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resistance. But she appears to have been actuated 1603. less by religious influence against her Irish than her English subjects. In England under Elizabeth * 130 priests were publicly executed for their religion, numbers were imprisoned, and others sent into banishment by companies of forty, fifty, and seventy at a time. Whereas, during her whole reign in Ireland, we read of no imprisonment, banishment, or execution of any priest for the sake of his religion.
had entered into the war under repeated assurances of succours from the Pope and the King of Spain. He constantly importuned these powers for assistance. He urged the unlawfulness of submitting to Elizabeth, who still remained subject to the excommunication of Pius V. and entreated Clement VIII. to send a nuncio to Ireland ; instead of which that Pope wrote a breve from Rome to encourage the nation to the recovery of its liberties; a copy of which is to be seen in the Appendix to the Historical Review, No. XI.
Ere we enter upon another reign, it may be not uninteresting to refer to the specific grounds and reasons, why the Irish rose · against Elizaheth, and so obstinately persisted in ļheir rebellion.
Many of them are collected together in a very strong and sensible memorial submitted to the Queen, by Captain Thomas Lee, a good officer and stauncla protestant, in the year 1594. Several of the facts he was eye witness to ; others he vouches for the truth of. A manuscript of it is in Trinity College, Dublin; and considerable extracts from it are to be seen in the Appendix to my His
torical Review, No. XII. T ILL A TT Let1 1-1/ 1 * Pers. Discuss. of Bul. Answer, 1612, p. 179.
The Reign of James I.
of the house
1003. The accession of the house of Stuart to the throna Accortion of England, and consequently to that of Ireland,
se forms a notable æra in the modern history of that
country. The conduct of the Irish to the Stuarts,
* Morryson (p. 97) says, that the Queen's charge for Ireland, from the 1st of April, 1600, to the 29th of March, 1602, was 283,6731. 193. 44. Robertson, in his History of Scotland, tells Os, that “ it was part of James's policy, in order to pave the way to his succession, to waste the vigour of the state of England, by some insensible, yet powerful means. He had his agents in Ireland fomenting Tyrone's war (the Scots daily carrying munition to the rebels) in Ulster; so that the Queen was driven almost to an incredible expense in carrying it on, and her enemies, still
James's first care after his accession was to ingra. 1603. tiate himself with the Irish. Tyrone and Roderick O'Donnel, who in the late commotions had been deavours to very active against the government, accompanied himself with Mountjoy to the court of King James, where they were most graciously received: the former was confirmed in all his lands and honours, the latter was created Earl of Tyrconnel. It is evident that James encouraged reports in Ireland, that he should be favourable to the catholics, and they were naturally magnified by the enthusiasm of the Irish. It was even currently believed, that the King himself was of that persua. sion *. Mr. Osborne, indeed, says, “ it is certain,
encouraged by James's secret assistance and promises.” Of this,
* It is reported of James, that he sent a letter, under his own a
1603. that the promise King James made to the Roman
catholics, was registered, and amounted so high at ·
external form of the Roman ritual. Mountjoy Mountjoy marched an armed force into Munster, in to Munster order to check this open defiance of the law. At Wa. to check the open exer- terford he found the town gates shut against him : the
citizens pleaded, that by a charter of King John they were exempted from quartering soldiers; but Mountjoy instantly replied, that with the sword of King James he would cut to pieces the charter of King John; level their city with the ground, and strew salt upon its ruins. The menace was effectual: Mount. joy entered, and the citizens were terrified into submission. From this conduct of the deputy, the other cities of Munster, which had declared for the free and public exercise of the Roman catholic religion, were intimidated into a like compliance with the laws *.
cise of reli: gion.
the West. And for his temporall principalitie over the signory of Rome, I doe not quarrell it neither : let him in God's name be primus episcopus inter omnes episcopos, et princeps episcoporum i 60 it be no otherwise, but as Peter was princeps apostolorum.”
* This public exercise of the catholic religion ought not to be consider ed as open and deliberate treason. We have before observed, that the acts of Elizabeth, as well as the other acts of the pale parliainent were not obeyed twenty miles from Dublin : and even within the pale, the penal laws of Elizabeth had not been
Act of obli.
c vion and in
For settling the peace and quieting the minds of 1605. the nation, and for securing their persons and pro- act of ahliperty from the effects of the law, which most of demnity, them had incurred in some way or other during the general confusion, an act of state, called An Act of Oblivion and Indemnity, was published by proclamation under the great seal, by which all offences against the crown, and all particular trespasses between subject. and subject, were, to all such as would come in to the justices of assize, by a certain day, and claim the
executed for the last forty years. All the Irish annalists affirm that the Statute of Uniformity (2 Eliz.) was surreptitiously ob tained by the art of Stanyhurst, the then speaker; who, at an unusual hour, and on an unexpected day, procured the bill to be passed by the friends to reform, in the absence of those, who were expected to oppose it. They soon after protested against the act of this smuggled convention; and the Lord Lieutenant assured them with oaths and protestations, that the penalties of that act should never be inflicted, which they believing, suffered it to remain without further opposition. In fact, that law was never executed, during the remainder of Queen Elizabeth's reign, (Vide Analect. Sacr. p. 431,) Other causes may with greater plausibility be assigned for the non-execution of the penal laws, during the reign of Elizabeth, in Ireland ; while hundreds were put to death, and thousands suffered in their persons and fortunes un. der similar laws in England. Those within the pale were equally te pacious of their ancient faith, as those without it. The Queen's army was full of native Irish, all or most of whom then were ca tholic. And Mortyson (p. 120) asserts, that one half of that gallant army under Lord Mountjoy, which so successfully attacked and at last entirely defeated Tyrone, was Irish ; nor did their having less pay than the English or their being exposed to endure the brunt of every action lessen their zeal or activity in the service.