Appendix III: Fiants, Commissions & Queen’s Letters
Inquisition taken at Clonmel on 24 Aug. 1536 found that on 5 Aug. 1524
James Butler, Baron of Dunboyne, executed a settlement whereby his second
son, Peter was to inherit at his death the lands of Drangan, Grellagh,
Magowry, Clonyn, Liskevine, Parkestown and Ballygallward near the Abbey
of Holy Cross, and his third son, Thomas, the manor of Boytonrath and
lands in Cashel. (Cal. Pat. Rolls Ire. Hen. VIII - Eliz. Vol. I).
Inquisition taken at Dunboyne on Thursday next after the Feast of St.
Martinmas 1536, found that James Butler, late Baron of Dunboyne, died
on the 8th January in the 25th year of Hen. VIII 1533 seized of estates
in the counties of Meath, Tipperary and Kilkenny; that Edmond was his
eldest, Peter his second and Thomas his third son, and that at the taking
of the Inquisition they were all minors. (ibid.)
15 July 1561. Commission to Luke Dillon of Ballyfermot and Edward Fitzsimmons
of Dublin, to enquire concerning extortions and injuries committed by
Piers Butler upon the Baron of Dunboyne in the Co. Tipperary. (Patent
and Glose Rolls Ghanc. Ire., 4 Elie membrane 11 No 49).
Commission dated 13 April 1563 to Piers Butler of Grallagh to be Justice
Commissioner and Keeper of the Peace in the County of Tipperary during
the absence of the Lord Lieutenant.
To maintain the peace and to take musters and arrays of the inhabitants.
To cess them for the defence of the county and place them where they
may be needed. To punish the disobedient with fine and imprisonment
and do all other things needed for good rule. To treat with enemies
and rebels and make terms to be effective during the continuance of
this Commission. To raise the inhabitants, to resist and punish enemies
and rebels and in such case to elect one or two of their (the Comissioners’)
number to be General of the forces in the field. The Commission to terminate
on return of the Lord Lieutenant from the North (Cal. Pipe Rolls
pp. 476-7 arts. 27-36).
The Queen’s Letter from Richmond, 24 Sept. 1566 to the Ld Deputy
and Ld Chancellor (extract).
Not to suffer advantage to be take against Piers Butler of his recognisance
to deliver up certain lands to his brother the Lord Dunboyne. (Cal.
S.P. Ire. 1569-73).
Queen’s Letter of 11 June 1567 to the Lord Deputy. Approval of
his diligence in the western journey and of the apprehension of the
Earl of Desmond and the baron of Dunboyne. The present occasion to be
taken to grant the gentlemen of those parts their estates immediately
from the Queen. The Queen mislikes the querulous expressions of Sidney’s
letters and blames his choice of Sentledger as a very partial President
of Munster, the slackness in arresting the Earl of Desmond, and the
arraignment of Piers Butler (Cal. S.P.Ire. Eliz. 1509-73 vol. XXI
20 July 1578. Grant under Queen’s Letter 22 May 1577 to Cormac
Mac Tiege MacCarthy of Blarnie Knt.
The whole of the Country of Muskerry ……being in the Queen’s
hands by virtue of his surrender dated 8 Sept. 1577 to hold for life,
remainder to Lucas Dillon of Moymet Knt. Piers Butler of Grallagh, Co.
Tipperary, and Edmond Butler of Callan, Co. Kilkenny, heirs etc. the
use of the will of said Cormac. To hold by service of one Knight’s
fee. Rent 2 hawks or £6.13.4. Saving to all subjects of the English
nation their rights by Englsih law and not by Irish tenure (Fiant
Eliz. No. 3373).
14 Aug 1637. Inquisition at Clonmell on 14 Aug. 1637, found that Edmond
Butler of Boytonrath in Co. Tipperary and James Butler of same in said
county were seised of the castle, town and lands of Boytonrath in said
county and, being so seised, on 24 July 1626 enfeoffed Tibbott Butler
of Ruskagh, Richard Keating of Moorestown, John Butler of Derryclooney,
and Thomas Butler of Drangan and their heirs, to use the Edmond Butler,
jr., son and heir of James Butler, and the use of Edmond Butler, grandson
of aforesaid Edmond and son of James Butler. Held from the King for
military service. (Cal. No.355 Vol. III p.130 P.R.O.).