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II. The wages of the Irish men of war.
“The bonnaught or wages of a galloglasse for a quarter of a year, when it is best cheap, is one beef for his wages, and two beefs for his feeding and diet. The wages of a Scot is like. The captain of galloglasse hath for a quarter, one chief horse and a hackney, or for the hackney an habergeon, and in a band of 100 he hath to advance his wages, 13 dead pays out of the 100; so the band of 100 is but 87 men. The captain is also allowed for his own victuals six men's allowances. The captain of 100 Scots and the captain of 100 gunners have the like. The horsemen hath for his wages as the galloglasse hath, besides horsemeat allowed him. The captain of the horsemen hath as the captain of the galloglasse. The captain of 100 kernaghes hath for his pay 8 men's pay and the allowance of their meat, and at his first entrance hath as in way of reward over and above his quarter's wages commonly 10 kine to bestow as a benevolence among his gentlemen, which they look for as a common duty. The kernaghe hath quarterly one heifer, valued at 88, sterling, and his victuals.” Pop. 2. Corrected by Lord Burleigh, and endorsed by him. as follows: “A note of the numbers of horsemen, footmen, and gallogl., maintained by all the Traitors, April 1575.” Also: “A note of Ulster, Mr. Maltbye’s.”
May 5. 9. [The QUEEN) to the EARL OF Essex.
Vol. 628, p. 223 a. “Having seen certain offers and requests made by you unto our Deputy in your letters of the 15th of this present,
May 5. Vol. 628, p. 224.
directed to our Council, by the which you do not only show
10. [The QUEEN] to the LoRD DEPUTY (FITzWILLIAMs).
We have seen a letter from our cousin of Essex to our Council, dated 15th April, concerning certain offers and requests made to you, which, although reasonable, have been rejected by you. Therefore because we would be loth to condemn you without receiving your answer, we thought it convenient to impart to you the offers and requests that were made to you by our said cousin. He proffered to serve in Ulster, for the stay of that country, with a certain number, until our further pleasure were known, and also, if you would take the execution of the plot upon you, to serve under you.
“Now, touching his requests: First, he desireth you to make some show of a journey northward. Secondarily, that the hosting appointed the 10th of April might proceed, which, used with secrecy, he showed you that it was likely that
there would ensue thereof a profitable peace. Lastly, that
men might be cassed to 2,000, besides the wards and officers,
therefore, seeing that the benefits were laid before you, that would have ensued by the general hosting upon Tirlogh and the rest of the heads of the wild Irish, we have great cause to suspect some misliking between you. We hear that since the refusal of his offers you have forborne to call him to any conference or consultation; which thing, touching so nearly the honour and reputation of our said cousin, we greatly mislike.
5 May 1575.
Contemp. copy. Pp. 2. Headed: Deputy.
[The QUEEN] to the EARL OF Essex.
Notwithstanding our late commandment given you, to resume the government of Ulster, lately given over by you, we are now of another opinion, “having more just occasion of late to look more inwardly into our estate at home, and finding great cause for us to forbear the prosecution of your enterprise.” You shall “direct the course of your proceedings in such sort as th’ enterprise may yet be so given over as our honour may best be saved, the safety of such as depend upon us in some good sort provided for, and the province left in that state as there may follow no such alteration as may disquiet the rest of that our realm.” Further instructions will be delivered to this bearer by our Privy Council.
Manor of Greenwich, 22 May 1575.
Contemp. copy. P. 14. Headed: Essex.
EARL OF Essex.
Instructions given to Asheton, despatched to the Earl of
You shallassure the Earl of Essex from us, that her Majesty's forbearing to prosecute the enterprise for the reformation of Ulster does not proceed of any misliking of the same, and that her Majesty will have consideration of the great charges and travail he has already sustained.
The manner of breaking off so that no inconvenience may follow we refer to his judgment. He shall confer with the Deputy therein, if conveniently it may be done; if not, then he shall send you or some other, fully instructed of his opinion in that behalf, to the said Deputy, that he may direct his actions accordingly, and signify to the Earl what liking he has of his said opinion. They shall advertise her Majesty what they judge fit to be done.
“You shall also signify unto his L. that we desire him to
consider, now that Tirlogh Lenoghe shall see him resume the
government, as also in field with forces, whereby it shall appear unto him that there is a thorough intention to go forward with the reformation of Ulster, whether he may not be brought to be content to renounce the title of O'Nell, to relinquish the claim he maketh to certain euraghes, to content himself
with that portion of Tiron that lieth beyond the Blackwater,
May 22. 13. [The QUEEN] to the LoRD DEPUTY (FITzWILLIAMs).
Vol. 628, p. 227. We have thought good to forbear the prosecution of the enter
prise for the reformation of Ulster, taken in hand by the Earl of Essex. It is very expedient that the enterprise should be so broken off as thereby may grow no danger in the said province nor dishonour to the Earl. We have therefore willed him that, before this be commonly known, either by composition or otherwise he should so deal with Tirloghe Lenoghe and the rest of the heads of that province, that some good way may be devised for the stay of that part of our realm. He is to confer with you.
22 May 1575.
Contemp. copy. P. l. Headed : Deputy.
June 10. 14. The EARL OF DESMOND to the EARL OF LEICESTER.
Vol. 616, p. 165. Your letter of 20th October last has been no small comfort to me. I beseech you to be a mean that I may have possession of my castles, which I delivered to her Majesty during her pleasure, as they grow to no commodity to her Majesty, and the keeping of them not a little hinders me. I was informed by Thomas Chester of Bristol that he can have no allowance for my son there, which in short time will grow to no small charge. I desire licence to have the child brought hither, where he will not put her Majesty or me to any charge, until he be able to go to school, at which time I will return him thither. Asketten, 10 June 1575. Signed: Gerot Desmond. P. I. Addressed and sealed. Endorsed.
June 72. 15. TIRLOUGH LENAGH O'NEILL.
Vol. 628, p. 235a. Articles indented between Walter, Earl of Essex, captain general of Ulster, on the one part, [and Tirlough O'Neill on
the other part], made at the new fort near the great river,
* Matthew O'Neill, Baron of Dungannon. # Qu., Sir Brian McFelim O'Neill. † Mistake for patria Ž