Examination of Walter Aspoll

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1654-02-14
Identifier: 816333r218


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Meath
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Killing, Infanticide
Commissioners: Jocelin Usher, William Cadogan
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 333r

The examinacion of Walter Aspoll Gent of Tecroghan in the County of Meath taken before vs this 14o day of February 1653
The said Walter beeing duly sworne & examined by vertu of his oath sayth, that about seaven yeares agoe beeing the tyme that this Examinant came to live at Ardnemullen he heard it Comonly reported amongst the Inhabitants of Castle Jordan, Tecroghan, & the neighbors, theraboutes, that a woeman whose sirname was ni gilwey beeing accused to have borne a child to another woemans husband, & to have murdered the said child, & buried him in a Dunghill, which murder she confest as this Examinat was credibly tould by severall who were present at hir examinacion & amongst them by the Parish preist of Techroghan & by Capten Collonell George Cusacke who was then Governor of Tecroghan & by whose orders (by his owne Confession to this examinat) the said woeman was burnt by one Peirce Nugent of Baltigery who was marshall of those partes by Comission from those of Kilkenny, who were then tearmed a supreame counsell, & he further deposeth that the said murder was discovered (as it was Generally reported & beleeved in those partes) by a mastiffe dog belonging to one Rochford in Castle Jordan a Tanner, which digged the said Child out of of the Dunghill, & carried it in his mouth & left it at the dooer of the howse where the mother therof did live, & that this was accounted a miracle amongst the people in those partes as conceiving it to be the handy worke of God, in causing that murder to be soe revealed & brought to light, he further deposeth that he never heard or did know that ever Bryen Colgan, (now prisoner) had

fol. 333v

<B> had any hand in the burning of the said woeman, other then that he was a spectator amongst many other People, but that the buisness was done by the Comand of the afforesaid Capten Collonell George Cusacke & by his orders to the afforesaid Newgent who was Marshall as afforesaid, & further he deposeth not.
Walt: Archbould
Taken by vs
William Cadogan
Jocelin Vssher

Deponent Fullname: Walter Aspoll
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Gentleman
Deponent County of Residence: Meath
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: * ni gilwey, George Cusacke, Peirce Nugent, * Rochford, Bryen Colgan
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned