Abbreviated extract from the Benjamin D' Israeli Inquest Papers on
loan to Michael Purcell. A copy
of this Statement can be supplied on payment to cover cost of
Information of William Rourke of Knockbrack in the County of Carlow,
Yeoman, taken this 13th Day of January 1805 at Garryhill, Carlow at
the dwelling house of Patrick Nowlan then and there lying dead before
James Byrne, Esquire, Coroner of Carlow touching the death of Patrick
William Rourke Saith that he frequently slept with Michael Rourke and
Patrick Nowlan late of Garryhill, Farmer, deceased, who were taking
care of and Managing a farm on the lands of Ullard, Carlow, that some
of their relations had been in possession of about two months ago.
Saith that been in bed with the said Patrick Nowlan and Michael Rourke
on the night of Friday the 11th day of January 1805 they were awoke by
the smoke that was in the house and having got out of bed he put on
some his clothes.
Michael Rourke went to the rack, where there were two guns charged and
took them down.
Patrick Nowlan went to the door and opened it, then William heard a
shot and Patrick Nowlan returned and said he was killed on which
Patrick Nowlan who was naked desired Michael Rourke to put a coat on
him which he did.
William Rourke and Michael Rourke went to the door and looked out and
saw the head of a man or woman stooped behind a small wall and then
William heard a shot fired as if from the place where Patrick Nowlan
told him the first shot came from that wounded Patrick Nowlan in the
stomach or breast.
house been at this time very violently on fire at both ends, they
stayed in the house as long as they could, but at length they were
obliged to go out, the fire having become very great and most of the
roof having fallen in.
William and Michael Rourke and Patrick Nowlan went to the house of
Murtha Bryan of Ullard where they remained until day and then Patrick
Nowlan was put to bed, very weak from the wounds he received in his
breast, side and arm by the shot that was fired at him, he bled a
great deal and was throwing blood out of his mouth, he remained there
until the next day when he died about 12 or 1 of the Clock.
night before the house was set on fire a person by the name of John
Murray desired William Rourke to be careful of himself as he might
know it was not safe to be sleeping there.
said John Murray had been employed as a workman by the farmer tenants
William Rourke believes the house was maliciously and intentionally
set on fire by the farmer Tenants of the Ullard lands or by some
person motivated by them.
And further Saith that two
other men were obliged to quit the house, which was entirely burned.
before me this 13th day of January 1805 [signed] James Byrne, Coroner.
[signed] William, his, X, mark, Rourke having first been read to him
by James Byrne.
Transcribed by: Friend of Carlow <email@example.com>
Source: Pat Purcell Papers
Names: Nowlan & Johnson
From Pat Purcell Papers.
[Note added 2012.
It is great when this happens, I just found the "murdered"
Patrick Nowlan in the Inquest reports from the Disraeli Papers
- now to try find the proper name and location of the "burned" Riland
Disraeli Papers. 1805
Alexander Johnson of the town of Carlow,
Surgeon, Saith that he attended this day at Garryhill, Carlow at the
Dwelling house of Patrick Nowlan, Deceased, as Alexander Johnson has
been informed and believes and Saith that this man having carefully
examined the Body found four wounds on his right Arm, four on the
Right Side of his Belly and one on the breast made by small balls and
Saith the said Gun Shot wounds in the Belly were the Cause of his
death as he found they had wounded his intestines.
- Sworn before me this 13th day of January,
- (signed) Alexander Johnson,
- James Byrne, Coroner.
The second part of this subject will be found
of Carlow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clowry, Nolan, Ryan 1805.
Pat Purcell Papers.
Transcribed by Selina Lawlor.
James Clowry maketh oath that he usually resides at Pollerton
in the Town of Carlow and County of Carlow.
Clowry maketh oath that he is a Householder and usually
resides in Kilmaglush, Parish of Kilmaglush and County of Carlow and
that he supports himself by Farming and that he is worth the sum of
five pounds above his Debts.
James Nowlan of Ballon, in the Parish of Ballon maketh oath
that he supports himself by farming and that he is worth the sum of
five pounds above his Debts.
George Clowry maketh oath that he is a householder and
usually resides in Pollerton, Town of Carlow, Parish of Carlow and
that he supports himself as a
Tanner and Dealer in Leather and that he is worth the sum of five
pounds above his debts.
remembered that the above named James Clowry, John Clowry, James
Nowlan and George Clowry came before me One of his Majestys Justices
of the Peace and acknowledged themselves to be indebted to our
Sovereign Lord the King in the Sums of 15 pounds Sterling and to which
their names are respectively annexed.
condition of the Recognizance is such that the aforesaid James Clowry
shall and will keep the Peace towards all his Majestys Subject and
particulary towards Mary Ryan of the Barrack Street, Spinster for and
during the term twenty five years from the Date hereof, otherwise to
stand and remain in full force and virtue in Law.
Acknowledged before me this 30th day of June 1805
Source: Michael Purcell c.2012/13
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