Deposition of Lawrence Knowles

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

Date: 1642-01-07
Identifier: 835011r015


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Fermanagh
Deposition Type: Waring Copy
Nature of Deposition: Arson, Death, Killing, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping
Commissioners: Henry Jones, John Sterne
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 11r

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<13> Lawrence Knowles of the parrish of Newtowne in the County of ffermanaghe gent sworne and examined saith That on or about the xxiijth of October 1641 This deponent with his wife and five children fled (amongst many of other protestants for safety of their Lives), vnto the Church of Newtowne, Where they stayd 2 dayes, And then Rory Maguire of hassettowne with his Rebellious Crew burning that towne forced them out of the Church & stripped them all naked, they the protestants being about nynscore persons, but they were suffered to goe away with their lives


fol. 11v

how beit divers that went out of the company were murthered by the Rebells, And this deponent further saith That he was credibly told by divers that sawe the same That after the Rebells had taken the said Church they tooke an English child, whose father & mother lay sick in the same Church & boiled it in a Caldron of hott water over the fyer in the same Church, The Caldron was taken either from this deponents brother Tho: Knowles or from one Mountford, He further saith That one m r. Tho: Lane being stript in the Church yarde & thincking hee should be starved with cold, desired he might there end his Life by fighting with six of the said Rory Maguires best men The said Rory consenting, a quarter staffe was deliuered into his hand, Wherewith (althoughe he was a very ancient man) hee first fought with six of them and struck some of them. The rest seeing him soe resolute & belike fearing he should overcome those six sett a ll vpon him by farr greater numbers & soe then & there most barbarously slew him: And the deponent further saith That by occasion of the same Rebellion, he hath bin & st is deprived & dispoiled of goodes leases & chattells worth ffive hundreth Powndes & expelled from his freehould worth vij li per Annum, & that hee with his wife & 5 children were stripped naked & soe famished that all his children died

Lawrence Knowles

Jur 7° January 1641
Hen Jones et
John Sterne

And this deponent Lawrence Knowles further saith That Richard fford Late of Clancorren in the County of Monaghan gent in the begining of the present Rebellion & by occasion thereof was robbed & deprived of goods worth 400 li., &b deprived & driven from three poles of land worth 50 li. per ann

Lawrence Knowles

Jur et supra

Deponent Fullname: Lawrence Knowles
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Gentleman
Deponent County of Residence: Fermanagh
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Rory Maguire, Tho: Knowles, Tho: Lane, Richard fford, * Mountford
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Victim, Victim, Victim, Mentioned