Deposition of Anne Sowthwell

Collection: Bysse Depositions

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

Date: 1642-09-29
Identifier: 829256r170


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Clare & Limerick
Deposition Type: Bysse
Nature of Deposition: Apostacy, Arson, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping, Words
Commissioners: Philip Bisse, Robert Southwell
Deposition Transcription:

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Anne Sowthwell late of Ballinekilly in the parish of Ballinaharty in the baroney of Cashmah & county of Limrick widow the relict of Capt: John Sowthwell lately slayne by the rebbells duly sworne & examined before vs by vertue etc: deposeth & sayth that about Christmas last past & diuers times since the beginning of this present rebellion in Ireland she lost was robbed & forceably despoyled of her goods & chattells & lands to the seuerall values following vizt to her losse of 1472 li. 10 s.
Of Cowes steers, heyfers & yearlings, sheepe & lambs, horses & swine to the value of fiue hundred twenty two pownds Of houshold goods to the value of one hundred pownds. Of Corne in the haggard to the value of two hundred pownds. Of Corne in ground which she is assured is lost to the value of one hundred pownds. Of howses that were burnt by meanes of this rebellion to the value of one hundred & fifty pownds. She likewise sayth that she is by meanes of this rebellion dispossessed of a certayne lease of Ballenikilly aforesaid wherein she had a tearme of eight & thirty fourty years yet vnexpired, worth coibus annis fourty pownds per annum ouer & aboue the land Lords rent in which she conceius her selfe damnifyed in the value of four hundred pownds. The totall of her losses in goods & chattells amounts to the value of one thousand four hundred seaunty two pownds ten shill: besids the losse of the benefit of her dowry & freehould estate which descended vnto her as Inheretrix to her father Sir John Dowdall worth coibus annis three hundred & fifty pownds per annum which she leaueth to consideracion as also besids the losse of the benefit of the third of an estate to which her <said> husband was vndoubted heire, as namely to his father Edmund Sowthwell esquire & Sir Richard Sowthwell Knight whose estate were worth two thousand pownds per annum. She further sayth that <A> she was robbd of all her goods quick & dead by the hands & meanes of Philip William Cullum of Lismoly in said county gen; and his eldest son <the said Cullum also causd one John O forehand seruant to the Lady Dowdall of Kilfinney to be hangd about Candlemas last> & James ffitz Gerrald of Kiltenane gent, Edmund Pursell of Ballicullane in said county gen & their followers to the number of three hundred. She also sayth that her said husband was shot & killd on Easter twesday last by an ambush of rebells at Grangy Bridge in said county, as he was on his way to releiue a cast Newcastle in said county. She sayth also that one Morrice Herbert of Rackeele in said county esquire about Candlemas last did hang three English men of Rakeele but their names she knoweth not. She also sayth that Mrs Anne wodhall wife to Mr woodhall gen with daughter Anne spinster and Josyas walker gen & his wife, Anne Gerrald wife to Morrice ffitz Gerrald & Mr Gennings a minister John Mr Escott & his wife all late of the Castle of Mahowngh with diuers others vnknowne to the number of fourty were stript naked by Thomas mc Gibbon of Mahoonah gen: & his followers <B> who hangd hanged Eight of the stript partyes vnknowne this act was done about Christmas last. She also sayth that she saw two letters vnder Mr Oliuer Richard Steuenson of Dunmoylin in said county Esquire & Morrice Harbert of Rakeale aforesaid Esquire their owne hands, who said therein that what they did they had the Kings broad seale therein also perswading the deponents said husband to whome they directed their said letters,) to alter his religion & ioyne with them, & that suddenly too; for otherwise it would not serue his turne notwithstanding all our puritan helpes we were like to haue out of England & Scotland. She lastly sayth that one Thomas Philips of Ballyyea in said county yeoman formerly a reputed protestant & since this rebellion turnd papist {&} further she cannot depose
Anne Sovthwell
Jurat coram nobis 29o Sept: 1642
Phil: Bisse Ro: Southwell

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Mrs Anne Sowthwell


Deponent Fullname: Anne Sowthwell
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Widow
Deponent County of Residence: Limerick
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: John Sowthwell, Anne the elder wodhall, Anne the younger woodhall, Josyas walker, Anne Gerrald, Mr Gennings, Mr Escott, Thomas Philips, the King, Mr woodhall, Morrice ffitz Gerrald, John Dowdall, Edmund Sowthwell, Richard Sowthwell, John O forehand, Lady Dowdall, William Cullum, James ffitz Gerrald, Edmund Pursell, Morrice Herbert, Richard Steuenson
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Apostate, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Victim, Mentioned, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel