& Fitzgerald 1812.
[Note added 2012 by Michael Purcell.
reminder that allegations as sworn on Informations before magistrates
may not be reliable, here Patrick Kelly signs a "Recognizance to
Prosecute" against Patrick
Fitzgerald for Perjury.
The courts took a very serious view of charges
of perjury. A person, if convicted, could face transportation for
committing perjury. Patrick Pacey was transported to Australia in 1839
following his conviction for perjury.]
From Pat Purcell Papers.
Patrick Kelly maketh Oath that he usually
resides at Clascanny in the Parish of Saint Mullins in the County of
Be it remembered that Patrick Kelly came in his
proper person before me and acknowledged himself Indebted unto our
Sovereign Lord King George the Third in the sum of twenty Pounds
The condition of the foregoing Recognizance is
such that Patrick Kelly shall appear in his proper person and
prosecute Patrick Fitzgerald of Carlow, Pedlar, for Wilful and Corrupt
Perjury by him committed in an Information Sworn against the said
- (signed) Patrick Kelly.
- Sworn before me the twenty fifth Day of March 1812.
- (signed) John Bennett.
Transcribed by Friend of Carlow
Names: Byrne, Kavanagh, Finlon &
Pat Purcell Papers.
Whereas I Received Information Upon Oath of
Susana Byrne of Hacketstown in the County of Carlow that on the 15th
day on December 1812 Mary Kavanagh met me Susana Byrne in the lane I
live in in Hacketstown as I was buying Meal from a Girl and Without
any Sort of Provocation Whatsoever Pursued me and Swore she Would have
my life and as I was terrifyd by what I heard her repeat I Walked Back
to my House And Had Not Got Well within Doors When the said Mary
Kavanagh, her Daughter Mary Finlon and her Son Laurence Kavanagh
Pelted in Stones into my House and Struck my Daughter in the hip with
a Stone and the Child of mine in the leg With Another Stone and Cut
him and has At Several times the said Mary Kavanagh threatened My life
Without me Given her any Provocation
(signed) Susannah, her X mark, Byrne.
Sworn before me this 9th Day of December 1812.
(signed) James Hozier.
Source: Michael Purcell c.2012
Surnames: Purcell, Nowlan, Decey & Bennet.
Page 1 of John Purcell
Page 2 of John Purcell
Copies of the original PPP documents which are transcribed below
added Tue, 29 May 2012 by Michael Purcell - 200 years ago today 12
year-old John Purcell swore the Information posted below.
A scan of
this document was posted recently by Michael Brennan, my thanks to
Karen Conderon in Canada for her help in transcribing the document.
General Directory for Carlow lists: Edward Decey, soap boiler and
chandler, Castle Street, Carlow.
Decey owns a few cattle as well because in this "Information" John
Purcell, a 12 year-old boy, states his occupation as "Cow Boy to Mr
Edward Decey" John Nowlan is employed as an apprentice to Mr Decey, he
has stolen some grease from Decey.
enlists the aid of John Purcell to sell the "Grease or Fat" offering
him "five pence and a glass of Spirits" if he manages to sell it.
Purcell sells the Grease, Nowlan gives Purcell the five pence and a
Glass of Spirits!
the "Information" with some adjustments for the modern reader.]
Carlow to Wit.
Information of John Purcell of the Town of Carlow, Cow Boy to Mr
Edward Decey of said Town, who appears to be about Twelve Years of Age
or there abouts and who Testifys a most Astute Observation as to his
Conception of the Nature of an Oath and the Dreadfull Consequences
attendant on Perjury,=
on Tuesday the 26th Inst. as Informant [John Purcell] best recollects
John Nowlan now a Prisoner in Carlow Gaol, apprentice to Mr Edward
Decey, Chandler, in said Town called to Purcell in the Publick Street
of Carlow and asked Purcell could He keep a Secrett, Purcell Reply’d
he did not know until he would hear it.=
said John Nowlan did say to Purcell that he had a Little Bitt of
Grease to sell and if Purcell would sell it he would give him five
Pence and a Glass and to say the grease was at the Mess House.
Nowlan got the grease, and particularly desired Purcell to Deny His
Name, and Desired Purcell also to get him nine Pence Per Pound for
said Grease if He could.
further saith He did dispose of said Grease or Fat as directed by said
John Nowlan to a Person of the name of Kenny? [or Keary?] an
Inhabitant of Carlow and received as Purcell Recollects Eight or Nine
Shillings or thereabouts which Purcell Returned to said John Nowlan
and he gave Purcell five Pence and a Glass of Spirits for his Trouble.
further saith he heard and Believes said Grease or Fat was the
property of Mr Decey and not the Property of John Nowlan or any other
before me this 28th day of May 1812 ~ [ ? ]
J. W. Bennett John, his X mark, Purcell, Truly read, JWB.
Prosecute at Next Assizes.
Source: Michael Purcell c.2012
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