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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 14. History of the County of Clare from 1580 to 1641

First measures taken for the conversion of Thomond into an English County; Indenture to that effect between Sir John Perrott and the principal inhabitants; Names of these

In the previous part of this work we have related the history of Thomond, as it existed under its ancient institutions. Henceforward, we are to record the story of the County of Clare under its new name, and as subject to English rule. The first step taken towards what was called the settlement of the county was the issue of a commission, by Sir John Perrott the Lord Deputy, addressed to Sir Richard Bingham, Governor of Connaught, and to other principal men of Connaught and Clare, authorising them to substitute a stated tax for the uncertain “cessings and cuttings” which had previously prevailed under the government of the native chieftains. This impost was to be paid to the Queen, and it was fixed at ten shillings, of English money, for every quarter of one hundred and twenty acres. In addition, the inhabitants were to render their aid of horse and foot, on the requisition of the Queen’s representative, and upon these conditions all other tributes were to be abolished. The Commissioners began with Clare, and an agreement was made with the principal gentry of the county, of which the following is an abstract:—“Indenture, dated the 17th of August, 1585, between Sir John Perrott, knight, of the one part, and the Lords spiritual and temporal, chieftains, gentlemen, etc., of that part of the province of Connaught called Thomond, that is to say, Donogh Earl of Thomond; Murrogh Baron of Inchiquin; the Reverend Fathers in God, Mauritius (Murtagh O’Brien Ara), Bishop of Killaloe, Daniel, Elect-Bishop of Kilfenora, (Daniel O’Griffy, Vicar-General); Donogh O’Horan, Dean of Killaloe; Daniel O’Shanny, Dean of Kilfenora; Denis Archdeacon of the same; Sir Edward Waterhouse of Doonass, knight; Sir Turlogh O’Brien of Ennistymon, knight; John MacNamara (Finn) of Knoppoge, otherwise called MacNamara of West Clan Culein; Donald Reagh MacNamara of Garruragh, otherwise called MacNamara of East Clan Culein; Teige MacMahon of Clonderalaw, otherwise called MacMahon of Corcabaskin East; Turlogh MacMahon of Moyarta, chief of his name in Corcabaskin West; Murtagh O’Brien of Dromline, (brother of the Earl of Thomond); Mahone O’Brien of Cloondovan, gent.; Owny O’Loghlen of Greggans, otherwise called the O’Loghlen; Ross O’Loghlen of Glancolumbkille, Tanist to the same O’Loghlen; Mahone and Dermot O’Dea of Tullyodea, chiefs of their name; Conor MacGillareagh of Cragbrien, chief of his name; Turlogh, son of Teige O’Brien of Ballycorick, gent.; Luke Brady, son and heir of the late bishop of Meath; Edward White of Cratloe, gent.; George Cusack of Dromoland, gent.; Boetius Clancy of Knockfinn, gent.; John MacNamara of Mountallon, gent.; Henry O’Grady of the Island of Inchicronan, gent.; Donogh MacClancy of the Urlan, chief of his name; Donogh Garv O’Brien of Ballycessy, gent.; Conor O’Brien of Cahircorcran, gent.; and George Fanning of Limerick, merchant, of the other part.