A JOURNEY by the EARL OF SUSSEX. MS 621, p.19 19 July 1557
MS 621, p.19
Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth, ed. J. S. Brewer & W. Bullen (6 vols., 1867-73), vol. I, document 211.
Saturday, 10th July, my Lord Deputy departed Killmaynan and came that night to Castle Carbere. On Sunday he removed to a place in O'Molloye's country, beyond the place of Ballohegarran, which that day we came through, and there camped in a plain by the riverside, called ---- [Blank in MS.]. This day we came by an abbey called Killeh. One Fargananhim and Tege O'Molloye's wife sent 12 kine to my Lord Deputy.
Monday, the 12th, he came before the castle of Mulbicke. We came through a great pass called Balloh Clanne de Lahe, and through another pass called ---- [Blank in MS.]. This day came to my Lord Deputy, by the way, Teage O'Molloye's wife and her daughter, O'Molloye, McCohela, and McGohegan. We came by O'Molloye's house, called Balleboy, and by a castle, called Castau Cloehan, wherein was Dermouth O'Madden and Brazell Doehe O'Madden. The Deputy commanded me, Athloone pursuivant-at-arms, to go the said castle and command them to come to him, which they did. As the Deputy came towards the said castle of Mulbicke, he went to peruse the same with his horsemen on the plain; and as he rode up and down, they of the castle made four or five shots with handguns or pieces, and he departed towards his camp; and they of the castle that stood within the river likewise shot three or four pieces at us. News being brought that the ordnance was come within a mile or two to the camp, his Lordship commanded it to be brought to him with speed. Soon after, they of the little castle of the Sennon set fire on their castle, and went to the castle of Mulbicke.
Tuesday, the 13th, the Deputy removed his camp, and went over the water of Sennan, "accompanied with Sir George Stanley, Knight Marshal, Sir Henry Radcliffe, Lieutenant, Mr. Francis Aggard, of the Privy Council, and the captains of the footmen, as Mr. Humfrey Warren, Mr. Thomas Smith, Mr. Henry Colle, with their footmen, and Mr. Straunge, sub-constable of the castle of Athloone, with his kerne, who came with great ordnance by water." He rode first to the abbey or friary, nigh to the castle of Mulbicke, to peruse the same; and there Thomas Barrett, a soldier under Captain Warraunt, was hurt with a handgun out of the castle of Mulbicke. After his lordship had remained in the said friary a little while, he returned over the water again. After dinner he sent me, Athloone pursuivant, to Gallway, for victuals and munition. He then "caused the great ordnance to be landed, and caused the little wood to be cut and the way to be made, that the great ordnance might be carried to the castle of Mulbicke." Ere night fell, he had brought one piece of ordnance to the friary, and there planted it somewhat aslope, and shot it off once as a warning piece. Then he sent a messenger, Henry Colle, commanding them to deliver the castle into the hands of the King and Queen. They replied that they could give no answer until they knew their master's pleasure, and desired respite until the morrow morning, to which his lordship agreed; and all that night he caused the ordnance to be planted straight against the castle.
Wednesday, the 14th, he sent the messenger again to the castle to know their mind. They sent word that they would defend the castle, and willed the messenger to come with no more messages. Then his Lordship commanded the great ordnance to be shot off, and within 16 shots a great piece of the wall of the Banne fell down; and then, immediately after, they of the castle conveyed themselves out of a false postern and fled, leaving the castle with only a prisoner in it, and of victuals a good quantity. Then the Deputy, with the Marshal, the Lieutenant, and Mr. Aggard, took possession of it, and put therein a ward. This day the Earl of Clanricard, the Earl of Thomond, the Bishop of Clonfert, O'Kerroll, and Mellaulin Moddere O'Maddin came to the Deputy with their powers. My Lord remained there in camp Thursday and Friday. On Friday afternoon he rode to the castle of Mullicke, [Sic.] and there left order for the keeping of the same. Donnogh O'Connor and his confederates were proclaimed traitors.
Saturday, the 17th, my Lord Deputy removed to Rahe Doeh. This day we came by McCouehlan in a castle called Balla Casslan. The said McCouehlan was our guide. We came over two great bogs, and through great woods or passes all the day, called ---- [Blank in MS.] At night the rebels burned Askehe within a mile from our camp, and also the suburbs of the fort of the Dengan, into which they shot certain arrows. "They burned also other towns within the English pale of William Dickson's."
Sunday, the 18th, the Deputy removed from Raeh Doeh and came to Castle Carbery. He went to see the farm or castle of Dicke Hunte, called Braclon, and William Dickson's farm or castle, called Kilclonfert, where he dined; and from thence to the Dingen, and from the Dingen to John Wackle's farm or castle, called ----, [Blank in MS.] and so [to] Carbery. Monday, the 19th, he removed from Castle Carbery, and so to Kilmaynan, being forth in the whole nine days.
"Par moy, Athloon pursuivant d'armes d'Ireland."