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A GREAT AND BLOODY FIGHT IN IRELAND The killing of Collonel Cook, and many other Commiſſion Officers and Souldiers to the Parliament of England, by a party of Iriſh Tories Commanded by Generall Owen Oneale.

ALSO, A Letter from the great Councell of the Iriſh holden at Galway to Lieut: Gen: Ludlowe, with ſome Propoſitions for the Parliament of England.

WITH The Articles of Agreement made between Commiſſary Gen: Reynolds and Collonel Fitz Patrick, in behalf of himſelf and his whole partie of the Iriſh, and the form of their Engagement to the Common-wealth of England.

LONDON: Printed by F: N:Ap••…ll 12 1652


A Letter to Liut: Gen: Ludlowe from and in the name of the Iriſh Councel holden at Galway, March 9th. 1652.

BY the return made from you upon the overture made by his Excellency the Lord Marquis of Clanrickard, Lord Deputy Generall of Ireland, for a treaty, in order to a generall ſettlement of this Nation: We underſtand that you, as being not qualified with ſufficient power decline it, leaving the ſame un­to the Parliament of the Common-wealth of England, unto whom although you give but little incouragement, for addreſ­ſes to be made in that kind: yet to the end we may perform our parts in humbling our ſelves before the omnipotent hand of God, by whoſe permiſſion, they are raiſed to their preſent height and leave no way unattempted for quenching an unnaturall Quarrel, between two Nations (of late) linked in love, allied in blood, and not different in Laws. And upon conſideration had that probably, the Parliament of England will in their wiſedoms liſten and condeſcend unto the reaſonable deſires of this Nati­on, for a generall ſettlement: when they ſhall duly weigh the neceſſity and duty forcing, and obliging their continuance in Armes hitherto: The good deſires the people of this Land, and affections to ſupport the intereſt of England, the manifold bene­fits ariſing to the Parliament by a good peace, and voluntary acceptance of this people, of their protection, and many other advantages to be derived from thence, and on the other ſide, the expence and uncertainty of a tedious warr, prooved by the experience of former Ages, which beſides the injuſtice of it, a­gainſt a people deſiring peace, numerous in armes, and capable of forrain ſuccours, can bring no return of profit, rouſe their thoughts, (hopeleſſe of other remedies) unto the higheſt pitch of a deſperate Reſolution, which by Gods aſſiſtance may alter2 the preſent ſtate of their Affairs, and produce almoſt but a con­queſt of a waſted Country, not to be paralleld to a peace, groun­ded on a treaty, and willing concurrence of the people: There­fore the great Councell of the Kingdome here Aſſembled, have thought fit to direct this expreſs unto you, deſiring that you wil be pleaſed to ſend a ſafe conduct in blank unto ſuch Commiſſi­oners with their retinue, not exceeding the number of thirty in all, as ſhall be imployed for this Kingdome unto the Parliament of England,o repreſent the deſires of this Nation unto them: And it for the avoiding further effſiuon of Chriſtian blood, a ceſſation of Armes, and acts of hoſtility be conſented unto, un­till the pleaſue of the Parliament of England ſhall be known, we conceive it may principally conduce to the ſatisfaction of the Parliament, and ſettlement of this Kingdome: All which I had in Command from the ſaid Councell, to intimate unto you, and ſo I remain your ſervant,

Richard Blake.
For Lieutenant Generall Ludlow, Commander in chief of the Par­liaments Forces in this King­dome.

Lieut: Gen: Ludlowes Anſwer to the former Letter.

IN yours of the 9th: inſtant which came to my hand the 17th: (ſigned by command of the great Councell at Galway, aſſem­bled as you are pleaſed to ſtile them, whoſe Authority I may not acknowledge) you reiterate in effect the former application from the Earl of Clanrichard for the ſettlement of this Nation; differing onely in this, That whereas he would have capitulated in that Affair upon the place, you propoſe for Licence to be gi­ven unto Commiſſioners to repair unto the Parliament about the ſame, which hath been occaſioned through this miſtake (as I conceive) you apprehending that deny all to proceed, meerly from the want of power in the Miniſters of the Parliament here, whereas indeed the cheif ground thereof was the unreaſonable­neſs of the Propoſition it ſelf: which was in my judgement in effect thus. That ſuch (who are guilty of a bloody and cruell3 maſſacre, at leaſt engaged in the with-holding of them from Ju­ſtice, who are ſo whom the righteous hand of God hath proſe­cuted from Field to Field, from City to City, even to the gates of Galway) ſhould be admitted to capitulate, about the ſettle­ment of this Nation, which the Parliament of England (their lawfull Magiſtrate) whom God hath not onely permitted to be raiſed to their preſent height (as you term it) but by his own out-ſtretched Arm, and glorious preſence, hath enabled to be­come a terror to evil doers, and an encouragement to them that do well. And this Capitulation to be before they have either owned their guilt, or delivered thoſe Achans to Juſtice, for whoſe iniquitie the Law mourns. Indeed if once the Lord would truly humble you under his omnipotent hand for your raiſing and fomenting this unnaturall quarrel between two Nations of late linked in love, allied in blood, and not different in Laws (as your ſelves confeſſe) and would incline you timely and readily to ſubmit to their Authority (as the greateſt part of the Nation have already done) I ſhould then hope, that deliverance were drawing nigh (at leaſt) to a remnant of thoſe amongſt you, who yet continue in diſobedience; and that ſuch of you might be capable of that ſettlement which (at this time) the Parliament of England is intent upon. But while you inſiſt upon the Juſtice of your Cauſe, and perſevere, in your hoſtility, its not the ad­vantages we may partake of by a ſettlement, nor the uncertain­tie of a tedious warre proved by experience of former Ages, or backt by a number of people in Arms capable of forraign ſuc­cours, nor fear of having this Countrey rendred waſte, and uſe­leſs to us, that ought to deter us from doing our duty, or invite us to this ſinfull or unworthy compliance with you. As touch­ing the Ceſſation you propoſe for the avoiding of the further effuſion of Chriſtian blood, I could wiſh that this tenderneſs had (in the beginning) poſſeſſed your ſpirits; but how ſuch a Ceſſa­tion can be ſatisfactory to the Parliament of England appears not to me, ſeeing they have been at ſo vaſte a charge in their pre­parations for the putting a ſpeedie iſſue to this Warre, which by the Lords aſſiſtance ſhall be heartily proſecuted by

Your Servant, Edmond Ludlowe.
To Sir Richard Blake this.4

Some few days before this one Coll: Fitz Patrick, the moſt eminent in Command amongſt the Iriſh in Weſt Meath, made an Agreement for himſelf and his whole party with the Commiſ­ſary Generall, they ingaging not to act any thing in prejudice of the Parliament of England, as appeareth by the Articles them­ſelves which I have herewith ſent you.

Articles of Agreement madand concluded the 7th day of March, 1651. at Streames Town in the County of Weſt Meath, between Commiſſary Gen: Reynolds, and the reſt therein authorized of the one party; And Coll: John Fitz Patrick of the other part as fol­loweth: viz.

1. THat pardon for life ſhall be aſſured to Collonel Fitz Pa­trick aforeſaid, and all others of his party, except ſuch perſons as had a hand, or were actors in any of the Murthers, Maſſacres, or robberies which were committed upon the Engliſh, and Proteſtants in Ireland, during the firſt year of the Rebellion: Or any Murthers, or Maſſacres, ſince the firſt year committed upon any perſon, not being in Arms.

2. That Collonel Fitz Patrick ſhall have liberty to tranſport himſelf, and his party, and Prieſts (except before excepted) in­to any the parts beyond the Seas, in amity with the Common­wealth of England. And that they ingage to act nothing preju­diciall to the Common-wealth of England, and that he ſhall have ſix moneths time allowed for tranſporting them at the Port of Waterford, and in the mean time to reſide in the Parlia­ments Quarters, or elſewhere, free from violence or injury offe­red them by the Parliaments Forces, they ingaging not to do any hoſtile Act in the Parliaments Quarters.

3. That if the tranſportation of Coll: Fitz Patricks Party as aforeſaid, may be effected in a ſhorter time then ſix moneths, it ſhall be done accordingly. And if for want of wind or ſhipping, the ſaid tranſportation cannot be done within the ſaid time of ſix moneths, a further time ſhall be allowed as by the Right Ho­nourable the Commiſſioners of the Parliament for the Affairs of Ireland ſhall be judged neceſſary.

4. That if any of Col: Fitz Patrix party, to be by him tranſ­ported5 as aforeſaid, ſhall be found to be within the exceptions before given, advantage ſhall not be taken againſt them for the preſent, but liberty given them to return.

5. That Col: Fitz Patrick or his party, (except before except­ed) ſhall not be ſubject to the ſuit of any perſon or perſons, for any act by them, or either of them done, ſince their being in Armer.

6. That Col. Fitz Patrick and his party, ſhall at the waters ſide, where they ſhall be tranſported as aforeſaid lay down, and deliver their Arms to ſuch as ſhall be appointed to receive them. And that the ſaid Col: Fitz Patrick, and his party, ſhall have li­berty to ſell their horſes for their beſt advantage, to thoſe of the Parliaments party, and to none others: And that the ſaid Col. Fitz Patrick ſhall within twenty dayes from the date of theſe preſents, give to the Commiſſary Generall at Athlone, or to the Officer there Commanding in chief, a true Liſt of the names, and numbers of his party, who are to receive the benefit of theſe, and the following conceſſions. And that thenceforth they do no hoſtile act to the prejudice of the Parliaments Quarters, or Party.

7. That the conſideration of Quarters for Col. Fitz Patrix party who are to be by him tranſported as aforeſaid, be deferred till the time of his giving in the lift of the names, and numbers of his ſaid party, mentioned in the precedent Articles: at which time the ſaid Col: Fitz Patrick ſhall deliver the particulars of his preſent aſſignations, whereby a courſe for the ſubſiſtance of his party, untill the time of their tranſportation as aforeſaid may be taken into conſideration, to be in order to the place of their tranſportation, as ſhall be thought moſt convenient.

8. That if Col. Fitz Patrick, or any of his party, (except be­fore excepted) ſhall deſire to live peacably in Ireland, they ſhall be admitted ſo to do, they ſubmitting as all others to payment of contribution, and to all Ordinances of Parliament: Provided that this ſhall not extend to give protection to Prieſts, and Je­ſuites, or others of the Popiſh Clergy to live in the Parliaments Quarters. Provided alſo, that this their deſire be declared to the Commiſſary General aforeſaid, within twenty dayes from the date of theſe preſents, and the names of the ſaid perſons be de­livered6 in writing, to whom protections (if deſired) ſhall be gi­ven as is uſuall.

9. That for performance of theſe Articles Col: Fitz Patrick ſhall deliver ſufficient Hoſtages to the Commiſſary General at Athlone, or to the Officer there commanding in chief, when the ſame ſhall be required by the ſaid Commiſſary General.

10. That Col. Fitz Patrick ſhall not be perſonally anſwera­ble for any unjuſt act done by his Father.

11. That particular or perſonal actions of Col. Fitz Patricks party, or any of them, ſhall not extend further then to the per­ſons ſo acting. Col. Fitz Patrick, and the reſt or his party, and every of them uſing their utmoſt indeavour for bringing to ju­ſtice the perſons ſo acting.

12. That if any doubt ſhall ariſe concerning the true intent, and meaning of the premiſſes or any part of them, it ſhall be left to the Commiſſary General aforeſaid, to clear the ſame as occaſion ſhall be offered.

13. Laſtly, for performance of all, and ſingular the premiſſes, the parties hereunto have to theſe preſents interchangably ſet to their hands and Seals, the day and year firſt above written.

Signed, Sealed, and delivered in the preſence of
  • John Fitz Patrick.
  • Hen: Oowen.
  • Cypryan Grace.
  • Waller.
  • Jo: Coghlane.

A party of the Tories being abroad, Collonel Cook went out with a party of the Engliſh, and meeting with them he gave the onſet, which proved a ſharp encounter; and after two houres fight, and many perſons killed & wound­ed on both ſides, the Commander in cheif of the Iriſh received a ſhot in his belly, of which he dyed preſently after. We alſo ſlew of the Enemy about 60. and took 80. priſoners; amongſt thoſe that were ſlain and taken were 30 Commiſſion Officers, of which number was he that commanded the Iriſh party. And that which moſt affects us is the loſſe of that worthy Commander Collonel Cook, and two or three other Officers of approved fidelity to the Common-wealth of England.


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TextA great and bloody fight in Ireland. The killing of Collonel Cook, and many other commission officers and souldiers to the Parliament of England, by a party of Irish Tories commanded by Generall Owen Oneale. Also, a letter from the great councell of the Irish holden at Galway to Leiut: Gen: Ludlowe, with some propositions for the Parliament of England. With the articles of agreement made between commissary Gen: Reynolds and Collonel Fitz Patrick, in behalf of himself and his whole partie of the Irish, and the form of their engagement to the common-wealth of England.
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Bibliographic informationA great and bloody fight in Ireland. The killing of Collonel Cook, and many other commission officers and souldiers to the Parliament of England, by a party of Irish Tories commanded by Generall Owen Oneale. Also, a letter from the great councell of the Irish holden at Galway to Leiut: Gen: Ludlowe, with some propositions for the Parliament of England. With the articles of agreement made between commissary Gen: Reynolds and Collonel Fitz Patrick, in behalf of himself and his whole partie of the Irish, and the form of their engagement to the common-wealth of England. [2], 6 p. Printed by F:N:,London :[1652]. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Aprill. 12 1652.".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Ireland -- History -- 1649-1660 -- Early works to 1800.
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