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County Carlow

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The following is a collection of various Lots with Carlow interest which were put up for auction in 2011 in Dublin


1800 (19 April) Lord Kilwarden and Robert Cornwall signed sworn declaration - 1798/1803 Rebellions interest 

A legal declaration relating to the robbery of Bank Post Bills from the mail in County Carlow. Signed by both Lord Chief Justice of Ireland Kilwarden, who was attacked and killed along with his nephew during Emmet's 1803 Rebellion and Major Robert Cornwall, justice of the peace, military officer and magistrate of Myshall, Carlow, who oversaw law and order in the area, which included the famous Croppy Road, during the 1798 Rebellion. His role in that Rebellion is recounted in the famous ballad 'The Croppy Boy'.


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1801-12: County Carlow Grand Jury signed orders of mercy for convict transportation.

Two applications of mercy, dated 1801 and 1812, signed by the Grand Jury of County Carlow. Relating to the cases of Morgan Butler, Matthew Jenkinson and James Jenkinson, all found guilty of stealing sheep and lambs. Recommending that they may be transported "pursuant to the Statute". (2 items)



1849: Famine period return of penalties issued by Fenagh Petty Sessions, Carlow 

Includes cases for drunkenness and "road nuisance". With details of the magistrate presiding, the person convicted, the nature of their offence, amount of fine etc. Signed by Benjamin Burr, ancestor of the famous actor Raymond Burr, known for his television roles as Perry Mason and Ironside.



1851. Census of Ireland. Return of Inquests 6 June 1841 to 31 March 1851,(during Famine Period). 

A fascinating document during the Famine Years, in County Carlow. Immediate Cause of Death includes "Visitation of God, Neglect, Fall from a cart, Fall from a horse, Neglect and Want of nourishment, Drinking boiling water, Drinking spirits to excess" etc. Very few deaths ”from want of nourishment” recorded indicating that the famine didn’t affect Carlow as badly as more westerly areas.


1810 list of "Petit Jury Summer Assizes", County Carlow, signed by Benjamin Disraeli, Sheriff. 

Benjamin Disraeli of Carlow was uncle to the British Prime Minister of the same name. He was born in England circa 1770, and operated a very successful Lottery office in Dublin. By 1800 he was a very wealthy man and owned a lot of property in Dublin. He lived at Bettyville House, Carlow, where he was appointed High Sheriff in 1810. His nephew Benjamin Disraeli (“Dizzy”) served twice as Conservative Prime Minister.







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