Nature of Deposition

There are 16 main categories

Main Categories

Category Action
Apostasy Abandonment or renunciation of one's religious faith, phrases commonly used ‘turned to mass’; turned Papist’; people are referred to as apostates Deposition of John Hibbetts, MS 833, 8v
Arson Deliberate burning of property or goods
Deposition of Edward Cooper, MS 833, fol. 123r
Assault Physical assault on a person, not resulting in death.
Deposition of Nehemiah Richardson, MS 836, fol. 67r
Captivity Any form of imprisonment and also forced labour for captors
Deposition of Edward Sanders, MS 837, fol. 173r
Death Death by privation. Death due to the rebellion but not directly caused by the rebels for example refugees who flee to Dublin and died of starvation on the way
Deposition of Philip Ward, MS 833, fol. 82r for death by starvation
Desecration Destruction or damage of religious property or symbols such as churches, bibles etc. Also the digging up of bodies in graveyards
For bible burning see Robert Browne, MS 834, fol 103r
For digging up graves see Ambrose Beddell, MS 833, fol. 105v
Killing Any form of killing
Deposition of Elizabeth Birtch, MS 832, fol. 188r
Military Action Battles, sieges, skirmishes, any form of military/army movement
Deposition of Anthonie Atkinson, MS 834, fol. 147r
Multiple Killing Massacres
Portadown: Deposition of Elizabeth Price, MS 836, fols 101r-105v
Island Magee: Deposition of Rich: Magee, MS 838, fols 156r-157v
Belturbett: Deposition of Ambrose Bedell, MS 833 fols 105r-106v
Rape The term rape is rarely used, search for other terms e.g. ravish.
Deposition of George Burns, MS 839, fol. 39v
Robbery All forms of robbery: plunder, spoil, despoil, stole
Deposition of George Shaw, MS 837, fol. 65r
Stripping Of Clothes
Signs and Wonders Apparitions, miracles and other wondrous events including ghosts and natural phenomena such as fish dying in rivers after a massacre.
Ghostly Apparitions: Deposition of Elizabeth Price, MS 836, fols 102v-103r
Fish in the river at Belturbett: Deposition of Thomas Smith and Joane Killin, MS 833, fol 266r
Words Anything reported as being said by the rebels. Common things include references to the king’s commission, that the rebels are the Queen’s soldiers, that they fight against the puritan parliament
Deposition of Thomas Crant, MS 832, fol 212r-v
Supporting Statement A deponent supports the deposition given by another deponent
Succour When someone assists Protestant refugees
Deposition of fferdoragh Magee, MS 838, fol. 35r
Image taken from Samuel Clarke, A generall martyrologie

Image taken from Samuel Clarke, A generall martyrologie: containing a collection of all the greatest persecutions which have befallen the church of Christ from the creation to our present times (London, 1660), produced by the courtesy of the Board of Trinity College, Dublin.

Other Common Categories

Category Action
Cannibalism Usually words like ‘eat’ and ‘flesh’ are used
Deposition of Peter Hill, MS 837, fol. 36v
Confederacy The person is involved in supporting the confederates through various means such as the payment of taxes. This category is common in Wexford
Lost in debt Debts owed to or by the deponent, usually includes a list of names
Deposition of Thomas Newman, MS 833, fol. 38r
Witchcraft Witchcraft
Deposition of Anne Dawson, MS 836, fol 228r
Logistic Support Providing logistical support
Enforced Labour Enforced Labour
Recognizance When a deponent gives a bond or surety to appear in court.
Recognizance of Robert Merryman, MS 837, fol. 79r
Index, Pass, Petition, Letter, List of depositions/names, Empty/Empty Pages, Cover page, Introduction, Title page, Prefatory statement, Points for examination, Supplement to original, Investigative, Memorandum Most of these only appear once or twice and are self explanatory
Image taken from Samuel Clarke, A generall martyrologie

Image taken from Samuel Clarke, A generall martyrologie: containing a collection of all the greatest persecutions which have befallen the church of Christ from the creation to our present times (London, 1660), produced by the courtesy of the Board of Trinity College, Dublin.