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sent, and will justify as much as is here set down. He

further saith that the fryer told them that the parliament ence to the was coming, and that it was a thing invented on purparliamen

pose to cozen them and to bring them from their relitary agitation of the gion, and earnestly exhorted them not to be led thereby,

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 the seas, 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 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

rebels from

cause.

• As mentioned at pp. 881, '2, sup.

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

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

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This worthy, friar M Сrodden, 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 imposvery 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.

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No. LXV.

SOME PARTICULARS RELATING TO THE STATE OF THE HIBERXO

ROMISH COMMUNITY IN THE YEARS 1607-1613.

( 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.

here cited.

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."

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Note of (Fitz Gerald seems to have been apprehended some parti: and in custody of the government when he put nected with forward this document, as he speaks of certain,

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 af. fairs 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 vntyll 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 ba. nishinge 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

P. Lombard. 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

His idle p’mising a succour only of a million of Crownes as I was gentlecrediably informed. TYRONE then hart broken sollicited men

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obliged to the Duke of Florence wch seemed in the first to like the work for

motion but at leinght excused himselfe. The Spaniard their bread.

then grewe jealouse w'th Tyrone for his proffer made to His unsuc- the said Duke seekinge to bringe neere their nose vnto plications to Ireland soe powerfull and so ambic'ous a man as the foreign Great Duke is indeede, after theise things being dead powers. [i. e. done] TYRONE obtayned from the Pope's Hollines He gets two the creac'on of two Archbps : thone FLORENCE CONNERY archbishops borne in ('Rourcke's countrey was consecrated Archbp : created for the nascent

of Tuaim, and the other Doctor OWEN M'C MAHOWXA Romish es- borne in the North was created Archbp: of Dublin, The tablishment first he ymployed vnto Spaine and the last vnto Flanders in Ireland ; to sollicitt his suite, Whereas yet they effected nothing and em- but of late an increase of Tyrone is penc'on to 500 ploys them to bez aid

Crownes a moneth. The Primate and he being of late for him reconsiled the one to the other as one that came from abroad. thence of late tould me, despayring of all other assis. Their suc- tances plotted to have foure Bps : more consecrated, and cess being yt they should goe from Bp: to Bp: throughout Italy small, the France, Hollanders and Spayne to see what they would consecration of Four

contribute for the restoring of this land to the Romane others is Churche, but as yet these Bps: are not consecrated projected. only I understood yt the Primate is come to Madrid

and has obtayned lisence for Tyrone to come downe from Italy to courte. But there is notwithstanding noe hope of his suite.”. (Why, Fitzgerald then proceeds to shew, his object being partly to prove that there was no danger of a new rebellion at that time.]

A little further on in the same paper commences the Relacion of the Ecclesiasticall state in common and in p'ticuller,as follows :

“Concearninge the Ecclesiasticall state wee are in the kingdome manny sorts that the one dependeth not of

Number &c. of persons

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