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The processe of Irish affaires (beginning where Giraldus did end) vntill this present age, being a wit|nesse of sundrie things as yet fresh in memorie: which processe from henseforward is intituled the Chronicles of Ireland.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 _LEauing at the conquest of Ireland penned by Giraldus Cambrensis, we are now to pro|ceed in that which followeth: wherin our authour (as he himselfe writeth) vsed such notes as were written by one Philip Flats|burie, out of a certeine namelesse author, from this place vnto the yeare 1370: and we hauing none other helpe besides (ex|cept onelie Henrie of Marleborow) do set downe that which we find in our oft mentioned authour, and in the same Marleborow in all the whole discourse that followeth, except in some cer|teine particular places, where we shew from whense we haue drawne that which we write as occasion serueth.

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THE CHRONICLES of Ireland, &c.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 _HUgh de Lacie (of whom such me|morable mention is made hertofore) the rather to méet with such hurlie burlies as were like to put the state of the Irish coun|trie in danger, if the same were not the sooner brought to quiet, erected and built a number of castels and forts in places conuenientlie seated, well and sufficientlie garni|shed with men, munitions, and vittels, as one at A castell built at Derwath. Derwath, where diuerse of the Irish praied to be set on worke for wages. Lacie came sundrie times thither to further the woorke, full glad to sée them fall in vre with anie such exercise, wherein might they once begin to haue a delight, and [...]ast the swéetnesse of a true mans life, he thought it no small token of reformation: for which cause he visited them the off|ner, and merilie would command his gentlemen to giue the laborers example to take their tooles in hand, and to woorke a season, whilest the poore soules looking on might rest them. But this pastime grew to a tragicall end. For on a time, as each man was busilie occupied, some lading, some heauing, some plastering, some grauing, the generall also himselfe digging with a pickare: a desperat viliaine among them, whose toole the noble man vsed, espieng both his hands occupied, and his bodie inclining down|wards, still as he stroke watched when he so stooped, and with an are cleft his head in sunder, little estee|ming 1186 Lacie is trai|torouslie slaine. the torments that for this traitorous act insued. This Lacie was reputed to be the conqueror of Meth, for that he was the first that brought it to a|nie due order of obedience vnto the English power. His bodie the two archbishops, Iohn of Dublin, and Matthew of Cashill buried in the monasterie of Bectie, and his head in saint Thomas abbeie at Dublin.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 By occasion of this murther committed on the person of Hugh Lacie, Iohn Curcie, and Hugh La|cie the yoonger, with their assistants, did streight ex|ecution vpon the rebels; and preuenting euerie mis|chiefe yer it fell, staied the realme from vprores. Curcie and Hugh Lacis the yoonger kéepe the realme in quiet. 1199. King Iohn slaieth his ne| [...]hue Arthur. Thus they knitting themselues togither in friend|ship, continued in wealth and honor vntill the first yeare of king Iohns reigne, who succéeding his bro|ther king Richard, tooke his nephue Arthur, son to his brother Geffreie earle of Britaine, and dispat|ched him (some said) with his owne hands, because he knew what claime he made to the crowne, as des|cended of the elder brother. And therefore not onelie the French king, but also certeine lords of England and Ireland fauored his title: and when they vnder|stood that he was made awaie, they tooke it in mar|uelous euill part. And Curcie either of zeale to the Curcie v [...] reth displea|sant words as gainst [...]ing Iohn. truth, or parcialitie, abhorring such barbarous cru|eltie, whereof all mens eares werefull, spake blon|die words against king Iohn, which his lurking ad|uersaries (that laie readie to vndermine him) caught by the end, and vsed the same as a meane to lift him out of credit: which they did not onelie bring to passe, but also procured a commission to attach his bodie, and to send him ouer into England. Earle Curcie He is accused. mistrusting his part, and belike getting some inke|ling of their drift, kept himselfe aloofe, till Hugh La|cie lord iustice was faine to leuie an armie and to in|uade Ulster, from whense he was oftentimes put backe: wherevpon he proclaimed Curcie traitor, and hired sundrie gentlemen with promise of great He is proc [...] med traitor. recompense, to bring him in either quicke or dead. They fought once at Downe, in which battell there died no small number on both parts; but Curcie got the vpper hand, and so was the lord iustice foiled at Curcies hands: but yet so long he continued in practising to haue him, that at length Curcies owne captains were inueihed to betraie their owne mai|ster: insomuch that vpon Good fridaie, whilest the earle out of his armour visited barefooted certeine religious houses for deuotion sake, they laid for him, tooke him as a rebell, & shipped him ouer into Eng|land the next waie, where he was adiudged to perpe|tuall He is take [...] prison. One Seintleger addeth in his collec|tions (as Campion saith) that Lacie paied the trai|tors their monie, and foorthwith therevpon hanged them.

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Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 With the bruite of his arriual at Waterforde, the kings of Thomond, Deſmõd, and Connagh, put themſelues in order after the braueſt maner they could to meete him, and to ſubmitte theyr Countreys to his grace. Before they came the Iriſh franklins with rich preſents (and as they are verie kynde hearted where they are willing to ſhew obedience) made vnto the childe their ſoue|raine Lorde, the moſt ioy and gladneſſe that might bee, and though rudely, yet louingly, and EEBO page image 41 after the vſage of their countrey offered to kiſſe him after ſuch a friendly familiaritie as they were accuſtomed to ſhewe towardes their Princes at home.The lacke of diſcretion in two of his garde. Two Normans that were of the garde pikethankes, and diſdaynefull clawbackes ſhooke and put backe the Clownes very roughly, tea|ring them by their clibbe heads and beardes chur|liſhly and vnmannerly, thruſting them out of preſence, whome they ſhoulde rather haue borne with, and curteouſly inſtructed. The Iriſhmen thus miſuſed, went againſt the forenamed kings, ſhewed the rebukes and villanies done to them in recompence of their humbleneſſe and meeke de|meanor, declaring playnely, that their Lorde to whome they were going to do honor, was but a boy, peeuiſh and inſolente, gouerned by a ſorte of yong flattering bribers, that ſith to them whyche were buxome and tractable, ſuch deſpite and diſ|honor (for that tearme they vſed, hauing borro|wed it of the Spanyardes) little good mighte the ſtates of Irelande looke for in continuance, when the Engliſh once had yoked thẽ and pawed them in their clouches. This reporte lightly alienated the mindes of thoſe princes, not yet very reſolute, and turned them with greate othes and leagues concluded among them ſelues, and cauſed alſo the mightieſt Captaynes elſewhere to ſticke to|gither, couenanting not to giue ouer whileſt their liues laſted for any manner earthly thing, but manfully to ſtande in defence of their aunciente liberties. Immediately herevpõ, ſeditious ſturres,Commotions reyſed. mutinies, and commotions were reyſed in ſun|dry partes, ſo that the yong gentleman and hys company were glad to referre the quieting of ſuch broyles vnto Lacie, Brews, Curcy, Fitz Gerald and others, he himſelfe returned backe into Eng|land the ſame yeere he came,The Lorde Iohn retur|neth into Englande. leauing the Realme by a great deale in worſe plight than he found it. Thus farre Cambrenſis, and now for that which followeth: Our Authour (as he himſelfe writeth) vſed ſuche notes as were written by one Philip Flatſburie, out of a certayne nameleſſe authour,Giraldus Cambrenſis endeth his Chronicle. from this place vnto the yerre .1370. and wee ha|uing none other helpe beſide (except only Henry of Marlebourrow,) do ſet downe that whiche wee finde in our oftmentioned authour, and in ye ſame Marleburgh in all the whole diſcourſe that fol|loweth, excepte in ſome certayne particuler pla|ces, where we ſhew from whence we haue drawẽ that whiche we write as occaſion ſerueth. To proceede then with the matter where we left, La|cie the rather to meete with ſuche hurlyburlies as were like to put the ſtate of the countrey in dan|ger if the ſame were not the ſooner broughte to quiet, erected and built a number of Caſtels in places conuenient, well and ſufficiently garni|ſhed with men munitions and vitayles, as one at Derwath,A Caſtel built at Derwath. where diuers of the Iriſh prayed to be [figure appears here on page 41] ſet a worke for wages.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 Lacie came ſundry tymes thither to further the worke, full glad to ſee them fall in vre with any ſuch exerciſe wherein might they once begin to haue a delight, and taſt the ſweeteneſſe of a true mans life, he thought it no ſmall token of re|formation: for whiche cauſe hee viſited them the oftner, and merily would commaund his gentle|men (to giue the labourers example) to take theyr tooles in hande, and to worke a ſeaſon, whyle the poore ſoules looking on might reſt them. But this paſtime grewe to a tragicall end: for on a time as each man was buſily occupied, ſome lading, ſome heauing, ſome plaſtring, ſome grauing, the gene|rall alſo himſelfe digging with a pickare, a deſpe|rate villayne among them, whoſe toole the noble man vſed, eſpying both his hands occupyed, and his body enclining downewards, ſtill as he ſtroke watched when hee ſo ſtouped,


Lacy is tray|terouſly ſlayne

and with an axe cleft his head in ſunder, little eſteeming the tor|ments EEBO page image 42 that for this trayterous acte enſued. This Lacie was reputed to be the conqueror of Meth, for that hee was the firſte that broughte it to any due order of obedience to the Engliſhe power. His body the two Archbiſhops, Iohn of Dublin, and Mathew of Caſſeill buried in the Monaſte|rie of Bectie, and his head in Sainte Thomas Abbey at Dublin.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 By occaſion of this murder committed on the perſon of Hugh Lacie, Iohn Curcy and Hugh Lacie the yõger, with their aſſiſtants, did ſtraight execution vpon the Rebels,

Curcy and Hugh Lacy the yonger keepe the Realme in quiet.


and preuenting eue|ry miſchiefe ere it fell, ſtayed the Realm from vp|rores. Thus they knitting themſelues togither in friendſhip, continued in wealth and honor vntill the firſt yeere of King Iohns raigne, who ſuccee|ding his brother King Richard, tooke his nephew Arthur,King Iohn ſlayeth his ne|phew Arthur. ſonne to his brother Geffrey Earle of Britaine, and diſpatched him, ſome ſayde with his owne handes, bycauſe he knew what clayme he made to the Crowne, as diſcended of the elder brother, and therefore not only the French King, but alſo certayne Lordes of Englande and Ire|land fauored his title, and when they vnderſtoode that he was made away, they tooke it in maruel|lous euil part. And Curcy either of zeale to the truth, or parcialitie,Curcy vttreth diſpleaſant words againſt King Iohn. abhorring ſuch barbarous cru+eltie, whereof al mens eares were full, ſpake blou|dy words againſt K. Iohn, whiche his lurking aduerſaries (yt lay ready to vndermine him) caught by ye end, & vſed ye ſame as a mean to lift him out of credit, which they did not only bring to paſſe,He is accuſed. but alſo procured a commiſſion to attach his bo|dy, & to ſend him ouer into England. Erle Curcy miſtruſting his part, & by like getting ſome inck|ling of their drift, kepte himſelfe aloofe, till Hugh Lacy lorde Iuſtice was fayne to leuie an army & to inuade Vlſter, from whence he was oftẽtimes put backe:He is proclay|med traytor. wherevpõ he proclaimed Curcy tray|tor & hired ſundry gẽtlemẽ with promiſe of great recõpence, to bring him in, eyther quicke or dead. They fought once at Doune, in whiche battell, [figure appears here on page 42] there dyed no ſmall number on both partes, but Curcy gote the vpper hand, and ſo was the Lord Iuſtice foyled at Curcies hands, but yet ſo long hee continued in practiſing to haue him, that at length Curcies owne Captaynes were in [...]y|ghed to betray their maiſter, inſomuche, yt vppon good Friday, whileſt the Earle out of his armour viſited darefooted certayne Religious houſes for deuotion ſake, they leyde for him, tooke him as a Rebell,He is taken. and ſhipped him ouer into Englande the next way, where hee was adiudged to perpe|tuall priſon. One Saintleger addeth in his col|lections, as Campion ſaith, that Lacie payed the traytors their money, and forthwith there vppon hanged them.