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and wages for 200 laborers, after 8d. ster, the day each man;
and Meath “the double of so much.”
Folio 173–24th March 1560, “the fall of the money pro-
claimed ; viz., the teston of England 4}d. of current money of
England to be 6d. current money of Ireland until the last of
April ensuing, and thenceforth to be accompted for bullion
to her Majesty's mint at that rate in England, or received at
her Majesty's Treasury in Ireland for 6d. current money of
Ireland, &c. And the base harp teston of Ireland, which
before was 120l. ster. in Ireland, and at that time was current
for 740. ster. in Ireland, should be valued for 6d. current
money of lreland.”
Folio 176. –8th June 1561, a general hosting for six
weeks after three plowlands to a cart, and to begin the first
of the next July. Agreed on to be proclaimed by writ
according to the ancient manner.
Folio 177—30th October 1561, a general cesse of wheat,
malt, beefs, swine, and other provision for the furniture of
the forts in Leix and Ophaley and other holds.
Folios 179 and 180-22nd October 1562, a general cesse
concluded and set down for the furniture of the same forts
and holds in Leix and Ophaley.
Folio 183.—19th May 1563, a general hosting concluded
on for 40 days after three plowlands to a cart, to begin the
14th of June ensuing.
Folio 184.—11th April 1564, concluded on to put in victuals
into the fort of Leix for such soldiers as should be put there
presently for the pursuit of the rebels; and oats to be sent
thither out of the county of Kildare for a month for Sir
Henry Radliefe's band. Also to be cessed for six weeks upon
the county of Kildare 120 kerne, and on the county of
Catheriough 120 kerne.
Folio 185. —“Item, by the same order, captain Gyerton's
band of horsenen lying in Westmeath to be at the fort in
Ophaley, and to be furnished with oats for a month ; and that
the charges of the garrisons in Leix and Ophalley since the
beginning of the rebellion should be cessed upon the country.
Item, the borders of Meath to be cessed with 200 kerne upon
the whole county of Meath.”
Same folio, 185.-"And 300 kerne cessed upon the county
of Westmeath for the guard of Westmeath, at th' order and
commandment of Sir George Standlie ; and for victuals, car-
riages, horsemeat, and all other things ordered for this service,
the sheriffs and certain principal persons in every county to
be appointed.”
Folios 188 and 189.-24th May 1564, Sir Nicholas Arnold,
Lord Justice.
Folio 196-3rd August 1564, “an order that where for the
prosecuting of the rebels, the soldiers of her Majesty's army
in retinue are removed out of such places of the English Pale
as they before were cessed in, unto the borders and other more


fit places for her Majesty's said service,” the baronies and
such other places where before they were cessed and placed
shall be cessed for the overplus of the price of their provisions.
Folio 197—“Amongst others th' orders at the consultation
170 Septembr. 1564, is contained, that the cesse of the
holding kerne on the counties of Westmeath, Dublin, Kildare
and Wexford, and in McVadoke's country, McDamere's coun-
try, and McEdmond Duffe's country, to be continued in such
form from time to time as the former warrants purport until
the said service achieved.”
Same folio.—18th September 1564, the renewing of the
cesse of 600 kerne in the county of Fertullaghe in West-
Folio 198–11th October 1564, cesse of 100 holding kerne
and 50 boys for the defence of the county of Kildare, to be
continued upon the county of Dublin for three weeks.
Folio 199—28th October 1564, thought fit, for defence of
the borders against the O'Conours, for six weeks, to begin the
last of October. -
“Westmeath.-Besides 120 galloglas to live of their bo-
naght for a quarter of a year, and besides Sir Nicholas Bag-
nall's band to be beyond Molingar, (all those under th' Earl
of Kildare), the whole county to contribute to the victualling
of the horsemen at the ordinary rate and th’ accustomed
holding kerne of Tirrell's country and Ferbill and the rest
of Westmeath.
“Meath.-80 holding kerne and their 40 boys for guard of
the borders of that county against the O'Connours at the said
Earl's commandment besides captain Gyrton's band of horse-
men and the force of the county against the borders of
“Kildare.—80 holding kerne and their 40 boys cessed
for the guard of the borders of that county, likewise under
the said Earl. The Earl of Kildare himself: in money more
over the entertainment of 200 kerne of his own choosing, to
pursue the rebels of the O'Connours; the said entertainment
to be divided, cessed, and levied upon the counties of Ophaley
for 30 kerne ; McWadoke's, McEdmond Duffe's and the county
of Wexford and Fassaghbentry, 60 kerne ; Westmeath, 30
kerne; Louth 40 kerne; Dublin, 40 kerne;—200 kerne, and
their 100 boys. The entertainment of those and of the former
holding in money to be levied and satisfied to his L. by the
11th of November.”
Folio 200.-The same 28th October 1564, ‘ thought fit for
the defence of the borders against the O'Mores, besides 130
footmen and 20 galloglas and 180 of the Queen's kerne,
entertainment of 40 holding kerne for guard of the borders
cessed on the counties of Catherlough and Cavenaghes for
6 weeks. Also victuals to be provided for furniture of the
fort in Leix for every month : —beefs 60, wheat 100 pecks,
beer malt 67 pecks, oat malt 133 pecks.”

Folio 201.-29th October 1564, cesse of beefs and porks upon the Irish countries and counties westward. Folios 203 and 204.—21st November 1564, “the charge of the fort in the Queen's County, and of the same county and the counties and captainries about the same, and the counties westward and their risings out committed to th' Earl of Ormond, Lord Treasurer, for to defend the same and pursue the rebels; and besides the same and her Majesty's English garrisons and galloglas and kerne there, the entertainment of 200 holding kerne granted unto his L. for so long as his L. should think fit, to be levied in money on the counties of Waterford and Limerick, upon each for 100 kerne; and moreover to take meat and drink for them and the rest serving with his L., where they should travel, and to take up grain, wine, beefs, porks, muttons, and all other victuals, and carriages for the same by land and by water, for ready inoney at reasonable prices, viz., for the first price it cost, and the reasonable charges therein bestowed.” Folio 206.—15th December 1564, “a note entered of the soldiers to remain in retinue, viz. at the forts and other holds in garrison, entered particularly ; in all, footmen, 292, horsemen 36. And rested then placed on cesse; viz., the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Westmeath, Wexford, and Fassagh of Beyntree,” footnen 208, horsemen 164. Folio 214.—-16th July 1566, a general hosting for six weeks after three plowlands to a cart, to begin 15th August. Folio 219.—22nd May 1566, “250 soldiers, footmen of her Majesty's retinue, parcel of those which afore amongst the rest lay placed within the Pale, dispersed at cesse upon their hosts' houses within the English Pale, to th’ occasion of sundry complaints on either party, and not so apt or ready for her Majesty's service when any sudden cause should require, should be thenceforth placed and cessed in towns near the borders by the Lord Deputy's appointment, so to remain and continue from the 5th day of this said May until the last of September ensuing. For whose supply, for that their ordinary entertainments suffice not to find them victuals, apparel, weapon, and necessaries remaining so upon their own finding, there was cessed an overplus of 4d. per diem for the better maintenance or increase of entertainment of every of those 250 footmen during the said time so placed on the borders, viz., for 149 days, to be levied and contributed upon the counties of Wexford, Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath, Meath, as certain Commissioners there named should decide; exempting the counties of Catherloughe and Louth, because the same were otherwise charged with horsemen placed there.” Folio 229–4th November 1566, a general cesse for the furnishing of the forts and garrisons to be levied for that year ensuing, the army being at the same time cessed on the English Pale. “And for that it was doubtful whether the grain could be had in every of those counties, they at their election to deliver the grain, or for every peck of wheat 3s, ster., and for every peck of beer malt 3s ster., and for every peck of oat malt 2s. ster, and for every peck of oats 12d. ster, to the hands of Thomas Might ; and that every person delivering the grain should receive of Thomas Might for every peck wheat and beer malt 4s. Irish, and for every peck oat malt 2s. 8d. Irish, and for every peck of oats 16d.” Cesses of beefs and porks on the Irish countries. Folio 233.−27th July 1566, money cessed for the general hosting aforesaid ; viz., upon each of the counties of Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, and Wexford, 60 kerne, for a quarter of a year, every kerne at 3d. a day, 277.l.. 10s. Folio 338 (sic).-2nd August 1566, cessed upon the counties of Dublin, beefs 30; Meath, beefs 60; Kildare, beefs 30; Westmeath, beefs 34; for 450 soldiers of her Majesty's army, for 22 days, being appointed to proceed to the general hosting on the borders. Folios 241 and 242.-11th August 1566, “for the supply of such as then presently did guard the borders against Shane O'Neyle, a cesse of 400 bowmen and billmen and gunners, to be chosen out of the county of Dublin, and to make their repair to the town of Kells by the 17th of August, and there to remain during 10 days, &c.; amounts estimatively, 133l. 6s. 8d.” Folio 206 (sic).-8th September 1566, “ordered that the Earl of Desmond, with the Lord Baron of Donboyne and the Lord Baron of Coraghemore, and Sir Warham Sentlenger, captain Heron, and others with their companies and forces attending on th' Earl, to repair to Tryme in the county of Meath the 23rd of September, with the number of 100 furnished horse. men at the least, there to meet with her Majesty's Privy Council and forces of the English Pale for the defence and safeguard of the English Pale and borders against O'Neyle and his forces; and the said Earl with those forces and company or more coming to him to serve her Majesty, and have victuals and horsemeat during their remain, abode, and return.” Folio 300. —3rd June 1567, a general hosting proclaimed for six weeks, to begin 1st July, “with also the rising out of the country requisite to the same.” Folio 307.-9th January 1567–68], “for the prosecuting of certain of the More's sons to Fereres McRosse, a cesse of an entertainment or holding of 10 horsemen, 150 kerne, and 50 boys, appointed to the leading of the Lord Baron of Delven, from the 21st of October last past , every kerne at 2d. Ir, per diem, and every horseman at 6d. Ir, per diem, to have continuance till the 1st of March next ensuing. Cessed upon the counties of Dublin, 39'. 10s. Ir. ; Meath, 791. Ir, ; Westmeath, 391. Ir, ; Kildare, 391. Ir, ; Louth, 39'. Ir, ; 237l. 10s Ir, ; after the rate of 6s. 8d. Ir, upon every plowland.”


Folio 308.-1st March 1567, “a cesse of 200 garrons and 100 men to drive them furnished with their victuals for one month for the carriage, as well of the victuals and necessaries of 200 horsemen and 200 footmen of her Majesty's army, drawn down for her Majesty's service in the North, as also for the better supplying by land the want of victuals, which her Majesty's garrisons then already residing there at that time had, &c., cessed upon the counties of Dublin, Meath, Westmeath, Kildare, Louth, which estimatively, after 6d. ster, per diem the leader, and 4d. per diem the garron, was in value 1631. 6s. 8d. sterling.” Folio 309.-20th May 1568, a general hosting proclaimed for six weeks, “with also the due rising out thereto belonging, against the Scots doubted to arrive, expressing that if the war of the North or coming of the Scots urge not, it shall not be converted into money to any other uses.” Folio 312.-1st June 1569, a general hosting proclaimed for six weeks to assemble 15th July. Folio 317. –30th June 1569, a cesse of beefs for the more speedy repression of the rebellion in Munster. Folio 318.-11th October 1569, a general hosting for 21 days proclaimed, to assemble at the Newry the 22nd of that month, the day of which assembly was prorogued longer. Folio 323.—18th November 1569, “the same general hosting, with an arrear of 10 days and a half to the 21 days, was concluded on to be converted into money for the hire and wages of great numbers of chosen kerne to be joined with the horsemen and footmen of her Majesty's army, to pursue and follow upon the rebels and their maintainers, whereby not only to disperse them, but also thoroughly to extirp and banish them ; which exploit was then chiefly bent against the Kevanaghes and their maintainers.” Folio 328.—“The same, by humble suit of the inhabitants of the English Pale, was all remitted, 13° die Januarii 1569.” Folio 324.—The same 18th November 1569, 12 Elizabeth, a cesse of oats for the provision of the garrisons in the North parts, for their horses, at 16d. Irish the peck. Folio 237 (sic).-15th July 1570, a general hosting for six weeks, to begin 15th August. Folio 339.-7th February 1570(–71), a cesse of oats to be delivered to Thomas Might for the garrison[s] in the north.

III. “In the third Council Book now yet used, beginning from the first day of April anno 1571, amongst other matters is registered as in effect briefly followeth:”— Page 12–10 April 1572, a general hosting for six weeks proclaimed, to begin 1st June. Pages 30 and 31.-9th September 1572, “for the furniture of 100 bowmen, agreed on to be waged by the Lord Deputy,

to be ordered by Nicholas White, seneschal of the liberties of

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