20th December, 1839.
An Inquisition, Indented.
for our Sovereign Lady the Queen, at Leighlinbridge in the
Parish of Augha and Barony of Idrone East in the Second year of
the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria the First, by the
Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Ireland, Defender of the Faith, before EDWARD GORMAN, Esq. the
Coroner of our said Lady the Queen, for the said County, on view
of the body of Thomas Farrell then and there lying Dead, upon
the Oath of ~
Kehoe, Caleb Tyndall, Edward Haydon, William Tyndall, Thomas
Brew, John Neill, Maurice Washington, Thomas Delaney, Jeramiah
Kavanagh, Philip Graves, Timothy Hennessy, Richard Woodhouse.
and lawful men of the said County, duly chosen, and who , being
then and there duly sworn, and charged to enquire, for our said
Lady the Queen, when, where, how and after what manner the said
Thomas Farrell came to his death, do, upon their Oath say that
the said Thomas Farrell came by his death in consequence of a
wound received from a red hot iron nail rod which was held at
the time by Percy Farrell - There are strong doubts that this
could have occurred by accident, but there is evidence to attach
a Criminal intention to Percy Farrell.
(signed) Edward Gorman, Coroner. (and signed by all of the above
jurors with black wax-seal stamp adjoining).
Statement from James Porter M.D. in relation to above:
not a Surgeon but a Licensed Apothecary, I was called upon
yesterday evening by the mother of the Deceased dying, he was in
his brother's arms - there was a small punctured wound on the
chest - which had a burned appearance as if seared by a hot iron
external appearance of the wound was not larger than a sixpence
- I do not recollect being asked any question by Andrew Farrell,
he might have done so, but I do not recollect having any
conversation at all with Andrew Farrell.
(signed) James Porter, Esquire, M.D Surgeon.
added by Michael Purcell 2011. Percy Farrell was from Augha,
Leighlinbridge, he was later tried and convicted for the murder
of his brother Thomas Farrell, (although Percy, his mother Anne
and sister Bridget, claimed Thomas's death was an accident)
according to a file in the PPP. I believe he was transported to
Australia in lieu of hanging.]