Examination of Mary Bowler

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1654-03-07
Identifier: 830244v171


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Galway & Roscommon
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Captivity, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Words, Succour
Commissioners: Thomas Richardson
Deposition Transcription:

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(directly following the examination of John Goll)
Mary Bowler spinster, (aged one and twenty yeares or thereabouts) servant to the said mr John Goll being duely sworne and Examined,
<1.> To the first Inter shee sayth that shee doth know Capt Clerke, and hath knowne him ever since the first yeare of the Rebellion, And further sayth that in the said first yeare of the rebellion the said Captaine did bring into the Port of Galway a shippe laden with Salt and Gunpowder and Armes, And shee hath heard the said powder and Armes were bought by the townesmen, to iustifye themselues against the ffort, and farther to the said Inter shee cannot depose, her cause of knowledge is shee lived then in Galway, and saw and heard what shee hath deposed
<2> To the seacond Inter shee sayth that the said Captaine <E> Clerke and mr John Turner (whome shee very well knew) were committed to prison, by the Maior and Counsell of the Towne, for endeavouring to have the said Arms

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and amunicion putt into the ffort of Galway for security, but who were then of the said Councell shee doth not now remember, nor can further depose to the said Inter
<3.> To the third Inter shee sayth that shee saw the Maior and Councell comming from the Assembly, and further sayth that shee having formerlye heard [ ] that all <F> the Aldermen and lawyers that were in towne were gone to the Tholsell and that many people ran thither to know what was the businesse of soe great a meeting, shee went (amongst others) to learne newes, and did heare that the said Assembly fearing the said shippe shold ioyne with the ffort had agreed to seize vppon her, but whether, Patricke shee saw Patricke darcye in particuler come from that meeting, shee doth not remember.
<4.> To the fourth Inter shee sayth that by the order and appointment of the whole Councell and towne (as shee then vnderstood, and verily beleiveth) one, Thomas linch fitz Martin, John <g> Blake fitz Roberte, Nicholas Blake, Jeoffrey oge Browne, Richard oge Martin, Moris Linch brother to Sir Robucke linch, Roberte Martin (called Captaine) Sir Domnicke Browne knight, Mlaghlin roe ô fflahertye, and some others whose name shee remembers not, went all aboard the said shippe and surprised her, and (as this Examinant heard) foure men of the said Captaine Clerk were then killed, and fyve more wounded, and the said shipp surprised, And further for further cause of further knowledge shee sayth shee saw all the said persons come from board <h> the said Shippe, and the said Mlaghlin roe [ ] with one Jonacke ô fflahert, and william ô fflahert, and william Kelly, (all boatmen) came into her the

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said Examinants fathers house then in Galway (named Richard Bowler) to drinke, where shee heard the said Mlaghlin roe ô fflaherty (and saw him) in a boasting manner, draw out a long skeane which hee had by his side, and clap it downe vppon the table, and sweare to the said other persons (last before named) that hee the said Mlaghlin, with that Skeane, had killed foure of Clerks men aboard the shippe, And further sayth that walter reagh linch deceased was then Maior of Galway, And farther to the said Inter shee cannot depose.
<5.> To the fifth Interrogatory the said Examinant sayth that <I> shee saw Murrogho ne mart ô fflaherty, & Bryan ô fflaherty, (& aboue forty of their ffolowers) in the towne of Galway about three weeks after the said shippe was surprised, and sayth that in the afternoone of the same day, one John ffox and his wife, and a Seaman, and a gentlewoman, and a yong youth (some to mr John ffisher late of Tuam in the said County gentleman) be [were ] all kil English Protestants were murthered in the towne of Galway, by the Irish, but by whom in particuler shee knows not, her cause of knowledge is that shee saw all the said murthered persons after they were wounded and killed, and heard then heard (by severall of the towne people) that it <K> was the Maior and Councell of the towne that had brought in the said Irconnaght people to kill and murther all the English Protestants in the towne, because their owne hands shold not be embrued in their blood, And further sayth that shee herselfe saw the Preists of the Towne & other Preists goeing (being about eight in nomber) goeing about the Towne in their vestments, with tapers lighted burneing, and the Sacrament borne before them, and ex ernestly exhorting the said Murrogh ne mart and his Company th for

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Christs sake, and our ladyes, and St Patricks, that they wold shed <L> noe more blood, for if they did they wold never haue mercy, And sayth that the said Murrogh and one Edmond ô fflaherty were at the Comitting of the said murthers, and aiding and abatting the same, And sayth that shee doth verily beleiveth that had it not bin for the said Preists the said ô fflahertyes and their Company had killed all the English protestants they had found in Galwaye, And further sayth that shee l heard the Townesmen had agreed to giue the said fflahertyes a somme of money to aid them in beseiging the ffort, And further to the said Inter shee cannot depose,
<6.> To the sixth Interr shee cannot depose any thing materiall more then to the precedent Inter shee hath already deposed.
the marke of [mark] Mary Bowler
Memorandum that this last Examinacion was taken
by the Interpretacion of leivetenant Jull
vppon his oath the said 7th of March 1653
before mee
Tho: Richardson

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Examinacions concerning
Murthers at Gallway
sent Rec in a lettre from Mr
Thomas Richardson
Rec: 15th March 1653

Patricke Roch his wife
widow to Tho: linch fitz
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Deponent Fullname: Mary Bowler
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Spinster
Deponent County of Residence: Cork
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Capt Clerke, John Turner, John ffox, John Goll, Robucke linch, william , william Kelly, Richard Bowler, walter reagh linch, John ffisher, Thomas linch fitz Martin, John Blake fitz Roberte, Nicholas Blake, Jeoffrey oge Browne, Richard oge Martin, Moris Linch, Roberte Martin, Domnicke Browne, Mlaghlin roe , Jonacke , Murrogho ne mart , Bryan , Edmond , Patricke darcye, leivetenant Jull
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Victim, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned, Interpreter