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James I: June 1610
773. Lord Deputy Chichester to the Lord Admiral. 1610. [June 4.] Carew Papers, vol. 619, p. 135.
A branch of the Lord Deputy's letter to the Lord Admiral, in favour of a pirate, named Bishop, and other particular occurrents, with remarks concerning certain pirates infesting Munster.
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774. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [June 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 104.
Prays to have the King's letters for confirmation of the settlement of a country named Ivagh [Iveagh], alias Magennis's Country, lying in the county of Downe, which he has long laboured in and just effected. It is a work that will keep Sir Arthur Magnesse [Magennis] and his dependants within the rule of justice and obedience hereafter. The rent reserved upon the former patent was seldom or never paid before his (Chichester's) time. By these new grants it will be increased, and the payments from the freeholders made more certain than they were from the libertine lord of the country.
Sends a draft for His Majesty's letters. Sir Robert Jacob, His Majesty's Solicitor, has been a principal actor in this work, to his hindrance other ways; he has been in the country to his great travel and expenses, and has painfully laboured the bringing of the business to an end, as he does in all things else that appertains to the furtherance of His Majesty's profit and service. Prays him to take notice of his good service for his encouragement.
Finding that the Archbishop of Canterbury was displeased at the proceedings of the Bishop of Down concerning certain commendams which he had procured from His Majesty contrary to the intent of them, he called for the Bishop, and had conference with him. By his letters (which he sends with these) it will appear to what he has brought him, and what he hath surrendered will likewise appear by his deed in writing which he (Chichester) has sent to my Lord of Canterbury, that it may be returned into the Chancery there as here it is, and if any more be required from him, upon notice of what it is is, he will cause him to perfect it, and will transmit it with expedition.
The treasure is safely arrived when they had most need of it; to what time it will stretch for our necessities Mr. Treasurer is best able to inform him, since he has gone thither.—Dublin Castle, 6 June 1610.
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775. John, Bishop of Down, to Salisbury. [June 2.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 102, 3.
The Lord Deputy acquaints him that it is conceived he has kept in his hands sundry commendams, contrary to His Majesty's intent and his (Salisbury's) expectation; who conceived that in lieu of the late commendam, which through his favour he obtained (bearing date the 13th day of February last past), he should have relinquished all his interest and benefit in any former commendam, and that his sudden departure into Ireland gave some strength to that suspicion. Explains first, that at his departure from London he had no purpose to go into Ireland, till he was possessed of such livings in England, as by his forementioned commendam were granted him from His Majesty, only he purposed to journey to Graystocke in Cumberland, to possess himself of that parsonage as part of his said commendam (upon advertisement that the same was void and granted to him), but finding it a very doubtful and litigious title, and that my Lord of Carlisle had obtained it in commendam, he resolved to expect some other or some clearer title than that; and lodging at Carlisle, and by want of money being hindered from returning to London, and understanding that in his diocese those small means due to him were detained from his agent, and also having remained two years in England, he was by this exigent, being very near home, compelled to go for Ireland, as formerly he acquainted my Lord of Canterbury. Explains that he obtained three commendams from His Majesty, one for 146l. 6s. 8d., the second a commendam which his Grace of Canterbury made stay of; the third that which he now has through his (Salisbury's) favour, for which, as expected, he relinquished his former commendams before the latter, which he now enjoys, was delivered to him. And further, upon notice from the Lord Deputy of the former suspicion had of him that he retained still with him the foresaid commendams with intent to make use and benefit of them, he has here in the Chancery surrendered all other commendams except that last, bearing date the 13th day of February last past, which by his favour he obtained—Dublin, 2 June 1610.
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776. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 8.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 29.
Although His Majesty might be diverted from a renewal of his design to send companies of Irish out of Ireland into Sweden, in consequence of the ill carriage of the transportation attempted last year, when by the negligence of the conductors and the contrary winds, the Irish were brought back again and landed in several places and counties of this kingdom, yet, considering how much the venting of the Irish swordmen out of Ulster concerns the peace of that province and the furtherance of the plantation, he is resolved to make another trial and to send 600 to Sweden, under the command of Captain Richard Bingley, the bearer of this letter. In order to regulate the cost, Captain Bingley has entered into articles with His Majesty, regulating the charge of victualling, clothing, and transporting, of these companies from the time they shall be delivered at the sea-side till they come to be landed in Sweden. A copy whereof they enclose.
They have two things particularly to call his Lordship's attention to:—First, that the men sent shall be mere Irish (except some of the commanders) and especially active Irish; and what shall be wanting of the number in Ulster may be taken from the other provinces. Secondly, that dispatch be used before the time of the year be spent, to avoid what unfortunately happened last year. They have only to add, touching the port of departure, that though Derry may be thought most convenient, as well for the men that shall be taken out of Ulster, as for the course they are to run about the north of Scotland in this voyage for Sweden; yet, they would be glad to avoid all occasion that might any way trouble the work in hand there, either by raising the price of victuals or giving any just cause of distaste to such as are now employed by the City of London in those parts about the plantation.—Whitehall, 8 June 1610.
Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, Notingham, T. Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, Jul. Cæsar.
Pp. 2½. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the eighth of June 1610. From the Lordes of the Councell, declaring that it is the Kinges pleasure that Capt. Bingley shall have 600 men out of this kingdom for Sweden, &c. Re. the 4th of July." Encloses,
Articles of Agreement between the Lords of the Privy Council on His Majesty's behalf of the one part, and Captain Richard Bingley on the other part, concerning the transportation of 600 men to be sent out of Ireland into Sweden.
Captain Bingley is to transport 600 men, to be delivered to him at such ports as the Lord Deputy shall appoint. He is to be allowed for the apparelling of the said men 20s. a piece. Amount, 600l.
He is to be at no charge of victualling the 600 men till their arrival at the port of embarkation. For their victualling until they are landed in Sweden, he shall receive at the rate of 5d. per day per man for 31 days, and no longer. Amount, 387l. 10s.
He is also to have 10s. for the transportation of every man into Sweden. Amount, 300l.
All which sums amount to 1,287l. 10s.
He is to have 300l. by way of imprest, and rateably according to the number of men shipped, to be certified by the Lord Deputy, not exceeding 600l.
Captain Richard Bingley promises to defray all other charges, and not to suffer any of them to be landed in any part of His Majesty's dominions after they are shipped.
In witness whereof the said Captain Richard Bingley has subscribed his name the 8th day of June, and in the eighth year of His Majesty's reign.
Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "The Lordes agreement wth Capt. Bingley for transportation of 600 men into Sweden."
777. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 9.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 403.
Has heard and considered the particulars concerning the plantation entrusted for delivery to Sir Thomas Ridge way, whose sufficiency he highly approves. Sir Arthur is now to put in execution the following particulars, for which he gives him this warrant and instruction under his own hand:—
That he renew the commission touching the plantation in such points as he and the Council shall think fit.
That the commission be to himself (Sir Arthur Chichester), the Lord Chancellor, the Treasurer, Chief Justice, Chief Baron, Master of the Rolls, Sir Richard Cooke, Principal Secretary, and such others as they shall think fit, or to any five of them, whereof the Lord Deputy to be always one, and two of those above-named to be other two, for the passing the several portions of escheated lands to the British undertakers and their heirs according to their several assignations; the true copies whereof are transmitted to him and the commissioners under the hands of the Privy Council.
That like authority be given by the same commissioners to pass their proportions to the servitors in such quantities as he and the commissioners shall think fit, in the precincts assigned to servitors and natives.
That like authority be thereby given to pass their proportions to natives in the precincts assigned to servitors and natives, in such quantities as the commissioners shall think fit.
That the present letters shall be his warrant to put in execution such further instructions as he shall receive under the hands of the King and Privy Council concerning the plantation.
That he draw together such companies and forces to attend him and the commissioners in this summer's journey for settling the plantation, and to leave so many of the said companies in such several places for securing the undertakers, as he shall think fit.
And that he begin his journey at such time as shall best serve for the expedition of the plantation this season.— Westminster, 9 June, in the eighth year of the reign.
Pp. 1½. Signed at head. Endorsed by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 9th of June 1610. From the Kinge's Matie, writinge me tutchinge the commissioners, the commission itselfe, and distribution of the escheated lands in Ulster to the servitors and natives, &c. Re. the 4th of July." Enrol.
778. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 10.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 33.
The bearer, Captain Richard Bingley, lately returned from Sweden, and now to repair to Ireland to levy more men for that service, prays that he may be thought of for a portion of those lands to be allotted to servitors. The like request has been made by the friends of Captain John Maisterson, who is himself absent in those foreign parts. Though their names are not in the list sent over, yet they deem it very reasonable that servitors of such great merit and of such long continuance in the wars of Ireland should be remembered for fit portions among the rest, and not omitted for their absence; since even therein they deserv increase of favour from the State; and will (it is alleged) perform by their friends what shall belong to their plantation till their own return, which they intend shall be when they have spent a little longer time in those wars under the Swethen [Sweden] King.—Whitehall, 10 June 1610.
Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, Notingham, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, E. Zouche, W. Knollys. E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, J. Herbert.
P. ½. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 10th of June 1610. From the Lords of the Councell, for Capt. Bingley."
779. Privy Council to the Lord Deputy. [June 10.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 105.
To take order for preservation of the woods in Ireland.
Signed: R. Salisbury, T. Ellesmere, Canc., H. Northampton, Notingham, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, J. Herbert, T. Edmondes.
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780. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [June 13.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 106.
He lately received the enclosed from the Bishop of Limerick by which he is occasioned to acquaint him with the access of bishops, priests, jesuits, and friars into this land, from Rome and other parts since Christmas last, in far greater numbers than at any time heretofore, who have so wrought with the people by false tales and reports, that many of them have an assured expectation of Tyrone's return this summer, and that before the end of August next. If Florence O'Mulchonner be come (as the Bishop of Limerick is informed) it will strengthen the opinion of the Irish and awaken them (the English) from being secure of the contrary, for he is well known to be a man in favour in the Courts of Spain and Rome beyond all others of his profession of this nation, and is lately made Archbishop of Tuam.
Believes that the information in the Bishop's letters is wrong concerning the parties to whom Tyrone's letters should be directed, for Tyrone works more by messages than letters; neither does he trust some of the parties named to the Bishop; and howsoever others of them be linked unto him by marriage of his daughters, yet if there were any letters brought unto them, thinks they would discover the contents of them, but of messages they will not, for their messengers are so trusty that death itself will not make them reveal what they carry, but of the writers and readers of their letters they are often mistrustful. The reports current all this spring so concur that they give them some cause of doubt, for if Tyrone be come into Spain (as it is here said and believed), he may soon slip hither with two or three ships, laden with arms and munition, which will be sufficient to set all awork; for the priests and spreaders of falsehood will make them by their reports to be forty, and the men thousands, though he come but with six servants, and his treasure millions if it be but a handful, which is no sooner spoken by them than believed, and so all loose men will run unto him, which he (Chichester) can better foresee than prevent. Has given warning to all the garrisons, forts, and wards to look carefully about them. The Earl of Thomond and the Vice-President of Munster are here with him. He is dispatching them to their charges, and nothing shall be left undone that is fitting and necessary; but the hearts of the people are to him unknown. Has long expected the return of the Earl of Clanricarde; if he come not this summer he must appoint some worthy and sufficient man to be his vice-president, for that province is very tottering and unassured.
The King and their Lordships were once determined that 20,000l. or 30,000l. should have lain here under locks to answer all sudden occasions: a most prudent resolution. Wishes it might take effect at this time; the reasons are so manifest that he need say no more than he has already said in former letters; only this for a truth, that they should not be able to borrow and take up 5,000l. in this city nor in the towns and country adjoining in 20 days, if the kingdom stood in hazard without it.—Dublin Castle, 13 June 1610.
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781. Bishop of Limerick to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 3.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 106 I.
The 1st of June there was brought to him by Mr. Arthur Sexton, high sheriff of the county of Crosse [Tipperary], to be examined, a young man about the age of 23 years, named Donnogh O'Towell, a follower of the now Archpractizing priests. This young man discoursed unto him by an interpreter, of the company and quality of divers Romish traitors that have employment in Ulster and Munster from beyond the seas, and are now assembled under colour of a visitation, to accomplish their purpose, and to make ready against the date of their conclusions. The names of the principal commanders and high commissioners from his Holiness, are: Morris Ultough, a doctor of such kind of divinity as it is, who came from Rome two years since, and for the most part hath resided in the diocese of Meath at the Abbey of Boyletefarnan [Multifarnam] in the Lord of Delvin's country, with whom is joined in authority, if not superior to him, Thomas FitzEdmund, the fair-spoken friar (a man too well known everywhere). They have in association with them one Teig O'Holahan, a doctor also of the same stamp and of St. Francis's order, who came out of Spain a year past; all these, with other of their consorts, are now in Limerick. Friar Thomas came to town the 29th of May, being Tuesday, the rest upon Whitsun-eve, the 28th of May. They needed not their company here (in Limerick), for they have always Father Arthur, the Jesuit, and too many of his rabble here. They go from hence the 4th of June towards Killmallock, and from thence to Cork, where they are to stay a fortnight or three weeks; so they mind to circuit the whole province, and at Kilkenny they have resolved to part. Morris Ultough goes to Meath to misgovern and do little good there, with Thomas M'Cannah [M'Kenna], a Franciscan and guardian of the Abbey of Boyletefarnan, and Thomas Fitz-Edmund comes back to domineer in Munster. The informer being asked whether he knew any secret designs or intended plots of theirs, said, "No," otherwise than that he is sure they went about to trouble the kingdom and to raise wars if they could. His reason is that they pray day and night for Tyrone, that God will strengthen him; of whom they confidently give forth that he is preparing, if not prepared, for Ireland; for proof hereof he saith there is a young friar called John Conley, allied to Patrick Conly, dwelling in Bred street at Dublin, which friar is a merchant's son of Tradas [Drogheda], and landed there the 10th of May last, who came from Tyrone, and brought this news: that Tyrone had an army from the Pope and the King of Spain, and that he would be in Ireland by Michaelmas. He desired Mr. Sexton to entertain him kindly, and to assure him of a reward if he made all this good. So he departed from him for the present, but promised to come privately to him the next morning, the 2nd of June, which he did accordingly; at which time he opened to him particularly as follows: First, that he has heard Teig O'Holahan tell Friar Thomas that there were three great armies preparing in Italy and Spain, one whereof is for England, another for Scotland, and the third for Ireland. After this he delivered the name of one David Crafford, Scottishman, whose father, Owen Crafforde, and his mother likewise, dwell both in Downygall. This Crafford was servant and butler to the late Earl of Tirconnell when he left Ireland and went over into France, and so forward; which said David Crafford landed awhile since, about the 29th of April last, at Killibeg, in the north, and the same night he landed he lay in the house of one Owen M'Gettihan, in the county of Downygall. From thence they passed to Faremanah, in Maguire's Country; and the morning after came to Brian M'Mahonagh, alias Brian M'Hugh Oge's house, who married one of Tyrone's daughters; and then to Brian Arthroe M'Enys's [Magennis] house, who likewise married another of Tyrone's daughters. Sure he is that he came from Tyrone to warn all noblemen, gentlemen, and others that wish well to Tyrone, and would hold and stand for the Catholic religion, to be in readiness. His knowledge of all this came by a sister's son of David Crafford's, who is a friar in this company. This confession being thus made, he took a book and protested of himself that it was true in every point, or else wished he might be hanged if it proved not so; whereupon he took order for his relief and safety, whereof he doubted; and left him in the high sheriff of Cross's custody [county of Cross-Tipperary], to go with him into his county as an attendant (being dismissed before from the friar, so that there could grow no suspicion of him); to the end he might be forthcoming and at hand. Has provided for his maintenance, the better to encourage him.—Limerick, 3 June 1610.
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782. Bishop of Limerick to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 4.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 106 II.
The 3rd of June, at night, which was Sunday, the informer came to him again and brought him more intelligence, newly come to town, namely, that one Flarie O'Molchonor [Florence O'Mulconry], now Archbishop of Tuam, who went into Spain with O'Donnell at the breaking up of the camp of Kinsale, and is the agent for all Irish matters that the Pope's crew would have brought to pass there, is landed at Cork upon Thursday last, being the 31st of May, and hath brought with him a great packet of letters from Spain and Rome to the nobility and chief gentlemen of Ireland, about Tyrone's present coming into this kingdom with armies ready prepared. This he knows to be so by two letters that came from the said Flaren O'Mulchonor to Thomas Fitz-Edmund. And Morris Ultough's compassing the country, in this manner of visiting, is to no other end but to solicit and make sure as many as they can to assist Tyrone. Has written to the Lord Bishop of Cork and Sir Par Lane of Flaren's landing, and such letters as he was informed he brought over with him, that they may make search for them before they be dispersed. This Flaren O'Mulchonor was accompanied, as he says, but by one boy; and this 4th of June, Friars Thomas and Morris Ultough, with the rest, are gone towards Cork to him. —Limerick, 4 June 1610.
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783. Bishop of Limerick to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 4.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 106 III.
Keeping this Donnogh M'Towell O'Galahar (as now he addeth to his name) upon hand, to wrest what he can out of him, he has this 4th of June, after the holy company's departure towards Cork, been with him again, and given him the names from his uncle the friar, whom he calleth Towell O'Murlough, of all such as Flaren O'Mulchonor, the supposed Archbishop of Tuam, has brought letters unto from Tyrone out of Spain, who are these:—
To Brian M'Mahonah, alias Brian M'Hugh Oge.
To Brian Arthroe M'Ennis.
To Donnogh-o M'Swine, alias M'Swine O'Banah.
To Raynall M'Sourlah M'Connell, Lord of Downelis, who, as he says, married a third daughter of Tyrone's, as the two first.
To Connor O'Reagh M'Guire of Fermanagh.
To Donnell O'Knohor or Conohor, Lord of Sligo, who married one of the Earl of Desmond's daughters.
To Sir Tibalde Burck, alias Longe, (fn. 1) in Connaghte.
To Mr. Patrick Conley, in Dublin, with this privy remembrance from Tyrone, that whatsoever Patrick promised him he should have it ready.
To Thomas Burcke, Raimunde Scoube, his son.
To Captain Terrill.
To Donnell [Kavanagh] Spainah.
To Raimond M'Feaghe M'Kem.
To Phelim M'Feaghe M'Kem.
To the Knight of the Glin.
To Donnell M'Carrah [M'Carthy] of Caslanlough in Kerry.
To a priest in Lisimore or Lease (for so he understands him) having no interpreter he might trust, but a bad one in his house, but he (Sir Arthur) shall know it by this, that Sir Oliver Lambert has that land. To that priest it is written to warn all in Lisimore to be quiet until—or—
Reserves whatsoever else shall be gathered, until he hears from him what his pleasure is about the five young men who are here in durance, and this together.—Limerick, 4 June 1610.
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784. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 17.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 405.
Warrant to accept a surrender from Sir James Ware of the patent appointing him Auditor of Foreign Accompts or Prests, in order to re-grant the office to him and his son, John Ware, for their joint lives and that of the survivor.—Westminster, 17 June, in the 8th year of the reign.
P. ½. Signed at head. Add. Endd. Enrol.
785. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 20.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 407.
Warrant to appoint George Trevillian, Provost-martial of Munster, for life, as soon as the office shall be vacant by the death or surrender of Sir Richard Aldworth.—Westminster, 20 June, in the 8th year of the reign.
P. 1. Signed at head. Add. Endd. Enrol.
786. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 21.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 415.
Warrant to pass a pension of 10s. per day to Sir Thomas Roper, if at any time the company he now holds should be cast or discharged.—Westminster, 21 June, in the 8th year of the reign.
P. 1. Signed at head. Add. Endd. Enrol.
787. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 21.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 411.
Warrant to appoint Sir Dominic Sarsfield, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, in succession to Sir Nicholas Walsh, as soon as the place shall become vacant, in consideration of his pains and services, and of his conformity in religion.—Westminster, 21 June, in the 8th year of the reign.
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788. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 21.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 413.
Warrant to make a grant or grant and confirmation to the provost, fellows, and scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth, near Dublin, of all such lands as they purchased of George Isham, being passed to him and his heirs in fee-farm by the late Queen, at 6l. per annum; in order that they may hold them immediately of the King, to hold at the former rent and services, in regard they hold their foundation from the Crown.—Westminster, 21 June, in the 8th year of the reign.
P. 1. Signed at head. Add. Endd. Enrol.
789. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 22.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 35.
They praise Sir John Davys (now on his return to Ireland) for his sufficiency in handling the business of the Plantation of Ulster, before the Council, and generally for his careful proceedings in all His Majesty's concerns.—Whitehall, 22 June.
Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, Notingham, Gilb., Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, J. Herhert.
P. ½. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the tenth of June 1610. From the Lords of Councell, in the behalfe of Sr John Davis, the Kinge's Attornie. Re. the 18th of July."
790. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [June 22.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 107.
Sir Richard Morison, the Vice-President of Munster, now at his coming unto him, has caused John Drea, the priest that had confessed to him, to be brought hither, and he (Sir Arthur) finding him to justify what he had formerly said in the letter written from Dermond Cartie to Richard O'Connell, sends his answer, together with what he has likewise declared, though he conceives his Lordship is already acquainted with the substance thereof; and he believes that some damned villains are entertained and set on work to act something in England, either upon His Majesty's person, the noble princes, or their Lordships, or upon all three together, as that wicked wretch was for the butchery of that late famous King, their neighbour; wherefore it behoves his Lordship to be watchful over His Majesty and themselves, and not to suffer any unknown man to approach his person;—for what is it in such a case that a desperate resolved villain will not attempt, though his own death and destruction be most assured ?
Is advertised from such as he trusts in causes of that nature, that Florence O'Mulchonnor (of whom he lately wrote to him upon the informations received from the Bishop of Limerick) is not come into this kingdom, but that one Flarie, (fn. 2) an ordinary priest, was landed about that time not far from Cork; which (as he conceives) was the cause of that report, and was bruited by the priests, the better to work their own ends amongst this wavering people, who are apt to catch at anything tending to trouble and alteration. The Vice-President is now upon his return for Munster. His Lordship should let him understand that his services and good deserts are well accepted of, which will be a great encouragement unto him, as it is to all men that serve His Majesty in this kingdom, where little other felicity is afforded than such as comes from thence unto them. —Dublin Castle, 22 June 1610.
Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.
791. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 22.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 37.
Lord Audley having heretofore offered himself as an undertaker of a large quantity of the escheated lands in Ulster, is now content to rank himself under such conditions as have been since arranged for the planting of that whole province, and to receive his allotment as among servitors.
And considering the encouragement his readiness to embark in that project gave to others, they request he may be accommodated with as large a proportion of land, and in as commodious a place, as may be consistent with the orders for setting down servitors.—Whitehall, 22 June 1610.
Signed: R. Cantuar., T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, W. Knollys, L. Stanhope.
P. ½. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 22 of June 1610. From the Lordes of the Councell, in the behalfe of the Lorde Audley for a portion of landes as a servitor. Re. the 24th of August."
792. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 23.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p 39.
Refer to him the enclosed petition of Murtoughe O'Dougan, to enable them to give him an answer.—Whitehall, 23 June 1610.
Signed: R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, Gilb. Shrewsbury, E. Worcester, W. Knollys, J. Herbert, L. Stanhope.
P. ¼. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester "Of the 23d of June 1610. From the Lords of the Councell, in the behalfe of Murtoagh O'Dougan, of Fygott, for lande. Re. the 21 of August." Encloses,
The humble petition of Murtaghe O'Dougan, of Fegott, in the county of Donegall, in the province of Ulster.
Most humbly showing unto your honours,
Where your suppliant and his ancestors have been seized, as of their proper inheritance, of the said Fegott and of other lands called Maghree Riagh and Clough Fanne, containing about 1,000 acres English. The petitioner therefore beseecheth your Lordships to direct your honourable letters to the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, requiring them not to pass the petitioner's lands to any other, but that your suppliant may have the said lands by letters patent, paying unto His Majesty such reasonable rent as to your honours shall be thought fit, otherwise the petitioner, his wife, and family shall be utterly undone. This granted he shall ever pray, &c.
793. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 25.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 43.
The bearer, Captain Richard Tyrrell, having, as he informs, purchased from Bryan O'Reely and Cormoc M'Gauran, and other gentlemen of the county of Cavan, who are yet living and were never attainted of any disloyalty, 40 poles of land, amounting to 2,000 acres or thereabouts, in the baronies of Tullaghgarvie, Loughtee, Tullaghonco, and Tullaghagh, in the county of Cavan; and having also, to his great charge, inhabited the same with dutiful and loyal subjects, being formerly wasted and depopulated; prays that he may be continued in possession, and that he may surrender and have a re-grant of same; and that he also may have such a proportion of the escheated lands as is allotted to servitors in the county of Cavan. His Majesty, having considered his petition, directs that he shall enjoy 20 poles of land where he now dwells in the barony of Tullaghgarvie; and that, upon examination and allowance of the right of the petitioner and his brother in such lands as they are to give up to His Majesty in the baronies of Loughtee and Tullaghonco, they may have as much laid out unto them in one of the next baronies appointed for natives, for their portion of land, to be allotted to them as servitors. The place to be such as he (Sir Arthur) may think fittest for the undertakers, saving to petitioner and his brother all such right as they may claim in the barony of Tullaghagh.—Whitehall, 25 June 1610.
Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, W. Knollys, L. Stanhope. J. Herbert.
Pp. 1½. Add. Encloses,
794. The petition of Captain Richard Terrell to the Lords of the Privy Council. Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 49.
That his petition to the Lords for certain lands he purchased in the county of Cavan was referred to the commissioners for Irish causes, who certified that petitioner might, in their opinions, have 20 poles of land where he dwells in Tullaghgarvie, and as much as he should give up into His Majesty's hands in other baronies, to be allowed him in one of the baronies nearest to petitioner's dwelling appointed for natives, where it might seem to the Lord Deputy and Council to be most convenient for the undertakers. He accordingly prays that such may be allotted to him; and that he may further have an allotment, as a servitor, in one of the baronies assigned for natives and servitors.
Annexed to the petition are four schedules:—
1. The names of certain poles in Balle Clynlough which are not in Captain Terrell's possession.
Ibid., p. 45.
2. A note of such lands as Captain Terrell has in the barony of Loughty.
Ibid., p. 46.
3. A note of such lands as William Terrell purchased and enjoys in the baronies of Loughty and Tullaghgarvie.
Ibid., p. 47.
4. A note of such lands as Captain Tyrrell purchased and has in his quiet possession, containing three ballebetoes apiece of the barony of Tullaghgarvie.
Ibid., p. 48.
[There is under each schedule a reference in Sir Arthur Chichester's hand, directing the Judges of Assize to inquire and report the truth of the statement in the heading of the schedule.]
795. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 26.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 417.
Warrant to pass to Sir Arthur Magennis all such lands in Iveagh as were meant to be passed to him by Sir Arthur and the Council, in order to enlarging the lands left to him in demesne on a settlement of Iveagh or Magennis's Country, made about three years since at Newry, whereby Sir Hugh Magennis was to hold the said country for life, with remainder to said Sir Arthur Magennis in tail, with divers remainders over; with a proviso, that if any had rights of inheritance in any part of the said country at the time it was given up to the late Queen by 11 Elizabeth, the said Sir Arthur Magennis should grant to all such freeholders such estate as they formerly held in their said freeholds. By the office taken at Newry on that occasion, the lands of the several freeholders were found, leaving a very small portion in demesne to said Sir Arthur Magennis; whereupon an order was made by the Lord Deputy and Council in favour of the said Sir Arthur Magennis, that a surrender should be accepted from him and a new grant should be made to the several freeholders of a great part of their freeholds; some to be held of Sir Arthur Magennis, and the rest of the Lord Bishop of Dromore, leaving a large portion to Sir Arthur Magennis, of which he was to take a grant from the King by new letters patent to his heirs for ever.
A new grant, therefore, is to be made to Sir Arthur Magennis and his heirs for ever, of all such lands in the country of Iveagh as were meant to be passed to him by the said order, to be held of the King in capite by knight's service, at the yearly rent of 10l.; and also to pass to Bryan Oge M'Rory Magennis and his heirs the country of Kilwarlin, at the rent of 12l. 5s.; and to all the rest of the freeholders such lands as were intended by said order to be passed to them, at the rent of 15s. per townland.
And as this settlement cannot well be effected without the assent of the Lord Bishop of Dromore and his several deans and chapters, and without their joining in a surrender of their possessions in right of their churches, they are, by these letters, warranted and empowered to surrender their title in all the lands they hold which are by the said order intended to be conveyed to Sir Arthur Magennis, the residue to be restored by letters patent to the said Bishop, dean, and chapters.—Westminster, 26 June, in the eighth year of the reign.
Pp. 2. Signed at head. Add. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "Of the 26 of June 1610. From the Kinge's Matie, authorisinge me to passe the country of Evagh, &c." Enrol.
796. Commission to demise Crown Lands. [June 26.]
Commission to Sir Arthur Chichester and Thomas Archbishop of Dublin, to demise Crown lands in Ireland.
Grant Book, p. 67.
797. Commission to collect Crown Debts. [June 26.]
Commission to Sir Thomas Ridgeway and Sir Humphry Winch to collect Crown debts in Ireland.
Grant Book, p. 67.
798. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [June 27.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 108.
By letters to the Lords has made known his proceedings in the business of Evagh, alias Magennis's Country, and in others has declared his opinion and advice for the reformation and settlement of the county of Longford. In the first he awaits directions and authority to enable him to perform what he has promised towards the Bishop of Dromore, Sir Arthur Magennis, and the freeholders of that country; and he has prepared the minds of some of the chief gentlemen of the latter to submit themselves to His Majesty's goodwill; but doubts not but his good endeavours will find opposition there, if such as attend their privates only may be heard. As he has hitherto waded through all matters committed to him with a clear heart and clean fingers, aiming at nothing but the furtherance of his master's service, so does he intend to end; in which he prays his Lordship to hear and believe him, for he takes so little care or pleasure in matters tending to his profit that he neglects the making benefit of that which His Majesty has freely given him.
These works of breaking the factions of great men in this kingdom, and the withdrawing of the people's dependance from them by allotting competent proportions of land to fit freeholders in every country where the means is offered, is, in his opinion (next to religion, in which they prevail not) the most sure foundation for reformation and a settled peace; which makes him studious to find out the means and apt to lay hold on every occasion that presents itself for that service.
The county of Wexford is an ancient county, and has heretofore been possessed by civil and industrious people, it being one of the first conquered countries of this kingdom; but when the chief of the English retired themselves from hence upon the discord of the houses of Lancaster and York, the Irish crept into the woody and strong parts of the same, and so prevailed that they extirpated the remainder of the English and possessed themselves of that part, which they have held ever since.
Those Irish countries (for so they term them) known by the names of the Kinselaghes, Murroes, Macdamore, and Macvadocke, have been charged with sundry exactions and impositions;—some under colour of letters patent got from the late Queen upon unjust pretensions; others laid upon the inferiors by their powerful neighbours;—and finding the poor people miserably oppressed, he sought their ease, and where they perceived that they had a feeling of their misery they made proffer to surrender their interests in those lands to His Majesty, and take new estates upon the commission of defective titles and surrenders; but now upon search and better looking into the matter, there appears a better title for the King than those intruders, by such as have books to fill, to pass part of it to one and part to another; and he is told that some persons (that watch for nothing else) are lately gone thither to put some nobleman or gentleman about the King to beg it, and others to entitle one Sir Thomas Bewemount (Beau mont) of Colehorton, thereto, in respect that the Viscount Beuemount held it long since from the Crown.
Those countries are the dens of the Cavenaghes and other lewd persons in time of rebellion; the people that possess them now for the most part have been their Bonnaghts or hired soldiers, and in such times are still their followers, fosterers, and relievers. If the countries be disposed to such as will take no other care but to make profit of it, more harm than good will come thereof. Therefore he prays that stay may be made of granting it, or any part thereof, until they, His Majesty's Commissioners here, have handled the business and brought it to the King's hands, if it may be without grudge or disturbance of the people. And the better to bring this to pass (if his Lordship thinks well of it), he will pass a lease for 21 years to Sir Richard Masterson, and some other gentlemen near neighbours to the place, in trust only; the same to be surrendered when the title is made clear, at His Majesty's goodwill and pleasure, upon such consideration and recompense as shall be thought fitting, which must be answerable to the charge they shall be at in the prosecution of the business, and the loss they shall sustain by the alteration, which, to Sir Richard, will be great if he be not relieved, for he has now out of those countries 90l. sterling yearly by grant from the late Queen.
Makes choice of Sir Richard Masterson especially before others, since he has very nobly and honestly discovered what he has long searched after and found out, to clear the King's title, and is a near neighbour to those countries, and knows best how to deal with them without noise or disturbance. If those lands be brought to the Crown by these means, himself and the heir of Sir William Ginnett may have portions of them in lieu of the chief rents they now receive, and the King may dispose the rest to freeholders of both nations, having care to give reasonable content to the principal men who now pretend right unto it.
Has not heard from thence of long time, and therefore is ignorant in what is resolved touching the plantation of the escheated lands in Ulster. The season of the year is far spent; winter in that province is at hand, and no undertakers are yet arrived here.
The charge of a journey hither will be exceeding great, where making but a short stay little will be effected, and the very motion will disquiet the people as much as the thing itself; and how they stand affected his Lordship may perceive by what Sir Toby Calefeelde [Caulfield] has written, which herewith he sends as it came even now to his hands. He was ever and is still of opinion, that those people will not be removed from one place to another, though it be from the worse to the better, without trouble and disturbance; and therefore they must go provided to withstand and suppress them, if they will not otherwise be brought to reason. Has prepared the small army to be in readiness upon a short warning, and has a reasonable quantity of bread and other provisions in store; yet if the undertakers were come, and if he were directed to set forward this day itself, he can hardly be prepared to remove from hence for such a journey as is fitting and convenient for honour and safety, within 20 days: which he has thought fit to recommend to his consideration, with this further addition, that he shall be ready, as well in winter as summer, to proceed as he shall be directed, for the furtherance of so good a service; but he knows that some that must be of the commission will hardly endure the winter tempests in those parts in the open field, where no houses nor other shelter is to be had, but such tents as they carry with them.
Encloses a confirmation of the confession of one John Drea, a priest, which he intended to send in his last of 22d instant, but in his haste overlooked.
The pirates upon this coast are so many and are become so bold that now they are come into this channel, and have lately robbed divers barks, both English and Scotch, and have killed some that have made resistance; they lay for the Londoners' money sent for the works at Coleraine, but missed it; they have bred a great terror to all passengers, and he thinks will not spare the King's treasure if they may light upon it.
Has ordered up the King's pinnace from Munster, and has sent out a small bark well manned and furnished to search for that pilferer, and to take and kill them if they may; with which he has acquainted my Lord Admiral.
Is this day advertised that the pirates Cowarde and Barrett are taken by one Lenan de Rosse, a Dutchman, and others that lay a fishing near the Blackerocke, upon the coast of Connaught, and that they have taken with them two small pieces, in which are some sugar and salt, but the ship that was their man-of-war is escaped.
Wishes they had a commission for the adjudging and executing of pirates and priests here, who vex and disturb the kingdom more than can be understood by others but them that feel it.—Dublin Castle, 27 June 1610.
Pp. 5. Signed. Add. Endd. Encloses,
799. John Drea, priest, to [——] his honour. S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 108 A.
In token that he is a true subject, has already proved his zeal in revealing unto one Mr. Crosbye some secrets that he has heard touching the state of this kingdom, and wished him to reveal it unto the Council. Professes to know much of what is doing by the disloyal abroad and at home, and to disclose it he will bring him before himself.
Pp. 2. Signed. Endd: "John Drea, priest."
800. John Drea, priest, to ——. S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 108 B.
Makes general professions of loyalty, and is instructed to discover all he knows or may hear of practised against the State.
As for Thomas M'Edmond and the rest of his rank that came over of late, undertakes that they shall be apprehended; and will use all means possible that the merchants of Cork. Limerick, and Waterford, bringing over dangerous men against the Crown, may be known from time to time, and such other of them that bring letters from Spain, Italy, and other such places; and will be with his friends in those cities, a fortnight in a city and another fortnight in another city; and further undertakes to repair to the west parts of Desmond and Carbery, where there are good harbours and access of navigation, and will appoint one in every city of those that shall from time to time acquaint him (the informant) of all such news, and the merchants that will come over and land in those west parts of Ireland. As for the clergy of Ireland, knows as many of them that are dangerous, and will give a note of all their names.
Pp. 2. Signed. Endd.
801. Sir Toby Caulfield to the Lord Deputy. [June 27.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 108 I.
Reports his ill success in the prosecution of the woodkerne. There is no hope for the people since the news of the plantation divulged by Sir Turlogh M'Henry and the rest lately arrived from England, that it will shortly be many of their cases to be woodkerne out of necessity, no other means being left them to keep a being in this world, than to live as long as they can by scrambling.
They have a report that an ambassador, newly arrived in England from Spain, is treating for the pardoning of the Earl and restoration to his hands, which being refused, a war will ensue. They also hope, that the summer being spent, before the commissioners come down, so great cruelty will not be offered as to remove them from their houses upon the edge of winter, and in the very season when they are to supply themselves in making their harvest. And they think that by the next spring, if ever Tyrone can or will come, he will wait for no longer time, since delays and further deferring cannot be less prejudice to him than the utter ruin and extirpation of his dearest friends. They hold discourse among themselves that if this course had been taken with them in war time, it had had some colour of justice; but they having been pardoned and their lands given them, and having lived under law ever since, and being ready to submit themselves io mercy for any offence they can be charged with since their pardoning, they conclude it to be the greatest cruelty that was ever inflicted upon any people. Takes leave to assure him there is not a more discontented people in Christendom, and accordingly he must provide for them to serve the new planters. B. G. assures him that neither Ever M'Collogh's son nor the provincial friar, who as he heareth is made Archbishop of Toome [Tuam], is in Ireland, but that they lately went from Rome to Spain, where they now are. G. S. is of that mind; both confessing that they have had conference with the chief priests of the Pale, now very lately meddling in state affairs, from whom they make no doubt but they should have heard it if any such thing had been. He lays out to know by sundry other ways, and is persuaded, that, if they be arrived, it is not yet known to his neighbours. B. G. tells him that three other priests are lately arrived. Their names are, one Bath, son to Bath of Saundestowne; one Brada [Brady], and one Whyte, their Christian names he knows not. They came from Italy to Brosell [Brussels], and from thence to Ireland. They had in their company one of the women whom Tyrone carried away with him, whom they left at Brosell to avoid suspicion.
Pp. 2. Endd: "From Sir Toby Calefeelde, received the 27 June 1610."
802. Intelligences. S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 108 II.
Thomas Geraldine is Tyrone's agent in Ireland; Riccard O'Connell is Mr. Daniel O'Swollyvane's agent; O'Swollyvane alias Teig M'Daniel O'Swollyvane is Connor O'Driscall's agent; Teig Ohwollaghan [O'Hoolaghan], Franciscan friar, is Morris FitzJohn Desmond's agent in Ireland. They write as often as they may conveniently unto them all things that they hear in this kingdom from time to time.
The Archbishop of Cashel is gone to Rome, and a Jesuit, Walter Vale, went purposely with news and for news. There is no doubt but every one of the clergy in Ireland and of the birth of Ireland in foreign parts is daily working all possible means to have wars in Ireland. They send daily precursors over to persuade the common people in their confessions; and the common people cannot discover, because it is moved unto them in foro confessionis; wherefore he beseeches his honour that some course may be taken that these people be not so tempted. They have appointed that every man shall bless himself as often as he sees any Protestant, or member of any other sect whatsoever. They have also appointed that no Catholic shall be in company with any Protestant to be buried, sub poena excommunicationis. They have appointed in every bishopric in Ireland a general vicar, who must appoint a curate in every parish throughout all the diocese. They have archdeacons, deans, officers, as they were in times past. There is neither child christened nor matrimony or contract made now in Ireland, but by Catholic priests. They can dispense with any couple as nigh by degrees but in one and two. They have set and ordained that no priest or friar shall make conversation with any Protestant. They have appointed guardian abbots in every abbey in Ireland. They have viewed the cities and the situation of the forts and the strength of all Ireland.
Beseeches him not to let this be known publicly awhile to any of the Council that are of the birth of Ireland, except Sir Dominick Sarsfield. Hopes his Lordship will let him know before his departure from home what he shall do if he brings him away from hence, so that he may send for things, as his boots, boot-hose, and such other things against the journey. Beseeches him that he may not be left here, the rather because egrotat crumena. They pray to God both day and night for the confusion and overthrow of Sir Robert Cecil, thinking him to be the only fount of all the misery and error, and not only that, but to be inspired by a spirit that fortells him of all things. They further charge Scotland to be full of the black art, and think it to be the wickedest nation in Christendom.
Warns him of the danger to the King's castle of Limerick, by reason of a cellar underneath it that can be entered unobserved from the town.
Has sent to inquire of this cellar, which a mason in Limerick can discover with little work.
803. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [June 30.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 419.
Warrant to make a grant in fee-farm to Thomas Cantwell, of Bally M'Keady, in the county of Tipperary, in consideration of his wounds and losses sustained in the service of the Crown, of the castle and lands of Galbally or Galballyaherlagh, in the counties of Tipperary and Limerick, or either of them, late the inheritance of Donogh M'Creagh, Morogh O'Bryen, Ulich M'William Bourke, and others attainted of treason, or which came to the King by bargain or sale from the Earl of Thomond or Sir Richard Boyle, and are now in the possession of John Burgot and Miles Roche, to be held in common soccage at a rent of 90l. during the continuance of the lease to said John Burgot and Miles Roche; and on the expiration thereof at 80l. only.
And as the said Thomas Cantwell has covenanted to build a castle, to keep the neighbourhood in order, and to plant with civil people, he is to have a court baron, fair and weekly markets.—Westminster, 30 June, in the eighth year of the reign.
Pp. 2. Signed at head. Add. Endd.
804. Fishing of the Bann. [June.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 109 and 109 A.
Refers to the purchase by the King from Sir James Hamilton of the fishing of the Bann. Adds a note of the monies disbursed by Sir James Hamilton and his partners in the fishings of the rivers of Loughfoyle and the Bann, which are now to be conveyed to His Majesty.
P. 1. Signed by Hamilton. Endd.: "A note of Mr. Hamilton's bargain for the fishing."
805. Purchase of the Fishing of the Bann. [June 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 109 B.
Warrant to the Exchequer to pay Sir James Hamilton 1,000l., in addition to other monies before paid to him, for his title and interest in the fishings of Loughfoyle and the Bann.
P. 1. Parchment. This is attested by E. Reynoldes, and stated to be inrolled in the office of Clerk of the Pells, 20 July 1610.