Deposition of George Man and Robert Willies

Collection: Bysse Depositions

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

Date: 1643-03-31
Identifier: 829345r226


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Clare & Limerick
Deposition Type: Bysse
Nature of Deposition: Death, Killing, Robbery, Stripping, Words
Commissioners: Philip Bisse, Richard Williamson
Deposition Transcription:

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George Man late of Rathkeile barony of Connelloe and within the County of Lymericke gentleman (a brittish protestant) duely examined and sworne before vs before by vertue of his Maiesties Comission to vs or others directed (beareing date &c) concerneing the losses robberies and spoiles since this rebellion comitted vpon the brittish and protestants within the Province of Munster &c deposeth and saith That aboute Candlemas 1641 and diuers times since the deponent lost was robbed and forceably dispoiled of his goods and Chattles to the seuerall values following vzt worth 130 li.
Of one horse to the value of seaven pounds Of weareing apparell to the value of six pounds Of corne treshed to the value of one hundred pounds Of ready mony the sume of Twenty pounds The totall of his losses amounts to one hundred three and thirt i e pounds The depone n t saith And that about the time aboue mencioned this deponents said horse was forceably caried away by William Cullom the yonger son to William Cullom of lissevola in the said County Esquire He also saith that 20 li. of his ready money his ready mony aforesaid was deliuered by him vnto the hands of Thomas Strich fitz Patrick of the Cittie of lymericke merchant & in regard the said Cittie is now in the hands of the rebells he conceaues he is not likly to get any satisfaction for the same The deponent being further examined deposeth And That aboute the time aboue mencioned the vndernamed persons English and protestants namely Steven Bray of Rathkeile aforesaid his wife and children William lyne of the same Taner his wife and children William Bullar of lissaden in the said County husb: his wife and children Martin Taylor of Rathkeile aforesaid carrier his wife & family Robert Willis

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late of BallyWilliams in the said County husbandman his wife and children Henry Harris of Courtmartris in the said County husb: his wife and children John Smith his wife together with at least fiftie men women and children who all fled to the Castle Chancellors Castle at Rathkeile aforesaid which parties with within a forthnight after were closely besiedged by Morris Harbert the elder of Rathkeale aforesaid gentleman Garrett Harbert of the <B> same gentleman Morris Harbert the yonger of the same gen Edmond Harbert of the same gen William Collum of lissevola in the said County gentleman Richard Collum of the same son & heire to the said William William Collum the yonger of the same gentleman Patricke Purcell of Croe in the said County Esquire Vllicke Lacy of Croe in the said County gentleman John Purdom of Tulla in the said County gentleman Edmond mc Sihy of Ballyellellane in the said County gentleman Edmond mc Thomas fitz Ger: of Ballinemony in the said County gentleman son to heire to Thomas fitz John Gerrald of the same gen Jeffrey Stritch of Rathkeale aforesaid merchant Cnogher mc Thomas of the same yeoman all which parties and euery of them seuerally & from time to time continued siedge to the said Castle for three quarters of a yeere dureing which time this deponent obserued and sawe being comander in cheefe of the said Castle the particulars followeing <C> vzt ffirst the said Morris Harbert thelder raised or caused to be raised a sconce or fforte neere the said Castle out of which they greatly offended the besiedged, and likewise the said Morris Harbert mainteined another Castle within the halfe a musket shot to the said Castle & manned the same The deponent alsoe obserued that Edward Planke one of the warders of the said Castle

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was shot and killed by some of the besiedgers dureing the said siedge, he likewise obserued and sawe that dureing the said time through the extremity of the said siedge William Tonse an English protestant, Andrewe Paule and his wife & one Mrs Shepheard with others dyed being onely buryed in a garden neere the said Castle The deponent further deposeth That And often times <D> this deponent talked and parlyed with the said Morris Harbert the elder whome he hard seuerall times say that they fought in his Maiesties behalfe & that they had a comission vnder his Maiesties broade seale to warrant their proceeding and rayleing at this deponent & the rest of the besiedged with him calling them rebells and Traytors, likewise Called addinge further that we were all (meaneing the English & protestants) but rogues and puritanicall rascalls or woords to that effect He lastly deposeth & saith That after the said Castle was deliuered vpon quarter vnto the said Harbert whoe concluded to giue the said besiedged quarter for liues and goods yeet notwithstanding after he sent a convey with them towards the English quarters comanded by James Harberte of Rathkele in the said County gentleman, the said Harbert and his said company trayterously & contrary to the lawe of armes amonge in all other nations robbed and stripped the said besiedged starke naked at a place called Broghallbridg in the said County Robert Willies late of BallyWilliams in the said <E> County husbandman this day was produced & before vs as a witnes & being duely examined & sworne vpon the holy Evangelist deposeth That the deposition of thaboue George man in maner and forme as he hath declared accordinge the circumstances therof is altogether true this deponents Cause of knowledge is, that he liued in the said Castle dureing the said siedge

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and was likewise in company with thother deponent when he & the rest were robbed & stripped by the said Harbert and his said Convey and therby this deponent came to the certaine knowledge of the premisses to be true in that sorte & maner as it is aboue declared & further they canot depose
George [mark] Mans marke
Robert [mark] Willies marke
Jurat coram nobis
vltimo Marty 1643
Phil: Bisse
Ric: Williamson

The examination of
George Man & Robert Willies


Deponent Fullname: George Man, Robert Willies
Deponent Gender: Male, Male
Deponent Occupation: Gentleman, Husbandman
Deponent County of Residence: Limerick,
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: his Maiestie, Thomas Strich fitz Patrick, Steven Bray, William lyne, William Bullar, Martin Taylor, Henry Harris, John Smith, Edward Planke, William Tonse, Andrewe Paule, Mrs Shepheard, Morris Harbert, Garrett Harbert, Morris Harbert, Edmond Harbert, William Collum, Richard Collum, William Collum, Patricke Purcell, Vllicke Lacy, John Purdom, Edmond mc Sihy, Edmond mc Thomas fitz Ger, Thomas fitz John Gerrald, Jeffrey Stritch, Cnogher mc Thomas, James Harberte
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Mentioned, Mentioned, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel