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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

Gregory Hickman of Barntick

Gregory Hickman, late of Barntick, gent., a British Protestant, deposes that he was robbed of property worth £3,672. It consisted of cattle, sheep, horses, wool, furniture, and of the following farms held under leases for terms of years. Barntick, Cragforna, Drumcaran, Cragnanelly, Termon of Killinaboy, and Inchiquin; of the tithes of the parish of Dromcliff, and of debts due to him by the following persons:—Conor O’Brien of Ballymacooda, Conor of Leamaneh, Ross O’Loughlin of Fahee, Murrogh O’Brien of Cahercorcraun, Donogh MacConsidine of Drummoher, Donogh O’Brien of Baunekyle, Flan Neylan of Ballyknock, Gilladuff O’Hehir, Murtagh Kelleher of Clare, Daniel Neylan of Glanquin, Flan Neylan, John O’Mulryan, Richard MacGeorge, and Conor O’Flanagan of Crossard. Part of his goods was carried off by Conor O’Brien of Ballymacooda and by Richard and Mannagh O’Grady. Eighteen packs of his wool were taken away by Laurence Rice, and by another merchant, both of Ennis. Poultry, a side saddle, and furniture, were swept off by Boetius Clancy, by Shevane ny Hehir, wife of Loughlin Reagh O’Hehir of Cahermacon, by James McEncroe of Skagh-vic-Encro; Conor O’Brien of Leamaneh, aided by Mauria Roe his wife, by Melaghlan Oge O’Cashey, and by Conor O’Flanagan possessed themselves of fourteen English hogs and four hundred sheep his property. He states that his servant, Thomas Bacon, was murdered, and that another of his servants, named Joe Preston, was murdered at Clare, by Teige Lynch. He further deposes that he heard the following persons had turned papists, and had been seen going to mass:—Pat Lysaught, Chancellor of Kilfenora; Hezi Wordspin, of Ennis; George Wooton, tailor; John James, hatter; Wm. Glass, saddler; all likewise of Ennis; and Edmd. Danter of Corofin, butcher; and George Dallis. He also subjoins the information, that William Mou was murdered at Kilrush by Sir Daniel O’Brien’s followers, and Richard Blagrave, a goldsmith, at Inchicronan, by Dermot O’Brien. He adds finally, that one Roger, a butcher, and one Whitcombe, a husband-man, who came from Clare Castle, were hanged by John Griffa, Loghlan Oge O’Hehir sitting by, on horseback, at the time.

Being thus stripped of his property, he was directed, in the month of November, 1642, by Lord Inchiquin, to proceed on board the ship “Dragon” to Kinsale, and to bring thence a quantity of tobacco, there lying useless, which he was to sell in the Shannon, and pay over the proceeds to the Baron to help to sustain his army. Coming back to Glin Castle, he found a fleet of ships there under the command of Lord Forbes. The seamen were engaged in distributing tobacco and war materials amongst the inhabitants at both sides of the river. Hickman, finding no demand for his goods at Glin, carried them to Bunratty, and placed part of them in the castle. With the rest he repaired to Clonderalaw, and deposited it with Sir Teige McMahon, Bart., a man well affected towards the English. His boat went aground at Clonderalaw, and was instantly seized by Murrogh Kelly, of Carrowbaun, and by Teige Roe, the third son of Sir Daniel O’Brien of Ballykett and Carrigaholt. Clonderalaw Castle was laid siege to, on the following morning, by Teige Roe, by MacShane, by Clancy of Urlan, and by several of the MacGormans of Ibrickane. After a two days’ siege, there being no food, Hickman yielded up the castle, first stipulating that he should be conducted in safety to Ballykett, the residence of Sir Daniel O’Brien. After various detentions he contrived to reach the castle of Bunratty. There, he found the Earl of Thomond, and crowds of people, coming and going with or without safe conducts. He gives the names of some of them, to wit, Turlogh, son of Mahone Maoel M‘Mahon; John McNamara of Ralahine; Mahone, son of Murrogh O’Brien of Clonloghan; Cormack Hickey, surgeon; Conor O’Daly of the parish of Sixmilebridge; Owen O’Garvey; John, son of Teige McNamara of Danganbrack; Edmond O’Hogan of Moyhill (parish of Rath); Daniel O’Brien of Dough; and Loghlen Oge O’Hehir of Drumkerran. [2]