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names, of sundry practices and abuses, supposed to be committed
in and concerning the said parliament; whereot the King being
desirous to be thoroughly informed, commissioned the Deputy
and others, August 27th, l6l3, strictly to enquire into any ge-
neral grievances either in the civil or martial government; that
being informed of both, and understanding the grounds of the
said complaints, he might apply proper remedies. In execution
of their commission and instructions, J' they made a strict inquiry,
and laid the state of the kingdom before his Majesty; who there-
upon, to satisfy the public, and clear his deputy from any asper-
sions, which were or might be cast upon him, by such as cen-
sured his proceedings for the public good, published a proclama-
tion February 7th, and having commanded the present appearance
in England, of divers members of both houses, directed Sir Arthur
to repair thither also, that he and his council might advise at
large with him, and receive information from him, touching the
state and affairs of Ireland.

On his return in l6li, he was empowered (with others) by
special commission, to view the counties of Wexford, Longford,
Leitrim, &c. and inquire into the crown's title to the same; the
estate, number, and condition of the inhabitants; the chief ies,
claims, customs, and rents, of the then owners ; and the best way
to reduce and settle them. This commission was executed that
summer, and a general title found for the King, to about 385,000
acres ; which, after taking care of the rights of the church, as-
signing a maintenance for the clergy, and making a provision for
free schools, were disposed of between the natives and the British

July 27th, 1614, he was again made L. D. in which year the
harp was first marshalled with the arms of England, and since
then hath been impressed on the British coin. He also reduced
the mountains and glynnes on the south of Dublin into the county
of Wicklow;^ brought many of the Irish to conform to the

y The return of this commission is preserved in the rolls of his Majesty's
high court of Chancery, and is a very valuable and curious piece of history.

z Fuller ut antea.


English habit and laws ; and so observant was he over the actions
of suspected persons, that Tiroen was heard to complain, "he
could not drink a full cjrouse of sack, b it the state was within
few hours advertised thereof."" After he had thus continued
many years chief governor of the kingdom, King James, by his
letter from Newmarket of November 2()th, 1(315, was pleased to
disburthen him of that charge, and gave him leave to retire from
that public duty, to follow his own private affairs, and repose
himself either in his government in the north, or, if more agree-
able, to repair to England to kiss his hand j " and of this," says
the King, " you may rest assured, that you do leave that place
with our very good grace and acceptation of your services; and
as occasion shall be offered, you shall find by some more especial
mark of our favour, that we will not be unmindful of your former

Accordingly, his Majesty (loth to leave his abilities unem-
ployed) '■ constituted him, July 13th, I0l5, Lord High Treasurer
of Ireland, of which office he had the staff delivered to him in St.
Patrick's church, by the L. D. St. John, on Friday, August 30th ;
and whilst he continued in Ireland resided at Carrickfergus, where
in l6l8 he bmtt a magnificent house, called Joymount. May 2d,
1622, he was sent ambassador to the Palatinate,"^ and thence to
treat of a peace with the Emperor ; during his residence at whose
court, being besieged in the city of Mainchina, or Mainheim
(much indebted to his prudence for seasonably victualling it) by
Count Tilly, ^ he sent him word, that it was against the law of
nations to besiege an ambassador; to which Tilly returning an-
swer, he took no notice that he was an ambassador; his Lordship
replied to the messenger, " Had my master sent me with as many
hundred men as he hath sent me on fruitless messages, your
general should have known, that I had been a soldier as well as
an ambassador." He returned to England in October, and De-
cember 31st, was sworn of his Majesty's privy-council there ; but
departed this life (in as great honour^ as any Englishman of that
age) in London, February 19th, l624, *" and was interred Octo-
ber 24th, 1625^ in a chapel on the north side of the church of St.
Nicholas, at Carrickfergus, under a very stately monument of
marble and alabaster, with the following inscriptions : s

» Fuller lit antea. •' Ibid. c Ibid- <i Ibid,

e Ibid. f Ulster's Office.

g A handsome monument is also erected to his memory in the cathedral


Sacred to God and eternal memore,

Sir Arthur Chichesteu, Knt, Baron of Belfast, Lord

High Treasurer of Ireland, Governor of this tovvne, and

Of the countries adjoining : Descended of the auncient

And noble howse of the Chichesters in the countie

Of Devon, Sonne of Sir John Chichester of Rakiche, Knight^

And of his wife Gartrud Courtney, grandchild of Edward

Chichester, and of his wife Elisabeth, daughter of John

Bourgchier Earle of Bathe : After the flight

Of the Earls of Tiron and Terconnel,

And other arch traytors their accomplices.

Having suppressed O'Doughertie and other northern rebels.

And settled the plantation of this province, and well and

Happily governed this kingdome in florishing estate.

Under James our King, this space of xi yeres and

More, whilest hee was L Deputie and Governor Generall

Thereof, retyred himself into his private government.

And being mindefull of his mortalitie, represented unto

Him by the untymely death of Arthure his sonne, the

. Only hop? of his house, who lived not full two months

After his birth ; as also of his noble and valiant brother

Sir John Chichester, Knight, late Serjeant-M;ijor of the

Army in this kingdome, and the precedent Governour of

This towne, hath caused this chappell to be repaired.

And this valt and monument to be made and erected, as

"Well in remembrance of them, whose statues are expressed,

And theire bodyes interred, as allsoe a resting place for

The bodie of self, and his most deare and best beloved

Wife, the noble and vertuous Ladye Lettice, eldest daughter

Of Sir John Parrott, Knight, some tyme the worthye

Deputie of this kingdome : which they hope shall here

Rest in peace until the second coming of theire

Crucifyed Redeemer, whome they most constantly beleive

Then to behold with theire bodily eyes, to their endles

Bfessedness, and everlasting comfort.

Gladius meus non salvabit me.
Fatum mortis a Domino injunctum est.

church of Exeter; and in a little oratory, adjoining to the church qf Eggcs-
ford, is his bust, curiously cut in marble, represented to the life, yielding a
look stern and terrible like a soldier.


If that desire or chance thee hither lead
Upon this marble monument to tread.
Let admiration thy best thoughts still feed.
While weeping, thou this epitaph doest reade 5
And let distilHng tears thy commaes be.
As tribute due unto this elegie.

Wiihin this bedd of death a Viceroy lies.
Whose fame shall ever live; virtue ne'er dies j
For he did virtue and religion nourish.
And made this province, rude, with peace to florisli..
The leudest rebel he by power did tame.
And by true justice gayn'd an bonor'd name.
Then now, though he in Heaven with angels be.
Let us on earth still love his memory.
By him interr'd his noble ladye is.
Who doth partake with him in heavenly bliss;
For while the earthe unto them was a seate
Blessed they were, being both good and great.
With them doth rest their one and only sonne,
Whose life was short, and soe his glass soone run
The heavens, not earthe, was his alotted right.
For which he bade the world soe soon good night :
Intomb'd by them here also doth remayn
* His worthy brother, who was lately slayn.
As he in martiall and brave warrelike fight
Oppos'd incursions in his country's right.
And in memorial of theiie endless praise.
This monument is left to after dayes.

He married Letitia, daughter of Sir John Perrott, '^ sometime
L. D. of Ireland, (widow of V;:ughan Blatkham, Esq.) and by
her, who died 20th (or 27th) November, 1620, and was buried
at Carrickfergus January 10th following, had an only son Arthur,
born September 26th, 1606, who died 30th of the next month ;
so that

Sir Edward Chichester,^r5f Viscount Chichester, his Lord-
ship's next brother, succeeded to his large estate ; and the honour

1> Ulster's Office.


being limited only to his issue male. King Charles I. conferred it
anew on Sir Edward, and added to it the superior title of Viscount
Chichester of Carrickfergus, with the annual creation fee of
13/. 6s. Sd. Irish, payable out of the customs of the port of Dublin,
by patent, ' dated at Westminster, April 1st, '^ 1625. Also Oc-
tober 12th that year, constituted him his brother's successor in
the government of Carrickfergus, admiral of Loughneagh, go-
vernor of Culmore ; and that day he was sworn of his Majesty's

i The Preamble. Coronas re^ae proprium officium et pi-asrogativam esse
certissimum est inter benemeritos de republica fidei et virtutum praemia rite
disponere, nullasque ad id magis idoneas esse remunerationes quam honorum
et dignitatum insignia et ornamenta, ut qui alios virtutibus et benemeritis
prjecedunt, amplioribus honoribus decorentur et nobilitentur, ex quo et ipsi
ad majora et graviora nobis et reipublicae servitia praestanda sese obligates
agnoscant, et alii etiam per eorum exempla memorabilia ad eadem virtutum
et actionum laudabilium stadia incitentur. Hinc fuit quod pi-aepotentissi-
mus et augustissimus princeps beatae memoriae dominus Jacobus nuper rex
Anglias, Scotiae, Franciae, et Hiberniae, pater noster charissimus non ita pridem
permagna fidelissima et felicissima servitia dicto nuper regi et coronae suae
summa cum prudentia, industria, et fortitudine, per dilectum et fidelem con-
siliarium suum Arthurum Baronem Chichester de Belfast defunctum, nuper
regni Hibernias per undecim simul annos deputatum, et postmodum summun
ejusdem regni thesaurarium priestita, ipsiusque tarn in pacis quam belli tem-
poribus animi magnitudinem, consilium et judicium gratiosis intuentes oculis,
ipsum Arthurum ad honorem et dignitatem Baronis illius regni erexit et prx-
fecit, sibique et haeredibus masculis de corpore suo exeuntibus in perpetuum
concessit. Posteaque ex propria sua regia observatione certior factus accessio-
nem illam honoris in praefatum consiliarium suum collatam, multum in illo
in negociis dicti nuper regis et zeli indefessi et alacritatis admirandas addidisse,
idem nuper rex pater noster charissimus statuit apud se eidem Baroni in am-
plis gratiosK ejusdem nuper regis servitiorum suorum acceptationis testimoniis
ulteriorem nobilitatis gradum conferre; quam quidem animi sui regii inten-
tionemfato dicti Baronis praeveniente, et Baroniam etiam illam ob defectum
haeredum masculorum de corpore suo extinctam relinquente, decrevit idem
nuper dominus rex in persona dilecti nobis Edwardi Chichester milltis, fra-
tris dicti nuper Baronis, ejusdem et memoriam et dignitatem restaurare, et
promajore dicti Edwardi incitamento, ut se fraternas virtutis, sicuti reven-
tionum et census, hseredem prasbeat, ilium cadem dignitatis additionc, quam
fratri in mente habuit, honorare, ut omnes viderent et cognoscerent quam
innatum sibi animoque fixum inhasrebat, vires cordatos, non vivos tantum sed
et mortuos, remunerare. Sciatis quod nos dicti nuper regis patris nostri cha-
risslmi gratiosum hoc propositum benigno animo recolentes, considerantcs
etiam praedictum Edwardum Chichester militem, ex eodem honorato stirpe,
unde et fraterejus, oriundum esse; prudent'ae etiam, dexteritatis et fidelitaiis
ejus in rebus publicis administrandis saiis amplum exhibuisse testimonium ;
et nobis ipsis promlttentes, quod hoc favoris specialis argumenium ipsum
Edwardum ad omnia nobis et coror.K nostrce honorabilia servitia et obsequia
fide ct alacritate praestanda incitabit, de gratia nostra speciali, Sec.
k Rot. pat. Ao. ioj. Car. I. i p. D. R. 22.


privy-council. He had also a confirmation of the estate, Sep-
tember 22d, l6-iO, for the fine of 467 /. 17^'. 6rf. ' was made joint
commissioner of the treasury October 12th, l632, with the Lords
Grandison and Ormond ; took his seat in parliament July 14th,
1634 i ™ commanded a regiment in that reign ; and on the break-
ing out of the rebellion in l64l, sent an express to Scotland to
advertise the King thereof, and of the state of the country, with
the danger that was like to ensue ; for the suppression of which,
he was empowered by commission to raise forces

On July 4th, l605, he married to his wife Anne, " daughter
and heir to John Coplestone, of Eggesford in the county of Devon,
Esq. (who died November lltb, 1606, by his uife Dorothy,
daughter of Sir George Biston, of Biston-Castle in Cheshire) with
whom he had a large estate; and to his second wife Mary,

daughter of Denham, of Wortham in the said county,

Esq. and widow of Othwill Hill, of Penwarnt in Cornwall, Esq.
but by her, who died at Belfast February 2d, 103/, and was buried
at Carrickfergus, he had no issue.

He was a very worthy and eminent person, well accomplished
both for war and peace, and very serviceable in the wars of Ire-
land, for which he was knighted. In the parlour at Eggesford
■was his effigies drawn in full proportion, with these lines under it,
expressing a virtuous and generous mind.

Tempori servire malum :

Mutare tempore pejus:

Pessimum autem malorum^

Temporis quam veritatis

Rationem habere.

He died July 8tb, 164S, and lies buried by his first lady, who
died March Sth, 1616, and by her father and mother under a
noble monument prepared by himself, but finished by his son,
with all their portraitures in marble; having his five children
kneeling by, under a stately canopy, finely painted, in the little
.oratory adjoining Eggesford church :

In Memory

Of Edward, Lord Viscount Chichester,

And dame Anne his wife : And in huai-

1 Rot. Pat. Ao. 191. Car. I. i p. D.
m Lo:d3 Jouis. vol i. p. z, s Ulster's Office.


ble acknowledgement of the good provi-
dence of God in advancing their house.

A little under are these verses :

Fam'd Arthur, Ireland's dread in arms; in peace
Her tut'lar genius; Belfast's honour won :

Edward and Anne, blest pair I begot increase
Of lands and heirs. Viscount was grafted on.

Next Arthur, in God's cause, and King's, stak'd allj

And had, to's honour, added Donegal.

Then follows an inscription, expressing his employments,
marriages, and issue; which to insert would be only repetition.
His children were,

Elizabeth, born June 29th, i607, and married to Sir William
Wrey, of Trebitch in Cornwall, Knight, and Bart, by whom she
had Sir Chichester Wrey, born in l628, her only son, and three
daughters; and Mary, born December 6th, 16O8, was first mar-
ried to Thomas Wyse, of Sydenham, and secondly to John Harris,
of Radford, Esqrs.

Also three sons.

First, Arthur, created Earl of Donegal.

Second, John Chichester, Esq. the second son, was born Fe-
bruary 22d, J 600, resided some time at Diingannon, in the
county of Tyrone, an estate settled on him by his father j for
which borough he served in the parliament of I639 ; was lieute-
nant-colonel of a regiment in the service of King Charles I. and
in 1647, serjeant-major of his Majesty's army. ° He married

o He died in 1647, as appears by the probate of his will in London, Fe-
bruary, 4th, 1647-8, and in Dublin in July, 1657 ; but in Clogher's collectioa
of MSS. is said to be drowned in 1658, and to be buried November X7th that
year, in St. John's church, Dublin, which must be an error ; and is so con-
firmed by his Lady's will (proved November 8th, 1673', wherein she desires
to be buried in St. Patrick's church, in her father's tomb, by her brother the
Lord Ranelagh, if she died at or near Dublin, very privately, without any
gaudy escutcheons, or shew, but in the night, with a few torches, without
noise or ceremony ; and if she died in the north, to be buried privately by her
deceased husband, Mr. John Chichester, at Belfast. The said John made his
will Xovember 1st, 1643, and devised his lands and estate of Dungannon, and
his other personal estate, which was made over to him by his father on his
marriage, to his son Arthur, and made him sole heir; confirmed his wife's
jointure of 400/. a year, with the use and profit of her portion, zocoi, in her


Mary,!' youngest daughter of Roger Jones, the first Viscount
Ranelagh, and by her (who re-married with Colonel Christopher
Copley, by whom she had two daughters, viz. Frances, married
to Mr. Justice Cootej and Margaret, in March, 1 669, to Sir
Gregory Byrne, of Timoge, in Queen's county, Bart, and died in
July, 1085 '1) had issue two sons, first. Sir Arthur,^' who succeeded
to the Earldom; second. Captain John Chichester; and three
daughters, Elizabeth, Frances, and Mary; whereof the eldest
was married ^ to Sir John Cole, of Newland, in the county of
Dublin, Bart. Captain John Chichester, the younger son, Fe-
bruary 1st, 16/8, was made custos rotulorum of the county of
Tyrone, and July 1st, 16/9, escheator general of the Province of
Ulster, but being an officer in King William's army, died in \6SQ,
in the camp at Dundalk. He married, in ] 680, Elizabeth, ^
youngest daughter of William, the first Viscount Charlemount,
and by her (who after married Doctor Edward Walkington,
Bishop of Downe and Connor, and died in 1694, or 1695) had
issue, first, John, " who was educated by the Earl of Donegal in
the University of Dublin, but died a minor ; second. Reverend
William Chichester, who died in 1736, and by Lydia, his wife,
had two sons; John, born in April, 1721, and died childless;
and Arthur, who entered into holy orders, and married Mary,
only daughter of Henry O'Neil, of Sbane's-castle in the county
of Antrim, Esq. by whom he had three sons and seven daughters,
of whom the only survivors were Catherine, married to Samuel
Ball, of Grouse-hall in the county of Donegall, Esq. ; Anne, un-
married ; and one son, the Reverend William Chichester, who
married, first, Mary-Anne, daughter of George Harvey, of Malin-
hall, in the said county, Esq. by whom he has one son, Arthur;
he married, secondly, Maryanne, daughter of the Reverend Ed-
ward Hart, of Kilderry in the said county, and by her had Ed-
ward and Mary'') ; Anne, married to the Reverend Mr. Walk-
ington, whom she survived, and was buried in the church of
Naas, December 22d, 1736, aet. fifty-seven; Mary, y died un-
married; Elizabeth, married, in 1702, to the Reverend Edward

father's hands ; leaves his wife executrix and residuary legatee ; and entreats

his brother Arthur Chichester, his brother Arthur Jones, and his brother

Sir John Ciotworthy, to be assistant to her therein. Prerog. Office and


p MSS. ped, penes J. L. q Ibid. r Ibid.

s Ibid. t Ibid. u Ibid.

j^ Letter from the Rev. 'William Chichester. y Ibid.


Chichester, brother to Arthur, the third Earl of Donegal ; and
Henrietta, who died an infant.

Third, Edward, the third son of Edward, Viscount Chichester,
born September 1st, 1011, was a lieutenant-colonel in the armyj
and marrying Elizabeth, fifth and youngest daughter and coheir
to Sir Edward Fisher, of Fisher's-Prospect in the county of Wex-
ford, who died in December, 1(531, by his wife Alice, daughter
of Thomas Edwards, of Dublin, had issue by her, who was buried
in St. Werburgh's, November l/th, l658, four sons and two
daughters, viz. Edward, an officer in the army, who married
Agnes, youngest daughter of Dr. William Bulkeley, Archdeacon
of Dublin, and died without issue in May, 16/3 ; Quarter-Master
John Chichester, commonly called Black John, who by Theo-
dosia, his wife, had Edward, born in June, 1677,^ and baptized
November gth, 1679 ; Charles, baptized December 8th, l648,

who married March 8th, 1673, Susan, daughter of Wilson,

Esq. and had issue Edward, who dying an infant, was buried at
St. Bride*s, October 3d, 16765 Elizabeth, baptized October 31st,
1677, and buried November 6th following j and Anne, buried
there July 1.5th, 1682 3 Arthur, "^ of Prospect and Wexford, who
married Margaret, ^ daughter of Nicholas Devereux, of Bally-
magar, in that county, Esq. by Jane his wife, eldest daughter of
Nicholas Loftus, of Fethard, Esq. and by her, who re-married
with the Rev. Dennis Driscoll, '^ of Stonehouse, had four daughters,
Elizabeth, Jane, Margaret, and Anne, who all died unmarried 5 ^

daughter Duncea, was married to Brereton j and Alice,

May 20th, 1670, to James Chillam, Esq.

Arthur, Jirst Earl oj Donegal, the eldest son of Edward
Viscount Chichester, was born June l6th, 1606; and July l6th,
1625, was appointed captain of the first troop or company that
should become void, which happening in 1627, by the resignation
of the Lord Valentia, he succeeded him, August 25th, in the
command of his troop of fifty horsemen, and was made governor
of Carrickfergus for life, after the decease of his father. In I639,
he represented the county of Antrim in parliament ; in l640, was
captain of sixty-three carbines, with the pay of l/. As. a day j and,
by the name of Colonel Arthur Chichester, did good service
against the rebels.

z St. Peter's Registry. » MSS. ped. penes J. fc.

b Ibid. • Ibid. A Ibid.


He was resident at Carrickfergus when the first tidings of the
rebellion were brought thither, on Saturday October 23d, 1041,
about ten o'clock at night. He immediately, by fires and alarm
drums, raised the country, and the next day (leaving only fifty
musketeers, under Captain Roger Lyndon, to guard the castle)
delivered the rest of the arms, with ammunition, to the country
people, whom he formed into companies; and on the 25th, with
about 300 horse and foot, marched to Belfast, where he was
joined by 150 men from Antrim ; on the 27ih, he met the Lord
Montgomery at Lisburne, whose forces united were about 1000
horse and foot; and November 1st, a commission arriving from
the lords justices and council, to him and Sir Arthur Tyringham,
to command in chief within the county of Antrim, and to order
and dispose of places according to their discretion, they took the
best methods in their power for the defence of the country, and
suppression of the rebellion.

His Majesty also, being fully satisfied of his loyalty and affec-
tion, and of his good abilities to serve him, constituted him by
commission, February l4th, 1643, governor of Belfast and the
territory of Inishoweu, forbidding all persons to billet or garrison
any soldiers in those places, or make any assessments upon the
inhabitants, without his licence and approbation ; and for the
better fortifying of the town of Belfast, his Majesty directed the
L. L. to advance 1000/, to him forthwith.
' But when, through the defection of the army in the North,
he could do the King no further service in those parts, he re-
moved to Dublin, where, in December, 1(544, he was sworn of
the privy-council ; and January 2d, following, with the rest of
the officers of the Marquis of Ormond's regiment, resolved not to
take the covenant, then imposed upon them by the English par-
liament, but to preserve their allegiance to his Majesty, and obey
the orders of his L. L.

His fidelity to his Prince, affection to his country, and activity
against the rebels, were so eminent, that the; Marquis of Ormond,
in his letter to the King, January ipth, l645, thus represents
him to his Majesty: " You have been graciously pleased of late
to reward some, that have either served your Majesty actually, or
suffered for you eminently in their persons or fortunes, with new
creations, or with additions of honour in this kingdom. Tha:
Colonel Arthur Chichester hath missed such a m.ark of your Ma-
jesty's favour, I c»nceive to have been through his own modesty,



and my not representing his personal merit. If he outlives his
father, he will be in among the foremost of the Viscounts of this
kingdom in place, and (I am sure) beyond them all, except one,
in fortune, though he be for the present deprived of the latter for
his faithfulness to your Majesty's crown, the same means whereby
his uncle got both it and his honour. He hath served your Majesty

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