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The Irish Submissions to Richard II, 1395

Notarial Instrument 12

The Submission of Moris fitz Moris and Thomas MacShane

Submission text (English, translated by Edmund Curtis)

Notarial Instrument XII records that: on the 6th day of April, 1395, in a certain room within the close of the Friars Preachers near Kilkenny, in the presence of the King and the notary and other witnesses, Moris fitz Moris of the Geraldines, an English knight born in Ireland, removing his girdle and cap, on bended knees, &c., took these words in the English language, viz.:

‘I, Moris fitz Moris, become liegeman of Lord Richard, King of England and France and Lord of Ireland, sovereign lord of me and my nation, &c., [as in Instrument I], so help me God and these God’s holy Gospels.’

Whereupon Thomas MacShane did liege homage under the same form, but without oath on the Bible. For performing of which allegiance, &c., they took oaths, but without touching the Gospels.

Whereupon the King admitted them to the kiss of peace as his lieges, and Moris and Thomas requested the notary to make them public instruments.

Witnesses: the Archbishop of Dublin, the bishops of Chichester, Llandaff, and Waterford-Lismore, the Earl of Huntingdon, and the Earl of Rutland and Cork.

Submission text (Latin, transcribed by Edmund Curtis)