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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 20. Depositions of Protestant Settlers, 1642

Depositions relating to Doonass

One of the little Protestant garrisons founded by the Earl of Thomond was situate at Doonass, then called Annaghmore and Annaghbeg. Several of the Clare Depositions have reference to the expulsion of these people by the Irish gentry of the surrounding country. They were, for the most part, small farmers or mechanics, and their names were Roundtree, Pitch, Norman, Cobb, Drury, Capel, Wilkinson, Meale, Culliver, Brine, Derby, Church, and Edwards. Inspired by terror, some members of the colony turned Catholics; among these were, French and Roane of Coollisteige, and Handcock and Dyer of Doonass. Those who drove them out were Lord Brittas, John M’Namara of Neadanura (Newtown), Geoffrey Burke of Errinagh, and the MacNamaras of Cragleigh. [3]

 

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