The Case of Mountague Earl of Abingdon and Robert Earl Ferrers, upon Their Bill for Explaining and Better Executing the Intentions of a Former Act, Intituled [An Act for Making Provision for the Protestant Children of the Earl of Clanricarde and Lord Bophin] and for Sale of Farther Part of the said Earl's Estate for Payment of the Debts and Portions Remaining, Chargeable upon the same [caption title]
London: ca. 1715. Broadsheet. p. plus printed docket title on verso. Disbound. Small folio. Early stab holes in left margin. Moderately soiled and foxed.
A petition to Parliament by Montagu Venables-Bertie, Earl of Abingdon, and Robert Shirley, Earl Ferrers, the guardians of the children of John Burke, 9th Earl of Clanricarde. Burke had fought in Ireland in the army of James II against William of Orange and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Aughrim in 1691. His estates in Ireland were forfeited and his children given to the care of the Earl of Abingdon and Earl Ferrers with instructions that they receive a Protestant education. After Burke was acquitted by an act of Parliament in 1701 and restored to his estates, the taxes that had accrued on his property hindered the flow of payments the English lords required for the care and education of his children. In the present document those lords seek a sale of Burke's lands to fund a situation "whereby the younger Sons of the Earl will be educated in the Protestant Religion, the old Incumbrances which Papists have upon the Estate will be discharged, and the Protestant Interest strengthened."