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1644. Mr. Morris Mac Daniel, natural son of the late Earl of Antrim, was hanged at Coleraine, by the governour's orders, notwithstanding he had Colonel Michael Jones's pass.

County of Down. 1641. The burgesses and inhabitants of the town of Newry, meeting the English army on their march to besiege the castle of the said town, were received into protection; and, after quarter given to the garrison of the said castle, the faid inhabitants, and the soldiers of the said garrison, to the number of soo and upwards, men, women, and children, were brought on the bridge of Newry, and thrown into the river, and such of them as endeavoured to escape by fwimming, were murdered.

County of DONEGAL!. 1641. About the 20th of November, Sir William Steward commanded the gentry and inhabitants of that county to join with his forces in opposition to the rebels, and accordingly they came to the place appointed, where Captain Cunningham, with a party of the said Sir William's regiment, under pretence of incorporating with them, fell upon the inhabitants with his armed soldiers, and killed very many of them;

among whom were Owen Maç Sweeny, Morris O'Farey, and Donagh O’Callan, gentlemen of quality and estates.

About the same time, Captain Fleming, and other officers of the said regiment, commanding a party, smothered to death 220 women and children, in two caves. And about the same time also the said Captain Cunningham murdered about 63 women and children, in the isles of Rofs.

1641. The governour of Letterkenny gathered together on a Sunday morning 53 poor people, most of them women and children, and caused them to be thrown off the bridge into the river, and drowned them all.

1641. In November, one Reading murdered the wife and three children of Shane O'Morghy in a place called Ballykenny of Ramaltan, and after her death cut off her breasts with sword.

1641. 1642. The garrisons of Rapho, Drombo, Lifford, and Castle Raghaen, flaughtered no less than 1500 of the poor neighbouring inhabitants never in arms; and three persons were chiefly

noted among them for their barbarous cruelty, by name James Graham, Henry Dungan, and Robert Cunningham, commonly called the killer of old women.

1641. 1642. About 2000 poor labourers, women and children, of the barony of Tirbu, were mafsacred by the garrisons of Ballashany and Donegal; and Lieutenant Thomas Poe, an officer among them, coming under colour of friendship to visit

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a neighbour that lay sick in his bed, and to whom he owed móney, carried a dagger under his cloak, which, whilst he seemed to bow towards the fick man in a friendly manner, asking how he did, he thrust it into his body, and told his wife her husband fhould be no longer fick.

1650. In the month of June, about 3000 horse and foot of his majesty's army being defeated near Letterkenny by the English rebels, adhering to Cromwell, most of the principal officers of the said party taken prisoners in the battle, were killed in cold blood, by order of Sir Charles Coote, late Lord of Mountrath, notwithstanding they had quarter from the officers who took them prisoners.

County of MONAGHAN. 1641. Captain Townsley, governour of Magherneckle, kill. ed four labourers, and a woman, being under protection. Captain Bromwell, governour of Clunes, meeting upon the road with Marc Charles O'Conolly, a gentleman living under his protection, caused him to be shot to death. The foldiers of the garrisons of Dundalk and Trim, killed no less than 500 innocent persons, women and children, in that county.

1641. 1642. The armies of Monroe and the Lagan, in their several marches through that county, flaughtered about 2000 poor old men, women and children.

1652. Colonel Barrow of Cromwell's army, having taken an island defended by Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Mac Mahon for his majesty, after killing the said lieutenant colonel and his fol

all the women and children to the sword, to the number of 80, among whom a child of fix years old, being fpared by the foldiers, was killed by order of the said Colonel Bar

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County of Cavan. 1642. Marc de la Pool, an English gentleman, having taken lands in that county some years before the war, invited several of his friends to come out of England, and live with him, who were all murdered in their houses by the army, (only the faid de la Pool, who was brought into the town of Cavan) and there hanged for no other reason, but their being Roman catholics, and living among the Irish. Sir Alexander Godren, and his lady, both Scotch, but Roman catholics, each of them above 70 years old, were plundered of their goods, and stripped naked; and all their tenants, servants, and all their sons murdered. In the same year the English forces in this county drowned 600 men, women and children, in and about Butler'sbridge, no murders having been committed on any protestants



there, although in the pamphlet lately printed, several murders are said to have been committed in that place.

County of Mayo. In this county few murders were committed by either side, though the libel faith, that about 250 protestants were murdered, whereof at Bellicke 220; whereas not one person was murdered there, which the now Lady of Mountrath can witness; her ladyship, and Sir Robert Hannah, her father, with many others, having retreated thither for security, were all conveyed safe to Mannor-Hamilton ; and it is observable, that the said lady and the rest came to Mr. Owen O'Rorke's, who kept a garrison at Drumaheir for the Irish, before they came to Mannor-Hamilton, whose brother was prisoner with Sir Frederick Hamilton; and the said Mr. Rorke, having so many persons of quality in his hands, fent to Sir Frederick to enlarge his brother, and that he would convey them all safe to him: but Sir Frederick, instead of enlarging his brother, hanged him the next day, which might have well provoked the gentleman to revenge, if he had not more humanity than could be well expected upon such an occasion, and in times of fo great confusion ; yet he sent them all safe where they desired.

There was a murder committed near the Moyn on 27 protestants, which was all (and that too many) that was committed in that county. Buchannan, said to be buried alive, was killed in a private quarrel, and he cut off his adversary's hand before himself was killed.

County of GALWAY, and Province of CONNAUGHT. 1642. Serjeant Redmund Bourke, of the Lord of Clanmorris's foot-company, and two more, were hanged by the then governour of the fort of Galway, the said lord being then of his majesty's army; for which action no reparation being given to his lordship, he alleged it to be the occasion of his revolt from the Lord Marquis of Clanrickard. A party of the garrison of the said fort murdered fix people in Rinveel, among whom one Geffery Fiz-Thibot, aged about 70 years, and in a burning fever, with his wife, who was old, were murdered in their beds ; which action provoked many of the neighbours to stand on their guard against the said fort.

1652. Richard Bourke, a colonel in his majesty's army, had quarter given him by some of Colonel's Coote's men, he being taken in a skirmish between Colonel Grace, and some of Cromwell's party, and being prisoner for some time, Colonel Henry Ingoldsby caused his head to be cut off.

1652. 1653. It was a usual practice with Colonel Stubbers, then governor of Galway, and others commanding in


said county, to take the people out of their beds at night, and sell them for slaves to the Indies; and by computation he sold out of said county above 1000 fouls.

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Murders committed in the said county of GALWAY on

protestants. 1642. It is confessed, that two protestants were murdered in that county, whereof one was a minister, as the libel says; but it is most certain the Lord Marquis of Clanrickard caused the three men, who murdered one of them, to be hanged in gibbets in three several places; and by his lordship's orders, . Sir Roger O'Shaghnesy hanged the two cow-herds who murdered the other. Lord Članmorris having declared against the said fort for hanging his serjeant, as above expressed, took serjeant Rowlright, and two or three more of the foldiers of faid fort, pillaging a village near Galway, and hanged Rowlright, and the other three.

A barbarous murder was committed by one Edward Alta, an irreligious prophane fellow of the county of Mayo, and his accomplices, on some protestants at Shruel, a place meeting Galway, on about 30 persons; and the pamphleteer might well remember, that the neighbouring gentry came with all expedition to rescue the said protestants; and that they did rescue the bishop of Killala (who by the pamphlet seems to have been murdered) and his wife and children, with most part of the said protestants, and Bryan Kilkenny, a fryar, then guardian of the abby of Ross, near Shruel, was of the first that made hafte to that rescue, and brought the said bishop's wife and children, with several others of the said distrefled proteftants, to his monastery, where they found as much civility as was in the said fryar's power to give them for several nights; until Mr. Burke of CastleHacket brought the faid bishop, his wife and family, to his own house, where they wanted nothing he could afford them for some weeks: the like being done by several other neighbouring gentlemen to the rest of the said protestants, until they were sent to places of security by the Lord Marquis of Clanrickard's order ; yet the said fryar hath been these eight years past kept a prisoner for his function or calling, without any other crime laid to his charge, now being above 80 years old. And it is observable, that in this county of Galway all the war time, several protestant ministers, viz. Dean York, Mr. Corroyn, Mr. Kelly, and other ministers, had their protestant flocks and meetings without interruption, living among the Irish.

County of RoscoMMON. No murders were committed by any party in this county, only five persons at Balanafada by one Roger O'Connor; and no


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murders were committed at Ballaleague during the war, although in the pamphlet the contrary is expreffed ; nor was any fuch man as William Stewart known in that county, nor to have been murdered there, though the abstract sets forth his being murdered in a' molt barbarous manner as is prètended.

County of LEITRIM. 1641. It was commonly known to all sides how cruel the

governour of Mannor-Hamilton (Sir" Fred. Hamilton) was in that county, how he usually invited gentlemen to dine with him, and hanged them after dinner, and caufed their thighs to be broke with hatchets before execution. Also the said governour, being in Ulster when the rebellion broke forth, desired one Mr. Iraght (a gentleman who professed much friendship to him) to do him the favour to guide him in safety to Mannor-Hamilton aforesaid, which the gentleman did, and came near one hundred miles with him ; but after being friendly treated for some days by the said governour, he was hanged without the least occasion, neither was the gentleman in the rebellion, but was hanged left he should. The libel says three protestants were murdered in this county ; but on due examination it will be found, there was


County of Sligo. Here is none at this time who can give any exact account of the murders committed in this county, but one remarkable murder in Creane’s-castle in the town of Sligo. The Irish had a party commanded by major Richard Burke, (who after obtaining quarter to march away) to the number of about 200 were murdered, rendering the castle. This Sir Audley Mervynė knoweth to be true.

County of DUBLIN. 1641. About the beginning of November* 5 poor men (whereof two were protestants) coming from the market of Dublin, and lying that night at Santry, three miles from thence, were murdered in their beds by one Captain Smith, and a party of the garrison of Dublin, and their heads brought next day in triumph into the city, which occasioned Luke Netterville and George King, and others of the neighbours, to write to the lords justices to know the cause of the said murder; whereupon their lordships ifsued forth a proclamation, that within five days the gentry should come to Dublin to receive fatisfaction, and in the mean while (before the five days were expired) old Sir


* See Sir John Temple's Apology for this maflacre in his hiftory of the Irish Rebellion.

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