Deposition of Brigitt Lee

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

Date: 1642-11-24
Identifier: 834162r130


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Louth & Monaghan
Deposition Type: Dublin Original
Nature of Deposition: Captivity, Desecration, Killing, Robbery, Words
Commissioners: Edward Piggott, Henry Brereton, John Watson, William Aldrich
Deposition Transcription:

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[Copy at fols 81r-81v]


Brigitt the relict of Richard Lee L ate of the towne & Countie of Monnaghain Carpenter murthered by t h e rebells being duly sworne and examined deposeth and saith on or about the 23 of October 1641 her late husband and she were expelled from deprived robbed or otherwise dispoyled of theire goods and chattells hereafter mencioned with theire values vizt Cattle worth xiiij li. and tooles working tooles worth x li. and wearing clothes and howshold stuffe x li. by or by the <a > meanes of Brian mc Hugh mc Crosse or mc Rosse mc Mahowne with other his complices and confederats whose names and places of <A> <I> aboad this deponent knoweth not. And further saith that att about the same time the said her said late husband after he and she were thus robbed as aforesaid was must crue lly murthered by one Donell mc award a notorious rebell and others of his company whose names she knoweth not and about the same tyme, one Thomas Ilwill a notorious rebell also & his fellow Rebells most cruelly murthered one Mr John ffrancis Richard Ballard William Jones Edward Lewes and Luke Ward all of Monaghan aforesaid. And further saith that one Richard <b> รด Connolly and the preists and ffriars at Monnaghann pulled <34 li.> vpp all the formes in the Church there and laid them vpon the trapp doore of the prison of purpose to burne her this deponent being there a prisoner and the rest of the protestant prisoners ther And that it was comonly reported amongst the rebells in Monaghan that the king of England was killed and that <c> now they had noe king to pray for but one Mr Nicholas Shergill whome they reputed to be theire king and who accordingly tooke vpon him so to bee and [for] whome him the rebells there ordinarily prayd for as theire kinge. And further saith that the rebells aforesaid or some others by theire meanes murthered one Oliver Peirce and one Mr Richard Blany knighte of the shire and left his carcass lying dead vpon a dunghill where he it lay Rotting for a whole quarter of a yeare att least And at length when one Christofer Watson had buried him the rebells had like to have hanged the said Watson for so doing saying he had comitted treason in [ so ] burying him And further saith that the said Nicholas Shergill did often sitt in Counsell as a king amongst the Rebells and made Lawes and orders and he and the rest ordered amongst other things that this deponent and the rest of the English att

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att Monaghan should all be hanged and they had been hanged accordingly as she thinketh within one day had had not the English Army rescued them And further saith that the rebells aforesaid assaulted and brake vpp into her this deponents howse the howse of this deponents husband Richard Lee (whome after he had in his owne defence killed 5 of the Rebells) the rest of the rebells mangled and hewd him in peeces

<Jur 24 No: Mr Watson Mr Aldrich Mr Brereton Mr Pigott>
Signum Brigitt [mark] Lee
Jurat 9bris 24o 1642 coram
Hen: Brereton
Edw Pigott
Will: Aldrich
Joh Watson

Deposicion Brigitt Lee wid
Jur 24to No: 1642
Hand w Ex

Deponent Fullname: Brigitt Lee
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Wife
Deponent County of Residence: Monaghan
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Richard Lee, Brian mc Hugh mc Crosse or mc Rosse mc Mahowne, Thomas Ilwill, John ffrancis, Richard Ballard, William Jones, Edward Lewes, Luke Ward, Richard , king of England, Nicholas Shergill, Oliver Peirce, Richard Blany, Christofer Watson, Richard Blany
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Mentioned, Mentioned, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim