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Section from Archdall’s Monasticon Hibernicum on the history of the priory of All-Hallow’s, or All-Saint’s, Dublin.

Mervyn Archdall


Section from Archdall’s Monasticon Hibernicum on the history of the priory of All-Hallow’s, or All-Saint’s, Dublin.

A.D. 1166. This priory was situated on Hoggin-green, now called College-green, and was founded about the year 1166, for canons of the order of Aroasia, by Diarmit, the son of Murchard King of Leinster; for their use, he granted to his confessor Edan, bishop of Louth, or Clogher, the land of Ballidubgail (Balldoyle), with the farmers on the land, viz. Melissa McFeylecan, with his sons and grandsons, free from all services and exactions whatever, &c. Witnesses, L. archbishop of Dublin; Kinad, bishop, and Benign, abbot of Glendalough, &c. (Harris’s Coll. Vol. 1)

1177. Died Richard Earl of Strigul; he was a great benefactor to this priory. (Robt. Ware)

1184. Died Milo de Cogan, who was also a benefactor to it. (King, p. 285)
King Henry II. confirmed to this priory, by charter, the following lands, which had been granted to them by King Diarmit, vix. Balencomgalan, Kaucure, Duncarnac, Baledubgal, Rubanagan, Cnocclislan, and Kaldronan. (Mon. Angl. Vol. 2, p. 1039)

1200 – C. was prior about this time; for we find him a subscribing witness, with William, bishop of Glendalough, to a charter in the registry of St. Thomas’s abbey. William Piro was bishop from the year 1192 to 1214.

1216 – The Popes Innocent III and Honorius III confirmed the patronage of this priory to Henry, archbishop of Dublin. (War. Bps. p. 318)

1247 – Theobald Butler was Lord Justice of Ireland this year, at which time he granted to this priory a considerable part of his land at Sleiwn, with the tithes that lay near the church. (Carte’s Introduction, p. xxiii)
Thomas, the prior, died the 7th of June, but the year is not mentioned. (Obituary Christ Ch.)

1263 – Fulk, archbishop of Dublin, granted, about this time, the church of St. Saviour at Glendalough to this priory (King, p. 285), although some writers say, the grant was made by William de Hotham, who was but a year in the see.

1288 – Hugh Tirrell, Lord of Castleknock, for the health of his soul, and that of his wife Letitia, together with the fine of forty shillings in hand paid, assigned, and made over to this priory the lands of Kilmellan, with its appurtenances, free from all rent and services whatever. Witnesses, Robert Bagot, justice of the King’s Bench, and William de Bristol, mayor of Dublin, anno. 16th Edward 1. (id. P. 286)

The priory had possessions in the county of Tipperary; for we find that the prior, in the year
1305, 34th Edward 1, sued Hugh de la Hyde, and Mabel his wife, for rescuing from brother William, his servant, certain distresses he had made for suits, and services due to the said prior in the see of Tipperary, and for which he laid his action at 20l. (King, p. 285)

1308 – The prior made a lease, for a term of 70 years, to the lands of Kyltorke and Belese, at the yearly rent of 8l. 4s. (id. p. 284)

1318 – The prior granted to Master Walter de Islep, clerk, for his good services, an annual pension of five marcs for life; the said Walter to give his advice, help and assistance against all persons whatsoever, those alone excepted to whom he was bound before the present agreement. (id. p. 286)

1319 – Richard of Exeter, Chief Justice of the Common Bench, made a complaint against the prior, that he the said Richard had given into his custody a crane, safely to keep for him till he should call for it, but that the prior, through malice propense, suffered it to escape, to the loss and damage of 60 shillings to the said Richard; he therefore brought his action to recover the said damage; the prior appeared and confessed that the bird had escaped out of his custody; on this acknowledgement, at the request of the Chief Justice, the judge pardoned the prior. (id.)

1380 – It was enacted by parliament that no mere Irishman should be permitted to make his profession in this priory. (id. p. 93)

1396 – William Reve was prior; for Richard Norreys, one of the canons of this priory, being accused of divers felonies, and thereupon confined in Marshalsea, the said prior came into court, and did openly and publicly make use of injurious and unbecoming expressions to Stephen Bray, the Chief Justice, though admonished to the contrary; he was thereupon committed to the custody of the Marshal; but the court taking into their consideration, that the said prior was not of sound mind, and compassionating his weakness, and the exility both of his and the priory, he was pardoned on paying a fine of thirteen shillings and four-pence. (id.)

1418 – The prior received the King’s pardon for all intrusions, abatements &c. on the lands and tenements in Dovenaghbrook (Donnybrook), Dublin, and Balldoyle (King, p. 286)

1427 – John Earl of Kildare was interred here (Lodge, vol. 1, p. 25)

1472 – An act was passed the 12th Edward IV confirming the title of William, the prior of All-Saints, to wrecks on the manor of Baldowill (Balldoyle) enjoyed by them time immemorial (Harris’s Collect.)

1477 – Thomas Earl of Kildare was interred here (Lodge, vol. 1, p. 26)

1478 – The prior of All-Saints, William Stewart (King, p. 286), was at this time joined in commission with William archbishop of Dublin, Gerald, Earl of Kildare, and others, to attend the King on particular affairs relative to the public interest. (Rymer, vol. 1, p. 99)
The same year, on the supplication of William, the prior of All-Saints, and Lord of the town of Baldoil, that the inhabitants of the said town were daily troubled and endamaged in their goods by the King’s Admirals of Ireland, and their deputies, according to the laws of Ulron (Or Oleron,the maritime laws of King Richard I); by levying inordinate amerciaments of them, against all law and conscience, to the great damage of the prior, and the utter undoing of the said tenants and inhabitants. It was enacted by parliament, that the prior should, for the time to come, be Admiral of the said town of Baldoil, and of all other their lands in Ireland, and should enjoy the said office of Admiralty to them and their assigns and deputies.

1482 – William was prior. (War. Mss. Vol. 34)

1528 – In Christmas time a play was acted by this prior, see Christ Church.

1548 – Walter Handcock was the last prior (Life of St. Patrick, p. 74), and died on the 15th October, 1548 (Obituary Christ Church)
The church of St. Paul appertained to this priory, as did also the church of Ballidunnel and Tachto, in the deanery of Salt (King, p. 284), the church of St. Saviour at Glendalach, with Rathdrum, and three other churches; and also a cell of nuns at Lusk (Life of St. Patrick). This priory paid four pounds proxies to the archbishop (Harris’s Collect.) and the prior was a lord of parliament. (Ware)

The prior was seized of a castle, and divers edifices within the precincts thereof, and eight acres of arable land, and all its appurtenance, near Wingates, and adjacent to the lands belonging to the College of Maynooth, in the county of Kildare; and of divers messuages, and 1000 acres of arable, 700 of pasture, 100 of wood and 200 of moor, with their appurtenances, in Rathdromyn (Rathdrum, in the county of Wicklow), and Ballynegannagh, and of the tithes of the rectory of Taghto, value ten shillings (King, p. 286)

1538 – February 4th, this priory, with all its possessions, temporal and spiritual, was granted to the city of Dublin, at the yearly rent of 4l. 4s. 03/4d. Irish money. (Aud. General)

1590 – In Easter holy days the city, at the persuasion of archbishop Loftus, granted the priory for the founding of an university; and the whole building, the steeple excepted, was for that purpose immediately demolished. (War. Annal.)

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