Aftermath of the Capture of Limerick
by the English Armies,
3 October 1691*
In consideration of the surrender of the city of Limerick, and other agreements, made between the said Lieutenant General Ginckle, the governor of the city of Limerick, and the general of the Irish army, bearing date with these presents, for the surrender of the said city, and submission of the said army; it is agreed, that,
The Roman catholicks of this kingdom shall enjoy such privileges in their exercise of their religion, as are consistent with the laws of Ireland; or as they did enjoy in the reign of King Charles the Second. And their majesties, as soon as their affairs will permit them to summon a parliament, in this kingdom, will endeavour to procure the said Roman catholicks such farther security, in that particular, as may preserve them from any disturbance, upon the account of their said religion.
All the inhabitants, or residents of Limerick, or any other garison, now in possession of the Irish, and all officers and soldiers, now in arms, under any commission of King lames, or those authorised to grant the same in the several counties of Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, and Mayo, or in any of them; and all the commissioned officers in their majesties quarters, that belong to the Irish regiments now in being, that are treated with, and who are not prisoners of war, or have taken protection, and who shall return and submit to their majesties obedience, their and every of their heirs shall hold, possess, and enjoy all and every their estates of freehold, and inheritance; and all the right, title, and interest, privileges, and immunities, which they, and every or any of them, held, enjoyed, or were rightfully and lawfully intitled to, in the reign of King Charles the Second, or at any time since, by the laws and statutes that were in force in the said reign of King Charles the Second, and shall be put in possession, by order of the government, of such of them, as are in the king’s hands, or the hands of their tenants, without being put to any suit or trouble therein; and all such estates shall be freed and discharged from all arrears of crown-rents, quit-rents, and other publick charges incurred and become due,
*Harleian Miscellany, X, 141–49.