Deposition of Mary Sillyard

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

Date: 1643-04-17
Identifier: 835248r274


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

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

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Mary Sillyard late wife of ffrancis Silyard of the Parrish of Clanalley and Countie of ffermanaghe gent sworne and examined deposeth and saith That since the begining of when the present Rebellion began and by meanes thereof Her said husband and shee were deprived robbed, or otherwise dispoyled of their meanes goodes and Chattells Consisting of Cowes heffers: Howshold goodes apparell Ready mony due debtes, The value of their farme and Corne in ground Amounting in all to the value And to theire present losse of ffive hundredth sixtie five powndes sterlinge Besides the losse of their truncks and writings wherof shee can give noe estimate: And further saith that the Rebells that soe dispojled & robbed her and her said husband of their goodes & estate that alsoe robbed other protestantes within the said Countie & Committed divers outrage & cruelties in hostile and Rebellious manner [ ] are theis that follow vizt fflaertie MacGuire of the < a > Mack in the County of ffermanaghe gent Edmond Maguyre & Rory Maguire his brothers, and another of their brothers whose Chrissen name she cannot remember, Morrice Ballaghe of the Macke aforesaid farmer: Edmund this deponentes next neighbor Phelim Maroly of the Mack aforesaid wanderer: & Edmund, Shane one other of his brothers whose Chrissen name she knows not Donnell O Sheriden of Derrihooley a Schoolemaster: one Charles whoe is a tall black man & hath his beard & face very [hair?] hairy and Lived at Derrihooe whose Chrissen name she doth not remember Howbeit that merciles & cruell Rebell bound this deponentes and her husbands handes on their backs & then struck at them with a sword, but wounded them not, becawse he was prevented by one Phillip mc Shane: Howbeit yet that Rebell and the rest in his Company, then robbed & stripped this Deponent and her husband of all their clothes, & of the mony which they hadd in their shooes, & them kept alsoe as prisoners from Saturday untill T the xxiijth of October 1641 vntill Tewsday following: And then nere the Church of Clannally aforesaid one of the Rebells then present suddenly run his sword into this deponentes husbandes side & Likewise wounded him in the head. & then they cutt & wounded her the deponent in twoe places of her hand: & with a thrust of a skeane broake a ribb in her syde & then they wounded her other hand. soe as shee is lamed of some of the her fingers of both handes

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those bloudy villaines alsoe or some of them alsoe run her said husband into his brest & likewise into his belly with a pitchfork And another villanous Rebell run the deponentes husband (lying on the grownd) through the bulk of his bodie with a sword, soe that the point appeared at his back: & he instantly (soe mortally wounded) died And the deponent soe wounded in both handes and the side, was suffered to escape away w naked and lye all night soe wounded & naked in a wood. & the next morning god almightie gave her the strength & ability to g Rise and goe from thence, soe as she gott to Belturbett: And the deponent further saith That the Rebells aforenamed or some in their Company did the Tewsday aforesaid murther and putt to death one Charles Lysence an English Protestant, and his sonn of about 12 yeres of age: whom after they had barbarously slaine they tooke vpp vpon a pitchfork and cast him into a River: And this deponent hath credibly heard, & beleeveth, & partly knoweth it to bee true, that the Rebells the first day of the present Rebellion murthered one Myles Acrygg this deponentes brother in lawe neere Macrevilly in the said County of ffermanagh And that there were alsoe slaine by them one Thomas Sargeant Maxy Turner alias & many others whom she cannott name, all protestantes
Signum predicti [mark] MariƦ
Jur 17o Aprilis 1643
Joh Watson:
John Sterne

Mary Sylliard
deposed April 17 1643
Hand w

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Deponent Fullname: Mary Sillyard
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Widow
Deponent County of Residence: Fermanagh
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: ffrancis Silyard, Charles Lysence, Myles Acrygg, Thomas Sargeant, Maxy Turner, fflaertie MacGuire, Edmond Maguyre, Rory Maguire, Morrice Ballaghe, Edmund *, Phelim Maroly, Edmund Shane, Donnell O Sheriden, Charles *
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel