Famine Times in Ireland 1845
From PPP. 1845.
The Jurors for our most Sovereign Lady Victoria the Queen,
upon their Oath, do say and present, that Ellen McEnery
alias Julia Keyford, alias Conors, alias Thompkins, a
vagabond woman of rustic hair, narrow face, pinity long
nose, light body of 5 foot 3 inches in measure, bad mouth
with no abode but late of the countryside on the Queen's
Highway near Ballon Hill in the County of Carlow and now in
the Jail of Carlow a prisoner.
Did on the 8th day of January in the eight year of the
Reign of our most Sovereign Lady Victoria the Queen, with
force and arms, at Ballon had in her care , custody and
control, a certain female infant child, of tender age, and
by reason of such tender age then and there utterly
incapable of making known the natural wants , and of
providing and procuring for the necessary attention, support
and maintenance of the infant child, and that the said Ellen
McEnery, alias Julia Keyford, alias Conors, alias Thompkins
being of a most wicked, inhuman and cruel disposition.
Did secretly, wilfully, maliciously and unlawfully did
leave, desert and abandon the said infant child on the
Queen's Highway at Ballon and by such abandonment, did
wickedly, knowingly and unlawfully expose the said infant to
great and imminent danger of perishing for want of needful
food and sustenance, and of due and proper care and
attention, and through the inclemency of the weather, the
infant is now in the God fearing and loving care, custody
and house of Thomas Nowlan and his wife Mary of Ballon.
Ellen McEnry, alias Julia Keyford, alias Conors, alias
Thompkins is judged in contempt of our said most Sovereign
Lady Victoria the Queen and her Laws, and against the Peace
of our said most Sovereign Lady Victoria the Queen, her
Crown and her Dignity. (for Transportation as soon as it may
be arranged so).
(signed) … ? Browne-Clayton-Browne, Brownes Hill, Carlow,
Members of the Jury: James Eustice, Philip Nowlan, Thomas
Bennet, Walter Bagnell, John Brooke, James Warren, James
Galbraith, Henry Henders, Thomas Jacob, William Keir,
Richard Kepple, Claude Whitehead.
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