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1611. King's.—Garret Oge FitzGerald of Corbettston, the same year - - - 40l. Ir. Cavan. — Mullmore O’Reyly of Trinity Island, 29 Eliz. - - - 8l. 19s. 8d. Str.
For all which sums process of scire facias is issued against the several recognizors in next Michaelmas term, whereupon the court will proceed to judgment, if the persons chargeable do not make sufficient and lawful defence.
Exd. by Ja. Carrol. P. Rs.
There are lying open in my office divers other ancient forfeited recognizances returned by justices of assize and goal delivery, and by justices of the peace, only for matters of the peace and appearances, upon which, the King's levying process has orderly issued from time to time at the end of every term. In the execution whereof, all the sheriffs of the several counties have dealt so remissly and negligently as they are all become desperable. And yet the subjects were continually vexed and put to great charge without any benefit or satisfaction to the King. In consideration whereof, it has been thought meet by the Lo. Deputy and the Commissioners for compounding the King's debts to order the Barons of the Exchequer with the assistance of the King's Remembrancer, as well in open court, as by issuing forth commissions to sufficient Commissioners, with meet instructions annexed, to compromise with all such persons, their heirs, executors or administrators as are chargable with the said recognizances for 2s., 18d., or 12d., in the pound, or above, according to the worth of the parties, whereby some benefit is accrued to the King by the compositions already made in court, and more is expected as well by the like hereafter as also by a commission lately issued to the Lo. President, Chief Justice, Attorney and others of the Council of the province of Connaght, and will be effected with the more speed if the sheriffs do their endeavour to find out and bring in the parties, as is given them in charge.
Ex. Ja. Carroll.
October 2. 73. CAPT. HENRY SKIPwITH to the LoRD DEPUTY.
Vol. 629, p. 177. Perceiving by yours of the 26th of the last month, that it is your pleasure I should render you an account of my proceedings with the pirates, and what I knew of their intentions, and what is become of Capn. Midleton with their pardon, I have made bold to relate at full as well my opinion as knowledge therein.
October 4. 74.
Vol. 629, p. 106.
For parts of Mr. Cuff's seigniory in Sir Mervyn Audlei's possession. For the other part of Mr. Cuff's seigniory in the possession of Sir Francis Slingsby.
At my return from you in August last, with warrants to protect the pirates upon offers of submission, I found them willing to have accepted the same, if doubt of the Hollandders (then reported to be at sea with intention to surprise them) had not enforced their present departure from the coast, the principal reason (as they alleged) proceeding from the disorder of their men. As the wind did not serve them to reach Kinsale, according to your direction for their security, they made sail towards the coast of Spain, with faithful vows to return with convenient safety, and to entertain the favour they had with so much importunity gained at your hands. Not long after their departure Mr. Curson arrived, with instructions from the Lords, concerning their pardon, and immediately after him Captain Midleton, with the pardon itself, about which time it pleased you to send me the copy with instruction for my conduct therein, if either they should remain upon the coast or come again.
It is reported that all the pirates are resolved to receive their pardon upon the conditions therein offered, and that they will in respect of their ignorance, not being able to understand the validity of the pardon, come upon this coast to demand your word according to promise.
I have been bold to move you that garrisons might be laid in the castles adjoining to the harbours frequented, by which means much of the concourse of the country (which is their principal comfort) may be cut off, and they be forced to betake themselves (if they will needs count upon this coast) to one or two peculiar harbours, where with more ease they may be found and assaulted by such forces as shall be sent against them, to which course you hath already condescended and employed Captn. Povy therein.
Kinsale, Oct. 2, 1611.
Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.
In Lo. Carew's hand : Re. the 7th of the same. Perused.
An ABSTRACT of the UNDERTAKERS of MOUNSTER, their . horse and foot, mustered and presented before me Sir Richard Moryson, Knight, Vice-President, by virtue of a Commission to me, and others directed under the broad seal of Ireland.
For the half seigniory of Malloe, 8 horse and 24 foot. For Carigmelerge seigniory, 4 horse, 12 foot. For Mr. Cuff's seigniory, four horse and ten foot. For the lands, Sir Francis holdeth parcel of the said seigniory seven horse and ten foot. For Mr. Dennye's seigniory, seven horse and two and twenty foot. For Mr. Herbert's seigniory, consisting (as is alleged) of about 3,000 acres in his possession, but for more certainty he referreth as before there were mustered, 4 horse, 19 foot.
For Mr. Valentyne Browne's seigniory, five horse and fifteen foot. For Mr. Conweye's part of a seigniory, 2 horse and 6 foot. For the seigniory of Stone and Champion in the possession, of Sir Richard Boyle, 6 horse and 13 foot. There were mustered by Sir Thomas Roaper, Knight, for Sir Wm. Herbert's seigniory of Mounteagleloyall, 4 horse and 17 foot. For Sir Francis Barkley's half seigniory of Rockbarkley 7 horse and 21 foot. I also certify that Sir Francis Barkley mustered before me 80 foot well furnished, but 21 being the number for the proportion of land, I only took the names of so many, For the seigniory of Knockbillingsley, by Sir John Dowdall, Knight, 11 horse and 45 foot. For Mr. Trenchard's seigniory, 7 horse and 23 foot. For Mr. Carter's seigniory in the possession of Sir Anthony Ager, 6 horse and ten foot. For the seigniores in the possession of Mr. Courtney, 4 horse furnished, and 31 foot. For the seigniory of Fitton's fortune, 3 horse and 4 foot. For Sir George Bourchier's seigniory, 9 horse and 15 foot. For Captain Manwaring's seigniory, 1 horse and 4 foot. Two freeholders mustered 2 horsemen for Mr. Ansloe's seigniory. There were mustered by Mr. James Casey for the ward of Sir George Thornton, two horse and five foot. For Sir Bernard Greinvile's seigniory, 14 horse and 44 foot. For Mr. Beeche's seigniory 11 horse and 46 foot. For Sir Warham St. Leger's half seigniory, 7 horse and 21 foot. For the seigniory of Knockmoane, by Mr. Dalton, 8 horse and 26 foot. By Sir James Goeghe for the manor of Kilmanym, parcel of Sir Edward Fitton's seigniory, 1 horse and 3 foot. By the Earl of Thomond for the manor of Cullyn parcel of the said Fitton's seigniory, 1 horse, 4 foot. For Sir Richard Boyle's seigniory in the counties of Waterford and Cork, 20 horse and 50 foot furnished, I also certify that the said Sir Richard Boyle mustered before me 80 horse and about 400 foot in all, but these being a full proportion for a seigniory, I have taken theirs and omitted the rest. For the Earl of Ormond's seigniory, in the lands of Swyffyn, 2 horse and 8 foot. Total, horse 187, foot 511. This is a true abstract drawn out of the muster book, Witness my hand, dated and signed, Rich. Moryson. Endorsed by Lo. Carew. The musters of the undertakers in Mounster taken by Sir Richard Morison in August 1611.
1611. October 5. Vol. 629, p. 58.
*Cogan's instructions concerning the customs in Ireland.
5 October. Vol. 630, p. 84.
ROBERT CoGAN to SIR ARTHURCHICHESTER, DEPUTY.
I have, according to your appointment, riden down to most of the ports, and have there placed a fit number of officers to collect and receive the King's customs and poundage, and have delivered unto them your and the Council's warrants for the due execution thereof in their several ports, so that now the King is in full possession of them in manner following: Dublin, Waterford, Drohedagh.—The King receives nothing but the custom and poundage of strangers, as the freemen of these towns pretend to be free of their own poundage by an Act of Parliament, 15 H. 7, and therefore refuse to pay any or to resign it up to the King upon any terms of composition. Galway.—The King receives no custom or poundage, neither of the freemen nor of strangers. They claim it by charter. Wexford, Rosse, Dungarvan, Youghall, Corke, Kinsale, Dinglecush, Lymericke.—These have submitted unto his Majesty, and do pay to his officers the poundage due by them and of strangers, and do beseech you that the arrearages past may be forgiven, and to that purpose they will all send up agents the next term to entreat your favour therein. Dundalke, Carlingeford, Newrey, Knockfergus, are towns of small importance, and as yet no officers placed in them, by reason I wanted time to ride unto them, but this may be done when you think fit. To conclude this business and make it yield to the King a good annual revenue, there wants only the levying of the imposition of 12d. in the pound upon all goods and merchandises shipped in or out upon the four towns, which are free of poundage by Act of Parliament and charter, to make them equal with the rest of the towns that defray the poundage, which otherwise will be very prejudicial unto the King, and the undoing of all the rest of the other towns, for all men will pass under the colour of their freedom, whereby the King shall be daily deprived of his customs. This being done and once settled I doubt not but the kingdom continuing in peace, it is very likely to prove a very hopeful revenue in time to come.
76. The LO. DEPUTY to MR. JoHN TAYLOR and his sub
stitute, in the county of Cavan. Whereas the King, in the project of the new intended plantation in the province of Ulster, wisely foreseeing the commodity or incommodity thereof likely to ensue, has specially recommended me to assign and point out to every
* This is in Carew's hand.
undertaker and servitor of the British nation the most convenient places for building their several castles, strong stone houses, and barns, not respecting their other private pleasures for the present time, but rather the public regard of mutual strength and defence, whereby they may be able to subsist and retain that fortune unto themselves and their posterity among this nation which they have happily received at the King's hands, and may otherwise in time be lost, as by ancient report rather than experience I may justly wish you rather to learn than feel;—I, therefore, require you to erect your principal habitation for the present, whether castle or stone house, as you are specially bound in no other place but at Ballyhaies (parcel of the lands assigned to you as an undertaker within that county of Cavan), which we understand to be a place of best advantage for strength and defence of yourself and other undertakers, upon all your proportion. For the more special site, we will you to be further advised by Captain Hugh Culme, Constable of the King's Castle of Cloughoughter and high sheriff of that county.
Dated from Dublin, 5th October 1611.
77. A BRIEF NoTE of such SUITs as John [and Daniel]
Leigh, of the Fort Omagh, in the county of Tyrone, have to be Petitioners for unto the King.
1. That the King will grant him his letters to the Lord Deputy for the command of the ward of the said fort which now they have, to be held by letters patent from the King during their lives and the longest liver of them, in consideration of their long service in those parts.
2. That the King shall allow the said John Leigh a reasonable consideration for building the said fort, in regard it is made in a place of such strength and importance, for his service in those parts, that it is most meet it should be the King's and not a subject's. There hath been an estimate of the charge for building thereof already certified to their Lordships by the Deputy, by which the King will save at the least 1,000 marks English. It is estimated at 800l. English by the Deputy when it is fully finished, and 200l. will not finish what is yet intended to be done to it, and the finishing thereof is at this instant in doing. It is desired that 250l. be now paid towards the great charge it bath cost. And for the rest we will be content to receive payment in Ireland out of the King's rents in the north, or otherwise as it shall please the Deputy to appoint the Lo Treasurer to make payment for it.
3. That the King will be pleased to authorise the Lo. Deputy to assign the said John Leigh such valuable quantity of the land in Tyrone lately escheated as in his discretion shall be thought fit, in exchange for so much of the said