Deposition of Elizabeth Coats

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

Date: 1642-01-04
Identifier: 835091r150


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Fermanagh
Deposition Type: Dublin Original
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping, Words
Commissioners: John Watson, Randall Adams
Deposition Transcription:

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Elizabeth Coats of Donagh in the parish of Drummully Barrony of Clankelly & County of ffermanagh widowe Aged ffifty three yeares or thereabouts being duely sworne deposeth that on or about the three & twentieth day of October last shee and her husband Christopher Coats gente was were robed and lost in cattle worth one hundreth pounds, in Corne worth and hay worth fforty pounds in household goods and provition for the house worth threescore pounds, for three fowleing peeces and a rapier worth three pounds in husbandry geare worth fforty shillings in debts six pounds in ready Monyes twenty six pounds in all Amounting to the some of one lease of the tate of land called Donagh in the Barrony of Clankelly & county aforesaid for Eighteene yeares from May day last or thereabouts worth one hundreth & fforty pounds in all amounting to the so me of three hundreth threescore & seaventeene pounds And alsoe the leases & of all other Escripts and writeinges that this deponentt & her said husband had By the Meanes of Captaine Rory Magwire <a> of hassett towne in the Barrony of Lurge & County aforesaid, Donagh Maguire of the Barrony of Magharestaphany & County aforesaid Esquire unckle to the Lord Magwire Richard Newgent Esquire father in lawe to the said Lord Magwire and other Irish persons to the Number of thirty or thereabouts of the Company of the said Captaine Rorye <A> Magwire & the rest, And further deposeth that the same said three and twentieth day October this deponents said husband, Christopher Coats, her sonne was were murthered & <A> slaine by some of Shane McMaghan a tenant to the Lord McGuire & others of the said Company and this deponent herselfe & her daughter Margarett were wounded in their dwelling house att Donagh aforesaid, one Pearce McGilcoskill he being this deponent a neare neighbor to this deponent, being the man that wounded this deponent, with a sword upon the back part of her head & upon her right hand, and sore bruised this deponent, with oth{er} blowes upon her head & face & bodye And afterwards <A> the five & twentieth day of October last some of the said Captaine Rory his company att Newtowne in the said county stript this deponentt and two of her children

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<a> And further deposeth that shee heard some of the said Rebellious Company say & aske the English protestants that was there robed what they Intended to doe or whither to goe, saying vnto them if they went for Dublin that was taken by the Lord Magwire upon Satterday before and there they shold fynd smale releiffe, if for England or Scotland, it was as badd there as heare saying further that what <T> they did they had the kings Commission for it And further deposeth that shee did see the said 2 5th of October Leiftenant William Greaham of Lisnamallett in the Barrony of Clankelly & County aforesaid, Ambrose Carleton a kinsman <C> to the said Leiftenant Greaham Archiball Johnston sonne in lawe to the said Leiftenant Arthur Greaham & two brother to the said Leiftenant & too of his sonnes (vizt) Edmond & ffrancis all in the Company of the said Captaine Rory att Newtowne aforesaid who was neither Aideing nor adviseing to this deponent: but passed two & fro in the said Company of the Rebells without anye Molestacion or harme And also alsoe did see the said daye & place in there company one Andrew Eu Erwin of or neare Balle Balfoure in the said county gent & David Little of Balle Balfour aforesaid pyper who played on his upon his Pypes before the said Irish Rebells when they tooke the Church att Newtowne from the English protestants And further she hath viijt Children alive within this kingdome which are unprovided for & she hath noe maintenance for them

Eliazabeth Coates her marke[mark]

Deposed this 4th of Jan: 1641 before vs
Randall Adams
John Watson

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Elizabeth Coates widdow in Com: of Fermanagh Jan: 4th 1641 Jurat
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Deponent Fullname: Elizabeth Coats
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Widow
Deponent County of Residence: Fermanagh
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Christopher Coats, Margarett Coats, Rory Magwire, Donagh Maguire, Richard Newgent, Shane McMaghan, Pearce McGilcoskill, William Greaham, Ambrose Carleton, Edmond *, ffrancis *, Andrew Erwin, David Little, Archiball Johnston
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Confederate, Confederate, Confederate, Confederate, Confederate, Confederate, Confederate