Deposition of Elizabeth Crooker

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

Date: 1643-03-15
Identifier: 837004r004


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Down
Deposition Type: Dublin Original
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Captivity, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping, Words
Commissioners: Henry Brereton, William Aldrich
Deposition Transcription:

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14to die Marty 1642
Elizabeth Crooker late of the Newry in the County of Downe sworne & examined saith maketh oa th that att or about the beginninge of this Rebellion she was stripped & had taken from her in leather and other houshold goods & Clothes at the Newry to the value of Ten pounds & vpwards by the Rebells there & that she her selfe and her son were taken by the Rebells & carried out to the sea to be drowned and by the extreamity of the weather were cast vpon a Rock where she & her Childe lat there almost naked & starved and comminge agayne into the Newry afterwards togeather with diuers others this deponent she & diuers others were carried to Newcastle to be hanged of which And there were some 15 of vs them hanged <symbol> & the rest of vs were turned away againe & cam{e} to the newry agayne where we they were kept prisoners by the space of seaven weeks induringe much misery & hunger & Cold were where we & there they soe remayned vntill the s[ ] Lord Connoway came and tooke the Newry, And further saith that the principall Rebells that robbed her and the rest were of <a> the protestantes in Newry were Colonell Magennis Patrick Creely Dennis Creely Nicholas White James White Munck Creely James Velden whoe was the principall man that betrayed the Castle of Newry: Walter White Walter Creely all townsmen and Inhabitantes of Newry & divers others whose names she cannott remember : And saith That in this Rebellion the Vicountesse Ivaghe was soe cruell against the English & Scottish that she was very angrie with the souldjers becawse they did not putt them all to death And saith that t h as this deponent & the rest were comeing againe vnto the Newrie some of the irish goeing to Masse seemeing to pitty them did bidd them goe to a [Crate] <hand> hard by to warme them: whither they were noe sooner comen but a Company of Rebells there being; assaulted & sett vpon them: and quite stripped them naked: And whenas the deponent & the rest of the protestantes would call vpon god almighty to save

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help and deliuer them: the Rebells or some of them In a most scornfull contempteous & blasphemous manner: Did bdd bidd this deponent and her distressed company call Call downe their god & see if hee would save them & their clothes & speaking other prophane wordes The women from tyme to tyme being more scornfull and cruell then the men: Swearing & vowing they would kill them becawse they were of English kynd: And further saith that th <A b> the said Colonell Conn Magennis & his souldjers hanged to death one Mr Tudge a protestant minister of the Newry: & he holding vpp his handes & praying to god as a little before they hanged him: some of the Rebells cutt and slashed him over the handes with a sword And not long after the said Colonell Magenis falling sick & lying vpon his death bed complained there that Mr Tudg whom he had hanged would require his bloud at his handes: & was still in his sight there before him: And often wished his frendes to take away the said Mr Tudge as if he had seene him for he was comen thither to fetch & take him the said Colonell Magenis away for putting him him to death with many other greivous expressions to that purpose which contynued by the said Colonell Magennis vntill he dyed & especially hee forewarned his frendes to take heed from thence forth whom they killd: ffor still the said Mr Tudges bloud was vpon him: And further saith That the Rebells often publiquely said to this deponent and the other English That they were noe Christians & there was noe salvation for them: And saith alsoe that as some of the Rebells were robbing & prophaneing of the Church one of them those robbers fell downe in the Church of Newry & fell into such a trembling [ ]ing and extasy that other Rebells were gladd to carry him out of the Church as a frantick man
signum predicti Eliza
Jur 15o Marty 1642
Will: Aldrich
Hen: Brereton

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Elizabeth Crooker Jur
15o Marcy 1642
Inw Ex


Deponent Fullname: Elizabeth Crooker
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent County of Residence: Down
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Conn Magennis, Patrick Creely, Dennis Creely, Nicholas White, James White, Munck Creely, James Velden, Walter White, Walter Creely, Vicountesse Ivaghe, Lord Connoway, Mr Tudge
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned, Victim