Examination of David Gray

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

Date: 1653-03-01
Identifier: 838052r072


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Antrim
Deposition Type: Examination
Nature of Deposition: Arson, Multiple Killing
Commissioners: Richard Brasier, Thomas Coote
Deposition Transcription:

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The Examinacion of David Gray of Billy parish Miller taken before vs the first day of March 1652
<18> Who being duely sworne & examined saith That after the Murder at Portnaw all the Countrey soe farr as it consisted of Scotch were running to holds & rocks & Caues for safety of their lives the Countrey houses being sett on fire by the Irish who were commanded by <A> Gilduffe ô Cahans three sonnes Tirlagh oge ô Cahan Manus ô Cahan & Connagher reagh ô Cahan, who alsoe were commanded by Allester McDonnell And this Examinante saith that at that time he was Miller of Mr Stewarts Millne neere the house of Dunsevericke & that he flying for feare of his life towards Ballentoy sonne Musketiers were sent after him who belonged vnto the said Gillduffes said sonnes who overtakeing him gave it to his this Examinants Choise whether he would goe backe with them to the said Gillduffe or be there killed wherevpon this Examinante went back to the said Gillduffe ô Cahan who said he would save his life & about a moneth after he imployed this Examinante to keepe the said Mill And he saith that sometimes he see Allester McDonnell, John Mortimer, & his said sonnes <B> with him the said Gilduffe at Dunsevericke. And further he saith That the said Gilduffe ô Cahan went twice with his said sonnes & Companies vnto Ballentoy to witt at the time when the Church of Ballyntoy was assaulted & alsoe when they carryed the Saw & the Cannon against Ballentoy house And further he saith That John Mortimer being at Dunsevericke told this Examinante that he knew by his eyes that he was a Scotchman & that he would kill all Scotchmen And further this Examinante saith That Gillduffe ô Cahans said sonnes & their soldiers killed & murdred John Spence & his wife & his Mother & Allester McNeiles daughter Gay Coghranes sonne &


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Robert McCurdiss sonne, about the 4th of January 1641 within a mile of Dunsevericke & that he heard the said Connogher reagh <D> ô Cahan confess that he killed the said John Spence with his owne hands And further he saith not.

Tho: Coote
Rich: Brasier Major

Deponent Fullname: David Gray
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Miller
Deponent County of Residence: Antrim
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Gilduffe , Tirlagh oge , Manus , Connagher reagh , Allester McDonnell, John Mortimer, Mr Stewart, Allester McNeile, Gay Coghrane, Robert McCurdiss, John Spence
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Victim