[Note added 2011. Extract from the Benjamin D' Israeli Inquest
of 8 pages relating to an Inquisition on the death of Henry
Lawler held at the house of Michael Cashin at Rathmore, Carlow.
Henry Lawler died on Friday the 31st March 1786 after
"Languishing with great pain in the back of his head for six
days" at the home of John Lawler of Ratmore.
Other names mentioned are Gregory Lisk of Rathvilly, Laurence
Byrne of Rathvilly, Francis Lucas, Thomas Hingston, Mathew
Lucas, John Lucas, Beaumont Ryan, Thomas Deerin, John Sewill,
John Shaw, William Davis, Darby Neil, Daniel Neale, James O'
Toole, William Stephens.]
William Nowlan of Bough, Carlow, Blacksmith, Sayth that on the
night of the 25th March 1786 he had some altercation with Fergus
Cummins in the Street of Rathvilly and shortly after Henry
Lawler, since deceased, came up and struck the said Fergus
Cummins whereon William Nowlan brought Henry Lawlerinto the
house of James Doyle where informant saw James Dempsey of
Patrickswell, Miles Dempsey and Elizabeth Doyle wife of the said
James Doyle of Rathvilly sitting at the Fire and as soon as
Henry Lawler came into the house James Dempsey asked him was he
one of the Cushes who answered he was on which reply James
Dempsey said he would strike him which he did with a Stick on
the head and then James Dempsey and Henry Lawler were pushed
into the Forge that adjoins the Room where William Nowlan heard
many strokes given and says it was the said James Dempsey who
struck Henry Lawler in the Forge where he was severely beat.
Sworn before me this 2nd Day of April 1786. (signed) James
- William - his X mark - Nowlan.
Extract from Carlow Inquest in the Benjamin D'Israeli papers
James Kinshilagh of Ardiston in Carlow Saith that on Saturday
night last between nine and ten o'clock he was called upon by
Loughlin Doyle who told him that a man was lying under a car on
its side up the road and desired him to get up and assist him in
Extricating the man.
went with two other men and saw the man was under the car and
the horse lying under the shaft whereof was the neck of the man
under the weight of some sacks that were in the car were then
dismantled and prevented the horse from getting up and the feet
of the horse was very much mangled.
flesh of the one of mans legs was tore and from which issued a
great deal of blood.
Assisted by Patrick Cummins of Tortane and also his servant boy
succeeded in getting the man and boy out of the Ditch and put
the car on the road and yoked the horse under it and the injured
man said he would go to some house where he would get some
James Kinshelagh believes the man was Henry Griffin and that he
was found dead sitting in the Car on the next day.
- (signed) James - his X mark - Kinshelagh. Truly read out to
- Kinshelagh by -? - Byrne before signing.
- Sworn before me this 3rd day of March 1823. (signed) - ? -
Surnames: Goss, Morton, Byrne & Butler 1785.
From Pat Purcell Papers.
The Examination of Thomas Goss of Hacketstown, Carlow
taken before me One of His Majesties Justices of the Peace.
Who being duly sworn on the Holy Evanglist Deposeth and Saith
that on the 5th December 1785 this Deponet [Thomas Goss] went
with his master Joseph Morton of Hacketstown to D..? for Rent
Due to his master Joseph Morton by Dennis Byrne on the Lands of
Killconock, Carlow, that his master sent Him for a horse and
mare that was on the Lower part of the Lands the property of the
said Denis Byrne.
As Thomas Goss was Driving the said Horse and Mare he was met by
Anthony Byrne and Thomas Byrne
both sons to the said Dennis Byrne and then and there
Cursed and Swore he should Not Drive the Horse or Mare and
Forceably Rescued them from him and this Examinant further Saith
- (signed) Thomas, his X mark, Goss.
- Sworn before me this 14th day of March 1786. being first truely
read to Thomas Goss.
- (signed) Paul Butler.