Maher, Fishbourne, Clowery & Cummins
3rd May 1817.
Timothy Maher of
Castlemore, Carlow declares before William
Fishbourne that John Clowery came to him and
asked him for a Gun or Pistol, sometime in
February last, as he wanted to rob the Rev. Mr.
Cummins (his Uncle ) of Clonegal. Timothy
replied and said he had no arms and also advised
him against robbing the Priest. Clowry told him
that there was another Man from Straboe, Carlow
to go with him to commit the Robbery.
In about two weeks after this conversation
Clowery called to Timothy Maher again and told
him he could not get at the money as his Uncle's
Housekeeper watched him so close that he could
not effect his purpose. He had now changed his
mind as to him and said he would now Rob the
Rev. Mr. Conran's house, (Parish Priest of
Ballon), he having more money and a man near his
place had set his house for Clowry and that he
the aforesaid John Clowry was determined either
to have his Life or his Money.
Sworn before me this 3rd May 1817 at
- (signed) Timothy Maher
- (signed) William Fishbourne.
14th July 1817.
The confession of William
Townshend now a prisoner in the Gaol of Carlow,
Saith that on his return from the Assizes
of Carlow on the evening of the 29th March last,
he met Patrick Donahoe of Tullow, who had been
discharged from Carlow Gaol that day going on
the road. Said Donahoe applyed to William
Townshend to know would he meet him on Sunday
night to which he replyed he would, and on
Sunday night said Donahoe called on Townshend,
and asked him to join him to commit a Robbery on
Mr. Bunbury in this county who had a quantity of
money and that more help of Men with plenty of
Fire arms were to join them. On Thursday he
called ....?.... that the help were not coming
in, and that he would wait no longer, and that
they would go rob another House belonging to an
Old Priest that had plenty of money belonging to
That on same time Patrick Donahoe desired him
to meet himself and John Dalton on the river
side that night outside the Town of Tullow, that
on Townshend going to the place appointed he met
there John Dalton, and Patrick Donohoe soon
joined them , they showed what arms they had,
Donahoe produced a long Butchers knife with a
penny cord, and Dalton produced a large flesh
fork with another cord, on Donahoe making an
observation that they were bad arms to commit a
Robbery, Dalton made answer that he would Rob
the house without any Arms. That then they
proceeded towards the house mostly keeping to
the fields, until they came to the Rev. Mr.
Conran's house near Ballon in this County, after
coming to the house they passed it by and went
into the Haggard where they remained until the
Rev. Mr. Conran came home and after remaining
some time they went to the door and rapped at
the door which being opened they all rushed in ,
when said Donahoe threw a Coat over the Boys
head in the Kitchen of said House and desired
Townshend to tye said boy with one of the cords,
which he did, then followed Dalton into the
Priest's room, who gave him the Fork to guard
the Priest in the bed while Dalton should rob
the desk, while Dalton was robbing the desk some
money fell from him on the floor, and a struggle
took place between the Priest, Dalton and
Townshend on which Donahoe ran away and they
extricated themselves from the Priest and made
off towards Tullow.
Taken before me this 14th day of July
- (signed) Townshend Fishbourne
- First being truly read
- This document
was transcribed by Pat O' Reagan
Bunbury & Bessoninet.
[Note added 2012. John
Bessoninet or Bissonnette descended from early
Huguenot settlers in Carlow, there is more on
the family in the PPP, unable to locate it at
Pat Purcell Papers.
The Affidavit of Mark
Kehoe of Ballybit, Carlow,Farmer, taken before
James Bessoninet? one of his Majesty's Justices
of the Peace for Carlow.
Deponent / Mark Kehoe /
being duly Sworn and examined, Saith that he
hath planted or caused to be planted since the
first day of February last past, on the Lands of
Ballybit, being Part of the Estate of Thomas
Esquire, in said County
- 2200 of Scotch Fir Trees.
- 170 Larch Trees.
- 80 Spruce.
- 30 Chestnut.
- 290 Ash Trees.
- Further Deponent Saith
Not. (signed) Mark Keogh.
- Sworn before me this
[blank] Day of January 1817.
- (signed) James
- Read at a Grand General
Sessions held at Tullow, January 17th 1817
- (signed) Alex Humfrey,
Clerk of the Peace.
Transcribed by Michael Purcell
1817, Kinsela, Carnel, Butler &
Pat Purcell Papers. Transcribed by
The Examination of Catherine Kinsela of
Schaugnerane, Carlow who being this day duly
sworn on the Holy Evangelists deposeth and saith
that on Saturday the 25th day of January last ~~
she went with her husband Edward Kinsela to a
Doctor in Newtown Barry to get a remedy for his
illness and she further saith that she left her
Chest in the house of widow Butler of
Schaugnerane with several articles of furniture
and wearing apparel in her Chest among the
articles were a Cotton quilt, a pair of Cotton
stockings, a large wooden dish, a pair of Muslin
sleeves, ~~~ all the property of Catherine
Kinsela and a pair of Cloth shoes the property
of her sister the widow Carnel.
And Catherine Kinsela further saith that the
articles were feloniously taken, stolen and
carried away in her absence.
Her sister the widow Carnel went to the house of
Andrew Kinsela and saw her Cloth shoes that was
stolen out of Catherine's Chest with Andrew
Kinsela's wife Mary Kinsela.
Then the widow Carnel demanded the shoes and
Mary Kinsela gave her shoes to the widow Carnel.
Kinsela further saith that she does not suspect
any other persons for stealing the rest of her
articles of property that was stolen from her
but the aforesaid Andrew Kinsela and his wife
Mary Kinsela in whose home part was found.
(signed) Catherine, her X mark, Kinsela.
Being first truly read to Catherine Kinsela
Sworn before me this 10th day of February
~ A Magistrate for County Carlow.
The above is a true and
accurate transcript of the original document.
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