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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost


Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 19. Rising of the Catholics, 1641; — Siege of Ballyallia Castle

Ballyallia surrendered

Our ward of Ballyallia cleared the Irish between Ballyallia and Clare, and the poor English from Clare would venture to us at divers times for relief; but at last, two poor women coming, being Elizabeth Hackins, and Margaret Whitcom, whom we often employed to go to Inish for salt, and to Clare with letters acquainting them of our proceedings, were, by two of the “Cowries,” killed.

The 18th of May, my brothers Thomas and Joseph, went forth, and took sixteen men with them, and went to the friars land of Aughrim, where a company of Dermot O’Brien’s lay to defend the friars, but, notwithstanding, they gained and brought home with them twenty-eight cows, one hundred and twenty sheep, and some goats. But within a short time afterwards, Dermot O’Brien, and divers others came and lay one night in the church of Templemaley, and next morning, the cattle being put to grass, they were regained by the said Dermot.

About the 15th of June, the ward of Clare castle came to us, requesting that we should join them in making a raid through the country. We had not gone two miles, when my brother Thomas, meeting with Connell O’Hehir, a noted rebel, shot him dead as he was running away. We marched this day, a compass of ten miles, and gained divers cattle and sheep, all which we drove to Clare, where Captain Norton and Mr. Brickdall prevailed with us, in regard of many poor people they had, to leave that prey there. Now, after a very good dinner, we returned to Ballyallia, but on our way found that the enemy had gathered some three hundred men, and lay in the wood and hedges of Knockroe near the castle. We attacked them, and after putting them to flight we returned home safe. God be praised.

 

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