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Pat Purcell Papers

Richard Darcy 1834

Source: Michael Purcell c.2012/13

From Pat Purcell Papers.


Richard Darcy 1834

I Richard Darcy do Swear that I am a Householder at Rathnageerath in the Parish of Fennagh Barony of Idrone East in Carlow and that I maintain and support myself by Farming and that I am worth the sum of Ten pounds over and above my just debts. So Help me God. (signed) Richard Darcy.

Sworn before me this 24th day of Nov. 1834.
(signed) B.? Brady.
Transcribed by Friend of Carlow 2012.

1834,  Stapleton, Darcy. Hefferan & Brady.

We Margaret and Anne Stapleton do swear that we usually reside at Balluasellogue in the Parish of Clonagoose, Barony of Idrone-East, Carlow and that we support and maintain ourselves by Farming. So help me God.

(signed) Margaret and Anne, their X X marks, Stapleton.

I Richard Darcy do swear that I am a Householder and have a House wherein I usually reside at Rathnageerath in the Parish of Fenagh, Barony of Idrone East, Carlow and that I maintain and support myself by Farming and that I am worth the sum of Ten pounds over and above my just debts.

I John Hefferan do swear that I am a Householder and have a House wherein I usually reside at Kilcollothrien in the Parish of Kiltennel, Barony of Idrone East, Carlow and that I maintain and support myself by Farming and that I am worth the sum of Ten pounds over and above my just debts.

Sworn before me this 24th day of Nov. 1834. (signed) B. Brady.

Source: Michael Purcell. 2012/13

From: Michael Purcell <>

1835, Bunbury, Butler, Fighting Talk.

[note added 2013 by Michael Purcell -- as far as family research goes this Thomas Bunbury is unaccounted for...we are trying to track him down, in 1835 he appears to have it in for the Butlers, here he challenges Thomas C. Butler to a duel, (this might be Thomas Crawford Butler, Attorney) later he lashes out at the Sub-Sheriff, Henry Butler and also attacks Sir Thomas Butler in a speech.]

Carlow Sentinel.

1834. [abbreviated report]

Criminal Information.

On behalf of Mr Thomas C. Butler, Attorney, a gentleman living in this town, Mr R. C. Walker applied for criminal information against Thomas Bunbury, for provoking him to fight a duel.

In December 1832 Mr Butler was employed by a client to sue Mr Bunbury for the recovery of 30 promissory note. Mr Bunbury paid most of it, leaving a balance of 4 due, later he offered 3 shillings to cover what was due.

Mr Crawford refused to take it.

On the 6th February 1833 Mr Butler was accosted in the street in Carlow by Mr Bunbury, who held at the time an open letter in his hand, and complained of the way he was being treated, he said in a loud voice, "Mr Butler you are a liar and a blackguard, and for one pin I would break the nose off your face" seeing a crowd gathering Mr Butler walked away, and then Thomas Bunbury followed him saying "you are also a coward as well as a liar and blackguard".

A conditional order was granted against Mr Bunbury.


From: Michael Purcell <>

1834, Bunbury & Gorman etc.

[note added 2013 by Michael Purcell -- in 1834, in what was a very unusual move, the gentry of the county came out in force to support a Roman Catholic for appointment as a coroner for the county. The choice was between Mr Edward Gorman, Roman Catholic, of  Bennekerry Lodge, Carlow and Mr Thomas Bunbury who was, I think, from the Russellstown branch of the Bunburys.

In a stranger twist Tom Bunbury, a Protestant, was supported by the Roman Catholic clergy!]

Carlow Sentinel

17th May 1834.

Election of a Coroner for the County Carlow.

At eleven o'clock on yesterday the Court-house was opened by the High Sheriff of this county, John Watson, Esquire, shortly after which the court was crowded to excess.

Most of all the respectable gentry and landed proprietary of the county were in attendance. The writ of election being read by the Sub-Sheriff, Mr Henry Butler, Esquire.

Mr John O'Brien of Lara, proposed Mr Thomas Bunbury as a fit and proper person to fill the situation of Coroner.

Mr Paul Carter, in seconding the nomination, stated that it was truly a sign of the times to see the aristocracy of the county come forward upon such an occasion.

It was said the priests had led the people by the nose; but in this case it happened the Protestants were led by the aristocracy.

They wanted to put in a Roman Catholic, but that was a mere ruse.

It was mere party feeling evinced to upset Mr Bunbury; but he trusted the constituency of the county would do their duty, despite of any tyranny which may be practised; he hoped they would be firm and vote for "God and their country" (laughter).

Here the orator resumed his seat without a cheer.

Mr Thomas C. Butler handed in a protest against Mr Bunbury, on the ground of disqualification.

Captain Henry Carey next rose and proposed Mr Edward Gorman, as a fit and proper person to be Coroner. His nomination was seconded by Henry Watters, Esquire, Justice of the Peace.

The High Sheriff called for a show of hands, which was in favour of Mr Gorman and was received with loud cheers.

Mr Simms, on behalf of Mr Bunbury called for a poll.

Mr Bunbury spoke -- "I hope I will receive fair play on this day from the magistrates of this county, whom I now address".

Mr Butler, Sub-Sheriff interrupted -- "The magistrates have nothing to do with the election, otherwise than as electors. The High-Sheriff, Mr Watson,  presides in this court, and he will render justice to every individual" Mr Bunbury continued -- " Then, Mr. Sheriff, I ask for justice, and that the laws be duly executed. I may have given offence; if I have, I cannot help it, I will always stand by the constitution (loud laughter). I am opposed by tyranny. I am no party man (laughter).  I was never seen heading mobs. I was never seen at an Orange Order Lodge, nor at Brunswick meetings, nor am I a Whitefoot as may be insinuated (laughter). I hope, not withstanding the exertions of a party against me I shall be successful.

Sunday will be a day of rest, and I shall do my duty, and appear here on Monday. I will poll to the last man."

Mr Edward Gorman then spoke -- "Mr High Sheriff and Gentlemen; if I have the honour of being returned as Coroner I trust I shall do my duty conscientiously."


From: Michael Purcell <>

1834, Poor of Rathvilly, Bunbury & Nolan

Carlow Sentinel.

6th December 1834.

The late Mrs Catherine Bunbury, of Bath, bequeathed 100 to the poor of Swords, near Dublin, and 25 to the poor of Rathvilly, Carlow.


To Be Let.

From 25th March 1835, whole or two divisions, in townlands of Lisnevah and Tobinstown called Knocknegan, late in the occupation of Mr John Nolan, deceased.

Whole 235 acres or thereabouts. Division lands 1 called House Quarters 120 acres upon which is a good slated dwelling house and offices. Division lands 2 Cards Hill Quarters 115 acres.

Three miles from Tullow, seven from Carlow. Coach passes by the land daily, to and from Dublin.

Proposals to Robert Eustace, Merrion Sq. Dublin.

John Brophy who resides on the lands will shew the premises.


From: Michael Purcell <>

1834 Inquests, Kavanagh, Hughes, Byrne & Bowers.

Carlow Sentinel.

Sept. 1834.

Inquest held by Edward Gorman, Coroner, on the body of a child, James Hughes, who was killed by a car passing over him in Clonegal, through the negligence of the driver. Also on the body of a young man, James Byrne of Borris, who was drowned in the river Barrow. Also Elizabeth Bowers whose body was found in the river Barrow. Also Peter Kavanagh, inquest held at Kildavin, thrown from his car. Mr Gorman commented - It is not a little remarkable that the jury complained of the state of the public roads, the deceased was the second, who, within one fortnight was killed by being thrown from a car on the public highway.


From: Michael Purcell <>

1834, The price of a Patriot.

Carlow Sentinel.

17th May 1834.

Comment from The Carlow Sentinel.

Price of a Patriot.

"If I am chosen Coroner for the County I will discontinue agitation, and withdraw from Public Life"-- Tom Bunbury.

Here is the declaration made by the renowned patriot Tom Bunbury, to Sir Thomas Butler, when he canvassed, for his vote, and what a faithful picture of an agitator does it present to the besotted dupes who rely on the political integrity of those nondescript politicians called "public men".

Bunbury laboured for one or two years to cajole the people, and to ingratiate himself with the Roman Catholic Clergy.

He figured off at public meetings, and played second fiddle to Walter Blackney, and behold the price he sets on his services -- only give him the situation of Coroner and he will abandon agitation; like throwing a sop to Cerberus, and he will fling both the Priests and the people to the winds.

He would retire like a pure, honest, honourable, and disinterested patriot to private life, and in the enjoyment of the privileges of office would pocket the people's money ; and here is the full price of a thorough-going patriot.

Yet with the most consummate effrontery, he demands the support of the people.

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