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Pat Purcell Papers

Invite to Bunbury to fight a duel with Pistols at dawn!

1787

Courtesy of Michael Purcell


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 PPP.

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 Dignity ~~

True Bill. (signed)  - ? -  foreman and fellows.
The verdict was delivered on 29th March 1787

Source: Michael Purcell c.2012

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