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own usual careless and random way of quoting. It is here inserted as given in the original work.

The Examination of Shane McPhelomy O'Donnelly, taken before me Sir Toby Caul field, Knt., October 22, 1613.

the Co.

"Shane McPhelomy O'Donnelly saith, That about the T. McCrodend of May last past, upon the Sunday, he was at mass den, Romish

, at the Glynn in Bryan McGwyre's country between the

a conventi county of Fermanagh and Tyrone, where Tirlaugh cle on the McCrodden, a fryer there, lately come from beyond seas, borders of said the mass, and was preaching most part of the same day; and in his sermon he declared that he was sent

Fermanagh. from the pope to persuade them that they should never His pious alter their religion, but take the pope to be their true exhortahead, and rather go into rebellion than change their re

tions, ligion; and that the English service proceeded from the seducement of the devil, and did earnestly exhort them upon pain of damnation, to stand on their keeping rather than alter their religion. At which mass there assembled (as he thinketh) 1000 people of all Fermanagh ex. cept himself and one Shane Roe O'Quinn, son to Cale OʻQuinn, who accompanied Neale McTirlaugh, Nuis O'Neale of the Largye; which Neale McTirlaugh upon these speeches uttered by the friar, spake

aloud, saying -God be thanked we heard this mass; God be blessed such a one as you came amongst us to give us this council; for our parts we will rather go into rebellion, and be eaten with dogs and cats, rather than go to the English service to hear the devil's words.' And the said Shane Roe O'Quinn said the very same words after him. And the fryer had at that day given him at the least two and copious hundred cows and garrons. This examinant, and one pelf, of this Dowaltagh O'Donnelly and Neal O'Flanigan, were pre

occasion. VOL. III.

2 1

the seas,

sent, and will justify as much as is here set down. He His refer- further saith that the fryer told them that the parliament ence to the was coming, and that it was a thing invented on purtary agita- pose to cozen them and to bring them from their relition of the gion, and earnestly exhorted them not to be led thereby, same year, but stand fast and join together and that God was on

their side ; and that there was certain money imposed for the expences of men gone into England* for the cause of religion and the charges of the knights of the shire, four pence on every couple. He exhorted them to pay it willingly and speedily, as it was God's business they went about. He told them that the cattle which they had given him was for the maintenance of fryers beyond

and that the pope would be highly pleased with the gifts they bestowed to so godly purposes. And fur

ther saith that he vehemently exhorted them not to be and promi. afraid of any thing, for Tyrone was coming, therefore ses of aid for willed them to be merry and of good courage; and for rebels from beyond seas.

the English, they were to have no rule or power over

them, but for two years. And further said, that he A prophecy! found by his reading in books at Rome, a prophecy that to help the the English should surcease their rule in Ireland when a

bridge was built over the river at Liffer, and that the king of Spain had eighteen thousand men in arms, ready to come over, whereof Tyrone should be the chief; and that he would come within a year and a quarter, and land at four ports in Ireland, the names whereof this examinant hath forgotten, and would overthrow the English; and have Ireland to himself. This deponent saith, that the money 4d. a couple, is gathered by the sheriffs bailiffs in the county of Fermanagh. All these speeches were uttered by the said fryer Tirlaugh McCrodden openly in his sermon, and that Connor Roe McGuire


As mentioned at pp. 881, '2, sup.

and Bryan McCoghonett McGwyre were present from the first to the last.


Another “11 October, anno 1613, he preached the like again.” sermon.

This worthy, friar M‘Crodden, will be found Value of the again briefly noticed in Art. LXVI. inf. If we made by estimate the “ 200 cows and garrons at the this success

ful impose very moderate value of £5 each, of our present tor. money, it will appear that no less a sum than £1000 was collected on this occasion, from this one congregation of the people of Fermanagh, towards the maintenance of fryers beyond the seas ;" – a pretty considerable sum certainly for such a time, such an object, and such contributors, independently of the “ 4d. a couple," which was levied on the same people, at the same time, for kindred uses.

No. LXV.



( From the MS. E. 3. 15. in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.)

Of the conSome very

interesting information relative to tents of the the circumstances and statistics of the modern document Irish branch of the Church of Rome, in Ireland A.D. 1613.

and abroad, at the period of the flight of the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnel, and subsequently, is preserved in the MS. above specified, in a paper bearing the following superscrip

tion :

Its date and authorship.

“Of the 24th of June, 1613.

“A declarac'on of some thinges proper for the tyme made by Thomas Fitz Edmond Fitzgerald Franciscan frier.

“ The like to this is by me sent to the Lo: of Rochester to be imparted to the king's matie."

the narra

Note of (Fitz Gerald seems to have been apprehended

. culars.con and in custody of the government when he put nected with forward this document, as he speaks of certain, tive sub- who (through envy, as he supposed,) brought joined.

me," says he, “ to this passe wherein I am now p'sonner depending of youre most clement mercy.” The paper seems like a confession made when his keepers were desirous to extort information from him about the state of Romish affairs in Ireland, &c. This Fitz Gerald had, as he tells us, gone abroad in 1607, (having the Lord Deputy's license for leaving the realm, and also some commendatory letters from David Kearney, titular archbp. of Cashel, &c.,) to France, and thence to Louvain. He returned

• Vid. p. 1320 sup.

to Ireland, it seems, before 1610, as the marginal dates in his tract indicate. The first extract here given contains his account of O'Neill's reception in foreign parts after his flight.]

“I had alsoe bretherin friends and coosins beyond H. O'Neill's seas w'ch in theire l’tres to me dispaired of O'NEALE's reception at attempts. He was uppon his first comming to Brussles, after his kindly intertayned and colloured his flight with the zeale flight from of religion yntyll the kings royall matie informed by ltres Ireland. the Archdugur of his rebellious attempt, whereuppon the Archdugur commaunded the fugitivs away, but by l'tres out of Spaine they were called backe againe. At leinght it was thought fitt to the Spaniard being uppon conclusion of peace with the Hollandors and uppon banishinge of the Moores and smelling the French king's designments, to content his gracious Matie by tourning the said Tyrone and his associats out of his dominions Comming to Rome being at first much graced the Pope His arrival allowed to such as lived of his trayne and company and at Rome. to himselfe howse, bred, and wine, and the kinge of

life there. Spayne certaine penc'ons of monny by the moneth, the Said Tyrone fell 'first at Rome to debate with PEETER His interLUMBARD primate of Ardmagh concearning the tempor- course with all land of that Sea, and after discoursed howe unwilling he was to have any of the Englishe commanders in the His jea. Irishe regiment, whereupon many were displaced, which lousy of the wrought in many great iealousie and discontent and unwil. English

Romanists, lingness to further his p'tencions : halfe a yeare after his and its suite grew coulde with the Spainiards, and could get no in- effects. tertaynment for his gentlemen, but to tourne them from Italy to serve in the Irishe regimt. The Pope alsoe ex. cusing himselfe with the feare of France and Venesions p’mising a succour only of a million of Crownes as I was gentlecrediably informed. TYRONE then hart broken sollicited men

and mode of


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