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"Sarah Hesitrige of Carlow" 5th day of Sept., 1785
By kind permission of Michael Purcell

 

County of Carlow to witt... }  The Examination of Mrs. Sarah Hesitrige of Carlow in said County taken before William Browne Esquire.
Who being duly Sworn on the Holy Evangelists and Examined Saith that about a fortnight ago, this Examinant upon looking over her desk, in her lodgings in the House of John Lynch of Carlow she missed a Silver Meddal of Wm. Pitt, a Silver Doleard six thirteens in Silver, a Quarter Doleard and several other pieces of silver Coin the property of Examinant, which were feloniously Stolen out of her said Desk, And saith that on this present Thursday the first of September Inst. she was sent word by George Sikes of Carlow aforesaid Watch maker that he had stopped a Silver Meddal of William Pitt, which was brought to him to know the value thereof which said Meddal is the same that was so stolen out of her desk, And saith that the said pieces, were so stolen by some person or persons at present unknown to Examinant and are of the value of Sixteen Shillings & three pence & upwards. ~ Sarah Hesitrige

Sworn and acknowledged before me this 5th day of Sept., 1785

Wm. Browne.

This said Examinant is bound to our
Lord the King in the sum of 50 Sterling.
Conditionally to appear and prosecute at
next General Assizes to be held in
and for said County ~~~~~
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It is interesting to note that the piece of quill and string that holds the two pages together were attached on the original documents and date from 1785. The documents will give viewers an idea of the genealogical importance of the Browne-Clayton Papers. Besides giving us an account of some events taking place in 1785 they name people that we would not have had knowledge of . The exceptions would be the Magistrate ,William Browne, who is well recorded in Deeds etc. and the Watch maker George Sikes, George is well recorded through his headed invoices and examples of his work which are still to be found.
Signed: Michael Purcell 12/2007
The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.
Transcribed by Noel Roche c2007
The copying of these images and or text is strictly forbidden without the express permission of the owner of these images and material

"Sarah English of Castleroo in the County of Kildare"
1st day of Sept., 1785
By kind permission of Michael Purcell

County of Carlow to witt...

 

1785

The Examination of Sarah English of Castleroo in the County of Kildare, Widow taken before William Browne Esquire.

Who being duly Sworn on the Holy Evangelists & Examined saith that on the Evening of Monday last the 29th of August last one Patrick. Norton, who lived in the Town of Carlow, came into Examinant's House & after calling for and drinking some Ale, he gave a Silver piece to Examinant (which piece Examinant is informed is a Meddal of Wm. Pitt) in order to Change same & pay for said Ale. Saith she then changed said piece or Meddal & gave him four shillings & six pence for said piece. & which piece is now Challenged by Mrs. Sarah Hesitrige of Carlow as her property.

Sworn & acknowledged before me this 1st day of Sept., 1785

Wm. Browne.

This said Examinant is bound to our Lord the King in the sum of 50 Sterling. Conditionally to appear & prosecute at next General Assizes to be held in Carlow for said County

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*Sarah* X *English*

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being first truly read to Examinant.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.
Transcribed by Noel Roche c2007

The copying of these images and or text is strictly forbidden without the express permission of the owner of these images and material


Pat Purcell Papers
Bunbury Papers extract
"Hurling match Incident!"
By kind permission of Michael Purcell
Note made by Mr. Purcell:
Interesting case, The first other accounts tell us that Patrick McDarby was Blooded by the neighbours many times during the night and Leeches were also applied (he would have been cut to draw blood, it was believed that if a person was unconscious they should cause blood to spill and then apply leeches to stop the bleeding). Subsequently Michael Brennan was arrested and charged with murder. I do not , as yet, know what happened to him.

Saturday 26th November 1785

The Examination of Thomas Deegan of Carlow.

Swears that on the evening of Saturday 26th November 1785. he went to see a Hurling match near Graigue in Queen's County and there saw a number of men Hurling and in a short time saw Patrick McDarby Stoop Down and take up the Ball they were Hurling with as McDarby was appointed Judge of the field before they began said Hurling match he thereby had a right to do so. Upon which Michael Brennan of Monure in Queen's County, Farmer, without any Other Offence or Provocation came upon said McDarby and with his hands turned said McDarby about and then behind his back said Michael Brennan gave said McDarby a most Desperate stroak of the Flat of a Hurl which said Brennan had in his hands Just over the Right Temple upon which said McDarby fell upon his face on the Ground Seeming Streched out for Death and remained there about five Minutes Senseless and Speechless then he was turned by Some persons upon his Back and Blooded and to the appearance of every person present he was dead and Dying from the violence of Said Stroke upon which Captain John Waters of Carlow Seized said Michael Brennan and Kept him in Custody Sometime and told said Brennan he had Murdered the said Michael McDarby by the Stroke of his Hurl upon which said Waters then Commanded this Examinant, Thomas Deegan, to Assist him in the Kings name to keep said Brennan for said Murder upon which Examinant Complyed with and took said Brennan by the left Arm and there kept said Brennan for near Ten Minutes when Patrick Brennan, Dennis Brennan and James Brennan, Brothers of said Michael Brennan came up in a most violent manner and by force took and Rescued said Michael Brennan and thereby set him at Liberty then some Friends of said Mr. Waters and Examinant came up and advised Examinant and said Waters to Immediately Quit the Field and go home or further Murder would Ensue upon which Examinant and Waters Quited the field and came home and about the hour of Six O'clock on said night he heard said McDarby was Conveyed in a Car from said Field to Bridewell Lane in Carlow near to where Examinant Lives then he went to the house where said McDarby was Brought into and Saw a number of the Neighbours Putting said McDarby into bed and there he remained Languishing Speechless until Sometime on said Night when said Captain Waters came to said house and Desired the woman of the house to send to him for any thing that might be wanting for the dying man and he would send it upon which Examinant then went home and about the hour of Eight or nine O'clock on the morning of Sunday following he came to see said McDarby and then and there saw him Patrick McDarby Dead and Layed out as a Corpse and Examinant Believes it was by the means of said Stroke of the Hurl McDarby came by his Death.

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(signed) Thomas X Deegan
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Note by Mr. Purcell:
A 'Judge of the field' was the term used for "referee".
Source: Michael Purcell  c2008

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

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