Names: Kennedy, Kehoe, Benjamin
Bunbury, Rev. John Whitty & Germaine
Against John Kennedy, Collector of Police money
for extortion in collection of it ~
Examinations of John Kehoe of Knocklishen,
Taken before William Hoare Hume, Esq. one of
his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for Wicklow and Carlow.
On 27th day of February 1807 John Kennedy of
Tinock (on a collector of cess ) in company with William Wright of
Hacketstown (as a constable) came to the
house of John Kehoe at Knocklishen and demanded the sum of six
shillings, five pence halfpenny which he alleged was the cess
applotted against him and also against Patrick Goss of the same
townland, John Kehoe offered to go to Goss and collect his part and
went for Goss, both of them returned to Kennedy and Goss said he would
go home for it and pay him when he returned.
And although it was more than five weeks to
Assizes John Kennedy and William Wright drove a cow off Kehoe's land.
John Kennedy told Kehoe that unless he met him
in some short time and pay him the full sum of six shillings plus two
shillings and eight pence halfpenny that William Wright and John
Kennedy has charged him for driving his cow which John Kehoe has heard
and believes to be an extortion.
John Kehoe further swears that Kennedy has
refused to return what he was overcharged although desired by another
Magistrate to do so.
- (signed) John, his X mark, Kehoe.
- Taken and acknowledged before Me, this 20th Day
of March 1807.
- (signed) William Hoare Hume.
Names: Benjamin Bunbury, Rev. John Whitty & Germaine.
From Pat Purcell Papers.
The Rev. John Whitty maketh oath that he has been for some days
affected with a violent irruption on his face and was advised not to
expose himself to the open air during the present severe weather,
Saith he has travelled from Baltinglass to Carlow this day in great
pain and is very much indisposed to attend the Honourable Court to
give evidence in favour of Benjamin Bunbury, Esquire, in the case of
the feloniously stealing of a Horse and Saddle against one James
otherwise Patrick Germaine the property of the above named Benjamin
Bunbury, Esquire whilst he was at Prayer in Church on Sunday last.
- March 4th 1807.
- (signed) John Whitty.
- Sworn before me at Carlow 4th April 1807.
- (signed) JP.
Names: Clowry, Fenelon & Kelly
From Pat Purcell Papers.
Thomas Fenelon bound to the Peace in the Sum of ?100 Sterling and to
be of good behaviour to all his Majesty's Liege Subjects, and
particularly towards Elizabeth Kelly and family.
James Clowry maketh Oath that he is a
Householder at Ballybreen in the Townsland of Ballybreen in the Parish
of Myshall in the Barony of Forth in the County of Carlow and that he
is worth the Sum of £50 Sterling, over and above his just Debts.
- (signed) James Clowry.
- Maurice Fenelon also acting as bondsman in the Sum of £50 Sterling.
- Sworn before me and Taken and acknowledged in open Court 21st July
- (signed) William Browne, [Browne's Hill, Carlow]
Note from Michael Purcell c.2012
Total Bond £200.00 Sterling.
"Ballybreen in the Townland of Ballybreen in the Parish of
Myshall in the Barony of Forth in the County of Carlow" .
The spelling of Ballybreen is quite clear on this document.
A check in the Valuation Office or the Registry of Deeds may
help locate the area.
Thomas had to post bond of £100 for himself as
well as the two £50 – total £200 and yes it was a huge undertaking, no
idea what happened between Thomas Fenlon and Elizabeth Kelly and her
family, (because " her family" is mentioned it may be an attempted
eviction, as no Mr Kelly is mentioned she might be a widow or it could
be a promise of marriage between Tom and Liz gone awry?) the
recognizance reflects the fact that the Magistrate William Browne
believes it serious enough to impose such a high bond (the normal bond
at the time would be £10 or £20 each).
Source: Michael Purcell c.2012
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