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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 446 pages of information about The Land-War In Ireland (1870).
belonged to Tyrconnel’s ancestors for 1,300 years.  But it was taken from him without compensation, by Sir Henry Folliott and the Bishop of Derry, with the ultimate sanction of the lord deputy, who confirmed the bishop in possession ‘both for that season and for all times ensuing.’  Sir H. Folliott on one occasion took away for his carriage the horses that served the earl’s house with fuel and wood for fire, ’and the soldiers, scorning to feed the horses themselves, went into the earl’s house, and forcibly took out one of his boys to lead them, and ran another in the thigh with a pike for refusing to go with him.’  He had a number of tenants, who held their lands ’by lease of years for certain rents.’  Yet the lord deputy sent warrants to them, directing them to pay no rents, and requiring the Governor of Derry ’to raise the country from time to time, and resist and hinder the earl from taking up his rents.’

To crown all, when Tyrconnel made a journey into the Pale to know the reason why he was debarred from his rents, he lodged on his way in the Abbey of Boyle.  He had scarcely arrived there when the constable of the town, accompanied by twenty soldiers, and all the churls of the place, surrounded and set fire to the house where he lay, he having no company within but his page and two other serving men.  ’But it befell, through the singular providence of Almighty God, whose fatherly care he hath ever found vigilant over him, that he defended himself and his house against them all the whole night long, they using on the other side all their industry and might to fire it, and throwing in of stones and staves in the earl’s face, and running their pikes at him and swords until they had wounded him, besides his other bruisings, with stones and staves in six places; they menacing to kill him, affirming that he was a traitor to the king, and that it was the best service that could be rendered to his majesty to kill him.  And that all this is true, Sir Donough O’Conor, who was taken prisoner by the same men, because he would not assist them in their facinorous and wicked design of killing the earl, will justify; but in the morning the earl was rescued by the country folk, which conveyed him safely out of the town.  And when the earl complained, and showed his wounds unto the lord deputy, he promised to hang the constable and ensign, but afterwards did not once deign so much as to examine the matter or call the delinquents to account, by reason whereof the earl doth verily persuade himself—­which his surmise was afterwards confirmed in time, by the credible report of many—­that some of the State were sorry for his escape, but specially Sir Oliver Lambert, who had purposely drawn the plot of the earl’s ruin.’

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[Footnote:  Meehan’s Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnel, pp. 192-224.]

CHAPTER IX.

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