1783 Abduction in Leighlinbridge
Lalor, Motley, Motly, Bunbury & Bishop
'On the night of the 14th instant a number of armed men,
headed by Michael Motly of Leighlinbridge, attacked the
house of Robert Lalor, near the said town, when having
broken the windows and fired several shots through them at
Lalor and his family, they broke open the door, which was
defended by Lalor and his brother with great resolution,
till at lengih the former was obliged to retire to an inner
room where he defended himself with a pitchfork, and wounded
several which obliged them to retreat for upwards of half an
hour, as is presumed to remove the wounded.
returned, and having broken and destroyed many articles of
Lalor's furniture, they forcibly touk his daughter to
Castlecomer in the county of Kilkenny. The next morning,
eight of the light horse commanded by Capt Bishop and Lieut
Bunbury pursued them and took Motley and the girl in the
mill of Castlecomer from whence, after returning the girl to
her parents, they escorted Motley [sic] to the gaol of
Carlow. This is the fourth girl carried away within a short
space of time in the same manner'.
The London magazine and monthly chronologer, April 1783.
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