Hardiman's History of Galway
Chapter 6: From 1660 to the surrender of Galway to King William's forces, 1691
New rules established, 1672
The town continued to be governed under its former charters until the year
1672, when the "new" rules, orders and directions were made and established
by the lord lieutenant and council, pursuant to the act of explanation "for
the better regulating of the corporation and town of Galway, and the
of magistrates and officers there." By these rules, which have the force and
effect of an act of parliament,
- The names of the mayor, sheriffs,
recorder, or town-clerk, to be annually elected for ever thereafter, are to
be forthwith, presented for approbation to the lord lieutenant, or other
chief governor or governors, and the privy council; and if they or any of
them be not approved of within ten days, a new election shall take place,
except in cases of such as die in their year of office.
- The warden to be
nominated by the lord lieutenant, or other chief governor or governors of
the kingdom, for the time being.
- All officers of the corporation to take
the oaths of supremacy and allegience, and also that against taking arms
against the king. [c]
- All officers to be elected by the mayor, sheriffs
and common council: all matters in debate first to pass the common council
before being propounded in tholsel, and offenders disfranchised.
foreigners, strangers and aliens, as well others as Protestants, being
merchants, traders, artisans, artificers, seamen or otherwise, then residing
or to come to reside in the town, to be admitted freemen during residence
and habitation, and to be deemed denizens of the kingdom, on payment of a
fine of twenty shillings, first taking the oaths and paying charges: any
person, magistrate, or otherwise, refusing to admit such, or interrupting
them when admitted, to be disfranchised.
These rules, which were in effect
the same that regulated the other cities, walled-towns and corporations of
the kingdom at the time, although introduced into the succeeding charter,
continue in force to the present day. [d]
The corporation land, with the charter and market duties, granted to Mrs
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