Deposition of John Comin

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1653-09-01
Identifier: 829451r304


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Clare & Limerick
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Captivity, Death, Multiple Killing, Robbery
Commissioners: Henry Flower, Thomas Southwell, Thomas Waring
Deposition Transcription:

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John Comin of the Cittie of Dublin Limrick Merchante sworne & examined deposeth & saith that in or about Chrissmas in the begining of the Rebellion William Bourk baron <A> of Castle Connell Doctor Daniell Higgins [ ] [ ] a [fransiscan friar] & a great number of Irish Rebells whose names he knoweth not came to the Landes of Singland then belonging to Colonell Trenchard in right of his Lady Sowthwell his wife, & also to the great howse standing vpon the said Landes, & then & there brake into the stable & out howses & forceibly tooke away all the horses Cowes & sheepe which they found there being the goodes of the said Colonel Trenchard & of great value, And then & there shott at & against the dwelling howse it self but were repelled & beaten off with the losse of some of their men: And from thence those rebellious persons martched in hostill manner further to the Barronie of Clanwilliam & there Comitted some cruelties as this deponent hath credibly heard & verely beleeveth: And this deponent further saith that he was within the Citty of Limerick about the later end of Aprill or May 1642 when Col Generall Barry (by the (so called by the Irish) Maior Generall Patrick Purcell and <B> divers other Irish Rebells whose names he cannott now certenly remember were ferried over part of the River of Shannon or brought through a posterne gate into the said Citty by Dominick ffanning then Maior of the same, Doctor Higgins aboue named Thomas Arthur Alderman (since deceased) John White fitz David a burgesse Patrick ffanning eldest sonn of the said Dominick ffanning William Comin Alderman since deceased Michaell Maghan of the same Merchant (a notorious villaine) since deceased, & by some others of the same Cittie whose names he cannott expresse: All which parties were noe sooner comen into the said Citty but that all the gates of the same saveing Thomond gate & st Johns gate were [ ] sett open, & the Rebells of the Countrie sent for to com in alsoe Whoe by thowsandes Martching in thronging in, they then all Martched vp to the great Castle then called the kings Castle & beseeged the same verie clossly and alsoe layd before the same five or six weeks And about a fortnight or more after the begining of that their

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<C> seige Donnogh Mc Carthy Lord Viscount Muskery the Lord Roch the Lord of Ikerrin the Lord of Castle Connell Dermott ô Brian of Thomond Donnogh Mc Nemara alias Mc Nemarra of Thomond Esquire since deceased. Oliver Stivenson & divers other Rebells whose names he now cannott call to mynd Marched & came also to the said seege in Limrick & ioyned with the rest therein: And in that time whilest all the parties before named were in Limerick at the said seige two english women were throwne off a bridg in Limerick by Rebells which he knows not, & the one of them drowned & the other swyming towardes the shore was knoct in the head with a stone & so beaten back into the water & drowned alsoe: And further saith that about the same time whilest the parties Rebells before named lay before the said Castle in seige there were as this deponent hath been credibly enformed and beleeveth severall other English persons whose names he cannott expresse murdered by the Irish souldiers which the deponent cannot name, but never heard that any of those murderers were either putt to death or questioned for the same except the man that knockt the woman in the head Hee alsoe saith that one Mr Manwaring an Englishman with others sallying out of the said Castle of Limerick & intending to turn some of the Irish guns vpon the beseegers was there by some of the beseegers slayne in the enterprize: And hath heard that manie of the Englishe beseeged were slayne & shott in the Castle by the beseegers before mentioned & by many of the Citizens which were papists whoe Joined with the rest in the time of the seige for many [ ] of the Protestantes were formerly clapt in prison & the rest durst not stirr abroad:
And alsoe that very many of the beseeged perished & died by want and their restraint there: And this deponent further that after the said six weeks closse seige & after that the walle of the Castle was shattered & broke by springing of a myne and vndermineing the same the same and whenas many were dead in the said Castle & that their provision & amunition grew very scant the beseeged were inforced to surrender the said Castle vpon quarter of liffe & goods And the same was then & there delivered vp & surrendred accordingly to them the said generall Barry Major Generall Purcell Donogh mc Carthy Lord viscount Muskery, the Lord Roch the Lord Ikerrin the Lord of Castle Connell Dermott ô Brian Donogh mc Nemarra Oliver Stivinson Dominicke ffanning Sir Geffrey Galway (since executed Doctor Higgins Thomas <d> Arthur John White fitz David Patrick ffanning William Comin ffrancis wolf & thowsands others of the beseegers whose names he cannott at this tyme remember
John Comyn
Deposed the first of September 1653
Henry fflower
Th sowthwell Tho: Waring

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John Comin B: 4

Deponent Fullname: John Comin
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Merchant
Deponent County of Residence: Limerick
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: William Bourk, Daniell Higgins, Generall Barry, Patrick Purcell, Thomas Arthur, John White fitz David, Patrick ffanning, Dominick ffanning, William Comin, Michaell Maghan, Donnogh Mc Carthy, Lord Roch, Lord of Ikerrin, Dermott , Donnogh Mc Nemara, Oliver Stivenson, ffrancis wolf, Mr Manwaring, Colonell Trenchard, Lady Sowthwell
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Victim, Victim, Victim