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28 Nov. Vol. 607, p. 251.
give a good help to preserve the rest from escheat, did not his desire to do the King and you service command the contrary. His own letters and his collections in this business (which come to you herewith) will best express himself; and in my particular knowledge two of the suggestions raised for drawing him into the support and defence of the cause, as namely, his match with Mr. Andrew Barrett, and his being heir to his uncle Golde, are merely idle and untrue. He is a gentleman of great good parts and grown to be of much power and ability in his country, whose fortunes are rising and Increasing.
Remember that he thankfully acknowledges that you gave him the beginning and foundation thereof, and therefore vouchsafe to make him more and more your own, as he deserves to be, and to give him some extraordinary testimony thereof, that may confirm him that he not only stands upright in your good opinion, but that you will be pleased to take it to heart to do him all the good you know him worthy of By the next you shall receive all the collections you gave me in charge, and then I will be bold to put you in mind of my poor suit.
Postscript.—Sir Dominick has procured my Lord Deputy's letters for obtaining of the reversion of a pension of a 100 marks after the death of Sir John Esmond and his eldest son who are near their ends. If it seems convenient to yourself, further it, for he has requested me to write this letter as it is and has seen it.
Dublin, 29th Oct. 1611.
138. SIR DOMINICK SARSFIELD to LORD CAREW.
I could not answer your letter dated 5th of October till Sir Richard Boyle and myself conferred together about the matter thereof. For the marriage you write of betwixt Mr. Barrett's son and my daughter, or my nearness to inherit my uncle Archdeacon Gold's living in Barrett's country, I assure you they are but suppositions without truth, and if they had been as sure as they are surmised, I would quit them and their hopes rather than forget to advance with my best endeavours the least of your designs. For the title you were informed the King may have to that country by the killing in rebellion of Oliverus Barrett, I can answer no more thereof than I write, that if the informations will prove the bastardy of Catheryne Barrett's father, or her own illegitimacy, which is near the sense of testimony, then without doubt his Highness may justly pretend to the greatest part of that territory.
There are certain freeholders in that barony who were as ancient in their tenancies as Barrett was in his seignory of
their land, and there are also two other daughters, heirs general before Oliverus. How these may be avoided I cannot yet determine, but am hopeful by misprision or other flaws in descent or conveyance, that their rights “may be bound.” For Ballencolly it is entailed and was purchased in 8° Ed. IV. from one Robert Coll, a knight. The deed of this entail is in my own hands, which I will prove to Sir Richard Boyle upon our next meeting in the province. The lands therein mentioned is only the plowland of the castle and some other by names not yet known. Some other I have upon that title within that barony, yet, if there be any show of title to them for the King, this letter shall bind me to submit myself and that estate of mine to you. For my aid or assistance in that affair when it shall be set on foot (though I am sensible of the extent of envy), yet I will at your command so far declare myself therein. I have sent you here enclosed a pedigree of the Barretts, where you may behold every man's rank and right more large than that you received formerly. Sir Robert Boyle and I will think of some fit preparations for this cause against the time you shall hold convenient for further proceeding therein.
Dated, Dublin, 28th Nov. 1611.
2. THE PEDIGREE.
James Bulleragh Barrett had issue by McDonoghs daughter, his first wife, 2 sons. By his second, O’Callaghan's daughter, 3 sons. Beany, a bastard, died without issue. Richard, a bastard, died without issue. These two begotten on the body of McDonogh's daughter. 1, James Liegh. = James Keoghe. = James, begotten upon the body of Honora Ny Callaghane; died without issue. Katherine, upon the body of Margaret Roche. This Catherine is married to Andrew Barrett. John, who died without issue. 1, Margaret; 2, Honora; 3, Elleene; = Donogh McCormuck by Sir Cormuck McTeige. 2, Richard. = 1, John was Barrett, and killed by Beany. 2, Edmond; died without issue. 3, Magne; died without issue. 4, James, late in Ward; died without issue. 5, Johan, Shily. Those two daughters are living, and conveyed their rights to Edmond Barrett. 3, William. 1, Oliverus, slain in rebellion; without issue. 2, Edmond. = William, now with the Archduke. 3, Connleagh, yet living. 4, James Riogh, died in the Low Countries. 5, Beany, executed for the murder of John FitzRichard Barrett.
Sept. 23. Vol. 619, p. 133.
It is said that James Keogh Barrett is a bastard, for his father was married to a former wife, who lived when he was born by Johan Lary.
Likewise, that Katherine, wife of Barrett, is also a bastard, for that her father first married Honora Ny Callaghane in Kilpatricke in Dromore, from whom he eloped, and afterwards, upon a new agreement between her and her friends, he married her again in the abbey of Mourne, and begot upon her one James, who died without issue; then he put her out again and married Margery Roche, by whom he begot the said Katherine. The said Honora Ny Callaghane is yet living.
#. Oliverus, eldest son to W. Barrett, son to James Bullyrigh, having the possession of Ballyncolly and the rest as lawful heir, was sued at law by the foresaid John FitzRichard, notwithstanding the said John was illegitimate, and the possession of the castle of Ballyncolly only given to the hands of Sir John Parrett (Perrot), then L. President of Mounster, by the willingness of the said Oliverus to have the right tried between him and the said John, with condition that, if the said right were not tried by a certain day, then the said Oliverus should have the castle restored unto him (in statu quo prius). The said Lord President, not having put the said right to final end, the said Oliverus entered into action of rebellion with James FitzMorish, then arch-traitor, (the said Oliverus having then the whole country in his possession, the sole castle only excepted) in which action the said Oliverus was killed; after whose death, Edmond Barrett, brother to the said Oliverus, to the intent that the then Queen's right might be detected, agreed that the said John FitzRichard Barrett, though illegitimate, should be Barrett, reserving a good portion of the country for himself, in which time the above Beny Barrett, the younger brother of the said Oliverus and of that now now Edmond, murdered the said John FitzRichard, supposed Barrett, and Edmond FitzRichard his brother, and their third brother, James FitzRichard, died. And this Edmond FitzWilliam Barrett succeeded as Barrett, and held the said country as his own till he died; whose son, William Barrett, is now in the Low Countries.
Pp. 3. Endd.
THE EXAMINATION of HENRY SKIPwITH, Esq., taken at
P. 1. Endd.
1612. Vol. 629, p. 94. 14O. A CONJECTURE of the annual value of the new improvements as may henceforth be made of his Majesty's revenue in Ireland.
(1.) The customs, poundage, and imposition of 12d. in the pound upon the port towns that are discharged of poundage by Act of Parliament.—10,000l. per annum. (2.) License to export linen yarn, which being now granted for 1,200 packs, is worth 1,500l. per ann.; for they take for every pack 25s.–2,000l. per ann. . (3.) Licenses to export other prohibited commodities, viz., wool, flax, flocks, beef, tallow, butter, sheep skins, corn, &c.— 1,000l. per ann. (4.) The imposition upon raw hides, viz., 4d, upon a hide, if there be yearly exported but 60,000 hides, amounts to 1,000l. per ann. (5) Licenses to draw wines, and to make and sell aqua vitae, with the imposition upon pipe staves.—1,000l. per ann. (6.) The farm of the fines, amerciaments, and other casualties of that kind.—1,000l. per ann. So much has been offered by the farmer. (7.) The rents now raised upon the lands in Wexford, the first fruits and 20th parts of the bishops in Ulster, the composition newly to be made with the counties of Doune and Antrym.—1,000l. per ann. (8.) The office of wards.—The office of alienations and respite of homage. If erected as in England, 3,000l. per an Il. These sums amount to 20,000l. per ann., besides many other small improvements, which appear in the propositions now transmitted. And besides subsidies to be granted in Parliament, and aids to make the prince knight and to
marry the Lady Elizabeth, which are ——" Endd, by Carew. P. 1. 1613. 11th Feby. 141. LORD DEPUTY CHICHESTER to the LORDS of the PRIVY Vol. 619, p. 110. CoUNCIL, concerning concealed lands in Ulster.
Whereas the King, among other directions concerning the plantation of the escheated lands of Ulster, appointed that the concealed lands, casually omitted or not discovered in the great survey, should be disposed among the British undertakers and servitors, for an increase of rent, equal, with the rent of their lands, and not unto any other person; it is found upon a late inquiry by commission, as well of concealments as want of measure in general amongst the proportions, that in many places where there is no deficiency of measure there is more store of concealments either within or contiguous without their proportions, all of which they challenge by virtue of the said
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general instructions in their behalf. And, again, where most want of measure is, there is least store of concealed lands, for which cause they stand for an abatement of rents or other recompense, and expect that his Majesty should compound with their neighbours for other lands passed unto them by letters patent long before this plantation was intended. As, for instance, it falls out between Sir James Cunningham and others, who have deficient proportions, and Sir Ralph Bingley, who, purchased some abbey lands both in the King's time and before, upon a part whereof he built certain houses and two profitable mills, within four miles of the Derrie, and which are now adjoining Sir James Cunningham's proportion. Sir James has informed the King that Sir Ralph detains the lands which of right belong unto him and to his uncle James Cunningham. Whereupon the King, by letters of the 21st of April last, required me to send for the parties or their attornies, and upon examination to put the said Sir James Cunningham and the rest into peaceable possession of the lands in controversy, according to the tenor of their letters patent. But if the same should appear to be on Sir Ralph Bingley's side, then I am to endeavour to compound the matter equally between them.
I have examined Sir Ralph's title in presence of both parties, and find the same to be good in law, though not favoured in the inquisitions. Thereupon we dealt with him for a reasonable price on the King's behalf, and in the end offered him 500l. by way of proof, but he seriously affirmed that he would not part with the mills and land under 800l. sterling, or a book of feefarm of 100 marks a year, or the lease of the King's other concealed lands wheresoever within the realm to be found. To yield to either of these in this case is like to be of very ill consequence. But to avoid all this great charge to the King and trouble on every side, there are already sufficient concealments discovered among the escheated lands in Ulster to content all men.
To this effect I desire a new warrant from the King to dispose of all concealments in these escheated counties generally unto the undertakers and servitors, in such manner and form as we shall devise for the King's service. I intend to do it in this manner: If any of them having a full proportion shall have any concealments within the same I mean to put that parcel into his account, and so deduct as much more upon the border of his lands as shall supply the defects of his neighbours, if any be, and thus proceed in this continual manner of separation and addition until everyone shall be satisfied. The rest of the concealments may then be finally granted upon an increase of rents to those for whom they shall be most convenient.
Dated from Dublin.
Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.