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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 the neighbourhood of Ennis

In the neighbourhood of Ennis, several acts of spoliation were committed upon the English settlers. Mrs. Frances Bridgeman, widow of Winter Bridgeman, Esq., late of Drumcurreen and Cooga, puts down her losses at £330, including debts due to her by Hugh Hogan of Cragavaryne, Connell O’Collenahe of Dysert, and by Daniel O’Brien of Carrowduff. She was deprived of her goods by Dermot, son of Teige O’Brien, Esq., of Dromore. She mentions the names of some Protestants who had turned Papists, viz.:—Enely and his wife; John Carter with his wife and children; George Birch and wife. Wm. Bridgeman, also of Cooga, describes how he was set upon by the O’Briens of Dromore, and Cloondooan, by John Lynch of Dysert, and by Donogh, son of Conor-a-phoodir, (of the gunpowder), O’Brien of Culleen, and despoiled of property worth £270, as well as of debts due by Papists as follows: Teige M‘Donald of Cooga, Robert Meade, Turlogh, son of Murtagh O’Gripha of Rinelea; Murtagh O’Kett of Drumlonan, and George Burke of Tullyodea. The Rev. John Twembrock of Tullyodea, was deprived of his lands, and of property worth £348, by Turlogh O’Brien, Esq., of Tullamore, by the O’Briens of Kilkeedy, and by Loghlen Oge O’Grady. In addition, he lost his church living worth £200 a year. He also suffered the loss of debts due to him by Richard Warrall, And. Chaplain, Clk., John Robert, John MacConsidine of Ruan, Dermot O’Dea, and Edmond O’Dea. He was informed that John Lone of Craggane, Treasurer, and Patrick Lysaght Chancellor, respectively of Kilfenora, Owen Neylan of Kilaspuglonane, clerk; Killicully O’Hickey, vicar of Gleninagh; Robt. Cox, clerk; Mr. Costigan, clerk; and Richd. Hogan, clerk; had all turned Papists. John Hawkins of Ennis, saddler, was a sufferer to the extent of £39 in goods, as well as in bad debts, due by Conor O’Brien of Leamaneh, Charles Kean of Termon, Brian M‘Dermot of Knockfin, James Goold of Quin, Hugh and Teige Clancy of Clondegad, and Nicholas FitzEdmond, near Quin. His goods were abstracted by And. Burke of Clonroad, and by Thos. Chamberlain, corporal in the company of Conor O’Brien. Another Protestant inhabitant of Ennis, named Anne Webster, had her house rifled by John Creagh, Dominick Arthur, Dermot Gowla, John Galway, Teige FitzPatrick, Oliver Burke, and Roland Bourke, merchants; and by Teige O’Gripha, Donogh O’Hernane, Teige Mergagh O’Brien, and Brian O’Maine, butchers, all of Ennis. These people, she says, were aided in their operations by Gilladuff Clancy and Turlogh O’Brien of Coone, whom she designates as gentlemen. The Rev. Andrew Chaplin of Ballymaley, parish of Templemaley, who united in himself the incumbency of the parishes of Templemaley, Clare Abbey, Kilraghtis, and Kilmaley, sets down his losses at £520, besides the church livings, and debts due to him by Dermot O’Brien of Bunheale, Esq., Alderman Pierce Creagh FitzAndrew of Limerick, Thomas Creagh of Sixmilebridge, merchant; Teige O’Halloran of Ennis, yeoman, Rory, son of Daniel Farrell of Ballykelleher, Fearbisse MacConna of Ballymacconna, and Redmond McWalter of the same. Meeting Dermot O’Brien one day at Sixmilebridge, he asked him by what authority the rebels despoiled the Protestants; he produced the written authority of the Earl of Thomond, authorizing him and his friends to take into their custody the goods of the Protestants, as a means of preserving them from destruction, as they pretended. Chaplin goes on to state that, after the first siege of Ballyalley, about the 15th of May, the Earl had written to Winter Bridgeman and Maurice Cuffe, commanding them to commit no depredations on the country people because that the principal gentry of the county were at the siege of the castle of Limerick. He declares his conviction that the Earl of Thomond is fomenting the rebellion, and tells us that John M‘Namara of Moyriesk had been appointed Treasurer, or “General Warrant,” with power to levy a tax of thirty shillings on each ploughland, to enable the Catholics to carry on their expedition to Ross against the Marquess of Ormond. George Waters of Ennis, merchant, deposes that his losses in wool, hides, linen, and woollen goods, and in money, together with debts due to him amounted to £2,067. His debtors were Sir Daniel O’Brien of Ballykett, Daniel O’Brien of Dough, Conor O’Brien of Ballymacooda, Daniel O’Shanny of Ballyshanny, Charles Keane of Lisluinaghan, Conor O’Brien of Leamaneh, Gilladuff O’Shaughnessy of Bealnalicka, Ruan MacBrody of Bunheale, Loghlen Hehir, Elizabeth Bourke, Daniel O’Grady of Clonroad, Patk. Keating of Ballinbrocky, Hugh Clancy of Kildeena, and Clancy of Curragh. The Rev. Neptune Blood, in his deposition, declares that Dean Philip Flower of Kilfenora, lost a debt of £40, due to him by Gorrall O’Flanagan, and his church living, worth £120 a year, as well.