Notarial Instrument 19
The Submission of Tatheus O'Carroll
Submission text (English, translated by Edmund Curtis)
Notarial Instrument XIX records that: on the 21st day of April, 1395, in the church of the Friars Preachers in the suburbs of Kilkenny, in the presence of King Richard, the notary, and others, Tatheus [Taig] O’Carrol of Munster, removing his mantle, &c., on bended knees took these words in Irish, which were rendered into English by William O’Carrol, viz. ‘I, Taig O’Carrol, become liegeman of my lord King Richard’, &c. [as in Instrument I]. For the observing of which he bound himself in L1,000 sterling. Whereupon the King admitted him as his liegeman. Then came Taig O’Kelly of Connacht and did liege homage to the King without any obligation to the Papal Camera. Thereupon O’Carrol and O’Kelly requested the notary to make them instruments.
Oath from Instrument 1
'I, John MacDonald, become liegeman of the lord Richard, King of England and France and Lord of Ireland, sovereign lord of me and my nation, as also of his heirs, kings of England, from this day forth in life, limb, and earthly honour, so that he and they shall have over me power of life and death, and I will be faithful to the same and his heirs for ever in all things and will help to defend him and his heirs against all worldly enemies whatsoever, and will be obedient to the laws, commands, and ordinances of the same or any of them according to my power and that of all mine: and I will come to the said lord my King and his heirs, being kings of England, and to his or their parliament and council or otherwise whensoever he or they shall send for me or whenever I shall be required, called, or summoned on his or their part or the part of their lieutenants: and I will well and faithfully come to the said Lord King, his heirs and their lieutenants, or to any of them, to give counsel, and I will do in all and singular that which a good and faithful liegeman ought to do and is bound to do to his natural liege lord, so help me God and these God's holy Gospels.'
Witnesses: Robert and Peter, archbishops of Dublin and Cashel, Richard, Tydeman, Alexander, Robert, Richard, Thomas, John, and Miles, bishops of Chichester, Llandaff, Meath, Waterford-Lismore, Ossory, Elphin, Leighlin, and Cloyne, and the earls of Cork and Rutland, of March and Ulster, and of Huntingdon.