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Oct. 20. Vol. 605, p. 82.
and horses were hurt and galled. James McDonnell's" sonss],
Copy. Pp. 19.
622. LORD DEPUTY PERROT to SIR GEORGE CAREw.
I received your letter of the last of August, by which it appears “that God hath revealed to her Majesty the wicked treasons practised against her royal person, for which be He blessed.” Her Majesty in time will know who are to be trusted. I am glad to hear that, notwithstanding all her troubles, she “carrieth an invincible mind that showeth from whom she came.” You say that all her Majesty's speeches of me are to my comfort, but she will not hear of my revocation. I shall never be weary of serving her in any other place, while health and ability will permit. “But by God! Mr. Carewe, I daily grow weaker and weaker of body through the great pain I have of the stone, growing more and more upon me in this slimy country. Th’ experience whereof I lately had at my being in Connaught, where in my travel, through the grating of the stone in my kidneys, if I travelled one day, I was fain to rest another; and in th' end the Irish ague took me, that I was 7 days like to die in Gallowaye, and am not yet thoroughly recovered thereof, nor shall not (I believe) pass this next year, except her Majesty, of her great grace, give me licence to go to the Spa the next spring; a suit that I made to her Highness 9 years agone. It were better her Majesty preserved me to serve her in some other place, than I to be wilfully cast away here.”
I lose time and grow into contempt by mistakings there, and wind whispered in corners. If my enemies have anything to say against me, let it be put upon paper, and I will disprove it. I only took this office to serve God and the Queen. “But I am bere amongst devils, who, coming up of nothing, care not what fables they make of any man that will not serve their turns.” . He has need of many favourers that has to manage a broken kingdom. If I can once come into the Queen's presence
* So in the margin. “McConnell's" in the text, here and elsewhere.
Vol. 618, p. 4.
Vol. 611, p. 278.
I will make such revelations as will save her many charges,
2. Copy of the same.
“The Description and present State of Ulster in 1586.” Its boundaries are described. It contains nine counties, that is to say, three of ancient making, and six made, or rather to be made, new : old—Lowth, Downe, Antrim ; new— Manachan, Farnamagh, Tirone, Dungale, Colrane, Armagh. Lowth is exposed to the often incursions of many lewd and disordered people. Names of its corporations, inhabitors, and principal surnames. Manacan contains these countries, Iriell, Dartrey, Lowghtie, and Irow. The chief captain there is Sir Rory McMahon, who has been some time contributory to Turlough] O'Neil, and now is left to the government of the Earl of Tyrone. He is able to make 100 horsemen and 400 footmen. Buildings in his country are none, save certain old defaced monasteries. The county of Farnmanagh contains all Farninanagh, Tyrmingrah, and Tirmin O’Mingan. Its captain is Sir Conohour McGwyre, under the rule of Tur. O'Neyle, but desirous to depend on the Queen. He is able to make 80 horsemen, 260 shot, and 300 kerne. In the county of Tyrone the chief captain is Tir. O'Neyle. Of late the half thereof and more by a composition is let to the Earl of Tyrone. Turlough desires from her Majesty to his son the portion of Tyrone wherein he dwelleth. The O'Neales are all horsemen, and the Clandonelles all galloglas. The O’Doonells are much affected to Shan O'Neyle's sons, The whole force of this country is 300 horsemen and 1,500 footmen. Turlough most commonly dwelleth in the castle of Steaban. “The new castle upon the Earl's part is Dungannon, a defaced castle built by Shan O'Neyle upon the Blackwater, called Benburbe.” The county of Dunegall contains all Terconell and O'Dohertie's country. O'Donell is captain and governor of Tirconell, the chief strength of whom standeth most upon the O'Gallochells and McSwynes. He is able to make 200 horsemen and 1,300 footmen. Between him and O'Nell hath been continual wars for the castle of Liffa and the lands thereabouts, O'Doghertie's country is a promontory almost environed with the sea, namely, with Lough Swyly on the south, and Lough Foyle on the north. O’Doghertie is forced to contribute both to O'Neyle and O’Doonelle. “His country, lying upon the sea and open to the isles of Ila and Jura in Scotland, is almost
yearly invaded by the Scots, who take the spoil of it at their pleasures, whereby O’Doghertie is forced always to be at their devotions.” He is able to make 60 horsemen and 300 footmen. “Buildings in his countries are the Dery [and] Greencastle, which are wardable.” The county of Coleran contains all O'Cahan's country. Its captain is Rory O'Cahan, always left to the government of Turlough only. His nation is able to make 140 horsemen and 400 footmen; yet because he bordereth so near the Scots, he is much affected to them. His castles are Anagh and Lybenadye. Near the salmon fishing are the castle of Collran and Castle Rooe, where Turlogh O'Neale keeps a constable and a ward to preserve (?) his part of the fishing. The county of Ardmache contains Oriragh, which is O'Hanlon's country, Clanbrasell, Clancan, Clanawll, Mucknee, Tiriacgh, Fues, and O’Nelan, of late made all contributories to the Earl of Tyrone. O'Hanlon's country is able to make 40 horsemen and 200 footmen. Clanbrasell has no horsemen, but 80 kearne. Clancan has no horsemen, but 100 kearne, who live upon stealth and robberies. Clanawlle appertains to the Archbishop of Armagh and his freeholders, containing the bridge and fort of Blackwater; and Tur. Brasolach holds his portion of land from the Earl of Tyrone. The said Tur. with his sons is able to make 30 horsemen and 80 footmen. Muckne and Tireawgh are now possessed by the Earl of Tyrone, who has placed there certain of his own waged followers. Fewes is peopled with certain of the Neyles, accustomed to live much upon spoil of the Pale. They are able to make 30 horsemen and 100 footmen. O'Neylan is claimed by the Earl of Tyrone. “He hath placed there some of the Quins and Flagans who fostered him, and sometimes he dwelleth himself amongst them there in a little island, Loch Coe.” The fort at Blackwater should be repaired and better fortified. At Ardmach, a small village, the charge (church 2) and friaries are broken and defaced." The county of Downe contains the lordship of the Newry and the lordship of Mowrne, Evagh, otherwise called Maginis country, Kilulto, Kilwarlin, Kinalewrty, Clanbrasell McGoolechan, Lechahull, Diffringe, Little Ardes, Great Ardes, and South Clandeboy. Newry and Mowrne are the inheritance of Sir Nicholas Bagnoll, “who, at his coming thither, found them altogether waste, and Shane O'Neyle dwelling within a mile to the Newry at a place called Fedom, suffering no subject to travel from Dundalk northward; but since the fortifications and buildings made there by the said Sir Nicholas Bagnall, all the passages are made free, and much of the countries next adjacent reduced to reasonable civility.” Evagh is governed by Sir Hugh MacEnys, the civilest of all
* The extent, situation, &c. of these countries are defined.
the Irishry in those parts. He was brought by Sir N. B. from
Queen's pensioners; notwithstanding, by a new division lately