Notarial Instrument 33
The Submission of Turloch O'Brien
Submission text (English, translated by Edmund Curtis)
Notarial Instrument XXXIII records that: on the 25th day of April, 1395, in the church of the Friars Preachers at Kilkenny, in the presence of King Richard, the notary, and others, Turloch, son of Murchadh O’Brien of Munster, removing his mantle, girdle, and cap, and on bended knee, took these words in Irish, which were rendered in English by William O’Cormacan, bishop of Clonfert in Connacht, viz.:
‘I, Turloch, &c., become liegeman’, &c. [as in Instrument I]. For observing which, he bound himself in 20,000 marks. Whereupon the King admitted him as his liegeman. Then came Thomas O’Dwyer, Philip, son of Matthew [? Mahon] Don O’Kennedy of Munster, and Niall O’Molloy, ‘son of Rory’ of Meath, and did liege homage ; the first two bound themselves in £1,000 each and the third in 1,000 marks, and their interpreter was Thomas Kildare, mayor of the city of Limerick. Whereupon 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 bishops of Chichester, Llandaff, Cloyne, Waterford-Lismore, and Clonfert, and the earls of March, Nottingham, and Huntingdon.