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Indenture, 13 May 34 Hen. VIII.--Rory O'More of Lex, brother, as he asserts, to Kedan O'More, lately deceased, now admitted to the captainship of the same country by the consent and election of all the noblemen and inhabitants of the country, appeared before us (the Deputy?) and the Council, and submitted himself to the King.


(1). He promises that he will be a faithful and liege subject, and he and the other gentlemen of his country will receive their lands from his Highness.


(2.) He will reject the Roman Pontiff's usurped primacy.


(3.) He will deliver Kedan McPiers McMalaghlen to the Lord Deputy, for the observance of his agreements and promises, and for the restitution of all damages done to the subjects of the King, during the time of Kedan O'More's government.


(4.) He will have 72 kerne (turbarii)--horseboys (garcii) being computed in that number--for the rule of the said country; and no other kerne are to be kept there.


(5.) He will rise up with the Lord Deputy in every great journey called hostings. For any sudden journey of two days and nights he will find 24 horsemen and all his aforesaid kerne; and in every great hosting 8 horsemen and 20 kerne.


(6.) Donnamase with the demesne lands, Tynnooge, and other lands of the late Earl of Kildare in Lex shall be restored to the King. The demesnes of Donnamase shall be surveyed and their extent declared by indifferent men, and the lands and rents of the said Earl of Kildare by Thomas Wolf, senior; and both those lands and the possessions of Grayne, of the monasteries of Saint Mary of Dublin, Connall, and other religious houses, with the lands of Kylberry, are at the disposition of the tenants and farmers of the King.


(7.) When the Lord Deputy requires any Scots, to be imposed upon the counties of Kildare, Kilkenny, or Tipperary, then Lex shall support 60 Scots, and shall be exempt from all subsidies for that year.


(8.) The King shall have 20 marks every year as a subsidy.


(9.) The Lord Deputy and Council shall have 100 cows for his nomination and admission to the captaincy of the aforesaid country.


(10.) He shall have the goods of his brother Kedan by paying Kedan's debts, and the profit and produce of all his possessions (saving [his brother's?] wife's portion) until he be recompensed for the debts which he shall pay beyond the said goods.


(11.) He has placed his said hostage in the hands of Thomas Eustace, Viscount Baltinglas, to remain there as long as it shall please the Lord Deputy.


The Council approve the premises, if the King shall ratify the same; otherwise not.


II. Memorandum, that on the 10th November, 34 Henry VIII., at Dublin, in the great Council, a question was moved between Rory O'More, captain of Lex, and Robert Sentleger, esquire, sub-constable of the King's castle and manor of Catherlagh, touching the dominion of Slewmargie. It was decided, with the assent of the same Rory, that the captain of Lex should have his accustomed dominion there, and the constable of Catherlagh such rents and expenses in Slewmargie as the Earl of Kildare used to have there, and those which were afterwards enjoyed by the Earl of Ormond, while he held the castle and manor aforesaid from the King. In consideration thereof the constable will defend the inhabitants of Slewmargie with all his power.


Contemp. copy.

Date: 13 May 1542
Held by: Lambeth Palace Library, not available at The National Archives
Former reference in its original department: MS 603, p. 106a
Language: Latin
Physical description: 2 Pages.
Unpublished finding aids:

Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth, ed. J. S. Brewer & W. Bullen (6 vols., 1867-73), vol. I, document 163.

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