Notarial Instrument 35
The Submission of Cormac and Cormac MacCarthy
Submission text (English, translated by Edmund Curtis)
Notarial Instrument XXXV records that: on the 6th day of April, 1395, in the church of the Friars Preachers at Kilkenny, in the presence of King Richard and of the notary and others, Cormac, son of Dermot MacCarthy, removing his girdle and cap, and on his knees, took these words in English [sic] which were rendered in English by William Scrope, Chamberlain of the King, in the presence of many, both cleric and lay, well understanding the English [sic] language, viz.:
‘I, Cormac, son of Dermot MacCarthy, become liegeman ’, &c. [as in Instrument I].
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.'
Then came Cormac, son of Donal MacCarthy, and did liege homage in the same fashion, and his interpreter was John Galwey, citizen of Waterford. For observing which, they took corporal oaths and bound themselves each in 20,000 marks. Whereupon the King admitted Cormac, son of Dermot, and Cormac, son of Donal MacCarthy, as his lieges, and they requested the notary to make them public instruments.
Witnesses: the Archbishop of Dublin, the bishops of Chichester, Llandaff, and Waterford-Lismore, and the earls of Rutland and Huntingdon.