Examination of Lady Charity Staples

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Date: 1653-08-25
Identifier: 839072r048


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Derry, Donegal & Tyrone
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Assault, Captivity, Multiple Killing
Commissioners: Owen Wynn, Thomas Newburgh
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 72r

The examinacion of the Lady Charity Staples the Relict of Sir Thomas Staples deceased taken vpon oath at London derry before vs the Commissioners for the Reuenue of vlster the 25th day of Aprill 1653
Who being duely sworne and examined, what shee can say to the examinacions of John Redferne the Elder and James Redferne his sonn concerning sondry Murthers and Robberyes set forth by them, to haue ben committed By seuerall persons then in Rebellion
Sayth that it is certayne that Hugh Russell of Monnymore Marchant and George Higgison parish clarke of letton were Murthered by the Rebells about the tyme that the genreiall Rebellion broke out, but by whome particulerly she cannot say But saith that it was when shee was a prissoner vnto the Rebbells In monnymore, And further saith that she looked out of the Window where shee was kept, and did see the Scotts Woman and hir fiue Smale Children mencioned in the deposicion of John Redferne the Elder and seuerall others of the Brittish nacion, driuen alonge by the Rebbells to Be murthered, and that shee saw the Rebbells at that tyme Cutting and slashing the poore Brittish as they soe pased By hir Window, amongst which their was one Archy Laggan miserably Cutt his two Armes being haulfe cutt of, his eare and one sid of his head cutt and hanging downe Besides seuerall other greiveous Wounds, in soe much that shee hard him cry out and beggs them for gods sake that they would giue him leaue to lye downe and dye Att which tyme she Sayth there were seauenteene of the Brittish Nacion murthered,

fol. 72v

And saith, that though Cormuck O Hagan commanded that place, yet shee was made prissoner ther, by the orders and <D> commaund of Neill oge o Quin, and shee doth Beleeue, that what was done in these murthers was By his orders or at least by his counsell consent And approbacion, the said Neill oge o Quin being the prime Rebbell and most actiue in those parts And she farther saith that she knew the said James John Redferne the Elder and James Redferne his sonne to be men soe consciencious and honest that she hath iust cause to beleeve that the other particulars in their examynacions sett foorth vp pon their knowledges are true And farther saith not:
Charitye Staples

Tho: Newburgh
Owen Wynne

fol. 73r


fol. 73v


Examynacion La:
Staples, concurring
with the Examinacions
of Redferne
Neill oge o Quin
A 10

Deponent Fullname: Charity Staples
Deponent Gender: Female
Deponent Occupation: Lady
Deponent County of Residence: Unknown
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: Thomas Staples, John Redferne, James Redferne, Hugh Russell, George Higgison, Archy Laggan, Cormuck O Hagan, Neill oge o Quin
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Victim, Victim, Victim, Rebel, Rebel