozen years or more; and some aldermen, as Borrowe, Younge, Artor, and Taylor, then sheriff, (who all had a long time forborne coming to church,) had by these means conformed themselves, and did then come orderly to service and sermons; and they doubted not but many more of all sorts would soon follow, if the course begun were well proceeded in, and not crossed or intermitted, which (through their experience of the like in former times) they much looked after. With regard to the carriage of the noblemen and gentlemen of the Pale in this business; upon the publishing of the first proclamation, it seemed they had some serious consultation among themselves, and thereupon framed a petition, which was delivered to the Deputy by Sir James Dillon, eldest son to Sir Lucas Dillon, late Chief Baron there, John Sarsfeld, John Finglas of Wespelston, and one Edward Newgent, a lawyer; to which were annexed schedules signed by most of the noblemen and gentlemen of the five counties of the Pale. The double of that petition and schedule they therewith sent. They found much fault with their petition; and sharply reproving them, that they would forerun them in a matter they were not yet touched with, they dismissed them till Monday following. At that time they found that those gentlemen who preferred the petition were but upon the sudden drawn in, and made only the instruments of the Viscount Gormanston, the Lord of Louth, Sir Patrick Barnewell, Richard Newterville, and some other busy-bodies that had contrived the said petition. For those they had then sent, and did purpose to hold such a course with them as upon the examination of the circumstances they should think fit.
And whereas they were given to understand that they purposed to appoint some agent to prefer petition for them there, they prayed the Lords of the Council that neither their agent nor petition should receive any grace. This would much countenance the doings of the State in Ireland. According to their direction they had given strict order that neither Irish soldiers nor beggars should pass from thence, but with such caution as they (the Lords of the Council) had prescribed. And as for the repair of suitors thither, they had been ever very wary not to recommend any. But if the Lords of the Council were to hold that course which was held in Her late Majesty's time, that no suitor coming from thence should be regarded, but rather punished if he came without certificate or letters of recommendation, they would be much less troubled with them.
They remind them of the necessity of sending a treasurer or else some other man of worth to execute the office. There is likewise great want of a worthy man to supply the vacant place of the Master of the Ordnance, especially as at that time it was doubtful what those wicked instruments the Jesuits and seminaries (growing desperate), might draw their favourers to do. For that place they recommend Sir Oliver Lambert, for his skill in the wars and his experience in this kingdom.
The 22nd of last month the Deputy received letters from the Earl of Salisbury, importing the manner of the most detestable and inhuman treason against the person of His Majesty and the whole body of the High Court of Parliament, which he caused to be published the same day in a very great assembly at the Castle Chamber. By this many strange reports were very happily stayed, which otherwise both did and would have fled abroad, not agreeing to the truth. He sent also several copies of the letters into the country, which wrought the same effect, as he had been given to understand from the Lord President of Munster and others. And as the Lord of Heaven hath in His marvellous and holy providence delivered His Majesty and all from this abominable practice of Rome and Satan, so they hoped and prayed that He would for ever preserve His Majesty and the Church of Christ in His Highness's dominions, and laugh all his and their enemies to scorn. For the better furtherance of the state of that Church they had appointed Mr. William Daniell (who translated the New Testament into the Irish tongue) to translate the Book of Common Prayer (except the Psalms) that the people might be acquainted with prayers in their own tongue. The Psalms would be a long work, and therefore they thought it best they should be deferred for that time. To that end he was gone into the province of Connaught, in order to have the assistance of such as he should think fit there. —Dublin, 5 December 1605.
Postscript.—After the signing of these letters there appeared before them the Viscount Gormanston, Sir Patrick Barnewall, Richard Newtervill, Henry Burnell, and Christopher Flatsbury, whom they had sent for, as the chief actors in contriving the petition therewith sent. Upon examination of the circumstances, they had found them to be the principal plotters of the petition, but especially Sir Patrick Barnewall and Newtervill. And considering the time they had chosen for this their seditious practice, not much differing from the time that the late abominable treason should have been accomplished there, together with the unseasonable importunity of the Viscount Gormanston in urging an answer to their petition after they had a day prefixed for the same, as also the circumstance of their repair thither upon the first easterly wind concurring, they suspected that some in Ireland were not ignorant of the wicked conspiracy there. They therefore wished them to have some of those conspirators to be examined, whether any knowledge of the plot was sent into Ireland; the rather because the Jesuits have constant intelligence and advice betwixt themselves in all parts, and they doubt not they were the inciters, if not the practisers, of that hellish treason. Considering that multitudinous petition, and seeing no cause that they should doubt or fear them, they had committed to the Castle the said Lord Gormanston, Sir Patrick Barnewall, and Flatsbury, and had confined Burnell and Newtervill (by reason of their age and impotence) to their own houses in the country, upon bonds to appear the first sitting of the Castle Chamber the next term. And because Sir Patrick Barnewall had most obstinately defended the petition, and in more indecent manner than was meet, they thought fit more strictly to confine him for a time. As for Sir James Dillon and John Finglas, whom they much pitied and were desirous to favour, because they were simply drawn in, yet finding them no whit sorry for what they had done, and being demanded if it were to be done again, whether they would do it, answered, "it was like they would," they thought meet not to suffer their audacious wilfulness to go unpunished, and therefore had likewise committed them to the Castle, purposing thereafter as they should find them conformable, so to proceed with them all in as temperate a course as they might without prejudice to the cause.—13 December 1605.
Signed: Sir Arthur Chichester, Tho. Midensis, James Ley, Ant. Sentleger, Edmund Pelham, Jeff. Fenton.
Pp. 10. Add. Endd.: "The Council of Ireland to the Lords." Enclosing,
589. Mandate to Citizens of Dublin to attend Church. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 95 I.]
[Duplicate of No. 573, p. 346.]
P. 1. Endd.
590. Earl of Tyrone to the King. [Dec. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 86, 87.
Rejoices not a little that God has freed His Majesty from the mischief he hears was intended against him. Has been before the now Lord Deputy's time many ways troubled by such as since the granting of his patent have stanned (fn. 1) [scanned] very nearly thereupon, and have pried so nearly into it, that unless His Majesty will vouchsafe to expound his royal meaning and exposition of the patent, the courses lately held against him (Tyrone) will grow to the overthrow of his whole estate; which he leaves unto His Majesty's most princely pleasure, and himself most ready and obedient at his service. So craving pardon for his boldness, he most humbly takes leave.—Dublin, 6 December 1605.
P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.: "To the King's most excellent Maty."
591. Earl of Tyrone to Earl of Salisbury. [Dec. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 88.
Upon the former honourable favours he (Salisbury) has shown towards him, has presumed to present his duty unto him by these few lines, and to be an humble "shuter" to him to be a means that the King would vouchsafe to explain his royal meaning and exposition touching the tenor of His Highness's late patent granted unto him (Tyrone); he having been (before the now Lord Deputy's time) not a little troubled with sundry busy-headed persons that have so pried into his estate to take advantages against him, that he can assure himself of nothing, unless His Majesty do prevent these courses; touching which he has written at large unto the Earl of Devonshire, who, he assures himself, will do his best to strengthen him in enjoying the full benefit of his promise. —Dublin, 6 December 1605.
P.S.—Has sent a particular note of such parcels of lands as have been taken from him.
P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "The Earl of Tirone to Salisbury."
592. Lord Deputy Chichester to Salisbury. [Dec. 7.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 89.
Received on the 20th November, his letters of the 10th of the same, signifying the odious and detestable treasons intended against His Majesty's person and the whole state of his kingdom and subjects.
They came to him upon a Star Chamber day; a great appearance being gotten together at that time to hear his censures of certain recusants of this city, who wilfully and very obstinately disobey the King's proclamation and mandates under the broad seal. Caused the letters at that instant to be openly read by the Lord Chancellor, who seconded them with a grave speech to good purpose. Has transmitted copies of them to the Earls of Ormonde and Thomond, to the President of Munster, Vice-President of Connaught, and to sundry other Lords and Governors of this kingdom; to the end the truth might appear, which hath dashed and made false many factious and seditious reports, and rumours given out and spread about the same time of sundry insurrections and troubles in that kingdom. They all render hearty thanks unto God for the foresight and wisdom given unto him (Salisbury) in discovering all these and many other bloody and troublesome practices before they take effect, which is greatly honoured and infinitely admired by all men. May truly deliver that there was never so general an applause given, as to his actions and endeavours, which in all men's opinions worthily deserve the same.
Their general letter will make known the course they have held with the recusants of the city; and the opposition intended by the Lords and gentlemen of the Pale will appear by their petition, to which they have fixed their hands; the double of which he sends herewith, and which will show their discontents conceived from their priests' banishment. This petition was preferred unto him before they entered into the censures of the recusants of this letter; and now taking notice of their fines and their restraints, they imagine it may in short time extend to themselves, which troubles them not a little; which notwithstanding, if his government be countenanced and supported in its endeavours, these heats will soon be qualified, and the kingdom, in this point, much reformed; which is the mark they shoot at, no way dreading this opposition or practice, so long as they have means to hold and draw this poor remnant of an army together, and to entertain more assistance if they have cause to use them for His Majesty's service; for if they begin to stir, of which he is as yet distrustful, he thinks it the best course presently to suppress it, for which, if there be occasion, he will neglect no time.
But money comes so slowly unto them that most of it is expended or issued before it arrives. Thus of this 8,000l. now sent, 5,000l. hath been borrowed to meet the wants of the army since Michaelmas, which is to be repaid out of the same; and a part was taken by the Lord Lieutenant or Mr. Treasurer in England (as reason is it should) for their entertainments. So there remains but a small portion to be employed towards their relief for the time to come. My Lord Treasurer writes of 4,000l. and a proportion of apparel for the use of the soldiers, which is designed for them, but it is not yet arrived. The delays of their payments carry such a show of profitable saving for His Majesty, that, whereas (for their lending especially), they should be paid a week beforehand, (a course usual in all other wars that he has served in here), since these new silver harpes came amongst them, the one moiety of their entertainment is commonly due and in arrear upon their accounts and reckonings at the half-year's end, which is not so easily gotten as it should be, nor as they know the King intends; by which His Majesty is abused without saving one penny, for all is paid from his coffers at one time or other, while the captains and soldiers are beggared and undone, the profit running to such as never deserved it.
Knows him so honourable, that he dares lay open unto him the secrets of his heart, and hopes that no reproof shall follow. There is, upon probable conjecture, due to this army, pensioners, and others in pay, and to the country for tickets, above 40,000l. There is usually imprested for us from the Tower 10,000l., 12,000l., or 14,000l., and that is designed for this country. But there are so many warrants of full pay tickets and concordatums, sleeping in the hands of some that have gotten them from the poor servitors and country for trifles, that much must go for payments that way, before or after it comes hither; which cannot be holpen but by the vigilance of the Treasurer, who is the immediate officer in this kind, and free, in Chichester's opinion, from this baseness. But in its being thus converted, he (Chichester) endures heavy taxes by letter from my Lord Treasurer, as if he were a careless and improvident divider of the King's treasure. When it comes unto him, he knows full well that he has not offended in this kind. For such divisions as he made were at the Council table, when every man had his proportion according to the entertainments he is allowed from the King. And yet betwixt shame and sorrow, he daily endures the complaints and cryings of many hundreds, unto whom money is due for their wages and service; and for his part he never made use of 10l. of the treasure sent hither for favour or profit to any man. And seeing the charge of this kingdom, as my Lord Treasurer writes, is so great to the King's coffers, some speedy course must be taken for easing thereof.
Sends herewith a brief of the day's, month's, and halfyear's charge, by which Salisbury may gather how hard it is for him (Chichester) to give any reasonable satisfaction out of 12,000l., which his Lordship allots to them by his letters from Michaelmas to Lady-day. Most of these entertainments stand good by patent or establishment, from which he cannot swerve, it being under the King's hand or seal. If there were order to pay or compound the remains, and if the Treasurer returned, or some other in his place, (should he give it over,) conceives that business would go better than it doth; for through his care more money would be brought into the Exchequer, and less abuse committed in issuing it. Does not see how any of the foot can as yet be abated. Some horse, pensioners, paymasters, commissaries of musters, victuals, and such like, upon giving them their remains, may be discharged within short time, after these gentlemen's heats (upon their priests' banishment) is somewhat qualified. Mr. Birchenshaw is there, and can well inform him in the most unnecessary charges; but in his (Chichester's) opinion, he applies all his little understanding to the oppression of the poor captains, over whom he hath of long time triumphed, and intends not their good, by discovering the wrongs done unto them; in which he doubts not he is too well practised.
Among many favours which he has received from Salisbury, humbly beseeches him to find some one more worthy to supply this place, which he finds too weighty for him; and by such exchange the King may be better served than by a poor younger brother, who is desirous to limit his ambition by his fortunes, and is in nothing so much comforted as in the favour and grace it pleaseth Salisbury to afford him.
Has sent dogs, and a bitch great with whelps; they are good, and the fairest that this kingdom affords.—Dublin Castle, 7 December 1605.
Pp. 5. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury." Encloses,
593. A Petition to the Lord Deputy by the Nobility and Gentry of the English Pale. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 89 I. n. d.]
May it please you, &c.: Whereas the King's most excellent Majesty lately, moved, as it should seem, by some sinister information, covertly taxing the honour loyalty, and duty of His Majesty's faithful subjects of this kingdom with a foul and reproachful imputation, as though we were or might by the inducement of priests (a matter we protest never used by any of them) be alienated in our affections, and brought into distaste of the course of civil government, contrary to our duties and allegiance, hath by a late proclamation forbidden the private use of our religion and conscience, exposing us to the penalties enacted against the same by Statutes; we, therefore, the nobility and inhabitants of the English Pale, whose names of the several counties are in schedules hereunto annexed, not a little grieved, as well at such an undeserved imputation, as at the severity we conceive like to follow in the execution of this proclamation against ourselves and priests for mere matter of religion and conscience, do most humbly beseech you to forbear and suspend the execution thereof until His Majesty shall be more rightly informed, and made better acquainted with the state of our present condition and innocency; wherein we humbly crave your favour and allowance, and nothing doubt but His Highness will have such gracious consideration and princely regard of our manifold and heretofore sustained calamities, as that he will not now, to the new increase of our miseries, give way to any course of forcing our consciences, contrary to the certain knowledge whereof we cannot by any means be drawn to do aught that may that way tend to the breach of our duty towards God.
The names of those of the county of Meath, annexed to the petition.
Gerald De la Hoid.
Tho. Bedose (sic) [Beddowes].
The names of those of the county of Dublin, annexed to the petition.
R. Nutterville (sic).
Those of the country of Kildare.
The Corporation of the Naas.
James St. Michell.
The names of those of the county of Westmeath, annexed to the petition.
Edw. Brenaent. (sic).
The names of those of the county of Louth, annexed to the petition.
John Beloawe (sic).
Pp. 6. Endd.: "Receaved here, in England, 19 December 1605."
594. Army Estimate, Oct. 1, 1605—March 31, 1606. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 89 II.]
Estimate of the charge of the Army and others, from 1st October 1605 to 31st March 1606.
Pp. 3. Endd.
595. Lord Gomarston [Gormanston], and other Noblemen of the English Pale, to the Earl of Salisbury. [Dec. 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 90.
The importance of the matter and great extremity which at the present doth touch the inhabitants of the English Pale, enforceth those whose names are subscribed in the behalf of themselves and the rest, to address themselves to him (Salisbury), whose mediation, for the place which he worthily holds with His Majesty, must be strong, to procure a remedy for them, and whose labour for the King's service, and the ease of these his subjects of the kingdom, will not be found slack to yield effects worthy his wisdom and judgment. His Majesty, as it seemeth, upon some information that his subjects here did use their religion now with greater presumption than in Her late Majesty's time, and that they were seduced by priests, and brought to a distaste and dislike of the civil government and laws of the kingdom, did publish by proclamation that all priests should depart the kingdom by the 10th day of this present month of December, and that every man else should resort to his parish church, and communicate in the prayers there used, under the pains and penalties contained in the laws and statutes of this realm. Whereupon the subjects of the English Pale, desirous to free themselves of this imputation that they might, by any human working, be withdrawn from their duties and natural allegiance to His Majesty, or that they had with less respect proceeded in matter of religion now than before His Highness's reign, preferred a petition to the Lord Deputy, a copy whereof is sent enclosed. Whereupon some of the Lords and gentlemen who preferred the same were committed to prison, others confined to their houses; and greater severity was used in the execution of the proclamation than the laws did appoint or His Majesty (as they imagine) did intend, having expressed by his proclamation that the penalty should be referred to what was contained in the statutes of this realm; beyond which direction divers persons (for not yielding to go to church) were bound over (as if it had been for some outrageous contempt or heinous riot) to appear in the Castle Chamber (never before used as a spiritual consistory), where four of them are fined in the sum of 100l. for one default, with imprisonment during the Lord Deputy's pleasure (where they yet remain), and besides are censured to be deprived of all offices and magistracies. For levying of these fines at this present, their houses and doors are broken up, their wives and poor children distressed and terrified, with divers other extremities which were too long to recite. If these courses may hold, in vain were laws made. It resteth, therefore, that Salisbury shall interpose his counsel and authority to moderate these extremities, and maintain the petitioners in that opinion with the King, which their loyal hearts and affection deserveth; and seeing that penal laws ought rather to be restrained than extended, he will procure that no greater severity be holden towards them than the plain letter of the law doth bear. This favour they humbly beseech him to procure, and so they assuredly hope that he will, &c.—8 December 1605. Gormanston, Ro. Trimletstone, Chris. Killene, H. Howthe.
Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.: "Noblemen of the English Pale to my Lord. Receaved, 14 February."
596. [Duplicate of No. 593.] [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 90 I.]
597. [Duplicate of No. 595.] ]S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 91.]
598. Lord Gormanston and other Gentlemen of the Pale to the Earl of Devonshire. [Dec. 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 92.
A letter of similar import with No. 595, from the same parties, addressed to the Earl of Devonshire.
599. Copy of the above letter to the Earl of Devonshire.— 8 December 1605. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 92 a.]
600. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Salisbury. [Dec. 9.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 93.
Understanding that his Lordship is from the Court in other employments of His Majesty, has directed the general letter written from the Council to the Lords to be delivered to him, in which they have made known the course they have held with the recusants of this city; and herewith he sends a petition preferred by the Lords and gentlemen of the Pale, which declares some discontent in consequence of their priests' banishment. The same had been preferred to him before they entered into the censures of the recusants of the city. But now, seeing the fines and restraints imposed on them, they imagine it may in short time extend to themselves. This they (the Council) no ways meant, until they should have received allowance of their proceedings with the city, and further directions concerning them. Having had the petition two or three days in his keeping, they pressed him for an answer by the mouth of the Viscount Gormanstone, divers Lords and gentlemen attending the same. Whereupon he summoned Sir James Dyllon, who formerly delivered him the petition, with some other of each shire, to come before the Council, at the table, on Monday the second of this instant; when, by examination of each one apart, it soon appeared that those that presented it were men chosen, and through their weakness soon induced, to undertake the business, but unacquainted with the first plotting and devising thereof. They further found, that it was contrived by Sir Patrick Barnewell, Mr. Richard Nettervyll, old Burnell the lawyer, and some few others; and after often correction, it was committed to several men of trust, who got hands unto it in each shire; and at their coming to this town to present it, they met often with the Lord of Gormerstowne and many others at the Lord of Lowthe's lodging, both which Lords (as it seems) have been too busy in the matter. On Friday, in the evening, after sundry discourses and reasonings, the Council found cause to commit the Viscount Gormerstowne, Sir Patrick Barnewell, and Flasburie a lawyer, to the constable of the Castle. Nettervylle and Burnell, in respect of their ages, they have confined to their houses in the country, upon good bonds to appear in the Castle Chamber the first sitting of next term. They have sent for the Lord of Louth and two or three others that were most busy in the matter, and how they shall proceed with them his Lordship shall understand by the next. Yesterday, being Saturday, they called for Sir James Dyllon and one of each shire that preferred the petition. Some of them they found sorrowful for what they had done, and these they released upon bonds answer when they were called for. Sir James Dyllon and Fynglas, making no show of sorrow or submission, they have likewise committed, and, as they shall conform themselves, the Council intend to deal with them. For as yet there appears no further cause of mistrust or suspicion; albeit it sorted in with the time of the odious and detestable treason intended to be acted there; and true it is, that through that occasion they were the rather induced to take this course with these parties, that their associates may see how smally they esteem their combined oppositions.
They all yield hearty thanks unto God for the happy and miraculous discovery of those bloody treasons, which undoubtedly reached and aimed at the subversion of His Majesty and all his kingdoms and good subjects. Here they are in hand with a good work; and, if it be supported by the King's gracious favour and Salisbury's good allowance there, these heats will soon be qualified, and the kingdom in that point much reformed. And he has no fear of their opposition and practices, so long as they can draw this remnant of an army together, and can entertain more assistance if they should have cause to use them for His Majesty's service. For if they begin to stir, of which he is not as yet distrustful, he knows it is the best course to suppress it in the beginning. Their greatest want will be money, which comes so slowly that but a small quantity remains to be employed towards the growing charges, noted by the Lord Treasurer in his letters (the copies of which he sends to the Lord Lieutenant), by which he (Salisbury) may see for what times and payments it is proportioned; there being omitted many horse, divers almsmen, pensioners, warders, and others, who have as great need as the poorest soldier in the kingdom. Has likewise sent a brief of the daily, monthly, and half-year's charge, by which it will easily appear how impossible it is for him to give any reasonable satisfaction out of such a proportion. And thus many businesses lie dead through these payments, by which the King saves not a penny, seeing the charge is thought too great. Prays him to devise means of easing the burden thereof; for, it being ratified under the hands of His Majesty, by his establishment, or under the great seal by patent, it is impossible, without doing wrong to the party unto whom whom the entertainment is allotted, to alter or diminish the same. Byrchinshaw is there, and hath with him the books of the whole charge, and every man receiving entertainment particularly named. Has often said and is still of opinion, that by making payment or compounding the remains, some horse, pensioners, paymasters, commissaries of musters, victuallers, Irish horse, and foot, may be reduced and discharged, as soon as these gentlemen's humours shall be settled; but for the foot, knows not how they can be lessened. The Irish that now have pay in the name of foot and horse, keep not a man to attend to any service, neither are they mustered; and the money given to them comes seldom to their fingers, but they sell it to such as can help themselves for trifles. If Salisbury will leave that to him, he will allot them some certain pension or other entertainments which shall content them as well, and ease a great part of His Majesty's charge therein.
Observes that my Lord Treasurer, perhaps upon the instigation of some whom he has ignorantly offended, has been pleased to tax him as an improvident and careless divider of the money when it comes hither; whereas there never came of the first two treasures, which he divided, above the one moiety of what was designed in specie, but in bills, of which some men have or may have store enough to take out all the treasure which shall be set down to this kingdom for a long time to come. For there is above 40,000l. due to the army, servitors, and country here; and he never made division but openly at the Council table, allotting to every man according to his allowance from the King, never converting 10l. thereof to his own use, for favour or profit to any man. (fn. 2) The third treasure was divided by the Council established in his absence in the North, and all of it issued before his return to this city. This last he has left in the charge of the sub-treasurer, and has required him to perform the contents of his Lordship's letter as near as he may, and he is compelled to endure the hourly exclamations of poor men seeking money, with this bare answer, "I cannot help you." Having laid out his own to his uttermost ability, beseeches Salisbury to hasten a treasurer to them, for this goes away by reason of his absence; and things are worse in the Exchequer, by reason of the Lord Chief Baron's sickness, who hath been ill of long time. Likewise prays him to think of the office of the Ordnance. It is not good to put that charge into the hands of an improvident man, nor such a one as will not attend it in person, and it is requisite he should be speedily established. If Salisbury have not otherwise designed it, in his (Chichester's) opinion, there cannot be a fitter man than Sir Oliver Lambart. Is now forced to look into both these offices, and humbly submits that the pain and burden of this place is greater than he can endure, not having one free hour in many days; many preceding year's questions being now brought before them.
The apparel and the 40,000l. mentioned in the Lord Treasurer's letters is not yet come; and he knows that we shall see but little of the money here, for that, and some part of this must go towards the payment of the debts borrowed since Michaelmas last.
Humbly desires to hear from Salisbury touching his motion in the behalf of Sir Christopher St. Lawrence, who is often in hand with him for an answer. Likewise desires to understand what is conceived touching the Liffer (Lifford), Omie (Omagh), Cullmore, Masserine, and other places mentioned in their general letters upon their return from the North. These places must be thought on in peace, in order to prevent wars and settle the kingdom. If he will take notice of them, it is all he (Chichester) desires, and he may endeavour the perfecting of them as he sees time; for money comes so short to them that without particular instructions, he is disheartened from undertaking any matter of charge.
Upon survey of the stores taken since the death of Sir George Bourchier, finds there is not 40 lbs. of lead in this magazine of Dublin, and desires there may be some quantity provided at Chester, and sent hither. In the meantime he must take up all he can get in this city. That which came with the last powder was lost (as he is informed) in the drowned ship. If the King will be pleased by his express letters to forbid the bringing of any powder into this land, but what comes for His Majesty's stores, it would be a bridle to these men's insurrections. Until this land be better refined, policy must be added to the laws, which is so well known to Salisbury that he need not trouble him further therein. Has this day received the King's letters in favour of Dr. Dod for the bishoprick of Meath, and to be a councillor in this State. Beseeches Salisbury to hasten him and the Bishop of Dyrrie, whose presence may do much good in this kingdom, and thinks that, without such summons, they will linger there a long time.—Dublin Castle, 9 December 1605.
Pp. 6. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.:"Lord Deputy to Salisbury."
601. Note of the Treasure arrived in Ireland, 30 November 1605. [Dec. 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol.217,93 I.
Pp. 1½ Endd.
602. The charge of the army and others in pay, from 1 October 1605 to 31 March 1606. [Dec. 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol.217, 98 II.
603. Sir John Davys to Salisbury. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 94. n. d.]
The principal business then in motion there was the reducing of the people of that town to church. For Dublin being the principal city and seat of the State, all the eyes of the kingdom were turned upon it, expecting the event of the proceedings there; and the Council presumed the people of other parts would be much led one way or the other by the example of that place. To show Salisbury what had been done the last term, he sends him enclosed a copy of the decree in the Star Chamber, which was made against divers of the principal recusants of that city. That manner of proceeding, as it was just, and justified to be so both by law and precedent at the hearing, so was it necessary in this kingdom, because they had not there the penal laws which were in England, imposing the forfeiture of 20l. a month and the like, and therefore they were fain to resort to that prerogative course, warrantable by the common laws of that realm.
The priests and Jesuits were full of rage, because their time was but short; insomuch that their instigation had produced that seditious or giant-like petition with hundreds of hands, of which he was assured he (Salisbury) had received a copy from the Deputy. The advisers and inditers of it are found to be Sir Patrick Barnwall, Eich. Netterfeild, and old Burnell the lawyer. Sir James Dillon and one Finglas did deliver it. The young Viscount of Gormanston was set on importunately and peremptorily to crave an answer of it of my Lord Deputy. Of these Sir Patrick Barnwall (who confidently maintained and justified his doing therein), was committed to the Castle of Dublin. (fn. 3) Mr. Netterfield and Mr. Burnell, by reason of their age and more temperate carriage when they were called before the Council, were confined to their houses in the country, and bound to appear the first sitting in the Star Chamber the next term. The Viscount and other two gentlemen were likewise committed to the Castle. He did not conceive that the State took that course to prevent any motion or stir of the people. There was no cause to doubt any such matter; for these gentlemen of the Pale, as they had good estates and lands which they were loath to forfeit, so they had no other means to make a war, which, even if they had means to begin, they know would end with their utter ruin. Besides, they had not a man of spirit or greatness among them to undertake such a matter; and lastly, they knew that the commons generally, and especially the Irishry, were better affected to the Crown at that time than in any age theretofore, so as they rested secure for matter of rebellion. Yet, because that petition did seem factious and seditious, and because it concurred with the time ere that accursed and damnable plot should have been executed in England, the like whereof the devil did never devise since he was first cast out of the presence of God, it had been thought meet to restrain the principal actors, and if direction came not to the contrary, to proceed against them in the Star Chamber next term; and the Court of Star Chamber, if the power and jurisdiction of it should be maintained and used as it was begun, would prove the best school to teach the people obedience that ever was erected in that kingdom.
Touching this work of reformation (meaning the bringing the people to church), the State was engaged in it; and it must be constantly pursued, or else they must ever thereafter despair to do anything in it. It may seem to have "difficiles uditus,"but he was strongly persuaded that it would have a general good success, for the Irishry, priests, people, and all, will come to church. The Lord Deputy told him the priests within his government of Knockfergus had for the most part taken the oath of supremacy; and Sir Foulk Conwey, the Deputy Governor there, told him that, since the proclamation published, they came to him and offered to conform themselves. The like is to be presumed of the multitude in general throughout the kingdom; for so it happened in King Edward the Sixth's days, when more than half the kingdom of England were Papists; and again in the time of Queen Mary, when more than half the kingdom were Protestants; and again in Queen Elizabeth's time, when they were turned Papists again.
The multitude was ever made conformable by edicts and proclamations; and though the corporations in that realm and certain of the principal gentlemen stood out, and the multitude only by their example, yet if this one corporation of Dublin were reformed, the rest would follow; and if those gentlemen that were now in the Castle were reduced, the whole Pale would be brought to conformity. Therefore he beseeches Salisbury not to despair of the success of that business, though there were some opposition at the first. No man in that kingdom had such cause to wish it had never been attempted as himself, because they thought the proclamation was procured only by his solicitation when he was in England. In that he was a prophet; for once he said as much to him (Salisbury), when he told him again that he (Sir John) was but a minister and servant of the State, and therefore they would never impute it unto him; but he found it otherwise, and felt the effects of the people's mislike in the practice of his profession. Since his return, moreover, he was less respected by the State there than ever he was in former time. He therefore only beseeches him, upon the next occasion, to give him some little sunbeam or reflection of grace or countenance out of England, to revive his reputation somewhat amongst them.
Is sorry to have written so much of himself; therefore, to return to the public. Urges the propriety of sending fit and able judges thither, and not the placing of one or two there, merely for necessity of service and not for merit. It would be a great blow to the welfare of this kingdom if that noble resolution of his Lordship's took not effect.
P.S.—Had almost forgotten one circumstance, which he thought not unapt to be signified to his Lordship. When Sir Patrick Barnewall was committed from the Council table, "Well," said he, "we must endure as we have endured many other things." What mean you by that ? " said the Deputy; "what have you endured ?" "We have endured," said he, "the miseries of the late war, and other calamities besides." "You endured the misery of the late war ?" said the Deputy. "No, Sir, we have endured the misery of the war, we have lost our blood and our friends, and have indeed endured extreme miseries to suppress the late rebellion, whereof your priests, for whom you make petition, and your wicked religion, was the principal cause." And so, without any reply, he was delivered to the constable. He had been more submissive since his commitment; and, indeed, they were doubtful and fearful lest His Majesty should take a severe course against recusants, upon the discovery of those horrible treasons attempted by Papists in England, so that if conformity were wrought in England, that kingdom would follow without contradiction.
Pp. 5. Hol. No date. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir John Davyes to the Earl of Salisbury."Enclosing,
604.Decree in the Star Chamber at Dublin, against John Elliot, John Shelton, Thomas Plunckett, Robert Kennedie, Walter Sedgrave, Edmund Purcell, of the city of Dublin, aldermen, Thomas Carroll, Edmund Malone, of the same city, merchants, and Phillip Bassett, of the same, gent. Upon which their confession and wilful obstinacy, the Court proceeding to sentence and judgement.—Dublin, 22 November 1605. (fn. 4) [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 94 1.]
605. The King to the Lord Deputy.[Dec. 12.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p.135.
Directing the appointment of Sir Oliver St. John, Knt., to the office of Master of the Ordnance in Ireland, sometime void by death of Sir Geo. Bourchier, Knt., with the usual fees and entertainment, and with admission as one of the Council there.—Westminster, 12 December, 3rd of England and 39th of Scotland.
P. ¾. Add.:"Sir Arth. Chichester, Dep."
[Printed by Erck, Calender, p. 219.]
606. [Copy of No. 605.] [Dec. 12.] Add. Papers, Ireland.
607. Sir Patrick Barnewall to the Earl of Salisbury. [Dec. 16.] S.P., Ireland, vol.217, 96.
As Salisbury may perhaps receive some advertisement from thence, and as he fears he himself may receive some wrong, he is humbly bold to present these few lines to him. After the publication of the late proclamation for the banishment of priests, and notice of the severe course used against the aldermen and others of best sort in that city, for matter of religion, the nobility and gentlemen of the English Pale, finding themselves aggrieved, resolved to make suit to the Lord Deputy to forbear the execution thereof until they had addressed His Highness; and therefore, some of them having drawn a petition to that purpose, the same was sent to him to be viewed, being then upon the frontiers and remotest part of the English Pale. This he performed so carefully, lest anything in it might pass that might breed offence, as nothing (in his poor opinion) could be more dutifully framed, and so returned the same back again to such as sent it. This was after by some gentlemen presented to his Lordship; yet so far was he from breeding a good opinion by his dutiful conduct, as that for this much only, which he has now delivered, he stands committed to the Castle. He relies upon Salisbury's former favour for protection; and though he has no cause to fear the indifference of the Lord Deputy, yet he has allowable cause to except against some of the Council; and in that respect only humbly implores his honourable patronage, if they should go about, out of their own arbitrary course, to hold any hard course with him. He begs leave to advertise somewhat of the present condition of the time. The course begun, by sending commands under the broad seal upon duty of allegiance, for going to church, of purpose to draw men into the Star Chamber (where many aldermen and others of the better sort in this city were lately fined), all the learned in the laws there affirm to be contrary to the law which appoints the course for the offence committed that way, and absolutely forbiddeth all other. The invention is solely ascribed by general opinion to Sir James Ley, the now Lord Chief Justice; a man generally behated throughout this kingdom, who in the court where he sitteth, to the great scandal of justice, denieth men the copy of their indictments, which giveth the world to think, though they be never so guilty, yet, being denied the ordinary benefit of the law under which they are born, they be condemned as innocent. The execution of those judgments in the Star Chamber is thought as preposterous, men's houses and doors being broken up by the serjeant-at-arms, for search of their goods; and by this unlawful course of proceeding he greatly fears that even now are laid down the foundations of some future rebellion, to which though 20 years be gone, the memory of those extremities may give pretence.—Castle at Dublin, 16 December 1605.
Pp. 2. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir Patrick Barnewall to the Earl of Salisbury."
608. [Duplicate of No. 607.] [S.P., Ireland, vol.217, 97.]
609. The King to the Lord Deputy. [Dec. 16.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 137.
To "casse" Sir Josyas Bodley's company of 50 men, in consideration of the King's having lately benefited him otherwise. —Westminster, 16 December, in the third year of the reign.
P. 1. Orig. Add. Endd.
610. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland. [Dec. 20.] Philad. P., vol.3, p.47.
Application having been made in behalf of Lord Roche for a grant in fee-farm, or an extension of the term of years he now hath, of the Abbey of Bridgetown, and the poor house of Preaching Friars in Glanor, (fn. 5), in the country of Cork, at the ancient rent, the King requires the Deputy's report if this suit be fit to be granted; in the meantime a stay is to be made in the passing of the reversion to any other.—Whitehall, 20 December 1605.
Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., J. T. Dorset, Nottingham, Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury. E. Worcester, Devonshire, Northampton, Salisbury, W. Knollys.
P. 1. Orig. Add. Endd.
611. Petition of David Lord Roch, Viscount Fermoy, to the Lords and others of Her Majesty's most honourable Privy Council. [Dec. 20.] Philad. P., vol.3, p.49.
That his grandfather served the late Queen faithfully against the rebels at his own charge, with the loss of five of his sons, and a great number of his servants and followers.
Petitioner also, for his faithfulness to Her Majesty in the late rebellion, had his lands wasted and depopulated by the rebels, so that he is not able to live according to his degree, and is disabled to pay such arrears of rent as were grown due to Her Highness out of certain lands held of Her Highness for term of years, and the sums due by certain forfeited recognizances, entered into by his father and himself for the good behaviour of the late Viscount Mountgarret, deceased, and the Lord Fitzmaurice, which were received into favour after their transgressions.
Prays that the Lord Lieutenant may be directed to accept a surrender of the term of years, and to re-grant the lands, for as many years as are unexpired, at the former rents and services; and that he may have his writ of right without search or delay for the Castletown of Currighemilery, and 13 ploughlands; the castle and lands of Derwillain [Derryvillane], containing three ploughlands, and Dodd's castle, with one ploughland thereto belonging, and the castle and lands of Rathgogan, with five ploughlands, of which his ancestors were seised by many descents.
To Currighemilery Her Majesty became entitled by the attainder of one Philip Roch Fitz Edmund., who was never lawfully entitled, and to Derwillain, by the attainder of one John Pigott, who was but tenant at will thereof; Her Highness being also entitled to Dodd's castle and Rathgogan, by the attainder of Gerald Earl of Desmond, and the Clangibbons of the Great Wood, ancestors to David Encorige, attainted; whereby the petitioner may receive justice, and be the better enabled to do His Majesty service.
Pp. 2. Copy attached to a copy of the foregoing letter of the Lords of the Council. Endd.
612. The King to the Lord Deputy. [Dec. 26.] Philad. P., vol. I, p. 139.
On the information of the President of Munster lately of large arrears of his entertainment due to him, and that he should not be able to subsist in the King's service if those payments should be delayed or denied to him, the King yielded to his request that the revenues of that province and the rents of the impost of wines, of which the said President was farmer, might be particularly reserved for satisfaction of those that served in that province. But now, finding that if the revenues of that province should only be issued there, it would not only breed confusion in the receipts, but that the officers of justice and other patentees would be often dis appointed, the King thereby declared, that, though his meaning was that the President should not attend any other provision for his own fee and the diet of the Council, nor his own personal retinue of horse and foot, than from the revenues of the said province, the rest, which were of the garrison, should be satisfied, as portions of the army contained in the establishment, out of the balance after the judges, officers, and other patentees were satisfied, as always had been theretofore accustomed.—Westminster, 26 December, in the third year of the reign.
Pp. 2. Orig. Add. Endd.
613. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Dec. 31.] Philad. P., vol. 1, P. 140.
Directions for a commission for a survey of what ordnance, armour, and munitions are in store, to be delivered to Sir Oliver St. John, lately appointed Master of the Ordnance upon the death of Sir Geo. Bourchier. The Commissioners are to declare what portions are decayed and unserviceable, that they be no longer given in charge, but be disposed of. In the meantime Sir Arthur Chichester is to certify what quantity will be required from England.—Westminster, 31 December, in the third year of the reign.
Pp. 1½. Orig. Add. Endd. by Sir A. Chichester's clerk: "Last of December 1605. From His Maty in the behalf of Sir Oliver St John, Knight, for the office of Mr of the Ordonance."
614. Memoranda for Ireland. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 98.]
New commission for compounding debts.
Money to be hasted away.
Judges to be appointed, by advice of my Lord Chancellor and the judges, and to be made serjeants.
The Chief Justice and the Chief Baron to be called Lords, and to sit in robes, and all justices of assize and judges.
Prohibit coming over of rogues.
Fees for judges.
Remove a recusant judge.
615. Pensioners and Officers. [S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 99.]
Pp. 2. No date. Endd.: "Pensioners & Officers.'
[Probably late in 1605, but certainly before 9 March 1606.]
616. Advice concerning the Plantation of the Upper and Lower Ormond. [Dec. ?] S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 100.
If the King intends to proceed in the commissions of finding his title in the territories of Upper and Lower Ormond, &c., it will be fit that the commissions be enlarged to the lands in the county of Limerick, where much escheated land may be found.
Before it be proceeded in, it were needful that notice were given to such of the principal and others as pretend to be interested in the land, and that they were persuaded to submit upon reasonable terms, in order that the business may go on without fail.
Care must be taken that the lands be not given to private men, especially to great men that will not sit down upon them. There are many old servitors that were fit to have them, and most of them pensioners and such as claim great arrears, which they might be persuaded to quit for compensation of lands, whereby the King may save and quit many thousands. In the distribution of the lands, every undertaker of 500 acres and upwards to hold in capite, all of them tied to residence and building, answerable to their proportion, and very few to have above 500 acres.
P. 1. No date. Endd.: "Advice concerning the plantation of Upper & Lower Ormond."
617. Memorials for Ireland. S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 101.
Barnes, a fishmonger, and Orman, alderman, to be examined.
Owen Con, serjeant-major, to Sir William Stanley [ ] in Lisbone.
Edw. or Edmund Downes, dwelling in Waterford, in Ireland, (to be apprehended in Ireland).
The mayor of Waterford a recusant.
Turberville seduceth a daughter of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland.
Quicke, of Tredaghe, sent Fisher into Spain.
A priest, Bancks, the son of Bancks the hosier.
To be apprehended, Walles, of Waterford.
The Peter Goffe, of Waterford, a ship of Goffe. (Pierce Strong, his son, a dealer in this ship).
Four ships coming for Ireland from St. Mary's port, two of Waterford, one of Limerick, and one of Wexford; they brought into Spain 150 tons of beef and pork.
These four ships do pay to the officers of Ireland for their pass into Spain, every of them 60 crowns. These four ships conveyed 60 young men out of Ireland.
For the thing in the little parq [barque (?)] he knoweth no more than what he learned of persons, and of the Adelantado.
P. 1. No date.
618. The Names of the Fugitives of this Province, and of the Jesuits and Priests that remain in Munster.[S.P., Ireland, vol. 217, 102.]
The names of the principal gentlemen of Munster that are now pensioners in Spain:—
Donell O'Sowlevan Bear, of Beerhaven, his wife, and his son and heir, whose attendants are six men of Bantry.
Connor O'Driscall, the son and heir of Sir Fishinge O'Driscall,
Knight of Baltimor, whose attendants are of that country.
Morris Fitz John Desmont, the pretender for the earldom of Desmont.
Dermont M'Awly, M'Awly his son.
Dermont M'Connor, of Glanbarragyno [Glanbarrahane], called Castellhaven.
It may please your Lordship to consider, that, in regard these three havens, viz., Beerhaven, Balltimor, and Castellhaven, are places of great consequence to be kept for His Majesty, and that the proprietors of them are all in Spain, and likeliest to draw forces thither, that some gentlemen of worth and trust may have the command of them, who, by their continuance there, will inhibit the passing of all dangerous persons, who do most commonly land and embark themselves in these remote parts.
John Fitz Thomas Desmont, brother to the late titulary earl.
The wife of Donnogh Moyll M'Carty, Florence his brother, and sister to Jeames, that died in the Tower, her two sons and six attendants.
William Meogh, the late Recorder of Cork.
"Irishmen of this province that are continually beyond the seas in war, and commanders of companies under the Spaniards."
Walter Buttler, the son of the Lord Baron of Donboyn.
Barrett of Ballincolley.
Donnogh Moyll M'Cartie, Sir Owen M'Cartie, his son John Barry Oge.
"I have sent your Honour the names of the develish clergy remaining in this province, as I could learn them, wherof most of them be in the country of Tipperare."
David Kerny, Bishop, authorized from the see of Rome.
Father Brien Kearny, Jesuit.
Father Walter Wale, Jesuit.
Father Donnogh Oglissan [O'Gleesan], Jesuit.
David Hens, Priest of the Holy Rood.
Donnogh O'Hens, priest.
David Hogan, priest.
Tege Ofagie [O'Fahy], priest.
Donnogh O'Healy, priest.
James Brannogh, (fn. 6) priest.
Phillippe Stapleton, priest.
John Fitz Otrby (sic), priest.
Philippe M'Dermody Quenlan, priest.
Tege Omoressa [O'Morrissy], priest.
Father Redmond Nash, priest.
Piers Moroghan, priest.
Gerrollt Meogh, priest.
Richard White, priest.
Father Mollrony, Jesuit.
Father Nicholas Leinagh, Jesuit.
William Treghie, priest.
Piers Keally, priest.
Dennys M'Cartie, priest.
Thomas Gefferey, priest.
James Kearny, supposed warden of Yoghell, authorized from the see of Rome.
Sir James, priest.
Sir Dennis O'Nieghan, priest.
Father Robert Meogh, seminary.
Pp. 2. No date [probably 1605, late]. Endd.
619. To the Right Honourable the Lords and others of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council. S. P., Ireland, vol. 217, 103.
The humble petition of Sir Francis Barkly, Knight.
That petitioner holds lands in Conilogh [Connello], in the county of Limerick, in Ireland, as an undertaker, by letters patent from Her late Majesty, with reservation of 3d. for every acre of his arable land, and a halfpenny of every acre of his barren and improfitable ground; yet, nevertheless, His Majesty's collector there endeavours to enforce him to pay as much for the unprofitable as for the arable land, contrary to that limited reservation in his patent. Wherefore he prays their direction to the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland for a survey; in order that he be not urged to yield rent for each kind of land, but respectively at the rates in his letters patents.
P. 1. No. date [probably 1605].
620. Petition of John Large (Deputy to Sir Henry Brouncker, President of Munster, and Farmer (fn. 7) of wine duties in Ireland) to the Lord Deputy. [Lansdowne MSS. 159, 270. B.M.]
Formerly all wines imported in Scotch bottoms paid duty as in foreign bottoms. Of late certain Scotch merchants in Dublin claim to import in Scotch bottoms at the same duty as in English and Irish. If this be allowed, a heavy loss to the King's revenue and to the farm contract will arise. Prays that the claim may not be allowed, at least until it shall have been so ordered from England.
P. 1. Original.
[The original of the "Petition of Sir H. Brunker's agent," referred to in the letter of the Lord Deputy and Council to the Earl of Dorset, calendared supra, p. 265.]
621. John Strowde to the Earl of Dorset, Lord Treasurer. [Lansdowne, MSS. 159, 267, B.M.]
To ask by direction of the Lord Deputy a grant of 1,000l. harpe (making 750l. sterling) for the repair of the house of Kilmainham as a residence for the Lord Deputy in the summer time, "when the castle is somewhat noysome by reason of the prison, and especially when it pleaseth God to visitt the citie of Dublin with sickness, as of late yeeres it hath been very greevously."
P. 1. Hol. No date. Add.: "To the R. Hble the Earle of Dorcett, Lo. Hy Thresorer of Englande." Endd.: "The desier of the Lo. Deputy for a 1,000l. for repaire of Kilmainam, a summer house for the deputie."