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March 31. Vol. 614, p. 112.
enemies which have not already submitted and given over
SIR NICHOLAS MALBY, PRESIDENT of CONNAUGHT.
Orders to be observed by him, dated by the Queen at Westminster, 31 March 1579, 21 Eliz.
(1.) We unite the country of Thomond, otherwise called the county of Clare, to your government of Connaught, as in the time of Sir Edward Fitton. The baronies of that county are to yield the same yearly sums of money, services of men,
laborers in our works, and carriage horses, as the rest of
“It may like your Honour to understand that composition taken for victualling of the horsemen, which is advertised to be too short a proportion for 300 horse, and the same so appointed to be levied in desperate countries as not paid, is set down between her Matie and the country as followeth, and upon the considerations ensuing.”
It was agreed that for four months, viz., Oct., Nov., Dec, and Jan., the country should yield 1d. by the day, and 10d. sterling towards the payment of every peck of oats. At the end of that time we grew to a like order to victual the soldier for three months more, and 3s. 4d. was rated on all ploughs; but as the payments were not made in time, the agents in England were committed. A new rate to be levied from September till June.
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TURLOUGH LENAGH O'NEIL.
“Memorandum, that we the Lord Chancellor, L. Bishop of Meath, L. of Slane, and L. of Delphin, meeting at the Navan, the 21st of August 1579, accompanied with the gentlemen of the counties of Meath and Dublin, whose names are subscribed, thought it convenient to use their advices of the best and aptest way to have the pretence of Turloughe either to harm the Pale or the new-made county of Cavan met with.”
His taking of black rents in the countries holden of the Queen agrees not with such loyalty as he professed upon the departure of the Lord Justice, and since by letters received from Justice Dowdall now in his company. His agreeing of the Irishry, under colour to have the North quiet, is only to strengthen him with the greater force; and he is of combination with the traitors.
“We concluded, therefore, sithence we hear he draweth still downward, that presently the rising out be in areadiness with 12 days’ victuals, and to be the 24th of this month at Ardye.” The Lord of Delphin to be the general.
O'Reilly's country to be made a county, and hereafter to be ruled and governed by the English laws. If any of the Irishry in the absence of the Lord Justice shall invade his country, the Lord of Delphin is to aid him, the rather because he has granted all his power to be ready to aid the said general against all persons who shall seek to annoy the Pale.
Signed : W. Gerrarde, Canc., H. Midens, Tho. Slane, P. Delvyn, Patrick Barnwall, Oliver Plunket, Christopher Darcy, Patlick Nangle, barson].” Nicholas Nugent, N. Cusak, Jo. Nettervyll, Richard Bellyng, Elward Cusak, Patrick Bermingham, Simon Barnewall.
* Baron cf Navan.
1579. Aug. 21. 127. The ENGLISH PALE. Vol. 628, p. 305a. “A proportion laid upon the Pale for the having of 1,800
men to be in areadiness upon one hour's warning at the
Aug. 128. MUSTERS.
Vol. 628, p. 310a. “A note of the musters within the English Pale in Ireland,” in August 1579. Copy. P. 1 #.
Oct. 16. 129. A CONCORDATUM by the Lord JUSTICE and Council.
Vol. 597, p. 80. Sir William Gerard, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, being
ready to take the seas with letters to her Majesty, was robbed by one of his servants of a chest and 500 marks; and the Lord of Houth stands bounden in recognizance for the appearance of a third person. Upon the supposal of the forfeiture thereof, it is agreed by us that it shall be lawful for the Lord Chancellor to compound with the Lord of Houth for the cancelling of the said recognizance.
Dublin, 16 October 1579.
Signed by Sir William Pelham, Lord Justice, and the Council.
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Oct. 17. 130. LORD JUSTICE PELHAM to the QUEEN." Vol. 597, p. 80a. Advertisements were sent from Waterford upon the death
of the late Lord Justice (Sir William Drury) to the Privy
Council. The charge is laid upon me. This gentleman, your Chancellor, was more sufficient than me to have supplied his place; and because in the little time that I have been employed here in Leinster I had seen him adventure his life in one or two actions for border causes, I had no sooner received the sword than I gave him that which the late Governor very few days before he died did bestow upon me; I mean knighthood. He will inform you what causes have moved me to repair westward, and what great forwardness I find as well in the Earl of Ormond to accompany me and to put his forces in readiness, as also in my Lord of Kildare to defend the border northward.
Dublin, 17 October 1579. Signed.
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Oct. 17. 131. The LoRD JUSTICE and CouncIL in IRELAND to the Vol. 597, p. 81a. COUNCIL in ENGLAND. By the letters sent to your Lordships, by Captain Deringe and Richard Blunte, you were informed both of the state of Munster and of the death of the late Lord Justice.
* This is the first of the long series of letters contained in Pelham's Letterbook.
Oct. 24. Vol. 597, p. 83.
After the decease of the Governor at Waterford, we imparted the same by letters to the Lord Treasurer, who presently repaired to us thither, “and taking order for the convoying of the dead corpse in honorable sort unto this city, we repaired hither in company of the Lord Chancellor, as the place appointed by him for the election of another justice." The government was laid upon me, Sir William Pelham, as the Lord Chancellor excused himself by lack of health.
The maintenance of the war in Munster, and the insolency of the north parts, are both to be deeply considered ; and as the great infirmity of the Lord Chancellor compels him to seek help in England for the recovery of his health, we lay upon him the report of the whole state and solicitation of all our wants.
Upon the report of the disloyalty of the Earl of Desmond, we, the Justice and the Lord Treasurer, do presently repair southward to the relief of Mr. Malbie and the English forces; and I, the Earl of Kildare, am employed for guard of the Pale.
We made offer of some allowance to the Lord Chancellor for defraying of his charges, but he refused it. He ably governed these parts in the absence of the late Lord Justice. The Baron of Delven acquitted himself in that service very stoutly.
Dublin, 17 October 1579.
Signed : William Pelham, Ad. Dublin., Tho. Ormond, G. Kildare, Ni. Bagnall, Henry Wallopp, Hen. Coollie, Jo. Garvy, Ed. Waterhouse.
Postscript.—Because the ships employed in this service are ships of great charge and not meet to winter here withont appearance of foreign invasion, they shall be discharged upon the coming of me, the Lord Justice, into Munster. Nevertheless, we wish that the victuals at Bristowe for the whole navy may be sent to Waterford. We have already discharged the soldiers in The Handmaid and her pinnace.
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132. LORD JUSTICE PELHAM to the EARL OF DESMOND.
I have been made acquainted by the Earl of Ormond with such letters as you wrote to him, finding yourself grieved with the dealings of Sir Nicholas Malbie. Having now sent for Malbie to repair to my camp betwixt this and Limerick, I wish you also to come hither.
Cashell, 24 October 1579. Signed.
Postscript—If you come not this night, or to-morrow by noon, then I wish you to come to Limerick. If you will have any safe-conduct of my companies to bring you thither, they shall be sent to you. Use no delay, for f will not lie idle, and will be loth to annoy your people.
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