Deposition of John Comyne

Collection: Bysse Depositions

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

Date: 1643-05-31
Identifier: 829101r060


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Clare & Limerick
Deposition Type: Bysse
Nature of Deposition: Desecration, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Words, Lost By Debts
Commissioners: James Wallis, Thomas Elwell
Deposition Transcription:

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John Comyne late of the Towne and parish of sixmilebridge in the barony of { } and within in the County of Clare merchant (an Irish protestant) duely examined an{d} sworne before vs vpon oath by vertue of his Maiesties Comission vnder the greate seale of this kingdome to vs and others directed (beareing date &c) concerneing the losses, robberies, and spoiles since this rebellion comitted vpon the Brittish and protestants within t he Province of Munster &c deposeth & saith That aboute the last day of November 1641 and diuers times since he lost was robbed and forceably dispoiled of his goods & Chattles to the seuerall values followeing vzt worth 773 li.
Of horses to the value of nyne pounds Of houshould stuffe to the value of Twenty pounds or therabouts The deponent saith that by meanes of this present rebellion in Ireland, he was dispossessed of a parcell of land at sixmilebridge aforesaid wherin he hath a lease of one and Twenty yeeres to come or therabouts haueing layed out vpon the same, in buylding, fenceing and other Improue m ents one hundred pounds sterling, soe that he conceaues himself damnified, by looseing the benefit of the said lease, one hundred and fiftie pounds He alsoe sa{ith} that he lost fifteene bagges of wooll, which he bought from Patrick Creagh of lymerick merchant to the value of one hundred and Twenty pounds Part whereof consisted Of debts amounting to the sume of foure hundred, seventy foure pounds, fiue shillinges ten pence, due from the vndernamed persons namely Walter Bourke of Kil{fi}nane in the County of the Cittie of lymerick gentleman, Morogh o Brien of Rosroe in the said County of Clare gen, Therlagh mc Mohowne of Clenagh in the said Coun{ty} gentleman, Connor ô Brien of BallymcCashell in the said County gen, John Reag{h} mc Nemara of or neere the same gen, Bryen mc Therlagh of Rynana in the said County gen, Connor mc Nemara of or neere Dromolan in the said Coun{ty} gen, Connor o Daly of in the said County gen, Oliuer Delahoide of Tirredagh in the said County Esquire, Teig mc Donnell Reagh mac Nemara of Trothaghty in the said County gen & diuers others And although he accounted the same goode debts before the begining of this rebellion yeet in regard the said parties are nowe in open & actuall rebellion, therefore this examinat cannot get satisfaction from them The totall of his losses amo u nts to seven hundred seventy three pounds The deponent being further examined saith That aboute the time aboue mencioned, Dermod ô Bryen of Bunheale in the said County Esquire forceably Caryed away from this examinat a gelding price six pounds This examinat further saith That And presently after the time aboue mencioned, this deponent for his better safety fled into t{he} Cittie of lymerick, and there continued for the space of seaven monthes dureing which time, he sawe and obserued these particulars follow{eing}

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To witt that aboute the begining of June last this examinat sawe diuers graues newly digged in St Maryes Church yard at lymerick aforesaid <B> where by permission of generall Barry, Dominicke ffaning (then maior of the said Citte) & others of their Councell, search was made for salt peeter to make gun powder, and then diuers were appointed to make the said powder, to wit, James Hacket of the same Apothecary Nicholas Power of the same merchant, Donnell Higgins Doctor of Physicke, Thomas Nellane of the same gentleman & others & these (as this deponent was giuen to vnderstand, & doth verily beleeue the same to be true) weeckly made a certaine quantity of powder to & for the vse of the rebells there He alsoe saith that dureing his abode at lymerick aforesaid, he sawe diuers times that the Citizens & others of the Country that came in, comitted seuerall acts of hostility & cruelties against the English and protestants, and especially aboute the 15th of May last, diuers of the distressed English (haueing got in to the kinges Castle of lymerick aforesaid) the said Castle was then and there closely besiedged by the vndernamed persons & their forces respectiuely vzt Garrett Barry <C> titulary lord generall of Munster, Patrick Purcell of Croe in the County of lymerick Esquire, Lieutenant generall, Charles Hennesy <Muskerry> maior generall, the lord of Muskry, the lord Roch, the lord Brittas, the lord of Castle connell, the lord of Ikerine, Sir Donell ô Bryen of Carrigcoulty in the said County of Clare knight, Oliuer Stevenson of Dunmoyline in the said County of lymerick Esquire, Garret Harbert of Rathkeale in the said County gen, Morris Harbart of the same gen Dauid Power of Kilbolane in the County of Corke gen (heire to Sir William Power knight) Garrald fitz Thomas fitz Gerrald of Ballygleghane in the said County of lymerick gen, Edy Lacy of Brury in the said County gentleman, Donnogh mc Nemara of Crattalagh in the Countie of Clare gentleman, Donnogh mc Teig mc Nemara of Moyreske in the said County gent, Donnell mc Nemara of Moymtallon in the said County gen, Teig mc Donnell Reagh mc Nemara of Tuahaghtie in the said County gentleman, Therlagh ô Bryen of Tullamore in the said County Esquire, Dermod ô Bryen of Bunheale aforesaid Esquire, Therlagh ô Neale Sir Pheldmy o Neales brother Esquire with diuers others besides the Townesmen of lymerick aforesaid, their forces then consisting of Two Thousand men

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men at the blocking vp of the said Castle, he saith that the said parties continued siedge to the said Castle for 5 weeckes or therabouts, dureing which time the said besiedgers made diuers vndermynes, vnder the said Castle to gaine the same, by meanes wherof one of the bulwarkes of the said Castle fell downe, he likewise saith, that diuers English men & protestants were shot in the said Castle, by the said parties meanes, but the particular names of those soe shot & killed & he cannot declare The deponent further informeth, that the siedge of the said Castle cost the Inhabitants of the said Cittie, six or seven Thousand pounds as diuers of themselues afterwards engenuously confessed to this examinat and likewise the maior of the said Cittie seuerall times affirmed that they rised in armes and fought for and in his Maiesties behalf & therefore to that purpose they vsed (to this examinats owne knowledge) a prescript forme of an oath, which they vsed to presse vpon protestants to sweare, to wit that that they should not Joine or adhere to the puritant faction against his Maiesty or the Catholick Relligion, but to the vtter most of their powers mainteine the kinges perogatiue, Intimating thereby that whosoeuer did not Joine with them in this Insurrection, was in their esteeme a puritant, for soe much in effecte they declared, when as [ ] in this examinats heering, some of the said Citizens did vse to say he was noe true protestant, that would not Joine with them in what they did and further he deposeth not
John Comyn
Jurat coram nobis vltimo
May 1643
Jam: Wallis
Thomas Ellwell

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The examination of
John Comyne

Lo: Muskerry


Deponent Fullname: John Comyne
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Merchant
Deponent County of Residence: Clare
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Patrick Creagh, the kinge, Walter Bourke, Morogh o Brien, Therlagh mc Mohowne, Connor , John Reag{h} mc Nemara, Bryen mc Therlagh, Connor mc Nemara, Connor o Daly, Oliuer Delahoide, Teig mc Donnell Reagh mac Nemara, Dermod , Dominicke ffaning, James Hacket, Nicholas Power, Donnell Higgins, Thomas Nellane, Garrett Barry, Patrick Purcell, Charles Hennesy, lord of Muskry, lord Roch, lord Brittas, lord of Castle connell, lord of Ikerine, Donell , Oliuer Stevenson, Garret Harbert, Morris Harbart, Dauid Power, Garrald fitz Thomas fitz Gerrald, Edy Lacy, Donnogh mc Nemara, Donnogh mc Teig mc Nemara, Donnell mc Nemara, Teig mc Donnell Reagh mc Nemara, Therlagh , Dermod , Therlagh , William Power, Pheldmy o Neale
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Mentioned, Mentioned, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Debtor, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned, Mentioned