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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 Inchicronan

At the other extreme of the county, the castle of Inchicronan became the refuge of the English of the parishes of Kilkeedy, Ruan, and Inchicronan. Siege was laid to the place by the O’Gradys, O’Shaughnessys, and the Burkes of Kiltarton, and the defenders were forced to surrender with the loss of many lives. The names of the following killed are enumerated:—Christ. Hopditch, Peter Norman, John Twisden, junr., Nichls. Wheeler, Richd. Adams and his wife, Robert Hart, Edwd Coom’s wife, Anth. Davis, Robt. Blenkinsop, John Holland, Richd. Blagrove, Thos. Watson, and Wm. Abbott. Besides these, some women and children were slain. After the castle had been given up, Mrs. Hopditch, whose narrative we are transcribing, went to reside in the house of an Irishman, but, “being laboured to go to mass,” she, with her children, left the place, although she was sick, and journeying by Oranmore to Galway, took ship there for Dublin. She further alleges that the Irish women were more cruel than the men. Sarah O’Brien, of Dromore, sister of Dermot, had undertaken to send safely, out of the castle, Peter Newman and his wife, who was sister of Mrs. Hopditch, on condition of getting as a reward, all the property they possessed, and instead of keeping her agreement, had his arm cut off, and after otherwise extremely torturing him, had him shot dead. She subsequently stripped his wife and children, and turned them out, exposed to the danger of meeting certain assassins whom she had planted to kill them; but they escaped by taking another way. According to her own account, Mrs. Hopditch was robbed of property worth £150, by Dermot O’Brien of Dromore, Maoelin MacBrody, Cahal O’Roughan of Inchicronan, and by Garrold O’Flanagan of Kilfenora. Previously to the siege, Inchicronan castle had been occupied by a person named Heathcote, as tenant of the Earl of Thomond. According to this man’s statement, his losses amounted to £2,000, and were inflicted upon him by Turlogh O’Brien of Tullamore. Trusting to their honesty, he gave some of his cattle and other property for safe keeping to Dermot O’Brien of Dromore, to Cahall and Teige O’Roughan of Sunnagh, and to Richard Grady of Clooneen. He proceeds to describe the siege of his castle, which began on Sunday, the 13th of March, 1642, and alludes to the death of Richard Blagrave, a silver smith, who was killed on his way from Dromore to Limerick.