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anno 1310. 1317. and 1327. Sometimes for consultation in times of great danger; as the parliament holden at Kilkenny in the days of Edward II. whereof John Clinne thus writeth anno 1315. "Commune parliamentum magnatum Hiberniæ apud Kilkenny pro auxilio, et consilio habendo contra Scotos in principio mensis Junii." Sometime for viewing the state of the king's tenants, as the parliament holden at Ross, in the time of Henry IV. of which another author writeth in this manner: anno 1401. "Thomas Dominus de Lancaster, filius et locum tenens domini regis Henrici quarti in Hibernia, tenuit parliamentum apud Ross, in quo habuit visum chartarum, et patentium horum, qui a domino rege tenuerunt in capite." Sometime for obtaining a subsidy: as the parliament holden at Kilkenny, in the forty-fourth year of Edward III. before Sir William Windsor; wherein three thousand pounds were granted to the king," pro subsidio ad guerras," as we read in the same author: and another held in the same place in the days of Henry IV. by Thomas of Lancaster; of whom Henry Marlburgh, vicar of Balscadden, in his chronicles thus writeth: anno 1408. "Post festum S. Hilarii tenuit parliamentum apud Kilkenny, causa tallagii habendi." Sometime for hearing and determining controversies of right between party and party; as the parliament holden at Dublin in the fifth year of Henry VI. before James Butler Earl of Ormond; the whole roll whereof containeth nothing but a process upon a writ of error, in a plea betwixt the prior of Lanthony in Wales, and the prior of Molingar in Ireland. Sometime also for enacting and establishing statutes for the government of the land; of which kind these are the special.

Anno 1309.

In the reign of Edward II. a parliament holden in Kilkenny, whereof in the annals set down by Mr. Camden, mention is made in these words: Anno 1309. " Parliamentum tentum est apud Kilkenny in octavis purificationis beatæ Mariæ per comitem Ultoniæ, (et Johannem Wogan justiciarium Hiberniæ) et cæteros magnates; in

Ex collectaneis Thadæi Dowling,

quo fuit sedata magna discordia orta inter quosdam magnates Hiberniæ, et multæ provisiones tanquam statuta providebantur: utiles terræ Hiberniæ, si fuissent observatæ."

Anno 1366.

In the fortieth year of Edward III. another parliament holden at Kilkenny the first Thursday in Lent, by Lionel Duke of Clarence, the king's son, and lieutenant of Ireland: the acts whereof are to be seen among the rolls of the Chancery, and are commonly known by the name of the statutes of Kilkenny; of which in the act of confirmation, it is thus recorded: "All the season, that the said statutes were set in use, and duly executed, the land continued in prosperity, and honour; and since the time that they were not executed, the subjects rebelled, and digressed from their allegiance, and the land did fall to ruin and desolation."

Anno 1402.

In the third year of Henry IV. a parliament holden at Dublin in the month of September by Thomas Lancaster the king's son, and lieutenant of Ireland; wherein divers statutes were enacted touching herbinage, and livere, the office of clerk of the market, and escheator, &c.

Anno 1404.

In the fifth year of the same king, another parliament holden at Dublin before the Earl of Ormond; wherein the acts of the two precedent parliaments were confirmed; as appeareth by Henry Marleburgh, whose words are these anno 1404. "In die S. Vitalis incipit parliamentum Dubliniæ coram comite Ormondiæ, tunc justiciario Hiberniæ; ubi confirmata fuerunt statuta de Kilkenny Dubliniæ, et charta pro Hibernia :" or as another author" setteth it down: " Charta libertatis Hiberniæ, et statuta Kilkenniæ fuerunt confirmata authoritate parliamenti, coram comite Ormoniæ, justiciario Hiberniæ die Vitalis martyris."

Stat. Hib. ann. 10. Hen. VII. cap. 8. y Collectan. Thadæi Dowling.

Anno 1408.

About the eighth year of the same king's reign, a third parliament holden at Dublin before James Butler, Earl of Ormond, then Lord Justice of Ireland; wherein the same acts were again confirmed, as witnesseth the foresaid Henry Marleburgh, in these words: anno 1408. "Dic

tus justiciarius tenuit parliamentum Dubliniæ; in quo parliamento confirmata fuerunt statua Kilkenny, et Dubliniæ, et charta concessa sub magno sigillo Angliæ, contra Purveyours."

In the eleventh year of the same king's reign a fourth parliament holden at Dublin before Sir Thomas Butler, prior of Kilmainham, deputy to Thomas of Lancaster, the king's son: wherein both the foresaid acts, and all other good statutes, and reasonable ordinances made in the time of any justice, or lieutenant of this land, were confirmed, and order taken, that if any statutes, or ordinances were made, which formerly were not put in execution, or proclaimed, the same should then be proclaimed, and put in execution. Here also it was concluded, that the form of adjournments of parliaments should be kept after the manner of England; and sundry other statutes established, which are extant in the parliament rolls containing twenty-four chapters.

Anno 1428.

In the seventh year of Henry VI. the parliament holden at Dublin, the Friday next after the feast of All Saints, before Sir John Sutton, Knight, Lieutenant of Ireland. It remaineth among the parliament rolls, and containeth fourteen chapters.

Anno 1431.

In the tenth year of the same king's reign another parliament holden at Dublin, the Friday next before the feast of St. Catherine, before Sir Thomas Stanley, Knight, Lieutenant of Ireland: the roll containeth eight chapters; the fifth and seventh whereof are to be seen in the printed book of the statutes of Ireland; with the beginning whereof I will make an end of this narration, and surcease from farther discourse of the parliaments of this country.

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