James I: November 1608

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James I: November 1608

137. Lord Deputy to Mr. Cottingham. [Nov. 1.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 257.

Directs him to continue his survey of the woods. Sir Richard Boyle is appointed to furnish him with requisites.— Dublin, 1 November 1608. Subscribed: Arth. Chichester.

P. 1. Endd.

138. Warrant of Philip Cottingham to survey Woods. [Nov. 1.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 258.

Warrant from the Lord Deputy to Philip Cottingham, authorising him to view all the woods in Munster and the woods of Shilelagh, &c., in the way between Dublin and Wexford.—Dublin, 1 November 1608.

P. 1.

139. Lord Deputy to Salisbury, [Nov. 3.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 259.

Acknowledges receipt of his and the Council's letters, of the 8th of October, concerning the reducement of the forces here, and for a new Establishment, by the post bark on the 28th of the same. Is in hand with it (although it is unpleasing and full of hazard for him to undergo), and will send it with these, if he may so contrive it.

Sir Oliver St. John, on being acquainted with their resolutions in their letters concerning him, holds it his best course to repair thither, and asked and has obtained license; which he the more readily gave, as he (St. John) may give them true knowledge in the state of his office here and of the stores, and how far to answer the demands of the President of Munster for an increase of artillery for the forts of that province, with which he will likewise acquaint them.

There is nothing new since his last, but the outlaws of Ulster are forced to play strange parts, each man for his own safety. He will hold them hard to it, and is in good hope that few swordmen shall escape due punishment who were in this late rebellion with O'Dogherty, but such as save their own heads by delivering him those of others equally good. Sir Oliver St. John can acquaint him with the parts they play one upon another, which are strange to men of faith and civility.—Dublin Castle, 3 November 1608.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.

140. Estimate for repair of Forts and Castles. [Nov. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 259 A.

Note of monies desired for the present reparation of forts and castles in the King's hands.

Pp. 3. Endd.: "To be delivered to the Lords."

141. Confession of Donagh Oge O'Galagher. [Nov. 6.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 285, dors.

The confession of Donagh Oge O'Galagher, one of the company of Shane M'Manus Oge O'Donnell.

Saith that Tirlagh M'Owen Boor M'Hugh Groome, gossip to Shane M'Manus aforesaid, hath all the linen and apparel of the Lady O'Doherty and the Bishop of Derry's wife, and that he always relieved the said Shane with meat and drink. Further, that Owen O'Dooveny had a vestment given him by the said Shane to be delivered to the friar's minister, valued to be worth 20l. Further, that Shane M'Manus aforesaid, about the 18th of last month, conferred with Caffer M'Hugh Dufe, and then gave him a silk gown and three yards of velvet, the examinate and Multano M'Dualtagh being present. Further saith, that three weeks since M'Phelim Braslagh came, accompanied with two men, to Shane M'Manus aforesaid, to the vicar O'Brogan's house, and there requested said Shane not to mistrust him, and that he would become his gossip and his men become gossips to his men; and in order to assure him of his true meaning towards him, the said M'Phelim Braslagh undertook to the said Shane to kill M'Nogher and him that betrayed Phelimy Reagh, and that after that he would join with the said Shane. Further saith, that the said Shane being in the wood of Clemoire, met with one Donagh O'Dooveny, by whom he sent word to William M'Chisocke to send him some victuals and money, which he had promised him for not spoiling him or his followers; upon which message the said William appointed the said Shane to lie in a certain place in the said wood privately with a few men, whither he would send him the victuals and money, but before the time appointed the said Shane removed from the said place.

P. 1. Copy. Endd. by Sir Arthur Chichester: "The examination of Tege O'Carveel, taken the 4th of October 1608, &c. Re. from Sr Hen. Folliott the 14th of No. followinge."

142. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Privy Council. [Nov. 8.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 260.

Has received the King's orders for reducing his army here, with notice that His Majesty is pleased to give them an in crease of the pay of 400 foot over and above the charge of the last Establishment before O'Dogherty's rebellion, and that he leaves the distribution and ordering of these forces to him and the Council. They perceive that His Majesty's gracious respect and care of them and of this kingdom's welfare is great, since at such a time when His Majesty's coffers have been in other ways made empty, it has pleased him, by thus adding to their former numbers in pay before O'Dogherty's revolt, to leave them good means to content many captains and officers who have done faithful service, and whose care, watchfulness, and attendance upon the ill-affected in every corner of the kingdom where they are placed, keep them in subjection to the law. This and the giving the State at all times entrance into these countries are the cause that so many petty wards are placed, which may, perhaps, seem strange; but without these wards they should no more understand the state of the country nor the people's inclination to good or ill, than the condition of those in Africa or America. By the new Establishment herewith sent, will appear the newlyerected wards, and those which have had some small increase of men. Has kept himself somewhat within their allowance, and yet has kept up the foot to 2,100, being 20 more than they prescribed, and these 20 are to be added to the Lord Cromwell's 30, to make them a company. Would have inserted the four armourers and the 100l. which is yearly allowed for the repair of the bark and boats at Loughfoyle, Lougheaghe, Loughearne, and Athlone, but it would have exceeded the allowance. Would have desired to place a ward in M'Swyne-ne-Banne's country, that they might the better look into it whilst himself is in prison, being lately committed for his conspiracy with O'Dogherty; the like he would have done in O'Boyle's country, the pretending lord being an infant. If these be not now included, they must be thought on when the plantation of Ulster is taken in hand, and so must other places not yet looked into. Has set down a ward of 12 men for a place called Carnowe in Shelela [Shilelagh], in the county of Wicklow, which is a fast and thievish corner, and the very den of the woodkerne and rebels of these borders; to this he was the rather induced, as the gentleman that has undertaken that land has contracted to build a strong castle there upon his own charge, and that with expedition; which will be a good tie upon those outlaws, who have often sounded in their ears in the time of Pheagh M'Hugh, but, God be thanked, that country is now greatly reformed.

Has made Sir Oliver St. John, now on his dispatch, acquainted with the state of all things here, which makes his letters the shorter at this time.—Dublin Castle, 8 November 1608.

Pp. 3. Signed. Add. Endd.

143. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Nov. 8.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 276.

Grants leave of absence for Sir Oliver St. John, Master of the Ordnance, detained in England on the King's service.— 8 November, in the sixth year of our reign.

P. ¼. Signed. Add. Endd.

144. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Nov. 10.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 278.

Warrant to grant to Sir John Jephson, Knight, in consideration of his services in Ireland under Queen Elizabeth, and of a release of all debts due from the Crown to him or to Elizabeth his wife, as executor of Sir Thomas Norreys, or of the Lady Norreys his wife, deceased, the Abbey of Ballibegs, in the county of Cork, and all lands and tithes thereto belonging, whereof there is a subsisting lease for years granted by the King to Sir Daniel Norton, in trust for the late Lady Norreys, wife of the said Sir Thomas Norreys, to hold in feefarm at the rent reserved in the lease for term of years.— Westminster, 10 November, in the 6th year of our reign.

Pp. 1¼. Signed. Add. Endd.

145. Sir Richard Boyle to the Lord Deputy. [Nov. 10.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 261.

On receipt of his letters, has given every assistance to Cottingham, and has directed him to view the woods of Shilelagh. Does not know what to do with the bark that had been hired. —Youghall, 10 November 1608.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.

146. Philip Cottingham to the Lord Deputy. [Nov. 10.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 262.

Has been well served since his Lordship's letters. Reports the quantities of timber he has already procured, and the cost of shipment. Is going to view the woods of Shilelagh.— Youghall, 10 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

147. Account of the Composition for Connaught. [Nov. 10.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 262 A.

Account of receipt of composition for the province of Connaught for the year ending Michaelmas 1608. With certificate in favour of John Davies, the collector.

Pp. 2. Endd.

148. Lord Deputy to [Salisbury]. [Nov. 11.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263.

Reports the arrival of the treasure, Mr. Mittone, and the timber.—Dublin, 11 November 1608.

Pp. 2. Signed. Endd. Encloses,

149. A list of the Captains of Foot, as they stand in Ireland, the 5th of November 1608. S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 I.

As they are to stand now.
Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy 150 Whereof 100 at Dublin, 50 at Knockfergus.
The Earl of Thomonde 100 In Munster.
The Earl of Clanricarde 100 In Connaught.
The Lord Danvers 100 In Munster.
*The Lord of Howth 100 At Tredagh. 50
Sir Tho. Ridgeway, Treasurer 100 At Gallen in Leixe.
Sir Ric. Wingfeelde, Marshal 100 At Athie.
Sir Oliver St. John, Master of the Ordnance 100 At the Derrie.
Sir Henry Power 100 At Marybowrowe.
Sir Rich. Morrison 100 At Waterford.
*Sir Fra. Rushe 100 At Philipstowne. 50
*Sir Foulke Conway 100 At Knockfargus and Inisolaghnan. 50
*Sir Henry Folliott 100 At Ballishanan. 50
Sir Edward Blany 100 At Monahan 50
Sir James Perrott 100 At the Newrie. 50
Sir Toby Calefeeld 100 At Charlemount. 50
Sir Thos. Rooper 100 In Munster. 50
Sir Francis Roe 100 At Mountjoy. 50
Sir Richard Hansard 100 At Lyffer. 50
Sir Thomas Rotherame 100 At Gallawaye. 50
Sir Raphe Bingley 50 At Ramullen.
Sir Thomas Phillips 100 At Colerayne. 50
Capt. John Vaughan 50 At the Dyrrie. 50
*Capt. Cooke 100 In Connaght. 50
Capt. Newce 100 In Munster. 50
Capt. Stewarde 100 At Dundalk. 50
Capt. Crafoorde 100 At the Lyffer. 50
The Lord Cromwell 30 In Lecale. 50
Knockfergus to be 100

Marginal note: "Two of those that are crost to be 100, which your Lordship likes best."

P. 1. Endd.

150. Ralph Birchensha to Salisbury. [Nov. 14.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 264.

Has made a certificate of the musters. Refers to abuses in the cess.—Dublin, 14 November 1608.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd. Encloses,

151. Certificate of Musters. S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 264 I.

Certificate of musters taken by Birchensha, Controller of Cheques and Musters, from 14 Oct. to 31 Oct.

Pp. 6. Signed. Endd.

152. Warrants for Reductions. S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 264 II.

Warrants from the Lord Deputy for reductions to be made in certain companies specified.—Dublin, 11 November 1608.

Pp. 3.

153. Earl of Clanricard to Salisbury. [Nov. 15.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 265.

Has received so large a discourse and so great a light of their present state from him, as has given great content to him, and to many other honest men here, who have lived still in continual conceit of foreign danger, blown into their ears by such as would have it so. For himself, believes that, without Spain, no foreign force will attempt hither, and that, unless their master break first with Spain, Spain will not in haste begin with him.

There is nothing to report from hence. What he can gather or conceive of any importance he will not fail to apprize his Lordship of, though, as soon as he can, he will be the messenger himself; but now, because it is winter, an unseasonable time for him to remove his wife and little boy whom he may not leave behind, he purposes to stay till the beginning of the spring, and in the meantime so to settle things as near as he can, that he shall not need, without great occasions, to return in haste again from the presence of his dear friends, in whom he receives greater contentment and satisfaction than in the greatest fortune he can enjoy without them.

Is sorry to hear that his Lordship has been troubled by some of his people about his suit for some small parcels of land, but begs he will concern himself no further than stands with his pleasure; for he protests that his love and opinion are dearer and more precious with him than all the suits the King can give him in Ireland.

Requests that what proportion of arms and munition may be thought fit on his particular demand to be sent or set down for Connaught (now that Sir Oliver St. John is gone over to arrange the distribution of the whole country) may be sent by sea to Galway; for the charge overland is great, and much spoil is committed, and it is likely they never can get carriage but for a small quantity.

Will not at this time trouble him with any more circumstances.—Athlone, 15 November 1608.

Pp. 4. Signed.

154. Lord Danvers to Salisbury. [Nov. 19.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 266.

Apprizes him beforehand of a report just now sent him by Sir Francis Barkley of a commotion likely to arise upon the borders of Kerrye and the country of Limerick; but he considers it an unnecessary alarm, for the like information of an intent in some to surprise the fort of Duncannon, and a suspected revolt upon the borders of Ormond, having made him undertake a journey lately into those parts, he found that the first was a mere apprehension, and that the second was a private difference raised by the death of O'Mulrian, and all was composed without difficulty or danger more than very foul weather. The expedition used against O'Dogherty has so much amazed the most rebellious spirits, that in his opinion the kingdom is at this time very secure, and he stays here now, only as being engaged in debts to these beggars, out of an earnest desire to finish the forts, which their Exchequer is not yet in state to repay.

Saxbridge and Plumly, the pirates, continue still upon this coast, and might well have been taken or sunk if the "Tramontane" had followed his direction and joined with those merchant ships which lay then at Crookhaven and assured him of their service. Eston is now joined with them at Baltimore, who brought in lately a Dutchman laden with deal board, so visible a merchandise that no man dares seize it, and therefore these good Christians pretend remorse of conscience, and, as he hears, mean to restore the ship with all her lading to the proprietor, hitherto their prisoner.

To advertise him that 30 sail, the King's Indian fleet, came safe into Calais the 10th of October, or that the army which returned out of Barberye was there dissolved about that time, is but repetition and increase to the tediousness of this letter.— Cork, 19 November 1608.

Pp. 3. Signed. Endd.

155. Earl of Ormond and Ossory to Salisbury. [Nov. 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 268.

Begs him to send letters to the Lord Deputy for pardon of alienation. Submits his petition to the Council about his prize wines.—Carrick, 20 November 1608.

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

156. Earl of Ormond and Ossory to the Privy Council. [Nov. 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 269.

Solicits their letters to the Lord Deputy and Council in favour of his suit regarding the prize wines.—Carrick, 20 November 1608.

P. 1. Endd. Encloses,

Petition of the Earl of Ormond to the Privy Council.

Relative to the prize wines and his suits against to town of Wexford and Smyth of Galway in the same.

P. 1.

157. Lord Danvers to Salisbury. [Nov. 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 267.

Being satisfied that Sir Francis Barkley's intelligence of threatened commotion will dissolve into a private quarrel, free from danger of rebellion, he looked for no occasion to trouble him with any more of his tedious letters out of Ireland; but, remembering in how earnest a style he and the rest of the Council recommended to him the care of a Spanish ship, by the name of a carvell, and knowing the vessel to be no better than Drake's monument at Deptford he gave the more credit to a common rumour that the owner would seek out this ship by some trusty agent for concealed treasure stowed between her planks, as he hears, better sealed within than beseems the outside of so rotten a hull; and this opinion was further increased by report of many practised mariners, that never ship came out of that part of the Indies from so able a proprietor with so poor proportion of gold and silver, not exceeding the sum of 6,000l.; but how little soever he believed that such sharks as had her in hand would have left the gates of hell unripped-open in hope of gain, yet, now that she is cast on shore in the harbour of Baltimore, either by foul weather or the practice of those pirates now there, he thought it not unfit to advertise his Lordship of the accident. And howsoever those rebels, with the inhabitants thereabouts, through these rich hopes, intend to tear the bulk in pieces, yet she shall be preserved entire until the Spaniards may send hither, where they shall find the like free delivery of all those goods that ever came within his power, trusting in his protection against the imputations of those that would make this coast like Barbery, common and free for all pirates.—Cork, 20 November 1608.

Pp. 3. Signed. Endd. Encloses,

158. A copy of a Letter from the Lord Bishop of Cork to the Lords of the Council in England. [Aug.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 269 A.

The bearer, Mr. Crooke of Baltimore, being required to repair before their Honours to answer some accusations against him for misdemeaning of himself in these parts, and desiring his (the Bishop's) observation of his carriage and courses, he is bold to commend him as more serviceable to His Majesty, in respect of his ability and sufficiency many ways, than any man in these parts, and one that hath at his own charges, within two years, gathered out of England a whole town of English people, larger and more civilly and religiously ordered than any town in this province that began so lately.

This has made him to be violently opposed and accused by divers persons who would weaken him in his good work, yet hitherto he has turned all their malicious accusations to his greater approbation before the greatest judges of this land. Hopes that the present suggestions have no ground but the malice of his adversaries, the rather because he (the Bishop) knows he has been continually employed against the pirates that have resorted into those parts, both by the now Lord President of this province and his predecessor, and has been, for his service in that behalf, commended by their Lordships and hated by pirates. Entreats him on his behalf, therefore, to hasten his return, lest his absence be the ruin of his good work begun in those parts, which is the thing his adversaries aim at.—August 1608.

Signed by the Lord Bishop of Cork, Sir Parre Lane, Sir John Dowdall, Capt. Henry Seigworth.

P. 1. Copy.

159. Lord Danvers to the Privy Council. [Sept. 5.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 269 A.

To a similar effect.—Cork, 5 September 1608.

P. 1. On the back of the foregoing.

160. The Privy Council to Lord Danvers. [Nov. 20.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 269 A.

Report the return of Thomas Crooke, of Baltimore, who is declared free from all imputations. Desire that he may be aided.—Whitehall, 20 November 1608.

Signed: Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Chancellor, Lord Treasurer, Earl of Exeter, Lord Zouch, Lord Wotton, Mr. Fr. Herbert, Mr. Chancellor of the Duchy.

P. 1. Copy. Endd.

161. Agreement between Thomas Wilson, Dudley Norton, and Thomas Crooke. S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 269 B.

Indenture tripartite, between Thomas Willson, Dudley Norton, Esq., and Thomas Crooke, of Baltimore, for the purchase of certain lands and woods lying upon or about the Bay of Bantry, and for the use and improvement of the same to the mutual interests of all the three parties.

Sealed and delivered in presence of Rich. Ley. Witness, Tho. Stephans.

Signed by Crooke, and part signature of Norton.

1 sheet, parchment. Seals gone. Endd.

162. Warrant to examine Dermod O'Cahan and others. [Nov. 22.] Carte Papers, vol. 61, p. 294.

Sir Arthur Chichester to His Majesty's Serjeant-at-Laws, to the Solicitor-General, and George Sexten, or any two of them.

Warrant to take the examinations of Dermod O'Cahan and Neale Kinge, and any others, concerning such matters as they can give evidence for the King against Sir Donell O'Cahan, Knt., and what they find to set down the better to strengthen the said evidence.—Dublin Castle, 22 November 1608.

P. ½. Orig. Add. Not endd.

163. Richard Fynglas to his uncle, Nicholas Gordon. (fn. 1) [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 A.

Hopes he will not forget the charge his father left him, to have a care of his children.—13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

164. The Same to his cousin, John Gordon. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 B.

Desires him to send word if he is married, and to whom.— 13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

165. The Same to his sister, Lady Gogh. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 C.

Is sorry he cannot send her any token. Will send one by the next. Sends commendations to her family.—13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

166. The Same to his mother, Mrs. Allison Hore. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 D.

Could not write before; refers to his letter to his father.— 13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

167. The Same to his father, Mr. Philip Hore. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 E.

Bespeaks favour for his simple writing; expresses his gratitude, and details the state of his expenditure.—13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

168. The Same to his wife, Mrs. Mall Hore. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 F.

A purely private letter.—13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

169. The Same to Mr. Patrick Gogh. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 G.

All his friends are well; puts him in mind to write.— 13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

170. The Same to Mr. Patrick Walsh. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 H.

Has not been able to send any token. He must have patience till he or some of his friends go towards the iron mines.— 13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

171. The Same to James Cromwell. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 I.

Reminds him of his promise to come into those parts. Sends commendations.—13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

172. The Same to his aunt, Mrs. Garrett Fynglas. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 J.

Will send some token next time. Sends commendations. —13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

173. The Same to his uncle, Mr. Chr. Finglas. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 K.

Requests him to take care of certain evidences.—13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

174. The Same to his brother, Sir James Gogh. [Nov. 13/23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 263 L.

Desires him to put both his uncles in mind of the children. Professes his gratitude.—13/23 November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

175. Jo. Strowde and Fran. Annesley to Salisbury. [Nov. 26.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 270.

Solicit his Lordship to procure for the Lord Deputy a grant in fee-farm of the country of Enishowen, which is a barony of Tyrconnell.

P. 1. Add. Endd.: "26 Nov. 1608. Lord Deputy's agents to my Lord."

176. Lord Deputy and Council to the Privy Council. [Nov. 26.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 270 A.

Recommends Robert Nangle, considering the infallible testimonies which they have had of his merits and good deserts in many services for near 30 years past, and his losses of goods, blood, and limbs. He is sore maimed, and utterly disabled to present his suit for the fee-farm of Ballysax in person, the bearer being Edward Nangle, his brother.

Signed: Arthur Chichester, Tho. Dublin., Canc., Thomond, Ol. Lambert, R. Wingfelde, Th. Ridgeway, Ni. Walshe, Rich. Moryson, Am. Loftus, Humfrey Winche, Henry Power.

P. 1. Add. Endd. Encloses,

177. Petition of Robert Nangle to the Privy Council. [Nov. 26.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 270 B.

Prays them to intercede with the King for the fee-farm of the castle and lands of Ballysax, county Kildare, and some other lands for the petitioner.

P. 1.

178. Sir Wm. Whorwood to Sir Julius Cæsar. [Nov. 27.] Lansdowne MSS., 159, 35. f. 149, B.M.

Understanding that "our dred Soferant" (sic) desires to furnish the kingdom of Ireland with inhabitants, is willing to undertake to furnish one or two thousand acres with good and sufficient inhabitants.—Sandwell, 27 November.

P. ½. Hol. Sealed. Add. Endd.

179. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Nov. 28.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 333.

The bearer, Lord Delvin, has received good countenance from the King and their Lordships, both for his own good parts and his (Chichester's) recommendation. He (Chichester) is to know that the Lord Delvin is now in as good opinion and conceit with His Majesty as if no matter at all had been laid to his charge.

Prays him to further his Lordship in all things, and to procure him restitution of those things of his that he complains to have been embezzled during his late troubles.—Whitehall, 28 November 1608.

Signed: R. Salisbury, T. Suffolke, H. Northampton, E. Worcester, E. Wotton.

P. ½. Add. Endd.: "Of the 2d Nov. 1608. From the Lordes of the Councell tutchinge the Baron of Delvin, &c. Rec. the 8th of January 1608."

180. The King to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Nov. 29.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 280.

Having recited his former letter in favour of the Lady Delvin and the Baron her son, and their surrender for the public good of lands in their book, formerly the lands of the O'Farrells, in the county of Longford, which being deducted from the value of 60l. a year, promised to the Lord Delvin and his said mother, left 48l. per annum still to be satisfied, the King directs a grant of lands to be now made to that amount.— Dated at Westminster, 16th day of July 1608.

By a postscript, he further increases the grant of lands to the value of 80l. a year.

By a further postscript, he adds that the letters were not executed by reason of a grievous fault shortly afterwards committed by the Baron of Delvin, which fault, however, the King had since forgiven upon the humble submission and penitence of the said Baron; and in order that the world may see that the remission of his fault was clear, and from the King's heart, he now directs the execution of his former letters.—Westminster, 29 November, in the 6th year of the King's reign.

P. 2. Signed. Add. Endd. Enrol.

181. Fees of Provincial Attorneys in Ireland. (Nov. 29.) Lansdowne MSS., 159, 29, f. 138, B.M.

List of the accustomed fees due to the provincial attorneys in Ireland.

P. ½. Not add.

182. Sir Thomas Ridgeway to Salisbury. [Nov. 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 271.

The protraction of the northern plantation (which country was so long since left by the natural lords of it, and the survey whereof was also long since sent over), will become so prejudicial to His Majesty's rents or duties there (especially in Tyrconnell) that he cannot but mention it to him. Suggests also the danger that may arise by distraction of the minds of a rude and savage people, when they are not subject to the present control of any near hand. To this he will only add, that as Sir Neale Garvey, Sir Donell O'Kahan, and Caffor, with others, will shortly be tried, as is partly appointed, and as there is a jury already summoned against the next term, he hopes the Lord Chief Justice and Attorney, who are both there (in England), will be returned hither by that time. If not, both the bench and bar of that court will have a great (if not too great) defect, which, in other causes, when there would not be so many regarding eyes and ears to view and hear them were less important. Intimates so much only in his devotion.—Treasury, near Dublin, last of November 1608.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

183. Commission of Martial Government to the Earl of Ormonde. [Nov. 30.] Acta Regia 16th James I.P.R.O., Dublin.

In consideration of the Earl's long and approved trial and faithful service, valour, and wisdom, shown in the time of the late Queen, and also in his own reign, the King, by the advice of Sir Arthur Chichester, his Deputy-General of Ireland, authorises the Earl of Ormonde, by the instructions of the Deputy, or in the Deputy's absence of himself, to parley and treat with traitors and rebels, and to that end to give them safe conduct in writing to repair and return safe to and from him, for any time limited in the safe conduct, not exceeding 40 days.

He is, from time to time, to impart to the Deputy the particulars of his conference with the traitors. He is, by instructions of the Deputy, or in the Deputy's absence of himself, to assemble all the King's lieges, spiritual as well as temporal, and all martial forces, for the suppression and extermination and punishment by fire and sword and by all other good means of the said rebels and traitors; and in the absence of the Deputy to execute the King's martial laws according to the general use or by any particular instructions heretofore usually annexed to such commissions. He is empowered to take up man's meat and horse meat, paying ready money at the King's accustomed rates, and as many post-horses, carriages, carts, drays, cars, garrons, with their meat, furniture, and drivers, as may be necessary. He is to wage and entertain special currers (couriers) and messengers, and all liege subjects are to be aiding. Provided that these letters patent shall not extend to abridge the authority of the Deputy. Provided also, that the said Earl of Ormonde shall not by colour hereof demand any fee or allowance per diem hereafter, as he formerly had as lieutenant of the King's forces, unless it come by the King's special pleasure and direction, other than the expenses of special messengers or other extraordinary charges; and lastly, provided that the authority granted by these letters shall be determinable at the will of the Deputy.—Witness the King's Deputy at Dublin, the last day of November, in the 5th year of the reign.


184. Patrick Crosbie to Salisbury. [Nov. 30.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 272.

Has had conference with a gentleman, the likeliest to break the knot of the rebels in Spain that he knows in this kingdom, and has found him very willing and ready to that employment. Wishes for his directions, whether to proceed here or to bring the parties thither, which latter he takes to be the better course, because he himself may deal with him, for it is dangerous to commit matters of weight to paper, which is the cause that he is so brief. Beseeches him to keep this to himself, for he has not acquainted any creature living with it.— Dublin, last of November.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

185. Lords of the Council to Sir Arthur Chichester. [Nov. 30.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 363.

Believe that the great recourse of pirates to the coasts of Ireland is owing to the want of such a statute as that of the 28th of Henry VIII. in England, which enables their being tried by commission, and takes away from them the benefit of clergy. He is accordingly from time to time to send over all pirates whose conduct deserves death to Barnstaple, Bristol, or West Chester, there to be kept in safe custody by the chief officers till they receive directions from the Council or the Lord Admiral.—Whitehall, 30 November 1608.

Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, H. Northampton, T. Suffolke, E. Worcester, Downbar, E. Zouch, W. Knollys, E. Wotton, L. Stanhope, J. Herbert, Jul. Cæsar, Thos. Parry.

P. ½. Add. Endd.: "Of the last of November 1608. From the Lordes of the Councell declaring the Kinges pleasure tutchinge the sendinge of the piratts that shall be apprehended to Barnestaple, Bristoll, or Westchester, &c. Rec. the 8th Januarie."

186. Barnabe Ryche to Salisbury. [Nov.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 225, 272 A.

Is desirous to present some collections of his own experience beneficial for His Majesty's service in Ireland to His Majesty and to him (Salisbury), whose godly disposition is well known to be so zealously inclined to the true worship of God, that, as it has made him to be beloved of all the godly religious, so it has left him to be no less maligned by the whole rout and rabblement of the popish crew, who are verily persuaded that it is he and none but he that does so impugn their Pope, and that has still prevented them in all their pretended practices. Now what the Irish project to themselves, from whence they draw their hopes, whereon they feed, and wherein their expectation especially consists, he had rather deliver by word of mouth, if it please his Lordship so to command, than to set it down in writing. To him therefore, but to the prince and him only, he has in most humbly submissive manner bequeathed those experiments which 40 years' observation has taught him to know, and which for divers considerations he concealed from all others, two persons only excepted; the one a scrivener whose help necessity enforced him to use for the writing of them in a more legible manner than he himself was able to do, and a friend here in London, such a one as he knew not only to be well affected to His Majesty's service, but also to be a gentleman of good understanding and of long experience in the affairs of Ireland; to him he lent that copy which he himself had written (and but during the space of a reading over), who confirmed and ratified every part of what he had set down, and made semblance to be glad that it should be brought to your honourable view, as beneficial to the State. And though in his essay he has not taxed or complained of any one (but especially of the English in office or authority about the State), but has rather commended the Government as now managed, and has acknowledged the worth of the Lord Deputy himself and of divers other councillors, yet there are some of their Irish inquisitors here about the town, who, having got intelligence of something that he should present in writing to the Prince and to him, have spread abroad that he has delivered matter of scandal to the whole realm of Ireland, and that he has not only detected and depraved the Lord Deputy himself by name, but that he has likewise complained of all the rest of His Majesty's Council in that realm, and that in a most grievous and bitter manner. These news, if they be not transported into Ireland already, they will not be long in carrying thither, where every guilty conscience will envy him; what other disgrace and mischief they will practise against him he leaves to his Lordship's consideration. (fn. 2) —[London].

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd. Sealed.


  • 1. The letters numbered 163–174 are intercepted private letters of no historical interest.
  • 2. This is probably the following work: "Riches (Barnabe) New Description of Ireland, wherein is described the disposition of the Irish. 4to, 1610." *** The last chapter is, "That the Irish are more dangerous than necessary for His Majestie's service in Ireland." And in two years afterwards appeared, "Barnaby Rich's True and Kinde Excuse written in defence of that Book, intituled, A New Description of Ireland." 4to 1612.