1848 ~ County of Wicklow                             The Statement of James Chancey

                                                       Late Servant Man to Dr Edward Heath of Rathvilly

           The said James Chancey Having been fully and duly cautioned Saith I was living in Rathvilly, about 6 months ago, I went to the house of Patt Ward in Rathvilly. I cannot tell the day but Bridget Dempsey asked me to go with her one night to Mr Morton of McLucas, she said she was going to her sisters who lives at Mr Mortons for some milk, I went with her and when I went near the house I said I would help these  ..,  she came out, she prompted me to go forward, I did so and I saw her go into the cow house and I heard her milking the cow into the tin can, when she came out she had about half the can full of milk, I returned with her to Rathvilly, she wanted me to drink some of the milk, I refused and went home. Not long after that, I was in Lowry Fowleys house in Rathvilly when I heard him and Margaret and Ellen Dempsey plotting to go to Mr Mortons to heal or steal a lamb, I cannot tell if they went for the lamb or not. After the milking of the cow I was returning to Baltinglass for my share when I overtook,at a late hour of the night, Bridget and Ellen Dempsey and Lowry Foley towards the Mote of Rathvilly. Bridget Dempsey saw me, she was going to her sisters at Mr Mortons who sent for her, she did not tell me for what. I accompanied them to a lane turning down to Mr Mortons, they .. with these until they came back. I . These and when they came back which they did in about half an hour, they had with them a large silver spoon and a quantity of meal, either Barley or bone meal, cannot tell, which appeared to be about a one case.            

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To Rathvilly, they hid some of the meal, he did not return in company with them, they, moving across the field, I went that road, they did not bring all the meal to Fowleys house all the meal I saw with them, which makes me say they hid some of it, when they brought it with Foley, they divided what they had. I heard them say they broke open the door.   I believe  Lowry Fowley to be a night walker. I have frequently seen him returning at late hours of the night with potatoes I never heard what they did with the silver spoon.               

Declared before me this day this 10th May 1848 Balinglass               

?????????? Warburton                

                                                                                  Received 13th Day 1848


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