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James I: November 1609

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James I: November 1609

517. The King to the Lord Deputy. [Nov. 2.] Docquet Book, Nov. 2.

Letter to the Lord Deputy for a grant to Lady Arabella Stewart, for 21 years, of the privilege to nominate such persons as shall sell wines, aquavitæ, or usquebagh within that kingdom.

518. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Nov. 4.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 152 a.

Writes in behalf of Sir Thomas Rooper, and encloses the copy of a former letter and Rooper's petition.—Dublin Castle, 4 November 1609.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

519. Francis Annesley to Salisbury. [Nov. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 153.

The Lord Deputy entrusted him with the conducting of Sir Neale O'Donnell and Sir Donnell O'Chane, Knights, and Naelan O'Donnell, the said Sir Neale's son, as prisoners to London or until he should be by further direction discharged of them. Has accordingly brought them as far as this city of Chester, and should have been a day's journey from hence by this time, but that he finds some directions here with the Mayor, for the delivering the prisoners from sheriff to sheriff until they shall come to London. This is contrary to the course he had intended for their safe and more speedy repair hither, by taking a competent guard in every town where he should lodge, and the like convoy from one good town to another, as they should be most convenient for each day's journey. Will make forwards in the course appointed by his Lordship and the other Lords of the Privy Council until he shall receive some further directions to make more haste than this course will permit. In the meantime, in discharge of his duty, sends the Lord Deputy's letters by the running post, and humbly attends his Lordship's directions to authorise him to come along without staying for the country's convoy. Will undertake upon his life to bring the prisoners as safely as if he were furnished with a million of men, and that with great diminution of expense and charge by the way, which otherwise cannot be avoided.—Westchester, 6 November 1609.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

520. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Privy Council. [Nov. 7.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 154.

It is but eight or nine days since he received their Lordships' letters of the 25th of July by the hands of Lord Audley, wherein he is required to consider of his zealous offer there made to them to undertake the plantation of a very great scope of the King's escheated lands in Ulster. It is for more lands than His Majesty has to bestow in any one county there, and therefore requires greater consideration than he (Chichester) can suddenly intend to look into upon so small warning, being otherwise now taken in a very busy time. So that, though very much importuned by him to enter into it presently, he must crave leave to advise thereof more at leisure and to examine it by some convenient rules; for if too hasty therein, he would not be found innocent, perhaps, either in respect of the King's service, the Lord Audley, or himself. Intends truly and faithfully to satisfy them therein by the coming over of Mr. Treasurer, so far as his knowledge and opinion touching these demands may somewhat guide His Majesty and their better judgment in a matter of such difficulty and importance.—Dublin, 7 November 1609.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

521. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Nov. 7.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 155.

Writes in favour of the bearer, Captain Cooke.—Dublin Castle, 7 November 1609.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

522. Lord Howth to Salisbury. [Nov. 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 156.

Has heretofore signified to his Lordship what entertainment he has found since his coming into this kingdom, and some particulars wherewith he finds himself aggrieved; and having made known to His Majesty some hard measure which he has received, he also entreats his Lordship's patience. His Highness addressed letters to the Lord Deputy and the rest of this estate, signifying his gracious regard and opinion of him, and directing that he should be protected from wrongs; and although the words apertly set down what merely concerned himself, yet he presumes His Majesty's meaning was, that the protection should extend to his dependants, friends, and kinsmen. Now a gentleman, one of the best rank of the English Pale, son and heir to Sir Robert Dyllon, late Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, at the approach of the Lord Deputy's coming out of the North to the frontiers of the English Pale, being at the Cavan at the time of the general assizes, for dispatch of some business, going to visit the Lord of Delvin at his lodging, Sir Gerrot Moore's son, without any cause, colour, or pretence of matter offered, but merely out of his malicious humour, fell aquarelling with him; and when he could not, by provocation of words, drive him to quarrel, Mr. Dyllon, respecting the place and having also a just cause to fear Mr. Moore, being then accompanied with many of his friends, amongst which the Lord Deputy's nephews, the captain of his troop, and the Lord Chancellor's son were, they followed him with great numbers into the street; meaning to have murdered him there, as the sequel of the action plainly manifests, in that having by much ado gotten into the Lord Chief Justice's lodging, they followed him thither; where they had assuredly slain him, had not some of the Lord Chief Justice's men, seeing them in great numbers, with weapons drawn, coming up into the room, thrust him into their master's chamber, which they by all means endeavoured to break open. Such was their fury and rage, contempt of law and justice, and more than greedy desire to take away this gentleman's life, who never gave any one of them cause of offence, save that Sir Gerrott Moore is become his capital enemy for his joining with him (Howth) in prosecuting some notorious malefactors which have their dependancy on him. And as he cannot expect here any equal measure of justice where Sir Gerrot Moore is so strongly backed with friends, among them from whom otherwise he was to seek redress, he must therefore most humbly beseech his Lordship, out of his wonted and ever careful desire to have justice duly executed, to set down some course, both to examine the truth of this assertion and to secure his friends hereafter from like oppression and danger. Other courses of his adversaries to vex his friends, by open reproaches and worse, shall appear upon the examination.—Howth, 8 November 1609.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.

523. Sir Arthur Chichester to Dudley Norton. [Nov. 9.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 157.

Recommends the suit of the bearer, Captain Cook, and in favour of Sir T. Roper.—9 November 1609.

Pp. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

524. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Nov. 15.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 371.

Warrant to grant Francis Blundeville the reversion of the office of Surveyor General after the death or surrender of William Parsons, Esq., the now Surveyor General, in regard of the sufficiency of the said Francis in his place of surveyor in Ireland.—Westminster, 15 November 1609.

P. 1. Signed at head. Add. Enrol. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 15th of Nov. 1609. From the Kinge's Matie, for Mr. Blundell to have the office of Surveyor in reversion, &c. Re. the 28th of Januarie."

525. Lord Howth to the King. [Nov. 27.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 158.

Professes himself ready with hand and sword while he lives, and with his blood, if occasion so require, to perform every loyal service to his Prince; but his concern for his own good name compels him to report to His Majesty how some five months past, one Sir Roger Jones, the Lord Chancellor's son, and who is married to the daughter of Sir Gerrott Moore, in the presence of divers persons of good rank and fashion, termed him a coward. Expected the performance of His Highness's pleasure signified to the Lord Deputy and Council, for protecting him upon all occasions, especially against Sir Gerrott Moore, from the root of whose malice this branch did spring. The 24th of this present month, came by chance to a tennis court, where Sir Roger Jones was with some company, and so soon as he perceived him enter, he presently called and drew his sword. He (Howth) was clasped up in the arms of one of Jones's company, whilst Jones proffered two thrusts at him, and had he not broken this same by good hap with a wan [wand] he commonly carried in his hand, he was in danger to have been lost without drawing weapon or giving any occasion; but one of his men entertained some other thrusts, by means whereof Sir Roger's sword was broken. Seeing the servant in danger, drew his sword to save him, and asked him of the slanderous speeches he had reported. In this broil a kinsman of his was slain, but by whom it is not known, but thought to be done by Sir Roger or his man. Sent immediately to the Lord Deputy the whole state and truth of the matter, who, upon information of the contrary part, committed him and eight of his servants, leaving Sir Roger Jones at liberty. The coroners of the city swore a jury to inquire upon the death of the man slain, and they, hearing of some evidences, were in point to give up their verdict, which proceedings the State understanding, countermanded the same, and calling the coroners before them, threatened them with imprisonment, and by special direction, discharged the jury, and a warrant to elect a new one was given, intending to bring him within the compass of law. Beseeches His Majesty to protect him here, being thus oppressed, for no other cause than the discharge of his duty.—Dublin, 27 November 1609.

"I protest to Your Majesty I do not acquaint your Highness with half the wrongs I receive, but, sir, I shall be safe kept if Your Majesty will not bring me out."

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.: "L. of Howth to the King's Majesty upon the slaughter of Barnewell."

526. Lord Howth to Salisbury. [Nov. 27.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 159.

Gives an account of the conflict with Sir Roger Jones, and the consequent proceedings.—Dublin, 27 November 1609.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.

527. Lord Chancellor to Salisbury. [Nov. 28.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 160.

Highly recommends the bearer James Ferrall, one of the chiefest gentlemen in the county of Longford, trained up under Sir John Norris.—St. Sepulchre's, 28 November 1609.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

528. Sir Arthur Chichester to Francis Annesley. [Nov. 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 161.

It is known to him (Francis Annesley) that there has been some difference of long time betwixt the Lord of Howth and Sir Roger Jones, grounded (as the Lord of Howth says) on Howth's part, upon some words of Sir Roger calling his valour into question, and on the part of Sir Roger, for wrongs done by the Lord of Howth to the Lord Chancellor, his father. This has been long smothered, and on the 24th of this instant, whilst he (Chichester) was at Christchurch, Sir Roger Jones was at tennis in a court in St. Thomas's Street, of which it seems the Lord of Howth had notice, for thither he repaired with some 10 or 12 persons in his company and a cudgel in his hand, with purpose to have cudgelled him (as he himself confesses) if he did not deny some words with which he intended to charge him. But the Lord of Howth was hindered of his purpose, being held by Francis Loftus upon his entering the door, and Sir Roger Jones and his man getting their swords, defended themselves from his Lordship's followers until Sir Roger's sword brake; after which he called to the Lord of Howth to save his life, for which he gave direction, but in the meantime one Barnewell (who was in the court with Sir Roger attending his master of the same name, and helped to defend Sir Roger in the fury of the assault) was slain, by whom it is not yet discovered, but by one of the Lord of Howth's company, it is apparent. The report of this fray being brought to him whilst he was at the sermon, he directed the mayor of this city (who was then in the church with him) to apprehend the offenders, and thereupon he took the Lord of Howth and some six of his servants and followers, and carried them to this Castle, where he (Chichester) found them, upon his return from the church, and so staying the Lord of Howth with him at dinner, upon the Council's coming to him in the afternoon, they debated of the matter, and (upon examinations taken of Mr. Barnewell, whose man was slain, and some others) thought it fit to commit the Lord of Howth and his servants until the coroners had inquired upon the body of the dead man, as well because if found murder, it would have been treason, as to stay further mischief. The jury found it but manslaughter, and so would they, he is persuaded, if Sir Roger himself had been slain, and thereupon his Lordship was presently enlarged upon bonds, and the like direction he has given for his servants. Writes this, as it is told him that the Lord of Howth has sent over a servant of his by whom it may be much falsehood will be imparted with little truth; but on his (Chichester's) credit, this is the substance and verity of the action and proceeding hitherto, and if he (Annesley) hear anything said of it, he may boldly impart it. Leaves him to God, putting him in mind that he (Chichester) wants slippers.—Dublin Castle, 30 November 1609.

Pp. 3. Signed. Endd.: "The last of Nov. 1609. The Lord Deputy to Mr. Annesley, his servant, concerning the Lord of Houth's assaulting of Sir Roger Jones, and the slaughter of one of Sir Roger Jones' company. This letter is to be returned."

529. Lord Carew to Salisbury. [Nov.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 162.

Solicits his Lordship's favour for the suit of the bearer, Sir Gerrard Harvie.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

530. John Carvyle's Project of Plantation. [Nov. 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 163.

Project of John Carvyle, of Nunmonkton, in the county of Cork, for making a plantation in Ireland upon 8,000 acres, besides mountainous bogs and unimprovable underwoods.

Pp. 3. Endd.

531. Account of Arrears, Ireland, 1605–1609. [Nov. 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 164.

State of the arrears and of the execution of the commission of arrears since 30 December 1605, on which day the commissioners first sat.

States the particulars of the several years under various heads.

Signed: Jo. Cottell, chr. Arrearag.

Pp. 2. Endd.: "A certificate of the estate of the arrears, 28."

532. Commissions of Surrenders and Sale of Lands on Defective Titles. [Nov. 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 165.

Note of commissions granted upon the commission of surrenders and sale of lands upon defective titles, but not returned into His Majesty's High Court of Chancery:—

Catherlogh: William Birne Fitzpatrick, of Moyle.

Roscomon: Donell M'Skally and others.

Catherlogh and Kilkenny: Piers O'Ryan, of Stowally, and others.

Wexford: Art. M'Dermot Cavenaghe and others, inhabitants of the Murrowes.

Mayo: Piers Barret, of Balleassakille, and others.

Catherlogh: Garrald. M'Murtagh Cavenaghe.

Meath: Walter Skourlock, of the Frayne.

Kilkenny: John Archer, of Kilkenny.

King's County: Hugh O'Dempsye.

Tipperary: Redmond Magrath Milerus, Archbishop of Cashel.

Kerry and Desmond: Donnell M'Cartye.

Roscommon: Brian Oge M'Dermod, of Carrig M'Dermod.

Wexford: Dermot M'Morrish Cavenagh.

Westmeath: Edward Nugent and others.

Wexford: William Browne, of Molranckan.

Westmeath: Brian Magohegan and others.

Wexford: Sir Richard Masterson, Knight, Patrick Peppard, and others.

Down: Glasney M'Aghelly Magennis and others.

Armagh: Sir Oghie O'Hanlon, Knt.

Kilkenny: John Cantwell, of Cantwelscourt.

Limerick: Richard Fitzwilliam Bourke and others.

Tipperary: Philip O'Kenedye, of Casteltowne; John O'Kennedy, of Lackye.

Cork: Owen M'Teige Cartye.

Limerick: Theobald, Lord Baron of Castelconnell.

Tipperary: William St. John.

Limerick and Tipperary: Teige M'Oughney O'Mulrian, William O'Mulrian.

Galway: Hugh O'Kelly, of Clogher.

Tipperary, &c.: Turlagh Magrath.

Limerick: Edmond Baggott and others.

Sligo: Donnell O'Connor, of Sligo.

Cork: Edmond FitzJohn Gerrald, of Ballymartin.

Commissions granted and returned by virtue of His Majesty's said commission of surrenders, but have not passed the great seal:—

Mayo: Owen Maly, of Caher-ne-mart; Sir Tibbot Bourke, of Ballincarrowe.

Kilkenny: Robert Grace, alias Grace of Corstowne [Courtown].

Mayo: Walter Bourke, of Turlagh.

Cork: Donald O'Donnevan, alias Donnevan, James White, John Happell, and John Carew.

Roscommon: Sir Hugh O'Connor.

Cork: David Lord Roch, Viscount Fermoy.

Galway: Teige-ne-bully O'Flahertye.

Limerick: Dominick Roche.

Wexford: Sir Richard Masterson, Knt.

Dublin: James of the Shanganagh.

Mayo: Sir Th. Bourke, of Ballyloghmaske.

Westmeath: Tho. Hopp [Hope], of Mollingarre.

Galway: Morogh Namoyre O'Flahertye, of Bunnowen.

Petitions exhibited for passing of grants upon His Majesty's commission for sale of His Majesty's lands, but have not passed the great seal:—

Westmeath, &c.: Sir Fran. Rushe, Knt.

Kildare: Nich. Wogan, of Rathcoyffe; John Foster, of Dublin.

Dublin, &c.: Thomas Bath, of Dromconragh.

Meath: Nich. Sedgrave, of Ballyhack; Donogh, Earl of Thomond; Dean and Chapter of the cathedral church of the Blessed Trinity, Dublin; Walter Sedgrave and Richard Sedgrave; Philip Conron and Rob. Kennedy; Milerus, Lord Archbishop of Cashel; James Delahoide, of Moygaddye; Rob. Ball, of Dublin, alderman.

Pp. 3. Endd.: "Survey and sale of lands, &c."

533. Sir Arthur Chichester to Francis Annesley. [Nov.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 227, 165 A.

Is to acquaint the Lord Treasurer that O'Quyne, chief of his name, whom the Earl of Tyrone carried with him, has sent over a boy to his brother, Owen Roe O'Quyne, and to his wife to procure him license to return hither. The like is demanded by Shane O'Pounty, who was here the Earl's purse bearer. Upon the notice of such a messenger's coming over, gave order for the apprehending and hanging of him, but when the party was found to be but a young boy, made stay of his execution, thinking they would not trust him with any message of moment. Tyrone left those two men, among others, behind him in the Low Countries, who are now grown very poor, and it may be they seek to return out of necessity; if they do so, their coming, in his opinion, would rather benefit the King's service than give any hindrance thereunto, or be occasion of any danger or inconvenience; for if they deliver a truth to the people of their usage, and what small expectance in hope there is to be had of the fugitives' return with forces to make their designs good, he thinks the people will rather contemn than regard them, though they now admire at their happiness, as it is reported unto them by priests and tale tellers. This is but his opinion, and God is his witness, he wishes none of them one hour's quiet or content whilst they live, unless it may be to advantage His Majesty's service, but would gladly understand his Lordship's pleasure in this point, being yet uncertain of the good or hurt that may ensue thereof.

P. 1. Endd.

534. Charge of Military Service in Ireland before O'Dogherty's Rebellion. [Nov.] S. P., Ireland, vol. 227, 166.

Memoranda (in Salisbury's hand) of the charge of the military service in Ireland, before the rebellion of O'Dogherty, and the charge now required.

Before O'Dogherty the charge of Ireland for the military force under divers titles was 60,000l. Irish, 45,000l. English.

The charge required now is in sterling 15,000l. Sum total 80,000l. Irish, 60,000l. English.

The whole martial force of Ireland is either in officers of the army; in soldiers, or in wards.

The officers of the army, 7,800. Besides the two presidents, 3,934. The army before the next increase, 30,100; the wards, 6,935, by which it appeareth that the charges of all the military forces was 48,469.

The officers and patentees belonging to honour and justice, and patentees. The pensioners, 5,573; other ministers, 2,300; other, 550.

Now there is pay demanded for foot 1,000; horse 25, which amounteth to 15,459l. The wards to be erected and increased 2,475l.; increase by pay 316l.; boats, 400l.; in wards, new bodies, 240. In all, 18,890.

Pp. 2.