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in 1652, left Ireland, carrying with him the royal authority.' “ And within a twelvemonth after, Mortogh O'Brien, the last of the Irish commanders, submitted to the parliament, on the usual terms of transportation;' by the favour of which," adds my author,
twenty-seven thousand men had been that year sent away. “ Cromwell,” says a late historian, " in order to get free of his enemies, did not scruple to transport forty thousand Irish from their own country, to fill all the armies in Europe with complaints of his cruelty, and admiration of their own valour."
This, together with the multitudes destroyed by the fword, during the war, and by famine and pestilence a after it, caused a prodigious scarcity of people in the kingdom. But to supply that defect,“ Fleetwood, deputy for the parliament, invited over several colonies
i Borl. Irish Rebel. 2 Ib.
b« The Earl of Clanrickard, finding the Irish affairs in a desperate condition, with what forces he had left, retired into the town of Carrick, where, being encompassed by our men on all sides, he submitted, and obtained liberty to transport himself with three thousand men, to any foreign country in friendship with the commonwealth, within the space of three months." Ludlow's Mem. vol. i. p. 418.
· Colonel Fitzpatrick was the first (in 1652) who submitted (to the parliament's commissioners in Ireland), on condition to be transported with his regiment, into the service of the king of Spain ; which was a great blow to the Irish confederacy, who were very desirous to treat in conjunction, hoping to obtain more favourable terms, in consideration of their numbers, insomuch that they published declarations against him, and the Irish clergy excommunicated him, and all those who joined him. Notwithstanding which Colonel O'Dwyer, commander in chief of the Irish in the counties of Waterford and Tipperary, followed his example.” Id. ib. p. 403.
« The Irish that submitted were about three thousand.” Id. ib. P. 411.
“ In the summer of 1650, the plague so exceedingly raged in Dublin, as ’tis reported there died thereof 17000 persons. Borl. Hift. of the Irish Rebel. f. 345.
from England; offering good conditions to such families as would settle in Ireland ; whereupon great numbers of all sorts and sexes, flocked to that kingdom."
" It cannot be imagined, in how easy a method, and with what peaceable formality, that whole great kingdom was taken from the just owners and proprietors, and divided among those who had no other right to it, but that they had power to keep it. In less than two years after Lord Clanrickard left Ireland, this new government seemed to be perfectly established ; insomuch that there were many buildings erected for ornament, as well as ufe ; orderly and regular plantations of trees and fences, and enclosures raised throughout the kingdom; purchases made by one from the other, at very valuable rates ; and jointures settled upon marriages ; and all the conveyances and settlements executed, as in a kingdom at peace within itself, and where no doubt could be made of the validity of titles.”
On the 26th of September, 1653, the English parliament declared, that the rebels in Ireland were subdued, and the rebellion ended ; and thereupon proceeded to the distribution of their lands, in pursuance of the act of subfcriptions 17° Caroli.
- This being notified to the government of Ireland, Lord Broghill, afterwards Earl of Orrery, proposed at a council of war of all the chief commanders for the parliament, that the whole kingdom should be surveyed, and the number of acres taken, with the quality of them; and then, that all the soldiers should bring in their demands of arrears; and so give every man, by lot, as many acres a's should answer the value of his demand. “ But a good and great part (fays Lord Clarendon), as I remember, of the province of Munster (county of Tipperary), Cromwell had reserved to himself, as a demesne, as he called it, for the state, and in which no adventurer or foldier should demand his lot to be
5. Life of Clarend. vol. ii. p. 117-8.
assigned; and no doubt, intended both it and the state for the making great his own family.”
This proposal was agreed to, and all Ireland being surveyed, the best land was rated only at four shillings an acre, and some only at a penný. The foldiers drew lots in what part of the kingdom their portions should be assigned them.Great abuse was committed in fetting out the adventurers satisfaction for the money they had advanced, at the beginning of the war; for they had whole baronies set out to them in gross; and then they employed furveyors of their own, to make their admeasurements. To had so great shares as they who had been instruments to murder the king. What lands they were pleased to call unprofitable (which were thrown in gratis), they returned as such, let them be never so good and profitable.' The lands held by the foldiers as unprofitable, and as such returned into the surveyor's office, amounted to 605,670 acres. In this manner was the whole kingdom divided between the soldiers, and the adventurers of money.'
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Morrice's Life of Orrery.
bu Id. ib.
9 Cart. Orm. vol. ii. fol.
301. 11 Id. ib.
• Lord Antrim's estate, consisting of 107,611 acres, was allotted to Sir John Clotworthy, afterwards Lord Maffareene, and a few others, in consideration of their adventures and pay, which did not in all exceed the sum of 7000l. Cart. Orm. vol. ii. fol. 278.
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The transplantation of the Irish into Connaught.
WELL' and his council, finding the utter extirpation of the nation, which they had intended, to be in itself very difficult, and to carry in it fomewhat of horror, that made some impression upon the stone-hardness of their own hearts, after so many thousands destroyed by the sword, fire, famine, and the plague; and after so many thousands transported into foreign parts, found out the following expedient of transplantation, which they called an act of grace. There was a large tract of land, even to the half of the province of Connaught, that was separated from the rest, by a long and large river, and which, by the plague and many massacres, remained almost desolate. Into this space and circuit of land, they required all the Irish (“ whom Cromwell had declared innocent of the rebellion," says Leland,-) to retire by a certain day," under the penalty of death ; and all who after
* Clarend. Life, vol. ii. p. 116.
2 Hist. Ir. vol. iii. p. 409.
By a proclamation of Cromwell and his council, printed at Dublin by William Bladon, in the year 1654, “they were commanded to transplant themselves before the ill day of March next ensuing, into the province of Connaught, and county of Clare, according to former declarations, and to address themfelves to those that are there empowered for that purpose, to take out their respective assignments for lands, and proceed to build and settle themselves there, and make provision for their families; and this upon the highest penalties." See Walsh's Reply to a Person of Quality, p. 33.
The same contemporary writer mentions, “ the rigorous execution of this proclamation, in the long imprisonment of fome, the exile of others, and the death of Hethrington in the market-place of Dublin, for not obeying it, as the
paper on his breast when he was executed, expressing the cause of his death, did manifeft: and in the general rule so well known,
that time, should be found in any other part of the kingdom, man, woman, or child might be killed, by any body who saw or met them. The land within this circuit, the most barren in the kingdom, was, out of the grace and mercy of the conquerors, assigned to those of the nation who were enclosed, in such
proportions as might with great industry preserve their lives; and to those persons from whom they had taken great quantities of land in other provinces, they assigned greater proportions within this precinct. And that they might not be exalted with this merciful donative, it was a condition that accompanied this their accommodation, that they should all give releases of their former rights and titles to the land that was taken from them, in consideration of what was now assigned them; and so they should for ever bar themselves, and their heirs, from laying claim to their old inheritance. What should they do," continues my author, “ they would not be permitted to go out of this precinct, to
shift which they had to force the obedience of all the Irish to that proclamation, turning them to Barbadoes, or putting them to death, expressed in plain English at Kilkenny by Colonel Axtel, in the case of Mrs. Martha Harpol.” Id. ib.
b - That all the transplanted Irish (says Walsh) to a man, at least the generality of them, and hereof I am very certain, deny any kind of exchange or bargain made by them for such lands, in lieu of their own proper estates, or any release given, or disclaim made, or promise engaged to quit from thenceforth, or at any time after, their own former titles to those estates, whence they had been so forcibly removed : and likewise deny that they could, if they would, prejudice, or bind, those of their children who had, by antient or late agreement, before
them.” Id. ib. Yet even those unhappy gentlemen, who were thus violently driven from their own fair estates, into those barren wastes of Connaught and Clare (though after a most rigorous inquisition by the late usurpers, they were all found innocent of the rebellion), were, after the king's return, debarred by his declaration for the settlement of Ireland, from being ever restored to their estates, on pretence that they had fued out decrees from the ufurpers (which, on the highest penalty, they were compelled to do), and were bound thereby, and were not to be relieved against their own act.” See his majesty's Declaration, November 1660. Cart. Orm. vol. i, fol. 216.