HUGH de Lacie (of whom such memorable mention is made hertofore) the
rather to méet with such hurlie burlies as were like to put the state of the Irish
countrie in danger, if the same were not the sooner brought to quiet, erected and
built a number of castels and forts in places conuenientlie seated, well and sufficientlie
garnished with men, munitions, and vittels, as one at Derwath, where diuerse
A castell built at Derwath.
of the Irish praied to be set on worke for wages. Lacie came sundrie times
thither to further the woorke, full glad to sée them fall in vre with anie such exercise,
wherein might they once begin to haue a delight, and tast the swéetnesse of a
true mans life, he thought it no small token of reformation: for which cause he
visited them the oftner, and merilie would command his gentlemen to giue the laborers
example to take their tooles in hand, and to woorke a season, whilest the poore
soules looking on might rest them. But this pastime grew to a tragicall end. For
on a time, as each man was busilie occupied, some lading, some heauing, some
plastering, some grauing, the generall also himselfe digging with a pickaxe: a desperat
villaine among them, whose toole the noble man vsed, espieng both his hands
occupied, and his bodie inclining downwards, still as he stroke watched when he so
Lacie is traitorouslie slaine.
stooped, and with an axe cleft his head in sunder, little esteeming the torments that
for this traitorous act insued. This Lacie was reputed to be the conqueror of Meth,
for that he was the first that brought it to anie due order of obedience vnto the
English power. His bodie the two archbishops, Iohn of Dublin, and Matthew
of Cashill buried in the monasterie of Bectie, and his head in saint Thomas abbeie
By occasion of this murther committed on the person of Hugh Lacie, Iohn
Curcie, and Hugh Lacie the yoonger, with their assistants, did streight execution
vpon the rebels; and preuenting euerie mischiefe yer it fell, staied the realme from
vprores. Thus they knitting themselues togither in friendship, continued in wealth
Curcie and Hugh Lacie the voonger keepe the realme in quiet.
King Iohn slaieth his nephue Arthur.
and honor vntill the first yeare of king Iohus reigne, who succéeding his brother
king Richard, tooke his nephue Arthur, son to his brother Geffreie earle of Britaine,
and dispatched him (some said) with his owne hands, because he knew what claime
he made to the crowne, as descended of the elder brother. And therefore not
onelie the French king, but also certeine lords of England and Ireland fauored
his title: and when they vnderstood that he was made awaie, they tooke it in maruelous
euill part. And Curcie either of zeale to the truth, or parcialitie, abhorring
Curcie vttereth displeasant words against King Iohn.
such barbarous crueltie, whereof all mens eares were full, spake bloudie words against
king Iohn, which his lurking aduersaries (that laie readie to vndermine him) caught
by the end, and vsed the same as a meane to lift him out of credit: which they
did not onelie bring to passe, but also procured a commission to attach his bodie,
and to send him ouer into England. Earle Curcie mistrusting his part, and belike
He is accused.
getting some inkeling of their drift, kept himselfe aloofe, till Hugh Lacie lord
iustice was faine to leuie an armie and to inuade Vlster, from whense he was oftentimes
put backe: wherevpon he proclaimed Curcie traitor, and hired sundrie gentlemen
He is proclamed traitor.
with promise of great recompense, to bring him in either quicke or dead.
They fought once at Downe, in which battell there died no small number on both
parts; but Curcie got the vpper hand, and so was the lord iustice foiled at Curcies
hands: but yet so long he continued in practising to haue him, that at length Curcies
owne capteins were inueihed to betraie their owne maister: insomuch that vpon
Good fridaie, whilest the earle out of his armour visited barefooted certeine religious
houses for deuotion sake, they laid for him, tooke him as a rebell, & shipped
him ouer into England the next waie, where he was adiudged to perpetuall prison.
He is taken.
One Seintleger addeth in his collections (as Campion saith) that Lacie paied the
traitors their monie, and foorthwith therevpon hanged them.
This Curcie translated the church and prebendaries of the trinitie in Downe, to
Translation of prebendaries to monks.
an abbeie of blacke moonks brought thither from Chester, and caused the same to
be consecrated vnto saint Patrike: for which alteration, taking the name from God
to a creature; he déemed himselfe woorthilie punished. Not long after (as saie the
Irish) certeine French knights came to king Iohns court, and one among them required
the combat for triall of the right to the duchie of Normandie. It was not
A chalenge for a combat made by certeine French knights.
thought expedient to ieopard the title vpon one mans lucke, yet the chalenge they
determined to answer. Some friend put them in mind of the earle imprisoned, a
warrior of notable courage, and in pitch of bodie like a giant. King Iohn demanded
Curcie, whether he could be content to fight in his quarrell? "Not for
Cureies answer to king Iohn.
thee" said the erle, "whose person I estéeme vnworthie th'aduenture of my blond,
but for the crowne & dignitie of the realme, in which manie a good man liueth
He taketh vpon him to defend the chalenge.
against thy will, I shall be contented to hazard my life."
These words were not construed in the worst part, as procéeding from an offended
mind of him that was therein estéemed more plaine than wise. Therefore being
cherished and much made of, he was fed so woonderfullie (now he came to so large
allowance in diet after hard keeping) that the French chalenger tooke him for a monster:
and fearing to deale with him, priuilie stole awaie into Spaine. It is further
reported, that the French king, being desirous to sée Curcie, requested king Iohn
that he might come before them, and shew of what strength he was by striking a
blow at an helmet. Herevpon foorth he was brought, and presented before the
kings, where was an helmet set vpon a blocke. Curcie taking a sword in his hand,
and with a sterne & frowning countenance cast vpon the kings, gaue such a stroke
to the helmet, that cleaning it in sunder, the sword sticked so fast in the log, that
no man there was able to plucke it foorth, except Curcie himselfe. When he therefore
had plucked foorth the sword, the kings asked him what he meant to looke vpon
them with such a grim & froward countenance before he gaue the blow to the helmet?
He answered, that if he had missed in his stroke, he would haue killed all
the whole companie, as well the kings as others. Then was he released of bonds,
and crossing the seas towards Ireland whither he was bound, was fiftéene times beaten
backe againe to the English shore, & going into France to change the coast died
Curcie departeth this life.
The description of Curcie.
there. This Curcie was white of colour, mightie of lims, with large bones and
strong of sinews, tall & broad in proportion of bodie, so as his strength was
thought to excéed, of boldnesse incomparable, and a warrior euen from his youth;
the formost in the front of euerie battell where he came, and euer readie to hazard
himselfe in place of most danger, so forward in fight, that oftentimes forgetting the
office of a capteine, he tooke in hand the part of a souldior, pressing foorth with
the formost, so that with his ouer rash violence, and desire of victorie, he might
séeme to put all in danger. But although he was thus hastie and hot in the field
against his enimies, yet was he in conuersation modest and sober, and verie religious,
hauing churchmen in great reuerence, ascribing all to the goodnesse of God,
when he had atchiued anie praise-woorthie enterprise, yéelding thankes to his diuine
maiestie accordinglie. But as seldome times anie one man is found perfect in
all things, so these vertues were spotted with some vices; namelie, too much nigardnesse
in sparing, and inconstaneie. He maried the daughter of Godred king of
Man, and after manie conflicts and battels had against the Irish, he conquered (as
before ve haue heard) the countrie of Vlster, and building diuerse strong castels
therin, he established the same vnder his quiet rule and gouernment, till he and
Lacie fell out, as before is expressed.
After Curcies decease, because he left no heires, the earledome of Vlster was giuen
vnto Hugh Lacie in recompense of his good seruice. There was one of the Curcies
remaining in Ireland that was lord of Rathermie and Kilbarrocke, whome (as an
espiall of all their practises and informer thereof to the king) Walter and Hugh the
sons of Hugh Lacie slue, by reason whereof great trouble and disquietnesse insued:
those Lacies bearing themselues (now after the decease of their father) for gouernors
out of checke. To set the realme in quiet, king Iohn was faine to passe thither
King Iohn went into Ireland.
himselfe in person with a maine armie, banished the Lacies, subdued the residue of
the countrie yet not conquered, tooke pledges, punished malefactors, established
Sée more hereof in Enland.
the execution of English lawes, coined monie of like value currant sterling in both
realmes. The two Lacies repenting their misdemeanors, fled into France disguised
They fled into France.
in poore apparell, and serued there in an aboeie as gardeners, till the abbat by their
countenance and behauior began to gesse their estates, and opposed them so farre
that they disclosed what they were; beséeching the abbat to keepe their counsels,
who commending their repentant humblenes, aduised them yet to make sute for
their princes fauor, if it might be had, promising to doo what he could in the matter,
and so tooke vpon him to be a suter for them vnto the king that was his godcept
and well acquainted with him. He trauelled so earnestlie herein, that at length
he obteined their pardons: but yet they were fined, Walter at foure thousand, and
They are pardoned, and put to their fines.
Hugh at fiue and twentie hundred markes: and herevpon Walter was restored vnto
the lordship of Meth, and Hugh to the earledome of Vlster.
King Iohn appointed his lieutenants in Ireland, and returning home, subdued
the Welshmen, and soone after with Pandulfus the legat of pope Innocentius the
third, who came to release him of the censure, wherin he stood excommunicat, to
whom as to the popes legat he made a personall surrender of both realines in waie
of submission; and after he was once absolued, he receiued them againe. Some
adde, that he gaue awaie his kingdoms to the see of Rome for him and his successors,
recognising to hold the same of the popes in fée, paieng yearelie therefore
one thousand markes, as seauen hundred for England, and three hundred for Ireland.
An hundred marks of gold.
Blondus saith, "Centum pro vtroque auri marchias." Sir Thomas More
(as Campion saith) a man both in calling & office likelie to sound the matter to
the depth, writeth preciselie, that neither such writing the pope can shew, neither
were it effectuall if he could. How farre foorth, and with what limitation a prince
may or may not addict his realme feodarie to another, Iohn Maior a Scotish chronicler,
and a Sorbonist not vnlearned partlie scanneth, who thinketh three hundred
markes for Ireland no verie hard peniworth. The instrument (as Campion thinketh)
which our English writers rehearse, might happilie be motioned and drawen, and
Iohn Bale in bis apologie against vows.
yet not confirmed with anie seale, nor ratified: but though the copie of this writing
remaine in record, yet certeine it is, king Iohns successors neuer paid it. After Iohn
Comin archbishop of Dublin, and founder of saint Patriks church succéeded Henrie
Londores in the sée, who builded the kings castell there, being lord chéefe iustice
of Ireland, him they nicknamed (as the Irish doo commonlie giue additions in
respect of some fact or qualitie) Scorchuillein, that is, Burnebill, because he required
to peruse the writings of his tenants, colorablie pretending to learne the
kind of ech mans seuerall tenure, and burned the same before their faces, causing
them either to renew their takings, or to hold at will.
In the yeare one thousand two hundred and sixtéene king Iohn departed this
life. In his daies diuerse monasteries were builded in Ireland, as (besides those
that before are mentioned) in the fourth yeare of his reigne the abbeie of
Dowish was founded; in the sixt the abbeie of Wetherham in the countie of Limerike,
by Theobald le Butler lord of Cacrackie, and in the twelfe yeare Richard
Oute builded the monasterie of Grenard. In the daies of Henrie the third that
Henrie the third.
Warres betwixt Lacie and Marshall.
succéeded his father king Iohn great warres were raised in Ireland betwixt Hugh
Lacie & William Marshall, so that the countrie of Meth was gréeuouslie afflicted.
In the yeare of our Lord 1228, after the death of Londores archbishop of Dublin,
that was lord chéefe iustice, king Henrie the third vnderstanding the good seruice
doone by the Giraldines euer since their first comming into Ireland, although by
wrong reports the same had beene to their preiudice for a time sinisterlie misconstrued,
so as the gentlemen had still béene kept backe, and not rewarded according
to their deserts. The king now informed of the truth made Morice Fitzgerald the
sonne of Morice aforesaid lord chéefe iustice of Ireland. Lucas succeeded Londres
in the archbishops sée, and was consecrated. In the yeare one thousand two
hundred and thirtie, Richard Marshall was taken prisoner in battell at Kildare.
Some write that he was wounded there, and within few daies after died of the
hurt at Kilkennie, and was buried there in the queere of the church of the friers
preachers, néere to the place where his brother William was interred, who departed
this life in the yeare one thousand two hundred thirtie and one.
In the yeare one thousand two hundred fortie and one, Walter Lacie lord of Meth
departed this life in England: he left two daughters behind him that were his heires,
Margaret married to the lord Verdon, and Matild the wife of Geffrie Genuill.
The lord Verdon.
King Henrie in the six & thirtith yeare of his reigne, gaue to Edward his eldest
sonne, Gascoigne, Ireland, and the countie of Chester. In the yeare following,
Hugh Lacie earle of Vlster departed this life, and was buried at Cragfergus, in the
church of the friers minors, leaning a daughter behind him, that was his heire,
whome Walter de Burgh or Bourke married, and in right of hir was created earle
of Vlster, as after shall appeare. Morice Fitzgirald lord iustice of Ireland, being
requested by this prince to come and assist him with a power of men against the
Welsh rebels, left a sufficient garrison of men in the castell of Scligath, which he
The castell of Scligath.
had latelie builded, and then came oner with Phelin Ochonher, and a lustie band of
souldiers: & meeting the prince at Chepstow, behaued themselues so valiantlie,
that returning with victorie, they greatlie increased the fauor of the king and
prince towards them; and vpon their returne into Ireland, they ioined with Cormacke
Mac Dermot Mac Rorie, and made a notable iournie against Odonill the
Irish enimie, that when Lacie was once dead, inuaded & sore annoied the kings
subicets of Vlster. Odonill being vanquished, the lord iustice forced pledges and
tribute of Oneale to keepe the kings peace, and diuerse other exploits praise-worthic
did he, during the time of his gouernment, as Flatsburie hath gathered in his
notes for the lord Girald Fitzgirald earle of Kildare, in the yeare one thousand fiue
hundred and seuentéene. After Morice Fitzgirald succeeded in office of lord iustice,
Iohn Fitzgeffrie knight, and after him Alaine de la Zouch, whome the earle of
Iohn Fitzgeffrie lord iustice.
Alaine de la Zouch lord iustice.
Surrie Fitzwarren slue. And after de la Zouch, in the yeare one thousand two hun-
dred fiftie and eight, being the two and fortith of Henrie the third his reigne, was
Stephan de long Espée sent to supplie that roome, who slue Oneale with thrée hundred
Stephan de long Espée.
William Dene lord iustice.
Gréene castell destroied.
fiftie & two of his men in the stréets of Downe, and shortlie after departed
this life; then William Dene was made lord iustice, and Gréene castell was destroied.
Also Mac Careie plaid the diuell in Desmond.
In the yeare one thousand two hundred sixtie and one, sir William Dene lord
instice of Ireland deceased, and sir Richard Rochell (or Capell as some copies haue)
Sir Richard Capell lord iustice.
was sent to be lord iustice after him, who greatlie enuied the familie of the Giraldins;
during his gouernement the lord Iohn Fitzthomas and the lord Morice his
Lord Iohn Fitzthomas slaine.
son were slaine. In the yeare one thousand two hundred sixtie and foure, Walter
de Burgh was made earle of Vlster, and Morice Fitzmorice tooke the lord iustice
The lord iustice taken.
of Ireland togither with Theobald Butler, Miles Cogan, and diuerse other great
lords at Tristildermot, on saint Nicholas daie. And so was Ireland full of warres,
betwixt the Burghs and Giraldins. In the yeare one thousand two hundred sixtie
and six, there chanced an earthquake in Ireland. In the yeere following, king
Henrie tooke vp the variance that was in Ireland betwixt the parties, and discharging
Dene, appointed Dauid Barrie lord iustice in his place, who tamed the insolent
Dauid Barrie lord iustice.
dealings of Morice Fitzmorice, cousine germane to Fitzgirald.
In the yeare one thousand two hundred sixtie and eight, Conhur Obren was
slaine by Dermot Mac Monerd, and Morice Fitzgirald earle of Desmond was
drowned in the sea, betwixt Wales & Ireland. And Robert Vffort was sent ouer
to remaine lord iustice of Ireland, and Barrie was discharged, who continued till
the yeare one thousand two hundred sixtie and nine, and then was Richard de Excester
Richard de Excester.
made lord iustice. And in the yeare following, was the lord Iames Audleie
made lord iustice. Richard Verdon, and Iohn Verdon were slaine, and Fulke archbishop
of Dublin deceased. Also the castels of Aldlecke, Roscoman, & Scheligagh,
were destroied. The same yeare was a great dearth and mortulitie in Ireland. In
the yeare one thousand two hundred seuentie & two, the lord Iames Audleie was
The lord Audleie.
The decease of king Henrie the third.
slaine by a fall from his horsse in Thomond, and then was Morice Fitzmorice made
lord iustice of Ireland, and the castell of Randon was destroied. In the yeare one
thousand two hundred seauentie and two, king Henrie the third departed this life,
and the lord Walter Genuill latelie returned home from his iournie into the holie
land, was sent into Ireland, and made lord iustice there. In the yeare one thousand
two hundred seuentie and fiue, the castell of Roscoman was eftsoones repared and
In the yeare one thousand two hundred seuentie and six, there was an ouerthrow
An ouerthrow at Glenburie.
giuen at Glenburie, where William Fitzroger, prior of the knights hospitalers, &
manie other with him, were taken prisoners, and a great number of other were
slaine. The same yeare, Iohn de Verdon departed this world, and Thomas de Clare
maried the daughter of Morice Fitzmorice. In the yeare following, Robert Vffort
was appointed to supplie the roome of Genuill, being called home, and so was
this Vffort the second time ordeined lord iustice of Ireland. He hauing occasion
to passe into England, made his substitute Fulborne bishop of Waterford till his
returne, and then resumed the gouernement into his owne hands againe. In the
yeare one thousand two hundred seauentie and seauen, Thomas de Clare slue Obrenroth
king of Tholethmond: and yet after this the Irish closed him vp in Slewbani,
togither with Maurice Fitzmaurice, so that they gaue hostages to escape, and the
eastell of Roscoman was woone. In the yere next insuing, was Iohn de Derlington
consecrated archbishop of Dublin. There was also a councell holden at
Grenoke, and Mac Dermot slue Cathgur Oconthir king of Connagh. In the
yeare one thousand two hundred seuentie and nine, Robert Vffort vpon occasion of
busines came ouer into England, and left frier Fulborne bishop of Waterford to supplie
his roome, and Rafe Piphard and Ohaulan chased Oneale in a battell.
In the yeare one thousand two hundred and foure score, Robert Vffort came
the third time to occupie the roome of lord chiefe iustice in Ireland, resuming that
roome into his hands againe. In the yeare following, the bishop of Waterford was
established by the king of England lord iustice of Ireland. Adam Cusacke the
yoonger slue William Barret, and manie other in Connagh. And in the next yeare,
to wit, one thousand two hundred foure score and two, Penqueit slue Murertagh,
& his brother Art Mac Murgh at Athlon. Also the lord Iames de Birmingham, and
Piers de Tute departed this life. Also the archbishop Derlington deceassed. And
about the same time, the citie of Dublin was defaced by fire, and the stéeple of
Christs church vtterlie destroied. The citizens before they went about to repare
their owne priuat buildings, agreed togither to make a collection for reparing the
Christ church repared.
ruines of that ancient building first begun by the Danes, and continued by Citrius
prince of Dublin at the instance of Donat sometime bishop of that citie, and dedicated
Donat bishop of Dublin.
to the blessed trinitie.
At lengh Strangbow earle of Peubroke, Fitzstephans, & Laurence, that for his
vertue was called saint Laurence archbishop of Dublin, and his foure successors,
Iohn of Euesham, Henrie Scortchhill, and Lucas, and last of all Iohn de saint
Paule finished it. This notable building, since the time that it was thus defaced by
fire, hath béne beautified in diuerse sorts by many zealous citizens. Strangbowes
Strangbows too ne restored by Henrie Sidneie.
toome defaced, by the fall of the roofe of the church, sir Henrie Sidneie, when he
was lord deputie, restore; & likewise did cost vpon the earle of Kildares chappell
for an ornament to the quier, ouer the which he left also a monument of capteine
Randolfe, late coronell of the English bands of footmen in Vlster that died there
valiantlie, fighting in his princes seruice, as after shall appeare. In the yeare one
thousand two hundred foure score and three, Furmund chancellor of Ireland, and
Richard Tute departed this life, and frier Stepiran Fulborne was made lord iustice
In the yeare 1285, the lord Theobald Butler fled from Dubline, and died shortlie
after, and the lord Theobald Verdon lost his men and horsses as he went towards
Offalie, & the next day Gerald Fitzmaurice was taken, and Iohn Samford was consecrated
Iohn Samford consecrated archbishop of Dublin.
An ouerthrow at Rathod.
Norwagh and Ardscol burnt
archbishop of Dublin. Moreouer at Rathod, the lord Gerfreie Genuill
fled, and sir Gerard Doget, and Rafe Petit were slaine, with a great number of
others. The Norwagh and Ardscoil with other townes and villages were burnt by
Philip Stanton the sixteenth daie of Nouember, in the yeare 1286. Also Calwagh
was taken at Kildare. In the yeare 1287, dinerse nobles in Ireland deceased, as
Richard Decerer, Gerald Fitzmaurice. Thomas de Clare, Richard Taffic, & Nicholas
Teling knights. The yeare next insuing, deceased frier Fulborne lord iustice of
Samford archbishop of Dublin lord iustice.
Ireland, and Iohn Samford archbishop of Dublin was aduanced to the roome of
lord iustice. Also Richard Burgh earle of Vlster besreged Theobald Verdon in
the castell of Athlon, and came with a great power vnto frim, by the working of
In the yeare 1290, was the chase or discomfiture of Offalie, & diuerse Englishmen
slaine. Also Mac Coghlan slue Omolaghelin king of Meth, and William
Burgh was discomfited at Deluin by Mac Coghlan. The same yeare 1290, William
Vescie was made lord iustice of Ireland, and entered into that office on S. Martins
William Vescie lord iustice.
daie. Vnto this iustice, Edward Balioil king of Scotland did homage for an earledome
which he held in Ireland, in like maner as he did to king Edward for the
crowne of Scotland. In the yeare 1292, a fifteenth was granted to the king, of all
the temporall goods in Ireland, whilest Vescie was as yet lord iustice. This Vescie
was a sterne man and full of courage, he called Iohn earle of Kildare before him,
charging him with foule riots and misdemeanors, for that he ranged abroad, and
sought reuenge vpon priuat displeasures out of all order, and not for anie aduancement
of the publike wealth or seruice of his souereigne.
The earle as impatient to heare himselfe touched as the iustice to suffer euill
The earle of Kildare.
dooing, answered thus. "By your honor and mine (my lord) and by king Edwards
hand (for that was accompted no small oth in those daies among the Irish) you
would if you durst appeach me in plaine termes of treason or felonie: for where I
haue the title, and you the fléece of Kildare. I wote well how great an eiesore I
am in your sight, so that if I might be handsomlie trussed vp for a fellon, then
might my master your sonne become a gentleman." "A gentleman" quoth the
iustice, "thou proud earle? I tell thée, the Vescies were gentlemen before Kildare
was an earledome: and before that Welsh bankrupt thy cousine fethered his nest
in Leinster. But seeing thou darest me, I will suerlie breake thy heart." And
therwith he called the earle a notorious théefe and a murtherer. Then followed
facing and bracing among the souldiers, with high words, and terrible swearing on
both sides, vntill either part appeased his owne.
The lord iustice shortlie after, leaning his deputie William Haie, tooke the sea,
and hasted ouer to the king. The earle immediatlie followed, and as heinouslie
as the lord iustice accused him of felonie, Kildare no lesse appealed him of treason.
For triall heereof, the earle asked the combat, and Vescie refused not: but yet when
the lists were prouided, Vescie was slipt awaie into France, and so disherited of
all his lands in the countie of Kildare, which were bestowed vpon the earle and his
heires for euer. The earle waxing loftie of mind in such prosperous successe,
squared with diuerse nobles, English and Irish of that land. The same yeare died
The death of the archbishop Samford.
The earle of Vlster taken prisoner.
Iohn Samford archbishop of Dublin, and Iohn Fitzthomas earle of Kildare, and
Iohn de la Mare tooke prisoners, Richard Burgh earle of Vlster, and William Burgh
within the countrie of Meth, and the castell of Kildare was taken, and all the
countrie wasted by the English on the one side, and the Irish on the other, and
Calwagh burnt all the rolles and talies concerning the records & accompts of that
countie. Great dearth and death reigned in Ireland this yeare, and the two yéeres
Great dearth and death.
next insuing. The earle of Kildare deteined the earle of Vlster prisoner, vntill by
authoritie of a parlement holden at Kilkennie, he was deliuered out of the castell
of Leie, for his two sonnes, and for the inuasion which the earle of Kildare had
made into Meth, and other his vnrulie and misordred parts, was disseized of the
castell of Sligagh, and of all his lands in Connagh.
William Dodingsels, being this yeare made lord iustice of Ireland, after Vescie
William Dodingsels lord iustice.
Thomas Fitzmaurice lord iustice.
died, in the yéere next following, that is 1295, and the thrée and twentith of king
Edward the first. After him succéeded in that roome the lord Thomas Fitzmaurice.
In the yeare 1296, frier William de Bothum was consecrated archbishop of Dublin.
In the yeare 1298, and six and twentith of Edward the first, the lord Thomas Fitzmaurice
departed this life, and an agréement was made betwixt the earle of Vlster
and the lord Iohn Fitzthomas earle of Kildare, by Iohn Wogan that was ordeined
lord iustice of Ireland. In the yéere 1299 William archbishop of Dublin departed
this life, and Richard de Fringis was consecrated archbishop in his place. The king
went vnto Iohn Wogan lord iustice, commanding him to giue summons vnto the
nobles of Ireland, to prepare themselues with horsse and armor to come in their
best arraie for the warre, to serue him against the Scots: and withall wrote vnto
the same nobles, as to Richard de Burgh earle of Vlster, Geffreie de Genuill, Iohn
Fitzthomas, Thomas Fitzmaurice, Theobald lord Butler, Theobald lord Verdon,
Piers lord Birmingham of Thetemoie, Eustace lord Powre, Hugh lord Purcell, Iohn
de Cogan, Iohn de Barrie, William de Barrie, Walter de Lastice, Richard de
Excester, Iohn Pipurd, Walter Lenfant, Iohn of Oxford, Adam de Stanton, Sunon
de Pheibe, William Cadell, Iohn de Vale, Maurice de Carre, George de la Roch,
Maurice de Rochford, and Maurice Fitzthomas de Kerto, commanding them to be
with him at Withwelaun the first of March. Such a precept I remember I haue
read, registred in a close roll among the records of the tower. But where Marlburrow
saith, that the said Iohn Wogan lord iustice of Ireland, and the lord
Iohn Fitzthomas, with manie others, came to king Edward into Scotland, in the
nine and twentith yeare of king Edwards reigne, Campion noteth it to be in the
yere 1299, which fell in the seuen & twentith of the reigne of king Edward:
& if my remembrance faile me not, the close roll aforementioned beareth date of
the foure and twentith yeare of king Edwards reigne. All which notes may be
true, for it is verie like, that in those warres against the Scots, the king sent diuerse
times to the Irish lords to come to serue him, as it behooued them to doo by
their tenures: and not onelie he sent into Ireland to haue the seruices of men, but
also for prouision of vittels, as in close rolles I remember I haue also séene recorded
of the seauen and twentith and thirtith yeare of the said king Edward the first his
reigne. For this we find in a certeine abstract of the Irish chronicles, which should
séeme to be collected out of Flatsburie, whom Campion so much followed, that in
Irishmen inuade Scotland
the yeare 1301, the lord Iohn Wogan lord iustice, Iohn Fitzthomas, Peter Birmingham,
& diuerse others went into Scotland in aid of king Edward, in which
yeare also a great part of the citie of Dublin, with the church of saint Werburgh
was burnt in the night of the feast daie of saint Colme. Also the lord Genuill
married the daughter of Iohn de Montfort, and the lord Iohn Mortimer married
the daughter and heire of Peter Genuill, also the lord Theobald de Verdon married
the daughter of the lord Roger Mortimer. The same yeare in the winter season,
the Irish of Leinster raised warre against the townes of Wicklow and Rathdon,
dooing much hurt by burning in the countrie all about: but they were chastised
for their wickednesse, loosing the most part of their prouision and cattell. And
in the Lent season the more part of them had béene vtterlie destroied, if discord
and variance had not risen among the Englishmen, to the impeachment of their
In haruest there were thrée hundred théeues slaine by the Phelanes. Also Walter
le Power wasted a great part of Mounster, burning manie farmes and places in that
countrie. In the yeare 1302, pope Boniface demanded a tenth of all the spirituall
liuings in England and Ireland, for the space of thrée yeares, to mainteine wars in
defense of the church of Rome, against the king of Arragon. In the yeare 1303,
The earle of Vlster.
the earle of Vlster, and Richard Burgh, and sir Eustace le Power, with a puissant
armie entered Scotland. The earle made thrée and thirtie knights at Dublin, before
he-set forwards. The same yeere Girald, sonne and heire to the lord Iohn
Fitzthomas departed this life, and likewise the countesse of Vlster. William de
Wellisleie, and sir Robert de Persiuall were slaine the two and twentith of October.
In the yeare 1304, a great part of the citie of Dublin was burnt by casuall fire.
In the yeare next insuing, lordaine Comin with his complices slue Maritagh Oconhur
king of Offalie, and his brother Calwagh, with diuerse others within the court
of Piers de Birmingham at Carricke in Carbrie. Also sir Gilbert Sutton steward
of Wexford was slaine by the Irishmen, néere to the farme of Heimond de Grace,
which Heimond bare himselfe right valiantlie in that fight, and in the end through
his great manhood escaped.
In the yeare 1306 a great slaughter was made in Offalie néere to the castell of
A discomfiture at Offalie.
Geschill, the thirteenth daie of Aprill vpon Oconhur and his fréends by the Odempsies,
in the which place were slaine a great number of men. Also Obren king of
Thomond was slaine. Moreouer, Donald Oge Mac Arthie slue Donald Russe king
of Desmond. And vpon the twelfe of Maie in the confins of Meth, a great ouerthrow
chanced to the side of the lord Piers Butler, and Balimore in Leinster was
burnt by the Irish, where Henrie Celfe was slaine at that present time. Hereof
followed great wars betwixt the English and Irish in Leinster, so that a great
Warres in Leinster.
armie was called togither foorth of diuerse parts of Ireland, to restreine the malice
of the Irish in Leinster, in which iournie sir Thomas Mandeuill knight entred into
a conflict with the Irish néere to Glenfell, in the which he bare himselfe right manfullie,
till his horsse was slaine vnder him, and yet then to his great praise and high
commendation he saued both himselfe and manie of his companie. The lord chancellor
The lord chancellor consecrated bishop of Imaleie.
of Ireland, Thomas Caucocke, was consecrated bishop of Imaleie within the
Trinitie church at Dublin, and kept such a feast as the like had not lightlie beene
séene nor heard of before that time in Ireland, first to the rich & after to the poore.
Richard Flerings archbishop of Dublin deceased on the euen of saint Luke the
The archbishop of Dublin deceased.
euangelist, to whom succéeded Richard de Hauerings, who after he had continued
in that sée about a fiue yeares, resigned it ouer by dispensasion obteined from Rome,
and then his nephue Iohn Léech was admitted archbishop there.
In the yeare 1307 the first of Aprill, Murcod Ballagh was beheaded néere to
Merton by sir Dauid Caunton knight, and shortlie after was Adam Daune slaine.
Also, a great discomfiture and slaughter fell vpon the Englishmen in Connagh by
A discōfiture in Connagh.
the Oscheles the first daie of Maie, and the robbers that dwelt in the parties of
Offalie raised the castell of Geischell, and in the vigill of the translation of Thomas
Becket, being the sixt of Iulie, they burnt the towne of Leie and besieged the
castell: but they were constreined to depart from thense shortlie after, by Iohn
Fitzthomas and Edmund Butler that came to remoue that siege. In the yeare 1308
king Edward the first departed this life the seuenth of Iulie.