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to take such rents and customarye dutyes as they pretend to belong to the sayd petty captainshippes, which had their beginning but by compulsary means, agreeable to the disorder of the time: for remedy whereof it is condescended, concluded and agreed, that the above named Mc Evilie, Mc Paddyne, M' Phillippyne, O'Maile, and all others of that sort and calling, and every of them, shall have, hold, possess and enjoy, to them their heirs and assigns, not only such castles and lands as belongeth to the name and callinge of Mc Evilie, Mc Paddyne, Mc Phillippyne and O'Mayle, but also such castells and lands as they or any of them be now justlye seized of as their inheritance, the same to descend from ech of them to their heires by course and order of the laws of England; and in respect of confirming unto them the same, that after the decease of everie of the said petty lords or captaines, nowe livinge, the aforesaid rents and duties shall, from thenceforth, be utterlie determyned and extinguished for ever.
Provyded, also, where there appeareth certain emulacon or envy betwixt the above named Mc William Eyghter and his kinsmen, whereof there are some compettytours, that by reason of their byrth, being descended of Mc Williams of greater fame and reputacon than the said Sir Richard Bourke, thinke themselves more worthy of the English successyone now devysed by this composicon; and others, standinge upon their expectancye of succeedinge his place, wisheth the continuance of that customary name, that it shall rest in the consyderacon of the lord deputie for the tyme beinge, howe and in what sorte the above named castles, manors, lands, rents and signorys, belonging to the name of Mc William, shall be disposed or lymited to the said M° William and his said kynsmen. IN WITNESSE whereof the aforesaid lords, chieftaines and others have hereunto put their seales, and subscribed ther names the 13"1 day of September, Anno Domini 1585.
Provyded always that all such lands as John Browne aforesaid hath, of his proper inheritance, within the barronies of Gallen and Clanmorysh, being 30 qTM and 3 carrows, shall be discharged from all rents, services and demands of Mc Moryse or M" Jordan, other than a yearly rentchardge of 12d out of every quarter.
"W. Tweam.—Owin Electe, Killala Richard Bourke.—Walter
KlTTAGHE.—WBOURKE.— M'EviLLE. EDMONDBOURKE M* OLIVER'S
marke.—Peeter Barrett Mc Paddine—William Bourke alias the Blind Abbott.—Mc Jordan's marke.—Walter Leaghe Mac Stephen.—Rickard Oge Bourke.—Walter Mac Eruddery.—
Mcmorryshe David Mcmorryshe.—William Bourke of Srowle.—
Jordane Mc Thomas Edmond Barrett One O'mayle.—
O'mayle.—Nicholas Fitz-simons.—Rickard Mc Gibbon.—Teig
Roe O'mayle Richard Oge Mcjonyne.—Shane M'Gibbone.—
Richard Barrett William Garvey of the Leyhing."
"Bellahaicnet "Bellahawnes Baronye, commonly called Mac Costilo hit Country.
"WHEARE the province of Connaughte and Thomonde, through the eontinuall dissention of the lords and chieftaines within the same, cche whereof challenging to themselves auctorities, cuttings and cesings, uncertain, unlawful and unprofitable, under pretence of defending of the people under their several rules, have run into all errors of forgetting of their duties to her Majestie—and contemning the ways of justice: We the lord Deputie directed a commission to Sir R. Bingham A- others dated the 15th July in the l"]th year of her Majesties reign, who accordingly executed the same. But we found that the barony of Bellahawnesse in the co. of Mayo, commonly called Mac Costilo his country, was omytted, for that the commissioners could not, as they alleged, conveniently take view thereof, through the hard passage and travel thither, by means of the great bogges, woodes, mores and mountaines, aud other evill waies iu and to the said baronie, so as no composition was taken thereof. Albeit Sir Theobald Dillon, who inhabiteth the said lande by himselfe and his tenants, made suite unto the said commissioners to take view thereof, to thend that he and the contre there, might compound and yeilde a yearly compensation unto her Majestie, both for the better reducinge of the people there to sevilitie, and that they might yeilde obedience, and knowe their dutie unto her Highnes, which before were vere uncivell and barbarous, and the countrye there a verie resceptacle of Scotts, and a harbour of other lowse and evill people, through the strenghth and fastnesse thereof: wherefore he humbly desired, that a commission might be graunted for the viewing and estimating the said baronie, which commission did accordinglie issue, and Sir Tho* Lestrange knt. then chief commissioner of Connaught and Thomond, and others commissioners therin, took Inquisition by jury of said barony, which founde upon their oaths, that yt contained 247 or 252 porcons or small qTM, whereof in respecte of the unfruitfulnes, barranes and badness of the soile, and the small quantity of arable land within the same, being for the most parte woods, mores, mountaines and unprofitable bogge, they have put 4 of the said qTM to one ordenarie qr of 120 acres, and so did find in their consciences that the said barony or countrie contained no more than 63 qTM meete to be charged, as by the said Inquisition may appeare.
Upon return of which Inquisition letters were addressed unto us the Lord Deputie, from the said Sir Thomas Lestrange, concerninge the premises, the tenor whereof ensueth—
"May It Please Y" Honour
"We have been aboute and over-viewed Mac Castilloe his countrie; and now, at the gent's requeste fore whose cause we tooke the paines, these are to certefie your
2X2 Lordship, Lordship, how we have found it, that it is barren amongst the most barren; which thing beinge so, and yet standing in so discomodious a place, yet can be hardlie brought aboute to be peopled with civill inhabitaunts, excepte a respect of some extraordinarie freedoms or Immunitye drawe them thither. In this cause I have neither auctoritie nor discertion from your honnor to deale, and therefore do whollie refer the determination thereof to your Lordship's consideration, which wyll I doubt not [be] both wyse A juste; wyse in alluringe the inhabitaunts to a place which by want thereof might rayse a greate discomoditie to her Majestie's subjects, and just by ymposing no greater rent on the gent, then the barrones of the soyle will beare; whereof I desire your lordship most earnestlie, a gentle and favrable consideration, in respect myne eyes are wytnes how lytle it is worthe in regard of the quantitie of grounde that it contains. Thus with my humble commendations, I committ your lordship to the Almightie, from Athleage the io'h of Sept. 1587.
"Whereof the said Theobald Dillon, in behaulfe of himselfe and his tenaunts, and rest of the inhabitants of the said baronie, made humble suite that the said Inquisition might from henceforth stande and conteynied. Whereupon entering into the consideration of the same, and that the said Theobalde Dillon inhabiteth the said barronie, and hath by his industrie brought the people there to obedience and subjection; We have therefore concluded and agreed that the said countrie shall only be charged after the rate of fower skore and three quarters, at io1, sterling the quarter, and so to continew until her Majesty's pleasure therin be known. Given under Her Majestie's privie seale, the 1" Dec. 1587.
"J. Perrot." VIII. "Sligo.
"THIS INDENTURE made betwixt the Right Honorable Sir John Perrott knight, Lord Deputy Generall of Ireland for and on the behaulfe of the Queene's most excellent Mat' of the one partye, and the rev fathers in God John Bishop of Elphine— Owyn bishop of Aconry—Owine electe bishop of Killalae—Sir Donyll O'Connor of Sligo, knight—Pheolyme O'Harte of Ardtarmon otherwise called O'Hart, chief of his name—Owine O'Connor of the Grawndge, gen—Edmond O'Dowey (0 Dowda) of Killglasse, otherwise called O'Dowey chief of his name—Hubbert Albenaghe of Rathly, gen.—Breene McSwyne of Ardneglas, gen.—Davy Dowdy of Castle-Connor, gen.— Cormocke O'Harry (0Hara) of Cowlany otherwise called O'Harey buy, chief of his name—Ferrall O'Harry of Ballinefennock otherwise called O'Harry reogh, chief of his
name—Breene O'Harry of Tulwy, gen Owene O'Harey of Cowlany, gen.—Ferrdor
raghe M* Donoghe of Cowleae, otherwise called M* Donoughe Tyrreryll, chief of his
name—Mellaghlyne M' Donogh of Ballyndowne, gen.—Melaghlyue M' Douogh of Cowlwonje, gen.—Morrvshe M' Donoghe of Cloneinahyne, gen.—Cene M' Hughe of
Bryckleawe, gen John Croftone of Ballymote, gen.—George Goodman of Tagh
tample, gen.—Manus Reosrhe of Rathmollyne. gen.—Manus Mr Ti.ig bwy of Lyseoiinowe, gen.—Alexander Mac Swyne of Loughtuevynaghe, gen.—L'rryell Garry of Moye, otherwise called O'Garry, chiefe of his name—Rory O'Garry of Kearovrercoghe,
gen.—& Manus Mc Bryene Reoghe of Levally, gen of the other partie.
"WYTXESSETH that wheare the whole Country or terrytory of Slego ys divided into 5 principall barronies, that is to wytte, the barronies of Carbry, Tireeragh, Maghery-layny. Tire-erryell, Corryn, and the half barrony of Cowlovyue, which contain as well by auncient devysion as by late Inquistion, 909 qTM of land. each i20 acres."—FIRST, in the barronie of Carbry, there is a quantity of land called Cowriue
• The -' Boundaries of Slygo' have been found as follows:
An Inquisition taken at Slygo the '25t!' July, 1607, before Sir Anthony St. Leger Knight, master of the rolls, &c. the Jury find 'That the said county of Slygo is in length from the leape of Gowregallen in the sowthe parte of Assaroe, where the ryver of Thanry doeth enter into the sea on the north syde, conteynuing in length forty myles, and in breadth from Beallafeman joyninge with ISrena ORoirke on the easte, to the Belahye meareinge with the county of Mayo on the west, and contcyninge in breadthe other fortye myles. Item the boundes of the saide county eastwarde, begyneth at Miilly I node at the Corlewes, and soe in compasse to the leape of Gowregollen, and forwarde towards the sowthe to Belahedirgc, and to Belagarry at Bealaghe, and to Shroan, Killassirre, and forwarde to Bealanany, and to the river of the Moye, and to Trayohill on the west bonier of the barony of Tyreraghe, whereof the seven towns of Cowlekecarny is forceably healde from the said barony, since the making of the composition by the county of Mayo: and that wee finde by office, and by a decree given by Sir Richard Bingham, and the prooffes of dy vers other snffitient men, that the said seaven towns hath beane in antient tyme, and ought to be parcell of the saide county of Slygo: and from the said Trayhohill,
the sea on the northe side doethe bnunde the slid county of Slygo to Assaroy aforesaid ; and from thence to the castle of Carolyn, and to Oallkinvoher betwixt Farmanaghe and Carbery on the easte parte. and soetoSroan Carrywonny betwixte the barony of Carbeiy and the Breany, and forward to Garromore glandallen, and Cnockevwktsly, and Karren nefenyha, and soe forwarde to Shrohe ne Coillemore on the sowthe part of Loghgill, betwixt the barony of Tyre-Irrill and the said Breny, and to Keane ne Rahabane, and to Keanne ne-hargyny, andsoe to tineaste end of Shroe Kedycoman, and to Altconra throug Bradlewe, and to lielafcrnan, and to Kldiernc-howngyre, and to Bomnonyn-Aghwoghell, entringe in the easte end of Logharowghe, and soe to Shuanbuy, and to tlie said Molly I node, where lirste wee began at Corrlewe. There is twentie quarters betwixte Bondroyes and Assaroe, which by dyvers good profits beside, wme of the Jury have fowude to be parcell of the saide county of Sligo, yett it is in the possession of O'Donncll. There is twenty quarters of tho barony of Tyrc-Irrell in the |1ossrssion of the oountie of Leytrym, ainco the making of the Composition, which they finde by office. warrant, and other good prooffes, to be of right |iareell of the saide county of Slygo.
That the said county doth consist of five baronies and a halfe, viz. the baronies of Tire-Irrill, Corrvn,