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James I: January 1606
622. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. [Jan. 2.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 1.
Has received his two letters, written at the instance of one Thomas Dobson, to have one Rastall found out, and sent to England, to answer a decress made against him in the Chancery. Understood he was at Ballashanan, and one of the troop of Sir Henry Follyott. If it were his pleasure to have him sent over, Mr. Dobson must appoint some man to take charge of him, unto whom he shall be delivered here; for he conceived it was not his meaning that he should send him in this kind upon the King's or Chichester's own charges, and knows that he (the Earl of Devonshire) would not have anything done contrary to the privilege of that place, of which he was Chief Governor and Lieutenant.
Having received his directions to admit of a ward of 20 men out of the companies, to Sir James Fullerton for his house at Ballyncott, he gave orders for some; but this caused such a muttering amongst the captains in general (for each of them must spare a man, four excepted), that he has thought good to suppress it for a time, and offered to lay so many men for the defence thereof (if there were occasion) out of the next companies adjoining. But that was not sought; for it was the profit of the men that was aimed at, of which the poor captains, in his opinion, had far more need than Sir James; and finding these people so discontented for being called upon touching reformation in the form of God's service, he thought he (the Lord Lieutenant) would be better pleased that he should strengthen rather than weaken the companies at that time. Sir James had a good place there, so had Mr. Birchinshawe. Wishes they were required to look unto the same, and, by the exercise of those places in their own person, most of the under ministers might be discharged, for he thinks them careless and dishonest.
They had lately got one Captain Connello, a pirate, with seven or eight others, who were taken in a small barque near Wexford. Is informed by the judges that they will be admitted their "cleargie" by the laws of this realm, and then he is sure the chiefest of them will escape with life, for they can read well. The captain, master, and one other are notable offenders of that kind. The last offence committed by them was upon the merchants of Barnestable, in Devon, from whom they took certain oils and wool, most of which was found aboard their barque when they were taken; and, some of the merchants being in Ireland following their goods, he intended to sent those three into Devonshire to receive their trial.
This Connello formerly robbed some merchants of Exeter of great substance, and, being in prison there, was saved by mediation of the Lord Admiral or Lord Chamberlain. He is hopeful of the like favour still; but Chichester requests the Lord Lieutenant to be the means that the might be proceeded against, according to the severity of the law, otherwise few men of those parts shall travel in quiet from their own ports. For they conclude that the law there can do them no hurt; and, as it was told him, they threatened revenge upon the parties that took them, and all their friends and neighbours. He would advise that a law might be enacted that the benefit of their book should not be admitted to offenders of this kind, which would soon be yielded unto at the next Parliament. Understood by report that Sir Samuel Bagnoll was dead, and had transferred his company to his own to make them 100, according to his former letters, for which favour he yields humble thanks. In their late general letters they certified that, upon the censure of some recusants in the Castle Chamber, they had adjudged Bassett and Marshall to return into England, there to remain; but he intends not (however advised by some of the Council), to send them thither without good allowance from thence; and in this point the humbly desires to understand his Lordship's pleasure. The cities, towns, and the whole country generally, studied nothing more than how to oppose their proceedings in matters of religion; and if they were prepared, they would rather take arms than conform themselves, and gave it out that the Government grounded these beginnings upon their weakness; which made the priests run from place to place to get hands to their papers, thinking to terrify the Government by the multitude of their factious combination. He had spies in all quarters of the kingdom, and did all he could to keep the companies strong. Their horse were very weak by reason of the ill payments, and their foot is not so strong as it should be. Such was the carelessness of the commissioners and the poverty of the captains that all shifts were used to get something. Wishes the citadels were built at Waterford and Cork, for those towns declare themselves ill affected. Complains of a want of match and lead. Urges that directions may be sent from His Majesty for restraining the coming of all manner of munition into that land, but what was or shall be brought for the King's stores; and that would be one of the best bridles for the nation that he could devise.—Castle of Dublin, 2 January 1605.
Pp. 4. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire."
623. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Salisbury. [Jan. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 2.
Recommends (contrary to his wont) this gentleman, Henry O'Neale, being led thereto by his persuasions, and more through his good desert and honest carriage. He is the eldest son of Shane O'Neale, and had been a prisoner the most part of his life, either as a pledge with the late Queen, or with the present Earl of Tyrone, from whom he escaped some three quarters of a year before his submission, and served oftentimes against him in his (Chichester's) company, and was ever faithfully affected to the King and State. His Majesty has bestowed upon him a pension of 4s. a day; but there are so many depending on him in that country, and he having nothing else to maintain himself and them with, it did him little good there, which made him importune Chichester for licence to repair thither. If he has any suit to propound, it is more than he (Chichester) knew of; and surely in any reasonable matter he thought him as worthy to be favoured as any of his kindred, if it stood with his pleasure, to which he humbly recommended him. O'Neale was well known to the Lord Lieutenant, and therefore it is not necessary to trouble him any farther.—Castle of Dublin, 6 January 1605.
P. 1. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.:"From Sir Arthur Chichester to Earl of Salisbury."
624. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire. [Jan. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 3.
Albeit he had long stayed this gentleman, Henry O'Neale, from resorting thither, in respect he rather thought he would trouble his Lordship than benefit himself, yet his importunity and violence had now made him not only assent to his departure, but withal had drawn from him to recommend him to his Lordship's good favour. Mentions his inadequate pension and honest behaviour, and wishes that the Lord Lieutenant would favour his suit.—Castle at Dublin, 6 January 1605.
P. 1. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire."
625. The King to the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Deputy. [Jan. 11.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 141.
On the complaint of Roger Langforde, constable of the King's Castle of Carrickfergus, that by the late Queen's patent he had an allowance for the warders of the said castle of 8d.a day each, yet by some general establishment they have been reduced 2d. a day each. Their former pay to be restored.— Westminster, 11 January, in the third year of the reign.
P. 1. Orig. Add. Endd. Inrol.
626. Wilmot to [ (fn. 1) ]. [Jan. 16.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 4.
Apologises for offering any suggestions; yet his chiefest good depending upon his [especial favour], bound him to be careful lest, out of fear of boldness, he should neglect a reverend duty. The estate of the kingdom was at that time disposed to a general consent of quiet, reduced thereunto by the most extreme poverty; as they were, they were fit to receive the press of any mould that should be made for them, which peradventure, thereafter, as they grow stronger, might not be the case. For either in outward signs of respect to show love unto their nation, or by inward desire to observe any instructions for the good of the Common wealth, he could not find them any whit altered, more than they were forced to by their utter weakness of body. Yet were they not brought so low, that their minds were not active enough to have recourse to the actions of other provinces, as in his observance (since his coming last into Ireland) he saw no passage that had been for Spain but had been stuffed with Irishmen to seek for pensions of the Spanish King, who are so generally received there, that there was none did land, but had a portion allotted to him as his quality required; there being religious men of the Irish nation appointed to that office, to distinguish upon the degree of such as came, who divided them as they themselves were affected to depend upon the better sort of them there, as upon O'Sullivan Beare, and John M'Thomas of Desmonde, and such like. To these the meaner sort were confined in their attendance, nor are any of them admitted to come to the Court to sue for themselves, but they receive their commendation from the Court of Caragena, Governor of Galicia, unto whom all the Irish did fly as unto their protector. So that, however it might be through the rest of Ireland, yet it may be doubted that in Munster there are few men of quality but had his particular kinsman or ally pensioner with the King of Spain. This bred infinite love in the Irish for the Spaniard, and gave them to think that upon all fortunes they had another Prince to fly unto for succour; and though this might not be dangerous in those peaceable times, it could not but be a lasting memory for other times, if occasion should fall out in times to come. In one thing more he had had occasion to note, having all the summer lived upon the sea coasts of Munster, that there did many men of war, as well Flemings as English pirates, about the fishing time of Ireland, fall from their pickering upon the coast of Spain unto these western parts of Ireland, on purpose to victual themselves upon the fishing fleet bound from the south and west coasts of England to make their voyages upon those parts of Ireland. This year the fishers themselves had complained unto him that the pirates had robbed more than 100 sail and sent them empty home; which could be easily remedied, if any of the King's pinnaces might be spared for the summer season to live upon these coasts. Begs that he will suspend his judgment concerning the charges made against him (Wilmot) by the President of Munster until his answer shall clear him. In the meantime he had given over with the worst, and had
retired himself from that place of government of Kerry to attend the Lord Deputy with his services at Dublin near his person. Wishes that it had pleased the President to have forborne, he himself finding so little comfort as lately he has done; for in the last list of establishment sent over by my Lord of Devonshire, he only amongst the new erected governors is left out for any pay for that place. He now remained in Ireland only a captain of 50 men, without any other addition or augmentation of pay, either for his government or his attendance there; which he no ways repines at, knowing the times, though others of his own rank were much before him; neither was it his case to refuse them, if they were but a file of ten. For he protested that, although a captain these 13 years in the wars, and seven of these years a colonel, and until now never out of employment, he had not in the world 100l. in his purse, any way to give himself advantage, besides that which by his Honour's means he compassed at his last coming into England. Otherwise, he were possessed of nothing; which good he only attributes to his Honour's especial favour, and will ever acknowledge it with his life, which is all he has.—Dublin, 16 January 1605.
Pp. 4. Signed. No add. Endd.: "Wilmot to———."
627. Memorial for Ireland. [Jan. 16.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 5.
It hath generally been observed that of late there hath been no passage out of Ireland for Spain but hath been stuffed with Irishmen of all qualities to seek for pensions of that King, and are there generally received, and a portion allotted to every one according to his degree; for which purpose there are certain religious Irish appointed to distinguish upon the quality of such as come, who divide them as they themselves are affected, to depend upon the better sort of them there, as upon O'Sullivan Beare and John M'Thomas of Desmond, and such like, to whom the meaner sort are so limited in their attendance, as not one of them is admitted to come to the Court to sue for themselves, but receive their commendation from the Count of Caragena, Governor of Galicia, whom they fly unto, as to their protector. Hereupon it followeth, that few men of quality in Ireland, and especially in Munster, but have some kinsman or ally pensioner to the King of Spain.
Many men of war, as well Flemish as English pirates, about the fishing times of Ireland, fall from their pickering upon the coast of Spain into the western parts of Ireland, seemingly on purpose to victual themselves upon the fishing fleet bound from the south and west coasts of England, to make their voyage upon those parts of Ireland, which this year hath robbed more than 100 sail, and sent them empty home.
P. 1. No date. Endd. in pencil: "16 January 1606."
628. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland, and the rest of the Council there. [Jan. 20.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 53.
Delivering their good opinion of Raphe Burcheshawe, comptroller of the cheques, and urging payment to him of the arrears of his entertainment.—Court at Whitehall, 20 January 1605.]
Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., J. T. Dorset, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, Devonshyre, H. Northampton, Salisbury, E. Wotton.
P. 1. Orig. Add. Endd.
629. Lord Deputy Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire. [Jan. 21.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 6.
Sees by his letters that the abatement of this kingdom's charge is much desired. Wishes he might advise it with safety, but the times are such, and, upon their looking into their conformity in religion, most men's minds within that kingdom are so wavering and inconstant, that he cannot, without danger, give his opinion therein. Prays him to make stay from proceeding in the matter of cast until towards the end of that half-year, which will be the last of March; and within that time will enter more deeply into consideration of the subject, and of the means to do it with most safety, and as near as may be without offence or grievance to any. For this better success, requests letters from His Majesty or from himself, requiring him to see upon what warrant sundry patents, pensions, and other allowances made to a great number of persons were paid out of the treasure and revenue of that land, with liberty to compound or dissolve them, as he might find cause. This would be the better effected by an imprest or advance of some 4,000l. or 5,000l. purposely for that business, and not to be issued to any but upon his (Chichester's) directions for the sub-treasurer. By this means, and by some small diminution of the horse and foot in list (who are the only strength of the kingdom, the rest being only in name, and not to be found when there is occasion), he hoped to disburden the King of his payments here, at least 9,000l. or 10,000l. yearly. Desires that his Lordship would take the same upon him, as done by himself, for he must shortly return to private life, and would gladly live in amity with those that loved him; but if that might not be, he feared no man's anger with whom he was to deal in that cause. His purpose was to reduce the horse to 270, and the foot to 1,000; and he would see them kept in such good strength (if they might be better paid), and laid in places of such good advantage, that a rebellion should no sooner proffer itself (as he, the Lord Lieutenant, had well noted in his letters), but they would be upon the chief actors before they drew to any great head. But if there should be any general revolt, of which he was not as yet distrustful, they could then but keep the places of chiefest import in the King's service. If there were some only of this kingdom corrupted, it might be remedied with ease and patience; but he found the whole body so ripe in deceit and all manner of shifts, to which they had been long inured beyond all civil kingdoms in Christendom, that it was hard for a stranger to meet with and prevent them, especially when he found so many precedents with which he should be affronted. If therefore, his Lordship would have him to weld in the business, he must have liberty to shuffle the cards, and to deal most men's portions anew, and he would save the King what he might in his disbursements, increase his revenue, and maintain his wards of import. There were few entertainments in that kingdom but were confirmed by establishment or patent. What he might find otherwise he would discharge, and the money aforesaid would buy out much of the unprofitable eating charge of pensions and patentees. Such as should stand he would dispose for the King's service in better manner than they had been, and would allow none in England but such as should be noted; and if the King were so to require it, he thought that many who loved the sweet of that kingdom would rather lose and quit their entertainments than give their attendance in Ireland. When the charge should be brought to that certainty, orders should be given for monthly payments; whereby every man would be ready to do his duty cheerfully, which they were then drawn unto with much murmur. As for the horse, they were much decayed and very weak, by reason, if any fell lame or died, the officer was not able to provide anew, all his substance (as they often alleged) being in the King's hands, and himself driven to make hard shifts to live according to his place. He would reduce all the commands of horse to 26 [men], his Lordship's troop excepted; and he desired such as were continued might receive 1s. 6d. a day, unless it were Herbert's and Waineman's, whom they seldom called into service, and the captains 5s. or 6s. a day, without dead pays, those manner of payments having greatly weakened the services hitherto. If he could so bring it to pass that Sir Garrett Moore and Sir Christopher St. Lawrence might have each of them that number, he knew, by reason of their friends and settlements, they would answer the service at all times with a full number; which (their payments considered) none of their English troops could do, as, by reason of their wants, they lay so dispersed that they were hardly gotten together upon a month's warning, and these gentlemen, he thought, would content themselves with 1s. 3d. a day. The Lord Lieutenant knew the marshal stood 50 in the list, and was in truth but 20, the 30 being without check, and parcel of his marshal's entertainment, which was only a show and no strength at all unto them. Requests him to send over Sir James Fullerton or Mr. Byrchingshawe, fully instructed in his pleasure touching that business. It was the number of pensioners that raised the charge, and not the horse and foot, which must of necessity be maintained, or the kingdom would be subject to the humours of that people, which generally was inclined to disobedience. If any cast should come before he received some answer to his letters, he would conceal it until he should hear again from him. Besought him, therefore, to hasten it to him, and the treasure with it. If he discharged them there, he should remember that some of their captains would never keep good companies. They may be best spared and left to their pensions.—Dublin Castle, 21 January 1605.
Pp. 5. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Lord Deputy Chichester to Earl of Devonshire."
630. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland. [Jan. 24.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 57.
Refer him to their letter to him and the rest of the Council of Ireland in answer to his and their late proceedings in matter of religion.
In addressing him alone, they do not intend by their present letter to vary from the former in any point of substance, but to declare their mind more fully than they had done to the others generally. It is true that the reformation of the people of Ireland, extremely addicted to Popish superstition by the instigation of the seminary priests and Jesuits, is greatly to be wished, and by all means endeavoured.
Therein the desire of the Lords of the Council concurs with that of the Council of Ireland. But, when they consider how lately those people have been reduced from an almost general revolt, how apt they may be to relapse (though it may be to their own affiction), how deeply this superstition is rooted, how widely spread; and when they observe that a main alteration in religion is not suddenly to be obtained by forcing against the current, but gaining by little and little, as opportunity may be taken, they are moved to bethink themselves how it may best be effected. To grant any toleration of that superstitious and seditious religion were greatly offensive to any meaning of His Majesty, were dangerous to the State, and repugnant to good conscience. On the other side, to enter directly on a compulsory course, while the multitude swayeth on the contrary part, might more weaken the cause by taking the foil (if it should not thoroughly prevail) than bring present advantage.
They advise a temperate course between both extremes, neither yielding any hope of toleration of their superstition, nor starting the multitude by any general or rigorous compulsion.
They should make election of such opportunities and such persons for punishment as shall be chiefly noted for boasted disobedience and contempt. None will be more fit for example than some of the principal men in the towns that show themselves the greatest offenders.
Admonition, persuasion, and instruction should be first tried, before severity of law and justice be used. No halt or stay of the course the Deputy and Council have entered upon is intended; but such moderation in the execution of it should be observed, as that by some special examples of punishment well and seasonably chosen the rest may be kept in awe.
Some good instruments well chosen by the clergy should take special pains to plant religion where the people have been least civil; because they are commonly more easily won than where by notorious negligence a contrary opinion is rooted, which time alone can remove.
As for the priests and friars, their banishment were of all things to be endeavoured, if it could be conveniently done. They may forbear, however, to make a curious and particular search for them. But if any shall so use them that the State shall be forced to take knowledge of them, then a severer hand should be used to the maintainers of them, and the persons of those seditious instruments should be apprehended. As for the Viscount Gormanston, and the other gentlemen that were committed, they think he will do well (if they are not at liberty already), after some further reprehension and admonition, to release them (excepting Sir Patrick Barnewell, whom, as was signified in their other letters, they would have sent over hither). And yet, so as their full liberties may grow by degrees, and after bond taken of them for their appearance again at such time as he shall think convenient.
And the like order to take with the aldermen and others (except such as he has appointed to come over hither), continuing nevertheless the order for the payment of their fines, or leaving them to obtain that favour by their further suit. Thus much they have written unto himself, to be imparted to such of the Council as he shall think meet to acquaint with it, leaving all now to his own eye and judgment there as he finds likelihood of good effect.—Court at Whitehall, 24 January 1605.
Signed: R. Cant., T. Ellesmere, Canc., J. T. Dorset, Nottingham, Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, Devonshyre, H. Northampton, Salisbury, Exeter, E. Zouche, W.Knollys, E.Winton, Fortescu, Jo. Popham,J. Herbert.
Pp. 2. Orig. Add. Endd. in Sir Arthur Chichester's hand.
631. The King to the Earl of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant. [Jan. 25.] Carte Papers, vol. 30, p. 36.
Directing a grant to be made to Theobald Viscount Butler of Tulliephelim, of all the rectories, churches, chapels, glebe lands, &c. in the counties of Tipperary, Kilkenny, Limerick, Kerry, Thomond, Wexford, and Carlow in Ireland, belonging to the late dissolved abbeys and religious houses of Athassell in county Tipperary, Osney in England, Kells, and Jeripoint [Jerpoint] in the county of Kilkenny, particularly expressed in letters patent to Thomas Earl of Ormond to be granted for 21 years, to hold to the said Viscount for 61 years, to commence immediately after the expiration of said 21 years. —Westminster, 25 January 1605.
P. 1. Endd.
632. Certificate of Captain Tyrrell's Debt. [Jan. 25.] Add. Papers, Ireland.
Certificate by the Auditor of Imprests of the debt due by His Majesty to Captain Richard Tirrell, his officers, and band of 150 foot, between the 1st of October 1603 and the last of September 1604, and to his band of 100 footmen for 182 days ended the last of March 1605; amounting in the whole to 521l. 3s. 2½d.
Memorandum.—The said sum of 521l. 3s. 2½d. is due to the said Captain Tyrrell and his company, over and above the sum of 280l. paid unto him for the remain of his apparel, due for the times before-mentioned.
Memorandum.—We have made this certificate by virtue of your Lordship's warrant to us in this behalf directed.
25 January 1605.
Ex. p. Fra. Goston, Auditorem.
P. 1. Endd.: "25 Jan. 1605. Certificate of the Auditor of Imprests of the debt due by His Majesty to Capt. Richard Tirrell."
633. Censure or Decree of the Irish Star Chamber. [Jan. 29.] MSS. Trin. Coll. Dublin. G.3. 1.
Mem.—That His Majesty's learned counsel made information, ore tenus, against Philip Conran and Patrick Brown, of the city of Dublin, aldermen, and John Gooding of the same, merchant, that they and every of them had committed many disloyal, wilful, and disobedient contempts against His Majesty, his laws, and several statutes, proclamations, and several commandments under His Majesty's great seal of this realm, whereby they and every of them were straightly charged and commanded upon their allegiance and by His Highness's prerogative royal, upon the next Sunday after sight thereof, and on every Sunday and other days accustomed following, to repair to their parish churches or chapels accustomed, to hear divine service and sermons; which writs or mandates being delivered to every of the said persons, yet they contemptuously refused to obey the same. And being called to answer for their disobedience in not coming to church as aforesaid; their answer was, it was against their consciences, and therefore would not go to church to hear service or sermons. The Court, therefore, upon their own confession and wilful obstinacy, upon the 29th January 1605. Censured and Decreed., that the said Philip Conran should pay for a fine 200 marks sterling, and the said Patrick Brown and John Gooding 100l. sterling le peece, to be levied of their bodies,goods, and chattels, the one moiety thereof to be laid out towards repairing of decayed churches and chapels, or to other charitable uses, as the Deputy and Council shall think fit, the other moiety to be paid into the King's coffers, and all of them to be committed to His Majesty's Castle of Dublin during the Lord Deputy's pleasure, and also to be removed from the said castle to some other of His Majesty's castles or forts wherever the Lord Deputy shall think meet, except in the meantime they shall conform themselves and take the oath of supremacy.
P. 1. Copy.
634. Sir Arthur Chichester to Charles Calthorpe, Esq., Attorney-General, and Sir John Davys, SolicitorGeneral. [Jan. 29.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 162.
Warrant for a fiant for pardon for 43 persons, Arthur Barnagh M'Mahounde [M'Mahon] the first of the list.—Dublin Castle, 29 January 1605.
P. 1. Orig. A note at foot of the list of persons: "Perused and examined by or verie good L. the L. Chancellor and Sr Garrett Moore, Knt."
635. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire. [Jan. 29.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 8.
Recommends the bearer, Mr. Raynard, late lieutenant to Sir Samuel Bagnoll's foot company, repairing to England, both upon his own occasion and the Lady Bagnoll's, in respect of his long service in this kingdom, for his pension, as others in like cases have had. Also the ensign might deserve his Lordship's like consideration.—Dublin, 29 January 1605.
P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "The Lord Deputy to the Earl of Devonshire."
636. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland. [Jan. 30.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 55.
Directing him to make payment, as speedily as may be, to sundry persons, masters and owners of ships, craving payment in England for the transport of victuals in the time of the late war, to furnish the forts in the northern parts of Ireland, their ships having been imprested for that service.—Court at Whitehall, 30 January 1605.
Signed: J. T. Dorset, Suffolke, E. Worcester, Devonshyree, H. Northampton, Salisbury, J. Herbert.
P. 1. Orig. Add. Endd.
637. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire. [Jan. 31.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 9.
The late Sir Samuel Bagnoll having left his widow and her five children, and not 5l. in lands or goods to maintain or relieve them (as she has requested him to declare to his Lordship), he has left the Castle of Narrowewater, with a ward out of his own company, in her custody until May next, whereby she might keep such of the children as are in this country together and free from misery for a season, until she might provide better for them by means of friends there. He (the Earl of Devonshire) knows the house and lands appertain to Sir Arthur Magnesse [Magennis], and it is the jointure of his lady; this makes the Earl of Tyrone (who is her father) often to press Chichester for delivery thereof; but before he withdraws the ward, he will take good security for the safe recourse of all passengers on that river betwixt the Newrie and Carlingforde, and for the surrender of the castle in as good state as it is, if it be thought fit to assume it at any time for the King's service. In consideration of her pitiful state, he had given her 50l. harps by concordatum; and would have suffered the company to have continued longer upon Sir Samuel's list, although bestowed upon him (Chichester), but that the profit which he meant for her good was converted towards Sir Samuel's debts. He had therefore discharged them and turned the men for supplies, with the view of increasing his company with the list of Sir Josias Bodley, for that [company] was too greatly in Mr. Treasurer's debt for him to deal with them. Beseeches a speedy dispatch for Lady Bagnoll, for her estate will not endure a long suit. —Dublin Castle, 31 January 1605.
Pp. 2. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.: "Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Devonshire."
638. Memorials for the Payment of the Army to be warranted. [Jan.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 7.
Sundry heads to be considered of, touching His Majesty's charge in the realm of Ireland.
By the establishment to begin the 1st of April last past, 1605, the foot bands were reduced to 1,200 head. Certain Irish horse and foot also, and certain commissaries were discharged the 1st of April, whereby neither the treasurer at wars, the clerk of the check, nor the comptroller of the musters have authority to give allowance to the said discharged companies; and yet, by reason the said establishment came not to the hands of the Lord Deputy until the 16th of May following, his Lordship was constrained to keep in charge the said discharged companies, according to the several days appearing in the warrant thereunto annexed. Therefore prays him to give order for the standing of the said companies according to the meaning of the Lord Deputy's warrant; for, until direction shall be given therein, the charge for the army cannot be finished for the half-year ending ultimo September last past, nor the captain's reckonings perfected for that time.
Prays also allowance for certain wards erected at Mountnorris, Gallen, and Mascreene since 1st April last, as the said wards are over and above the charge mentioned in the establishment there.
By the establishment of the 1 st of April 1605, the soldier, on the 1st of October following, was to receive in money 8d. per diem, and the apparel to cease; yet the merchants had directions this winter to continue the apparel, and thereby the captain had received the full entertainment for the soldier after the rate of 1 s. 8d. per week; so that there is no remainder to answer either the charges in apparel or arms, which in this half year may be charged upon them. The cheques in apparel and arms must therefore be charged on the sendings, otherwise both cheques and arms will be lost to the King.
There are also sundry pensioners of divers kinds, especially of the old establishment, who ought to be resident with the Lord Deputy, yet come not thither in whole years together. Order, therefore, might be given that all pensioners should be subject to be mustered once a quarter, and being found absent, should be liable to check.
Further, that, with the Lord Lieutenant, he would view the charge for the forces in Ireland according to the particulars mentioned in the book of charge, as well as the chief officers, provincial officers, wards, horse and foot bands, pensioners, &c., to the end that if any superfluous charge should therein appear to him, he might give order for the discharge of them.
Pp. 2. Endd.: "January 1605.—Memorials for the payment of the army to be warranted."
639. Copia.By the Lord Deputy, Arthur Chichester. [July 15,1605.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 218, 7 I.
By the Lord Deputy, Arthur Chichester.
Clerk of the Check. Forasmuch as we have received warrant from His Majesty for reducing of His Highness's army to a less number than they were at before, and for the discharge of commissaries, &c., we do therefore will and require you to discharge, reduce, and alter the companies and others undernamed according to the particular direction and at the several days hereafter expressed, and this shall be your warrant.
Given at His Majesty's Castle of Dublin, the 15th day of July 1605.
These 24 companies to be reduced to 50 a piece, of 100 they had before, viz., captain at 10s., lieutenant 2s., ensign 1s. 6d., one serjeant, a drum, and surgeon at 1s. le piece per diem, and 50 footmen at 8d. le piece per diem in money and apparel, and so to continue to the last of Sept. 1605, and after to be full paid in money.
These Irish horse to be taken out of the Irish horse they held before.
These Irish foot to be taken out of the Irish foot they had before.
|Commissaries of Musters.|
|George Gascoine||10 June.|
|Thomas Osborne||10 June.|
|William Soare||10 June.|
|Richard Marsden||10 June.|
|William Holland||10 June.|
|Anthonie Birchensha||20 June.|
These commissaries to be clearly discharged.
640. List of Irish Officers and Pensioners in the service of Spain. Add. Papers, Ireland.
Captains and officers of Irish in pay with the King of Spain, attending the Archduke in the Low Countries, and others that be pensioners of the same nation, without command.
Pp. 3. Endd.: "A list of the Irish that be commanders, pensioners, or officers."