Dr Henry Jones’ Account of the 1641 Rising: plantation and war in County Cavan
Edited by Brendan Scott
In 1641, Dr Henry Jones was dean of the Church of Ireland diocese of Kilmore. His life, and those of many other British settlers in the Ulster Plantation, fell into disarray when the rising began in October of that year. Jones managed to escape Cavan and established and chaired he deposition commission, responsible for taking around 8000 depositions, or witness statements, from British settlers.
Jones also wrote a number of pamphlets about the rising, including this new edition of his description of the events which took place in Cavan between October 1641 and June 1642 entitled A relation of the beginnings and proceedings of the rebellion in the county of Cavan.
This fully annotated edition of the pamphlet comes with an extensive introduction which describes County Cavan in the seventeenth century, Jones’ background and his account of the rising there, while also rescuing from obscurity an important companion piece to the 1641 depositions which affords the reader a unique insight into this chaotic period of Irish history.
Published by the Ulster Historical Foundation, the book can be ordered online:
VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH, 19 OCTOBER 2021
To mark the publication of the book, there will be an online conversation between Brendan Scott and Dr William Roulston (Ulster Historical Foundation), discussing Henry Jones, his life and times. This will launch at 7.30 pm (Irish time) on Tuesday 19th October and can be accessed at www.facebook.com/cavanlibrary and www.cavanlibrary.ie/events
You can also order the book in e-book format: