Adare, Lord of Gilhilte, c.1598 not 1608, sorry.
LORD OF GILHILTE, writes himself ADARE.
CALENDAR OF STATE PAPERS relating to Ireland.
Vol. VII. AD1598-1599. (Public Record Office 941.505 G786)
Published by authority of the Lords Commissioners of H.M. Treasury.
Vol. VII (also in Vol. CCII., Part I.)
page 10., Jan. 5 1598. Carrickfergus.
Captain Richard Atherton to the Earl of Ormonde.
“At my coming to Carrickfergus the tempest grew so great and extreme that, after great danger, I was driven to Scotland, where I did continue the space of three weeks, for want of a convenient wind.
And there I was credibly informed of the arrival of James McSorley, accompanied with his brother, Randal (later Sir Randal MacDonnell, surnamed McSorley).
And, before his going to the Court, he caused a proclamation to be made at the town of Ayr, that what soldier soever would go over with him into Ireland, he would give them entertainment, and there they should attend his coming from the Court.
And, in the time of my abode there, I was given to understand that the King (James of Scotland) entertained him very kindly, and granted him 150 men for his aid, but the common report goeth that he hath 500 men ; but certainly he hath leave to entertain as many as will go voluntarily with him.
He was expected at the waterside about the first or second of January, and also it is reported he shall marry the Earl of Gowrie his sister.
Also, in the time of my abode there, I chanced to converse with a Baron,
called the Lord of GILHILTE, who doth derive himself from Kildare,
and writes himself ADARE.
And after I sojourned the space of three weeks and conversing with him about Sorley and his aid from Scotland, at my departure he did call me apart, and disclosed unto me a way to withdraw all the Scots from McSorley, and to bring in all the Islands, and wished me to make some one of Council acquainted withal.
So I thought good to acquaint your Lordship withal ; but he earnestly charged me not to acquaint any one man with the secrecy thereof, save only one of the Council, for, if it were discovered, and not practised, it were his utter undoing.
His practice is this, that, if your Lordship doth think it convenient to send 200 or 300 soldiers into his country, he will deliver unto the chief thereof FOUR OF HIS OWN CASTLES standing upon the (Scottish) seaside, all furnished with all provisions fit for such a purpose.
But first he would have your Lordship to send Captain Ed. Garratt, and some one or two of good judgment, to view the places, and to come as if they were weather-beaten; and, if they like of the place, HE WOULD SEND TWO OF HIS SONS FOR PLEDGES, lest any evil practice should be doubted.
And, if those surveyors will promise to send any men, he will provide beef, meal, beer, and all provision, according to the number that will come.
And to cause such men as will be sent there to be drawn away, the King will come to such composition that he will bring in McSorley and all the islands ; and he is persuaded that this may be done without any breach of league or truce that is between Her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth I of England) and the King (James of Scotland),
especially if it be done or enterprised by the EARL OF KILDARE or any other nobleman of Ireland, and in regard that McSorley (MacDonnell) hath aid from the King.
Thus of his determination I thought it good to acquaint your Lordship withal, committing the censure thereof unto your Lordship’s good judgement.”
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Jan. 4 1598 at Dublin
“The Castle of Olderfleet was sold to the Scots by some Englishmen that were wards thereof, as may be seen by the testimony of the Commissary of the Musters, copy of which he sends.” -
page 9. Dec. 7 1597. Dunluce.
Captain Robert Constable to the Earl of Ormonde.
“He used all means to make SIR JAMES MACDONNELL (Sorley Boy) agree to a ransom, but he will no way yield thereunto.
Is constrained therefore, to signify his demands, which are these viz.,
the delivery into his hands of his base brother, now in Dublin Castle,
and the giving up to him, or the rasing, of Olderfleet Castle.
Sir James MacDonnell (Sorley Boy) says the castle is his by inheritance.
Olderfleet Castle is of small importance, and rather a needless charge to the Queen.
Sir James’s pledge is but a boy, and base born, and but small respect would be shown for him by the rebels, if they disposed themselves against Her Majesty.”