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Indenture made at Drogheda, 6th May 1531, 23 Hen. VIII. Whereas Lord Odo O'Donell, knight, chief of his nation, sent Dom Conatius O'Fraghill, Abbot of Derry, and Riskard O'Cragan, as his ambassadors, to Sir William Skeffington, Lord Deputy, authorizing them to acknowledge his allegiance to the King and his Deputy, and also to treat for peace; the said Abbot, before the Lord Deputy and Council, publicly announced that his Lord was a faithful and liege subject of the King, and had observed his fealty from the time when he was in England with his Majesty. His Lord had wished to be personally present to declare the premises, but was prevented by sickness. He protested that as often as he had made war with Lord O'Neile or any other rebel of the King, he did it for the sake of the King and his subjects, and that he had never concluded any peace with them, without the condition that they should not injure the King's subjects.


This proposition ended, the Lord Deputy accepted the obedience and allegiance of Lord O'Donell.


After divers conferences and negotiations with the said nuncios for three or four days, they agreed to the following articles, and promised on the part of O'Donell faithfully to perform them:--(1.) O'Donell will be the King's subject and liege man, obey his deputies, and render them aid. (2.) Lord O'Reyly, Lord McGuyre, and Lord McCuyllen, and all other Irish captains, adherents of Lord O'Donell, shall be upon the peace and war of the King against all men. (3.) If O'Donell or any of his adherents shall offend against the King's subjects, or any others upon the King's peace and war, they shall make amends; and if any of his adherents shall refuse to perform the premises, he shall give up the refuser to the Lord Deputy. (4.) If any person shall do any damage to O'Donell or his adherents, the Lord Deputy will procure satisfaction. (5.) Whereas it was objected to the nuncios, on the part of Lord O'Neyle, that their Lord ought much more to be bound to the King than O'Neyle, for that O'Donell inhabited and held royal lands and domains, paying no rent for the same; they answered that O'Donell acknowledged it, and that therefore both he and all his property would be always at the command of the King. (6.) They promised on the part of O'Donell that in case the King wishes to reform Ireland, he shall pay to his Majesty from his lands as much as any other Irishman.


(7.) Also because Felom Baccagh was one of the friends and adherents of O'Donell, the nuncios supplicated the Lord Deputy to accept him upon the peace and war of the King; but the Lord Deputy refused to do so, because Felom was the greatest malefactor against the King's subjects. However, in consideration of the submission of O'Donell, he agreed to grant a truce to Felom until the octaves of Pentecost next; and if in the meantime he should present himself to the Lord Deputy, or place sufficient hostages in the hands of the Lord Deputy, for redressing and reforming the injuries done by him, the Lord Deputy will not refuse to accept him in manner as above. If he should not perform the premises, O'Donell will render assistance to the Lord Deputy against him.


The Lord Deputy affixed his seal to that part of this deed remaining with O'Donell, and to the other part remaining with the Lord Deputy, the said Abbot and Riscard affixed their seals and subscribed their hands.


Contemp. copy.

Date: 6 May 1531
Held by: Lambeth Palace Library, not available at The National Archives
Language: Latin
Extent: 3 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 34.

Former Reference Department: MS 603, p. 35
Related Material:
  • State Papers II. 151.

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