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[Then follow the names of 15 others, entered similarly, the common priests having Sr. mostly prefixed to their names. The ninth entry in the list is as follows:-)
“It'm SR. LAWRENCE REINAGHAN supposed generall vicar from the Pope, keepeth in the said citty saying open Masse and is releeved especially by Mr. THOMAS ARCHER FITZWALTER, and hath an annual stipend from the said citty.”
[After the above immediately follows, f. 12, p. 2-]
and for the county of Kilkenny.
“ A note of the names of such priests Semynaryes. friars und Jesuitts, togeather with their releevers and maintayners as are in the county of Kil
kenny. “IMPRIMIS one DAVID KEARNEY a titu. lar archbushopp of Cassell keepeth for the most p’te at the upper Court with LOCAS SHEA, Esq.”
[Then follow the names of about 34 others, with similar notes of their abodes, &c.; of which the following are specimens, ending with that which occurs last in this list.]
“ Item Sr. RICHARD MARUB, priest keepeth with Mr. JAMES BUTLER gent. brother to the Lo: MOUNTGARRETT, alsoe he maintayneth one Sr. MAT
THEW Roche priest, whoe goeth once ev'ry yeare into
“ Item Mr. BROOKESBERRY of Castleliffe keepeth an Englishe priest whose name is unknowne, to whom doe resorte the Barron of BURN CHURCH and his tennants ev'rye Sonday.
“ THOMAS MC DONOGIE vice Primate of Ardmagh, a Franciscan frier. He keepes commonly in the Cantred of Clonmel—a great preacher.”
[The above list ends on fol. 13. p. 2. On the preceding page the following marginal note by the same hand is added in connection with the same list :
“Thereis 60 or 70 priests at this day w'thin the can- 25. Romish tred of Clonmell, whereof 25 have bene made w'thin this priests made year of 1613. Affirmed by Mr. Pierce Butler nowe made tred of Cionsheriff of the Crosse, [i.e. Tipperary,] who promiseth mel in one to certifie theire names if yt be requisit.”
[The lists thus given for Kilkenny city and county contain many of the same names as those already given in a former list. They are followed by some other short lists of less interest,
containing merely the names of some “Romishe priests” maintained in Wexford and Ross, “souldiors, schollers," &c., departed out of the kingdom, and remaining in Doway, Louvain, Paris, &c.
On fol. 15. p. 1. commences " A note of Divers priests har: priests and fryers who are for the moste p'te in and houring neere the borders of Westmeath.” The third on the meath. list is, “ Thomas Fitz GERRALD, a franciscan
fryar,* that useth moste in Mounster.” The fifth, “ROWLAND BOURK a titulary Bp. in Connaught.” The twelfth relates to TIRLAUGH MöČRODDEN, and is as follows:-)
Note of certain Romt.
T. M.Crod- “ TIRLAUGH M'CREDAN, a franciscan frier lately come den's doings over from beyond the seas, and is resident in the north noticed ;
and hath lately had divers unlawfull meetings and assemblyes uppon hills in sev'all countyes where he hath preached, and divers other priests had bin in his companye, saying masset unto great nombers of the natyves whoe hath bene assembled togeather.”
The 14th entry in this catalogue refers to David Roth, and is worth transcribing, to the following effect :
and also D. Rothe's.
“ There is one David ROOTH, a moste sedicious In. strum't whoe was sent from Rome, since Tyrone's aboade there, he takes uppon him the name and authoritye of
• See No. LXV. sup. pp. 1346, 1350. + See No. LXIV. sup. p. 1342.
Prothonotarius Apostolicus, to heare and determyne all ecclesiasticall bussines for the kingdome of Ireland, * and he hath bene in the north since his arryvall, but is nowe (for the moste p'te in Mounster.”)
Our limits forbid the annexing of any com- Statement ments on the above lists, further than to insert of O'Sullea brief note from O'Sullevan's “ Compendium,” cerning the concerning the number of priests of Rome em- the Romish ployed in Ireland about that time. Having first priests, relinoticed (in a passage immediately following that ders, &c., in quoted at p. 902 sup.) the extraordinary zeal Ireland, and exertions of the regular orders, (particularly the Dominicans, whom he puts foremost, as the most active in the work, and the Franciscans, the most numerous and popular, and the Jesuits; besides whom are noticed also, though less numerous, the Bernardines, Augustines, and priests of St. John of Jerusalem, and the Benedictines,) O'Sullevan proceeds to the following observation, as to the strength of the Romish clerical body then resident in Ireland :
“ The number of clergy is large and in a flourishing He says the state. How many ecclesiastics there may be altogether, English had I indeed cannot say ;-no, nor the English themselves, lists conwith all their diligence in priesthunting. This I am not taining 1160 ignorant of, that a thousand one hundred and sixty names of
No. LXII. sup. p. 1321, and No. LXV. p. 1349.
such per- names, of priests, religious persons, and clerks, with
those of their parents and protectors, have been collected by the English in their searches; and that the inquiries made after them have been pursued with no other object than that of ruining those priests and their protectors by every artifice which can be employed for the purpose, &c." T. 4, 1. 1, c. 17.
While such extraordinary zeal and activity was condition of the Reform- exhibited by the members of the Romish comed (Irish) munion in Ireland, for the promotion of their inChurch of the same fluence and objects, a most painful contrast is to period.
be found in the conduct of others professing to belong to the Reformed Church, and unfortunately permitted to continue in outward connection with its body. In what way the interests of religion were handled by such persons, may be illustrated by the following extract from a letter of Bp. Bramhall to Bp. Laud, dated from " Dublin Castle, August the 10th, 1633." Speaking of the Irish Churches, the bishop observes :
“First for the fabricks, it is hard to say whether the hall's testi- churches be more ruinous and sordid, or the people irre. timony as to verent, even in Dublin, the metropolis of the kingdom the
profana- and seat of justice. To begin the inquisition, where the ruin of her reformation will begin, wo find our parochial church sacred edif- converted to the Lord Deputy's stable, a second to a
nobleman's dwelling house, the choir of a third to a tennis court, and the vicar acts the keeper.
“In Christ Church, the principal Church in Ireland, whither the Lord Deputy and Council repair every Sunday, the vaults from one end of the minster to the other,