1641 Depositions

The 1641 Depositions (Trinity College Dublin, MSS 809-841) are witness testimonies mainly by protestants, but also by some catholics, from all social backgrounds, concerning their experiences of the 1641 Irish rebellion. The testimonies document the loss of goods, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents, including assault, stripping, imprisonment, and murder. This body of material provides a unique source of information for the causes and events surrounding the 1641 rebellion and for the history of 17th-century Ireland, England, and Scotland. This website provides access to the depositions, as well as to a large amount of information on the 1641 rebellion and the depositions.

In order to view the depositions it is necessary to register (for free). The documents can be browsed by manuscript number, and within each manuscript by reference. The depositions are shown in diplomatic transcription. They can be downloaded in PDF format.

The project began in 2007 and was finished in 2010. It is a collaborative project between Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Cambridge, working in partnership with IBM LanguageWare. It was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Arts & Humanities Research Council in the UK, and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.

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