Deposition of Alexander Listen

Collection: Bysse Depositions

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

Date: 1643-03-08
Identifier: 821080r049


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Tipperary
Deposition Type: Bysse
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping
Commissioners: Philip Bisse, Richard Williamson
Deposition Transcription:

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Alexander Liste Listen late of ffymone in the barony of Elyog arta and within the County of Tipperary clothier (a brittish protestant) duely sworne and examined before vs by vertue of his Maiesties Comission to vs or any Two or more of vs directed (beareing date the 5th day of March Anno domini 1641) concerneing the losses and robberies and spoiles since this rebellion comitted vpon the brittish and protestants within the Province of Munster &c deposeth and saith. That (vpon the 16th day of November 1641 & diuers times since the deponent lost was robbed and forceably dispoiled of his goods & Chattles to the seuerall values followeinge vizt worth xij li. x s.
Of houshould=stuffe malt and tooles belonging to his trade to the value of fiftie shillinges. The deponent further saith that by meanes of thi s rebellion he lost the benefitt of Two mills one tucking & another grist=mill to his damadge of Ten pounds The totall of his losses amounts to Twelue pounds ten shillinges. The deponent further saith. That aboute the 17th of december 1641 or therabouts this deponent being one of the warders of Archestowne=Castle in the said County (belonging to one mr Henry Pesly) he then obserued & sawe Theobald Purcell alias Baron of Loghmag [ ] the lord of Dunboyne the lord of Ikerin Tibbot Purcell of Keylloskehane in the said County Esquire Teige og o Maghar alias o Maghar of Trothogerrime in the said County gentleman & diuers other gentleman in armes with collors flyeing their forces consisting at the first blocking vpp of the said Castle of fifteene hundred men or therabouts came aboute the day & yeere last aboue written & layed siedge to the said Castle & continued siedge to the same till aboute midsumer followeing dureing which time he be

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siedged within the same through the extremity of the siedge (all releefe being kepte from them) were driuen to eat eleven horses, And alsoe saith that two English protestants warders of the said Castle namely John Nuttell of Turlis in the said County of shoomaker & another called Jefrrey (his surname he knoweth not) were shot or caused to be shot by meanes of the said parties. The deponent further saith And that aboute the 25th day of december aforesaid one Mr Banister a preacher & Th omas W insmore of Rathelty in the said County feltmaker were both of them murthered goeing in company together from the said Castle of Archestowne to Cashell by the <B> followers and company of Phillipp o Dwire of Killynalger in the said County gentleman; The said Banister being then taken earnestly begged them that took him to spare his life, answeare being made by the enemy they would not because his was a minister, he then threwe (as this deponent is credibly informed) vnto them a bagg conteineing a hundred pounds in gould & siluer & then desired them to saue his life, they likewise denyed againe the second time, then he tooke out a doozen siluer spoones & threw them to the rebells, but at last almost without any pitty they stripped him to the skin onely left his shirte with hem & therevpon he started from among them & tooke him to his heeles & they pursueing of him close one of them threwe a darte at him & strooke him iust in the hame, & he being not able to run further, they in a most cruell & inhumane maner murthered him cuting & heweing his body in diuers places & neuer suffered him to be buryed (as this deponent is informed) till the crowes & dogges did picke & eate vpp his carkash. & further he deposeth not
Alexander [mark] Listens mark
Jurat coram nobis viiijo martij 1642
Phil: Bisse Ric: Williamson

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The deposition of Alexander

Horrible murders hand


Deponent Fullname: Alexander Listen
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Clothier
Deponent County of Residence: Tipperary
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Theobald Purcell, lord of Dunboyne, lord of Ikerin, Tibbot Purcell, Teige og o Maghar, Phillipp o Dwire, Henry Pesly, John Nuttell, Jefrrey *, Mr Banister, Thomas Winsmore
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim