Examination of Robert Hussey

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
[http://1641.tcd.ie/deposition.php?depID?=831078r078] accessed Monday 25th of September 2017 10:27 AM

Dublin Core

Date: 1653-02-28
Identifier: 831078r078


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Leitrim, Sligo & Mayo
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Captivity, Multiple Killing, Words
Commissioners: H Wadington, James Shaen
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 78r

The examinacion of Robert Hussey concerning the Murder of Mr William Massam and Robert Pinion of Knockvickar wherewith he is charged by Captain De Renzi Massane, taken the 28th day of febr 1652.
The said Robert Hussey being duely examined saith that the yeare before the Rebellion he was a Soldier in the guarrison of Sligoe in the Lord Ranelaghs companie and that about January or february after the said guarrison of Sligoe was taken by the rebells, and that the soldiers ther in guarrison, had vpon the surrender quarter for life promisd them and liberty to march to Boyle in the County of Roscomon, (then a guarrison <A> for the English) and were to haue a convey with them of the Irish for their more secure passage thither: He further saieth that one Captain Patricke Plunkett commanded the Convoy, and that he did not (according to engagement) convey them to Boyle, but treacherously kild some of them in the way and tooke him (this examinant) & an other (one James Sukard) prisoners, He further saieth, that [ ] hee remained a prisoner for about a weeke with the said Plunkett, and then tooke vp Armes and serued him, being threatned (as he alleages) that if he refused to doe it, he should be hanged. He further declareth that about May after, being in the Irish camp near Knockvickar, vpon intelligence giuen, that some English were trauailinge (on foote) on the way from Boyle to knockvicar (those two guarrisons being but three or fower Miles distant one from another) he was commanded <B> out against them (by his Lieutenant one Hugh mcDermot) with some others of the Irish soldiers and that they were led by Ferdinande mcDermot Roe (then a titular Captain) to a bogge syde by which those English that they had intelligence of, were to passe, the said Ferdinande commandinge them to fall vpon the English and assureing them, that if they were ouerpowred, or worsted by them, they should haue releife, and assistance, The Examinant further confesseth that he with the rest of the Irish soldiers that were so sent out, and one Connor mcManus a gentleman of the Country, advanced vp towards those English and saith that they fyred one vpon another, and that there was quarter offered to the English, but they refused to take it; wherevpon the Irish fell vpon them, and killed two of them who as hee afterwards vnderstood were Mr William Massan, and one Robert Pinion, of Knockvicar aforesaid) and tooke the rests {Prisoner}

fol. 78v

The Examinant denieth that he killed either of the said persons, but he confesseth that he was present, and of the <B> party they did that execucion, and that he carried a muskett with them, Mr Massam being (as he saieth) killed by one Robert Noland, and Robert Pinion by one [ ] Laghlyn o Horogha; Being demanded the names of those other persons that were of the party that killed the abouenamed Mr Massam, and Robert Pinion, he saieth there were present of the said party John Cooke, & Bryan o Howen, (seruants to the aforesaid Captain Plunkett) John mcCahell mcDermot Roe, and John mcGihin; Whether there were any more or noe, he sayeth he remembers not, and farther he confesseth not.
Robert [mark] Hussey his marke
Taken the day & yeare aforesaid, before vs
H. Wadington
Ja: Shaen

Deponent Fullname: Robert Hussey
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent County of Residence: Sligo
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: William Massam, Robert Pinion, James Sukard, John McGihin, John McCahell McDermot Roe, Bryan o Howen, John Cooke, Capten Plunkett, Robert Noland, Laghlyn o Horogha, Connor McManus, Ferdinand McDermot Roe, Hugh McDermot, Lord Ranelagh, Captain De Renzi Massane
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Victim, Mentioned, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Denounced, Mentioned, Mentioned