An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 eBook

Mary Frances Cusack
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[495] Hiberniae.—­The Wail of the Irish Catholics; or, Groans of the Whole Clergy and People, &c. By Father Maurice Morison, of the Minors of Strict Observance, an eyewitness of these cruelties.  Insbruck, A.D. 1659.  This religious had remained in Ireland, like many of his brethren, in such complete disguise, that their existence was not even suspected.  In order to minister the more safely to their afflicted people, they often hired as menials in Protestant families and thus, in a double sense, became the servants of all men.  Father Maurice was in the household of Colonel Ingolsby, the Parliamentary Governor of Limerick.

[496] Prendergast.—­Cromwellian Settlement, p. 34.  We can only recommend this volume to the consideration of our readers.  It would be impossible, in anything less than a volume, to give the different details which Mr. Prendergast has brought together with so much judgment, and at the expense of years of research.  We might have selected some cases from his work, but, on the whole, we think it will be more satisfactory to the reader to peruse it in its entirety.  It may be obtained from our publishers, Messrs. Longmans and Co., Paternoster-row, London.

[497] Rebellious.—­If the subject were not so serious, the way in which the officials wrote about the feelings of the Irish would almost provoke a smile.  They say:  “It is the nature of this people to be rebellious; and they have been so much the more disposed to it, having been highly exasperated by the transplanting work.”  Surely they could not be expected to be anything else but rebellious and exasperated!


The Irish transported as Slaves to Barbadoes—­The Three Beasts who were to be hunted:  the Wolf, the Priest, and the Tory—­Origin and Causes of Agrarian Outrages—­Cases of Individual Wrongs—­Lord Roche—­Mr. Luttrel Accession of Charles II.—­His Base Conduct towards the Irish Loyalists—­Gross Injustice towards the Irish Catholic Landowners—­The Remonstrance opposed by the Clergy—­A Quarrel in the House of Lords The Popish Plot—­Ormonde’s Difficulties—­Seizure and Imprisonment of the Archbishop of Dublin—­Imprisonment and Execution of the Most Rev. Dr. Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh.


Many of the Irish soldiers who had entered into the service of foreign princes, were obliged to leave their wives and families behind.  When we recall the number of those who were thus expatriated, it will not seem surprising that thousands of young children were left utterly destitute.  These boys and girls, however, were easily disposed of by the Government; and Sir William Petty states, that 6,000 were sent out as slaves to the West Indies.  The Bristol sugar merchants traded in these human lives, as if they had been so much merchandize; and merchandize, in truth, they were, for they could be had for a trifle, and they fetched a high price in the slave-market.  Even girls of noble birth were subjected to this cruel fate.  Morison mentions an instance of this kind which came to his own knowledge.  He was present when Daniel Connery, a gentleman of Clare, was sentenced to banishment, by Colonel Ingoldsby, for harbouring a priest.  Mrs. Connery died of destitution, and three of his daughters, young and beautiful girls, were transported as slaves to Barbadoes.[498]

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