Riotous Disorderly Manner
Information of Patrick Nowlan and Thomas Ellard both of Ballon Hill,
Carlow, Labourers, taken under Oath before me one of his Majestys
Justices of the Peace for Carlow.
Nowlan saith that between the hours of nine and ten of the Clock on the
night of Sunday the 27th day of November 1803 as he together with Thomas
Ellard were peacfully passing through the town of Ballon they were met
by the following persons Viz: Owen Cummins of Monmore with his three
sons Patt, James and Terence, Tim Maher and John Maher of Killane,
Labourers, Peter Regan (Rugan?) of Thurstown, Labouror, John Byrne of
Clonbolly, Labourer, Simon and Luke Nowlan of Meuing ?, Labourers and
Thomas Cummins, Monmore, together with several others unknown to the
Informants, all of them appeared in the most Riotous disorderly manner
carrying with them Clubs etc.
and there the said James and Patrick Cummins most Violently Struck and
Knocked down the Informants without any provocation which Strokes has
greatly Bruized Patrick Nowlan about the head and eyes. When Patrick
Nowlan was Knocked down Owen Cummins laid fast hold of him and gave him
several Strokes and at the same time bid him not to ? (3 words ?).
Ellard states that Terence Cummins Struck him without any Provocation.
- Sworn this
day 30th August 1803, (signed)?
Fenlon, Geehan & Knott.
Examinations of Maurice Fenlon of Shehan, Carlow, Farmer, taken before
me William Knott, Esquire,
one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for Carlow, who
being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists saith that on Tuesday night
last about six Kishes of turf were stolen from off the lands of
Carrigbeg, Carlow the property of Maurice Fenlon that he could easily
have sold the six Kishes for ten shillings --- he further saith that
on the Wednesday morning about eleven O'Clock he traced the marks of a
horse and Car to the house of Patrick Geehan of Carrickbeg, labourer,
--- that the tracks of the horse and Car were quite fresh and that the
tracks were only visible between the place where the turf was stacked
and the house of Patrick Geehan,----- he further Saith that he found
some turf which he verily believes was some of the turf feloniously
taken away and this is the reason for so believing is that Geehan made
but about ten Kishes of turf last Summer which had been consumed a
long time before, ---- he further saith that Geehan during the last
Summer when all the rest of the County were making their
turf he said that the County was making turf for him and that
he would not want for turf as long as it was in the Bog --- he further
saith that on searching Geehan's house he saw a bridle in the [?] Room
which had been stolen from him during last November he can positively
swear that the Bridle was the one stolen as the Bit had been broken
and was welded in a particular way and from several other particular
marks – and Maurice Fenlon further saith not ~~
Maurice, his X mark, Fenlon.
before me this 7th day of April 1803.
Names: Goff (Goss), Murphy& Thomas
Goff maketh Oath that she usually lives at Portrisian in the Town-land
of Portrisian in the Parish of Rathvilly in the Barony of Rathvilly
and in the County of Carlow.
Recognizance to Prosecute Denis Murphy for beating and abusing her.
Catherine, her X mark, Goff. [should this be Goss ?]
before me this 5th day of August 1803 (signed) Francis Thomas.
Names: Kinsela, Butler &
From Pat Purcell Papers.
The Informations of Thomas Kinsela of
Ballon in the County of Carlow who being duly Sworn on the
Holy Evanaglists and Examined Saith that on the night of
18th March last John Butler, Esquire, having first fired
several shots in the street of Ballon forcibly broke open
and entered into Kinsela's Dwelling house in Ballon assisted
by Peter Walsh and the said John Butler being Armed with a
Pistol abused Thomas Kinsela by calling him a Rebel and that
he kept Rebels in his house and that if Thomas Kinsella
stirred he would blow his brains out after which John Butler
and Peter Walsh searched Kinsella's house and on John Butler
returning he again fired his Pistol in the street.
Thomas Kinsela Saith he is in dread
and fear that John Butler means and intends to do him some
- (signed) Thomas Kinsley.
- Taken and Examined before me this
20th day of April 1803
- (signed) [ ? ]
Surnames: Cummins, Keegan, Nowlan, Byrne, Maher & Callughan
From Pat Purcell Papers.
The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oath, say and present, That
Owen Cummins, Patrick Cummins, James Cummins, Terence Cummins all of
Monemore, Carlow, Farmers.
- Timothy Maher and John Maher of Killane, Labourers.
- Peter Keegan of Thurstown, Labourer.
- John Byrne of Clonbolly, Labourer.
- Simon and Luke Nowlan of Mening, Labourers, and Thomas Cummins of
All in Carlow.
They with many other evil disposed Persons and Disturbers of the Peace
of our said Lord the King, whose Names the Jurors are ignorant of, on
the 27th Day of November in the 44th Year of the Reign of our
Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the Grace of God of the United
Kingdom of Britain 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 Ballon in the County of Carlow, did then and there riotously,
routously and unlawfully assemble and associate themselves together, and
the said Persons being then and there so riotously, routously and
unlawfully assembled and associated together as aforesaid, did then and
there make a great affray contrary to the peace of our said Lord the
King, his Crown and Dignity.
(signed) William Callughan.
Names: Cummins, James, Wolfe
& Weld 1803
From Pat Purcell Papers.
The Reverend Richard Straubenzie
Wolfe maketh oath that he usually resides at Kilsallahen
(signed) R. S. Wolfe.
Michael Weld maketh oath that he
usually resides at Lodge in the Townland of Moneybeg Parish
of Dunleckney and Barony of Idrone East
- (signed) Richard Weld.
- Sworn before us this 7th July
- (signed) John Stewart and [ ?
Be it remembered that the above named
acknowledge themselves bound in the sum of [ ? ] on
condition that if Stephen James now a Prisoner in Carlow
Gaol do make his personal appearance in open court to be
held in Carlow for the prosecution of Michael Cummins of
Note from Michael Purcell 2012
On the 23rd July, just 16 days after
signing this document, Reverend Richard Straubenzie Wolfe,
sometime vicar at Dunleckney, was piked to death by
followers of Robert Emmet.
Richard was travelling in a coach
with his grandfather's brother Arthur Wolfe (Lord Kilwarden)
and Arthur's daughter when their coach was stopped on Thomas
Street in Dublin, by a group of insurgents.
When requested to identify themselves
it was said that Lord Kilwarden put his head out through the
coach window and shouted:-
"It is I, Kilwarden, Lord Chief
Justice of the King's Bench"
The rebels could not believe their
luck and dragged him from the coach.
Kilwarden was piked, some soldiers came to his rescue, he
died the following morning.
Arthur's daughter escaped by hiding
in some nearby houses but Reverend Richard Wolfe was piked
and his mangled body was removed to Dublin Castle.
Kilwarden, from Kildare, was a regular visitor to the Browne
family in Carlow, on many occasions he presided at trials in
Carlow Court House.
In June 1800 he was promoted to Lord
Chief Justice of the King's Bench in Ireland.
A portrait of Richard Wolfe was sold
last year at a Dublin auction house, I drew attention of the
sale to a present-day descendant of the Wolfe family, I was
requested to purchase the picture on their behalf, when
handing over the picture I gave the original of the 1803
Wolfe / Weld document from the PPP to the family.
Names: James & Cummins 1803.
Stephen James and Julia James of Moland [ ?
], Moneybegg in the Parish of Dunleckney, Carlow came before me
voluntary to make Oath that to the best of their knowledge Michael
Cummin of Moneybeg is not to be believed on his Oath that his head
has not been considered steady since his imprisionment at
Leighlinbridge in 1798.
So help us God (signed) Stephen James,
- Sworn before me on this 5th day of
- (signed) Richard Weld.
Transcribed by Friend of Carlow
Source: M. Purcell c2011&2012.
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