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James I: May 1610

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James I: May 1610

739. Bernardinus Miaghe to Rev. Robert Miaghe (his uncle). [2/12 May.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 88.

Received on the 11th of April 1610, his letter of 26 January 1609. Apologises for his delay in writing. Speaks in high terms of the piety and learning of his college associates. Entered upon his philosophical studies a few months since, and could not pursue them anywhere with greater advantage. Cannot complain of the health which he enjoys. In reply to a complaint as to the infrequency of his letters, feels himself on the contrary entitled to complain of his correspondent, since, while he has written four or six letters, he has received but one in reply.—Louvain, 12 May 1610.

Pp. 1½. Hol. Latin. Add.: "Riodo Dmo. D. Roberto Myaghe, Diœcesis Corcagiensis vicario generali apostolico, optimè merito, Corcagiā." Endd: "Intercepted letter of Barnard Miache, written to Robert Myagh, from Lovaine."

740. Donagh Mooney to Father Maurice Ultan. [2/12 May.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 89.

Refers to the Father Provincial, concerning certain arrangements proposed in the order (Franciscan), of no historical interest.—Antwerp, 13 May 1610.

Pp. 2. Signed. In the Irish character. Add.: "Reverendo ad modū patri, patri nostro Mauritio Ultano ordini minorū de observantia provinciæ Hiberniæ, ministro provinciali optime merito." Endd.: "Intercepted letter written in Irish, but of no great importance."

741. Donagh Mooney to the Superior of the Convent of St. Francis. [2/12 May.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 90.

On the same subject as No. 740.—Antwerp, 2/12 May 1610.

P. 1. Signed. Also in Irish. Add.: "Reverendo patri guardiano conventûs Sancti Francisci Montis Fernandi [Multifarnam]."

742. Fees of Captains and Soldiers. [May 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 90 A.

Memorandum respecting the fees of captains and soldiers, casting and disposing of some, and especially the making up of Captain Bourchier's pension of 10s.

P. 1.

743. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 6.] Docquet Book. May 6.

An annuity of 100l. by the year for Andrew Knox, Bishop of the Isles of Scotland and now elected Bishop of Raffo [Raphoe] in Ireland.

744. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 6.] Docquet Book. May 6.

Warrant to accept of surrender of George Bagnall and Garret FitzGerald of the castles, &c. of Ballimone and Kilmage, and to re-grant the same to them and their heirs for ever.

745. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 6.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 395.

To accept surrender from and to re-grant in fee to George Bagnal of Ballymone in the Barony of Idrone, in the county of Carlow, in consideration of his good service and that of his father, Dudley Bagnal (brother to Sir Henry Bagnal, late Marshal, deceased) who was slain by the rebels in the late Queen's service, and to Garret Fitzgerald, of Kilmage in the county of Kildare, the father-in-law of the said George Bagnal, in consideration of his service and the burning and spoiling of his lands by the rebels in the late wars, all such lands of inheritance as they or either of them hold.—Westminster, 6th of May in the eighth year of the King's reign.

P. 1. Signed at the head. Add. Enrol. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the sixte of Maye 1610. From the Kinge's Matie warrantinge me to accept a surrender of George Bagnall of the Lop. of Idroine, &c., and of Garrett Fitzgerald of Killmage, &c. and to re-grant the same. Re. the 30th of Maye 1612."

746. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 6.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 393.

To the same effect with the Royal Warrant dated April 22, No. 729.

Pp. 1½. Copy. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the sixth of Maye 1610. The copie of the Kinge's letters written for Capt. John Bourchier's pension and a companie, &c."

747. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 6.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 19.

Refer to him the petition of Hugh O'Neil, gentleman, third son of Sir Tirlough O'Neil, who states that he had at great charges taken up certain soldiers in Ulster, intending to have gone with them in His Majesty's service into Sweethland [Sweden] which, though it took not effect, is proof in their estimation of his willingness to do His Majesty a service. This, too, has caused him to incur the ill-will of his friends, who would have otherwise yielded him maintenance. He sues for some of the escheated lands in Ulster. They leave the admitting of him and the placing of him as a native to his (Sir Arthur's) judgment, who best knows the truth of his statements. —Whitehall, 6th of May 1610.

Signed: R. Cant., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, Mar, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. ½. Add. Endd.

748. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 7.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 397.

Having heretofore had good trial of the understanding, industry, and sufficiency and trust of Andrew Knox, Bishop of the Isles of Scotland, and in respect of the intercourse that in former times has been between the Isles and that part of the country where the bishopric of Rapho lies, and the service he has done in the Isles by reducing those troublesome places and people to a due acknowledgment of his authority, he (the King) has selected him for the bishopric of Rapho, to hold the same during his life, together with the bishopric of the Isles. And he (Chichester) is to press the Bishop of Derry, Rapho, and Clogher to invest himself in the bishopric of Meath with all diligence, and he is to hold the bishopric and lands discharged of all leases made by the late Bishop of Meath since the last survey.—Thetford, 7th of May in the eighth year of the King's reign.

Pp. 1½. Signed at head. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 7th of Maye 1610. From the Kinge's Matie to passe unto the Lord Bishope of the Isles of Scotlande the bishopric of Rapho, &c. Re. the 30th of August."

749. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 8.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 399.

In favour of Captain Craford, who is repairing to Ireland as an undertaker of lands there, that he may have his part as a servitor there and be favourably used, and may hold his company till further order.—Thetford, 8th of May in the eighth year of the King's reign.

P. 1. Add. Signed at head. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 8th of Maye 1610. From the Kinge's Matie in the behalfe of Capt. Craforde for land as a servitore, and for the continuance of his companie, &c. Re. the 4th of August."

750. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [May 11.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 91.

Mr. Treasurer's presence on that side is some ease to him in reading of his letter. The Attorney of Ulster is not dead, as reported to him (Salisbury) and therefore the place is not open for Mr. Peck, his nominee.

Has nothing of moment to certify from hence, but that the Romish priests are come hither this spring in greater abundance than in any year since his time; and, albeit he imputes it to no other cause but that they are over burthensome to their masters beyond the seas, and so sent hither to be eased of them, yet are they so cunning in forging and spreading false tales and reports, and the people so apt to believe them, that they do much mischief sundry ways, and have so emboldened them that the Romish service and masses are said (as he is informed) even openly in the churches where they are not overlooked and overmastered by the King's better subjects, which is but in few towns and places in this kingdom. He hears they are in hand to draw as many of the younger sons of the nobility and principal gentlemen as possibly they can to their seminaries beyond the seas, to which their parents are easily won, for that they promise their education without charge. There may be some hidden mischief in this practice, which he humbly recommends to his better consideration. The bringing in and carrying away of these messengers of mischief must be restrained by confiscation of ship and goods of the parties that transport them, or some severer course, which must be done by proclamation (if it be thought fitting), and so put roundly in execution, otherwise all the good subjects here will shortly rue it, whose hearts are already sad and heavy at the abuse and liberty of these priests and people in the exercise of their religion, from which they cannot restrain them without slaughter or the gallows, for which they have neither law nor warrant.

A priest and a friar were the late traitor O'Dougherty's chief counsellors and actors in betraying the Derry, Culmore, and Doe Castle, in search of whom he has employed certain men ever since the traitor's death. One of them they lately apprehended by disguising themselves, as he was saying a mass at Multefarnam in Westmeath; and as they were carrying of him before a justice of the peace, the country rose upon them and rescued him from the parties employed, and hurt them in sundry places, notwithstanding they showed them his (Chichester's) warrant and told them he was a proclaimed traitor. By this his Lordship may perceive their boldness, and what hope they have to restrain them by other than the sword; for put all those offenders and, he thinks, the friar himself (if they had him) to be tried by a jury, they will acquit them; and if he should use the sword in these times of peace, it would be accounted too severe a course, in which he had rather do too little than too much, without better warrant for his support.

They now expect the return of Mr. Treasurer with the full dispatch of the matter of plantation, and with a good portion of money, for it is very scarce and wanting at this time.— Dublin Castle, 11 May 1610.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.

751. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 13.] Add. Papers, Ireland. P. R. O.

Directs that he give fiat for a warrant appointing John Denham to the office of Lord Chief Baron of Ireland, vacant by the preferment of Sir Humphrey Winch.—Westminster, 13 May 1610.

P. 1. Add.

752. Lord Deputy and Council to Salisbury. [May 14.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 92.

In behalf of the bearer, Mr. Auditor Ware, that the reversion of his office may be granted to his son.—Dublin, 14 May 1610.

Signed: Arthur Chichester, Tho. Dublin, Canc., Humphrey Winche, Ja. Denham.

P. 1. Add. Endd.

753. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Privy Council. [May 14.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 93.

Has acquainted Sir Randle M'Donnell with the petition of Sir Awla M'Awla to the King against him, concerning the castle of Glanarme, and two toaghes of land thereunto belonging in the Glyns in the county of Antrim. This only will he certify of his own knowledge in that matter, that Sir Randle and his ancestors had no such right in any lands in Ireland whereby he could convey a lawful estate to any man, though he were a denizen and a subject, until the first year of His Majesty's reign, when he, knowing that the territories of the Rowte and Glyns were among many other lands then invested in the Crown, by force of the statute of the 11th of the late Queen, and suggesting the same to be his own true and lawful inheritance, His Majesty, upon Sir Randle's humble and earnest suit in that behalf, granted the said countries to him and his heirs for ever, by letters patent, whereas indeed both he and his ancestors before him had been but intruders upon the King's possessions, and kept the same by strong hand to the day of the date of His Majesty's grant.

There is a nephew of his, the reputed son of Sir James M'Donnell, who is come over thither, to complain against Sir Randle, as it is thought. What his cause of complaint is, he does not well know; sure he is that he might have had any reasonable contentment here, before his going; but the disposition of this people is to address themselves rather to him (Salisbury) than to the State here, where their causes and themselves are best known. But if Sir Randle should be called over thither for every occasion of complaint framed, as now he is at Sir Awla's suit, he may spend more in one year than his lands will yield again in three or four, without that the tenants shall smart for it, as the manner hath been in all like cases. Wherefore it would be better to refer matters hither to be heard and determined in their due place, either of justice or equity.—Dublin, 14 May 1610.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

754. Sir Richard Moryson to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 14.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 94.

Defends himself against a complaint by the townsmen of Waterford, of his lodging some of the Lord President's troop upon that county for a month, and a command to forbear hereafter the placing any there. Necessity enforced him, being the first he ever cessed there. He had no means for them, no part of the rents being ever paid until near midsummer, so that their horses must have perished, if he had not taken this course. So careful has he been in this point, that since his coming to this Government he never cessed any of the foot companies ten days, unless fifty he sent into the West to prosecute the pirates. His own company for seven years in this province never had one month's cesse, which, with the authority he has twice had here, he might easily have given them.

For the Mayor of Limerick, according to his command he has enlarged him upon bonds, and would have done this sooner, if he had been desired in a decent manner, befitting the honour of the State. Assures himself to give him, at his coming to Dublin, so good an account of it, that he shall stand clear in his judgment of any omission. That which now stands "triable" between the mayor and this State is, whether, without examining the intent of the President's warrant they ought to obey it, and whether they have authority upon any such defection to punish it; for the first, if way be given unto it, it might occasion at some times much inconvenience to His Majesty's service, when the failing of an hour might prevent the loss of a town: for their authority by some there is controverted. Their instructions require it, and custom in all his predecessors has confirmed it. My Lord Carey [Carew], in the time of his government, directed his warrant to the mayor of the same town to enlarge a prisoner arrested for debt, being in pay in one of the companies; and the mayor refusing, he was called to Killmallock, and fined 400l. and imprisoned half a year. And notwithstanding their complaints both at Dublin and England, he paid 300l., and could not be enlarged until he had made his submission to the same authority he had offended. Sir Henry Brouncker fined many, and my Lord President that now is, fined the last mayor of the same town, upon refusing to assist a private man to apprehend a priest, which fine he (Chichester) disposed of at his Lordship's request. So that he sees no reason they have to scorn the authority more in his hands than any others, being the same still; unless it be the disease of Waterford, who think it more proper to withdraw their obedience from this government in his time than in that of his predecessors. For the reasons that induced him to give the warrant, his account must be to his Lordship, where he owes it; but if they had obeyed it and then repaired to him, acquainting him with their grievance, he should have given them good satisfaction. Thanks him for the noble favour afforded him in giving him the choice of compounding this business under hand or standing to a public examination and hearing; but the sincerity of his well meaning in this sentence for His Majesty's service emboldens him to desire from him and that table a censure for his error or approbation, if he deserves it. For his own part it shall be very indifferent to him if the Lord President should place some other here, who shall be more "judicial" than himself, to manage this place and govern so many minds ill affected to this authority. For his principal end in undertaking it was rather to deserve acceptance and reward, than to be in danger of losing all his former services by any his omissions in this place. In this he is accompanied with many worthy assistants, himself being the last that gave his opinion on it. Will hasten his journey purposely to attend his pleasure.—Muggelie [Mogeely], 14 May 1610.

Pp. 4. Signed. Endd.: "Sir Rich. Morrison to my Lord."

755. Quit Rents of cos. Down and Antrim. [May 14.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 95.

Priory of Moyluske, James Hamilton. Priory of Muckmaye, Hercules Langford. Dezart, alias Kells, Arthur Chichester. Priory of Holliwood, James Hamilton. Abbey of Bangor, James Hamilton. Abbey of Blackabbey, James Hamilton. Abbey of Moyville, James Hamilton and Hugh Mungumery [Montgomery]. Priory of Newton, James Hamilton. Abbey of Jugo Dei in Ardes, James Hamilton. Priory of Colrane, Tho. Phillips. Abbey of Cumber, James Hamilton. Monastery of St. Patrick of Down, James Hamilton. Priory of Inche in Lecaell [Lecale], James Hamilton. Rectory of Graunge, alias Colegraunge, and the town and water of Strangforde, James Hamilton. Rectories of Ballirickarde and Kilcole, belonging to the Abbey of St. Thomas and John in Downe, James Hamilton. House of the Monks of Downe, James Hamilton. House of the Order of St. Francis, James Hamilton. Divers Rectories in co. Kildare, viz., Rectory of Lease, Rectories belonging to the Monasteries of St. Patrick, Inche, Sawle, and Downe. Rectory of Arde, Rathmullen, part of the possession of St. John of Jerusalem, Francis Dowdall. Church of Ballimoneskreagh, James Hamilton.— 14 May 1610. Ex. per Chr. Peyton, auditor.

Pp. 3. Latin. Endd. by Chichester.

756. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 15.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p 401.

In favour of Captain William Steward that he have his part as a servitor, and be favourably used, and to have his company continued until further order.—Westminster, 15 of May in the eighth of the reign.

P. ½. Signed at head. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 15th of Maye 1610. From the Kinge's Matie in the behalfe of Capt. Stewart for a portion of the escheated lands and for the standing of his companie. Re. the second of June."

757. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 15.] Docquet Book, May 15.

Letter to the Lord Deputy to issue all writs usual for election, consecration, and restitution of temporalities of the bishopric of Derry, which His Majesty has bestowed upon Brute Babington, D.D.

758. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [May 15.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 96.

Has received his letter for licence to the bearer, Sir Randle M'Donnell, to make his repair thither, to answer the expectations of some of his friends who wished to have him there at this time to make his own agreement the better with the Londoners for a great scope of his lands which they require to be laid on that side of the river, to the town of Coleraine. Their demand is very great, and it is for the best and most useful land he has, considering the site thereof and nearness to the new town, wherefore it concerns him very much to have his (Salisbury's) favour therein, both for the reasonable quantity of land to be assigned and for the consideration which is to be given him for it. It may much import the furtherance of this summer's intended plantation in that part, to have him returned back again with expedition and with all lawful favour.—Dublin, 15 May 1610.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

759. The Chiefs of the Septs of the O'Ferrals to Salisbury. [May 15.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 97.

Cannot but with grief of mind bemoan themselves to him, by whose means, under God and His Majesty, they hope to be relieved, in that their agent has remained at Court these seven months past, and is not yet, for anything they can learn, dispatched. He has had two letters of attorney from them and the rest of the poor inhabitants of the county of Longford; the first he carried himself, and the other was sent him in April last, the first having been thought insufficient to tie them to such order as should be taken there. The last also, as they understand, is thought to be insufficient; so that they are at their wit's end, and so distracted, that they know not what to do, but humbly submit themselves to him, who they doubt not will pity their cause, being very lamentable, between Sir Francis Shane and the heirs of Malby. Hope for favourable dispatch, and if there be any defect in the authority sent to their agent to tie them, he may send order to the Lord Deputy, that what he (Salisbury) shall lay down between them and their adversaries shall not be made known to them (the Ferrals) till they be sufficiently tied to perform it. Pray him to be mindful that their agent may be driven to stay no longer there, they being very unable to supply his wants, for which favour they and all the rest of the poor county of Longford will ever pray.—Dublin, 15 May 1610.

Signed: Bryan O'Fearall, Gerratt Ferrall, Conell O'Fearaill, Leyssagh O'Fearall's mark, Jo. O'Fearall, Conell O'Fearaill, William Feraill.

P. 1. Add. Endd.: "The O'Farrolls, for the dispatch of their agent."

760. Countess of Desmond to Salisbury. [May 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 98.

It is not from any forgetfulness of his many favours nor from want of many urgent occasions, that she has not this long time visited him; but fearing to be troublesome, and by reason of sundry unlawful suits her husband was vexed with, by Sir William Taeffe, Sir Leynall [Lionel] Geste, and Captain John Baxter, which, in regard of their injuriousness therein, her husband hoped always to be rid of, and then to have waited on him with the whole circumstances of the same; and though the Lord Deputy favoured him, yet the tediousness in with standing the said causes did so weary and wear him out that in the end the grief finished his life; and so by reason of the natural affection she owed him, being left alone desolate and far from her kindred and friends, having no other dwelling but that he conveyed to her, she has been led to match one of her daughters with his heir and brother, and another with Sir Nicholas Browne's son and heir; and as none of her friends helped her thereto, and as she as no other portion or preferment to bestow on them, but only her pension for certain years, which she could hardly spare, she therefore prays him to cause the same pension to be quarterly paid, both in England and Ireland, according to her patent.—Sligo, 20 May 1610.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

761. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 20.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 21.

Recommend to him Captain William Cole, whose name already appears in a list of those fit to be undertakers, furnished by Sir Arthur. They are satisfied of his sufficiency to maintain a reasonable proportion, and are aware of his merits. And as he has a commission for the charge of His Majesty's boats in Lough Yearne (Lough Erne), and for the keeping of the Castle of Enniskillen, they suggest that he should be assigned a servitor's portion as near as may be to the said castle, which otherwise will be very destitute of demesne, as the lands next adjacent to the castle have fallen to the lot of some Scottish gentlemen in the distribution of the precincts, and cannot be altered.—Whitehall, 20 May 1610.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, E. Worcester, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, J. Herbert.

P. ½. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 20th May 1610. From the Lls. of the Councell, in the behalfe of Capt. Cole for lands in Fermanagh as an undertaker. Re. the 13th of June."

762. Remembrances from the Council to the Treasurer at Wars, for the Lord Deputy. [May [25].] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 98A.

These advices sent over from the Lord Deputy by Mr. Treasurer being thus answered, it is thought fit to recommend to Mr. Treasurer's remembrances some further particulars that are fallen into consideration here, to be by him imparted to the Lord Deputy.

1. Rewards and allowances for riding charges beyond proportion. Time spent by the judges in their circuits increased by their standing allowance by the day.

Allowances to commissioners in civil causes to cease, they having other entertainments.

Allowances of utensils to presidents of provinces, a needless charge.

Abuse in the office of First Fruits. No means to charge the clerk with his receipt, who takes the bonds, receives the money, and accounts for it at his own pleasure.

Decrease of rents upon pretence of wastes. The great resort thither of English has so replenished the land that all the parts of Leinster, Munster, and Connaught are well peopled and inhabited.

The fee of 40l. per annum to the officer of the Casualties to be abolished (if the Lord Deputy think fit, and there be no present patent thereof), or upon the avoidance of such, if any.

Offices of comptroller and collector of imposts of no use whilst customs are in farm.

Offices of Fletcher and Archers now obsolete and to be abolished.

Pp. 3.

763. Memorials for the Dispatch of Mr. Treasurer and Mr. Attorney of Ireland. [May 25.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 99.

The heads of a letter to be addressed by the King to the Lord Deputy, containing instructions and warrants regarding the plantation. See infrà, No. 777.

Pp. 2. Endd.

764. Motives of Importance for the holding of a Parliament in Ireland. [May.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 99 A.

Duplicate, apparently word for word, of that contained in Carew MSS., vol. 629, p. 23, but there placed in November 1611, Carew Calendar, p. 164.

Marginal notes in this copy: P. 1. The number of Parliaments holden in Ireland since the Conquest. P. 2. What cause there was of calling Parliaments in former ages. P. 3. That there are more important causes of holding Parliaments in this age and at this time; that the English laws did not intend to bind the persons or possessions of the Irish who are now brought under subjection. P. 4. Matters of importance which require a speedy establishment by Act of Parliament. P. 7. Whether it will be a difficult matter to pass good laws in the next Parliament. P. 8. What persons are like to be members of the Parliament in both houses. The Lower House. P. 12. The Higher House.

Pp. 14.

765. Sir John Davys to Salisbury. [May ?] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 99 B.

Has now served a 'prenticeship of seven years in Ireland, and His Majesty has said that Ireland should be but a place of probation to servitors of their robe, so that, after a competent time of trial, they should be recalled to serve His Majesty here.

Therefore, though perhaps at this time he should think it fit to send him back again for the finishing of the work of this plantation, yet he trusts to receive from him some hope and comfort touching his recall, the rather because the public businesses wherein his poor labour and experience may be thought of some use, are now, for the most part, well reduced and settled in that kingdom, namely:

1. His Majesty's revenues, both certain and casual, are answered in a due course.

2. His Majesty's compositions in Leinster, Connaught, and Munster, are all revived and re-established.

3. The escheated lands of Ulster are settled in the Crown, the pretended titles cleared, the records entitling His Majesty thereunto made perfect and returned, and put into a place of safety.

4. The customs in all the port towns of that kingdom, which for many years past have been subtracted, are now reduced, and may be collected when it shall please His Majesty.

5. The courts of justice, with the subordinate offices, and all the legal proceedings therein, are better established than ever they were, and the justices of assize make their halfyearly circuits in all the shires of the kingdom, which was never seen since the Conquest until the beginning of His Majesty's reign.

6. All the Irish lords and degenerated English, except very few of the meaner sort, have made surrenders of their lands, and taken back estates thereof, to hold the same according to the course of the laws of England.

7. All the old corporations have renewed their charters and divers new corporations are erected for the increase of trade and handicrafts within that kingdom.

These things being thus reduced and settled, according to the course of England, any other who hath had practice and experience in the courts here may supply the place he holds as well or better than himself, if His Majesty shall be pleased to license him to leave the same.

Pp. 2. Endd.: "Sir John Davys, attorney. A memorial for myself, Ireland, state of, 1610."

766. Memorials for Mr. Treasurer and the King's Attorney for Ireland. [May 25.] Carew Papers, vol. 629, p. 66.

Duplicate of No. 763.

Directing that authority be given for the several commissions necessary for carrying the plantation into execution, especially in respect of the British undertakers and of the servitors and the natives; also empowering the Lord Deputy to draw together such companies and forces to attend him and the commissioners in his journey for settling the plantation, and to leave so many of the companies in such several places for securing the undertakers, as he shall think expedient.

Pp. 2. Copy.

767. Receipt and Expenditure in Ireland for 1608. [May ?] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 99C.

With a statement of the manner in which the Treasurer's office is conducted (by Sir T. Ridgeway). Imperfect.

Pp. 2.

768. Mr. Fox to Salisbury. [May 26.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 100.

News of the murder of the French King makes idle people as have little to take to in this kingdom conceive that the same will breed much trouble, and get them employed abroad if they fail at home.

The young prince has been of late much wronged by one Weston of this city and others, in spreading abroad that his Highness kept a daughter of the late Earl of Essex and got her with child; which being made known to the Lord Deputy, he sent for the said Weston and one Brady of the Cavan, and one Duffe of Drogheda, and upon appearance of such of them as could be found, namely, Brady, his Lordship committed him to prison, and Duffe having been before committed upon some other occasion, it was commanded he should be kept in until examined touching this cause; and Weston, being the principal party, cannot as yet be found. Doubts not but he and the rest will repent meddling with this matter, such will be the punishment that is like to be inflicted upon them.

Mentions the stay of a small bark with three mariners and a boy and six or seven tall fellows of decayed gentlemen bred in North Wales, by the mayor of Drogheda, who not only made stay of their said bark, but apprehended themselves and sent them hither to the Lord Deputy to be examined.

They have report here of the killing of Capt. John Vaughan, the sheriff of the county of Dunnagall [Donegal], by a Scotchman, upon a sudden falling out between them.

It is reported by gentlemen of the Queen's County that many of the septs of the Moores and their followers that have been lately sent away out of that country are flocking hither again, and some are of opinion that they will rather die there than live elsewhere; howsoever, in the beginning Mr. Crosby undertook the contrary.

Promises there shall be nothing done here wherein His Majesty shall be deceived in his profit or the service hindered, but he will make the same known to him if he shall think it meet, without which he will not undertake such a business, lest he should breed many enemies to himself.—Dublin, 26 May 1610.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.

769. Sir Neil O'Donnell to Salisbury. [May 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 101.

Addresses himself to him because of his promise above the rest, in the good late Queen's time, and also since, to favour and father him, and because he best and only knows how acceptable his poor services were to the late Queen, and her prince like resolution, to have rewarded the same with restitution of his inheritance, for recovery whereof out of the rebels' hands he ventured his life, spent some of his blood and a great number of his kindred and followers; which, notwithstanding, after the King's coming to the Crown, was not regarded in Ireland, by means of such as being bribed by Rory, late Earl of Tyrconnel, procured him to be recommended to the State, whereby he (Rory) obtained that land whereto he (Sir Neale) was right heir by grant of that Queen made to his grandfather, who first surrendered it to be holden of the Crown, after their ancestors had held it according to the manner of the country many hundred years. Not content herewith, his adversaries in Ireland have laboured since to cut him off under colour of justice, putting upon him a most absurd imputation, of being partaker with so base a rebel as O'Dogherty, whereas he could not be drawn by Tyrone and O'Donnell themselves, when the Spaniards were in Ireland, to back them to be false to the Crown. He was cleared by course of law, being brought to his trial, though they had assured themselves of his conviction by a jury of those that were at deadly suit with him. For all that he could not have the benefit of the law, his liberty. He appealed therefore into England, where he now has been prisoner these five months, and has not been heard speak for himself; which he thinks long, because his enemies (he is sure) will omit no tricks to colour their unjust proceedings, and to keep him from being heard. For they know he is able to say something which he (Salisbury) will not like of in them. He therefore beseeches his Lordship not to be prepossessed or forestalled with any their informations, but as soon as his leisure will permit, to let him justify himself face to face with them before the King and his honour. For they doubt not to make it appear that their poor nation is otherwise oppressed than he thinks for; and for his part he beseeches him to consider how unlikely it was that he who first discovered Tyrone's and O'Donnell's treasonous courses to the State there, when it was in their power to have laid hold of them both, when they first purposed their rebellion in Sir William Fitzwilliam's time, when Tyrone procured O'Donnell's escape out of Dublin Castle, and now finally before Tyrconnell and he ran away, should have any hand with such a beggarly rebel as O'Dogherty was. Tyrone knew he did both times reveal his plots, and "malices" him for it; and the hatred of such as thought that they themselves might be touched with it, and were the Earl's secret friends, is the cause of all this trouble of his. Beseeches his Lordship to look into the matter, and permit him who has proved himself so good a subject for the service of the King, lay open to him only in private, if he pleases, his own and his poor country's just grievances against such as abuse the authority they have there.—Tower of London, 30 May 1610.

P. 1. Add. Endd.

770. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 30.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 23.

Recommend the bearer, Marcell Rivers, for a great or middle proportion of land among servitors, he having made known to them that he is married to the heir of Captain Thomas Chadderton (Chatterton), who in the 15th year of the late Queen had a grant of land to him and his heirs in Ulster, and who, in order to suppress the rebels and people the same with English subjects, sold his estate in England to the value of 7,000l., and with 100 serviceable men, many being his near alliance, and five captains of his own name, went into Ireland and planted there and built a fort; and maintained the same many years with great expense and loss of blood, and at last of life, both of himself and those that went with him, by the violence of the rebels. If he cannot be placed in the barony of Orier, according to his desire, that barony being disposed of, he is to be set down among servitors where it shall seem best to him (Sir Arthur).—Whitehall, 30 May 1610.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope.

P. ¾. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 30th of Maye 1610. From the Lls. of the Councell in the behalfe of Marcell Rivers, for a portion of land in Orier. Re. the 5th of August."

771. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [May 31.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 25.

John O'Connor has petitioned the King to be restored to the Castle of Carrigfoyle in the county of Kerry, as his ancient inheritance in fee-farm, by grant from the provost and fellows of Trinity College near Dublin, the same having been the ancient inheritance of him and his ancestors time out of mind. He states that on the suppression of the late rebellion in Munster, the castle was kept from him and committed to the custody of Sir Francis Barkley, to whom the petitioner leased it with eight plough-lands adjacent, and that the lease being to expire in three years, Sir Francis Barkley, unknown to petitioner, got a grant of it from the King to him and his heirs. They (the Lords) were thereupon of opinion that if the title to the said castle were in the King's disposal, it should be reserved in His Majesty's hands as fit for his service, and not be granted to any subject, unless to a servitor in custodiam, or to the college (upon the commission of Defective Titles), to whom it formerly was granted. But if it be the inheritance of the said John O'Connor, according to the statement in his petition (which they enclose and refer for his consideration), they direct him (Sir Arthur) to give him such relief as he may deem fit, taking bonds from him, according to his offer, to deliver it up on being required by the State, upon all occasions of service.—Whitehall, the last of May 1610.

Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, Notingham, T. Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester.

P. 1. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the last of Maye 1610. From the Lords of the Councell, to delyver over the Castle of Carrigfoyle to John O'Connor, if it be not inconvenient, upon good bonds, &c. Re. the 16th of November." Encloses,

The petition of John O'Connor, of Carrigfoyle in the county of Kerry, to the Lords of the Privy Council.

On his former petition desiring restitution of the castle of Carrigfoyle detained from him by Sir Francis Barkley, their Lordships were of opinion it should not be granted to any subject being a servitor, by way of custodiam, if it were in His Majesty's disposal. As the castle is petitioner's inheritance, and it is not in His Majesty's disposal, prays that the Lord Deputy be directed to call Sir Francis Barkley before him, who only opposes petitioner's title, and if he finds that he detains it without right, then to give order for petitioner's repossession on the expiration of Sir Francis's estate therein, petitioner giving bonds that the castle shall be again yielded up by him, on the demand of the state of England or Ireland, upon all occasions of service.

P. ½.

772. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Attorney-General. 1609. [May 13.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 302.

In pursuance of letters from the Lords of the Privy Council of 20 January 1609, and from the King, dated at Westminster, 3 March 1609, in the sixth of the reign, for a confirmation of the ancient liberties of the corporation of Waterford, with an addition of some franchises, the Lord Deputy gives warrant to prepare a fiant for the confirmation of the ancient privileges of the city of Waterford, and an enlargement of their franchises, following, viz.: First, that they shall be free of poundage pursuant to the Act of 15 Hen. VII. Secondly, that they shall have the great customs, but are not to meddle with the petty customs payable by merchants strangers, as being reserved to His Majesty's proper use. Thirdly, that they shall have a jail delivery as largely as was granted them by Hen. VII.; that the recorder shall be added in commission of jail delivery with the mayor and sheriffs, and that the mayor, recorder, sheriffs, and two of the most ancient aldermen shall be justices of the peace within the city and county of Waterford, the mayor to be of the quorum, and the recorder to take the oath [of allegiance and supremacy to His Majesty]. (fn. 1) And lastly, that the bounds of the county of the city of Waterford, and the jurisdiction of the corporation, shall be enlarged with the addition as well of the towns and lands of the Grange, Balletrokell, and the Newtown adjoining to Waterford upon the south, containing 100 acres, as by the ambit, precinct, and demesne lands of the late dissolved abbey of Kilkellan, near the said city on the north side, pursuant to another letter from the Lords of the Privy Council in England, of 8 April last.— Dublin, 13 May 1609.

Pp. 1½. Orig. Add. Endd.: "Civitas Waterforde, 1609."

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