HARRIS, Walter. Hibernica: Or, some Antient Pieces relating to Ireland.


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Part 1, Containing, I. The History of Ireland by Maurice Regan, servant and interpreter to Dermod Mac-Murrough, King of Leinster, translated from the Irish into French, and from thence into English by Sir George Carew, Lord President of Munster. To which are added, Notes to illustrate some dark passages therein. II. The story of King Richard II. his last being in Ireland, written by a French gentleman, who accompanied the King in that voyage, to his leaving Ireland in 1399; and translated into English by the said Sir George Carew. III. The voyage of Sir Richard Edgecombe, sent by King Henry VII. into Ireland in 1488 to take new oaths of allegiance from the nobility and others, who had declared for (the then Pretender) Lambert Simnell. IV. A breviate of the getting of Ireland, and of the decaie of the same. Written by Patrick Finglass, first Chief Baron, and afterwards Chief Justice of Ireland in the Reign of King Henry VIII. V. A Project of King James I. for the division and plantation of the six escheated counties of Ulster with British and Scottish undertakers, servitors and natives. VI. Orders and conditions to be observed by the undertakers, &c. of the said plantation. VII. A commission of inquiry in order to the establishment of the said plantation. VIII. Instructions to the said commissioners. IX. A survey of the said six escheated counties after the settlement of the said plantation, by Nicholas Pynnar, Esq. X. A Letter from Sir Thomas Philips to King Charles I. concerning the defects of the Londoners in their plantation. To which is added XI. An essay on the defects in the histories of Ireland, and remedies proposed for the improvement thereof. In a letter to the Right Honourable the Lord Newport, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and President of the Physico-Historical Society established in Dublin.
Part 2 or, Two Treatises relating to Ireland Containing, I. A Declaration setting forth how, and by what Means, the Laws and Statutes of England, from Time to Time, came to be of force in Ireland; said to be written by Sir Richard Bolton, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. II. The Answer of Sir Samuel Mayart, Serjeant at Law, and second Judge of the Common-Pleas in Ireland, to a Book intitled, A Declaration setting forth how, and by what Means, The Laws, and Statutes of England, from Time to Time, came to be of force in Ireland. Now first published from two Manuscripts formerly in the Possession of the late Walter Harris, Esq; To which is prefixed, a Preface, shewing the Occasion of writing, the said Treatises, and the Proceedings of the two Houses of Parliament thereupon.

Dublin: Printed for John Milliken, at (No. 10) in Skinner-Row, 1770. First edition. Octavo. pp. [8], 9-287, [1], 231. Separate titlepage for both Parts. Contemporary full calf. Spine professionally rebacked, title in gilt on maroon morocco letterpiece. A near fine copy.
ESTC T154459. Gilbert 353. Bradshaw 1959.
Walter Harris, LL.D., one of Ireland’s most distinguished antiquarians, editor of Sir James Ware’s works, was born at Mountmellick in the late seventeenth century. Although expelled from Trinity College in early life for participation in a riot, the degree of LL.D. was afterwards conferred on him for his services to Irish historical research and archaeology. He married Elizabeth, a great-granddaughter of Sir James Ware, thereby inheriting his valuable collection of manuscripts. Harris edits in part I eleven interesting and important historical tracts on a wide range of topics - Maurice Regan’s ‘History of Ireland’; Richard II’s voyage to Ireland in 1399, written by a Frenchman who accompanied him; King James I’s project for the Plantation of Ulster; Pynnar’s ‘Survey of the Escheated Counties’, etc. Part II contains two tracts on the Laws of England to be introduced into Ireland. This work is complete although Part II is bound before Part I.


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