Deposition of Katherin Maddison

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

Date: 1642-11-17
Identifier: 835210r244


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Fermanagh
Deposition Type: Dublin Original
Nature of Deposition: Apostacy, Desecration, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Words
Commissioners: Henry Brereton, John Watson, Randall Adams, William Aldrich
Deposition Transcription:

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Katherin Maddison Relict of Peter Maddison late of Ranynahan in the parish of Drumully in the Countie of ffermanagh murthered by the rebells being duly sworne and examined deposeth and saith that since the begining of the present rebellion to witt on or about the 23th of October 1641 her late husband and she were expelled from deprived robbed or otherwise dispoyled of theire goods and chattells of the values hereafter expressed vizt of Corne in the haggard and in the ground worth lxxij li. hawshould stuffe worth xx li. Cattle horses mares and sheepe worth xxx li. And they were also deprived of the benefitt of this & there lease of Ranynahan where in they dwelt for there Interest where in they were proffered l li. And they were likewise deprived of the be one yeares benefitt of a lease of halfe a tate of land called Clonefeale worth vj li. per Annum vltra reprise and are like to loose the future profitt thereof worth vj li. per Annum as aforesaid vntill a peace be setled And further saith that the parties rebells < 78 li. > that so robbed them as aforesaid are as followeth vizt ffarrall < a > mc Coffene of Killturke in the said Countie of ffermanagh husbandman Patricke R anell mc Donell of the parish of Drumully aforesaid husbandman Redmond mc guire of Shralistran in the same Countie husbandman with divers others theire complices and confederates (whose < [ ] > names and places of aboade this deponent doth not remember knowe). And this deponent < x > further saith that the rebells haueing deadly wounded her husband and leaveing him for dead went forth out of the roome departed from him, but after returinge and finding perceveing him to stirr they hacked and mangled his bodye in a most barbarous and inhuman manner and notwithstanding they had thus vsed him they would not beleeve he was dead, but a fortnight after caused his grave to be digged vpp to see whether he was dead or noe and caused the corpes to lye vncovered till some of the murtherers came to behold him And further saith that about midsomer last the rebells hanged William Bettey Davy mc Rey a Scotchman Thomas Mitchell Samuell Greame John Grigg all of the parish of Drumally aforesaid as alsoe Wi lliam Seaton and Joseph Crosse at or neare Shanoge in the said Countie some whereof wer being very sicke of feavers were taken out of theire beds and hanged And further sath that the Rebells also upon a Saturday night in lent last drove before them of men women and children to the number of 16 16 (some of the children being a quarter old some 3 yeares old some 4 yeares, some more some lesse) and drowned them in a bogg pitt, and as they came towards endeavored to come forth of the pitt to save theire lives < x > the rebells knocked them in the head with poles, and the next day tooke And the same night the sd women and children were drowned the Rebells murthered one Mr Bingham And further saith

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that she hath credibly heard that the repelled rebells compelled divers protestants to the number of 70 persons to goe to the river of Bellturbett, and then threw them over the bridge into the water and drowned them And further saith that she hath often heard some of the Rebells say that the Preists and ffriars were the first causers of this Insurrecion and rebellion and tha another cause thereof was because the Queenes confessor was murthered in her armes: And that it was a comon voyce among them the yeare before to say god save the king and now god save the Queene And further sayth that she hath heard it credibly reported that the rebells also murthered mary the wife of Humfry Price and Jane Price her daughter an as also the said humphry Price him before And further saith that the rebells often threatned this deponent to kill her vnles they she would goe to masse and doe as they did And that it was comon thing amongst the rebells to say that the Irish old English of the pale though they ioyned with them in this rebellion they deserved to be hanged as well as the other English x And saith further that she hath often heard the rebells say that they would drive all the English & Scotch out of this kingdome; and said that as long as there was an Irishman alive therye should not an English man continue here And that both man woman and child that had a Dropp of English or Scottish blood in them they would cutt off and destroy utterly. And fur the r saith that they said alsoe that all that went to church went to the divell, for god had nothing to do with them nor they with him
<And further saith that one Robert Goate a Scotchman was also most cruelly hanged and made away by the Rebells x>

Jur 17o November 1642 cora
The marke of Katherin [mark] Maddison
Joh Watson Randall Adams
Hen Brereton
Will: Aldrich

Katherin Madison Jur 17
Nov: 1642
Intw hand w
Cert fact

[ ] 90

The humble peticion of
Elizabeth Parre
Cert fact


Deponent Fullname: Katherin Maddison
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Widow
Deponent County of Residence: Fermanagh
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Peter Maddison, William Bettey, Davy mc Rey, Thomas Mitchell, Samuell Greame, John Grigg, William Seaton, Joseph Crosse, Mr Bingham, Jane Price, Humfry Price, mary Price, Robert Goate, the Queene, ffarrall mc Coffene, Ranell mc Donell, Redmond mc guire
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Mentioned, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel