Examination of Thomas Martin

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1652-12-07
Identifier: 830160r121


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Galway & Roscommon
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Multiple Killing
Commissioners: Charles Coote, Peter Stubber, Robert Clark
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 160r

<3> The Examinacion of Thomas Martin <A> of Gallway merchant taken before vs Commissioners for administracion of Justice in the precinct of Gallway. The 7th of December 1652
Being examined whether hee was aboard the Captain Clarkes ship when his men wer murthered there, hee saith hee was, and that hee did not goe aboard with those that surprized the ship but went in a boate of his owne after they <A> wer aboard, and further saith that hee went thither to fetch some salt which hee had bought before from the ship, and denyeth that hee knew any thing of their intencions but that while hee was on the decque saluteing such as hee mett there hee heard the noise of the surprize
Being examined whether hee saw the boate which Kirovan went in to surprize the said ship before it sett [ ] out, hee saith hee for ought hee knows hee did see the boate before, but that hee did not see it setting out or know of it or of any preparacion made for it, or of any armes that wer sett aboard the boate, & that hee knew nothing of the setting out of the boate till hee saw it at the ship side
Being examined how whither hee saw the murther

fol. 160v

committed hee saith hee did not, but that fo{r} fear of the surprizers hee fled with [ some ] {forty?} eight more into the forecastle & mainteyned <A> it against them vntill they threatened to fire a peice of Ordnance that was planted against the forecastle, & then vppon promise of good condicions. they came out.
Hee saith that hee was with the Chirurgion on the decque when the vproar began, & on a sudden they fell on the Chirurgion who leapt downe into the hould
Hee saith hee doth not remember the names <B> of those that acted in the murther but Stephen Lynch & walter Martin Brian Roe & {Murogh} More
Hee saith that when the sur Chirurgion & hee was on the decque when the vproare began & a man came with his sceane to fall on his the Chirurgion & this examinant pushed him away & that the Chirurgion men jumpt into the hould & this examinant saw him no more th vntill after they had made the aggreement.
Hee saith hee had no armes about him, no{t} soe much as A dagger
Being againe examined vppon the occasion one present who testified that hee had told him

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before that hee had a sceane dagger about him hee confesseth that hee had a sceane dagger & that hee did not draw it vntill after the aggreement was made when they would have fallen vppon thos that wer in the forecastle notwithstanding the aggreement & hee cutt a Man in the forehead therwith hee doth not remember the mans name

Mr Thomas Martyn did Make this Confession before us December the [7]th though he denyed to sett his hand to us it
Cha: Coote:
Peter: Stubber
Robert Clarke

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The Examination of
Thomas Martyn of Gall:
concearneinge the murther of
Captain Clarkes men in the
begininge of the war &
Comitted to the Goale of
Gallway: 7th Dec:





Deponent Fullname: Thomas Martin
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Merchant
Deponent County of Residence: Galway
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Stephen Lynch, walter Martin, Brian Roe, {Murogh} More, Captain Clarke
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned