Deposition of Mary Woods

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

Date: 1642-02-23
Identifier: 813385r321


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Kildare
Deposition Type: Dublin Original
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Captivity, Desecration, Killing, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping
Commissioners: John Sterne, John Watson
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 385r

Mary Woods late of the Towne of Kildare in the County of Kildare widdowe sworne and examined deposeth That since the begining of this present rebellion shee and her husband have beene robbed and dispoiled of her goods and Chattles in the said Towne & County to the value following vizt of twentie pounds sterling by the rebells in those parts, whose names shee knoweth not being about three hundred pounds in nomber the Cheife whereof was (as the Deponent <A> hath heard in) one Captaine Henry Dempsie of the Barony of Glanmalira in the Queenes County, And that the deponent hath beene many times stripped and robbed severall t of late, And about a fortnight since they killed her husband in the said Towne, And also did robb all the English Protestants thereabouts, and murthered many of them, & would not suffer them to bee buryed within the Churchyard, and did in a most inhumane manner digg vpp the Corpes of many dead persons Protestants who had beene long since buryed and threw them out into a filthie backeside to bee devoured by dogges or other beasts And the deponent further saith That shee beleiveth there are some parte of her goods in the custody of Peter Sarsfeild of Tully in the County aforesaid, And the deponents sonn is now a Prisoner with the said rebells if hee bee living (but shee rather beleiveth that hee is murthered by them, which digging vpp of the said dead Corpes this deponent beleiveth was directed by one James Dempsy a Preist, the said Peter Sarsfeild, and Thomas fitz Gerald of Clonbolge in the Kings County Esquire, James fflatisbury of Drynanstowne in the Countie of Kildare aforesaid, John Leigh of Rathbride in the said County Esquire & others And likewise shee saith that they first stripped, and after stabbed, and last of all shott her said husband by the treatchery of one Jane Warren of Jur 23o ffebr 1641 coram nobis Kildare aforesaid and before the breath departed from his body they did most barbarously bury him alive where he remained above an hower alive vnder the ground as shee was credibly informed.
signum predicte [ ] Marie woodes
Jur 23o ffebr 1641 coram nobis
Joh Watson:
John Sterne


(endorsement on

fol. 386r


Deponent Fullname: Mary Woods
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Widow
Deponent County of Residence: Kildare
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Henry Dempsie, James Dempsy, Peter Sarsfeild, Thomas fitz Gerald, James fflatisbury, John Leigh, Jane Warren
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel