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Pat Purcell Papers

Carlow 1806

Source: Michael Purcell c.2012


Names: Nowlan, Bunbury & Downes 1806

[Note added by Michael Purcell 2012. This is an iinteresting document on Parchment - - The signature at the end of this petition is W. Downes, in 1806 he was Treasurer of the King's Inns and Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, in this case he was presiding as Judge William Downes at Carlow Assizes.

 Benjamin Bunbury is well known to the regular readers on the Carlow IGP - but will any reader have information on Michael Paul Nowlan or the "murdered" Patrick Nowlan or the proper name of the house mentioned in this petition ?]

Alleged Burning and Murder

From Pat Purcell Papers.


THE KING against MICHAEL PAUL NOWLAN in the 46th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God King. Defender of thefaith and Soforth.

PETITION under the hand of Benjamin Bunbury, Esquire, on behalf of Michael Paul Nowlan who is known to the aforesaid Benjamin Bunbury, Esquire.

TO ~

 The Right Honourable William Downes.


Michael Paul Nowlan the prisoner in this case maketh Oath that on the 18th July 1806 he was Committed to the Gaol of Carlow by a Warrant under the hand of John Staunton Rochfort, Esquire, charging him with several robberies alleged to have been committed by him in the County of Carlow.

Michael Paul Nowlan Saith that in consequence of the Committal Warrant not stating any specific offence it was impossible for him to prepare for his trial.

He further Saith that on the 22nd day of July 1806 only five days before the present Assizes another Warrant was lodged on him by Francis Dillon, Esquire, charging him with have been concerned in aiding and assisting at the burning of Rilard house [? could be Niland house - - any suggestions ?, Tinryland?] and the murder of Patrick Nowlan on the night of the 11th of January 1805.

Michael Paul Nowlan Saith that from the time of the last Warrant of Committal was lodged he has endeavoured to be ready to abide his trial for alleged burning and murder.

He further Saith from the shortness of time between his Committal and the present Assizes he hath not been able to be fully prepared for his trial.

Michael Paul Nowlan further Saith that -- O'Grady, and -- Maguire whose Christian names he doth not know, but who are Sergeants in his Majestys One Hundred and First Regiment quartered at Newry nearly One hundred miles from the town of Carlow, are necessary and material witnesses for him at his trial and without the benefit of whose testimony he cannot with safety abide his trial.

Michael Paul Nowlan further Saith it was not until yesterday in preparing for his defence that he discovered the necessity he was under to procure the attendance of O'Grady and Maguire at the present Assizes.

Michael Paul Nowlan further Saith he hopes and expects and will use his best endeavours to procure the attendance of the said persons.

AND THEREFORE Michael Paul Nolwan humbly prays his trial to be postponed, he does not make this application for the purpose of giving any unnecessary delay to his trial.

He further Saith that since he hath been in custody and the Impressions against him on the public mind from the seriousness of the offences with which he is charged making it particularly necessary for him to be fully prepared for making his defence and thereby proving his innocence.

(signed) Michael Nowlan.
Submitted this 29th day of January 1806 under the hand of Benjamin Bunbury, Esquire.
(signed) Benjamin Bunbury, Esquire
Sworn before me in open Court this 29th day of July 1806
 (signed) W. Downes. (Petition granted)

Could it be "Riland" as in Tinryland?

Read more on the Nowlan documents

Names: Whiteacre, Timmons, Lynch, Hennessy, Burke, Carpenter & Rudkin.

Pat Purcell Papers.


Luke Whitacre of the Town of Carlow, Sleator, came before me this and made Oath on the Holy Evangelists that on the Sixteenth day of February 1806 he was assaulted by Michael Timmons, Peter Lynch and Edward Hennessy all of the Town of Carlow who were aided and encouraged by [blank] Burke and John Carpenter of the Town of Carlow, Luke Whiteacre further Saith he gave the aforesaid persons no lawful provocation whatever and that he has been much beat by them and is in dread and fear the above named persons will do him further Bodily harm by which he is in dread of going on his lawful occasions.

(signed) Luke Whiteacre.
Sworn before me this 17th day of February 1806 at Carlow~
(signed) Henry Rudkin. A Magistrate for said County.

Source: Michael Purcell c.2012


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