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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

Pg 105 Pg 106 Pg 107
1785 1786 1786
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