Notarial Instrument 37
The Submission of Magawley et al
Submission text (English, translated by Edmund Curtis)
Notarial Instrument XXXVII records that: on the 14th day of March, 1394 [N.S. 1395], in a certain room of the King’s within the enclosure of the Friars Preachers at Drogheda, in the presence of King Richard and of the notary and others, the lords Magawley, Muirchertach Mageoghegan, and Schynagh (‘Fox’), all of Meath diocese, and Thomas MacHegh [MacThaidhg] of Clogher diocese, famous Irishmen, removing their girdles, daggers, and caps, fell on their knees one after another at the feet of the King, and with hands joined, &c. [as in Instrument I], each then arising after the other and holding his hands erect between the hands of the King, took these words in Irish, which were rendered in English by John Bocombe, interpreter, of Meath diocese, viz.:
Acts of submission from Instrument 1
in person, removing his girdle, dagger, and cap, on bended knees fell at the feet of the said Lord our King and, raising his two hands with the palms together and holding them between the hands of the King
‘I 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.'
‘For observing of which allegiance, &c., each took, in turn corporal oath. Thereupon the King admitted each of them as his liege, and they requested me to make them public instruments.’
Witnesses : the Archbishop of York, the bishops of London and Chichester, the Earl of Nottingham, Thomas Percy, William Stormy, and John Rothe, knights.