[Sir] James Ware, Sir James Ware [evidently issued by Robert Ware], The Annals of the Affairs of Ireland (Dublin 1705)

Sir James Ware [evidently issued by Robert Ware], The Annals of the Affairs of Ireland, from the first conquest by the English in the reign of Henry II, unto the end of the reign of queen Elizabeth by [Sir James Ware, Knight, together with a continuation of the most memorable transactions there, from the end of the Reign of Elizabeth unto the present time (Dublin:Andrew Crook, for M Gunne in Essex St and E Dobson at the Stationers Arms in Castle St, 1705).

[Prefatory remarks] I am of Opinion, many things worthy to be known, and hitherto unheard of, very pertinent to the History of the times of King EDWARD, and Queen MARY, might be added out of the Manuscripts in that incomparably well furnish’d, and inestimable COTTONIAN Library at Westminster; but, to my sorrow, I neglectd whilst I was in England, thence to enrich my Collections. Yet in these which I now Present, I have not only deliver’d Matters of Fact, but also (according to Sempronius A[ff]ellio’s advice to Agellius) have added as far as I could learn, the Reason and Design of thir being done; from whcih Maxims may be drawn, which may be of no small Utility to the Public. / I have touched upon Ecclesiastical Affairs very sparingly … hardly to be separated … It was never my Intention to obtrude Frauds and Falsehoods for Truths: Yet, wherever I may, through Credulity, have been Imposed on, I shall upon friendly Information, most willingly acknowledge and Correct My Mistakes; For I always esteem’d it a most commendable Quality, and the most worthy of a Free-Man, to be always a Proficient in the Truth; and modestly without odious Reflections, to Communicate the same to Posterity [&c.] The annals begin with an Introduction: ‘Dermot King of Leinster, Song of Murchard, having committed a Rape upon Dervorgill the Wife of Tigernach Ó Roirk King of Brefinia, Tigernac[h] in Revenge, deals with Rodrick Ó Connor, at that time King of Ireland, to fall upon Dermod with their United Forces … This was in the Year 1167. [1] The book is organised as year by year chapters, to 1602 [Chap. XLV], between half a page and two pages extent, though the last is five. Note also the section headings running from page to page, among which ‘the Life and Death of George Brown’. An additional section by Harris beginning p.175, and entitled Gesta Hibernorum [running head] takes the form of a two column ‘Brief Chronology,, beginning, King James Proclaimed in Dublin. Ó Rourk submits to him., for Anno 1603, and continuing to 1702, in a Protestant patriotic vein, with entries such as, ‘General Ginkel departed to great Applause’ and mac-Cabe and four of his Men hanged at the Naas’. Note Oct 19, 1691, Hagan and his Crew take the benefit of the Proclaimation. He is afterward Murdered by Rapparees. [191]

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