Invite to Bunbury to fight a duel with Pistols at dawn!.
[Note from Michael Purcell 2012.
This is a complete transcription of a charge sheet on parchment,
detailing a challenge to Henry Bunbury to fight a duel with
"Pistolls" in 1787.
We have another sheet dealing with this case but it gets bogged
down with references to "our Serene and Illustrious Sovereign
Lord George the Third by the Grace of God etc etc etc etc " we
may publish it later.
There are other cases involving Henry Bunbury recorded in the
In November 1807 he was
"one of His Majestys Justices of the Peace" when he had a
narrow escape from death during an encounter with Mathew Byrne
at the Market Cross in Carlow.]
From Pat Purcell Papers.
29th March 1787.
County of Carlow ~~to wit.
The Jurors for our Lord the King, upon their Oath say and
present, that Thomas Byrne of Rathdaniel in the County of
Carlow, Farmer, on the Nineteenth Day of August in the Twenty
fifth Year of the Reign" of King George the Third
-- 1786, by
the Grace of God of Great-Britian, France, and Ireland, King,
Defender of the Faith, and so forth, with Force and Arms, That
is to say, with Swords, Sticks, and so forth, at Carlow ~~
in the said County of
Carlow in and upon Henry Bunbury, Esquire, a true and faithful
Subject of our Lord the King in the peace of God and of our said
Lord the King, then and there being did make an assault and him
then and there did ill treat and other wrongs to him then and
there did Contrary to the peace of our said Lord the King his
Crown and Dignity and the Jurors aforesaid upon their Oath
aforesaid do further Say and present that Thomas Byrne of
Rathdaniel in the County of Carlow, Farmer, on the Nineteenth
day of August in the Twenty fifth year of the Reign of our
Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great
Britian, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and
soforth, with force and Arms that is to say with Swords Sticks
and soforth at Carlow in the County of Carlow wickedly and
unlawfully did Endeavour to provoke and Incite Henry Bunbury,
Esquire, to fight A Duel against him the said Thomas Byrne with
Pistolls with Intent to kill and murder the said Henry Bunbury
to the Evil Example of all others in the like offending and
against the peace of our Said Lord the King his Crown and
- True Bill. (signed)
- ? - foreman and
- The verdict was delivered on 29th March 1787