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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

Oliver, and John Delahoyde of Formela plunder their Protestant neighbours;
Owney Oge O’Loghlen of Gregans drives away the cattle of Gregory Hickman and George Colpoys

About the 9th of December, Oliver Delahoyde of Tyredagh, and his brother John Delahoyde of Fomerla, both Esquires, having gathered companies of the rebels, went to Ballyvanna, parish of Inchicronan, and thence drove away, by night, the greater part of John Twisden, Thomas Randell, and divers other Englishmen’s cattle, that lived in these parts, which English had reasonable good stocks of cattle, both cows, horses, and sheep. The Earl of Thomond, having been informed of these proceedings, sent a body of horse and foot to bring in the Delahoydes. John they found dying, but Oliver was brought before him. He denied the offences with which he was charged, confirming his statement with many tears and oaths. He promised to be as ready and faithful in doing his Majesty and his Lordship any service in his power as any man in the county. The Earl, yielding to his delusions, not only discharged him, but gave him power to execute martial-law upon any whom he should find offending. The said Oliver, being thus set free, returned home. There he presently began to betake himself to his former courses, and drive and take away any cattle he could find belonging to the English.

About the 15th of December, Owney Oge O’Loghlen, of the barony of Burrin, accompanied by his three sons, and divers others of that barony, went to Ballycashen which was a farm of Gregory Hickman’s, and drove away cows, sheep, and horses, belonging to him. About the 22nd of December, they visited Ballycar, and from thence, by night, drove away many cows and sheep, from George Colpoys, Esq., and from divers other English.

 

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