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rebel guards at Scullabogue, thinking that they might extract from her some important information relative to the plans of the loyalists, as her paramour was of that description, and dreading that she, and her friends, who were Roman Catholics, might betray some of the rebel secrets to her keeper, sent a body of pikemen in quest of her ; but not being able to find her, they were of opinion that her sister Eleanor, who lived at Mr. Rossiter's, would answer equally well. They therefore led ber to the barn, and her father having shortly after gone there to solicit her liberation, they committed him and his poor old wife, who went there also in hopes of being able to move their compassion; but sbe shared their fate, having been thrust into the barn, where they were all burnt.
“ No less than twenty-four Protestants were taken from the village of Tintern, about eight miles distant, many of them old and feeble, and were led in one drove to the barn, where they perished. Thomas Shee and Patrick Prendergast were burnt in the barn, both Romanists, because they would not consent to the massacre of their Protestant masters.William Johnson, a very old man, though of the same persuasion, shared a similar fate. He gained a livelihood by playing on the bagpipes, and was so unfortunate as to incur the vengeance of the rebels, by playing the tune " Croppies lie down.”
“ William Neil, another Romanist, who suffered there, was by trade a tailor, and had worked for some time in the garrison of Duncannon. Having occasion to return to Camolin, of which he was a nalive, be procured the pass of General Fawcett for his protection, but it turned out to be the means of his destruction, for having been intercepted by the rebels, who considered the pass as an emblem of loyalty, they com. mitted him to the barn, with his son Daniel, who happened to accompany bim, and they both perished in the flames.* . : “ Some persons have contended, that the persecutions in the county of Wexford, were not exclusively levelled against Protestants, because a few Romanists were put to death in the barn, and at Wexford ; but the sanguinary spirit against them was so uniform at Vinegar bill, on the bridge at Wexford, and Scullabogue, and indeed in every part of the county, as to remove any doubt on that head. : “ The witness, during this dreadful scene, saw a child who got onder the door, and was likely to escape, but much hurt and bruised, wben a rebel, perceiving it, darted his pike through it, and threw it into the flames. While the rebels were shooting the prisoners in front of the dwelling-house, a party of men and women were engaged in stripping and rifling the dead bodies ; and the prisoner, Phelim Fardy, called out to them to avoid the line of the fire, (as he was busily employed in shooting the prisoners,) and, in saying so, he fired at a man who was on his knees, and who instantly fell and expired.
* They burned the wives and some of the children of the North Cork Militia in the barn, who were Roman Catholics ; but it was suficient to provoke their vengeance, that they were connected with the soldiers of an heretical King.
6 The barn was thirty-four feet long, and fifteen wide, and the walls were but twelve feet high. Suffocation then must have soon taken place, as so great a number of people were compelled in so small a space; and besides the burning of the thatched roof of the barn, the rebels threw into it, on their pikes, a great number of faggots on fire.
“ Richard Grandy, who was present, swears, that the prisoners in front of the house were led out by fours to be shot, and that the rebels who pierced them, when they fell, took pleasure in licking their spears.
.“ A gentleman present, who had a parrow escape, assured me that a rebel said, he would try the taste of Orange blood, and that he dipped a tooth-piek in a wound of one of the Protestants who was shot, and then put it into his mouth. Whenever a body fell, on being shot, the rebel guards shouted, and pierced it with their pikes.
Thus, one hundred and eighty-four victims were burnt in the barn at Scullabogue, and thirty-seven immolated in the front of it, with every circumstance of savage cruelty that hatred and fanaticism could devise merely because they were PROTESTANTS."
“ Massacre on Wexford Bridge. “ I shall now relate the dreadful 'massacre of Protestants, which took place at Wexford, and which has cast such an indelible stain on that county, that every Irishman, who feels for the honour of his native country, should wish that its very name was expunged from the map of Ireland. From the sanguinary spirit which the rebels manifested on all occasions during the rebellion towards that sect of Christians, there is not a doubt but that they meant to extirpate them, as soon as they had obtained a decided superiority over the government; and their leaders never failed to practice every artifice they could devise to make them believe they were in a fair way of attaining it. But wben their delusions were removed, and they saw a very numerous and well-appointed army march into the county of Wexford, they were stung with despair, and resolved to indulge their fanatical hatred against Protestants, by murdering such of them as were their prisoners.
“ Joseph Gladwin, the gaoler, declares, that Thomas Dixon, mariner, went down to the gaol about the hour of two o'clock, mounted on a large white borse, and that a man walked by his side, bearing a black flag; that when he came to the Bridewell door, he said, bring out the prisoners; and as they are shot we will pile them against the dead wall of the gaol."-I shall give the reader an account of this tragical affair, as related to me by some respectable persons, who resided in Mr. Hatchel's house, very near the bridge, where it was perpetrated, and were eye witnesses to it.
“Between the hours of ten and eleven o'clock, on the morning of the twentieth of June, we saw a body of rebels coming over the bridge, bearing a black flag, with a cross, and the letters M. W. S. inscribed on it in white, which were supposed to mean--" murder without sid ; " and on the other side a red cross. After having made a procession through part of the town, they fixed that woeful harbinger of death on ibe Custom-house quay, near the fatal spot where so much blood was soon after shed, and where it remained flying for about two hours before the butchery began.
“Soon after they arrived on the quay, they seemed to disperse; however, many of them remained there, and repaired to one particular place, where drink was given to them, and where a Priest was very busy in distributing it, and who, they believed, remained there till they left the quay, shouting—" to the gaol, to the gaol!" when they all disappeared, but returned, about four o'clock, to the bridge, with a number of prisoners, whom they massacred. They thus continued, till about seven o'clock, to convey parties of prisoners, from ten to twenty, from the gaol, and the market house, where many of them were confined, to the bridge, where they butchered them. Every procession was preceded by the black flag, and the prisoners were surrounded by ruthless pikemen, as guards, who often insultingly desired them to bless themselves.
“The mob, consisting of more women than men, expressed their savage joy on the immolation of each of the victims by loud huzzas.
" The manner, in general, of putting them to death, was thus: two rebels pusbed their pikes into the breast of the victim, and two into bis back, and in that state (writhing with torture) they held him suspended, till dead, and then ibrew him over the bridge into the water.
“ After they had massacred ninety-seven prisoners in that manner, and before they could proceed further in the business, an express rode up in great haste, and bid them beat to arms, as Vinegar-hill was beset, and reinforcements were wanting. There was immediately a cry, " To camp! to camp!" The rebels seemed in such confusion, that the massacre was discontinued.
" In the moment of confusion, the Rev. Mr. Corrin, parish priest of Wexford, arrived on the bridge, to divert them from their sapguinary de
signs, and which is said he did to the utmost of his power; soon after his arrival, he knelt down on the very spot where the blood had been spilled, and said some prayers ; after which the rebels rose from their knees, and exclaimed "Come on, boys, in the name of God, to the camp! Thank God, we have sent these souls to hell." They then accordingly set out
for the camp.
“ It is remarkable that the savage pikemen knelt down, lifted up their hands, and prayed apparently with devotion, before they proceeded to do any of the murders.
“ A lady who was in Mr. Hatchel's house, near the bridge, where this sanguinary scene took place, describes it thus, in her diary (which I quoted before).--"About three o'clock, Captain Dixon came to the quay, call, ing out, "To the gaol !" He was followed up the Custom-house lane by numbers. They returned some time after to the bridge. I thought some alarm induced them to leave the town, and sat eagerly watching, till I beheld, yes, I saw, absolutely saw, a poor fellow cry for life, and was then most barbarously murdered. To give an account of this hellish scene is beyond my strength, nor could any person desire to hear it. No savages ever put their prisoners to more deliberate tortures. I saw a boat go to the prison-ship, and bring my friends and acquaintances, who, on landing, passed by our door to torture and death. I saw the borrid wretches kneel on the quay, lift up their bands, seeming to pray with the greatest devotion, then rise and join, or take place of other murderers. Their yells of delight at the sufferings of their victims will ever, I believe, sound in my ears.
" To describe what we all suffered would be impossible. I never shed shed a tear, but felt all over in the utmost bodily pain, , We expected life only till the prisons and the ships were emptied; when an express came to say the army were marching against Vinegar-hill camp, and that if they did not reinforce it immediately, all was lost. The town priests then,* AND NOT TILL THEN, made their appearance. The leader of the murderers called to his men, in these words, which I distinctly heard :“ Come, my lads! we will now go ; blessed be God, we have sent some of their souls to hell !” They went off really as if they had been performing a praiseworthy and religious action.
" Mr. James Goodhall, who had been taken out of the prison-ship, and conveyed to the bridge to be murdered, but was saved by the interfe
During these horrid scenes, there were fifteen or sixteen priests in Wexford, and none of them, except Father Corrin, ever interfered to prevent them, Even Dr. Caul. field, the Roman Catholic bishop, was applied to, to interfere, but he refused, saying “ That thc people must be gratified.".
rence of Roche, the lay General, declared upon oath, on bis trial, “that the assassins on the bridge were like a pack of starving hounds rushing on their game."
“ There were two hundred and sixty prisoners confined in different parts of the town of Wexford; ninety-seven were piked upon the bridge, on the 20th of June; the rest fortunately escaped by the providential appearance of the King's troops, and the consequent evacuation of Wexford by the rebels.
« Further instances of horrid cruelty and savage barbarity would only shock and disgust the reader. Sufficient have been adduced to confidce him that the Irish Papists consider the blackest and the foulest crimes as venial, in the prosecution of their favourite design,-the extirpation of heretics ; and that the idea off the exclusive occupation of Ireland for themselves, and the establishment of their own, as the sole religion, will urge them on to the violation of all laws, both human and divine.
- I shall now conclude these " Extracts," with the memorable words of Sir Hercules Langrish, the warm advocate of the Papists in 1792, and which I think peculiarly applicable to the conduct of the Papists of the present day.-" Notwithstanding my prepossessions in favour of the Roman Catholics, I was checked for some time in my ardour to serve them, by reading of late a multitude of publications and paragraphs in the newspapers and other public prints, circulated with the utmost industry, purporting to convey the sentiments of the Catholics. What was their import? They were oxhortations to the people, never to be satisfied at any concession till the state itself was conceded; they were precautions against public tranquillity; they were invitations to disorder, and covenants of discontent; they were ostentations of strength, rather than solicitations for favours ; rather appeals to the powers of the people, than applications to the authority of the State ; they involved the relief of the Catholic, with the revolution of the Government; and were dissertations for democracy, rather than arguments for toleration."
There can be but little doubt but that this idea is still fondly cherished.