Deposition of Jane Meriett

Collection: Bysse Depositions

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1642-12-07
Identifier: 829183r113


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Clare & Limerick
Deposition Type: Bysse
Nature of Deposition: Robbery, Words, Lost By Debts
Commissioners: Philip Bisse, Richard Williamson
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 183r

Jane Merriett late of Newcastle in the parish of Church Towne barony of Connelloe and within the County of lymerick, wife to John Merriett (nowe absent in the weast Indyes) being duely sworne & examined before vs by vertue of &c deposeth and saith for & in the behalfe of her said husband That on or aboute the latter end of August last & since the begining of this presente rebellion in Ireland he lost was robbed and forceably dispoyled of his goods & Chattles worth to the seuerall values followeing vzt 590 li.
Of lynnen, woollen weareing apparell and houshould stuff to the value of one hundred and fiftie pounds Of ready mony plate and gould ringes to the value of thirty pounds Of debts amounting to the sume of one hundred pounds due from seuerall persons nowe in open and actuall rebellion therefore the said debts are nowe become desperat but the particular names of the debtors this deponent doth not remember in regard her bookes of accounts & other writinges were taken away from her by the rebells She likewise lost in shop goods to the value of ten pounds The deponent further saith that the said John Merrett buylt a house at Newcastle aforesaid which cost him in buylding two hundred pounds haueing a lease therin of three liues yeett vnexpired woorth aboue the land lords rent ten pounds per annum & being nowe dispossessed of the same by meanes of this rebellion the deponent conceaues that he is damnified by looseing the benefitt of the s a id lease three hundred pounds The totall of the said John Merretts losses amounts to fiue hundred foure score & ten pounds She further saith that aboute the later end of August last that as aforesaid Mr George Courtnyes Castle house at Newcastle aforesaid being besiedged by the enemy namely namely Patrick Purcell of Crogh leiutenant generall of the enemyes

fol. 183v

<B> forces in the province of Munster the lord Roch Esquire Theobald Purcell alias Baron Loghma Oliuer Stevenson of Dunmoylin in the said County <Esquire> & diuers others of the prime gentleman of the province In to which castle this deponent among seuerall others English and protestants to the number of one thousand persons yong & ould were driuen to retire themselues for safeguard the said Castle being deliuered vpon quarter of their liues & the one moytie of their goods. noe sooner this deponent & others that accepted of the said quarter came foorth of the said Castle but were stripped & robbed of their goods where this deponent lost all she had left notwithstanding the said quarter. This deponent likewise saith that a litle before she came out of the said Castle haueing occation to conferr with the said Purcell in the presence of the rest of the said besiedgers this deponent then Intending (if she might haue liberty of conscience & her goods) to abide in the said Towne which was the ground of her conference with the said Purcell he then made answere & sayd if I should grant yow (quoth he) such liberty in my absence I doubt the vnruely souldiers would neither regard yow nor respect my hand, but this I aduise yow to soiourne with some freind heer abouts, till this storme be past, for to goe to Cork (quoth he) or to Youghall is to no purpose, for we will make it shortly a hott place for yow, & doe intend to take both the said Townes & presently after to land forty thousand men in England & from thence to march to the gates of the Cittie of london to assist his Maiesty against the Parliament, for whatsoeuer we doe is acceptable to his Maiesty & that by his owne directions & when his Maiesty doe signifie but the least syllable <C> vnder his hand to vs directed we will lay downe our armes or woords to that effecte. all which was confirmed by the said lord Roch, Baron logma the said Stevenson & all the rest of the gentleman then presente & further She cannot depose
Jane merrieett
Jurat coram nobis 7o dec 1642
Phil: Bisse Ric: Williamson

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fol. 184v

The examination of
Jane Merriett


Deponent Fullname: John Merriett
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent County of Residence: Limerick
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Jane Merriett, George Courtny, Patrick Purcell, lord Roch, Theobald Purcell, Oliuer Stevenson, his Maiesty
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Proxy, Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned