Examination of Patrick Modder ô Donnelly

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1653-03-30
Identifier: 838042r038


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Antrim
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Arson, Multiple Killing, Words
Commissioners: Richard Brasier, Thomas Coote
Deposition Transcription:

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<A> The examinacion of Patricke Modder ô Donnelly late of Castle Caulfeild in the County of Tirone Gent taken before vs at Colerane the said 30th day of March in the yeare 1653
The Examinante being demaunded of his knowledge Carriage & behaviour at the beginning of the Rebellion. He saith that for three Moneths before the stirr he lay very sick in his owne house neere Castle Caulfeild vnder Cur{} <A> with one Doctor Hodges an English doctor of Phisick And he saith the fi{rst} of his knowledge of this Rebellion was by one Lieutenant Straford then li{ve}ing at Castle Caulfeild vpon ffriday at night being to the best of h{is} memory the 22th of October 1641 who did send one of his sonn{es} named Anthony Stratford & another in his Companey to this {Examinantes} house informeing him that Sir Phelomy roe O Neile in the v{} that night did surprise Charlemount, & desireing this Ex{aminant} {} love to make hast presently to Castle: Caulfeild for they were {} affraid there that Sir Phelomy ô Neile or his Party should be with them before day Wherevpon the said Doctor Hodges told thi{s} Examinant if he should stir that night it would goe neere to cost him his life, he being very weake & haveing taken Phisicke the day before All which excuses he sent backe to the said lieutenant Stratford & the rest of the Brittish then liveing at Castle Caulfeild desireing them to doe the best for themselves that might & by the grace of God he would be with them the next morning betimes The which message assoone as it came to lieutenant Stratford & the rest they posted back againe the said Anthony Stratford with others in his Company & a letter desireing this Examinant of all love & good neighbourhood to come presently to <B> Castle Caulfield for they gott present intelligence that Sir Phelomy ô Neile or his Party came to Dungannon within two miles At which time this Examinant contrary vnto his Doctors rule tooke his horse & went vnto Castle=Caulfeild being but a little mile distant, & when he came there he consulted with the said lieutenant Stratford & the rest to put in all their goods into the Castle & Bawne of Castle Caulfeild & to put themselves in the best posture of defence they could vntill


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vntill they did know the event of the new trouble which accordingly was done And this Examinant did post Messengers to all the Brittish <A> about Castle Caulfeild to come in that night with all their goods which being done they together with this Examinant & his people made up a great number of men but few Armes After which time the same night they gott certaine intelligence that Sir Phelomy ô Neile was at Dungannon at Capten Parkins house, wherevpon the said Lieutenant Stratford & the rest intreated this Examinant to goe to Dungannon to procure some order of safety for them vpon which intreaty he went to Dungannon & was there by the breake of day vpon Saturday morneing, & went vp to the Castle where Sir Phelomy ô Neile was & demaunded of him the reason & cause of that great trouble He answered that what he did he had a good Comission for it from his Maiestie but this Examinante did see none neither durst he demaund the sight of it. And this Examinant entreated him for an order of safety for all the Brittish then living vpon the said Lord Caulfeilds Lands which was granted vnto him & he told him that all those of the Brittish who would live quietly should not be molested Notwithstanding the same day the whole Towne of Dungannon was plundered at which woefull sight this Examinant hasted home to Castle Caulfeild to preserve the Brittish there which to the vtmost of his power he preserved both in their lives & goods from that time vntill towards Midsummer following At which time intelligence came vnto this Examinant that the Lord Conway & the Lord Hamilton came with a potent Army neere Charlemount Then he consulted with lieutenant Stratford & the Chiefest of the Brittish there & told them that he must needs leave them not soe much for feare of the English Army but feareing <D> his poore tenants & followers should be preyed & lost The Councell being concluded he left the Brittish within the Bawne & Castle of Castle=Caulfeild & gave vnto Phillipp Draper the keys of the Castle & Gate he being senescall of the Lord Caufeilds Courts & a domesticke servant of his, & desired him & the rest by all meanes not to suffer any Irish people to come within the Bawne vntill the English Army came which they might easily hinder for what Arms & Amunicion this Examinant had he did share it with them & did faithfully promise them that if the English Army did retire to Claneboies before they came thither he would not faile to come vnto


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vnto them againe & soe he departed went with his Creaghts & followers towards Slewbagh in the County of Monaghan And as he did vnderstand afterwards the next day one Randell McDonnell with halfe a dozen <E> men came vnto the Gate of Castle Cawfeild, & vpon his word that he would doe them noe hurt, they let him & his men come in, & after being awhile merry & drinkeing in their Company, he sett fire in the Castle, & he was scarce a Muskett shott from the Castle when a party of the Eng{lish} came thither & carryed all the Brittish there along with them being aboute two Hundred in number & all their goods with them to the Eng{lish} Army where they were much blamed for suffering Randell McD{onnell} to goe within the Gates And as this Examinant did afterwards vnd{erstand} A Councell of Warr satt vpon Lieutenant Stratford & Phillip Drap{er} {} same & the said Phillip was condemned for it but how he g{} this Examinant cannot tell: And this Examinant being further d{emanded} his knowledge about the surpriseing of Moneymore & Lissa{n} saith that he did heare Cormacke ô Haggan did surprise C{}=more & Phelomy modder ô Haggan & Patricke ô Mallan did surprise Lissan the first or second day of the Irish Insurreccion Bu{t} whether Neile oge ô Quin was amongst them then, or not, he doth not know But he did heare afterwards a great Cavill betwixt Patricke ô Mallan & Neile oge ô Quin about Lissan house, but Neile Oge ô Quin had the possession of it This Examinant being further demaunded what Murder or Massacres were done in those parts, he saith he heard there was murders committed about the Glinns but by <ff> whome he doth not know for the lived 16 miles from that place Onely he did see Neile Oge O Quin divers times complaining to Sir Phelomy ô Neile that Henry O Haggan & James McVeagh was drinking at one Andrew Youngs house at Lissan & the same night the said Young was murdered in his owne house & the said Henry O Haggan & James McVeagh being questioned for the same McVeagh did iustify he left the Towne before night & long before the muder was committed & how Henry O Haggan came of he doth not know And further he saith not

Tho: Coote
Rich: Brasier major



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Deponent Fullname: Patricke Modder
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Gentleman
Deponent County of Residence: Tyrone
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Doctor Hodges, Lord Conway, Lord Hamilton, Phillipp Draper, Lieutenant Straford, Anthony Stratford, Andrew Young, Phelomy roe O Neile, Randell McDonnell, Cormacke , Phelomy modder , Patricke , Neile oge , Henry O Haggan, James McVeagh, Capten Parkins, Lord Caulfeild
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Victim, Victim, Victim, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Rebel, Mentioned, Mentioned