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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 Kilfenora

Other depositions, relating to Kilfenora and its neighbourhood state, that Mr. William Kingsmill lost goods worth £196, besides debts due to him by the Rev. John Twembrock, and by Thos. Southwell of Ennis, dyer. His cattle were removed by Conor O’Brien of Leamaneh, Bryan Fitzpatrick of Noughaval, Donogh O’Cashey of Poulnalickey. He adds that, about the 25th of March last, Joshua Steele of Loughbulligeen, Thomasina Steele, his wife, and Robt. Steele, his brother, were murdered by Turlogh O’Brien of Leamaneh, aided by James Oge Cashey of Ballygannor, John Hickey of Smithstown, Wm. Oge Neylan, and Brian O’Flanagan of Leamaneh. These facts were also sworn to by Marjory Steele, widow of Robert, and she supplied the further information that her goods were worth £187, and that the following persons, belonging to Kilfenora, had turned papists, viz.:—Edwd. Bastard, Roger Snares, and Edward Adams, together with their respective wives. In the remote parish of Killilagh, near Lisdoonvarna, one of the English adventurers gained a footing at Oughdarra. His name was Simson, and his losses are set down at £314. His despoilers were Bryan FitzPatrick, Donogh O’Cashey of Poulnabrucky, James O’Cashey of Ballygannor, Conor O’Brien of Leamaneh, John Hickey and Bryan O’Flanagan. Debts were due to him by Conor O’Brien, Danl. O’Hernane, and Wm. Kingsmill, all of them in actual rebellion.