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Bunbury Papers extracts in the Pat Purcell Papers

Bunbury Papers extracts in the Pat Purcell Papers

Burglary of Michael Hughes house


By kind permission of Michael Purcell

Michael Hughes of Real in the County of Carlow, Farmer who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists saith that on Tuesday Night , the fourth of April 1786 about the Hour of ten O'Clock his Street Door was Burglariously broke open and at the same time four Men entered the House Armed with a Blunderbuss, Gunn Pistols and a Pitchfork and all Masqud (masked) with White Cloths and Michael Hughes declares he was immediately knocked down, twice running, and also beat Margaret Hughes, Michael's Wife after a cruel and unmerciful manner Cut and deeply wounded her to the great Effusion of her Blood, and at the same time both he and his said Wife together with two Servant Men and two Servant maids were all tied by their Hands and feet by said offenders, all of whom immediately Plundered the House, broke open two Deale Boxes and one Tea Chest, out of which Chest they Feloniously took Six Guineas and also feloniously took out of one of said Deale Chests or Boxes the Sum of twenty Nine Guineas and Eight Shillings and three half pence Sterling. and also took away half a Dozen Shirts, value one Pound Eighteen Shillings Sterling: likewise one Gold Ring, value Nine Shillings Sterling: one pair of Plate Shoe Buckles value Sixteen Shillings Sterling: and one pair of Silver Beads value thirteen Shillings Sterling: and also one Plate Cream Eever value two pounds five shillings Sterling: three Silver Table Spoons value two pounds five Shillings and Sixpence Sterling: three Plate Tea Spoons value Nine Shillings Sterling: and one Silk Handkerchief value four Shillings Sterling together with Sundry other Articles the property of Michael Hughes all which have been Feloniously taken away by said Robbers:

And Michael further Adds and declares upon Oath that there were four Shotts fired in his House one of which wounded the Rev. Patrick Connor in the Belly who lay in Hughe's house on said Night and Robbed him of his Watch and Sundry Articles and another Shott was also fired at the Servant Maid Namely , Bridget Byrne, by which she was wounded in the Right Arm ~

And Michael further declares , that he is at present in a bad State of health and confined to his Bed thro' means of the aforesaid Gross and inhuman treatment he has received from said Robbers on said Night ~

And lastly Michael declares that one Michael Bryan a Strolling Vagabond has been taken up by Mr Benjamin Bunbury upon Suspicion and on Strict Examination He the said Michael Bryan could give no account whatsoever to Mr Bunbury where he had been on the Night of the said Robbery and that on his being brought before one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County from his Dress and other Strong Circumstances Mr Bunbury verily believes to the best of his Knowledge that said Michael Bryan is one of said Robbers who broke into and Robbed Michael Hughes's House on said Night and Michael Hughes further Saith Nought ~

 (signed) Michael Hughes.
Sworn before me this 7th day of April 1786
(signed) Thomas Drought.

The aforesaid Michael Hughes is Bound to our Sovereign Lord, George by the Grace of God, King in the Sum of one Hundred pounds Sterling : to appear and prosecute at the Next General Assizes to be held in and for the said County of Carlow and not to depart the Court without Licence ~.

(signed) Benjamin Bunbury.

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

Transcribed by Michael Purcell 2006

Pat Purcell Papers

1786, Making money in Carlow.

By kind permission of Michael Purcell

1786, Making money in Carlow.

Surnames mentioned: Comyings, Nowlan, Ryan, Kinsellagh, Kavanagh, Bunbury, Drought, St Leger & Lennon

[Note added 2010. A Guinea was a twenty one shilling piece. To use a modern-day saying "the boys were coining it"].

From the Pat Purcell Papers on parchment, one of seven Statements (then called Informations or Examinations). 1786.

~~~ Denis Nowlan of Ballon, Patrick Nowlan of Ballykeely Ballon, Thomas Nowlan of Temple Ballon, Francis Kavanagh of Myshal, Michael Ryan of Tinryeland, John Kinsells otherwise Kinsellagh of Tinryeland, George Comyings of Tinryeland, in the County of Carlow, and Patrick Lennon in the County of Wicklow, Yeomen, on the 28th Day of March in the 26th Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, did with Force and Arms, that is to say, with Swords, Sticks and so forth, at the Fair of Rathville in Carlow , intending craftily, falsely, deceitfully, unjustly and unlawfully to cheat, deceive, and defraud our said Lord the King, and his People of his said Kingdom of Ireland, Eight pieces of Pewter, Copper, Brass and other base mixt Metals, of the Likeness and Similitude of the good, lawful, and current Money, and Coin of our said Lord the King, of his said Kingdom of Ireland, called half Guineas did then and there falsely, fraudulently, deceitfully, unjustly, and unlawfully expose, utter, and give in Payment to one John St. Leger  and Loyal Subjects of our said Lord the King for, as the true, lawful and current Money and Coin of our said Lord the King, of his said Kingdom of Ireland, called half Guineas they the said Denis Nowland, Patrick Nowlan, Thomas Nowlan, Patrick Lennon, Francis Kavanagh, Michael Ryan, John Kinsells otherwise Kinsellagh, George Comyings they then and there well and perfectly knowing the said Pieces of Pewter, Copper, Brass, and other base and mixt Metals, to be Forged and Counterfeited, and not to be true, lawful, and current Money and Coin of our said Lord the King, of his said Kingdom of Ireland, contrary to the Peace of our said Lord the King, His Crown and Dignity, Sworn before me on the Holy Evangelists this 28th day of March 1786, (signed) Thomas Drought , this the 11th April 1786.

(signed with his mark) John - X - St Leger,
and Trulely read over by James Pue to John St. Leger before placing His Mark on this Information.

John St. Leger of Crane in the County of Wicklow, Farmer, at Several times having Dealings with Patrick Lennon in the nature of Gold Specie found they were uncommonly light, he did not attempt to pass them suspecting them to be Base Coin, when questioned Patrick Lennon told John St Leger to make the best he could of them and any that he could not pass to others he could apply at anytime to change them. John St Leger met Patrick Lennon at the Fair of Rathville whereupon Patrick Lennon gave him good money for the same without any trouble or any application to a Magistrate tho not without John St. Leger threatening to bring him to Justice and further Sayth not, Acknowledged before me this 28th Day of March 1786.

(signed) Benjamin Bunbury.


1786 Carlow.

Examination of James Paye of Rathvilly, in the County of Carlow.

On Sunday the 26th of March 1786 John St Leger of Crane in the County of Carlow and Patrick Lennon of Clogh in the County of Wicklow, Farmers, were drinking in the house of James Paye's father and James Paye heard John St Leger charging Patrick Lennon with Passing him half Guineas of Base Coin and threatening to bring Lennon before a Magistrate if he did not give him good money upon which Lennon gave him other money.

John St. Leger threw down the money and James Paye took it up knowing it to be bad with the intent to bring Patrick Lennon to Justice and further Sayth that Lennon brought Several Person to his father's house to prevail on James Paye to give up the bad coins but he refused to do so and told him he would never part with them until he gave it to Mr. Drought, Esquire or Mr. Bunbury, Esquire and further Sayth that the money he gave to Thomas Drought was the very money which he took up from John St. Leger and further Sayth not. Sworn before me this day 28th day of March, 1786. (signed) Thomas Drought (signed) James Paye.

Continued 1786

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