Notarial Instrument 25
The Submission of Murchadh Ban O'Farrell et al
Submission text (English, translated by Edmund Curtis)
Notarial Instrument XXV records that: on the 14th day of March, in a certain room of the Friars Preachers at Drogheda, in the presence of the King, the notary, and others, Morgh [Murchadh] Ban O’Farrel and Ross O’Farrel of Ardagh diocese, Melaghlin Mageoghegan, and Niall O’Molloy of the county and diocese of Meath, famous Irishmen, removing their belts, daggers, and caps, on bended knees, &c., took each these words in Irish, so the notary learns from the lips of John Bocombe, interpreter, and others well understanding Irish, viz.:
‘I become liegeman of my lord King Richard’, &c. [as in Instrument I]. For observing which, each of them singly took corporal oath. Thereupon the King admitted them each as his liegeman, and they requested the notary to make them public 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 : the Archbishop of York, the bishops of London and Chichester, Thomas Percy, William Stormy, and John Roche, knights.