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Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
Lot: 2066

(x) From the Mayflower Collection
Elizabethan Privy Council
A Hugely Important Document With Relevance to the Nine Years' War in Ireland
1600 (31 May) letter from Sir Hugh Portman and John Colles to the Council, the address panel reading "To the Right Honourable the Lordes of the Majesties most honourable privie Concell geve theis", claiming £59, 10/- being the cost of a levy of 150 men, their uniform, transit and expenses for the war in Ireland. At the foot of the document, Lord Treasurer Buckhurst instructs a Mr. Skinner to make out the payment. Document torn at head and new paper added, some text loss though a good document with relevance to Ireland

Notes: Sir Hugh Portman served as chief justice of the Queen's bench in Mary's reign - he and his son are known for extending the Somerset estates. Listed as having provided a horse and recruits for the Nine Year's War in Ireland which brought him some critics locally.

In the summer of 1600, George Carew launches an attack on Fitzthomas' forces, reportedly killing 1,200 and taken the surrender of over 10,000 during this time. It is likely that Portman and Colles' enforcements were in aid of this endeavour.

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