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suffered the enemy in our absence to fly his cattle by them,
411. The LORD JUSTICE and Council, to DAVID BARRIE.
“Whereas, upon some accusation made against the Wiscount your father for his undutifulness and negligence in the service of her Majesty, he is for a time restrained from returning into those parts, the rather because it is manifested unto us that he hath been not only the director of you in your late
doings, but also hath since that time forbidden you to do such
service in requital of your fault as we are informed you were willing to do ; we have thought good therefore to confer with you about the ordering of your father's country, so as we may stand assured of your loyalty and dutiful behaviour, for which we will expect pledges at your hands, and therefore will you presently to repair unto us, which you may do with safety, notwithstanding any offence past.”
Limerick, 9 July 1580.
Signed at the beginning : William Pelham ; at the end: Tho. Ormound, H. Miden., H. Wallope, Lu. Dillon, War. St. Leger, Ni. White, Ed. Waterhouse.
Contemp. copy. P. l.
The LORD JUSTICE and CouncIL to the PRIVY Council, in ENGLAND.
“The bearer, Mr. Spencer, is so sufficiently instructed to declare unto you the success of the late journey into Kerrie
* James Spencer was appointed Master of the Ordnance in the north of England in November or December 1569, during the rebellion there.
July 12. 413. SIR NICHOLAS MALBIE to the EARL OF LEICESTER.
Vol. 619, p. 36. I have sent you certain notes by Mr. Guildford how all things stand here, and what is meetest to be done. I have besought Mr. Secretary to communicate them to the Council. I beseech you to favour my own suits. Mr. Guildford has served here without any pay. He is your kinsman and true follower. As the matter of legitimacy between John and Ulyck Burcke, I think, will be in question before the Lords as a matter most necessary to be known, Mr. Guildford doth bring over writings and commissions which have passed for that matter. “The Irish are generally in a great jollity, expecting foreign forces.” “I have sent your Honour a goshawk, and because I know you love the sport at the Pye,” I have sent your Honour a cast of tussell gentilles,f Many hawks have died with me.” Athlone, 12 July 1580. Signed. Your old servant Mr. John Merbury is here. Holograph. Pp. 2. Sealed, addressed, and endorsed.
July 12. 414. SIR NICHOLAS MALBIE.
Vol. 619, p. 37. “Instructions for the Earl of Leicester to be delivered by Mr. Henry Guildford the 12th of July 1580.”
(1) Declare the great disorder committed by the townsmen of Gallawaye, “and the bravery used by them after the fury
* “The Pye.” was a brewhouse in Smithfield. f Tercel gentles.
appeased in marching up and down the streets with sound of
July 13. Vol. 597, p. 357a.
hold by Irish tenure, desiring to hold the same of her Majesty
PELHAM to SIR WILLIAM WINTER.
Your letters of the 29th and 9th have been brought me by my cousin Grevell and Mr. Holden. The Marshal's bad ministers have suffered that traitorous priest to escape me that you so carefully sent. Before Sir Owen O'Sulivane Beare departs from me, I will look for the redelivery of him, and for conformity of subjection within Beare and Bantrie. Thanks for the articles which concerned his (Sir Owen's) misdemeanours. If the ship of victuals come from Dublin, pay yourself of the proportion of beer, and the remain I wish to be put into Castle Mange. . I have sent you herewith an authority, not only to execute by martial law such as be offenders, English or Irish, but also authority to protect. Though for terror I do not mention it in my authority, “the law martial doth not extend within the Queen's jurisdictions to execute any that is worth 10l. in goods, or hath 40s, a year of freehold.” I do not wish any freeholders to be protected but the McSwines, because if her Majesty purpose to make benefit of escheated lands, then it were good that all freeholders were left simply to her mercy. To whomsoever you give protection, promise pardon, and bind him to sue it out within three months, “Now how your news concurreth with the necessity of your departure for lack of victuals, and with the likelihood of Spanish preparations, which may be guessed by the coming of the vessel to Castle Haven, whereof you write, I leave to you to judge, “It is testified by divers, as well of Kinsale as Waterford, that lately came out of Galicia, and now within these two days confirmed at Waterford, that 6,000 Romans are ready to embark there; that they have 80 ships, whereof many of great burden; that they have many victuallers laden with wheat, whereof 50,000 Spanish measures called
July 13. Vol. 597, p. 359a.
haveges have been put aboard in one haven. They report that the Marquis of Sara had private talk with some of them, confessing himself to be the Queen's good ally (as I think he be by the house of Lancaster), and gave forth that great troubles would be this year in Ireland; and other taking upon him to know the general, a Spaniard named Don John de Alonnso ; and that he saw the Pope's Nuncio and him together about the preparations. These rumours are not unknown in England, for they have been often advertised, and the last informer is gone to the Court to declare his own intelligence.”
A supply of victuals is coming from England to you, and some refreshing to us; and a speech is given forth, as though other vessels of smaller burden were on their way towards you with new directions. I cannot keep the field for lack of bread after the expense of one month. There are now come from Mr. Bashe 21,000 pieces of beef, which will never be uttered without mutiny or danger to the soldiers' health. Search the harbors between that and Cork, whether any relief be come to prolong your stay.
“I send my brother Spencer presently into England, to whom I commit so much of your advertisements as concerned the Spanish shallop and the forcible taking of Donnell Rowe McTeige, and to utter unto the Lords your care in searching those harbours upon the south-west coasts of this province.”
Turlouge Lenoughe has, as I hear from England, solicited the King of Scots for 4,000 Scots, his wife, a daughter of Argill," being agent in the Court of Scotland, but prevented by the diligence of Mr. Robert Bowes, her Majesty's ambassador.
Limerick, 13 July 1580. Signed.
Contemp. copy. Pp. 4}.
LETTERS under the SIGNET for SIR WILLIAM WINTER.
Whereas the mariners, sailors, and others of the meaner sort of people attending the marine service under Sir William Winter, Admiral, do great injuries to such poor people as are received to her Majesty's protection within the county of Kerrie, and upon other parts of Desmond and the county of Cork; and whereas many other the inhabitants of those parts have submitted themselves to the said Admiral, seeking of him to be protected: we authorize him to punish, correct, and execute by law martial any such offender, English or Irish, that so shall rob and spoil her Majesty's reconciled subjects within the country of Desmond and the counties of Kerrie and Cork; and to grant protections in writing. Limerick, 13 July 1580. Signed by the Lord Justice and Council. Contemp. copy. P. 13.
* The Earl of Argyle.