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Wexford, for the repressing of Bryen McCahir Kevenaghe's
English Pale, and not to be cessed nor placed, except in passage
within the same, a general proportion was condescended and
surer's hands; and the same money after to be equally and indifferently cessed, contributed, and repaid unto the said Mr. Treasurer's hands upon all the cessable plowlands in the counties of Dublin, Meath, Louth, Kildare, King's County, Queen's County, Wexford, and Catherlough.” Total, 175l. Pages I 13 and 114–24th September 1575, letters addressed from the Lord Deputy to the sheriff and cessors in every county, for the provision of his household for the whole year. Meath — wheat, 260 pecks; beer malt, 180 pecks; oat malt, 306 pecks; beefs, 286 ; muttons, 1,120 ; porks, 70; butter, at 10 lbs. the gallon, 740 gallons. Dublin, Westmeath, Louth, and Kildare, the half proportion of the said sorts set on Meath ; to be delivered for the prices of 3s. 4d. Irish the peck of wheat and beer malt, 21d. Irish the peck of oat malt ; for every beef, 12s. Irish ; for every mutton, 16d. Irish ; for every pork, 4s. Irish ; for every gallon of butter, 12d. Irish. “This proportion was qualified afterwards, 17° Novembr’
1575, to receive but as Sir Wm. FitzWilliams had received
the year afore.” “See the 159 leaf of the second Council Book, a larger cesse of grain for the household of the Lord Lieutenant in anno 1560, viz., upon every plowland, two pecks wheat, one peck beer malt, and two pecks oat malt, besides his beefs on the Irish and his muttons, and the rest of his victuals taken up on the English Pale by his cators.” Pages 115 and 116–22nd September 1575, “an holding of forces appointed to be cessed for the guard of the English Pale under the mountains, from the Windgates to Catherlough, upon the charge of the counties bordering on the same, at the discretion of Commissioners in that behalf authorized during the absence of the Lord Deputy, then departing with her Majesty's army into Ulster.” Pages 117 and 118.-17th November 1575, “the general cesse which afore was concluded on the 25th of September last afore, for the whole furniture of all her Majesty's army to be kept and placed out of the English Pale, and none to have cesse within the Pale but the horsemen of the Lord Deputy and the Treasurer, &c., now, upon humble suit of the people of the same, as not able to furnish so great a proportion, (howbeit that the same was indeed no more than requisite for such a number,) was nevertheless qualified that there should no more thereof be levied upon those six counties, but this proportion, viz., at the rates and prices of 2s. 8d. sterling for every peck of wheat and beer malt, 180. Sterling for every peck of oat malt, I 2d. sterling for every peck of oats, and 9s, sterling for every beef:—beefs, 2,000; wheat, 3,000 pecks; beer malt, 2,000 pecks; oat malt, 2,000 pecks; oats, 13,000 pecks.” “And yet to be noted, that when so many soldiers lay at cesse within five of those shires, with their boys and horses, and with such extortion and disorder as the counties did 1577. complain of they consumed a greater proportion than the said former cesse amounted.” Page 119—18th May 1576, a general hosting for six weeks, to begin 10th July. Page 125–22nd August, 1576, “for the great ease and quiet which the English Pale have felt by withdrawing the soldiers from amongst them, as also that the better service hath been done to her Majesty by having them together in places of service amongst the disobedient and rebels. And that her Majesty, having for the most part the space of four years before the last year sustained the whole charge and losses in providing for all their victualling, except oats, contributed for their horses out of th’ English Pale, which losses of victualling her Majesty will no longer be at. And that it is on all parts thought fit, nevertheless, by all possible means, to continue the soldiers as they are. Therefore, estsones for the year to begin at the feast of St. Michael, th’Archangel, next coming, the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Westmeath, Louth, and Wexford, every of them a single county, [and] Meath, as a double county, were cessed to contribute towards the victualling and furnishing of her Majesty's said retinue out of the Pale as aforesaid, at and for the prices and rates last afore specified, howbeit, as afore declared, not a sufficient proportion for the whole number of them :-beefs, 2,000; wheat, 3,000 pecks; beer malt, 2,000 pecks; oat malt, 2,000 peeks; oats, 13,000 ecks.” p Page 157.— * June 1577, a general hosting for three weeks, to begin 12th August. “Collected and examined by me, John Chaloner.” Pp. 70. In a contemporary hand.
July 1. 62. The PRISONERs in DUBLIN CASTLE.
Vol. 628, p. 353. “Certain examinations primo Julii 1577.” “Th’ effect of the letter was that our cause nor the manner of our message, as they thought, was disliked of, and their commitment requiring us to be careful that they should not want money competent, and that the Council there said they would have consideration of our cause and message, and no more was contained in the same letter. “John Nettervyle, sworn and examined, to the first interrogatory saith that he had no conference with Thomas Talbot of Dondeson sithens his coming from England but Good morrow and Good day.” “To all the rest he can say nothing other than that he received one letter from his brother Thomas by thehands of John Jevan, as he remembreth the contents were that his brother Richard was committed to the Fleet, so as he would not speak with him, and would be glad if it pleased this examinat to travel into France for a year.”
* IB]ark in MSS.
“Another letter he saw directed to the Lords and gentlemen of this country from the gentlemen in England, praying them to send more money, for all they had were spent ; and more cannot say to th’ effect of th’ interrogatories or former examination; and that after having regard to his oath, did find a piece of a letter torn, which his man told him John Leman did bring to his chamber; which piece he showed to us, and hath written the rest which is broken out, so near as his remembrance serveth, which is written as followeth.” Signed: Jo. Netterfyll. “William Talbot of Malahyd, sworn and examined, to the first saith he had conference with Thomas Talbot sithens Thomas's coming from England, the effect whereof was that the gentlemen were in prison in the Fleet, but he brought no message from them to this examinat to his remembrance. To the third he saith that to his remembrance he asked Thomas Talbot whether they in England had made any submission, and Thomas Talbot answered he could not tell. “To the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th can say ne remember anything. As to letters, saith that he received none other than a letter from Barnewall, his son-in-law, which we perused, and contained nothing as touching these articles other than the gentlemen were in close prison, and that no man might speak with them, with other private matters of his own for resolution of the law at Mr. Ploydon's hand in England. Saith further that he heard from the gentlemen in England that they did hope they should do well.” He was not by when Thomas Talbot talked with Baron Nugent. Signed : W. Talbott. The Lord of Trymletteston saith he had no conference with Thomas Talbot. Signed : P. Trimleston. Patrick Bermyngham saith that he had conference with Thomas Talbot, which was that the gentlemen were in prison in the Fleet. Talbot said he thought they should do well enough, and that a letter was sent from them to the Lords and gentlemen here to be careful of them and to provide money for them, and they were in good hope their cause should have good success. Signed: Patrick Bermingham. Sir Christopher Chevers and Sir Oliver Plunket, knight, say that Talbot did never speak anything as touching the articles. No signatures. The Baron of Delvyn saith he had no conference at all with Talbot. Signed: P. Delvyn. James Nugent “saith he knoweth not Thomas Talbot, nor had no conference or speech of any matter with him sithens his coming to prison.” No signature, but a mark. The Wiscount of Baltinglas saith he did take Talbot by the hand, but had no conference with him of any the contents of the articles. Signed : Roland Baltynglas.
* The copy of the letter in question does not appear.
Edward Plunket and Lavallen Nugent had no conference of any things with him. Signed.
The Lord of Howth saith he had no conference with Talbot, although we told him that Talbot had confessed some speech between them. He utterly denied to have had any speeches with Talbot since his coming to the castle. No signature.
Signed [by the Commissioners] : Ed. Fyton, Richard Bellinges, solicitor.
Endd. by Fyton : The original examinations signed by the examinats and by us the Commissioners.
[July.] 63. NICHOLAS NUGENT and CHRISTOPHER FLEMYNGE, Vol. 628, p. 139. gentlemen, prisoners in Dublin Castle.
Petition to the Lord Deputy and Council.—We beseech your Honours to receive this our submission, who consented to the sending of the letters to the Queen by Barnaby Scurlocke and others, but since our being in prison we have heard more of the Queen's royal prerogative over all her subjects than before we understood. We acknowledge that, without parliament or grand council, she may, “by calling together the nobility of the realm, and having their assents, and in causes of necessity, charge her Highness' subjects in persons, lands, and goods, to travel according to her Majesty's direction, and to bear and pay according to her Highness' pleasure,” as hath been used within this realm. It is to be left to her consideration “to discern and judge of the causes moving the necessity, and not to be argued or disputed by the subject.” We beseech your Honours to discharge us of this our imprisonment, wherein we have remained these 13" days, and to be means to her Highness not only for the enlargement of our agents there, but also for the qualifying of the heavy burthen of cesse.
Signed : Nicholas Nugent, Christopher Flemynge.
Contemp. copy. Pp. 2.
Ibid. p. 144. 2. Another copy of the same. P. 13.
[July.] 64. The DECLARATION of SIR CHRISTOPHER CHAVERs an Vol. 628, p. 138a. GEORGE PLUNKETT.
“They say that they met with the gentlemen of the country once at Trim and after at Dublin, and there consulted for the ease of the country touching the burthen of cesse, which was so heavy as they were not able to bear, to send up to her Matie to have ease; but if the words in the letter were such as may touch, or doth touch, her Maties prerogative, they neither know nor understand the same, but subscribed the letter, being sent to them by Nettervill, and consented to bear
* “14" in the other copy.