Deposition of John Mayes

Collection: Bysse Depositions

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

Date: 1643-01-24
Identifier: 829264r175


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Clare & Limerick
Deposition Type: Bysse
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping, Lost By Debts
Commissioners: Philip Bisse, Thomas Elwell
Deposition Transcription:

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<symbol> John Mayes late of the Towne and parish of Rathkiele barony of Connelloe and with in the County of lymericke carrier (a brittish protestant) duely sworne and examined before vs vpon oath by vertue of a Comission (beareing date at Dublin the 5th day of March Anno Regis decimo septimo ) concerneing the robberyes and spoiles comitted by the rebells vpon the English and protestants in the Province of Munster since this rebellion &c deposeth and saith That vpon the 10th of January 1641 and or therabouts lost was robbed and forceably dispoiled of this goods and Chattles to the seuerall values followeing vzt value of 169 li. 4 s.
Of Cowes heiffers and horses to the value of fiftie seaven pounds Of Implements of husbandry to the value of ten pounds Of houshould stuffe to the value of three score pounds Of hay & corne to the value of foure pounds foure shillinges The deponent likewise saith that by meanes of th i s presente rebellion in Ire l and he was dispossessed of a house & a parcell of land in Rathkeile aforesaid he conceaues that he is damnified by looseing the benefitt of the said lease the sume of thirtie pounds Part consisting Of debts amounting to the sume of eight pounds due from Pierce Creagh of lymericke merchant & others whose names he canot remember in regard he hath not his papers to produce & although he accounted the same good debts, yeet in regard the said Creagh is nowe in open and actuall rebellion therefore this deponent canot gett satisfaction from them The totall of his losses amounts to an hundred three score and nyne pounds foure shill{inges}

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Aboute the time aboue mencioned Morris Harbert of Rathkeile in the said County Esquire tooke away parte of this deponents houshould stuffe and Cattle; likewise aboute the 12th of October last this deponent together with the number of fiftie protestants in company with him come<C>ing from Castle=matry in the said County (where of a long time they wer besiedged by Patricke Purcell of Crow in the said County Esquire & Oliuer Stevenson of Dunmoylin in the said County Esquire & others whoe faithfully promissed them quarter of their liues and goods & to that purpose sent a convey with this deponent & the rest towards the English quarters, were notwithstandinge treacherously in the high way stripped of their cloathes and robbed of what goods were <D> left them by Donnell mc Ennery nere Broghall bridge in the said County gentleman & diuers others whose names he knoweth not, whoe then & there in a most inhumane maner after stripping this deponent ran him through the shoulder & likewise stripped Benedict Austen a minister & his wife, & then & there barbarously stripped Richard Mayons wife Vrsula Mayon & her three children starke naked & after stripping of her priked her with a halfe pike in seuerall partes of her body in a most a cruell maner; The deponent likewise saith that William fforth of Ballygarran in the said County gentleman about the 8th of July last comeing out of the Castle of Calloe in the said County (where he was closely besiedged) to gett reliefe for the said Castle was then f[ ]fully murthered stoned to death by some of the said Patrick Purcells tenants whose names he knoweth not & after he was killed they cut of his

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head & further he deposeth not
John [mark] Mayes marke
Jurat coram nobis
24o Jan 1642
Phil: Bisse
Thomas Ellwell

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The examination
of John Mayes


Deponent Fullname: John Mayes
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Carrier
Deponent County of Residence: Limerick
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Pierce Creagh, Morris Harbert, Patricke Purcell, Oliuer Stevenson, Donnell mc Ennery, Benedict Austen, Richard Mayons, Vrsula Mayon, William fforth
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Debtor, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim