DIE Sabbati, 6 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Ds. Præses Concilii.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Comes St. Alban.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Warke.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Chirb.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler de West.
Bp. of Landaff takes the Oaths.
This Day William Lord Bishop of Landaff took the
Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and
subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act
for the more effectual preserving of the King's Person
and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in
either House of Parliament.
Murphy's additional Information, concerning the Plot in Ireland.
Then the additional Information of Edmond Murphy,
taken by Sir John Hoskyns and Sir Adam Oately, was
read, as followeth:
"Edmond Murphy, of Killevy, in the Kingdom of
Ireland, maketh Oath, That the Information given
by him to the Committee of the Lords this Morning, and read in the House in the Presence of
this Deponent, is true. And further saith, That,
about December, 1679, this Deponent having been
sent for to the Duke of Ormond, Lieutenant of
Ireland, the said Duke demanded an Account of this
Deponent of the Tories, and such as assisted them;
which Tories this Deponent was bound to prosecute. And then this Deponent took Occasion to inform the said Lieutenant of the great Discouragement he had received in the Prosecution of the Tories, and how he had been excommunicated. And
then the Lord Lieutenant asking him, "if he was excommunicated" he replied, "I suppose you know I am,
and it is about that Plot which your Lordship knows
of." And then the Lieutenant asked him several Questions concerning the Tories, but nothing more of
the Plot. And further, that about February in the
same Year, he, this Deponent, being in Dublin, and
having received a Letter of Reference from the
Lord Lieutenant to Sir Hans Hamilton, concerning
such as assisted the Tories, this Deponent could not
obtain a Pass of safe Conduct, for bringing in his
Witnesses against the Tories, of Sir Hans Hambleton;
and then repairing to Dublin, to complain of the said
Sir Hans Hambleton's denying him a Pass for Witnesses, this Deponent was, next Morning after his
coming thither, apprehended and imprisoned, by virtue of a Warrant from Colonel Laurence, a Justice
of Peace, upon Suspicion of this Deponent's breaking
Gaol. And being, in order to his Trial, before the
Lord Chief Justice Booth, he, this Deponent, acquainted him, "that he had Matters of Importance to reveal." And the Lord Chief Justice commanded him "to
attend him that Evening at his Chamber." Which this
Deponent accordingly did, and informed him of
Oliver Plunckett's Plots to destroy the Protestants
(which Oliver Plunckett was then a Prisoner for); and
"that this Deponent had discovered this Plot to Sir
Hans Hambleton and others, and was therefore, he
thought, imprisoned." And the said Justice Booth told
him, "he should come to him another Time." But the
next Day this Deponent was again charged with a
Warrant from the said Lord Chief Justice, for Felonies, Treasons, Murders, and other Misdemeanors.
And then this Deponent sent to Colonel Laurence
aforesaid, to procure him to be brought before the
Council, where in Two or Three Days he was
brought; and this Deponent there tendered an Information, in Writing, for the Discovery of the Plot;
which being read to the Council, this Deponent was
ordered to put his Depositions in better Form; before which was done, an Order was passed for carrying the Deponent to Dundalk, where the Crimes
he was accused of was said to be committed; but the
Order being countermanded, he, this Deponent, remained in Dublin, and for One and Twenty Days
together solicited and petitioned the Council for an
Order to bring Witnesses to prove his Information,
some of which Witnesses were aboard a Ship in the
Haven of Dublin, bound for (as transported) to Jamaica: But this Deponent could not obtain any such
Order till the Ship was gone. And this Deponent
further saith, That he gave an Information to the
Council against one Macarle, one Moyer, Calabr,
and others, who have been since questioned here in
England; but the Council in Ireland never took any
Notice of this Deponent's Depositions; though particularly against Macarle he had informed, he had
said in this Deponent's Hearing, "that if they had
Arms, they would kill the Protestants in a few Days,"
and the said Macarle not being sent for, died in a
few Days after; and that this Deponent had spoiled
their Design in discovering. And Sir John Davis at
the Council declared, "that there was never any such
Persons in the World as this Deponent had informed against, and that this Deponent was not to be
believed; and that Sir Hans Hambleton was never acquainted with this Business." And further this Deponent says, That the Witnesses who had been here
in England, among whom this Deponent was One,
upon their Returns into Ireland, were received by a
Pursuivant, and put up Prisoners in a Garret for
Three Days, where there was no Bed, and no Friends
suffered to come to them, and kept close Prisoners,
with very short Allowance of Diet. And further the
Deponent saith not.
Jurat. 4° die Novembris,
Samson's Information against the E. of Tyrone, concerning the Plot in Ireland.
Thomas Samson was sworn at the Bar, and gave his
Information concerning the Earl of Tyrone; which being
demanded by the House to be put into Writing, he
having it ready written, delivered it in, and declared that
what he had said was contained in that Paper, the
Contents whereof follow:
"The Information of Thomas Samson Gentleman,
saith, That Doctor Oates having, amongst others,
charged one Doctor Moore of being a Confederate in
the Plot, on which the said Doctor fled from London
into Ireland, to the Earl of Tyrone's whose Agent
he was, about November 1678 (as he told this Deponent): The March following, the said Earl of
Tyrone was summoned up before the Lord Lieutenant and Council, and upon an Information of one
Mr. Hubert Bourke, who accordingly went, being
attended with this Deponent, who was then his Lordship's Servant; the said Earl intimating to this Deponent, "that he intended, if he the said Earl could
get clear of the aforesaid Charge against him the
said Earl, or get ordinary Bail, that then he would
immediately go for France, and leave his Estate to
his Father-in-law the Earl of Anglesey, on whom
the said Earl of Tyrone had settled his Estate some
Years before." At the Earl of Tyrone's Arrival at
Dublin, he was, by the Lord Lieutenant's Command,
examined by Judge Jones, and Sir John Davis Clerk
of the Council, who allowed him a Copy of the
Examination, which this Deponent received. This
Deponent saith, That, the same Night, the aforesaid
Doctor Moore came to this Deponent, and enquired
of him, "Whether he had seen the Examination?"
This Deponent answered, "He had." The said
Doctor Moore desired him, this Deponent, to acquaint
him what the said Earl was examined to; saying,
"that thereby he should know what was the Charge
against the said Earl." This Deponent told him the
said Moore, "That the said Earl was examined,
whether the said Earl had received any Letter from
one Robert Power Gentleman, of one of the Inns of
Court in London, that mentioned that the French
had a great Stroke in England already, and shortly
would subdue both England and Ireland;" or Words
to that Effect." The said Doctor Moore then told this
Deponent, "That, if that Letter was found, the
Earl was undone, and he also."
"This Deponent saith, That the said Earl of Tyrone
being then bound over to appear the First Day of
the next Term at the King's Bench in Dublin, and
returned into the Country to his own House there;
Doctor Moore and one Mr. Coppinger was his Bail.
"This Deponent saith, That the next Day after
the said Earl's Return Home, the said Earl commanded this Deponent to write out a Letter of Attorney, of which the said Earl gave this Deponent
a Copy, which was in the Earl of Angleseye's Name,
to empower one Thomas Cowdell, the aforesaid Robert Power's Man, to take into his Possession the
said Earl of Tyrone's Estate, both Real and Personal,
for the Earl of Angleseye's Use; which accordingly
the High Sheriff of the County of Waterford gave
the said Cowdell Possession thereof.
"This Deponent saith, That the said Earl told this
Deponent, at the same Time, "that he the said Earl
of Tyrone would give the Deponent 1000 £. that
he the said Earl was cleared of the Charge that
was given against him."
"This Deponent saith, That the said Earl denied
to assist the High Sheriff in the settling of the
Militia, and, as much as in him lay, hindered others
from doing the same; the said Earl saying, "that
if the French were at Coolefin (meaning a Mile
from his House), he the said Earl would not draw
his Sword against them;" saying at another Time,
"that if the King was pulled out of His Throne,
he would not draw a Sword in His Defence."
"This Deponent saith, That, at another Time, the
said Earl of Tyrone having entertained about the
Time aforesaid an old Tory, one Owen Whelan, on
his Lands; this Informant acquainting the said Earl
"that the Protestants took much Notice of it;" the
said Earl replied to this Deponent, "that he wished
that he had 10,000 such Tories: A Time would
come, when he should have Occasion to make Use
"This Deponent saith, That, upon reading Mr.
Coleman's Trial to the said Earl, the said Earl said,
"That what Coleman had done, the said Earl would
have done the same (if in Coleman's Place); and that
the said Coleman suffered unjustly." And the said
Earl shewed the Deponent a Letter from the aforesaid Robert Power, which said, "That it was Two
Rogues that witnessed against the said Coleman."
"This Deponent further saith, That the Earl of
Tyrone having a great Stable of Horses kept in the Earl
of Angleseye's Name, the best of which was after
sent to the said Earl of Anglesey, upon the said Earl
of Tyrone's Impeachment, as this Deponent hath
heard, and doth verily believe; the said Earl of
Tyrone once wanting Oats for the said Horses, said to
this Deponent, in great Anger, "that he the said
Earl, had rather want Bread for his Table, than
Oats for the said Horses; not knowing how soon
he might be commanded on Service."
"This Deponent saith, That the said Earl did
cause this Deponent to search the Woods of the said
Earl, for Trees to make Pike Staves and HalberdStaves; but none of his Trees would serve: On
which, the said Earl ordered this Deponent to take
a Writing under one Humphry Snell the Workman's
Hand and Seal, that was to make the Staves, "that
the said Earl intended them only for his own Use,
or to sell."
"This Deponent saith, That he saw several Letters,
which were sent from the Earl of Anglesey to the said
Earl of Tyrone, which instanced that the Duke of
Yorke was well pleased with the said Earl of Tyrone's Proceedings; which this Informant acquainted
the Lord Chancellor of; the said Lord Chancellor
charging this Deponent not to speak one Word of
the said Letters for his Life, saying, "if this Deponent did, he was undone for ever."
"This Deponent saith, Hobart Bourke aforesaid informing the Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland
"that this Deponent and one Mr. Ivie could speak
much relating to his the said Bourke's Information
against the said Earl of Tyrone;" on which the said
Lieutenant and Council issued out their Order for
the said Ivie, and this Deponent to appear before
the Lord Lieutenant and Council, which accordingly
they did, and the said Deponent delivering the
aforesaid Information, together with the said Ivey's,
charging John Mac Manarah of being confederate
with the said Earl; on which the said John Mac Manarah confessing the same, this Deponent, together
with Hubert Bourke, John Mac Manarah, and Edward
Ivy, was bound to prosecute the said Earl of Tyrone
at Waterford Assizes following; the Lieutenant promising the said Deponent, "that there should be no
Papist, Tenants or Kindred of the said Earl's on the
"The Information of Thomas Samson Gentleman,
touching the Proceedings against the Earl of
Tyrone and Wm. Bradley Esquire, at Waterford
Assizes, the 10th of March 1679, before Sir
Richard Reynolds and Wm. Davies Judges.
"This Deponent faith, That the aforesaid Judges did
allow of Kindred, Papists and Tenants of the said
Earl's, to be upon the Grand Jury.
"This Deponent faith, That the said Judges did deny
this Deponent to allow him any Counsel that was then
in Town, though he earnestly desired the same; and
that the said Judges did allow the said Earl Two
Counsel, and Three Attornies and Solicitors, to plead
for the said Earl; who having Leave to except
against the Jury as they pleased, which was against
none but Protestants, the said Deponent excepting
only against Tenants and Kindred of the said Earl's;
but the Judges accepted of them upon their bare Denial that they were either Tenants or Kindred.
"This Deponent faith, That the said Judges did
swear this Deponent, together with the Evidence aforesaid, to attend the Grand Jury. And this Deponent
saith, That he went to the Grand Jury Chamber,
where, after Three Denials by Jesper Grant One of
the Jury, this Deponent was admitted in to the Jury;
where this Deponent having his Examination before
the Jury read unto him, he, this Deponent, found
that all his Examinations were not there, and only
Nine Examinations and Informations of above Twenty
that were given to the Committee appointed for this
Deponent, and the rest of the Evidence's Examination touching the Earl of Tyrone.
"This Deponent saith, That the Bill against the said
Earl of Tyrone and Bradley being brought in Ignoramus, this Deponent prayed the Judges to call the
Jury One by One, and to examine who was for finding the Bill, and who was against finding the Bill;
and who of them of most Value for the King's Interest and Protestant Religion, they that were for
finding the Bill, or those that were not.
"This Deponent saith, That the Jury was called
over. The said Judge Reynolds asked the Foreman,
"Whether they were all agreed?" To which the said
Foreman answered, "That, according to the usual
Custom of Juries, that is, by most Voices, they were
agreed; but whether it were according to Law, he
knew not." The Foreman also saying, "That there
were Seven for finding the Bill, and Ten against it."
And Jesper Grant aforesaid, One of the Jury, told
the Judges, "That they found that what was against
the said Earl was High Treason, but invalidated their
Testimony; but gave no Reason for it."
"This Informant saith, That Judge Reynolds
told him the next Day, "That the Earl of Tyrone
had better given 1000 £. so as the Bill had been
found." Sir Thomas Osborne, One of the Jury, saying, "That if the like Evidence had come against his
Father, he would have found the Bill." The Foreman, Mr. Boulton, when on his Oath before a Committee appointed by the Lord Lieutenant and Council,
said, "That he verily believed, that, if there had
been as many Witnesses more, and as many Examinations more, they that were against finding the Bill
would not have found it."
"This Deponent saith, That at that Time there was
an Examination brought in, by Mr. Richards, One
of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace of that County, of one Francis Katchett, who was employed by
the said Earl of Tyrone to make Pike-staves and Halberd-staves for the said Earl; and that the Earl shewed him Heads to put thereon; on which this Deponent was examined, and, on Oath, gave it under this
Deponent's Hands; but the said Judge Reynolds never
gave it to the Lord Lieutenant and Council.
"And this Deponent saith, That, when he this Deponent was first examined before the Committee appointed by the Lord Lieutenant and Council, he,
this Deponent, then told the Lord Chief Justice Keeting, "That if a Cupboard of the said Earl of Tyrone's was searched, that there were several Letters,
that would fully discover where there was a Plot or
no Plot." Which this Deponent the rather said, because he saw many Letters, and knew of the said Earl's
Correspondency with Doctor Fogerty, and others mentioned to be in the Plot. But the said Earl's Cupboard was never searched, as this Deponent ever
"This Deponent also told the same to Sir John Davies, Clerk of the Council; and also of the Letters
wherein the Duke of Yorke was mentioned.
Upon this, the sail Thomas Samson was asked, "Whether the Judge did swear the Grand Jury for the Trial
of the Earl of Tyrone, before he had excepted against
any of them?"
He answered, "That he excepted against some of
them before they were sworn, either as Tenant or
Kindred of the said Earl; but the Judge swore them
upon their bare Denial of it (being asked)."
Then he was demanded, "Whether he did see the
Two Letters of the Earl of Anglesey to the Earl of
Tyrone, mentioned in his Narrative?"
He answered, "He did see the Two Letters of the
Earl of Anglesey to the Earl of Tyrone."
Mac Namarra's Information, concerning the Plot in Ireland.
Next, John Mac Namara was produced, to give his
Testimony; and, upon Oath, gave in his Information.
And being asked, "Whether he had in Writing
what he now had delivered?"
He said, "He had it in Writing; and delivered it
in; and that it was all true, by the Oath he had taken."
Which is as followeth:
The Information of John Mac Namara.
"Who informeth, and saith, That William Bradley
Esquire, One of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace
for the County of Waterford, in the Year 1677, gave
him, the said Informant, an Oath of Secrecy, touching the Plot intended and designed in Ireland, by the
Earl of Tyrone and the rest of the Consederates,
against the King's Majesty; at which Time he imparted to this Informant, "the Earl of Tyrone had received a Commission from the French King, to be a
Colonel of Horse in the County of Waterford; and
that the said William Bradley was to be his Lieutenant
Colonel; and desired this Informant to provide himself with Horse and Arms, and to procure as many as
he could of these he dare trust; and that this Informant should have a Command, of being a Captain under the said Earl and him."
"Whereupon this Informant did provide himself, and
spoke unto John Follio, James Finicon, and Dennis
Mac Namara, to provide themselves, with such Necessaries as were requisite for that Purpose; informing
them also, "that Mr. Bradley did impart such Matters
unto this Informant;" and who knew that the said
Mac Namara had imparted such Matters to the said
James and Dennis, who afterwards did confess the
same to his Grace the Lord Lieutenant and Council,
and before this Informant had Liberty to speak with
them, or they with him, being then kept close Prisoner from any one of the King's Evidence.
"The precedent Examination this Informant gave,
when, on a Petition preferred by the rest of the King's
Evidence, this Informant was kept from any of the
Earl's Friends, and from Quarter-master Ely, who
was always with this Informant before, and not denied
to be with him. But, on the Petition of the aforesaid Gent. then it was ordered, that this Informant should be kept close, and not to have any to
come to him. This Informant was then very fearful
to discover his Mind, because of the Guilt that was
upon him, being concerned; which, after a Promise of
Pardon if this Informant spake the Truth, he then
resolved to discover, so far as he knew, though against
himself; upon which, he freely declared his Mind in
this following Examination.
"After the aforesaid William Bradley did impart to
this Informant the aforesaid Treason, this Informant
met with the Earl of Tyrone, upon the Lands of Gaveston, in the County of Waterford, with Two of his
Men; (videlicet,) Thomas Power his Gentleman, and
Garrett MacTeige his Follower, and another whose
Name is Luke Power; this Informant having in Company with him one William Power and Boetius Clancy,
being then abroad hunting with (fn. *) Dogs. The said
Earl, knowing this Informant at a Distance, called to
him; upon which, this Informant went to him. The
said Earl, taking this Informant from the Company,
asked him, "Whether Mr. Bradley had imparted to
him any Matter of Secrecy?" This Informant replied,
"That he had." The said Earl then told this Informant, "That he must be very private, and discover it to none but those he was very sure of." After
which, the said Earl drew a List out of his Pocket,
and shewed this Informant a List of several Persons
that were to be superior Officers, both in the County
of Waterford, County of Corke, County of Kerry,
County of Limerick, and County of Clare; which
this Informant took special Notice of, and knew several of the Persons; and amongst the rest, the Earl
entered my Name, with my own Pen and Ink, in the
List; the said Earl telling this Informant, "He had
his Commission given him from the French King, under Hand and Seal, to be a Colonel of a Regiment of
Horse in the County of Waterford;" and said, "There
was hardly a County in Ireland, but Persons were appointed by the French King for that Purpose;" and
named, in the County of Limerick, Colonel Peirce
Lacy; and the Lord Brittas, Sir John Fitz-Gerald,
David Fitz-Gerald, and several others, in the County
of Clare; John Mac Namara, and several others, in
the County of Kerry; Sir Turlo MacMahan and several others in the County of Corke; and that the
said Earl of Tyrone was to be Colonel in the County
of Waterford, and Mr. Bradley to be his Lieutenant
Colonel, Quarter-master Ely his Major, Mr. John
Butler Senior his Captain, with the Names of several
others of that Company, which he did not read unto
this Informant; the said Earl saying, "They were to
raise several Hundreds of Men in every County; and
that the superior Officers were to meet, on Purpose
to return an exact Account of their Forces to the
French King; on which the said King would land
many Thousands of Men on the River Shanan; and
as soon as they were landed, the next Business was,
to go to the City of Lymerick with 500 Men, and
divided them into Two Parts; the one Party to enter
the City at Candle-light, and that at several Gates;
and such as best knew the City were appointed to set
on the Guards, and put them all to the Sword; and
the rest to be hard by the City, and to enter in immediately when the Alarm was given; and the Body of
the Army to draw up as fast as they could. By which,
said the Earl, we do not question but to possess ourselves of the City and King's Castle, and to banish
the English very soon. And indeed, said the Earl,
'tis the Providence of God, to bring some Downfall
on that unjust King, the Duke of Ormond and his
Children, that wronged me in so high a Nature on the
Account of Villiers. Therefore, said the Earl, go
Home; lose no Time; but make yourself ready, for
we know not how soon Occasion may require your
Assistance; and speak to as many Friends as you can."
Which accordingly this Informant did, and provided
Horse and Arms for that Purpose.
"After Discovery made hereof by Hubert Bourke,
as you may read in his Information, who partly knew
the Proceedings, and, having discovered the same,
was bound by Recognizance to prosecute the said Earl
at the next Assizes at Waterford; he did, for Want of
this Informant's and others Testimonies, absent himself from the Assizes unto which he was bound, and
for other Reasons mentioned in his Examination.
"But, in a short Time after, the said Earl hearing
that Mr. Bourke was going for England, to make his
Application to the King and Parliament, the said Earl
commanded this Informant to write unto the said
Bourke; which accordingly he did, and signified in
his Letter, "That this Informant would very willingly speak with him." But he not answering this Informant's Expectation, this Informant went himself
to him at Waterford, and courted him to go along with
this Informant to his House; which he prevailed with
him to do.
"This Informant then hastened to the said Earl, and
gave him an Account of his Proceedings; which the
Earl liked very well: Whereupon he ordered Major
Butler, and John Ronan, and this Informant, to confer
with the said Bourke; and, at the Mill of Carryguinier, we met, and, according to the said Earl's
Order, did offer the said Bourke a Farm stocked, together with a Sum of Money, so as that he would
charge Mr. Villiers, Captain Nicholas, Mr. Bradley,
and others, with suborning or prompting the said
Bourke to prosecute the said Earl; and that he would
acknowledge it; and Mr. Bradley aforesaid should
confess the same, and that so Bourke and Bradley
should be committed Witnesses against Villiers and
Nicholls; upon which, the said Earl would bring an
Action of Scandalum Magnatum against Villiers and
Nicholls, for 40,000 £.; which was contrived by
Mr. Andrew Lynne and Mr. Bradley, the said Earl's
Friends; unto which the said Bourke refused to
"Here it is to be observed, that Mr. Villiers and Captain Nicholls were at Law with the said Earl; and
therefore the Earl did suppose the World would sooner believe what was laid to their Charge upon the
Earl's Account, though falsely alledged against them.
"Bourk not accepting the aforesaid Proffers, the Earl
then petitioned the Lord Lieutenant and Council,
who sent a Summons for the said Bourke, and brought
him to Dublin; and being examined of several Matters, he gave in his Information, and got also Mr.
Sampson and Mr. Ivy to be summoned up, and to be
examined; upon whose Examination, a Summons
was issued out, against Quarter-master Ely, John
Ronan, Major Butler aforesaid, and Laurance Swillivant, and this Informant, who were all sent for to
the Council Board. Quarter-master Ely went first to
the Earl's House, to have Instructions touching the
Management thereof. The Earl also sent to his Gentleman, Mr. Power, for this Informant, he being
then in Waterford. The said Power came to this Informant, and told him, "That the said Earl of Tyrone
and Quarter-master Ely sent for this Informant, to the
Intent he might repair to Dublin." And having no
Horse with him at Waterford, the said Power, the
Earl's Gentleman, provided this Informant with a
Horse, on which he went with him to Currougmore,
to the Earl's House, where this Informant met with
the said Earl and Quarter-master Ely together.
"Upon which, the said Earl and Quarter-master Ely
took this Informant into the Garden; and there did
agree to send to John Ronan, who came immediately;
at which Time the Earl and Quarter-master Ely did
instruct us what we should say when we came to Dublin before the Council; and told this Informant the
great Danger if he should discover any Thing of the
Matter. But prossering an Oath unto us, and finding
us unwilling to swear what they would have us to
swear; the said Earl then told us, "that we should be
absolved by Dean Power his Cousin, and the rest of
the Clergy:" And after instructing us in the Garden
for a considerable Time, the Earl gave this Informant
a Horse, and gave John Ronan, Lawrence Swillivant,
and this Informant, Money to bear our Charges to
Dublin. And when we came there, we were maintained at the Earl's Charges, with Promises to get
Bail for this Informant, if imprisoned; and we were
there always accompanied with the Earl's Friends;
who promised this Informant great Rewards, if he
would conceal what he knew.
"This Informant also had Money from Quarter-master Ely, whilst he was in the Pursuivant's Hands; and
several Masses were said in the Country for the Earl
and this Informant, whilst this Informant continued
from discovering; but since hath excommunicated him.
"But at length, Mr. Ivy and Mr. Samson petitioned
the Lord Lieutenant and Council, to have this Informant kept close Prisoner, and to keep the Earl's
Friends and Solicitors from this Informant; which accordingly was done. Now this Informant being by
himself, and considering the evil Case he was in, God
so touched this Informant's Conscience, that he confessed the Truth. Several other Things there are,
relating to the Powers, concerning stealing of Horses,
and providing of Arms for that Purpose; which is
treated of in Mr. Ivye's Examination, and in James
Finnican's; which Powers were examined on Oath
before Sir John Davies, and since bailed out of Gaol
by Means of Captain Morrice the Prosecutor, who
now goes armed, mostly accompanied with the Earl's
Friends and Kindred.
"James Finicon was by the said Mr. Bradley solicited
not to confess any Thing against him; for which the
said Bradley promised him a good Reward in Money,
and was before the Committee; and did for some
Time endeavour to conceal the Matter. But being kept
from the said Bradley for a Season, in the Marshal's
Hands, told the said Marshal, "That he would not
be in Trouble for concealing others Treasons." He,
the said Finican, desired to be carried again before
the Committee, confessed the whole Matter; saying,
"That if Mr. Bradley was put where he was, he
would confess the Truth too." This astonished the said
Bradley; forasmuch as the said Finican's Promise to
the said Bradley, of concealing, made him the said
Bradley to tell the Committee, "That he would be
saved by the said Finican's Testimony."
"You may observe, that whilst this Informant denied
to confess the Truth, and conceal the Plot, the Earl's
Friends got a Petition writ against Mr. Ivy, to be preferred to the Lord Lieutenant and Council; (videlicet,)
"That the said Ivy was a Man of ill Fame, and a dishonest Man; and that he knew nothing of those
Treasons and Brigues beforementioned;" which Petition they gave the Informant, to send unto, or deliver
unto, the Lord Lieutenant and Council. In the
mean Time, this Informant being kept from them,
his Conscience forced him to confess the Truth. He
then shewed the Petition to the said Mr. Ivy; of which
they were much ashamed, and would have denied it,
but that this Informant justified it; and told who
brought it unto him (meaning Mr. Michaell Roe);
the Hand also being known. Which Way this Informant always observed they always made Use of;
to endeavour to clear themselves, by calling in question
the Reputation of their Accusers.
"This Informant saith, That, in the Year 16-6,
one John Brenan, which was then lately come out
of Rome, was made Archbishop of Cashell, Waterford, and Lismore; and that by the titular Primate
of Ireland; the said Brenan producing Bulls from
the Pope to the said Primate for that Purpose, together with several other Bulls brought over by the
said Brenan, which Dean Power, the Earl of Tyrone's
Kinsman, informed this Informant of, as hereafter is
treated of. In the said Year, this Informant hath observed the tumultuous Congregations of Priests and
Friars which resorted to Knock-house, a House of Entertainment, Three Miles Westward of Waterford:
And that, in the same Year One Thousand Six
Hundred Seventy and Six, this Informant took extraordinary Notice of it, being not a Thing so usual;
but being in Company of several of the said Priests in
the said House, and that at several Times, and especially with Dean Power aforesaid, who was next in
Power to the said Bronan, this Informant began to
enquire the Reason of their public Meeting so often,
it being in Time of Persecution. The said Power
made Answer, "That he would satisfy him as to that
Effect, Patron-day, at Reske;" which, on Our Lady following, being within few Days after the said Time,
(fn. *) which accordingly he did, as followeth: The Congregations being gathered together to confess and receive the Sacramen: after the Popish Way, one Edmund Power, a Jesuit, preached a Sermon, which
was to let the Corgregation understand, "that they
had Indulgence from the Pope of Rome granted them,
and Liberty to eat Flesh on Wednesdays." But, in the
Conclusion, told them, "there was some Consideration
whereupon this was granted, which the Priest of
every Parish was to give in Charge to his Parishioners
at the Time of Confession;" and proceeded no further. On which, the Priests fell to their Offices;
which was, to confess the Congregation. And this
Informant being then one of that Religion, this Informant confessed to the aforesaid Dean Power. But,
in his Confession, the said Dean gave this Informant
in Charge as followeth; "that he should not divulge
to any Person whatsoever, on Pain of mortal Sin
and Damnation, what he would impart to this Informant;" which this Informant promised he would not.
With that he proceeded thus: "That the Consideration
of the aforesaid Indulgence and Liberty was, that
whoever was in Capacity to help and assist the holy
Cause, designed and in Hand for a long Time, was
to have great Preferments, together with the Benefit
of the aforesaid Indulgences, which was a Pardon of
Sins for many Years; and also that the Clergy of
Ireland were to have the Benefits and Profits of the
Tithes accruing out of each Parish, with the Glebes
and Monks Lands, and Appurtenances belonging unto them, which the Heretics did wrongfully possess
for a long Time; and that the French King, and the
rest of the Popish Confederates, together with the
Assistance of His Holiness the Pope, did intend immediately to invade the Kingdoms of England and Ireland; and doubted not but, by the Assistance of
God, to fulfil it ere it be long; and to wash the
Hands of Heretics out of the Estates of our Ancestors: For the Duke of Yorke gives full Consent,
and is of our Side, together with the Assistance of
the Earl of Anglesey, and several others Persons of Quality in that Kingdom, (fn. *) whom we are ordered to celebrate several Hundreds of Masses; which he the said
Dean had accordingly ordered all the Parish Priests
within his Jurisdiction." After which Time, this Informant observed that there was several Masses celebrated in the Honour of the Earl of Anglesey, through
the said County of Waterford. And also the said Dean
said, "That the Earl of Anglesey did endeavour that
the Parliament should not fit, with the Assistance of the
Duke of Yorke, to prevent the Prosecution of Roman
"In October, 1679, this Informant being then employed by the Earl of Tyrone to tamper with Mr.
Bourke, as is set forth in this Informant's former Informations; the said Earl shewed him a Letter, from
his Father-in-Law the Earl of Anglesey, wherein he
read "that the said Earl made so many Friends both in
England and in Ireland, that he need not fear what
was laid to his Charge; and that he spoke to the Duke
of Yorke about the same, which the Duke promised
John Mac Namara."
Commyne's Information, concerning the Plot in Ireland.
Next, Eustas Commyne was produced upon Oath, as
a Witness against the Earl of Tyrone, who presented
what he had to say in Writing, which he averred upon
his Oath to be true; which was read, as followeth:
The Information of Eustas Comyne.
"This Informant saith, That he lived with one Keadagh Maghea, being his Relation, in Carrignisury, in
the County of Tippirary, in the Kingdom of Ireland,
for Fourteen Years; and during that Time was privy
to all his Concerns. Saith, That he did observe and
see one Peter Kehow, and Thomas Kehow, of Carrignesury, Merchants, who dealt constantly for France,
and the said Thomas constantly going to and from between France and Ireland, bringing several considerable Sums of Money from France, and delivered it
to the said Keadagh Magher, he being appointed
Treasurer, by Doctor Oliver Plunckett titular Primate
of Ireland, John Brenan titular Archbishop of Cassell, and the rest of the Bishops of Ireland; and those
great and vast Sums of Money were to be distributed
to such Persons as the said Plunckett, Brenan, and
Robert Poor Dean of Waterford, should order or direct the same to be paid to, for the carrying on that
horrid Plot of the Papists in Ireland, for to introduce
the French into His Majesty's Dominions, and to suppress the Protestant Religion in these Three Kingdoms. And the Distribution of a great Part of the
said Monies was as followeth; (videlicet,) to Sir John
Pownse'by, for to stand firm to that wicked and ungodly Design, 200£. and a great deal more was promised, whenever there came more Monies over from
France; to the Earl of Tyrone 200£.; to Peter
Cranesable, of Waterford, Merchant, 200£.; to John
Wilsh, the Duke of Ormond's Lawyer, in the County
of Tippirary, 400£.; to John Mandevell, of the
same County, 300£., to Michaell Winn, of the same
County, 100£.; to Robert Law, a Justice of the
Peace in the same County, 200£.; to Francis Alcocke,
another Justice in the same County, 200£.; to Michaell Carny, James Carny, John Carny, Morris Carny,
and Bryan Carny, 100£. apiece; to Richard Purcell,
of Turlesse, Merchant, in the County of Tippirary,
200£. This Informant saith, That there was a Meeting of Four and Twenty of the Romish Clergy, at a
Place called Cloughnecully, in the County of Tippirary,
who went from thence to wait on the titular Primate
Plunckett, to the aforesaid John Wilsh the Lawyer's
House, at Balltimery, in the County of Tipperary aforesaid, and consulted together, and agreed to give every
Judge that would go the Circuit 200£., if they would
take it, for to stand their Friends, and to be Surveyors against any Discoverer; and to every Justice of
the Peace that would take it, 100£. And it was also
concluded, by the aforesaid John Wilsh, Francis Alcocke, Robert Low, Justices of the Peace, that whoever should from Sun-rise to Sun-set destroy any of
the Discoverers of that wicked and horrid Plot, should
have 20£. and their Pardons; and also an Absolution from the Romish Church. He saith, That there
was 200£. given, or secured, to Sir Wm. Davis,
by Peter Lincy and Patrick Commerfort, for the
Design aforesaid, he being then Judge of Clonnemell. This Informant, being an Eye-witness how
the 200£. was secured to be paid to Sir Wm. Davis,
and being satisfied on what Account the rest of the
aforementioned Sums were paid to the aforenamed
Persons, was touched in Conscience, and was resolved
to discover all their Villany; and in order thereunto
went to the aforesaid Alcock and Low, being Two
Justices of the Peace, and demanded a Warrant of
them, in the Presence of the Mayor of Clonnemell,
for to apprehend Primate Plunchott, the Archbishop
of Cassell, and Robert Poore the Dean of Waterford;
the said Plunckett and the Bishop of Cassell being
then at the aforesaid John Wilsh's House. The said
Justice refused this Informant, until the said Justice
sent Word to Plunckett and the other Bishop to be
gone; and then gave this Informant a Warrant, who
pursued the said Plunckett and the Bishop of Cassell
to the County of Killkeny, to one Mr. Walter Butler's
House, a Nephew of the Duke of Ormond's; who,
meeting with this Informant, threatened him at a high
Rate, and asked him, "How he durst come upon
his Land?" That the said Mr. Butler gave his
Pistols to one George Lee, with a Design to kill this
Informant, and narrowly escaped with his Life. Soon
afterwards, this Informant came to Dublin, and applied himself to his Grace the Duke of Ormond, and
informed him of that horrid and wicked Design of
the Papists; who promised this Informant a Protection; though this Informant petitioned often for the
same, yet he was refused; insomuch that he was necessitated to go disguised in a Beggar's Habit, to the
North of Ireland, for the Safety of his Life: But,
being pursued by Sir William Davis, Plunckett, and
the Archbishop of Cassell, to all Parish Priests, for to
make a diligent Enquiry after this Informant, who
finding him at Carricfergus, above 80 Miles distant
from Dublin, was there committed to Gaol by one
Captain Davis, a Justice of the Peace, where he remained for Three Weeks; until this Informant sent
him the said Davis Word, "that he was taking the
Advice of the Friar that was in his House for to destroy
the King's Evidence;" on which he discharged this Informant. And this Informant coming at the least
80 Miles distant another Way backward for to
shelter himself, to one Esquire Lambert's, in the
County of Meeth, where he worked for his Living
about a Month's Time, and understanding the Design
of the Papists going on apace, went to one Serjeant
Osburne, One of the King's Counsel, and discovered
to him a great deal of the said Plot; but, instead of
acting as the King's Counsel, or a loyal Subject, to
the contrary, sent this Informant to the Gaol of Trim,
in the County of Meeth, where he remained for
Three Weeks, in a starving Condition, in Irons, until he was removed from thence to Dublin, and his
Legs tied under the Horse' Belly, and then was brought
before Sir John Davis, Secretary of State; who at
the First Sight called this Informant Rogue, and said,
"That he was in Prison at Carrickfergus." This Informant replied, "That it was by the unjust Means
of his Brother, for discovering the Truth against
him." This Informant being brought to the Council
Board, the Lord Chancellor and Sir John Davis came
to examine this Informant; who told them, "That
he was not willing for to be examined by them, by
reason the one was Sir William Davis's Brother, and
the other his Father-in-Law:" Yet, however, to avoid
all that they should pretend, this Informant told and
discovered more to them than they were willing to
hear. Then they returned this Informant to Prison;
but was discharged the next Day, but by whose Means
he cannot tell; neither could he get any Protection
nor Safety; but, exposed to the Malice of his Enemies, this Informant went to another remote Part
of the Kingdom, in the County of Limreck, with an
Intent for to take Shipping, and to come for England,
for to discover all their Villany; but being there discovered, was apprehended, and brought to Justice
Crocker, who sent this Informant to Sir William King,
who committed him to The Marshalsea at Limrick, until such Time as he would send to Dublin, to know
how he was discharged there. But Sir William Davis
coming Judge of that Circuit, and coming to Limrick,
ordered this Informant to be sent to the Dungeon,
where he continued Eight Months in a perishing Condition, until such Time as my Lord Chief Baron Hinn
came that Circuit; and coming to Limrick, this Informant could not get a Petition delivered to him, but
was forced to tie it on the Top of a Staff; and, as
the Judge was passing by, reached to him out of a
Window; and the Judge having perused it, and understanding the Cause of his Committal, was for to
suppress his Evidence; which this Informant declared
often that he would sooner suffer Death than conceal such a bloody Design, though he was often
tempted, by offering him great Sums of Money for
to conceal what he knew. The Popish Party, to prosecute their bloody Intent, did most barbarously murder the said Keadagh Maghea, who was their Treasurer, when they understood that he detected their
Design, and turned Protestant, and was resolved for to
discover all their bloody and horrid Designs. This
Informant has more to discover; but first humbly desires that he may have his Pardon and Security.
Then Eustas Commyns was asked, "How he did know
the Design mentioned in his Information was to bring
in the French?"
He said, "His Master told him so."
He was demanded, "Whether the Sums of Money
he mentions were paid or promised?"
He answered, "They were paid; and Two Hundred
Pounds was paid to the Earl of Tyrone, for which he
gave an Acquittance."
And he being asked, "Whether he did see any of the
He said, "He heard them confess it."
He being further asked, "Whether he hath seen
any Discharges for the Sums?"
He said, "He heard Peter Lynch confess he paid
Monies to John Macdonnell, Adam Todin, Thomas
Neale, John Butler, John Lucar, William Brenan, and
The Earl of Clarendon reported from the Committee
of Examinations, "That Mr. Baldron was with them,
and presented to them an Information concerning the
Discovery of the Plot, which was signed by him."
The House caused the said Information to be read, as
Baldron, alias Bohun's Information, concerning the Plot.
"The Information of Robert Baldron, taken upon
Oath, this 6th Day of November, 1680,
before the Earl of Clarendon, One of His
Majesty's Justices of Peace for the County
and City of Midd'x and Westm'r.
This Informant saith, That the Reasons why he did not discover his total
Knowledge of the late horrid Popish Plot, having
been formerly examined before His Majesty in
Council, was, that the material Part of what this
Informant hath now further to discover is chiefly
concerning the Popish Lords Prisoners in The Tower.
He, this Informant, therefore thought it convenient,
and more for his own Safety, not to discover that
Part of his Evidence, until this Honour able Parliament did sit, who must be the Lords Judges,
either to acquit or condemn them. And this Informant, in Gratitude to His Sacred Majesty for his pardoned Life, as well as to clear his Conscience both
before God and Man, doth acknowledge, and humbly confess, that, about the latter End of January,
76/77, one Thomas Twing, a Priest, and William Rushton,
another Popish Priest, who was this Informant's
Ghostly Father, came to this Informant's House, at
Shippon Hall, in Yorkeshire; and did there examine
him this Informant, "How he was affected and did
like the Romish Religion, since he was of it; and, if
there were any Occasion, what would he do for the
Good of that Religion?" To whom this Informant
replied, "That he was so well affected to the Romish
Religion, that, upon any Occasion, he would venture
his Life and Estate in the managing of any Design
whatever for the Good of that Religion." They then
added, "That they were glad to hear him, this Informant, in so good a Humour; and did heartily wish
that all the Catholics in England were of this Informant's Mind.' And further did tell this Informant,
"That all England would in a little Time be Roman
Catholics; for that the Duke of Yorke, next Heir to
the Crown, had renounced the Protestant Religion;
therefore Force was to be used, for the more speedy
bringing him to the Crown." But further added,
"That, before this Informant could be any further
acquainted with the Particulars of this Design, he,
this Informant, must first take the Oath of Secrecy,
which all good Catholics must take; for if any Catholic did refuse it, he could not be admitted to know
of their Designs and Contrivances; for that Sir Thomas
Gascoigne, Thomas Gascoigne Esquire, and other Gentlemen, had taken the same, and engaged themselves,
and given Security for their respective Performances."
This Informant then told them, "That he would not
deny to take it, but would do as other good Gentlemen did; and would come when they pleased to take
it, for he would obey his Ghostly Father in all Things."
"And on Candlemas-day 76/77, this Informant did go to
Barmbow Chappell, where he did hear Mass, and take
the Oath of Secrecy, and received the Sacrament
from the Hands of his Ghostly Father, to be private,
and keep secret the Design of killing His Sacred Majesty, and the Destruction of such Protestants as would
not be of the Romish Religion; the true Copy of
which Oath of Secrecy this Informant doth say is in
Sir Gilbert Gerrard's Hands, a Member of the Honourable House of Commons.
"The same Day were hallowed by Mr. Rushton Two
Pistols for him this Informant, which were to have been
made Use of for the Destruction of the Protestant
Party, if the Roman Catholic Religion had prevailed
in England. There were also Bullets, Swords, Guns,
and Pistols hallowed, for Thomas Gascoigne Esquire,
and others, engaged in the Popish Plot.
"This Informant further faith, That, in the said
Month of February, he had an Indulgence, or Pardon,
of 30,000 Years given him, by the said Rushton his
Ghostly Father, for his Encouragement in his Proceedings of being so zealous against His Majesty and
Government; and that the Penance enjoined him, this
Informant, was, to say every Day a Litany for the Intercession and Conversion of England: But, if this
Informant did Twice a Day say this Litany, then
should be each Day redeem a Soul out of Purgatory.
This Informant hath heard his Ghostly Father say,
"that some Catholics had their Indulgences for 50,000
Years, others a plenary Indulgence, to encourage
them to be firmer to this Design;" such plenary Indulgence this Informant see, in the Hands of Mr.
Mowbray, about the latter End of January, 76/77; and
the Litany of Intercession this Informant will produce, if it be required.
"This Informant says, That the next Circumstance
of the Plot, that he became acquainted withal, was
the Reasons for the contriving of that Design; which
are as follows:
"1. That His Majesty, being beyond the Seas,
did promise the Monks and Jesuits to bring in
their Religion, if ever He enjoyed His own
again; and that it was upon Hopes thereof,
whilst the Troubles were here in England,
that so many of that Religion did venture
their Lives and Estates for His Majesty; and
thereupon the Monks and Jesuits did so plentifully supply His Majesty's Wants whilst beyond Seas. But, His Majesty coming Home
again, and not performing His Promise, thereupon Father Harcourt, Whitebread, Fenwick,
Corker, and other Jesuits, at Father Harcourt's
Chambers, in Duke's Street, which was their
usual Place of Meeting, and elsewhere, contrived this Plot.
"2. That His Majesty and His Subjects continuing obstinate Heretics, therefore the Pope had
excommunicated His Sacred Majesty, and absolved all His Subjects from their natural
Allegiance; so that it was lawful, and no Sin,
to kill His Majesty, or any of His Subjects
that did disown Allegiance to the See of
Rome; and whosoever could kill His Majesty,
should presently merit and enter Heaven, as a
Reward due to him.
"3. That the Catholics in England did take the
Oath of Secrecy, for the better carrying on
of this Plot; and were obliged by that Oath
to believe no Fidelity due to His Majesty.
"4. That his Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke,
presumptive Heir to the Crown, is a reputed
Papist; which made the Catholics more bold
in the carrying on their Designs against His
"5. That the Catholics in general did make collusive Conveyances of their Estates to their
Protestant Friends: Sir Thomas Gascoigne Baronet made such a Conveyance to Sir William
Ingleby Baronet, a Justice of Peace in the
Country; Sir Miles Stapleton to Sir John Dawney, a Member of the Honourable House of
Commons: So that, by making these collusive Conveyances, if they were discovered to
be concerned in the Plot against His Majesty,
then they had no Estate to lose; neither could
His Majesty's Penal Laws any Way prejudice
them; which was a great Motive and Encouragement to them for carrying on of this
"6. Since His Majesty's happy Restoration, the
Catholics having gained the Repute of being
loyal Subjects, and their Designs against former Princes being buried in Oblivion, they
were of Opinion, if any did discover their Intentions to destroy His Sacred Majesty, that
His Majesty would not easily be induced to
believe that they were projecting any such
Design against His Person and Government.
Besides, they would endeavour to procure the
making away of that Person which should discover the Intrigues of their Designs, or at
least to load him sufficiently with Infamy.
"7. That the Dutchess of Portsmouth being His
Majesty's great Favourite, they questioned
not by her Means to quash any that should
discover their Designs to His Majesty. Besides, the Dutchess of Portsmouth doth discover constantly to the Roman Catholics such
of His Majesty's Concerns as came to her
Knowledge; as this Informant hath heard several of the Papists confess or declare.
"8. Indulgences and Pardons being granted by
the present Pope, were great Motives to encourage the Papists to be active in this Design.
"This Informant says, That what he hath to say
against the Lords in The Tower (is this;) that in August or September, 1677, Thomas Gascoigne Esquire,
discoursing with Richard Sherbourne of Stonyburst
Gentleman, did acquaint him with a Meeting that was
at Father Harcourt's Chamber in 1676; where was
present, himself, Lord Bellasis, Lord Petre, Lord
Arundell of Wardour, some other Lords, and one Mr.
Pierpoynt; where they did condition and enter into
Covenant of 100,000£. a Man, to Mr. Whitebread,
Father Harcourt, and other Jesuits, to bring in their
Religion, either by fair Means, or else to use Force
to bring their Religion into England.
"This Informant says, That he see a Letter from the
Lord Bellasis and Lord Petre, the one as General,
and the other as Lieutenant General, "that they had
got conferred on Thomas Gascoigne Esquire the Government of Hull; which was presently after, at a
Consultation held at Barmbow, ratified upon him."
This Informant says, That none but those that had
great Offices of Employ for the Furtherance of this
Design did enter into 100,000£. Security, for their
"This Informant further says, That there was great
Correspondence between Thomas Gascoigne Esquire,
and the Lord Petre, and Lord Arundell of Wardour;
and has in that Year seen several Letters come from
the Lords aforementioned, which were directed to
Thomas Gascoigne Esquire; but what were contained
in them, he does not know: But says, That in the
Year 1677, he see a Letter written by the Lord Bellasis, directed to Thomas Gascoigne Esquire, requiring
another Collection of Money among them, for that
the Design did go successfully on; and that he did
not question but that in a little Time it would take
Effect, for the King's Security of Himself would
suddenly give them the Opportunity to cut Him off.
"This Informant also says, That in the said Month
of July he see several Letters, from Whitebread, Harcourt, and Cornwallis, directed to Sir Thomas Gascoigne,
which Letters were to the same Effect of the Lord
Bellasis' Letter to Thomas Gascoigne Esquire, requiring their speedy Concurrence to the Request of a
speedy Supply of Money.
"This Informant further says, That, presently after,
there was held a Consultation at Barmbow Hall, where
it was agreed that a Nunnery at present should be
established at Dolebanck: But, as soon as the King
was dispatched, the Nunnery was to be at Heworth;
but at present to be at Dolebanck, to avoid Suspicion;
Howorth being judged too near Yorke; which Nunnery
was established, in Hopes their Plot or Design should
take Effect; which was, to have killed the King, to
alter the established Government, and to introduce
the Roman Catholic Religion into England; upon
which Account, the Company there present mutually
resolved to venture their Lives and Estates.
"Sir Thomas Gascoigne gave 90£. per Annum for
ever to the Nunnery.
|Besides, for carrying on this Plot,
|Sir Miles Stapleton,
|Thomas Gascoigne Esquire,
|Sir Walter Vavasor,
|Sir Francis Hungate,
|Mr. John Middleton,
|Richard Sherburne, of Stonyhurst, Gentleman,
|Mr. Charles Ingleby,
|Mr. John Yorke, and Richard his Son,
|"This Informant gave, for his Soul to be
prayed for, Five Pounds. Besides, for the
carrying on of this Design,
"But this Informant faith, That, for the better carrying on of this Design, there was, in 1675, 1676,
1677, 1678, collected, in the Counties of Yorkeshire,
Lancashire, Derbyshire, and Bishopric of Durham,
the Sum of 30,000 £. for the carrying on of this
Design of killing the King.
"This Informant further says, That, presently after
the said Consultation at Barmbow Hall, another was
held at Stonyburse Hall, in Lancashire; to which Consult did go Thomas Gascoigne Esquire, Mr. Tempest,
Mr. Yorke, and several other Gentlemen. What several Proposals was made in that Council for the
carrying on of the Design, he does not know. But
says, as soon as Thomas Gascoigne Esquire was returned Home, he did hear him tell Sir Thomas Gascoigne, "That they had agreed that the French should
first come to Humber, and seize upon Hull; that the
Lord Bellasis, Thomas Gascoigne Esquire, Sir Miles
Stapleton, were to bring in what they could procure,
to the French's better Assistance; and that the Lord
Bellasis had done what Prejudice possibly he could to
Hull, to render it the more easy to be taken." And
this Informant says, That accordingly a Messenger
was to be dispatched into France, to give Notice of the
Result of both Consults.
"This Informant says, That, about the latter End of
August 1678, he see another Letter from the Lord
Bellasis, wherein he did desire Esquire Gascoigne and
the rest to be in Readiness, "for that there was no
other Remora but the King; and that very suddenly
they would dispatch Him out of the Way." And accordingly this Informant did, about Michaelmas, buy
a Horse of Mr. John Wightman, which cost him Ten
Pounds; and that his Arms for himself was a Cafe
of Pistols, a good Sword, with a good Horseman's
Piece; and that he did expect every Day to have been
in Action; but that Doctor Oates's good Discovery
"What this Informant doth further know of the Popish Plot, he refers himself to his former Informations, given by him, this Informant, to His Sacred
Majesty in Council; whom God preserve from the
Hands of Popish Conspirators.
Capt. et jurat. 6° Novembris, 1680,
Fitz Gerald's Information, concerning the Plot in Ireland.
This Day David Fitzgerald delivered in his Narrative
in Writing, concerning the Plot in Ireland, as he was
directed by this House the 4th of November; which is
entered, as followeth:
"The Heads of the Depositions of David Fitz
"A general Design to rise (presently after the Act
of Settlement passed), managed especially by John
Mullowny titular Bishop of Killalow, towards which
the said Mullowny received at Paris 100,000 Livres
by his own Confession; and engaged Colonel Miles
Ryley, Colonel Bourne, Colonel Cullen, Colonel
Morta' O Brian, and Colonel Custellow, who lost his
Head, upon the said Service.
"In 1673 and 1674, MacNamarra, Lacy, O Neale,
Mr. Mahan Hurly, and others, coming out of France,
under Pretence of raising Recruits for Colonel Hamilton; Lacy informed me, "That we should have the
same Laws established in Ireland as in France;" gave
me an Account how many Irish were then training up
in France; and that our Welfare depended much
upon the Success of the French Forces; for that
'twas Want of Conduct, not Courage, had ruined all
their former Undertakings, to assert their Liberty, and
regain their Rights; that, if they pleased, they might
retrieve their former Losses; and that the French were
too strong to be repulsed, as the Spaniards had been;
which yet never had been, had the Irish observed
their Stipulations on their Parts.
"O Neale told me, "That many young Gentlemen
were upon travelling; and that, if they knew generally in Ulster how the Game was playing for them,
he thought none would stay at Home.
"That he thought it dangerous for him to declare
his Knowledge of the Affairs Abroad, and their Likelihood of Success, if they would but be ruled; for
that all their Designs had lost their Effect for Want of
"Hurly trained Soldiers; and 'twas reported the like
was done by Irish Gentry in several other Parts of
"In 1675, Lacy came out of France, confirming the
People, and assuring them "they should speedily see
their Religion established there better than ever before; and that the Minute was nigh at Hand, on
which their Fortune or utter Destruction depended."
The same Year, upon a Report of the King's Death,
many flocked out of France, giving Notice that they
would be in Arms, and would now execute their Designs; which was prevented by His Majesty's Recovery. Whereupon they left Ireland, but returned
thither shortly after, declaring "that there was great
Industry used to breed a Difference between the King
and Parliament; and they did not yet doubt of effecting their Designs."
"About 1676, Creagh, titular Bishop of Corke, came
from France and Rome; said, "That the Pope had
discharged the Irish Catholics of their Allegiance to
the King, having no Right to Ireland but from the
Pope; and that Right returned to him, the King being a Heretic; that the Articles concerning the Design were in the Hands of the titular Archbishop of
Tuan, which would certainly be performed."
"There was a general Report for some Years, especially in 1675 and 1676, "that the Duke of Yorke
should be King in 1678;" of which this Informant
acquainted a Justice of the Peace as soon as he heard
it. The said Justice, before the Lord Lieutenant,
owned the same.
"About January, 1677, several Meetings for carrying on the Design.
"In February, 1677, a Letter from Sir John Fitz Gerald,
to the Lord Brittas, to be his Lieutenant Colonel;
hearing that the Lord Brittas had received his Commission; which Letter Sir John Fitzgerald owns to
"The English, observing the great Multitudes that
flocked together, were much alarmed, and gave Orders for strict Watches to be kept through the
"In the Years 1676 and 1677, there were several
Letters of Intelligence sent from one Part of the
Kingdom to the other; but always under seigned
"About May, 1678, Doctor Hetherman, being
pitched upon to go Agent into France, Colonel Lacy
was sent to Dublin, to confer with Colonel Richard
Talbott and others there. He returned in August following; and within Three Days after his Return,
there was an Assembly of the Popish Clergy of that
Diocese, at which Colonel Lacy was present. And
this Informant came at the latter End, so cannot say
particularly what was treated there. But Colonel
Lacy told me, how forward they were in carrying on
the Design; and that Doctor Hetherman was a very
fit Person to be employed in it in France and Rome.
Hetherman walked afterwards with me in the Garden;
and enquiring, "What the Strength of the Protestants in that County might be?" I answered him,
"I could not guess." For which he discommended
me; and drew out a List of Names, containing the
Number of every Protestant and Papist in that County, which, he said, every Parish Priest returned Twice
a Year to the Bishops;" and said, "he had a like
List of several other Counties; by which List there
were 15 Papists for One Protestant.
"He added, "He trusted in God, the Catholics of
that Kingdom would not be long subject to heretical
Government; and he would do his utmost to effect
the Design." But he apprehended the County of
Kerry to be the most convenient Landing Place for
an Army, and pitched upon November following for
the Time of the Army's Landing, and there would
be several Forts delivered up to them; and they had
appointed Persons that were strong enough to seize
those which would not be betrayed to them.
"That this Design was so laid, that it must take;
blaming the Irish for their ill Behaviour at all former
ones; and that the only Way to effect it was a general
Massacre, by rising all in One Night. Before Hotherman went for France, I acquainted Sir Thomas
Southwell with this; and desired that he and his Papers might be secured: But he did nothing in it.
Hetherman, Three Days after, went to France. I
told him also the Names of the Officers appointed to
carry on the Work; but he acquainted them what
I had said against them.
"In November, 1678, there was Notice given throughout the whole Kingdom, to be in Readiness when the
Army should land; and divers Consultations, where
it was resolved that they should not do any Thing
till the Army was landed, lest the French should not
be punctual at the Day, and so the whole Contrivance
"The 20th of November, 1678, was the Day appointed for the Landing, and the 23d for the seizing
Lymerick; when the Conspirators, by drinking with
the Officers (of which Excess several died) had got
such Familiarity with them, that they could come in
or go out without Suspicion at all Hours of the
Night. The same Method they used in Garrisons in
"The Conspirators gave out, "that they were to
have Commissions to raise Men, sometimes for Holland,
sometimes for Tangeir," to prevent the Suspicions of
their frequent Meetings.
"In March, 1678, Colonel Lacy told Sir John Fitzgerald, "That he was highly obliged to Sir Thomas
Southwell, who had sent him Word, that I had informed against him concerning a Conspiracy." Who
immediately told this to me, and bad me take Care
of myself, for else it might cost me my Life.
"About the 26th March, 1679, I went to Sir Thomas
Southwell's House, to charge him with the sending of
the Message to Lacy. I not seeing Sir Thomas, told
Mr. Piggott, his Son-in-Law, what Sir John Fitz
Gerald had told me. He was very much concerned
about it; and, in the Afternoon, brought me a Certificate from Sir Thomas Southwell, "that I never reflected upon Colonel Lacy, or any other Gentleman, in
his Hearing." Next Day, Sir Thomas Southwell invited me to Dinner, and desired me, "to go to Colonel Lacy, and snew him that Certificate; for that it
might be a Means to prevent my suffering any Mischief from them;" which (considering Sir Edmond
Bury Godfrey's Usage) I did, and afterwards returned
to Sir Thomas Southwell, who faithfully promised to
acquaint the Duke of Ormond, or Earl of Orrery,
with what I had told him. I returned Answer, "that
now my Name is made Use of, I must justify myself;
and the only Way that I knew to acquit myself of
Misprision of Treason was, by declaring what I had
from Time to Time informed him; which I would
forthwith do, unless he could find out some Way to
lay the whole Design open, without Prejudice to either
"The Lord Brittas being examined before the Council in November, 1679, what Pretence he had for giving
out he was to have a Commission; answered, "It was
by the Earl of Orrorye's Interest (who was newly dead),
who promised to procure him a Regiment for the
Service of Holland;" but could not prove he had
spoke with the Earl in several Years before, nor any
Messenger that brought him the Message, or shew a
Line under the Earl's Hand.
"Colonel Lacy confessed he had been at several Consultations, and particularly at that before Hetherman's
going to France, who, he confessed, was appointed
as an Agent for France; but he knew not about what
"Mr. Eustace White acknowledged the carrying the
before-mentioned Letter from Sir John Fitz Gerald,
to the Lord Brittas.
"Mr. Piggott owned, "that I told him several of the
Particulars, and all the other Part, in general Terms,
in 1675 and 1676."
"John Gilbert, Clerk, owned the private Meetings
of the Popish Clergy and Laity; and declared, "he
thought it of dangerous Consequence to the English."
"John Hicks, the Innkeeper, at whose House most
of these Things were transacted, did not own much
of it; but it can be proved by Three Persons of
Quality, who have not yet given any Evidence, that
he told them, in the Year 1677, "that he was sure
and understood, by the Company that came to his
House, that there would be a sudden Alteration;"
and several other Particulars to that Purpose.
"Sir John Fitz-Gerald acknowledged, "that Lacy
had told him of Sir Thomas Southwell's Message in
1678, and that he acquainted me with it."
"Da. Fitz. Gerald."
Turner to apprehend an Irish Russian.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House be, and is hereby, required, by himself
or his Deputy or Deputies, to assist John Turner in the
apprehending, who is supposed to
be one of the Irish Russians mentioned in One of His
Majesty's late Proclamations concerning them; and this
shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir George Charnock Knight, Serjeant
at Arms attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, and to all Mayors,
Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, and other
His Majesty's Officers, to be aiding and
assisting in the Execution thereof.
Bill for clearing London, &c. of Popish Inhabitants.
ORDERED, That the Bill for the freeing the City of
London, and Parts adjacent from Popish Inhabitants,
shall be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning
Lodgers, &c. in London and Westm. Account to be taken of them.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Clarendon, from
the Lords Committees for examining Matters relating to
the late horrid Plot and Conspiracy, how far their Lordships have proceeded in taking an Account of Lodgers
and Inmates in and about the Cities of London and Westm.
and the Parts adjacent:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Justices of
Peace, within their respective Jurisdictions, do meet
every other Day for some Time, at convenient Places
for that Purpose; and take an Account upon Oath from
the several Housekeepers within their respective Districts, of what Lodgers and Inmates are in their Houses;
and that the said Justices do from Time to Time give
an Account thereof to the said Lords Committees.
Plunket to have Pen, Ink, &c. to write a Petition.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Clarendon, from
the Lords Committees for examining Matters relating to
the late horrid Plot and Conspiracy, "That Oliver
Plunket titular Primate of Armagh in the Kingdom
of Ireland, (who is close Prisoner in Newgate by
Order of this House) prayeth that he may have Pen,
Ink and Paper, to write a Petition to be presented to
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Oliver
Plunkett be, and is hereby, permitted to have the Use
of Pen, Ink and Paper, for writing such a Petition;
and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Keeper of the Prison of Newgate, his Deputy and Deputies, and
every of them.
ORDERED, That the Informations concerning Ireland be communicated to the House of Commons, at a
Message to H. C. for a Conference on the Irish Plot.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Baron Gregory and Baron Atkins:
To desire a present Conference with the House of
Commons, in the Painted Chamber, about some Informations relating to the Discovery of a horrid Popish
Plot in Ireland.
The Messengers returned, and gave this Account:
That the Commons were risen before they came.
Address for bringing over L. Brittus and others, from Ireland.
ORDERED, That the Lord Chancellor be, and is
hereby, desired humbly, from this House, to move His
Majesty in Council, "That His Majesty would be pleased
to give Order for the bringing over the Lord Brittus,
Sir John Fitzgerald, Lieutenant Colonel William Bradley, and Colonel Lacy, out of the Kingdom of Ireland,
in safe Custody hither; and also that Sir Thomas
Southwell may be summoned out of that Kingdom,
forthwith to appear here; and likewise that Money
may be furnished, to defray the Charge of Witnesses
to be brought out of Ireland hither, and their Support
here, who are to give Evidence concerning the horrid
Plot and Conspiracy in that Kingdom."
Plot in Ireland.
ORDERED, The Business concerning Ireland shall be
taken into Consideration the First Business on Monday,
and next after, the Bill against Popery.
Chichester Church Wardens against the Bp.
ORDERED, That the Church Wardens of the Parish
of St. Peter the Great, in Chichester, who should have
been heard this Day upon their Petition against the
Lord Bishop of Chichester, are hereby appointed to attend
this House on Tuesday the Ninth Day of this Instant
November, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, for the
Sir Wm. Walter and Countess of Sheppy.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Hearing of Counsel,
which was appointed to be this Day, in the Cause between Sir William Walter and the Countess of Sheppey,
concerning Privilege of Parliament, be, and is hereby,
put off to be heard on Wednesday next, being the Tenth
Day of this Instant November, at Ten of the Clock in
Writs of Error brought in.
This Day the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of
King's Bench brought in Three Writs of Error, to
reverse Judgements given in that Court:
1. James Percy Plaintiff, versus John Blackston Defendant.
2. Robert Utting Plaintiff, versus Sir John Copleston
3. Christopher Fletcher Plaintiff, versus John Legg
Sayer & al. versus Regem.
Upon receiving the Petition of John Sayer and Thomas
Blagrave, of London, Vintners; shewing, "That, by
their Petition formerly lodged in this House, they, together with John Billingsley and Thomas Dyos, since
deceased, appealed for Justice, against a Decree made
against them and others, in His Majesty's Court of Exchequer Chamber, on the 25th of February 1674, in a
Cause wherein His Majesty's then Attorney General
was Plaintiff, and the Petitioners and others Defendants, concerning the Payment of 47, 881 l. 8 s. 9 d.
by them to His Majesty; and other Matters in the
said Appeal suggested:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners be,
and are hereby, required to give Notice of their said
Appeal to His Majesty's Attorney General; who is
hereby appointed to put in an Answer thereunto in
Writing, within Ten Days next after Notice given.
Grosvenor versus Cartwright.
Upon receiving the Petition of Fulke Grosvenor Esquire, and Mary his Wife, and Dorothy Cartwright an
Infant (by the said Fulke Grosvenor and his Wife her
Guardian) Children of William Cartwright late of Aynhoe Esquire, deceased, being an Appeal from a Decree
and Dismission and several Orders of the Court of Chancery, made in a Cause there depending, between the Petitioners Plaintiffs, and Ursula Cartwright Widow and others
Defendants; and praying that the said Defendants may
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the said Ursula Cartwright,
and her Children Thomas and Rhoda, be, and are hereby,
required to put in their Answer or several Answers to
the said Appeal in Writing, within One Week next
after Notice to them respectively given for that Purpose.
Noye versus Fortescut.
Whereas there is a Petition and Appeal of William
Noye Esquire, and others, depending in this House, to
which Sir Peter Fortescue and Dame Amy his Wife have
put in their Answer; it being prayed this Day, by
the Petition of the said William Noye, that a Day may
be appointed to hear Counsel thereupon:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear Counsel, at the Bar of this House, on both Parts, upon the
said Appeal and Answer, on Wednesday the Twentyfourth Day of this Instant November, at Ten of the
Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the Petitioner is to
cause timely Notice to be given to the said Sir Peter
Fortescue and Dame Amy his Wife for that Purpose.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, 8um diem
instantis Novembris, 1680, hora nona Aurora, Dominis
Hitherto examined, this 16th of November, 1680, by us,