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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 21. Catholic Confederation

Merciless rigour of Cromwell’s lieutenants, and wholesale murders committed by them;
Irish inhabitants transported to Barbadoes

Cromwell’s generals were not content with slaughtering the people. They seized upon hundreds, and putting them on board ships waiting at Cork to receive them, transported them to Barbadoes. In an account of Clare, written by Hugh Bridgall in 1680, he says “that the county being populous enough before the rebellion, in 1651, 52, and 53, it was so afflicted with sword, famine, pestilence, and banishment of the natives as scarce left any inhabitants therein, but now it beginneth again to be stored with people, and containeth 30,000 souls, whereof near 2,000 may be Protestants and English by birth and descent.” We here give instances of the merciless harshness of Ingoldsby and other officers of Cromwell’s army in their treatment of the unfortunate natives of this county. His soldiers are stated to have murdered one hundred of the Irish in the baronies of Tulla and Bunratty, although they were under protection; and two of his officers namely, Captains Stace and Apers put to death five hundred families in the baronies of Islands, Ibrickan, Clonderalaw and Moyarta, notwithstanding that they also had received protection. [13] Another instance of Colonel Henry Ingoldsby’s savagery is given. Daniel Connery, a gentleman of Clare, was sentenced in Morrison’s presence, in 1657, by Ingoldsby, to banishment for harbouring a priest. He had a wife and twelve children. His wife fell sick and died in poverty. Three of his daughters, beautiful girls, were transported to Barbadoes “and there, if still alive, they are miserable slaves.” [14]

 

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