they being charged divers Ways, as his Lordship well understood: And for that
had at that present Time, Ships ready to go forth for those Parts, they humbly
beseeched his Lordship to procure her Majesty's Resolution therein, before the
Ships departed, for the better Direction of their Affairs there. And so humbly
beseeching him to stand their good Lord herein, and craving Pardon for this
Boldness, they humbly took their Leaves."
King James the First, near the beginning of his Reign, was apprehensive of a
in the North of Ireland; when the Citizens of London seasonably supplied him
Twenty Thousand Pounds for his Irish Affairs. It was in the Month of July,
1610, that that King offered the Lord Maior and Citizens a Possession and
Englishmen, in the Province of Ulster. Accordingly they advised themselves
And in August they sent Four expert and discreet Persons, accompanied and
Sir Thomas Philips, (as the Lords of the Council had appointed) to Survey that
Province, and to observe the Profits, with the State and Condition thereof, and
what Ruins were to be Repaired; and what Cities, Castles, and Towns, were
to be Builded. When these Four Surveyors were returned, they certified the true
thereof, and of the Commodities, Honour and Credit, that was likely thereby to
to the City. And so they resolved to agree to the King's Offer, and Levied the
Sum. And by Virtue of an Act of Common Council, they constituted Twenty Four
Committees, consisting of Six Aldermen, and Eighteen Commoners; the Two Chief
were called the Governor and Deputy: All which to be chosen every Year: And to
all Power and Authority to order and dispose all Matters, for Plantation,
and Government, in that Northern Part of Ireland. On the 14th of February, they
Publication thereof; signifying unto all Handicrafts Men that would go thither,
should have present Entertainment and Employment in this Expedition, and their
Wages, with their Dwelling Houses, and other good Means, for the Maintenance of
themselves and their Families. Upon Knowledge whereof, there came about Three
Hundred Persons: Who were presently fitted and furnished with all Things
and with all convenient Speed were sent to Ulster. And so this Expedition
Prosperous: Alderman Cockain being the first Governor.
A Supply granted to K. James I. for Ireland.
E. How's Abridgment.
The Irish Company.
But to give some further Account, how this weighty Business proceeded. There
soon after, many Neglects and Abuses about this Plantation. Which the King,
Notice of in the Year 1613, intimated at Greenwich unto the Governor, and divers
Aldermen and Citizens, being of the Committees. And at a great Common Council
upon Midsummer Day, Sir Henry Mountague, the King's Serjeant at Law, came unto
them from the King, and declared unto
them the Errors in the due Prosecution of this purposed Plantation. And that it
Majesty's Pleasure, that they should forthwith send over some of themselves, and
ordain a better and more speedy Course in this Plantation; that is, for
Fortifying, Constituting, Governing and Building: And to take exact Survey of
Places, and all Persons and Expences, to be employed in this weighty Business.
this Message from the King, the Lord Maior, and Citizens, sent over thither one
Alderman, (viz. George Smithes) and one Commoner; and the Governor and
Committees sent also, to aid them in their Negotiation, Captain Paxton, a
excellent Soldier, to give his Direction in Fortification, and one Southes, a
for a Surveyer of the Buildings, and one Mosse, a Sollicitor of London, to be
Secretary. These embarked for Ireland, and arrived at Dublin. And thence went
Province of Ulster. Where they Surveyed the chief Cities belonging to their
viz. the Cities of London-Derry and Coleraine, with the Situation, and
thereof; and examined what Offices and Officers had been formerly Constituted;
which were fit to be continued or changed; and to settle the best Course for
with good Government in Peace and War. And having spent Three Months in these
Parts, they returned; having established their Towns, Lands, and Buildings, in
Manner the Time would permit. And made Report by Writing unto the Governor and
Committees very exactly, answering Forty Four Articles of Instructions given
Charge by the Committees: And also they delivered to the Common Council, a
in Writing of the whole Matter of their Proceeding in this Business; and their
for the Proceedings hereafter. Which the said Common Council accepted and
The Success of the Cities Plantation in Ireland.
Further, in the Year 1616, by a special Commission from the King, and from the
of London, Peter Proby, Alderman, and Governor of the new Plantation of the
Province of Ulster, in Ireland, accompanied with other Citizens appointed, went
and ministred the Oath unto all Officers, and others, for the well Government,
making true Accounts. And he carried over with him Two rich Swords. Whereof
he delivered to Sir John Vaughan, Knight, Maior of London-Derry; and the other
Tristram Berisford, Esq; Maior of Colerain, for the Time being: To be born
and their Successors for ever. There was also sent unto the Maior of
great guilded Mace, being sent him from the Governor and Assistants of the
And after Mr. Proby had stayed about a Quarter of a Year in those Parts, and
Matters, he returned back with his Company to London again.
It would be endless, and indeed impossible, to give a particular Enumeration of
Citizens of most Note for Wealth; let it suffice to take Notice of a few; who
only Wealthy, but employed by their Princes, and advanced to great Honour.
Citizens if great Wealth and Honour.
Sir Michael de la Pole, created by King Richard the IId Earl of Suffolk, and
Lord Chancellor of England, was the Son of a Merchant of London.
Sir Michael de la Pole.
Sir William Fitz-Williams, a Merchant Taylor, sometime Sheriff of London, was
preferred first to Cardinal Wolsey's Houshold, and afterwards Privy Counsellor
King Henry the VIIIth, Treasurer of his Houshold, and Lord Admiral of
Sir William Fitz-Williams.