Examination of William Erwine

Citation: TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
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Dublin Core

Date: 1653-05-14
Identifier: 839120r081


1641 Deposition Item Type Metadata

County: Derry, Donegal & Tyrone
Deposition Type: Commonwealth
Nature of Deposition: Multiple Killing, Words
Commissioners: Henry Finch
Deposition Transcription:

fol. 120r

[ ] 3979
Londonderry May 14th 1653
The examination of William Erwine of the cittye of Londonderry (a souldier vnder the command of cap: Hales in the rigiment of Collonell Hercules Hunkes) taken before mee Henry ffinch esq Mayor of the Ciitty of Londonderrye & one of the the justices of peace for the Province of Vlster who beinge duly sworne & examined sayeth
That uvpon a sabath daye about fiue wekes past the deponent beinge in a house within the subberbes of the said Cittye betwene one & two of the clocke in the afternone goinge in company one John Gilpattricke with him, ther came to the doore of the said house the dore beinge shutt one William <A> Boye & knocked at the dore, [ ] come in; but the woman of the house would not let him come in whervpon he thretned to force the dore open & puttinge his head into the windowe tould them that yf they would not open the dore he woul{d} breeke it open; whervpon he was let in; & this deponant beinge in an minor rome the said Boye put his head through a wattle wale & seeinge this examinant ther said I knowe you wel enough to which he made answere I doe not you, what way came you to knowe me, to which the said Boye answered he knewe this examinant ever synce he Killed this deponents brother Robert Erwine; this examinant askinge him what he did with the other man named Thomas Tomson that was with him & the women & children, what should I doe with them I kild the Bod{d}owe & the rest & put them in a hole; demandinge of him wher it was when he did this he answered the deponant; that he was a kerne vpon Barnesmore 7 years together

fol. 120v

[4076 ] 3980
This deponant beinge examined whether the said Boy was drunke or sober saith he was either drunke or made for he was soe unrulye that althouge he was once or twise thrust out of the doore yet ther could be noe quietnes but drawinge his knife said Ile bleed you, vntill the gard came & tooke him awaye & farther sayth not
Wm Irwi{ne}
Henry ffynch

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fol. 121v

Deponent Fullname: William Erwine, William Erwine
Deponent Gender: Male, Male
Deponent Occupation: Soldier, Soldier
Deponent County of Residence: Derry, Derry
Mentioned Non-Deponent Fullnames: cap: Hales, Hercules Hunkes, cap: Hales, Hercules Hunkes, John Gilpattricke, William Boye, Robert Erwine, Thomas Tomson
Mentioned Non-Deponent Roles: Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Mentioned, Rebel, Victim, Victim