Page images

May 11. Vol. 597, p. 329.

May 13. Vol. 597, p. 330.

May 14. Vol. 597, p. 330a.

I beseech you to further my suits, which Mr. Secretary (Walsingham) I trust will move for me.

Athlone, 10 May 1580. Signed.

Holograph. Addressed, sealed, and endorsed.

Pp. 2.


I thank you for employing this messenger hither, with the copies of your advertisements to the Lords. Your going homewards for lack of victuals amazes me. Your opinion by view of the Dingle and mine by hearsay of the place do concur. At my being in Kerrie, I learned that there were no inhabitants at all, and therefore made what practice I could with the Lord FitzMorris and his son Patrick to draw thither a few fishermen that before did dwell there. You should allure the inhabitants, especially fishers and merchants, to return to their houses.

Stretch out your victuals as long as you may. I hope some relief will be sent you out of England.

I see no likelihood of the repair to me of the Lords Barrie, Roche, and those others of the county of Cork, since they are not come with the Earl of Ormond. Commendations to yourself, Mr. Vice Admiral, and Mr. [Fulk] Grevell.

Limerick, 11 May 1580. Signed.

Contemp. copy. Pp. 24.


“I am exceeding sorry that the ill season of the low waters, with the danger of the land, besides Patrick your son's misfortune, hath denied you to be at this Assembly at such a time when you could not but have been most heartily welcome to me, my Lord of Ormond, my Lord Barrie and Roche, and divers others, and where your Lo, presence was so much wished, both to have honoured the creation of the Baron Burke, of Castle Connell, and to have given your advice and counsel for the better furtherance of this service.” But I well accept of your answer, and pray you that against my repair into those parts you stand prepared with your forces to be by me employed.

Limerick, 13 May 1580. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. l.

388. NICHOLAs WHITE, Master of the Rolls.

Concordatum granted to him for 1,000 marks, by warrant of the Council's letters in England, for executing the office of Lord Chancellor.

Limerick, 14 May 1580.

Signed by the Lord Justice and Council.

Addressed: To Sir Henry Wallop, Vice Treasurer and Treasurer at Wars in Ireland.

Contemp. copy. Pp. 24.

1580. May 14. Vol. 597, p. 332.


I have received your letter against Sir Henry Harrington for great discourtesies showed to you since my coming from Dublin, “and, namely, in this last concerning Tibott O'Toole.” I learn that the Lord Keeper has already entered into the cause. Upon the view of such notes as were delivered me from my Lord Keeper and your Lordship by Mr. Waterhouse, I perceive that many of the borderers have committed outrages in divers parts. Albeit I know you politicly forbear for the better preservation of the common quiet of the Pale, yet I wish that you could punish them either by force or some other sharp example.

Limerick, 14 May 1580. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. 14.

May 17. 390. PELEIAM to the COMMISSIONERS at CORK.

Vol. 597, p. 33.2a.

May 19. Vol. 597, p. 333.

“Having sent to Cork of purpose a sufficient convoy of horsemen, and appointed certain bands of footmen to remain near the Great Water, for the safe conduction hither of the Baron of Valentia or Balinche, son to the Earl of Clancartie, remaining there (as I suppose) in the custody of you, Mr. Meaughe, Second Justice of Munster; these be as well to require you, Sir Warham Sentleger, Knight, as you, the Justice Meaughe, and also the Mayor and officers of that city (if the case so require), to deliver the body of the said young Lord to the hands of Captain Warham Sentleger, Provost Marshal of Munster, to be by him presently brought and delivered to us.”

Limerick, 17 May 1580. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. i.

391. PELHAM to the COUNCIL at Dublin.

“I have received your letter concerning the manner of Thibott O'Toole's apprehension by Sir Henry Harrington, and the executing of him by his ministers, notwithstanding an express commandment signed by you, my Lord Keeper, and Mr. Waterhouse to the contrary, the same being delivered in such time as the party was unexecuted.” I would have that matter throughly examined, and being proved, it must be prosecuted as a contempt either with fine or some other punishment. “In the mean season I cannot but greatly allow of the Earl in this point, that he hath ordered his enlargement to attend his office.” Wesbie's imprisonment in the Castle is to be continued till the next term.

I am sorry that my Lord of Kildare should conceive this just cause of offence. When the Earl is satisfied in honour, labour to reconcile Sir Henry to him.

Limerick, 19 May 1580. Signed.

Postscript, respecting a fiant received from the Bishop of Meath.

Contemp. copy. P. 13.

1580. May 19. Vol. 597, p. 334.

May 20. Vol. 597, p. 335.

392. PELHAM to the LORD KEEPER at Dnblin.

In answer to a private letter from him and Mr. Challonner respecting the dispute between the Earl of Kildare and Sir Henry Harrington.

For your own private matter, you shall understand my determination by Mr. Waterhouse, who will bring you Mr. Treasurer's letter to perform your request.

Limerick, 19 May 1580. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. 13.

393. PELHAM to the QUEEN.

Sent by Mr. Corbette. Upon intelligence how the lords of this province did either secretly favour or openly assist the rebels of the Geraldines, I summoned an assembly, as well of all the nobility as of the principal captains of the Irishry in these parts, to be with me here the 10th of this month. The Wiscounts Barrie and Roche, the Lords of Donboine and Powre, Sir Cormoke McTeige, Sir Thomas of Desmond, Sir James FitzGarrett of the Deeces, and some few others resorted hither. The Lord FitzMorris excused himself; and the Earl of Clancartie neither appeared, nor made me any answer at all. I took order for assurance of their service, and on Sunday last received your sword. By virtue of your Majesty's last commission 1 created Sir William Bourke a baron, and rewarded such as had faithfully served you. The old man, feeling an impression of overmuch joy, “had like to have resigned your pension within an hour after his creation, being in all our sights dead, and with great difficulty recovered.” The Earl of Clancartie has sent down 400 gallowglas to the relief of Desmond, as my espial doth now inform me. “The rebels are at discord amongst themselves, which, albeit Doctor Sanders laboureth to appease, yet will it hardly be done.” The escheats of the traitors' lands will yield you a large recompense, both in fines and revenue. Limerick, 20 May 1580. Signed. Contemp. copy. Pp. 3.

May 20. 394. PELHAM to the COUNCIL in ENGLAND.

[ocr errors]

Sent by Mr. Corbett.

I appointed an assembly of the Lords and principal gentlemen of Munster on the 10th, to take order how the war Inight be prosecuted at all hands. The Earl of Ormond, accompanied with Mr. Whitt, Master of the Rolls, came hither at the day assigned; and with him the Lord of Donboine, the Lord Powre, and Sir James FitzGarrett. The next day there came out of the county of Cork the Lord Roche, Sir Thomas of Desmond, and Maurice Roche, son and heir to the Lord Roche, who, having lately, with the Viscount

[ocr errors]

Barri's son, joined with the rebels, came to reconcile himself,
alleging that the hard hand borne over him by his father was
partly the cause of his revolt. The father in fury threatened
the son to disinherit him, but as he held a great part of the
county of Cork it was thought meet to receive him to grace,
and reconcile him to his father.
On the 12th the Lord Barrie and Sir Cormocke McTeige
arrived. “Neither the Earl of Clancartie, neither McCartie
Reaugh, the O'Sulivans, McDonoughe, O'Kiefe, O'Callohan,
McAullie, nor any of his country of Desmond would come
unto us.” The Lord FitzMorris excused his absence. Being
out of hope of any more company, we proceeded to a general
consultation. We bound the Wiscounts Barrie and Roche by
oath to lay apart all private quarrels, and ordered them to
join their whole forces with Sir Cormocke McTeige, sheriff
of Cork, and to come down to the skirts of the county of
Limerick, not only to keep the rebels out of the county of
Cork, but to offend them in their fastness, as they should be
directed by the Earl of Ormond; but they stood not very
well assured of their own people. The like order was taken
with the Lord Powre, Sir James FitzGarrett, the sheriff of
the county of Waterford, and Sir Thomas of Desmond to
remain in camp by the Great Water, near the woods of Les-
finen, and not far from Arlowe, to withstand their coming
that way into the county of Cork. It was also appointed
that the Earl of Ormond shall encamp upon the great woods
near Kilmalloke. I made choice of the counties of Conne-
loughe and Kerrie and the mountain of Sleulougher to be
hunted by myself, to look into the doings of the Earl of
Clancartie and the Lord FitzMorris,
The general encamping is appointed to begin the last day
of this month. Ormond is retired to his house to prepare
for his journey. I, the Justice, go presently into the field
so soon as the soldiers return from Cork, whom I have sent
thither as well to conduct the noblemen to their countries, as
to bring to me the Earl of Clancartie's son, thereby the
rather to terrify the father.
The cause why Ormond returned with such expedition was
the suspicion he had that Piers Grace should gather power to
annoy those parts. The Baron of Upper Ossory is charged
to be a favorer of Piers Grace, “and that one of James Fitz-
Morris' children should be fostered in his country;” but
because the way hither from Ossory lay through Ormond's
country, Ormond consented that the matter should be heard
at Dublin. -
John Burke, son of the Earl of Clanricard, has long fos-
tered one of Rorie Oge's sons, and is preparing to send him
thither to be the principal leader of the O'Mors. We have
considered this fact to be a breach of his protection. Both
he and his brother Ulicke do enter into some undutiful ac-
tions. The Earl of Clanricard has written many letters,
2. - IR

May 20. Vol. 597, p. 340a.

May 20. Vol. 597, p. 341.


desiring us to persuade his return." We think it not amiss
that he so do, with this condition, that his two sons, John
and Ulicke, may remain in England. -
As to the sending for the Baron of Valentia from Cork,
whose father has now sent to the Earl of Desmond 400 galloglas,
we desire your opinions what shall be done with him, and
with the sons of Desmond and the Knight of Kerrie. Pledges
are no assurance at this day upon any of the Irish. Since
the suppressing of the castles of Asketten and Carrigofoill,
great suit is made for custodiums of lands.
For our hosting now agreed upon bread and drink are
wanted. All the grain has been consumed. Only 50,000
pounds of biscuits are to come from Dublin. Money comes
While this assembly continued, I received the sword and
created Sir William Burke Baron. The Baron's patent,
being read, greatly encouraged the Lords and other of the
Irish by some great exploit to deserve her Majesty's favour.
Mr. St. John arrived at Dublin, and repaired to me hither
with 10 horsemen. I would not have persuaded his coming.
I wish him to be employed in some place and calling that
might for credit and reputation be agreeable for his degree.
Thanks for your great favours in the cause between me and
my troublesome neighbour, Mr. Bellowe, in England. My
ordinary expenses are far more than my entertainment will
bear. I hope you will relieve me for the present, and provide
for my removing.
Limerick, 20 May 1580.
Signed : William Pelham, H. Wallop, Lu. Dillon, Nic.
Malbie, Edward Waterh[ouse].
Contemp. copy. Pp. 8}.

395. The LoRD JUSTICE and CouncIL to the PRIVY COUNCIL


The Earl of Thomond has often offered his service against the Geraldines, but he has not been able to support his state. He prays such allowance of horsemen as was appointed to the other earls, and to have entertainment for them and his footmen. Give us direction how he is to be dealt with.

Limerick, 20 May 1580. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. 14.


I have received your letters in favour of Mr. Pifo, Lue” and Edgerton.

Those who were with me in this assembly are not *. to serve her Majesty. There is such a settled hatred of Englis

* From England.

« PreviousContinue »