James I document signed 1618
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JAMES I. Letter signed ("James R" at head), to Sir Oliver St John, Lord Deputy of Ireland, [1618]
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Letter signed ("James R" at head), to Sir Oliver St John, Lord Deputy of Ireland, appointing Robert Gosnold to the first company of horse or foot that should become vacant, as a reward for his services, and specifying that this should take precedence over any other appointments made since the original grant, excepting that of Captain Arthur Blundell to the company of Sir Francis Roe [MP for Tyrone and Mayor of Drogheda], which should stand; with address panel, dispatch-slits and trace of seal, contemporary dockets ("Captn Gosnold/ The next Company"), one page plus integral address leaf, slight foxing and dust-staining, especially where folded for dispatch, bifolium hinge restored, folio, Westminster, 11 November [1618]


  • JAMES I TO OLIVER ST JOHN, LORD DEPUTY OF IRELAND. The British Library holds a warrant signed by James I directing St John to admit Sir Thomas Philips and Robert Gosnold as captains of foot, 20 July 1620 (MS Eg 2,126, f.6). Gosnold, born around 1560, was also granted 1000 acres in Ossory, southwest Leinster, although his grandson was later to complain that this had been taken away from him without compensation: it being perhaps in connection with this that the present letter has been inscribed at the foot "Ext.r p Blundell", the signatory in question possibly being Francis Blundell of Cork, Clerk to the Commission for the Remedy of Defective Titles in Ireland. Gosnold appears to have died intestate at Lifford, Co. Donegal, in 1636 (see Calendar of State Papers Ireland and other sources, cited by the Rootsweb World Connect Project).
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