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(The Fiants of Elizabeth the First) One of the most important administrative sources for our knowledge of both Gaelic and English communities in Ireland (1521-1603). Fiants were the warrants directed to the Irish Chancery, directing the issue of letters patent under the great seal and cover a wide variety of matters, including the leases and grants of land, appointments to offices, church beneficies, Irish chieftancies, etc commissions to exercise judicial or administrative authority, of the granting of pardons.
The originals were lost in the Four Courts Fire of 1922. They had been calendared, indexed and published down to 1603 in the Reports of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland (1875-1890). They have now been reprinted separately with an introduction by Kenneth Nicholls of the Department of History, University College, Cork as The Irish Fiants of the Tudor Sovereigns During the Reign of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Philip and Mary and Elizabeth I (Dublin, Burke, 1994) in four volumes.
Available at the Family History Library in the Deputy Keeper of Records, options include:
FHL941.5P2if (4 volumes) Nicholls, Kenneth: The Irish Fiants of the Tudor Sovereign During the Reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Philip and Mary and Elizabeth I (Dublin, Burke, 1994)
FHL6037316 (ten microfiche)
FHL6047318 - Volume 1 (five microfiche)
FHL1598837 Item 1 - Volume 2 (on microfilm)
FHL6029861 - Vol. 3 (8 microfiche)
The Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland (microfiche). See body of this manuscript.
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