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1582. June 22, 496. SIR NICHOLAS MALBIE to the EARL OF LEICESTER. Vol. 619, p. 56. “The Countess Dowager of Thomond hath declared unto
me that th' Earl, her late husband, in his death-bed, vowing
Holograph. P. 1. Addressed. Endorsed.
July 20. 497. SIR NICHOLAS MALBIE to the EARL OF LEICESTER.
. Vol. 619, p. 54. O'Neill has sent Con O’Donnell into this province (Connaught) to spoil it, with 120 horsemen, 1,200 Scots, and 800 other rascals. I had a loose band of footmen at Slygo at that time, which slew one of the best captains and about 40 Scots with him. I sent them aid. The rising out of the province is but a feeble stake for me to trust to. The Scots, understanding I was drawing towards them, fled in that haste as 10 or 12 of them were drowned passing over the river cf Erne. McWilliam and O'Connor Slygo are now here with me, and assure me that the Scots will return with all the force they be able to bring out of Ulster, to which they shall have O'Neill's best help. I have but 100 footmen and 70 horsemen that I may trust to make head against them. My Lord Deputy can spare me no help. It is thought at Court that O'Neill, if he be let alone, will be a sound subject. Connaught has given him no offence, “but only that he seeth it generally quiet, and therefore in his Irish disposition will disturb it. His pride must be lessened.”
Athlone, 20 July 1582. Signed and sealed.
Holograph. I’. 1. Addressed. Endorsed.
Aug. 27. 498. SIR NICHOLAS MALBIE to the EARL OF LEICESTER.
Vol. 607, p. 86. I perceive by your letter that White continues still his lewdness against me. It is strange that a person of his base condition can be so well supported in untruths. It proceeds not of envy against myself; for there is not one in the Court that ever I have offended. “At my being at Court I saw those which did then countenance that fellow were such as be thought to be your Honour's ill willers. Your Honour hath more cause to look to it than I have, for if by devices they may cut off your branches, your body will be the weaker and the easier to be cut down. I do now hear that only Sir James Crofts doth hold up White against me.” Garland has been with me. My Lord Deputy will inform you of our occurrents. “The Earl of Clanricard hath taken his leave of this world, and his sons after his death came to me upon their knees craving the benefit of her Majesty's pardon by proclamation. They do strive for the title of the earldom, and do mind to try it by the course of the law. They are daily looked for here, for they have promised to follow me hither with all speed; so as your Honour and the world may see (that have any will to see) that the life of the Earl was the nourisher of his sons' war and rebellion; and if he had been cut off when the law had advantage of him, so much the sooner had the war ended. Yet some would maintain that it was hard dealing with the Earl's sons that caused them to revolt, which White also affirmed against me. But what will not envy untruly affirm without blushing? And to make better proof hereof, when John Burcke was upon his knees before me, and the rest of the Council then with me, I asked him why he did not seek sooner to come in to acknowledge his duty to her Majesty, or what cause had I given him to estrange himself so from the State. His answer was, in public, that his own guilty conscience was the cause, and that his faults were so great as he durst not come in the presence of justice lest advantage might be taken of him, and that also he never found me but a good friend, with other more speeches to my advantage. If this will not suffice to satisfy th’ envious, I must and will, as I have done, and will do ever, refer all my doings to God's good judging, and so content myself. “I was lately in Thomond, where I heard much complaint against the young Earl, your L. servant, whom I found there, and lessoned him the best I could, and do much doubt he will fall to the vomit of the country. He is accompanied with the worst disposed men of the country, whom he hath promised me he will put from him, which if he do, I will then have some hope of him. I did learn there that Desmond was never so strong as now he is, and doth what him list everywhere. Tyrlaghe Lenaghe holdeth his forces still together, and doth only watch opportunity. It is now reported that many Scots be come over to the North. Connaught is the only quiet province, for generally they be all subjects, and not one man out; and for the good state thereof otherwise, it is inferior to no part of the land that is best ; and her Majesty's charges in keeping of it in these good terms is least of any part of the realm. I will not make exception to th’ English Pale.
“The O'Connors have absented themselves all this summer time, and now that the nights grow long do begin to draw in companies towards their country, and will do the worst they can. “Now the Lord Deputy (Grey) is revoked, if it so be his L. shall not return, which truly I wish he might, then, if the most voices might take place, Sir Henry Sydney is the only man that is generally liked of here, and as generally wished for; your L. shall do well to further his coming.” Dublin, 27 August 1582. Signed. I beseech that Mr. Maysterson, the bearer hereof, may be favoured by your good help and countenance. Holograph. Pp. 3. Addressed. Endorsed.
Nov. 17. 499. The BURRES. Vol. 611, p. 192.
Whereas there was “a commission of orders” taken by the
Lords Justices * and the Privy Council of Ireland,
dated 7 September 1582 ; the tenour whereof ensueth :—
Upon the submission of Ulick Burke and John Burke, sons to Richard late Earl of Clanricard, both of them exhibited petitions to us the Lords Justices and Council, wherein each of them claimed to be Earl in succession from their father; and they confessed a recognizance of 10,000l. each to other to abide our order. We therefore ratify the order ensuing. It is ordered and decreed that Ulick Burke shall have the title of Earl of Clanricard and Baron of Dunkellyn, and that the whole lands belonging to the said earldom shall be equally divided between them, as if the lands had descended in coparcenary, saving that the first choice of Logh Reoughe and the lordship of Dunkellyn is allotted to the Earl in this division. John Burke shall have the castle and barony of Leitrim in Clanricard free from the impositions of his brother; and we will be humble petitioners to the Queen to create him Baron of Leitrim in tail male. The rest of the lands shall be referred to the division of Sir Nicholas Malby, Governor of Connaught and Thomond, Justice Thomas Dillon, the Archbishop of Tuam, the Bishop of Clonfert, Edmond Lord Bremingham, Thomas Chester, elect of Elphin, Anthony Brabazon, John Norton, John Merbury, Nathaniel Smith, Teige Mc William O'Kelly, and Hubbert Boy McDavie. Each of the said parties shall take their lands so divided of the Queen to them and the heirs males of their bodies; and for want of such heirs the earldom to be in remainder to John ; and the entail to be from John of his barony and lands to the Earl; and her Majesty to be in remainder of both. Whosoever of them shall first revolve from his duty to her Majesty, and
* Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Dublin, and Sir Henry Wallop.
shall be publicly proclaimed a traitor, the other continuing in
* This “commission of orders” is signed at the beginning by “Ad. Dublin., H. Wallopp ;” and at the end by “L. Dillon, N. Malby, Jo. Garvey, Edw. Waterhouse, Geffrey Fenton.”
# It is quoted at length.
The chief rent of 5l. per annum, purchased by the mother of
* Or “Roswellye.”