Deposition of Mary Hamond

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

Date: 1643-08-16
Identifier: 830136r106


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Galway & Roscommon
Deposition Type: Dublin Original
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Death, Robbery, Stripping, Words, Succour
Commissioners: Edward Piggott, Henry Jones
Deposition Transcription:

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The Deposition of Mary Hamond, wyfe of William Hamond Clerke, of the Parish of Tuam in the County of Galway. sworne & examined saith That about
A weeke after Christmas 1641, she sent from Tuam towards Galway 3 horse <A:> loades of goods (the remainder of what was left her & not taken away by the souldiers of Redmund Burke garrisond in Tuam) which goods were taken away by Riccard Bourks souldiers and carryed to Riccard Bourks house of Ballyn Derry some 3. miles from Tuam aforesayd, & soe by them detained.
Afterwards vpon fryday the 12th of January, all the English being by the ill vsage of the aforesayd Garrison driuen from Tuam, shee being then bigge with child (within 2. or 3. dayes of the tyme she expected to be deliuered) went on horsebacke towards Galway; and at Bellclare-Tuam many Irish men mett her and putt her from her horse & much feared her. being gone a litle way further there mett her one Patricke Hyggins of Lyskevoy with his skeyne naked in his hand (in which <b:> posture he road violently towards her so soone as he espyed her) which made her (not without danger) leape from her horse as soone as he came at her, but then he for her husbands sake (as he sayd) did her noe other harme.
About 2. or 3. miles further two men & a woman mett her, & tooke from her her knife, sissers & other things in her pocket, & tooke away her Apron, & were stripping her of her gowne when two men of Galway (of the Joyces) came accidentally and rescued her.
A litle further two other irish men mett her & violently puld her off her horse, saying they would carry her to their ArchBishop <{D}r Koally> as a prisoner in stead of one of theirs then in the fort of Galway, but they (as she conceiues and as the Joyces told her) meant onely to draw her out of the way & stripp her). with these two men she sate in the rayne till wett to the skinne, before she was deliuered from them by one James Lally (that knew her) accidentally coming that way.
Coming to Clare (4. miles from Galway) the two Joyces carryed her to an English house and left her there. where the woman of the house (Herbert Crosse his wyfe) durst not let her stay, saying that the Irish would kill her Husband for entertaining her. Whereupon (though in bad case to stirr) she went out into the street to looke for some other place to rest in, being come to the further end of Clare neere the Castle, some Irish men that saw her in Crosses house ouertooke her, & would haue forct her backe agayne, & when she durst not goe with them they puld her up and downe the street (then very durty) and one of them stroke her a very great blow on the backe with his Pike, & setting the head of the Pike to her breast thretned her

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that he would dash her face against the stones. Whereupon being nere the Castle where the two forenamed Joyces were, she screiched out aloud, & the sayd Joyces came out to her and after much parley were faine to giue the rogues worth a shilling in drinke to let them carry her to some place in the Towne. and goeing towards the Castle a women spake out of a window & bad them not bring her thither, soe that thus wett, dirty, weary, & bruised, she was forct to goe a good way through the dirt to a poore Irish house. where the Joyces left her & bad the man of the house take some care of her. Within two houres after she fell into violent Trauell and could get none to goe for a midwyfe but the man of the house, in whose absence, the rogue that stroke her before in the street came & tooke off her mantle which she bor rowed from her man (of which she neuer stood in more need) & putt it upon her himselfe, & sat downe by her, mocking & flowting at her. when the midwife came and affirmed she was in Trauell, yet that rogue with many more would not allow her the priuacy of that poore chamber, without either bed or fire, but stayed there by her <that> all night & the next day and night In this case she continued from fryday night till sunday mornin night about 8 or 9 of the clocke, at which tyme she was deliuered of a dead child: which she veryly beleeued was kild by the ill usage she had receiued, & want of firing etc. it being very liuely before. Being thus deliuered, the next day she was brought to Galway in a Carre & kish.
Mary Hamond
Jur 16o Augusti 1643
Hen: Jones
Edw Pigott


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Mris Hamond Jur 16o
Augusti 1643



Deponent Fullname: Mary Hamond
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Wife
Deponent County of Residence: Galway
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: William Hamond, Redmund Burke, Riccard Bourk, Patricke Hyggins, {D}r Koally, James Lally, * Joyce, Herbert Crosse
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Succour, Succour, Mentioned