Examination of Elizabeth Ennis

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

Date: 1653-02-05
Identifier: 812331r266


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Carlow & Killkenny
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Captivity, Multiple Killing
Commissioners: Richard Stephens, Thomas Evans
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 331r

<ffebruary 5th 1652> The Examinacion of Elizabeth Ennis alias Harris aged 50th yeares or thereabouts sworen and Examined saith: That shee knew Edward Butler of Vrlingford Esquire second sonn to the late Mount Garrett two yeares before the Rebellion begann <A> in this Nation, and about a weeke after Easter in the yeare forty two, this deponent with seuerall others to the number of eighteene men, women and Children, and Carried from freshford to Balliraggett by a Company of foote souldiers b whome this deponent verily beleeue did then belonge to Captain Edward Butler aforesaid, whoe was then in Balliraggett Comander in Cheife of the Castle and Company, and vpon applycacion of Mr Clarke and Mr Byfeild both of Parsgrove English papists prevayled with the foresaid Captain Edward Butler to spare the life of this deponent and on Anne death, and this deponents husband who wh was horse rider to the said Edward Butlers ffather, and this deponent was told by Mr Clarke & Byfild aforesaid, that the said Edward Butler told them that if he should hange his fathers horse rider, that his father would hange him, where vpon the said horserider weere saued, with his wife and Children, and beinge demaunded by whose order fiue English protestants whoe was then prisoners with this att Balliragett with this deponent <B> were put to death, shee saith that the foresaid Clarke and Byfield told this deponent that itt was by Captain Edward Butlers order, and further saith that this deponent shee kneweth that the said Captain Edward Butler durst not come Into his ffathers (the late lord Mountgarrett) sight for hanginge the foresaid fiue persons. and further saith not X X
< X X This Examinante being further examined asked where ther the foresaid fiue persons, that were persons, that were hanged, whether they were throwen into a pitt and buried before they were <C> dead, shee saith, that shee often hard by seuerall persons of Credite that said, they sawe itt, and that they saw some of the persons that were hanged and as they lay in the pitt threw backe the Earth with theire hands as the Enemie threw itt vpon them, the persons that suffered, being two men, two women, and on boy, and further saith not>
The marke of
Elizabeth [mark] Ennis
alias Harris
Sworne before vs the day and yeare aforesaid
Ri: Stephens Tho: Euans

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fol. 332v

The Examinacion of
Elizabeth Ennis
alias Harris
against Butler
19 English brought prisoners to Ballirag
gett where Ed: Butler comanded in
chief, castle & company.
Clerke & Byfield & Pasgrove 2 English papist prevayled
with Butler to spare the life of hir & hir husband & of
Ann Death.
They told her that the 5 men put to
Death by E: Butlers orders.
Knoweth that Ed: Butler durst not
com into his fathers sight for hanging
the sayd persons.
Reported; That the persons hanged throwne
into a pitt before quite dead; & earth
being throwne on them threw it backe

Deponent Fullname: Elizabeth alias Harris Ennis
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent County of Residence: Unknown
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Edward Butler, Mount Garrett, * Clarke, * Byfeild, Ann death
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned