Deposition of Ellen Adams

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

Date: 1647-08-23
Identifier: 835257r280


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Fermanagh
Deposition Type: Dublin Original
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Captivity, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping
Commissioners: Henry Brereton, Henry Jones
Deposition Transcription:

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Ellen Adams (the Relict of Thomas Adams late of Waterdrum in the County of ffermanagh preacher of Gods word) being duely sworne & examined before vs by vertue of a Comission to us and others directed for the enquiry & examination of the Losses & sufferings of the Brittish & protestantes within this Kingdome of Ireland; deposeth & saith That about the 24 th day of October 1641 the deponents said husband lost & was forceably dispoiled of his Catle, Corne and Chatles to the value of Two hundred pounds & vpwards
This examinant being further examined saith That uppon the foure & twentieth day of October aforesaid, the deponents said husband Thomas Adams & her sonn John Adams together with seuerall other protestants liveing in or neere Waterdrum aforesaid, were suddenly surprised aboute Twelue a clocke at night, by Rory Magwire the late Lord Magwires brother, accompanyed with Donnogh Magwire of Rossbegg in the said County gent, and a number of armed Rebells, who with swords drawen in a Cruell & barbarous manner, murthered the said Thomas & John Adams, and not therewith satisfied but then and there inhumanely murthered Joseph Berry an ancient adged man, past foure scoure yeres of adge takeing noe Compassion of his weaknes nor gray haires, & together with him they massacred his sonn William Berry The deponent further saith that the said Rory Magwires Confederates, or some of them (whose names she doth not remember) finding one Tary Brunt the wife of Geo: Brunt at Waterdrum aforesaid, she being bigg with child and at the very last of her time, did barbarously murther the said Tary, first stripping of her naked and then seriously examining where her mony was, one of the said Rebells draweing his skyne swore a greate oath that vnles she confessed where her cash Lay, he would with his said skyne ripp vpp her belly, which he accordingly performed, for he presently vppon that ran the skyne into her body and the child dropped from her gasping Twice or thrice vppon the ground This examinant further saith That (as she is credibly informed) one Richard Cary & his wife together with many other stripped protestants to the

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Number of persons were all murthered at or neere Ballyshanon being thither Conveyed by the Rebells and that this deponents daughter Ellen Adams was then soe pittifully cut & mangled that for a longe time after she was not able to goe or stirr, this examinant her selfe through the wounds & the extreame vsage of the Rebells then towardes her, wilbe weake and Impotent while she liues, for besides seuerall wounds she receaved in her hands, sides & skull (searching for mony as they pretended) one of them gave this examinant a deepe wounde with his skynie vnder one of her jaw bones, threatening there to pull downe this examinants tongue. And further deposeth not
Ellen [mark] Adams
Jurat coram nobis
23o Aug 1647
Hen: Clogher
Hen: Brereton

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The examination of
Ellen Adams taken 23o
August 1647
C. ffarmanagh

Deponent Fullname: Ellen Adams
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Widow
Deponent County of Residence: Fermanagh
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Thomas Adams, John Adams, Joseph Berry, William Berry, Tary Brunt, Richard Cary, Ellen Adams, Geo: Brunt, Rory Magwire, Donnogh Magwire, Lord Magwire
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Mentioned, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned