James I: August 1610

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Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1608-1610. Originally published by Longman and Co, London, 1874.

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James I: August 1610

846. Lords of the Council to Deputy and Council. [Aug, 1.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 76.

Some inconveniences which have happened on former occasions have suggested to their Lordships sundry particulars which they think fit to be considered for the present plantation.

First, in order to avoid controversies arising about concealed lands not passed in letters patent, if any such omission fall out in the several proportions, they think it fit that they be passed to the undertaker in whose proportion they may lie. If not within any particular proportion, the concealed land is to be placed with the reserved land of the precinct. Should any such have been promised or granted away by the Deputy, their Lordships desire that further proceedings be stayed till directions shall be sent thencefrom. Care is to be taken in selecting convenient places for market towns; the towns to be enclosed at the common expense; the enclosed land, except the common street, to be reserved for commonage of cattle. A plot to be assigned for the erection of a suitable church or chapel, and also for a market house. When the towns are grown to forty houses, they may be incorporated, with a charter containing reasonable liberties, among which shall be the right to send two burgesses to Parliament.

Having given certain further minute directions as to the public economy of the towns, they add, that, as the old inhabitants of the Derry deserve special consideration, his Lordship is to send the names and trades of such among them as desire to continue to reside there, in order that the Londoners may be dealt with to admit them to the corporation; and to set aside 240l., the residue of the 5,000l. to be paid by the Londoners to the King, together with a further 100l. English for the use of those who may desire so to dwell in Derry. After some instructions as to livings and advowsons, and as to a return of the impropriations belonging to the Archbishop and dignitaries of Armagh, they direct that for the first three years no one but a Briton shall be elected as sheriff, provided there be found fit men amongst the Britons. That as Sir Tirlagh M'Henry seems willing to he removed out of the Fews, a convenient place be provided for him at the Cavan or elsewhere. Send a list of the undertakers, distinguishing those who have entered into bonds and those who have not, for the permanence of the settlement, in order that the latter may complete the required bonds. Recommend Stephen Butler, who proposes to settle at Belturbet.—London, 1 August 1610.

Signed: R. Cant., T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

Pp. 3. Orig. Add. Sealed. Endd.

847. Mr. Dudley Norton to Sir Tho. Lake. [Aug. 3.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 121.

Sends a draft of a letter to the Lord Deputy for accepting surrenders of certain lands in Munster, and re-granting the same.—3 August 1610.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

848. Articles agreed on 28th of January between the Lords of the Privy Council, on behalf of the King, and the Committees, by act of common council, on behalf of the mayor and commonalty of London concerning a plantation in Ulster. [Aug. 5.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 229, 122.

Duplicate of No. 588.

An order follows, signed by Salisbury, and addressed to Mr. Attorney, "to draw a book fit for His Majesty's signature, containing a grant from His Majesty to the committees, to be named by the city of London, of all the lands, &c. mentioned in the aforesaid particular."

Pp. 4. Endd.

849. The Lords of Council to Lord Deputy and Council. [Aug. 6.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 81.

His Lordship had formerly recommended the purchase of the composition rent of Annaly as a fit and politic measure. They have resolved to act accordingly, and have set apart the barony of Tolagarvie [Tullygarvey], for the purpose. Direct him therefore not to pass the same to any servitor, or, if that should have been already done, to consider and advise some other means.—Whitehall, 6 August 1610.

Signed: R. Cant., T. Ellesmere, Can., R. Salisbury, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. ½. Sealed. Add Endd.

850. The Lords of Council to Lord Deputy and Council. [Aug. 6.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 79.

Direct that the return of impropriations belonging to the Archbishop and dignitaries of Armagh, ordered in a former letter, shall be expedited, and that the Deputy shall deal with the Archbishop for the surrender of them, in order that the King may provide for the endowment of churches in that diocese, signifying his estimate of the amount of recompense to be given for the surrender. Direct him also to compound with the Treasury of the see of Conorth [Connor] for the rectory of Colerane, which belongs thereto, that that rectory may be given to the Londoners.—Whitehall, 6 August 1610.

Signed: R. Cant., T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

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

851. The King to Lord Deputy and Council. [Aug. 11.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 426.

The see of Derry being now void by translation of George Montgomery, late bishop, His Majesty is pleased to bestow the same on Braithe Babington, Doctor in Divinity; and in consideration of the charges he has had, and the pains he has endured in the service of the plantation, His Majesty is further pleased to grant him all the emoluments of the see of whatever kind from the 2nd of May last past, and to remit to him the first fruits of the see.—Holdenby, 11 August, in the 8th year of the reign.

Pp. 12/3. Signed at head. Sealed. Add. Endd. Enrol.

852. Proclamation by the Lord Deputy and Commissioners. [Aug. 20.] Carew Papers, vol. 630, p. 73.

Regarding the plantation of the escheated lands in Ulster. Its chief provisions are,—that both servitors and natives shall have freedom from payment of any rent for the space of four years, and after which the natives shall yield the yearly rent of 10l. 13s. 4d. English, for every proportion of land containing 1,000 acres; and the servitors for the like proportion shall yield the yearly rent of 8l., English, if they shall plant with Irish tenants, but if they plant with English and Scottish they shall pay only 5l. 6s. 8d. for every 1,000 acres, as the English and Scottish undertakers, and so rateably; that servitors and natives shall hold their lands in free and common socage; servitors and natives shall, within three years next ensuing, erect certain buildings upon every proportion of 1,500 acres; that servitors shall take the oath of supremacy, and conform themselves in religion; that they shall not alien to the mere Irish, neither shall they alien their whole proportion to any person whatsoever for five years ensuing; that they shall covenant to make certain estates to their undertenants, with reservations of certain rents; that they shall hereafter take no Irish exactions; and that they shall use tillage and husbandry after the English manner now used in the Pale.—Camp, near Lyffer, 20 August 1610.

Subscribed by the Lord Deputy, Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Marshal, Master of the Rolls, Sir Oliver Lambert, Sir Garrett Moore, Sir John Davys, Sir Robert Jacob.

Pp. 4. Copy.

853. The King to Lord Deputy and Council. [Aug. 20.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 428.

The bearer, James Clapham, goes to Ireland as an undertaker. Inasmuch as he is an old servant, whom the King desires to favour, His Majesty has bestowed on him the castle of Newton, in Tyrone, and commands him to be kindly used and furthered in his settling.—Grafton, 20 August, in the 8th year of the reign.

P. ½. Signed at head. Sealed. Add. Endd.

854. The King to Lord Deputy and Council. [Aug. 27.] Philad. P., vol. I, p. 430.

Edward Johnson has taken a portion of land in Ulster as undertaker. His Majesty recommends him, and desires that all furtherance be given him in settling his land.—Woodstock, 27 August, in the 8th year of the reign.

P. ½. Signed at head. Sealed. Add. Endd.

855. Form of Warrant for Comynes. (fn. 1) [Aug. 28.] Carew Papers, vol. 630, p. 79.

By the Lord Deputy and Commissioners of the Plantation.

Giving authority to hear and determine all causes and complaints which shall from henceforth arise, considering that the best part of the states and livelihoods of many poor gentlemen, who have hitherto been owners of lands or heads of creats, must henceforth consist of their own proper goods; and that their undertenants and followers have by their customs of comynes gotten into their hands the greatest part of those goods and chattels, and are, therefore, in far better estate than their landlords, except there be restitution made of some just portion thereof to him or them from whom the same have been received by way of comynes.—Camp, near Limavady, 28 August 1610.

Pp. 2. Copy. Encloses,

856. Instructions for Commissioners of Comyns. Carew Papers, vol. 630, p. 8.

Instructions for the Commissioners appointed to deal in matters of comyns.

P. 1. Copy.

857. The Lords of Council to Lord Deputy and Council. [Aug. 31.] Philad. P., vol. 4, p. 83.

Direct them to accept surrender from William Cullum, son and heir of Captain Robert Cullum, of all the lands and tenements held in the counties of Cork and Kerry by his father, by letters patent from the late Queen Elizabeth, and to regrant the same at the rents reserved in those letters, with such additional liberties, fairs, and markets as are usual in such grants.—The last of August 1610.

Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, Jul. Cæsar. [Defaced.]

P. 1. Sealed. Add. Endd. No place.


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