[From Manx Soc, vol. 26]

No. XXX.

EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL OF HOUSE OF ENGLISH COMMONS.

Journal, vol. vii. page 25, 34, 35, 36, 48, 319, 761, 817.

The Taking of the Isle of Man by Oliver Cromwell.

Ho. of Commons, Thursday, 6 November 1651.

A Letter from Col. Duckenfield and Col. Thomas Birch from Ramsway, Isle of Man of the 2nd Novr. 1651 touching the Rendition of Castle Rushen and Peter (Peel) Castle and the articles touching the Rendition of the said Castles were this day read.

The House being informed that Mr. Slater the Messenger who brought the said letter from Col. Duckenfield and Col. Thomas Birch was at the door, he was called in and, at the Bar, made a relation of the proceedings in the taking of the said Castles.

Ordered, That 100 be given as a gratuity to Mr. Slater, and that the Council of State do take care to see the same paid to him accordingly.

Ordered, That a letter of thanks from the Parliament be sent to Col. Duckenfield and Cols Thomas Birch and the Officers and Soldiers for their good and faithful service in the taking of the Isle of Man.

Col. Martin is to write the said Letter, and Mr. Speaker is to sign it.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of State to consider what is fit to be done for the preserving, of the Island, for the benefit of the Commonwealth.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army to examine the truth of the suggestion touching, a 1000 lent by Col. Duckenfield to the use of the Common wealth in the year 1642 ; which is still unsatisfied, and if they find the same to be true, to consider how the same may be satisfied, and report their opinion to the Parliament. Tuesday, the 11th November 1651.

Resolved, That the Articles made upon the Rendition of the Isle of Man and the Castles therein be approved of and confirmed.

Friday, 5th December 1651. Mr. John Gurdon reports from the Council of State that the Council upon Conference with the Lord General are of opinion that there will be necessary for the Guard of the Man 240 Soldiers in two Companies, each to consist of 120 men, besides Officers, whereof 40 to be under the command of a Captain : and two Serg,eants to be also on the Establishment above the Officers of two complete Companies : and that these numbres and officers be established for that place, if the Parliament shall so think fit.

That the Govnr. of that Island may have 16s. a day for his pay as Govr. besides the pay of a Captain of Foot. That it also be reported to the Parliament that the propositions following have been offered concerning, the Isle of Man, which the Council hath thought proper to represent to the Parliament, for them to do therein as they shall think fit-viz.

That much of the goods in the Isle of Man been found to belong to such that have been, and are well affected in England, may upon the Proof of their Rights be restored

And the rest, which will appear to be lawful prize to be allowed towards the accoxnodating, of the Garrison there, among, which two vesals for the help and benefit of the Island, not being, able to subsist without Traffick, or defend themselves from Pyrates without some such conveuiency.

That the 400, which was the Bishop's yearly revenue, tog,ether with the profits of the sequestrable Clerg,y may make one purse, to be allowed to so many and such ministers as the Council of State shall appoint to preach as Steueraries, at least for a time, and all scandalous and unfit members to be put out.

That the Isle of Man may be taken in as part of Eng,land, yet retaining, such Laws already established, as are equitable and just and more suitable to the condition of that People than any other that can be imposed. To which end it will be convenient that Dymster Christian and his PBror. the Receiver, two of the ablest and honestest Gentleanen in the Island may be commanded to attend the Council, by whom they may receive a full and true account touching, their Laws.

That the Council having, considered of an Establish' for Staff Officers, and Fire and Candle for the Garrison in the Isle of Man, think fit that the underwritten be reported to the Parliament for that purpose, that if the Parliament shall so think fit allowances may be made accordingly: viz.

Per Diem.

A Chirugeon

03 0

A Marshall

0 2 0

A 1lraster Gunner, to be also Storekeeper .

0 2 6

2 Mates each at 20d.

0 3 4

6 Matrosses each at 12d. .

0 6 0

Fire and Candle .

0 2 0

Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Council of State, that for the Guard of the Isle of Man 240 Soldiers in two Companies, each to consist of 120 men. besides Officers, whereof 40 to be under the command of a Captain : and two Sergeants to be put upon the Establishment above the Officers of two complete Companies; aud the Committee of the Army are authorised and required to malte payment thereof accordingly.

Resolved, That the Governor of that Island have 16s. a day for his Pay as Governor, besides his pay as a Captain of Foot.

Resolved, That the House doth agree to this Estal)lishment for Staff Officers, and Fire and Candle for the Garrison of the Isle of Man, as above, per diem ; and the Committee of the Army are authorised and required to umake payment thereof accordingly.

Thursday, 15tn September 1653.

Major General Desborow reports from the Council of State a new Establisht for the Isle of Man, as is appointed by the Council of State, to commence the 17"' of October, 1653. which was this day read--viz.

The Governor for his Pay as Governor besides Captain's Pay

£0 10 0

£14 0 0

Chirugeon

0 3 0

4 4 0

Marshall

0 2 0

2 16 0

Master Gunner, also Storekeeper

0 2 6

3 10 0

Two plates each at 20d.

0 3 4

4 13 4

Six Matrosses each at 12d.

0 6 0

8 8 0

Fire and Candle for the Guards

0 4 0

5 12 0

For the Guards of the Isle of Man-Two Companies of Foot, each Company consistng of a Captain, Licut.,Ensign, Two Sergeants, Three Corporals, TwoDrums, a Gentleman of Arms, and 100 Private Soldiers . )

10 15 9

301 18 8

£12 6 6

£345 2 0

Resolved, That this House doth agree to the Reducement and the Establishment now offered, And to order that the said Establishment be confirmed, to commence from the 17th October 1653.

Wednesday, the 17"' of August 1659.

Mr. Chaloner reports from the Council of State, that Capt. Rose have a commission. to command a Company of Foot in the Isle of Man, and that he have a Commission made to that purpose.

Friday, January 20th 1659.

Sir Arthur Hesilrig reports a List of the Officers of Col. Filch his Regiment : which was read, and also a List of Officers for the Isle of Man was read.

Friday Afternoon, 27 January, 1659.

A List of Officers for the Isle of Man was read and is as followeth, viz.

JAMES CHALONER, Captain.
JOSEPH JONES, Lieutenant.
SAMUEL ROSE, Captain.
HENRY SPROTE, Lieutenant.
THOMAS PRINTON, Master Gunner and Storekeeper.

And every of the said Officers being severally put to the question were approved.

Friday, February 3rd 1659.

Mr Speaker according to former order, delivered Commissions before the sitting of the House unto Captain Samuel Rose, his Commission to be a Captain of a Company of Foot in the Isle of Man, and delivered to him the several Commissions following, to be delivered as followeth, viz. : To James Challoner his Commission to be Captain of a Company in the said Isle. To Joseph Jones, his Commissiou to be Lieutenant of that Company. To Henry Sprote, his Commission to be Lieutenant of the said Captain Rose, his Company, Thomas Printon, his Commission to be Master Gunner.


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