Examination of Richard Shortall

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1654-03-01
Identifier: 818320r308


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Wexford
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Robbery
Commissioners: B Hussey, Edward Withey
Deposition Transcription:

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The Examinacion of Richard Shortall of Eniscorthy gent aged fortie yeares or thereabouts, taken vpon oath on the behalfe of the Comonwealth, Concerning Eneas Kavanagh of Molan, in the barrony of Goary, & County of wexford gent deceased.
<To the 1st Inter> The Deponent saith that hee well knew the said Eneas for that he did before the rebellyon frequently [ ] Resorte to the Lord Esmond, (with whom the deponent then dwelt) which said Eneas dwelte in the Irish quarters at Molan aforesaid in the Irish the first yeare of the rebellyon & till hee dyed: & from <s> thence hee did not remoove into the english quarters as the seauerall tennants of the said Lord Esmond dwelling about Limericke did: His Cause of knowledge apperes.
<To the 2d Inter> Hee Cannot depose.
<To the 3d & 4th> The Examinant deposeth that the said Eneas did about the beginning of December 1641: contribute his person his seruants, and others in Armes to the Number of one hundred or thereabouts, with which men in Armes he the said Eneas Marched against and beseiged the habitacion of one Abell Ram a protestant by called Ramsforte, which place was for a short time defended <t> by the said Ram & his seruants against the said Eneas & his partie, and after some dayes seige, the said Eneas by strong hand possessed himselfe of the said Ramsforte and Likewise of the said Abells goods and Cattle therein to a great vallue: The deponents cause of knowledge is for that the said Abell Ram hauing escaped out of his said dwelling came to Implore the Lady Esmonds assistance (which she could not afford him being in a desperate condicion herselfe) he the said Ram, hauing informed the said Lady & this deponent of the Rebellyous & villanous actions of the said Eneas, And for that the deponent by the said Rams sollicitacion went about two dayes after to Ramsforte & did then and there finde the said Eneas & his partie in the possession of the said Ramsforte, & Robbing

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& violently spoyling & carrying away the oxen, cowes sheep, corne & houshouldstuffe, & the vtensiles of husbandry that bellonged to the said Abell Ram, And That the said Eneas did expulse & driue out from thence the said Abell, his wife, children and family, in a most tyrannous, & barbarous manner, he the said Eneas being a violent & furious prosecutor of the Rebellyon & vehemently bent against the english & protestants And that the said Eneas during his life, enjoyed the said Rams estate, & Mannured the same dwelling, thereon & Receiuuing the benniffits thereof, & that the said Eneas his wife and children after the decease of the said <u> Eneas, continued in the possession of the said Rams estate till about the Lord generall Cromwells accesse, to the said County of wexford, to this deponents personall & certaine knowledge, he hauing seen the said Eneas during his life & his wife after his decease to be in the possession of the estate of the said Abell Ram as aforesaid, & further saith not &c
Rich: Shortall
Sworne before vs the first
yeare of the rebbelyo daie
of March 1653
Edward: withey
B: Hussey

Deponent Fullname: Richard Shortall
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Gentleman
Deponent County of Residence: Wexford
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Eneas Kavanagh, Lord Esmond, Lady Esmond, Lord Cromwell, Abell Ram
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Rebel, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Victim