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Lot 425/0214

SOLD Hammer price: €850, Estimate: €700-1000

Rare 17th Century Irish Proclamation

Charles II:
By the King. a Proclamation Against the Rebels in Ireland. ‘London, Printed by Christopher Barker and John Bull. Printers to the Kings most excellent Majesty, 1660.’ An A4 broadside, printed one side only in black letter, with Royal Cipher at head, and wd.-cut initial.
‘Charles by the Grace of God… taking notice … that after the vast expense of Blood and Treasure for the suppressing of the late horrid rebellion in Ireland, begun in October 1641, there are yet many of the Natives of that Our Kingdom, deeply guilty of that rebellion, who have of late broke into new Acts of Force and Violence… doe by this our Proclamation… declare, that All Irish Rebels … now remaining .. be forthwith apprehended, and proceeded against according to Law… and that the Adventurers and Souldiers .. their heirs etc… who on the first day of January past were in the possession of any of the Manners, Castles, Houses, Lands .. of any of the said Irish Rebels, shall not be disturbed in such their Possessions .. given at our court at Whitehall the first day of June 1660.’
Issued just six days after Charles II landed at Dover (on 25 May) to take up the throne from which his father had been evicted by execution. The King was persuaded by Roger Boyle Earl of Orrery that the Catholics had restarted the hostilities. This proclamation made it clear that the Irish ‘Natives’ could expect no mercy from his administration.
Extremely rare and attractive: Sweeney 3784. (1)

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