Examination of Mathew Miller

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
[http://1641.tcd.ie/deposition.php?depID?=838314r338] accessed Monday 25th of September 2017 10:15 AM

Dublin Core

Date: 1653-05-15
Identifier: 838314r338


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Antrim
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Arson, Assault, Multiple Killing
Commissioners: Philip Pinchon, Samuel Bonnell
Deposition Transcription:

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The Examinacion of Mathewe Miller of Callhame in the County of Antrym smith aged: 64 yeares or thereabouts, who beinge duly sworne, before vs this 15th of May 1653 saith
That in the begininge of the Rebellion in Ireland hee this Examinate Liued in the Towne of Balleestin in the County of Antrym and that about the Latter end of: December after the warr began hee with diuerse others of the Inhabitants of the Countrey thereabouts were required amongst whom this Examinate remembreth there was one Pattrick Magugian, John Kirke, and George Grymes now in the Goale of Carickfergus) were Comanded to march with Clubs, staues, & such other weapons as they could gett too & fro about those quarters to see if they could discouer the approch of the Enemy of whom they were in much feare, some partyes of the Irish,: hauinge a litle before that burned the Towne of Balleywea, and kild seuerall persons in the Countrey thereabouts, and hauinge thus marched from the towne of Balleesten aforesayd about one mile & a halfe, neare vnto Bally albenogh the aforesaid party amongst whom this Examinate was mett with a yonge youth whose name hee knoweth not whom George Gryme aforesaid searched & found a paper like vnto a Letter in his pockett signed as this Examinant hath heard by the Lord Chichester, & that the said paper or letter declared that the said youth was goinge to Cragebilly to fetch a horse to Carrickfergus: as afterwards appeared when the said Letter was read; but there was not any one of that party that Could read; and therefore the said George Gryme thrust the said Letter into a bogge, which was afterwards taken out againe & perused, And this Examinante further saith that George Gryme alledged before the rest of the Company that the said youth was goinge to the Enemy, vnto which the youth answered that hee had the Lord Chichesters passe, After which they marched together about a quarter of a mile duringe which tyme the said George Gryme was examininge the said youth: & that then the said Gryme hauinge

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haueinge a thicke short Cudgell in his hand, stroke the <B> sade youth vpon the heade therewith soe that hee fell to the Ground, but presently after the youth Gott vp againe and run betwixt this Examinate & the horse hee was then Leadinge in his hand & desired this Examinate, for Godsake to saue his Life, which this Examinate did earnestly endeauour to doe, but the aforesaid George Gryme came to this Examinate & said that if hee did take parte with an Enemy hee would kill him also likewise John Kirke aforesaid, begd for the life of the said youth & promised to bee engaged life, for life, that the youth should bee forth comeinge the next morninge, but hee the said Gryme regarded him not, but then with his Cudgell knockt the said youth downe againe, wherevpon one McNynch then in the Company drewe forth his Rapier & thrust it through the body of the said youth soe that hee died there, And this Examinate beinge demanded what was the Cause of his knowledge of this fact saith that he was present in the place & sawe it, & further saith not

Mathew Miller his marke [mark]

Taken before vs
Phil: Pinchon
Sam: Bonnell

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The Deposicion of Mathewe Miller against George Gryme

Deponent Fullname: Mathewe Miller
Deponent Gender: Male
Deponent Occupation: Smith
Deponent County of Residence: Antrim
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Pattrick Magugian, John Kirke, Lord Chichester, George Grymes, * McNynch
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Denounced, Denounced