Mention of Wemyss in the State Papers of Charles.1. 1625/1632

(It is interesting to note that in these State papers is the first recorded instance of the Weymes spelling of the surname)

Sir Patrick Wemyss

In the above state papers of 30/9/1629. The King to Lord Darnley. Orders that Lord Esmond, Sir Cyprian Horsfall, knt, Patrick Esmond, Henry Stains, and Patrick Wemyss be appointed commissioners for the selling and letting any of Lady Elizabeth Preston’s lands which are out of lease. Henry Staines and Patrick Wemyss (he was not yet knighted) are to collect the rent due and be empowered to give receipts. They shall pay over half yearly sums of £ 550 due to Lord Middlesex, and devote the overplus to Lady Elizabeth’s support. The conveyance of Lord Ormond to Lady Desmond of the lands at Dunmore, & c, shall be handed to Lord Esmond by Richard Lawless of Kilkenny, in whose possession it is. The Court of Wards is to issue no commissions for enquiry of any lands of Lady Elizabeth.

Sir John Wemyss of Glenawley

Many reference papers state that he was born before 1623 and that he married Anne Balfour daughter of Lord Balfour before 1638. The earliest verifiable record of him is that of a reference to his murder which is recalled by an entry in the Calendar of State Papers of Ireland-Charles. 1. 1625/1632; page 224, dated 14th April 1627. This reference is concerned with the forfeiting of bail money of two individuals to the King’s Sewers for the non attendance of a number of persons who failed to appear in court concerning charges that the Bishop of Clogher murdered Sir John.

In the State papers there are many entries concerning the murder of Sir John and some of them are worth noting. In a letter from the King to Lord Deputy (6/6/1627) the King states; it has now been proved that Sir John Weymes; high sheriff of county Fermanagh was murdered by chaplains and servants of the Bishop of Clogher. The King formerly stayed all proceedings in the matter, being unwilling to cause a scandal in the Church.

There was no love lost between Lord Balfour, (Sir John’s father in law) and the Bishop of Clogher and it was a consequence of this that Sir John lost his life. Some of the Bishop’s servants went to Lisnaskea, where they found three or four horses of Sir Johns, which they took away and sold in Enniskillen. Later in the same week they went out again and took some mares belong to Lord Balfour who were pasturing on the Bishops land, for which Balfour refused to pay rent for. The had gone towards Enniskillen when they were overtaken by Sir John and some of Balfour’s tenants. Sir John who was incensed with the indignity done to him thrust a pike through the shoulder of one of the servants, William Galbraith. In the course of the fight that followed, William’s brother Humphrey killed Sir John. The Galbraiths were later tried for murder, but escaped the doom that Balfour had hoped for, but the Bishop had to pay a heavy fine for the wrongdoing of his servants.

In Pynnar’s Survey page 536 entry (237) it states that Sir John Wemyss had the following children; James, Elizabeth and Anne.

Pynnars Survey pages 511/512 have a complete account of the ongoing conflict between Lord Balfour and the Bishop of Clogher, and also a thorough description of the circumstances that lead to the death of Sir John Wemyss.