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Pat Purcell Papers

"Luke Foster - Hard Times" 1802
By kind permission of Michael Purcell

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Luke Foster , Watchmaker, Tullow Street, Carlow states before Henry Rudkin, J.P. that on Wednesday 10th March 1802 Robert Lawler, a Mason, of School Park, Leighlinbridge came to his shop in Tullow Street and presented a Silver Watch to him to have it valued. Upon Examinant seeing said Watch He knew it to be the Property of William Bennett, Esq., Deceased, This Examinant having Cleaned said Watch and set it to Rights ~ And Examinant saith He heard and Believes said Watch was Robbed from said William Bennett on the night He was murdered at Ballylougham (? ) in the County of Carlow more than four Years Since ~~~~
Examinant further saith He Instantly brought said Robert Lawler and the Watch to the Lodgings of John Bennett Esq. High Sheriff for the County of Carlow In Order to hand said Lawler over to Justice But not finding the Sheriff then at Home, said Lawler forced ..?..... to make His Escape from this Examinant ~~~~~
Examinant further saith He in a very short Time after met said Sheriff and Related to Him what had happened and He showed to Him said Watch which is now in His Possession as Examinant Believes.
Sworn 13th day of March 1802.
(signed) Luke Foster
(signed) Henry Rudkin.
Examinant bound in the Sum of 50 to Prosecute when called upon ~~~~~.*
The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.
This document was transcribed by Michael Purcell

1802, Surnames: Bartle, Cloven, Bunbury.

Pat Purcell Papers.


By Benjamin Bunbury, Esquire, one of his Majesties Justices of the Peace for Carlow.

The Information of James Bartle, Sub Constable, Stationed at Rathvilly, Carlow, who being duly Sworn and Examined on the Holy Evangelist Desposith and Saith that on the fourth Day of March 1802 the Informant heard Owen Cloven of Rathvilly declare on the Publick Street situate in the town of Rathvilly in most reproachful language - he did not give a farth for the King or his bledly Crown or any / here uttering a Tremendous oath / Proclamation of the bledly King - whilst thus Shouting Loudly Owen Cloven was pulling at a Notice from the Gate of the Roman Catholick place of worship for the parish of Rathvilly on which was posted a Reward for Information Notice that would lead to the apprehension of a gang of notorious robbers at the time believed to be in hiding in the townland of Rathvilly and Baltinglass. James Bartle verily believes the the said Owen Cloven is a dangerous idle lunatick and should be further Examined by the Magistrates of the County as a Person uttering falsehoods and against the Peace of the Liege Subjects of his Majesty the King, and the Peace, Crown and Dignity of our Sovereign Lord, George, King, Defender of the Faith and so Forth, and James Bartle further Saith not. (signed) James Bartle.

Sworn before me this 5th Day of March 1802.

(signed) Benjamin Bunbury.

Deponent is Bound in the Sum of 5 Sterling to Prosecute the aforesaid Owen  Cloven at the next General Sessions of The Peace to be held at Carlow in  the said County of Carlow and attend from Day to Day and from Sessions to  Sessions until Discharged by the Court ~

Taken and Acknowledged before me at Rathvilly this 5th Day of March 1802.

This document was transcribed and submitted by Michael Purcell

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