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Pat Purcell Papers

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

County of Carlow to witt...



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

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