The Career of the Earl of Essex from the Islands Voyage in 1597 to His Execution in 1610

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APPENDIX C
JOURNAL OF THE EARLE OF ESSEX FROM AUGUST 28, TO SEPTEMBER 8, 1599

Cottonian Mss., Titus B. XIII, folio 541.

Printed in Nugæ Antiquæ, Vol. I, pp. 293-301; Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1599- 1600, pp. 144-147; Calendar of State Papers, Carew, 1589- 1600, pp. 321-325.

The 28th of August the Lord Lieutenant departed Dublin with some 100 horsse, and having appoynted all the compagnies of horsse and foote that were to goe into the field to come to the Navan and Kells, he lodged himself at Ardbracken; a howse of the Bishop of Meathes between the 2 townes. And because the compagnies came not in till the 31st, his Lordship gave rendevous to all the armie on the hill of Clithe, half a mile from Kells towards the Breni,1 and incamped that night at Castelkeran, 2 miles beyond the hill. Theare also his Lordship was fayne to stay one whole day, till his victualls that came from Dredagh2 overtook him: but that day he spent in vewing the Lord of Dunsanie's countrie and part of the Breny, and appoynted certayne commissioners to vew all the compagnies of horsse and foote, that he might knowe the true strength of his army, and dispose them in regiments accordingly. This day also his Lordship debated it in counsayle, whether it were fitt to place a garrison in the Breny or not? and if in any part of that country? First, because bothe aboute the Cavan, and betwixt it and Kells, the countrie is all wast, so as theare is nothing beyond Kells to be defended, nor to releeve the garrison. Sec-

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The Brenny or Breifne extended from Donegal Bay to Meath and included the country of the O'Rourks, the O'Reilies, and the O'Farrels.
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Drogheda.

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