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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

A ship laden with the goods of James Martin and others attacked on the Shannon; Donogh MacNamara sent to the North to receive instructions from Sir Phelim O’Neill;
William and John Bridgeman take refuge in the castle of Dromore

James Martin, a Dutchman, living at Castlekeale, having a ship laden by himself, by John Foot, and by William Cuffe merchant wherein divers other English men and women, who had been robbed of their cattle and goods, and likewise seeing the danger daily increase, were resolved to go to England, with such remnants of their goods as had remained to them. The Mayor of Limerick, conceiving the ship to be of great value, resolved to plunder it, and with that intent, fitted out a small vessel, under command of his brother John Fanning captain, and of his brother Richard, who had been bred to the sea, as master. They intercepted Mr. Martin, and commanded him to yield up all property belonging to the English, but it pleased God that, by the care of the merchants, they were prevented, and after escaping many troubles, they recovered out of the river.

About the middle of January, 1642, Donogh MacNamara, with twenty horse, went to the North to confer with Sir Phelim O’Neil and receive directions from him what courses they should go on withal in Thomond.

About the 16th of January, Conor O’Brien of Leimaneh, who was appointed formerly to raise a troop of horse for the Lord Inchiquin, now began to join in rebellion, and being accompanied by divers other Irish gentry, went and drove away the cattle of Mr. Burton, Mr. Hickman, and of any other Englishman he could find, the whole country being now out in general.

About the 20th of January, Mr. Twimbrock, was turned out of his house and goods by Turlogh O’Brien, not leaving him, or William and John Bridgeman, his two sons-in-law, anything, but were fain to take themselves to Teige O’Brien’s, of Dromore Castle, Esq.:—Here Brien gained two or three fowling pieces and some powder, which then were very precious. At this castle of Teige O’Brien’s, the aforesaid Twembrock, through fair promises of the said Brien, had sent most of his and his son’s best goods, but were fain to give all to the said Brien, to convey them and their families to Bunratty in regard to their ill-usage.

About the 22nd of January, at night, Conor O’Brien, Esq., of Ballymacooda, and Conor O’Brien of Leimaneh, broke up William Mara’s house, and carried away what muskets, pieces, and petronels, the said Mara had then in his house, which was about thirty-six, which he had then repairing, of the Earl of Thomond’s and other Englishmen’s muskets and pieces.

 

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