The UNDERTAKERS in MUNSTER. MS 617, p. 164 1591
These documents are held at Lambeth Palace Library
Former reference: MS 617, p. 164
Supplementary information: Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth, ed. J. S. Brewer & W. Bullen (6 vols., 1867-73), vol. III, document 128.
“Munster.–An Abstract or brief particular of all the Names of the Undertakers, the several counties, the quantity of their lands, and their yearly rents.”
Waterford.–Sir Chr. Hatton, late Lord Chancellor of England, hath in demesne and rentable lands (at the rate of 428½ acres, English measure, to a plowland) 10,910 acres; yearly rent from Mich. 1591 for three years, 30l. 3s. 9d. ster., and from Mich. 1594 in perpetuity, 60l. 7s. 9d. ster. Sir Walter Rawleighe, rentable lands, number unknown; yearly rent from Mich. 1591 for three years, 50 marks ster., and afterwards 100 marks. [Sir Walter’s lands are stated to be in cos. Waterford and Cork, and the following note is placed in the margin:–“He had these lands by express words and warrant in a special letter from her Majesty at 100 marks per annum rent.”]
Kerry.–Sir Edward Denny, 6,000 acres; rent for three years 50l., afterwards 100l. “He hath also the collection of chief rents in his patent to the sum of 300l.; also 80 beoffes. The country being depopulate, this rent was never answered by him, and we find that the Earl [of Desmond] never received half so much, and when he received any, it was in warlike manner upon the country of Clanmorryes, being the territory of the Baron of Lixnawe, who, being enforced thereunto by our distresses taken upon his lands, hath compounded for 50l. ster. per annum, as parcel of the composition of Kerry.” The rents payable by Sir William Harbarte, Mr. Charles Harbarte, Mr. John Hollis, Captain Jenken Conwaye, and John Champion are specified.
Cork.–Sir Warham St. Leger, Hugh Cuffe (who has granted to William Power the half of his seignory), Sir Thomas Norreis, Arthur Robins, Arthur Hyde, Phane Becher and Hugh Worth, Thomas Say, Edmond Spencer, Richard Beacon. [The lands held and rents payable by these Undertakers are specified. Spenser had 3,028 acres in co. Cork, his rent for the first three years being 8l. 13s. 9d., and from Mich. 1594, 17l. 7s. 6½d.; chief rents, 33s. 4d.]
Limerick.–Sir William Courtneye, Francis Barkley, Robert Ansloe, Richard and Alexander Fitton, Edmond Manwaringe, Sir Edward Fitton (also in cos. Waterford and Tipperary), William Trenshard, George Thorneton, Sir George Bourcher, Henry Billingslye.
Tipperary.–Thomas Earl of Ormonde and Osserie.
Totals.–Acres, 202,099. Rents, 1,976l. 7s. 5½d. ster. after Michaelmas 1594.
The Undertakers pay for their demesne lands but half of their rents till Michaelmas 1594.
Chief rents, 1,022l. 13s. 8¼d.
Abatements of rents upon evictions, 55l. 7s. 1d. Remain of the Undertakers’ rent till Michaelmas 1594, 967l. 6s. 7¼d.
Abatements of rents upon evictions per annum till Michaelmas 1594, 80l. 4s. 3d. There remaineth therefore to be paid yearly to her Majesty after Mich. 1594, 1,896l. 3s. 5½d. (sic.)
Signed: Ro. Gardener, Roger Wilbraham.