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Pat Purcell  Papers

1797 - Felling Trees

By kind permission of Michael Purcell  12/2009

From: Michael Purcell <>

1797, McDaniel, Carpenter, Church & Rudkin.

Pat Purcell Papers.


The Examination of Margaret McDaniel of the Town of Carlow taken before Samuel Carpenter, Esquire, one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for Carlow.

Margaret McDaniel being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists and Examined saith that on the Evening of Saturday the 11th November 1797 she went to the Hall of the Gentlemen's Assembly Room in Burrin Street in Carlow on her lawful occasions~~~~~~~

and that she was then and there Violently Assaulted, Beaten, Battered and several times so Maliciously Knocked down by Thomas Church of Burrin Street that she was put in danger of her life by him ~~~~

and that Thomas Church did after so Abusing her return to his House and did the second time assault, beat and batter Margaret McDaniel with a Scabbard of a Sword, [ ? ] and Trampled her in the Channel and that were it not for the Interference of Mr Bernard Rudkin he certainly would have proceeded further in the assault.

(signed) Margaret, her  X  mark, McDaniel, being first truly read to her before signing.

Sworn before me the 17th November 1797

 (signed) Samuel Carpenter.

Extract from Browne-Clayton Papers:

Surnames: Currin, Carey, Beaghan, Muldoon, Howlet & Stratford.


[Note added by Michael Purcell 2012, difficult to transcribe but here is the main trust of a charge recorded in the Browne-Clayton Papers.]

.......Patrick Hore along with John Currin, Oliver Carey, Christopher Beaghan, John Howlett, James Muldoon were committed by Philip Newton, Esquire, on 14th March 1797.

That they being Evil Disposed and Designing persons on 10th March in the 38th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third, King, Defender of the Faith and so Forth, did at Mount Neal, Carlow,  Wickedly Unlawfully Maliciously and Feloniously did Conspire Confederate and Agree together and with certain other persons Willfully and of Malice  prepared to Kill and Murder the Honorable and Reverend Francis Paul Stratford against the Peace, Crown and Dignity of our said King.

~~~~ Felling trees.~~~~~

There is another charge against the 6 men named above.

That they on the 10th of March in the 38th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third, King, Defender of the Faith and so Forth, did at Mount Neal, Carlow between Sunset of said day and Sunrise on the Day next following did Cut down take and Carry Away  one Deal Tree, Value 5 shillings, One Ash Tree, Value 3 shillings and one Oak Tree, Value 10 shillings the goods of Francis Paul Stratford, Esquire, without his consent, he being the Owner thereof.


Evil Example

Patrick Rice on 14th July 1797

From the Pat Purcell Papers .

General Gaol Delivery held at Carlow on Monday the 26th Day of March 1798. Patrick Rice committed by Philip Newton, Esquire.

Information that Patrick Rice on 14th July 1797 at Nurney did wickedly and unlawfully propose to urge and endeavour to persuade and induce Denis Magall, a private Soldier in his Majesty's 9th Regiment of Dragoons to join himself to associate with and become one of a certain wicked evil disposed and seditious party and society of persons formed and associated under the Denomination of United Irishmen to the Evil Example and against the peace.

Information for that Patrick Rice same day, year, and place did wickedly designedly and unlawfully join himself to associate with and profess himself to be one of a certain wicked and seditious party and Society of persons associated under the name and denomination of United Irishmen, to the Evil Example and against the peace.

Witnesses: Dennis Magall, Hugh Hogan, Sergt. Carrothers.

Verdict: Guilty. Ordered to be Transported for life.

From the Pat Purcell Papers .

1797 Traitors or Hero’s?

Extract from book in the PPP "Memories of the Different Rebellions in Ireland" published in 1801 by Sir Richard Musgrave.

"In 1796 most of the Popish yeomen [Roman Catholics] in County Carlow were disaffected, and would, had an opportunity offered, have turned their arms against their King and country.

In Sir Richard Butler's cavalry at Garryhundon in the County of Carlow, nine papists of whom his permanent sergeant was one, conspired to murder its Protestant members.

The Sergeant and his popish friends were to have been posted in the rear of the action against the Rebels and his fellow conspirators were to have fired on the Protestant Cavalry men shooting them in the back.

Seven of the papists were convicted and hanged, the other two fled: but later turned themselves in under the proclamation obtained their pardon."

Source: Michael Purcell c.2012


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