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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 27. Period of the Commonwealth, and Reign of Charles II

Various orders relating to government of the County issued by Commissioners

Cornet John Gore’s petition, relative to the inhabitants of the barony of Islands being considered, it was ordered that all persons who have removed since May last shall return, ‘or else the inhabitants shall set fire to their goods.’ Permission was given to the people of Clonderalaw to migrate into the barony of Islands. Ordered that no one shall be molested while cutting wood for the English garrisons; and that if anybody shall conceal his goods to evade contribution to subsidies, his property be seized and sold in satisfaction. The complaints of the inhabitants of Killinaboy, and of the MacNamaras are referred for settlement to Col. Purefoy, governor of Ballyallia, Capt. Gibbings, and Lieut. Floyd. Andrew Hickman’s corn to be restored, and Thomas Hickman’s losses to be made good by the barony of Bunratty. Nov. 15th—Annie Considine, alias Mahon, is required ‘to make good her husband’s loyalty.’ Certain sequestered tithes are to be paid to the State by Quarter-Master Jannes, the tenant of Dromcliff, and by Thomas Clancy, the tenant of the tithe of Clare Abbey; and the tithes payable to the Earl of Thomond are to be handed to Dame Honora O’Brien. James MacEnchroe, on behalf of the people of Corcomroe, petitions that Capt. Castle shall be joined with Lieut. Floyd. The matter is referred to Conor O’Dea, Hugh MacEnchroe, Brian O’Brien, and Bryan Hanrahan. December 6th—Ordered that Sir Daniel O’Brien have the price of his beeves, taken by Capt. Napper for the use of his troop, Ensign Hovenden placing a proper value upon them. January 16th, 1653—By order of the Commissioners of Parliament:—Whereas Colonel Ingoldsby hath been at great charge, as Governor of county Clare last year, in entertaining parties in their marches to and fro, for which he has received no consideration, it is ordered, that the Commissioners for the Revenue, in the precinct of Limerick, do, by warrant, order the Treasurer of said precinct, to pay Col. Ingoldsby £200 out of the custom and excise to be received for the two hundred tons of French wine licensed to be brought into the port of Limerick. Dated at Kilkenny, 6th October 1652, and signed Edmond Ludlow, Chas. Fleetwood, Miles Corbett, John Jones. Some complaint of Daniel O’Brien of Dough, Esq., is referred for examination to Captains Napper and Piers. Feb. 7th, 1653,—Ordered, that Daniel Connery, entering sufficient security to ‘transport himself for Spain,’ on the first conveniency, then be remitted, and himself set at liberty in the interval. Giles Vandaleur, plaintiff; Michael Stritch, defendant. Plaintiff is authorised to take possession of all defendant’s rooms. Thomas Clancy petitions to have 136 sheaves of oats, and 500 sheaves of beans restored to him, and gets a bill upon the moon, in the form of an order upon the goods of persons who had fled the country two years previously. Daniel MacNamara, lessee, satisfied the Commissioners that the tithes of Tomgraney and Moynoe were carried away, in kind, by the Tories; he is allowed, in abatement, the value of same. April 23rd, 1653—Upon reading the petition of Samuel Burton, and consideration had thereon, forasmuch as the said Burton is an Englishman, and purposes to come and plant here, and is at great loss in his stock by the Tories under command of Col. Murtagh O’Brien, he hath received little satisfaction in regard of the poverty of his strong castle, etc.; likewise upon consideration had of the poverty of the barony of Islands where Mr. Burton lived, for the better encouragement of Mr. Burton to live, and plant, and make improvement in said barony, we do order that the certainty of forty shillings per mensem given to said S. Burton be continued for one year. May 3rd—Military at Bunratty ordered to assist T. Clancy in collecting rates. John MacNamara petitions for a survey of Ralahine, that we may proceed to let the same to him. May 12th—It is ordered that Lady MacMahon have liberty to go to Clonderalaw, and that the nearest commander shall protect her from overcharges.” The state of utter ruin to which the county of Clare was reduced may be understood from the following order of this date: “May 12th—Upon serious consideration of the poverty and disability of the county Clare, and of the starving condition in which the few remaining inhabitants are, and the impossibility of getting in the monthly contribution charged upon the county, their whole substance being pledged for their arrears hitherto; it is ordered that from the 27th May, 1653, the said county shall be charged with no sum until the further pleasure of the Commissioners in England for the affairs of Ireland shall be known therein:” signed by H. Ingoldsby, W. Skinner, and S. Clarke. [2] Orders are issued that Lieut. Colpoys shall be free of tax, as he is under the necessity of removing to Inishmore in the Fergus; that Sam. Burton restore four cows to Sir Daniel O’Brien; that Giles Vandalur (sic), be authorized to act with the other applotters in the barony of Bunratty; that Teige O’Molony’s cow, which had been tracked to Bunratty, and her skin found there, the people of that place should pay £3 to him in satisfaction of his loss. June 11th, 1653—Finola Bourke is licensed to remove from Clare to her estate in Limerick, her husband MacNamara having been murdered, and her lands in Clare lying waste. John O’Dea of Dysert is ordered to be arrested “until he deliver out the engagement of MacEnchroe.” A survey of Clare and Limerick is ordered to be presented immediately. Captain Joseph Cuffe, (one of the Ballyallia defenders), is authorised to cut and carry timber from Castleconnell woods to repair Castle Mungret, of which he is tenant to the Commonwealth. Boetius Davoren of Knockfinn asks leave to cut and carry away his corn. On the 9th of October, 1653, the inhabitants of the barony of Islands, in a petition state that, from the thoroughfare of the army in 1651, great losses were suffered by them, on which account, and considering that they are brought to a very low condition by reason of the heavy taxes laid upon them, they claim exemption from further taxation. An order is made, authorizing Captain Stearne to cut down, in any adjacent woods, timber for the repair of these garrisons, viz.:—Ralahine, Cloghenabeg, Danganbrack, Bryan’s Castle, Inchicronan, Inchiquin, Dysert and Smithstown. Another order directs the applotters of Corcomroe to pay Serjeant Thomas Powell 40s. for repairs effected by him on the garrison of Magowna. Loghlen O’Hehir is awarded £12 for making prisoners of six Tories, of whom five were hanged and one transported.