Examination of Ellen Swift

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Dublin Core

Date: 1652-04-30
Identifier: 812302r242


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Carlow & Killkenny
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Multiple Killing
Commissioners: John Farrer
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 302r

The Examinacion of Ellen Swift taken the 30th of Aprill 1652 concerning the murther of Richard Barnard & John Banks:
This Examinant deposeth, that about Shrovestwewday in the year 1641: this examinant, being in CastleComer, did see Lewis Brennan take the said Richard Barnard out of one John Gallihills his howse in CastleComer aforesaid, and as soon as hee the said Lewis had brought the said Richard into the street, he then & ther barbarously first wounded the said Richard in the head & face, & after he was fallen to the ground, he dragged him with a rope along the streets, to his fathers tenter hooks & ther hanged him, notwithstanding that the sisters of the said <A> Brennan followed him begging him to spare his life which he would not, & she conceiveth that the only reason that moved the said Brennan to that bloody & inhumane act was because he was extracted from English parents: And further saith that att the same tyme, shee did see the said Lewis Brennan take the said John Bankes and hang him likewise vpon the said tentore hookes, for the same cause as she conceiveth her cause of knowledge is that she her husband & one Mr Parkinson was then in her howse, & out of the windowes thereof did see this bloodye & inhumane murther, & saith that the said Richard Barnard & John Bankes were of tender yeares & very young att that tyme
Ellen [mark] Swift marke
Taken befor me the
30th of Apr 1652
Jo: ffarrer

[The examination of Joan Condon also appears on

fol. 302r

. The endorsement is on

fol. 302av


Deponent Fullname: Ellen Swift
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent County of Residence: Unknown
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Richard Barnard, John Banks, Lewis Brennan, John Gallihill, * Parkinson
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Rebel, Mentioned, Mentioned