The Works in Verse and Prose (including Hitherto Unpublished MSS) of Sir John Davies, Volume 3

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private circulation, 1876 - Ireland
 

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Page 160 - For the churches, they arc for the most part in ruins; such as were presented to be in reparation, are covered only with thatch. But the incumbents both parsons and vicars, did appear to be such poor, ragged, ignorant creatures...
Page 151 - ... thereof; And thereupon the old Brehon drew the roll out of his bosom where he did continually bear it about him. It was not very large, but it was written, on both sides, in a fair Irish Character: howbeit some part of the writing was worn and defaced with time and...
Page 149 - Mensall lands, which were free from all common charges and contributions of the country, because they yielded a large proportion of butter and meal, and other provisions for...
Page 151 - M'Guyre's whole estate in certainty, for in right he had no more, and in time of peace he did exact no more. Marry, in time of war he made himself owner of all, cutting what he listed, and imposing as many bonaghtes, or hired soldiers, upon them, as he had occasion to use...
Page 134 - ... as there wanted nothing but an office to be found thereof for the making void of all their patents. And therefore as soon as the state of the possessions of this country did appear unto my Lord Deputy to stand in such sort as is before expressed, his Lordship forthwith commanded me to draw a special commission, directed among others to -the Chief...
Page 190 - If our bishops, and others that have cure of souls, were but half as diligent in their several charges as these men are in the places where they haunt, the people would not receive and nourish them as now they do.
Page 163 - ... shall descend and be conveyed according to the course of the common law : every man shall have a certain home, and know the extent of his estate ; whereby the people will be encouraged to manure...
Page 148 - ... good portion of land to some Saint or other, whom he chose to be his patron ; then he founded the church, and called it by the name of that Saint, and then gave the land to some...
Page 146 - Irish country usually married, or if he were not married he had children ; and after his death, if any of his sons were qualified with learning, he was...