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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 Kilrush

Another of these colonies was at Kilrush, composed partly of Dutchmen, and in part of English—Jacques Graniere, with his threes sons, Maximilian, Jacob, and Isaac, were despoiled of property alleged to be worth £2,400, besides the tolls of a weekly market held at Kilrush. William Chambers describes himself as a loser of goods which he values at £1,500. All these were taken away to Ballykett, one of the habitations of Sir Daniel O’Brien, he who afterwards became Viscount Clare. The Granieres and Chambers were apprehended, and transferred as prisoners to Ballykett: Chambers and others deposed that the following English persons were stripped of their property by the “rebels” as these adventurers call the gentry of the county. Robert Hill of Carrowdotia, Judith Claney of Ballynote, Wm. Newland of Kilmurry, Thomas Maiden of Kilrush, Joan Kent of Ballymacrinan, John Vaughan of Garraun, Anne Mubrell of Ballynote. The Rev. Thos. Tunstead, of Drumdigus, lost his property and his church living worth £100 a year. His wife was told that she must, in future, go to mass. Anne Usher of Ballymacrinan, was stripped of chattels valued by her at £944, besides debts due to her by Michael Rochford and Laurence White of Limerick, Daniel MacGorman of Inchdualy, Dominick Benfield of Iniscathy, Henry Blackwell of Killard, and John Morrissy. Francis Moseley of Cahernaholey Kilrush, lost £305 worth of his substance, including debts due by James Stacpoole, Richard O’Connell of Kildima, by the O’Heas of Iniscathy, by the O’Heas of Ballymacrinan, and by the O’Nolans of the county of Kerry, by Edmund Blake of Termon, Owen Oge O’Molony of Knocknahooan, Richard Miller, and by Teige M’Keogh of Kilclogher, Kerry. One of the Depositions sets forth that Wm. Moore of Kilcarroll, was murdered by Dermot O’Neill, and that Murtagh Considine, clerk, Donogh O’Daly, and Chas. Foord, all of Lisdeen, had turned papists.

The names of their despoilers are set down by the various witnesses, and we give them here:—Sir Daniel O’Brien of Carrigaholt and Ballykett, and his sons Teige and Conor; Charles and Teige Cahane of Termon; Owen and Henry Mac Sweeney of Kilballyowen; John Oge Mac Gilsinane of Clooncullin; Murtagh Reagh MacMahon of Kilmurry; Thomas MacGorman of Drumdigus; Donogh O’Culligan of Burrane, carpenter; Cahill O’Madigan; Thomas MacGorman of Rine; Brian MacMahon of Lack; Dermot O’Carmody; Patrick Comyn of Ballyvorda; Teige Kelly; Daniel M‘Mahon of Kilcarroll; Daniel O’Neill; Conor M‘Mahon of Knockine; Gilla O’Beolane of Creegh; James Creagh of Mailla; Murrogh Quin of Kilrush; Murrogh MacMahon; John Blackwell of Querin; John Arthur of Inishcathy; Caher O’Flanagan of Garraun; Murtagh O’Scanlan of Kilfearagh; and Brian O’Kerin of Moyarta. [4]