Examination of David Lawson

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1654-03-21
Identifier: 830257r177


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

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

fol. 257r

The Examinacion of David Lawson Lacy of the Cittye of Corke Plaisterer aged sixty three yeares or thereabouts taken at Corke the 21th of March 1653. before Tho: Richardson Esquire one of the Justicers of the peace of the said County.
<1.> The said Examinant (being duely sworne) to the first Interr sayth that hee doth know that Captaine Roberte Clerke (in the first yeare of the rebellion of the Irish) brought a shippe laden with Salt & other goods from ffrance into the harbour of Galway, his cause of knowledge is that hee then lived in Galway, and knew Captaine Clerke, and saw the said Shippe, but whether shee had any Armes or amunicion aboard, hee knoweth not, nor who was merchant or ffactor, nor can farther depose to the said Interr
<2.> To the seacond Interr hee sayth that hee remembreth that the said Captaine Clerke and Mr John Turner the <A> Clerke of the Stores at Galway (whom hee also well knew) were in some trouble about the said ship{pe} but further to the said Interr hee cannot dep{ose}
<3.> To the third Interr hee cannot depose
<4.> To the fourth Interr. hee sayth that hee knowes the sa{me} was surprised, but by whom, or by whose order or advi{se he} knowes not, but heard it was by some yong men merc{hants} of the towne, And heard there were some killed and o{thers} wounded of the s said shipps company, vppon her surp{risal} And beleiveth Richard Martin was then Maior of Galw{ay} And further to the said Inter hee sayth hee cannot depose, for that (as hee sayth) hee and all the English { } in Galway were in soe much danger and feare that the{y} durst not stirre out of their lodgings for feare of being killed by the Irish.
{<5>} To the fifth Interr hee sayth th{at h}ee saw Murrogho { } m{ } fflaherty and many other Irish of Irconnaght then

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<E> or about that tyme in Galway, and beleiveth they were brought or invited in by the townes men of Galwaye, And further sayth that hee was then very credibly informed (but durst not goe out to see) that one John ffox and his wife, and one mrs Collins, all English Protestants, were murthered by the said Irish that came out of the Countrey, And further sayth that the whole towne was then against the ffort, and maintened the said Soldiers in beseiging it, but farther to the said Interr hee cannot depose his cause of knowledge is that hee saw so many of the said Soldiers quartering in the towne, and credibly heard they had maintenance thence.
<6.> To the sixth Interr hee sayth hee cannot further depose by reason of his age and forgetfulnes now, and his feares and keeping then, then to the former depositions Inter hee hath deposed.
David Lawson
Sworne the day and yeare
first with in written
before mee
Tho: Richardson

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fol. 258v


David Lawson his Examinacion
touching the murthers
committed at Galway in
the first yeare of the late

Deponent Fullname: David Lawson
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Plasterer
Deponent County of Residence: Cork
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Roberte Clerke, John Turner, John ffox, mrs Collins, Richard Martin, Murrogho { } m{ } fflaherty
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Victim, Victim, Mentioned, Rebel