County of Wicklow –to wit
The statements of
James Chaney, late servant man to
Dr. Edw. Heath of Rathvilly~~~
The said James Chaney having been fully and duly
living in Rathvilly about six months ago. I went to the
house of Patt Ward in Rathvilly. I cannot tell the day, but
Bridget Dempsey asked me to go with her one night to Mr.
Morten/Martin of Mt. Lucas. She said she was going to her
sister, who lives at Mr. Martins, for some milk – I went
with her and when I went near the house I said I would stop
there until she came out. She pressed me to go forward. I
did and I saw her go into the cow house and heard her
milking the cows into the tin cans. When she came out she
had about half the can full of milk.
returned with her to Rathvilly. She wanted me to go in and
drink some of the milk. I refused and went home. Not long
after that I was in Lowry Fowley’s house in Rathvilly when I
heard him and Bridget and Ellen Dempsey plotting to go to
Mr. Martin Morten’s and steal a lamb. I cannot tell if they
went for the lamb or not after the milking of the cow. I was
returning to Baltinglass for my xxx of a Saturday night when
I overtook, at a late hour of the night, Bridget and Ellen
Dempsey and Lowrey Foley towards the mote of Rathvilly.
Bridget Dempsey told me she was going to her sisters at Mr.
Martins who sent for her. She did not tell me for what. I
accompanied them to a lane turning down to Mr. Martins. They
desired me wait there until they came back. I remained there
and when they came back, which they did in about half an
hour, I saw with them a large silver spoon
and a quantity of meal, either Barley or Bere meal,
cannot tell which. There appeared to be about one cup…