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me, the Lo. Justice, to this last consultation, is presently returned to his charge.” The forenamed William McMorris affirmeth that the traitors make assured accompt of great forces from Spain and plenty of treasure; and saith that when the Earl of Desmond prayed Dr. Sanders to embark himself for Spain to haste hither the forces, he made answer that his letter was sufficient to bring that to pass without his own travel, offering that he would remain pledge to be massacred (for that was his manner of speech), unless those forces did arrive shortly.”

In answer to letters from Turloughe Lenought we persuade him to send the young Dean to her Majesty with his petitions, which we do to win time, and to have assurance of quietness during the wars in Munster. Turlough is coming into the Baron of Dungannon's country to compel him to marry his daughter. The Baron has sent to Sir Edward More to know what course he should hold. We have desired the Baron to defer the marriage.

Dublin, 12 January 1579. Signed.

Contemp. copy. Pp. 3}.

WARRANT to OWEN MORE, Clerk of the Check.

We have appointed Captain George Thornton to repair to sea, to rig The Handmaid and a pinnace of his own, and to man them with 80 officers, gunners, sailors, and soldiers, with allowance of wages and victuals,

Dublin, 13 January 1579.

Signed by Pelham at the beginning.

Contemp. copy. P. 1.

255. GEORGE THORNTON, Captain of The Handmaid.

Instructions given him by the Lord Justice and Council at
Dublin the 13th of January 1579.

Make sail along the west and north-west sea coasts, for the pursuit, apprehending, and plaguing of any traitors or malefactors adherent to the proclaimed traitors Gerald, Earl of Desmond, John and James his brethren, and all such as come to their aid or go from them with messages or letters.

Address yourself to meet with Gilbert Yorke, captain of The Achates, now on the west coasts.

Watch and keep the channels of the west harbours and coasts clear and free from annoyance of any foreign enemies, and apprehend all pirates.

Repair to the island of Ineskethie on the river of Shenen, that you may receive there intelligence from us, the Lord Justice, upon our repair to Limerick, how you shall be then directed.


Jan. 13.

Vol. 597, p. 200a.

Jan. 14. Vol. 597, p. 201.

Jan. 17. Vol. 597, p. 202.

Search all ships in the said west or north-west parts of the realm; seize all prohibited wares; “search all passengers for letters, books, ciphers, or other kind of suspect matter, that may tend either to the defacing of religion or to the dishonour of the Queen's most excellent Majesty, or any practice against this realm and State;” and commit to safe guard and custody all suspected or culpable persons. Make stay of any English, French, Spanish, Flemish, or Scottish ships, laden with any kind of victuals, and convoy them into the Shenen. We will take order, upon our coming to Limerick, for the discharge and payment of the same victuals. Any ships freighted or bargained for by any merchants of Dublin, Drogheda, Waterford, Cork, or any other corporate towns, shall be suffered to pass. Signed by the Deputy and Council. Contemp. copy. Pp. 34.



This gentleman, Captain Salisburie, upon the discharge of his band, doth now repair towards you. His discharge is caused by the letters from her Majesty to abate the numbers. I am sorry that any should be grieved with a discharge while I am Governor, and I am more sorry that it should light upon any of yours.

Dublin, 13 January 1579. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. l.


I have seen the Baron of Dungannon's letter to you. He should temporize till a better opportunity. Touching the marriage, I wish it were deferred until my answer from her Majesty.

A good occasion is offered by letters now sent to me from Turlouge Lenought to know the Queen's express pleasure. I persuade in my answer that the young Dean be sent into England. .

Dublin, 14 January 1579. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. 13.

258. The LORD JUSTICE and CouncIL to the LORDs in


Sent by the post-boat.

According to an order taken with O'Relieghe by the Commissioners at Drogheda, we have received from O'Relieghe seven of the eight pledges, whom we have committed to the Castle of Dublin. Ore escaped from O'Relieghe, but he has promised to send him again very shortly. He has also sent three malefactors hither to be executed, one of whom was the murderer of the Baron of Louth in Sir Henry Sidney's 1580. government. The loyalty of the old man is misliked amongst his followers. “This day the Lady Mary Bourke came hither, sister to the Earl of Thomond, and late wife to Tibolt Burke (who slew James FitzMorris); did bring her eldest son unto us to this city, and exhibited a supplication, the substance whereof is, that her Majesty should take the care of the education of her said son, that she might have the benefit of the reward appointed by proclamation set forth by Sir William Drury to him that should slay the traitor James, and that we would appoint some relief unto herself, that had been lately spoiled by the rebels of her whole living; which relief, if it might not be during her life, yet she prayed it during the continuance of the war in Munster.” The creation of the old man, Sir William Burke, as Lord Bourke of Clan William or Castle Connell should not be deferred. Among the bands lately cashed, some of the captains and other officers are voluntarily returned into England, and so discharged of all pay. Francis Stafford and Dennis Conwaie stay here. . Though the hosting be deferred till the 15th of the next month, in hope that some relief of victuals will arrive from England, yet I, the Lord Justice, do repair towards Munster to-morrow, the 18th, accompanied by the Chief Baron (Dillon) and Mr. Waterhouse, leaving the Treasurer (Wallop) here to receive the treasure which is to come out of England. I mean to spend some time about Waterford and the borders of the rebels' countries, till I may hear of some help sent from Westmeath to Limerick down the Shenen, or the arrival of the English victuals there. Turlough Lenought means presently to come over the Blackwater, as well for the marriage of the Baron of Dungannon to his daughter, as to oppress Turloghe Brasiloughe. Captain Craiford is arrived in the Glinnes with 50 English Scots and Sorlie Boie, and means shortly, at the charges of the King of Scots, to fortify the Raghlins. “For confirmation between the King and Turlough of some articles and other of the Irish and Scottish nation,” the Lady Campbell, Turlough's wife, is going to Scotland. Upon request made to Surlieboie for the rent due to her Majesty he made the answer enclosed. Owen McPhelim Roe, one of the brethren that be captains of the Fins, has been apprehended at Dundalk. We pray you not to mislike of a proclamation against the passing over of horses, the scarcity is so extreme. The number daily transported to Scotland and France under pretence to be sent to England is very great. Dublin, 17 January 1579. Signed. Contemp. copy. I'p. 5.


Vol. 5 * ol. 597, p. 204a. We are informed that upon a controversy between Tur. loughe Brasiliouge and you, you mind to come on this side of the Blackwater, and to use some violence towards him. We premonish you to depend on the Queen's resolution in all causes. We will assign commissioners for the ending of your controversies.

Dublin, 17 January 1579. Signed.

Contemp. copy. P. #.


Vol. 597, p. 204a. “For release of the Spaniard.”

I have received your letter. I am contented that the bearer's

bark be released, and he suffered to make sail. For provision

for my horses, I pray you to see that there be sufficient store

for four or five days. The sheriffs of the shires shall supply

me after that time. I will take such order for the [horse-]

boys as the city shall not be over-burthened by them.
Newcastle, 19 January 1579. Signed.
Contemp. copy. P. #.


Vol. 597, p. 205. “Your letter that Captain Audlie hath made stay of you, and as you write by warrant of my commission—truly I gave him order to take your brother,” but not yourself. Nevertheless, since many complaints are made against the Fins, I have given order that you shall be well intreated till my return. Newcastle, 19 January 1579. Signed. Contemp. copy. P. A.

Jan. 19. 262. LORD JUSTICE PELHAM to the LORD KEEPER and Vol. 597, p. 205a. MR. TREASURER.

At my coming into the borders of the Bernes' country, Feaughe McHughe repaired to me with Sir Henry Harrington and the gentlemen of those parts. I have promised redelivery of his pledges and Hugh Duffe's. Newcastle, 19 January 1579. Signed. Postscript, respecting the victualling of the Queen's ship. Contemp. copy. P. 1.


Vol. 597, p. 206. We have received your letter. You doubt of our authority, and of the time of our return into England. It is dishonest to break your promises made to the representative of her Majesty (Sir Henry Sydney). At the petition of the Baron of Dungannon we have given him licence to parley with you. Newcastle, 20 January 1579. Signed. Contemp. copy. Latin. P. #.

*. A copy of the foresaid letter in English.”
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1580. Jan. 20.

Vol. 597, p. 207.

Jan. 20.

Vol. 597, p. 208a.

Jan. 21. Vol. 597, p. 209.


Received at Arklow, 20 January. At my departure from you, understanding from Mr. Gould, attorney in Munster, that the ward at Rathkell were in great distress, I repaired thither with all speed, and found the ward in very good case for victuals and munition. That day I marched to Asketen, where my horsemen lighted upon some of the rebels, and slew a horseman of good account and eight footmen. We burned and spoiled some villages, and brought away the Earl's stud and other cattle. A company of horsemen and footmen escaped into a wood. I camped at Adare. Kilmalloke lately had a prey taken from them, but Geralt McThomas and a kinsman of his were wounded. John Lacie, Mr. Apslie's man, yielded the castle of Crome to the Earl of Desmond, and burned his own town. The service will never go well forward till we have victuals. I have had a letter from my Lady of Desmond. It is thought, I dare say, by those that wrote it to be cunningly penned and devised, but

the intent is easy to understand. I have referred her to you.

I have been extremely handled with the strangora.
Clonmell, 17 January 1579. Signed.
Remember 50 garrons to be brought hither, for the poor
beasts die as I march by the way.
Contemp. copy. Pp. 24.


Received 20 January 1579.

I have made petition to have my jointure, but the Lord Justice cannot resolve therein until the Queen's pleasure be signified. “Now that it hath pleased God to wrap my husband into these late troubles,” I wish to repair to her Majesty's presence, and desire you to send me a passport. I mind to take shipping at Cork or Kinsall. I have appointed Thomas Oge and Owen mi Dwire to make sale of such kine as I sent to your country to bear my charges in England. For that both my husband and I have incurred certain debts in England, it is needful that you send me a protection to pass with my stuff and goods until I shall come to her Majesty without any molestation.

Taribert, 29 December 1579.

Signed : E. Desmonde.

Contemp. copy. P. 1;.


I have received your letters here in your own house of Arckelowe, where Mr. Walshe has entertained me. The news was as rife at Dublin as with you that the constable and half the ward at Rathkell were slain, and the rest besieged. I have considered of my Lady of Desmond's letter. I pray you

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