Deposition of James Bayley

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1652-11-23
Identifier: 831242r174


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Leitrim, Sligo & Mayo
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Desecration, Multiple Killing, Robbery, Stripping, Words
Commissioners: Charles Holcroft, John Eyre
Deposition Transcription:

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The deposicion of James Bayley deposicion aged 30 yeares or thereabouts taken a vppon oath before the vndernamed Commissioners on the 23o of November 1652 at Bell e ocks guarrison
sayth that his father was tennuant to Mr Bokannon who afterwards was Murthered at Shruell And that in the begining of the rebellion his said father together with his family and the rest of <A> the English in Srade were plundered and turned out of theire houses by Costelloe Men, who were there then as this examinant heard namely Dudly Costelloe, And his brother Thomas, And there one John Duffe O Costelloe was then to the examinates knowledge at Shrade aforesaid who did abuse the Inhabitants there by flingeing [ ] their books & among other plunder tooke theire bibles, which he flung in the faces of those whome he plundered when he they came to him for theire goods Therevppon Mr Bocannon went to the Lord of Maio to seeke aide from him against such robbers, notwithstanding which he gott no reliefe The Lord did not performe his request, but with the number of 400 men or thereabouts went the said Lord went into the Barrony of Costelloe, and though the enemy <B> were vnconsiderable yett there was none of them apprehended, nor any thing done for the reliefe of those that were plundered as the examinate well Knoweth, vppon which the aboue said English & Scotch soe plundered cam fled to Castlebarr where they continued vntill one of Tirrawly besieged them, with whome the Lord of Maio ioyned, and blockt vp the said English vntill by Sir Hary Bingnams meanes they surrendered the Castle, And as this examinate heard from some Irish Gentlemen the said Castle was giuen vp to the Lord of Maio which by the said Sir Hary Bingnams without <C> Mr Bocannons priuity therevnto & as the said gent did say Mr Bocannon aforesaid did declare that if he had known Sir Hary Bingnam would haue surrendered the said

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<Castle> he would haue turned out the said Sir Hary & haue kept the Castle for himself & the most of the English & Scotch And the examinate saith that Sir Thibbott <D> Bourke now Lord of Maio was the first man that entered into the Castle aforesaid And being turned out of the said Castle they went to Ballirobe, M The said Lord of Maio being then theire convay, the next day they came to the Neale where they continued far one Night, and on the morrow they parted, and leaueing Sir Hary Bingnam there vnder pretence of being sick though the examinate could not perceaue any such thing, He saith that John Browne of the Neale aforesaid at the request of M the Lord of Maio hee went <E> along in the Lord of which Lord told him in english at the gate of his house in this examina ts <heareing> that if he did not goe along with him he would lye with his Men the second night at the said Mr Brownes house wherevppon the said Mr Browne came along with them to one Walter nue bully Burke his house neare Shruell, where they stayed the night, and came to Shruell on the Morrow, who being on a Satturday where they remained that night by reason, that <F> My Lord of Maio would goe noe farther with theme then the County of Maio, And on the next day in the Morning intending to come into the County of Gallway, And haueing no convay Mr Bocannon as in the examinates heareing heard went to the Lord of Maio & desired a Guard to see them safe conducted to Gallway forte to whome the said Lord Made answeare that he was not

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bound by any articles to conduct any thorough the Count y of Gallway but Sir Hary Bingnam, And <G> therevppon Mr Bocannon went ouer the bridge of Shruell with the rest of the English, And no sooner was the said Bocannon ouer the said bridg but presently the said Bocannons horse was shott beg in the forehead by one a Musquitiere from of the hedge there being but two Musquitieres there in sight, and when, the said Bocannons horse was shott, Ed Mr Bocannon cryeing out that he would giue Ireland for a sword, one Edmond Bourke rideing downe strooke him over the head, telling him that there was a <h> sword, And haueing soe done all the Irish on both sydes of the water fell vppon the said English & Scotch killing and strippeing as many as they could catch
James Baily
Thise Examinacion taken was beefore vs the day above mentioned
Char: Holcroft
John: Eyre

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The examinacion of James Bayley

Deponent Fullname: James Bayley
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent County of Residence: Mayo
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Mr Bokannon, * Costelloe, Dudly Costelloe, Thomas *, John Duffe O Costelloe, Edmond Bourke, Hary Bingnam, Thibbott Bourke, Lord of Maio, John Browne
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Denounced, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned