Tuesday 14 April 2015, 8 pm

This lecture is about the Irish Rebellion of 1641 and the resultant confederate wars that plunged Ireland into a decade of war and destruction. It was widely believed that the outbreak of rebellion sparked a widespread, premeditated massacre of Irish Protestant settlers at the hands of their Catholic neighbours.

This myth emerged as a result of the publication of witness testimonies, known as the 1641 depositions, taken in London after the outbreak of rebellion. These testimonies were frequently republished in Ireland throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly at moments of heightened sectarian tensions. Most importantly, the massacres of 1641 justified the appropriation of Irish Catholic lands in order to reward loyal parliamentarians and Cromwellian soldiers in the 1650s. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to look at the rebellion in Meath, the resultant Cromwellian land confiscations, and change in landownership within a wider Irish and British context.

Dr Eamon Darcy
Dr Darcy is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Maynooth University. He is author of numerous articles on early modern Ireland, and Boydell & Brewer recently published his monograph The Irish Rebellion of 1641 and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. His current project revolves around an investigation of the spoken word, as well as oral and literate culture in early modern Ireland.