Examination of Steeven Lynch

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1653-01-17
Identifier: 830209r152


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Galway & Roscommon
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Killing, Robbery, Words
Commissioners: Charles Holcroft, Peter Stubber
Deposition Transcription:

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The Examinacion: of Steeuen Lynch fz Andrew of Gallway Merchant
Who saith that he hath for fiue or Six yeeres <A> liued in the Isles of Arran vntill the Island was Possess’t by the State’s fforces when he withdrew himself from thence in regard he was Excepted in the Articles made with Gallway at the Surrender, as being an actor in the Surprizall of Capt: Clarkes Shipp in which he was Employed by the Towne & in particuler spake to & incited by Capt: Tully & Walter oge Martin, (& saith moreouer that James oge Lynch fz Steeuen Spake to the boateman to goe in the seruice and promised them Twenty pound’s as a reward as he was Informed by < [ ] > the seuerall Boatemen). The towne haueing formerly Offered Eleauen hundred pound for the said shipp Gun’s and apparrell and it being refused, Walter Martin, Tho: Martin Dominick Keruan fz Robuck Andrew Lynch & this Examinant Consulted about takeing the said shipp with Capt: <B> Mathew Tully at Walter oge Martins house & in the time of theire Consultacion Marcus Linch fz John [ ] with Tho: Lynch fz Andrew brother to this Examinant & others came in, and that they drinking wine together did discourse of the desire of the Towne to haue the said shipp and how it might be attained, and being demaunded whether the said Marcus Lynch did Consent to the said act he Answered that he heard with them at least, but did not belieue they

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they could accomplish it, but when they were debateing to take the same by force in case they were resisted it was not opposed by the said Marcus, and haueing resolued the Course they would take; Juding it ffeazible in regard of the <C> dealeing or tradeing they had with the said shipp and take haueing the Consent of Dominick Keruan Merchant of the said shipp, and because the forecastle & Steereage were Barr’d, the next Morning the said Domminick Keruan, Walter Martin, Tho: Martin Andrew Lynch & this Examinant with the said boatemen went on boord the said shipp with sword’s skeynes and Pistoll’s, and they pretending to Come to receiue Salt in theire boat’s were not opposed by any in the said shipp but freely admitted on boord, and when <D> they came on Boord the said Dominick Keruan being Cape=Merchant, desired to goe into the Cabbin [ ] to his Chest he had occasion to looke into, but they refused to Suffer it, being fearefull of the Surprizall of the Shipp, yett affterwards did agree that he onely should goe in, & when the doore was open Walter Martin & Murrogh ô Moore laid theire hands vppon the doore to keepe it open & goe in themselues which when the Masters Mate perceiued he Endeauoured to preuent, it and Called to the Gunners to shoote <E> whereuppon the said Murrrogh ô Moore thrust the said Masters Mate through the body & Killed him, whereuppon at the Noyse & Stirr all the rest of the boatemen came vpp and fell vppon the seaman Killed one & wounded others, The said Walter Martin & this Examinant ran

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ran to the Gunnroome to possess themselues of that, where there was three of the Seamen thinking to defend the roome, thrust out a rapier betweene the Creuis of the boords whereby his Examinant <f> was like to haue bin Killed, when he with the said Dom <Walter Martin> & Andrew Linch were pulling at the doore to breake it open, which when they had accomplished they seized vppon the men & put them in theire sent them into the Towne with the rest that were wounded that they might be Cured, afterward’s the shipp was brought to the Towne and what they had done was made an act of the Towne, and Sir Valentin Blake came on Boord to take possession of the Guns in her.
further saith that Walter Blake fz was one of the said boatemen Anthrew Andrew told him he <g> heard the said James Lynch offerr the said boteman the said Twenty pound for theire paines.
And further being exammined Concerneing theire goeing one Boord & who Encouraged them thereto they being but fiue in Number besid’s Watermen saith that a greater Number went the day before on boord with an Intention to surprize the shipp <k> but failed therein which was the occasion of the said Consultacion of the rest with this Examinant as abouesaid and that as he remembreth John Martin fz Jeffry Capt: James Lynch, Capt: Tully, the Capt: of the young men & the abouemencioned Walter Martin were there in the said former Attempt; and before this Examinant with <J> the rest came on shore the Towne Court was Called and the Surprizall of the shipp with what had bin done therein was made [to be] a Towne act, and further being Exammined what Armes

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Armes the said Tho: Martin had when he went on boord saith that he thinketh he had a rapier & a skeyne it being a generall resolucion for them all not to goe without and further saith not
Stephen Lynch
Taken before Collonel
Peter Stubbers and
Capt: Cha: Holcroft
at Gallway January
the 17o 1652

Dep osition Steeuen Lynch
fz Andrew his Exami
nacion: about the Sur
prizall of Capt: Clarkes
shipp, a prisoner.

Deponent Fullname: Steeuen fz Andrew Lynch
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Merchant
Deponent County of Residence: Galway
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Capt: Clarke, Capt Matthew Tully, Walter oge Martin, James oge Lynch fz Steeuen, Walter Martin, Tho: Martin, Dominick Keruan fz Robuck, Andrew Lynch, Marcus Linch fz John, Tho: Lynch fz Andrew, Dominick Keruan, Murrogh , Valentin Blake, Walter Blake fz Andrew, John Martin fz Jeffry, James Lynch
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel