The Irish Rebellion of 1641

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In the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Catholic gentry and the Gaelic Irish rose up against Protestant landowners all over Ireland. The English Crown took statements known as depositions from the Protestant landowners, which detailed all of the property and wealth they had lost in the violence. One of the ousted Protestants was James Wallis, who had been renting Woodhouse for a considerable period, and still had the lease for another sixty years. He had clearly invested a lot in Woodhouse, for his deposition reveals that he had built a great stone house with barns, stables, kitchens, outhouses, salmon weirs and ditches, and planted gardens and orchards. In addition to the loss of Woodhouse, he had lost household items, cows, pigs, sheep and horses, corn (both in the haggard and in the field), hay and fuel. He also lost the rents from the towns and lands of Tockera [sic] and from Clonea, where he repaired the castle and built a slate-roofed house and some outhouses. He also claimed he was owed money from some local men, but had no hope of being paid since they were rebelling.

 

Wall made his statement from the safety of Dungarvan castle, where he had fled after the upheaval. His list of losses was recorded by the commissioners sent out by Archdeacon Philip Bisse, who went across Munster taking depositions from mid-March 1642 to mid-July 1643.