Waterford during the Civil War (1641-1653)
Traits and Stories from the T.C.D. Depositions
Edited by Thomas Fitzpatrick, LL.D.
Published in the Journal of the Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society
f. = folio
sd = said
Placenames in brackets are those suggested by editor of article for the names as spelled in the documents
wch = which
Richard Reely of Cappoquin, yeoman, (f.180)
(Losses, about 1 March & after, 21li)
The deponent further saith that about the time aforesd, he was taken prisoner by [ye under named persons, vizt] Richard Butler of Kilcash County of TipperaryEsquire, Captain Edmond ffennell, Pierce Butler of Bansagh in the County of Waterford (sic), gent, Patrick Gough of Kilmanihan, gent, Clement Gough of the same, gent and divers others in company with them, to the number of a thousand armed men, or thereabouts, Whoe came to the Castle of Dromanny in ye said county, purposeing to goe over the Blackwater, & notwithstanding that the enemy stood in a full body within distance to the said Castle, yett one Miles Magrath comander of the said Castle, & Mabell fitz Gerrald, wife to Gerrald fitz Gerrald of the same, Esquire, would not permitt any of the warders of the sd Castle to make any shott at them ; besides, they suffered the sd rebel1s to make use of a boate under the comand of the sd Castle, thereby to carry their men over the sd river to robb & pilladge the kinges subjects.
Jurat &c 8 Dec 1642
** Editors note: Is this the Richard Ryly (or O’Rely) who later on is said to have been hanged by Fennell on Shrove Tuesday 1641-2, that is about ten months prior to the date of this deposition? See no cxliii and other examinations relating to Mountain castle near cappoquin
Daniell Spicer, of Lismore, clerk, deposeth and ( f. 183)
That since the beginning & by means of the present. rebellion Ireland, he lost and was despoiled of his goods & chattels & debts, worth One-hundred fortie three powndes, Part thereof due by Richard Magner (‘clarke’ scored out) of Kilnattock, clerke …… wch Magner was. hanged by the rebells of Mountgarret’s army, & Garret Browne, & Anthony Preston & the rest, papists and rebells; Donogh oGrady of Kilbotowne, gent, and Loghlin oDwire of the same parish & county, clarke, now turned papist & rebell) Michael Blunt of Any, in the said County yeoman, Robt ffarnan, Edward Rawleigh, of the same, butcher, Philip Karney of the same yeoman, John Burgett of the same, Esquire, Andrew tragh (sic) of Stonehouse in the County of Waterford, gent, Besides the losse of the benefit of his Church-living worth one hundred pounds.
Jurat &c 17 August 1642
Hugh Cooke, lateof Kilbrice, County of (f.184)
Phillip Corkran, yeoman, servant to the deponent upon oath deposth …… (and names the parties concerned in the alleged robbery) Thomas Corkran, yeoman, deposeth that one Captaine Kenedy, Captaine Edmond ffennell, & Donogh oBrien, gent, were all at Kilbrice aforesd, wasting and destroying the said Hugh Croker’s corne & household goods.
(The Corkrans both mark)
Jur. &c 12 Augusti 1642
Donogh Newman of Cappoquin (f. 186)
(Losses. 971i 15s)
And further saith that he lately bestowed in the buyldinge of the said house Twentie pownds wch he never raised out of the same for yt the last April the same was burned by Capt John Sherlock, late of Motoe in foresaid County, and Capt. Edmond ffennell late of Clonmell, and their souldiers
Jurat &c 15 Aug. 1642
John Smith, late of the Cittie of Waterford, hatter (f.187)
Thomas Hore, Patrick Glissin, hatmaker, John Stephens of Wexford, seaman, but in regard the said parties are partly in rebellion and partly disenabled by means of the rebellion, therefore the deponent cannot get satisfaction from them, And that about Candlemas 1641, the undernamed parties, formerly protestants, are, since this rebellion, turned papists, namely, Laurence Ward of the same, yeoman, Thomas Rodgers of Woodstown in the County of Waterford, yeoman, ffrancis Powell of Waterford, with Edward Abbott of the same, tobacco pipe-maker, John Hudson of the same joyner, Mr. Williams organist of Christchurch in the said Cittie, Robert Claffe of the same, tanner, Ralph Mollineux of the same, smith. His cause of knowledge is, that he sawe some of the said parties goe into the Masse-house, & the rest did bouldly affirm their said revoult & openly confess their going to Masse.
Jurat &c 1 ffebr 1642
John Potter, curate of Affane, County Waterford (f.204)
(Losses, 41i 10s)
(‘of one co we to the’ value of fortie shillings’ struck out). Of household stuffe & his house burnt to the ground, to the value of one pound ten shillings. Of hay to the value of one pound. Besides the losse of the benefitt of his Church liveings, the curateship of Affane, worth, coibus annis, the sum of three pounds ten shillings, which he leaves to consideration.
Jurat &c 13 Aug. 1642
(The following curious memorandum appears on this folio:) (f.209)
By the relacon of Nicholas Roberts of Ballycarty, fflorence mcCarty exprest some favours to the English after ye Castle was yeilded upp, who, when they were threatned & in danger of their lives, came & told them that he was but one man, & that he knew not what to doe for them, & to give them a convoy he thought it to be very dangerous, Whereupon he told them that they had best, as he conceaved, to buy a peare of brogues a-peece & see how the brogues & the mountaynes would agree, meaning to escape thereby, & soe ye very next night after, being snowy winter-weather they went over ye mountane & escaped all safe to the Newmarket, being twenty miles distant.
Also by ye relacoll of Mr. Daverax Spratt, Clarke, it appeareth, yt Peirce fferitur did much favour ye English in many respects above all ye Irish gent, in Kerry, in protecting many men’s lives & goods, & releeving many poore protestants out of his owne purse, And in giving many five shill. a-piece, some half-a-crown a-piece, & some less, Who was ye man when ye Castle of Tralee was taken who propounded to ye rest of ye Captns there, that if they would give back to ye protestants one-third part wch they had in ye Castle, that he for his part wold give them all his owne share, Wch notwithstanding they denying, he gave much of ye protestants’ goods hack that fell to his share.
(Not signed; but this noting on margin, 209h: Good acts of some ill men yt are Rebles-namely, fflorence mcCarty & Peirs fferitur.)
Phillip Chappell, Whitechurch, clerk . (f.211)
deposeth & saith**
That on or about the 12th day of January last past, and sithence the begining of the present rebellion, that the church of Whitechurch [of which he was Curat, was] Robd and forcibly dispoiled of its ornaments and vtensills to the value following: Of one silver cup, a church byble of the large volume, two new Comon praier-bookes, a book of Commons, one surplus (sic), one linen tabell-cloth, one carpett, Onle pulpitt-c1oth, a peece of new cloth apoynted to make a pulpit cushing: To the value of six pounds.
Jurat &c 24 June, 1642
**see also No. lvii of same date
Judith Phillipps, of Waterford, for and· in the (f.219)
behalf of john Williams ( now a souldier in his Matjes army, &. this deponent’s husband,’ struck out) deposeth and saith :
(Losses, about Shrovetide, 401i)
This deponent sayth that at the aforesd time ye Citizens of Waterford did appoint the Constables of every parish in ye sd citty of Waterford, to fetch ye English protestants (men, women, and children in ye sd City), & thereupon had some of them Comitted in ye Citty Hall, & ye rest in three severall other places within the sd City, & soe kept them in the nature of prisioners for foure days together & seized upon all their goodes. And afterwards they comanded yt all the women & children should be led away guarded with halberts & pikes through ye sd Citty, & to be turned out of the gates towards Passadge, Wch was accordingly done, & one Capt. Stronge (governor of ye Passadge, as they tearme him) comanded to put the women & children in some severall houses in ye sd Passadge.
The depont further sayth yt the sd Capt Stronge & his company, in a most cruell manner, kept this depont & ye rest prisoners (being stript by ye rebells) yt came out of ye county of Waterford to the number of three hundred & fifty men, women and children, English & Protestants, or threabouts, allowing them but a farthing’s worth in bread every third day, Soe that through his cruell vsadge of them, there perished & dyed (most of them being starved to death) aboute ye number of eight & forty persons, young & auld (as see verily beleeves) – their names she cannot remember except two, the widdow Joice & the widdow Juan.
And this examinat likewise sayth that the sd Captaine Stronge & his company would not suffer ye Corpses of ye parties so dead to have any christian burial, but threw their dead corpes upon the sands. She also sayeth that shee this depont, at Passadge aforesd, once persuaded to come out of ye house where she was kept prisoner to buy some bread for her poore children (almost famished to death) from Irish in Passadge aforesd, having a piece of silver in her hand to buy the said bread, One of the sd Captaine Stronge’s men, meeting with this examinat (his name she knoweth not) striving to get the said money out of her hand, with the butt end of his peece strooke this deponents child Joan Phillips of ye age of three years, then in this examinat’s arms, & strooke out her brains, & afterwards fell to beating this deponent most miserably (she being in the latter end of her time), & gave her a matter of eleven wounds with his skein ‘Whereupon she imediately miscarryed of a man child.
This examinat further sayeth, yt John Lowther of ye parish of Christchurch within the Citty of Waterford, shoemaker, formerly an English protestant but since this rebellion turned papist, himselfe and his wife; & being in a conference with this examinat aboute the time aforesaid, this depont demanded the said Lowther whether he heard any news out of England, or whether any forces were coming out of England, yea or noe, He answered & sayd (with a great oath), Doe you expect (quoth he) any ayde out of England & they being upp there one agt another, & the King having lost his Crowne, Whereupon this examinat reprehended him & had him not to say soe, He replyed & sayde, ‘He lost his Crowne by loosing Ireland,’ for, if you live, sayth he (averring the same with oathes & wounds sic) a hundred years, you shall see Ireland new-recovered agen by ye English.
And lastly she deposeth yt she was present when Lieut. Trevisor & fourteene men and nyne women English & protestant in company with, him (whose names she knoweth not) were killed & murthered by the rebells at Dungulfe nere Tinterne in ye County of Wexford : but the rebells’ names she knoweth not.
Jurat &c 27 Jany. 1642