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James I: January 1609

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James I: January 1609

221. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 3.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 292.

To pass to Sir George Greame, Knight, in regard of his service, a lease in reversion of the abbey of St. John the Baptist in the Nasse (Naas) in the county of Kildare, whereof he is now in possession, for the term of 31 years, to commence after the expiration of the lease in being, at a rent of 30l. 4s. 3d.—Westminster, 3 January, in the sixth year of our reign.

P. 1. Signed. Endd.

222. Sir Arthur Chichester to Dudley Norton. [Jan. 5.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 1.

Recommends the business of the woods and the bearer, P. Cottingham, directing that 56 tons be sent up the Thames as a specimen. Has not received answer to any of his letters sent thither, nor directions touching Sir Hugh O'Donnell, Sir Donnell O'Cahane, and other prisoners, which makes him think that some greater occurrents have drowned the remembrance of them, or that the letters have miscarried. The last that he received of business or matter of moment were written the 8th of October, which he received the 28th of the same. They are in extreme want of money.—Dublin Castle, 5 January 1608–9.

Pp. 4. Signed. Sealed. Add. Encloses,

223. Account of the Surveyor of Woods. S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 1 I.

Note of Cottingham's charges laid out since his coming hither in survey of woods. Two copies.

Pp. 2. Endd.

224. Sir John Dowdall to Salisbury. [Jan. 11.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 1 A.

Submits he has received no reward for his services. Is now 70 years of age. Sues therefore for a pension or a grant of lands.—Philtown, near Youghall, 11 January 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.

225. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 11.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 294.

Being informed by him, his Deputy, by letters to his Council in England, that Captain Gregory Norton has been a very ancient servitor in the wars, and an officer and captain in that kingdom these 30 years, and is now very aged and crazed with wounds, and has no further means for the maintenance of himself, his wife, and many children, but only a pension of 4s. Irish by the day during his life, granted unto him by himself (the King), and that, if the said Gregory should die, both his wife and children would be left in a very poor condition; the King gives warrant for a like pension of 4s. by the day for life to Humphry Norton his son, a servitor also of good desert, to commence after his father's death, the better to help to relieve his mother, brethren, and sisters.

Also gives warrant, on like recommendation of his said Deputy, to the Council to grant to Captain John Pikeman by letters patent for life, the place of corporal of the field which he now enjoys, lately held by Captain Cosby, deceased.— Westminster, 11 January, in the sixth year of our reign.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.: "Of the 11th of Januarie 1608. From the Kinge's Matie in the behalfe of Capt. Gregorie Norton and Capt. John Pikeman for passinge of pension and offices unto each of them, &c."

226. Earl of Ormond and Ossory to Salisbury. [Jan. 12.] S.P. Ireland, vol. 226, 2.

Recommends his bearer, Cornet Taaffe, who has lost his blood in the service.—Carrick, 12 January 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.

227. Resolutions on the Limerick Petition. [Jan.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 3.

Resolutions of the Lords on consideration of the petition of the agents for Limerick.

Signed: Dudley Norton.

P. 1. Endd.

228. Abstract of Despatches of the Lord Deputy since the 20th of December 1608. [Jan. 17.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 4.

To the Lord Deputy, 26 December 1608.

The draught of the new Establishment brought by Sir Oliver St. John. The same approved by His Majesty, saving in some petty things, besides the Establishment which the Lords think may be spared upon a second review.

The arrearages of Bonoaght to be remitted, the like composition from henceforth to be discharged, and to be reduced by the Lord Deputy to a moderate increase of the King's ordinary composition for cesses.

Letters patent of lands and offices in that kingdom granted here by His Majesty to be enrolled in the Chancery there.

Certificate to be made into the King's Bench there by the Attorney of such attainders as have been here of any that have lands in that realm.

No captaincies, seneschalships, justiceships, or receiverships of liberties to be granted.

Arms of soldiers discharged to be viewed and valued and delivered in charge to the Master of the Ordnance, and who shall stand answerable for them upon his account.

No special direction given concerning Sir Neale Garvey and Sir Donnell O'Cahane, and the rest of the northern prisoners until the Attorney be dispatched.

Some proportion of grain to be sent from thence if it may be spared without leaving that kingdom unfurnished.

17 Jan. 1608. The agents for the several towns despatched. They must depend upon His Majesty's grace for most of those things which they have held.

His Majesty will not suffer the temporary grants of his predecessors to bind him, their right having been but a successive toleration, and the reasons of those times not being available now.

Hopes of better fruit from that kingdom hereafter, by trade and commerce; but those things that belong to His Majesty not to be sequestered or called into further question till his pleasure be further known.

No conclusion with them, but a promise of grace and favour. Some course to be considered of for the calling in of the lease to Chetham and Long.

The fines imposed by Sir Henry Broncker remitted to Kinsale in respect of their poverty. The others referred to the Lord Deputy to be compounded for, and moderated in such sort as he and the Council shall think fit.

The proportion allotted for servitors in the county of Tyrone allowed by His Majesty, and a copy thereof sent to the Deputy to make an estimate by that of the whole number that may be provided for in the other projects, whereof a copy also to be sent to the Deputy so soon as they are perfected; but in the meantime a list to be sent by him of the whole number of servitors that he thinks fit to be preferred, considering that many have been already recommended by him, and many of good means are likely to be suitors for some of those lands here.

Pp. 2. Endd.

229. Lords of Council to Sir A. Chichester. [Jan. 17.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 367.

The agents of the several towns and cities have arrived with his letters of recommendation for the suits of the respective corporations. Their deserts are in many respects such as to deserve that their suit should be favourably placed before His Majesty. But they (the Lords) are sure that if he (Chichester) had seen the particulars of the complaints and demands which some of them have made, he would have stayed them from coming, or at least would not have recommended their suit. In presenting their petitions, have separated those particulars which they deem unreasonable, and have recommended the others to the King, who has been pleased to grant them a speedy dispatch according to their various nature. He has made them sensible, first that the matter is not of right, but dependent on his own royal grace; secondly, that temporary measures of his predecessors are not to be drawn into precedents of right, nor what was but permissive toleration to be converted into perpetual privilege; especially as the absolute power which the King now holds in that kingdom gives room to hope for better fruit therefrom to his revenue than has been hitherto yielded. The answer therefore has been on the whole suspensive. Meanwhile they think it desirable that the lease of the revenue to Chetham and Long should be revoked, as it is inconvenient to have it out of the King's hands.

Several of the towns have petitioned for remission of the fines for recusancy imposed by Sir Henry Bruncker, late President of Munster. Have remitted them in the case of Kinsale, on account of the poverty of the town, and its suffering in the time of the siege. But for the rest, they have referred them to him (Chichester) to compound with them; in which composition he is to take into account the circumstances of each, and to follow such course as the deserts, whether of individuals or of communities, or other considerations of the public good, may suggest as most advantageous.

The last portion of treasure sent will suffice to keep the army from want.—Whitehall, 17 January 1608–9.

Signed: R. Cant., T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Thos. Parry.

Pp. 2. Orig. Add. Endd.

230. Lords of Council to Sir A. Chichester. [Jan. 17.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 365.

The King has lately attended in person two meetings of the Council for the further consideration of the plantation, the fugitives' lands, and other escheated lands in Ulster, the work being of great importance, and fraught with expected benefit to the kingdom. The project for the settlement of Tyrone, of which a copy was lately sent to him (Chichester), by the Attorney for Ireland, and the proportion allotted for servitors, was so highly approved of that it is resolved to follow the same in the other escheated lands. He is directed to make an estimate of the number of servitors to be provided for; and so soon as the commissioners shall have completed their labours, the names of the servitors shall be sent forward. Meanwhile direct him to send a list of the whole number of servitors whom for their own deserts he thinks most worthy to be provided for; not doubting but that, recollecting that, since the place is large and fertile, it is likely to attract many suitors; that he has already recommended a large number; and that many of the suitors, both English and others, will be persons well fitted by means, sufficiency, and other qualities, to carry out the work of the plantation;—he will be sparing in his future recommendations, and that no one will be privileged or exempted from the general rules.—Whitehall, 17 January 1608–9.

Signed: R. Cant., T. Ellesmere, R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, Notingham, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Thos. Parry.

P. 1. Orig. Add. Endd.

231. Lord Danvers to [the Lords of the Privy Council or the Lord Salisbury]. [Jan. 19.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 5.

Has so long been detained here through ill weather and the want of a good ship which might secure him from subjecting himself to the mercy of these pirates, that he cannot further forbear to advertise their Lordships of their proceedings upon this coast. Four sail, under the command of Plomley, Tompson, Saxsbridge, and Bonyton, forced by tempests, have continued hereabouts these many months, neither sparing large rewards to refurnish themselves, nor forbearing force to those that resist them, shifting so from port to port that he has not been able to guard or defend every corner from their commands, they being strong enough to land 300 men. Yet so strict course has been taken, that, if he be not much abused by false intelligence, they are in starving extremity; and the west of this province, which receives provision of corn from these more plenteous parts, to prevent the pirates' relief, has not been suffered to carry a grain from hence this two months, although (thanks to God) there is plenty here. To the increase of his lewd company, Jennings is come into the river of Limerick, after a great fight and the loss of three score men, with a rich freight aboard himself, besides, as his prize, a ship of Amsterdam, esteemed of good value. Has daily discontented all the towns with overlookers, and impeached even their ordinary trade; but the advantages which these remote harbours yield them are already well known to their Lordships. Is likewise very doubtful whether the pirates are to be subdued or expulsed from hence by this large expense upon His Majesty's ships, which are driven to revictual or repair every three months in England, where contrary winds and the mariners' affection to their own home likely retains them long; and albeit he must ever reverence their direction to reject all offers of service from such runagates, yet under favour, it were very honourable that the same means might be used to suppress those men who are general traitors to all Christendom, which are practised as lawful and expedient in every particular kingdom; a position he the rather ran, having received offers of submission from some, and discerning a disposition in others, even to enterprise upon their fellows. But he must submit the overtures to their Lordships' wisdom.—Cork, 19 January 1608–9.

Pp. 2. Signed.

232. Lord Danvers to Salisbury. [Jan. 19.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 6.

Should hold it more meet to have yielded this kind of accounts in particular letters, than publicly to the Council table, but that the last dispatch he received from his Lordship dated at Whythall, the 29th of September, seems to require this course; yet, if he mistake his Lordship's meaning, this other letter, unaddressed to any, may be reserved to himself or such as he shall think fittest. And to explain it, Jennings is the man who offers to submit himself, and Suxbridge tenders his service to take him. The first requires the fruition of most of that wealth which he holds now as his own. The second expects reward for so dangerous an adventure out of the other's spoil. Both claim pardon, of course, for these considerations. The proprietors must content themselves with the restitution of their ships, and the gross of such goods as they have aboard or in the hands of retailers for money, and all portable merchandise will be embezzled, and to prosecute the persons after a composition would be dishonourable. In the mean time, notwithstanding, he has given direction to attempt the taking of Jennings, who, although very vigilant upon his guard in respect of the place, is yet alone or chiefly subject to assault. Suspects his prize is cast away, for she is missing, and there are many wrecks upon the coast. Duty binds him to certify these overtures, but as he will be very free from treating or yielding these caterpillars the least hope, now that there is no necessity, without further warrant, so is their acceptance or refusal to him most indifferent; and if his Lordship thinks it requisite to make use hereof, Sir Richard Morisun shall be sufficiently instructed how to proceed after his departure, which is vilely protracted through this miserable weather, which suffers no good ship to come that might free his passage from the mercy of these pirates.

In Munster there is nothing more to his knowledge that needs relation, since he returns so shortly.—Cork, 19 January 1608–9.

Pp. 2. Signed. Endd.: "Recd. the 8th of Feb."

233. Lords of Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 19.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 339.

Among the other agents from the corporation has appeared the agent of Kinsale; and the King, in consideration of the poverty and decay of that town, has design to be favourable to them in the matter of custom and poundage already in lease to Chetham and Long, as soon as the customs shall be resumed. Secondly, he remits for 20 years (in consideration of what Kinsale suffered when the Spaniards were there), the composition of 20l. per annum issuing out of the Cantreds of Kennaleigh and Courcy's Country, the same to be employed to the public benefit of the town. Thirdly, he consents that their charter shall be renewed, with power to charge the inhabitants of this town and liberties for contribution towards the repair of their walls. And to their prayer that their shipping may be not interrupted by the fort, and that the fines imposed on some of the inhabitants by the late President Brouncker merely for recusancy may not be exacted, he directs that ships shall not be searched on entering the port, except for traitors, and he remits the fines in hopes of future conformity. —Whitehall, 19 January 1608.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, Exeter, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. 1. Add. Endd. Enrol.

234. Lords of Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 19.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 337.

The suit of the corporation of Dublin having been urged by their agent, Michael Hamlin, and some of their requests properly refused, some adjourned; for the present the Lords have only recommended that their charter be renewed, with reservation of the customs to the King. And as they have prayed to be disburthened of maintaining the guard in time of peace, they (the Lords) request his (Chichester's) statement upon what grounds the same is charged upon them.— Whitehall, 19 January 1608.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, Exeter, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. ½. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 19 of Januarie 1608. From the Lls. of the Councell in the behalfe of the cyttie of Dublyn for to renewe their charter, and tutchinge the lodging of the guard, &c."

235. Lords of Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 19.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 341.

In consideration of the antiquity of the corporation of Wexford, and the good hopes he (Sir Arthur) entertains of them, the King designs to be favourable to them, when the lease of the customs and poundage shall be resumed. Secondly, their charters shall be renewed, with power to take bonds of the staple, and power to make byelaws. Thirdly, all ships arriving in that country shall discharge at Wexford, with exception of Ross only, where ships coming to that country may also discharge. Fourthly, their chief officer shall be a justice of the peace, coroner, escheator, clerk of the market, but the offices of customs-controller and searcher are to be reserved to the King's bestowing. And lastly, they shall have two weekly markets and two yearly fairs. —Whitehall, 19 January 1608.

Postscript.—If, upon view of the charters of Waterford before him (the Lord Deputy) and Council, it shall appear that the town of Wexford is within the limits of Waterford, and that the discharging of ships at Wexford and taking bonds of the staple proposed to be granted unto Wexford should be prejudicial to Waterford, then those clauses are to be omitted, but that Wexford may have power to take statutes merchant howsoever.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. ½ Add. Endd.: "Of the 19th of January 1608. From the Lls. of the Councell, signifieing the Kinge's pleasure in the behalfe of the towne of Wexford, the letter to be entered in the Councell book, and to be enrolled. Rec. the 13th Februarie followinge. This is enrolled in ye Councell book. Pa. Fox." Enrol.

236. Lords of Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 19.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 343.

The agents of the town of Galway, having been recommended by him (Chichester) and Lord Clanricard, have had no less favourable dispatch in their suit than the rest, for all their reasonable demands touching their customs and other affairs. First, they are discharged of poundage and other customs, except corbett of hides, which they hold by law from the Crown. Secondly, their town is to be, like Drogheda, made a county; and as to the practice on the part of the soldiers of St. Augustine's fort of searching shipping and boats, and of breaking gardens and orchards and forestalling markets, they have directed that, without touching on the right of the governor of the fort to search for traitors or munition or arms, the provincial governor shall cause all abuses to be repressed. Direct also that the townsmen shall be exempted from all unlawful charges and taxation.—Whitehall, 19 January 1608.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, Exeter, E. Worcester, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. 1. Orig. Sealed. Add. Endd.

237. Lords of Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 20.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 349.

The agent of the town of Youghall has come recommended both by him (Chichester) and by the President of Munster, testifying that, in matters of religion, the deserts of the townsmen at the commencement of His Majesty's reign were not inferior to those of any other in the province. Considering these deserts, the King desires to entertain their suit as favourably as equity will permit. He assents to their suit to have the corbett and poundage of the town re-granted to them, and to be permitted to collect the customs and apply them to the repair of the fortifications and walls. And as it is proposed to divide the county of Cork into two shires, Youghall is to be the chief town of the new shire, its mayor and recorder being justices of the peace for the town and new county, with right of all treasons, except treason to the privileges. Letters to be passed, with all reasonable dispatch, under the great seal.— Whitehall, 20 January 1608–9.

Signed: R. Salisbury, T. Suffolke, H. Northampton, E. Worcester, Exeter, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. 1. Sealed. Add. Endd. Enrol.

238. Lords of Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 20.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 345.

The petitioner, Brian Kelly, alleges that his father died seised of certain lands, which descended to him on his father's death, but that, he being at that time young, and having since then been absent in the service of the States of the Low Countries, the said lands have been unlawfully detained from him. The King, entertaining his petition, desires that he (Chichester) shall examine whether the matter be as alleged, and that, if it prove so, he shall take order therein according to His Majesty directions.—Whitehall, 20 January 1608–9.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, Exeter, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. 1. Orig. Sealed. Add. Endd. Encloses,

239. Brian Kelly's Petition to the King. Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 346.

Petitioner's father was in his lifetime seised of five quarters of land lying in Kelly's country, in Roscommon and Galway, viz., Clunynglyn, Clonroowe, Clundara, Clunka, Alicknocan, Conymifalies, Kelitoom, Tulic, and Darure. Said father died about nine years past, and petitioner being then very young, and having been since absent in the service of the Low Countries, the aforesaid lands are detained from him by unlawful means.

Petitioner has always been loyal to His Majesty, and has served in the Low Countries under Sir Calisthenes Brooke, from whom he holds a certificate of service.

Prays that His Majesty may direct the Lord Deputy of Ireland to accept his surrender of the said lands, and to re-grant them to petitioner.

Underneath it is ordered:—

"At the Court at Thetford, this 5th of December 1608, His Majesty's pleasure is that the Deputy shall be informed of the particulars of this petition, and that he shall give order that the surrender be accepted, and letters patent be granted to the petitioner of the said lands, and that this be done as his Lordship shall think meet for the relief of the poor petitioner."

P. 1. Orig.

240. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Privy Council. [Jan. 21.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 7.

According to their directions, has sent over the bearer, Sir Garrett Moore, to answer all matters wherewith he is chargeable. Has taken his bond, with good sureties in 8,000l., for his appearance with all due expedition.—Dublin, 21 January 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.

241. Sir John Davys to Salisbury. [Jan. 21.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 8.

The other day his Lordship, having occasion to speak of the surrenders of the Irish Lords, was pleased to ask him what estates they had in their possessions. Answered that it required a larger discourse than was fit to trouble him withal at that time, but that he would find a time to express it in writing.

Accordingly has made, out of some notes and collections, a brief report of the laws of Ireland, wherein (among other things) he has declared in what course the Irish possessions and inheritances passed, before they took estates according to the course of the common law.

This brief discourse he has added to the book of Giraldus Cambrensis, who has written of all particularities concerning Ireland, except the laws only.

To accompany Giraldus, has made choice of two other books which, for the subject thereof, are fit for the library of a Lord Treasurer; the one, De Mercatura, treating how merchants may negociate by the law of nations and by the rules of the civil law; the other, De Nummis, containing almost all the discourses that have been published in print touching that subject.

Beseeches his Lordship to accept the same, as from a poor student.—Middle Temple, 21 January 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

242. Sir Dominick Sarsfield to Salisbury. [Jan. 23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 9.

Apologises for his boldness in writing to his Lordship, although a stranger; his zeal for the public service must plead his excuse. Has employed some intervals from his profession in drawing up certain notes, which he transmits for his Lordship's review, being the same which he knows he has oft-times formerly overviewed. Has confined them to the province of Munster, where he had a particular charge, for the better discharge of his duty therein.

The paper (fn. 1) contains the names of the disloyal abroad and the discontented subjects at home, whether priests or laymen, their ranks and means there, and their pretences here.

The book consists of three parts; the first, a perfect abstract of all the escheated lands in Munster, afterwards planted with undertakers, the names of the lands and of those by whose attainder they were forfeited, the offices taken, with the circumstances of the year, place, and commissioners before whom, with other observable notes, divided into the several columns of the book. The second part comprehends the several lands, with their several tenures and values, mentioned in every undertaker's letters patent, with some additions of their quantities, scopes, and allowances, &c. And the last (not the least) part is a true collection of all the orders passed, with or against the said undertakers, by the commissioners sent by Her late Majesty to decide and settle the pretences and titles objected against the said patentees; which orders, being conceived summarily without circuit, upon the suit, and for the ease of the subjects, were meant by Her Majesty and their Lordships, and so received by all men, to be as peremptory and binding to all parties as final judgments in writs of right. But whatever encouragement the same subjects formerly barred, lately had, or assumed to themselves, to revive their former quarrels, he will leave to his Lordship's further observation, doubtful how he will accept of these, being trivial, yet hopeful of his pardon, which has frequently been extended to good meanings. —Cork, 23 January 1608 [9].

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

243. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Jan. 26.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 10.

Reports that the Lord Howth repairs to England to prosecute his accusations against Sir G. Moore.—Dublin Castle, 26 January 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.

244. Plantation of Londonderry. [Jan. 28.] Carew MSS. vol. 630, p. 13.

Articles agreed on between the Privy Council on the King's behalf on the one part, and the committees appointed by the Act of the Common Council on behalf of the Mayor and Commonalty of the city of London on the other part, concerning a plantation in part of the province of Ulster, signed by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal, Lord Chamberlain, Earl of Worcester, Earl of Dounbar, Lord Zouch, Lord Knollis, Lord Stanhop, Sir John Herbert, and Sir Julius Cæsar, and on behalf of the city by Sir Henry Mountague, Sir Thomas Low, Sir John Jolles, William Cokayn, William Towerson, Nicholas Leate, William Dale, Richard Wreight, Martin Freeman, John Broad, George Smithes, William Dios, William Greenmell, John Barton, William Harisoun, William Turnor, and James Hotghton.

In 27 articles, providing in detail for the sum to be expended upon the intended plantation; for the buildings to be erected at the Derry and Coleraine, with the lands to be allotted at each; special provision being made for the endowment of the Bishop and the Dean.

The woods and the ground and soil of Glancanken [Glenconkeyne] and Killetragh, extending from the county of Coleraine to Ballinderrie, are to be wholly to the city in perpetuity, for the furtherance of the plantation and all necessary uses within Ireland, but not to be made merchandise.

The city is to have the patronage of all the churches in Derry and Colraine and in all lands undertaken by them.

Also the customs of all goods imported or exported, poundage, tonnage, the great and small customs, for the term of fourscore nineteen years, in Derry and Coleraine, paying yearly 6s. 8d. to the King as an acknowledgment, and within the port of Portrushe; the salmon and eel fishing of the river of the Ban and Loughfoyle, and all other kinds of fishing in the Loughfoyle; the office of Admiralty in the coast of Tyrconnell and Colraine, and all the royalties and profits thereunto belonging; flax, hemp, and unwoven yarn are not to be exported from the Derry and Coleraine without license from the city officers; and no hides to be transported raw without like license; the city is to have the castle of Culmore and its lands in fee farm, maintaining a sufficient ward of officers therein; the liberties of the Derry and Colraine are to extend three miles every way; with such further liberties to the Derry and Coleraine as, upon view of the charters of London, the Cinque Ports, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, or the city of Dublin, shall be found fit for those places. Sufficient forces are to be maintained at the King's charges for safety of the undertakers for a convenient time.

It is agreed that for settling and securing all things touching the said plantation, the King will give his royal assent to Acts of Parliament here, and the like in Ireland to pass.

And, finally, the city is to have time during the term of seven years to make such other reasonable demands as time shall show to be needful; but to set forward the plantation in such sort that there be 60 houses built in the Derry and 40 houses at Coleraine by the 1st of November following, with convenient fortifications; and the rest of the houses with the fortifications to be built and perfected by the 1st of November, which will be in the year 1611. (fn. 2)

Pp. 5. Copy.

245. Lord Deputy and Council to the Privy Council. [Jan. 29.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 11.

According to their directions signified by letters of the 8th of October last, they have dealt with the Lord of Howth, and find that he persists in his accusation against Sir Garret Moore, yet will not be drawn by any persuasion of theirs, either before them at the table or before the King's learned Council here, so far to open himself in his proofs or information, as to enable them to judge how far it may bear the ordinary and common course of indictment, but refuses to produce his witnesses or to deliver their names. Having thus far proceeded at the table, the Deputy dealt with him in private to make known the ground of the accusation, and what proofs he had to maintain the same; he said he would give him satisfaction therein, so he would keep it to himself until the time served to lay it open. The Deputy answered that what he should deliver to him should further and not hinder his proceedings against Sir Garret Moore, for if he were false to the King's Majesty he should hate him more than Tyrone, or any traitor in the land. Upon this he said that he could accuse him (Moore) out of his own mouth, upon two several conferences which passed between them; the one as they rode together, and the other walking in the garden at Millefont, which discourse was overheard by a gentleman riding close behind them, when they were on horseback, and by the same man when they walked in the garden at Millefont, by lying under a bank close by where they walked, which gentleman said soon after unto him, that he hoped that he (Howth) and Sir Garret Moore did not mean as they said in their conference together? The Baron replied, "Why what did we confer of?" "Of matters," said he, "tending to treason; and I lay under the bank and heard it." The Baron said it was not so, and bade him hold his peace. Now whether the first discourse were on horseback or walking in the garden he (the Deputy) knows not, neither did he (Howth) tell him, nor who was the man that overheard them, albeit he demanded it of him. This notwithstanding, and the secrecy he tied him unto, he told as much, and also the party's name soon after to one Lawrence Moore, of Drogheda, and others; which when he (the Deputy) understood to be one Chr. Eustace, a man usually with the Baron, he acquainted the rest of the Council therewith; and with their privity sent for him in hope to have gotten some particulars from him; and yet, conjecturing that he would not come without acquainting the Baron therewith, wrote also to his Lordship, praying him to send him, but between them both the matter is so handled that Eustace comes not to them, but is going with him (Howth) for England, to strengthen his information to the King, unto whom only (and none else) he gives out he will discover all, being so commanded from His Majesty. Wherefore, having well observed their Lordships' directions for the carriage of this cause thus borne on by the Lord of Howth, which their persuasions could not alter, unless they would have yielded to the indictment or imprisonment of Sir Garret Moore, before other particular matter alleged than was contained in the first accusation (which they saw no ground for and which besides is at variance with their Lordships' directions, they long ago enjoined the Lord of Howth to repair thither with such as he thought fit to take with him for that business. And thus they have taken good bonds of Sir Garret Moore to answer the matter there, which he is ready to do presently, if the Lord of Howth go now, as he professes he intends to do.

Further than this they have not been able to prevail with the Lord of Howth, although they let him know that their Lordships thought it a strange part in him to prescribe an order of proceeding and make conditions for the doing of that which in his allegiance he ought, and by justice might be constrained to do; and admonished him of his duty, as from His Majesty, who likes not such irregular humours in any man, of what quality soever he be. Hopes they will be satisfied with this bare relation, without further declaration of their opinions; inasmuch as they have no ground but what is before alleged, but must expect further light and directions from them when they shall have heard the full of this discovery. —Dublin Castle, 29 January 1608–9.

Signed: Arthur Chichester, Tho. Dublin, Canc., Th. Ridgeway, Ni. Walsh, Hum. Wynche, H. Power, Ad. Loftus, Ry. Cooke.

Pp. 4. Add. Endd.: "The accusations are enclosed. Recd the 19th."

246. Lords of Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Jan. 31.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 355.

The citizens of Limerick, like those of other towns, have sent to have their great customs as heretofore, and to be discharged of poundage. The answer has been returned, that when the lease to Chetham and Long shall fall in, their suit shall receive all reasonable consideration. As to their other demands, they (the Lords) are willing to give them such further ease as he (Chichester) may deem convenient. Accede to their request that the liberties contained in a Book of Liberties, drawn up in the late Queen's time, but not passed by reason of her death, may be now confirmed to them. Their prayer for compensation for the houses pulled down in the late works on the fortifications, although such expenses are commonly borne by the towns themselves, is referred to him (Chichester) to report on the amount of allowance which is reasonable in the case.—Whitehall, the last of January 1608.

Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, J. Herbert, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Pary.

Pp. 1. Orig. Sealed. Add. Endd.

247. Memoranda on the Plantation of Ulster. [Jan.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 12.

Memoranda of points for the King's pleasure to be signified touching the plantation of Ulster.

Pp. 4. Endd.: "Articles." In Sir John Davys's hand.

248. Orders and Conditions of the Ulster Plantation. [Jan.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 13.

A collection of such orders and conditions as are to be observed by the undertakers, upon the distribution and plantation of the escheated lands in Ulster.

Printed.

[Founded on the report of the committee of 20 December 1608. There is no date to this document; it is evident from Chichester's letter of 12 February that these orders were not in print on the 17th of January, at which time he received the directions relative to Tyrone only; it is probable they were set forth about the end of January.]

249. Project of the Plantation of the Escheated Lands. [Jan.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 14.

The project of the Committee, the Bishop of Derry, Sir James Ley, and others, for the division and plantation of the escheated lands in Tyrone, Coleraine, Donegal, Fermanagh, Armagh, and Cavan. The proportions into which the lands were to be divided, reservation for glebe lands, persons to whom the proportion should be leased, &c.

Drawn up in pursuance of a direction in the above printed orders and conditions. [See also Dec. 20, 1608.]

Pp. 16. Endd.

250. Tabular Abstract of the Plantations. [Jan.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 15.

Abstract, in a tabular form, of the orders and conditions laid down for the distribution and plantation of the escheated lands in Ulster.

P. 1, large. No date. (Engrossed).

Footnotes

  • 1. Neither this paper nor the "Book of the Escheated Lands in Munster" is now in the Public Record Office collection.
  • 2. Printed at length in the Carew Calendar, pp. 37–9.