Examination of Isaac Ellis

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
[http://1641.tcd.ie/deposition.php?depID?=826142r157] accessed Monday 25th of September 2017 03:21 PM

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Date: 1652-09-13
Identifier: 826142r157


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Cork
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Captivity, Killing, Multiple Killing, Stripping
Deposition Transcription:

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<X 8> Isaac Ellis of Oster hauen aged 50 yeares or thereabouts being sworne & examined saith that in Aprill 1651 this <A> deponent Nicholas Elliot, & Thomas Maddox were taken prisoners from their hous es seuerally by Capten dauid Roch fitz dauid, Lieut dauid Roche Lieut to the said Captain & James Barry ensigne with eight or ni six or seuen of their confederates armed. Whoe stript them, & carryed them to the Cleerah Hill in Musgraue, telling them there they should drinke milke and about ten of the clocke the same day the said Roche & his Company satt downe at the foote of the hill consulting amongst themselues. and asked the foresaid Thomas Madox which of the Cowes (being 28 in number that they had brought along with him of his propper goods) would giue milke without a calfe, & which with a calfe after that they carryed the said Capten Roch had sent the said Madox & this deponent to the top of the said hill; by the ensigne & two more whoe & stript off the said Madox his shirt & two of the & bound him faster. which two of the Company tooke hold of him, one on the one arme, & the other on the other arme haueing each of them a skaine in their hands, with which they stab’d him, in diuers places and after that the <B> foresaid Ensigne James Barry tooke A pistoll & shott him, & notwithstanding some life being in him; the said James Wisht one of the company to cutt his throat saying the rog ue would neuer dye till his throate was cutt wherevpon one of them cut his head neare off saying And this deponent further saith that when when they were carryed vp to the hill by the foresaid James Barry & the other two & the said James told them he had orders from his Capten to put them to death. & this deponent [ ] had beene suffered then, had not he promised the said Ensigne threescore pounds for his Ransome & when he came to the foote of the hill to Capten Roche this deponent compounded for 20 li. which he was forct to pay. And this deponent further saith that he hath heard Edmond McMorris o Roche of Oyster hauen say that John Long of MountLong & his confederates fetcht at the begining of the warres Robert Beere his wife and children from their house & carryed them to Belgooly, & hanged both him & his wife, & threw the children ouer the Cliff. And further this deponent saith that at the begining of the Rebellion Certaine English people were goeing towards Newmarkett & seuen or eight of the men were murthered by Irish Rebells & one Mortogh McJohn O Shyne of Castle McCally quarter pretended to preserue an English woman, of good ranke that was amongst the rest that were murthered. & kept her three


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weekes in his house; & afterwards carryed her into a turffe bog; and knockt her in the head with a flale & thought shee had beene dead, but after wards <C> returned backe againe & murthered her quite & couered her with stones. one Knogher mc Teige mc daniell of quarter Castile McCally was present when the act was done & told this deponent of it, & diuers of others, whose names he now remembers not & further saith not.

Isaac [mark] Ellis
his marke

Deponent Fullname: Isaac Ellis
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent County of Residence: Cork
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Nicholas Elliot, Thomas Maddox, Robert Beere, dauid Roch fitz dauid, dauid Roche, James Barry, James Wisht, Edmond McMorris o Roche, John Long, Mortogh McJohn O Shyne, Knogher mc Teige mc daniell
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel