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Donegal Assizes Lifford, Co Donegal

Extracted from the Strabane Morning Post

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Donegal Assizes held at Lifford, 5 Aug 1822

 

On Saturday last, the assizes for Donegal commenced at Lifford - the Hon. JUSTICE FLETCHER presiding in the Crown Court, and the Hon. Justice Johnston in the Record Court. The following Gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:

Hon. E. M. P. Conolly, Foreman

Sir S. HAYES, Bart J. CHAMBERS, Esq. Thomas BROOKE, Esq
R. BABINGTON, Esq. Andrew KNOX, Esq. G. YOUNG, Esq.
James STEWART, Esq. J. CAREY, Esq. Sir J. GALBRAITH, Bart.
F. MANSFIELD, Esq. Conolly GAGE, Esq. Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, Knt.
Joseph JOHNSTON, Esq. A. FERGUSON, Esq. D. CHAMBERS, Esq.
T. J. ATKINSON, Esq. W. STEWART, Esq., Horn Head [?] M. BABINGTON, Esq.
R. W. NESBITT, Esq. C. CRAWFORD, Esq. J. HARVEY, Esq.
J. COCHRAN, Esq.  

The Judge addressed the Grand Jury in a brief manner, congratulating them on their calendar, which exhibited but one crime of an atrocious nature - that of a rape

The Court proceeded to try the following persons:

McCAY Thomas Indicted for having a mare in his possession, the property of JOHN ROGERS - guilty
     
GARRY William Indicted for a rape on MARTHA DONAGHEY, near Castlefin to be executed on the 12th of Nov. next - submitted - Death
     
McDAID Edward For robbing the house of HENRY KANE, at Malin - guilty to be imprisoned for 7 years
     
HENRY Connell Of Glen, for perjury; Guilty - to stand in the pillory at Killybegs - and to be transported for 7 years
     
SHIELS Peter For robbing PATRICK MURRAY of Barnes of a Mare, on the King’s highway - to be executed on the 12th of November next
     
LOGUE alias MULLOY Cornelius For disposing of Sheep which he came dishonestly by - to be imprisoned 6 months, and kept at hard labour
     
McMULLIN Eleanor For stealing a pocket containing Bank tokens to the amount of 30s. and upwards - to be imprisoned 6 months

21 persons were discharged by proclamation.

31 persons were found guilty of practices connected with Illicit Distillation - to be imprisoned 1 month or pay £2 to the King - 5 persons guilty of the like - to be imprisoned 2 months, or pay a fine of £3 to the King

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford, April 1823

MUNDAY Patrick for Horse stealing - to be executed on the 6th of May next
     
SMYTH Andrew for returning a fraudulent Schedule, in order to defraud his creditors - Guilty - to be imprisoned 6 months
     
HART Thomas indicted for Cow stealing - acquitted of the charge - but to remain in custody for transportation for stealing oats
     
McFADDEN Dennis & for stealing linens - Mulheran acquitted - McFadden guilty - to be imprisoned six months, and kept to hard labour
MULHERRAN Sally
     
MULLOY Patrick for a rescue - to be imprisoned 6 months, and kept to hard labour
     
CAMPBELL Catherine indicted for passing base coin in the town of Ballybofey - Guilty - to be imprisoned six months, and to give security to be of the peace
     
McMANUS Mary indicted for being vagrants, to be transported for seven years, unless they give security for their good behaviour
SWEENY Lucinda
LEYNARD Alice
     
McGARRIGLE John 

charged with pulling down a house near Ballyshannon, the property of Mary McGarrigle - Guilty - to be imprisoned for one year - and to be publicly whipped through the town of Ballyshannon, from the bridge to the Fair green, on the following days ; on the 12th of April, 21st of June,

and 18th of September

McENTIRE James 
JUDGE Charles 
McGARRIGLE Daniel, Michael & Owen
     
O’CONNELL Lieut. Maurice indicted for a rape - acquitted
     
O’NEILL Mary & Susan charged with having stolen goods in their possession, knowing them to be such - Not Guilty
     
McMONIGAL Thomas for horse stealing - no prosecution
     
GALLAGHER Dennis for cow stealing - Not Guilty
     
WARD Michael for stealing Oats - Not Guilty
     
FOX Patrick for passing and having in his possession base coin - guilty - to be imprisoned 3 months, or pay a fine
     
GALLAUGHER Thomas for the life offence - to be imprisoned 3 months, or pay a fine
     
McLAUGHLIN William for breaking a trunk, the property of the Rev. Henry Scott, and making there from £30 in Notes and silver - not guilty - discharged
     
DOHERTY Mary for cow stealing - not guilty
     
McLAUGHLIN Patrick for passing forged notes of the Belfast bank - not guilty
     
GALLAUGHER Peter for stealing a bridle, from Andrew Devlin, of Tawnawilly - not guilty
     
FRIEL Owen & James for house breaking - to appear at Sessions
     
HEGGARTY William & for robbing James Dreenan of 3 cows - not guilty
McLAUGHLIN Michael
     
MORROW Mathew & each charged with committing a rape - no prosecution
WALKER Richard
     
McCAFFRY Patrick for having a stolen mare in his possession - to be transmitted to Enniskillen to be tried
     
GALLAUGHER Bernard for Sheep stealing - not guilty
     
McSWINE Francis for taking forcible possession of a house - to appear at Sessions
     
MURRAY Dennis for setting fire to a stack of Oats - not guilty
     
DOHERTY John & for stealing a horse, the property of Widow Snodgrass, near Castlefin - not guilty
McGRATH James
     
McGOWAN Hugh & for setting fire to the Office houses of Hugh Gallaugher - not guilty
McGOWAN Richard

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford, July 1823

On Friday last, the Hon. Judge JOHNSTON arrived in Lifford, and proceeded to the Crown Court, when the following Gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:

[???] M. PACKENHAM, Esq., Foreman

Sir S. HAYES, Bart. George YOUNG, Esq. Thomas BROOKE, Esq.
Andrew FERGUSON, Esq. Andrew KNOX, Esq. Robert BATESON, Esq.
James STEWART, Esq. Joseph JOHNSTON, Esq. Hon. F. HOWARD
R. W. NESBITT, Esq. Sir H. STYLES, Bart John CHAMBERS, Esq.
Francis MANSFIELD, Esq. John CURRY, Esq. Daniel CHAMBERS, Esq.
T. J. ATKINSON, Esq. Henry IRVINE, Esq. Chas. CRAWFORD, Esq.
J. HARVEY, Malin hall, Esq. Ralph YOUNG, Esq. J. HARVEY, Esq. Balintlave
Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, Knt.  

His Lordship then addressed the grand jury, congratulating them on the peaceable state of the county of Donegal, as appeared from the calendar before them, in which out of fifteen cases, he saw but two of serious offences.

GARRETT John Indicted for stealing 3 webs of Cloth from the Bleach-green of JOSEPH JOHNSTON, at Summerhill, on the 22d of June last - Guilty
     
HAIR Letetia Indicted for stealing a web of muslin from the shop of MR. WILLIAM SIMS, at Castlefin, on the 28th June - Not guilty - discharged
     
BRADLEY Patrick Indicted for the murder of CHARLES HENRY - Not guilty - discharged
     
HUXTABLE John Indicted for firing at, and shooting WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM, at Ballymar - guilty of manslaughter

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford, March 1824

On Wednesday last, Mr. Justice JEBB, opened his commission in the Crown Court, the following Gentlemen having been sworn on the Grand Jury:

Lieut. Gen. G. V. HART, Foreman

Sir Samuel HAYES, Bart. George YOUNG, Esq. Edward M. CONOLLY, Esq.
John HARVEY, Esq. Andrew KNOX, Esq. Thomas J. ATKINSON, Esq.
Thomas BROOKE, Esq. Andrew FERGUSON, Esq. John HAMILTON, Esq.
Ralph E. BABINGTON, Esq. James STEWART, Esq. Francis MANSFIELD, Esq.
Alex. R. STEWART, Esq. Robert BATESON, Esq. Henry IRVINE, Esq.
Thomas KENNEDY, Esq. W. STEWART, Esq., Hornhead [?] Conolly GAGE, Esq.
Sir A. CHICHESTER, Bart. Richard W. NESBITT, Esq. Sir Charles STYLE, Bart.
Daniel CHAMBERS, Esq. George KNOX, Esq. High Sheriff  

The Court proceeded to the trial of the following prisoners:

McCRORY Patrick For stealing a silver spoon, the property of the REV. HAMILTON STEWART - Guilty. To be imprisoned 6 months
     
TOLLAND James For stabbing on the breast with a bayonet, OWEN RODDY - Guilty. To be imprisoned 12 months
     
MARLEY Edward & For feloniously breaking into the house of JOHN SCANLON, calling themselves Captain Rock and Captain Drake, and administering unlawful oaths to said Scanlon and others - Guilty. To be transported
MURRAY Denis
     
McGLIN Neal For horse-stealing - Guilty. To be transported
     
FLEMMING John For stealing a quantity of sheet lead, the property of ALEXANDER BOYD, of Gortlee, Esq. - Not Guilty
     
RISK James Indicted for the murder of MARY HAIR- Guilty of Manslaughter. To be transported for life
     
McGRAW John & For burning a turf stack, the property of FRANCIS TEAZE of Carrick. Guilty
CAMPBELL William
     
McMENAMIN James & For riotously assembling with a number of others, assaulting, and throwing down the house of OWEN QUIN, on the morning of Sunday the 16th of November last - DENIS McMENAMIN guilty
McMENAMIN John &
DOHERTY Hugh &
McMENAMIN Denis
     
BOUVAIRD Mathew For horse-stealing - Not Guilty
     
SWEENY Elizabeth For stealing a piece of muslin - Guilty. To be imprisoned two months
     
McCARRON John A soldier, for coining - Not guilty
     
CARBERRY Cormick For stealing two cows, the property of JAMES CALLAGHAN - Not Guilty
     
SHERIDAN Patrick For stealing three heifers - Guilty. To be imprisoned 6 months

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford, Aug 1824

GALLAGHER Thomas An informer, was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury
     
KILPATRICK alias FITZPATRICK Patrick For passing forged notes, at the fair of Glenties - Guilty. To be transported 14 years
     
CUNNINGHAM Alexander For stealing wearing apparel from JOHN BARNET and others - Guilty. To be transported 7 years
     
LEONARD Alicia & For stealing wearing apparel at Ballyshannon - Guilty. To be transported 7 years
McMANUS Margaret, alias Mary
     
GALLAGHER Charles For horse stealing - Guilty. Death. To remain in custody until further orders
     
HARKIN Catherine For the murder of her infant child - Guilty of concealing the birth. To be imprisoned 9 months
     
RICHARDSON William For stealing a pair of spurs, from MR. SHEROWIN - Guilty. To be imprisoned [..?] months
     
CRAMSAY John Cow-stealing - Guilty. To be imprisoned one year
     
GALLAUGHER Wm For an assault, and shooting with intent to kill - Guilty
     
BIRNIE Samuel For stealing a box containing hardware, value £4 and upwards, the property of JOHN SHARKEY - Guilty. To be imprisoned 6 months
     
SLEVIN Michael & Charged with Whiteboyism - Not Guilty
McCOOL John
     
McLAUGHLIN ? Stealing a looking-glass - discharged
     
HARKIN Susanna For murder - Discharged

 

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford 17 Mar 1825

On Thursday, at ten o’clock, Mr. Baron McCLELLAND proceeded to the Court House, at Lifford, when the Commission having been read, the following Gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:

E. M. CONNOLLY, Esq., Foreman

James STEWART, Esq. Francis MANSFIELD, Esq. Thomas BROOKE, Esq.
A. FERGUSON, Esq. Andrew KNOX, Esq. R. W. NESBITT, Esq.
Sir Jas. GALBRAITH, Bart. Daniel CHAMBERS, Esq. R. MONTGOMERY, Esq.
John CHAMBERS, Esq. John HAMILTON, Esq. Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, Knt.
John HARVEY, Esq. John COCHRAN, Esq. George YOUNG, Esq.
Robert YOUNG, Esq. Wm. STEWART, Esq. W. BABINGTON, Esq.
Robert BATESON, Esq. James JOHNSTON, Esq. H. IRVINE, Esq.
John FREDERICK, Esq.  

The Court proceeded with the following cases:

McGINTY Daniel Indicted under Lord Elenborough’s Act, for stabbing with intent to kill JOHN WILSON of Raphoe [full details of the trial are reported] The Jury brought in their verdict of Guilty - the warrant directs him to be executed on Friday, the 8th of April
     
McDAID Collomb For cow-stealing - not guilty
     
McBRIDE A. For horse-stealing - not guilty
     
McCOLLUMB C. For cow-stealing - not guilty
     
HASLETT Archibald For cow-stealing - to be transported seven years
     
LOUGHRY J. For writing threatening letters - not guilty
     
SHIELS M. For horse-stealing - not guilty
     
WARDE O. For having forged notes in his possession - discharged, to appear at next assizes
     
COYLE Catherine For breaking windows - to remain in custody
     
TOBIN William For shooting at ---------- KELLY with intent to kill or maim him - to appear next assizes
     
McCARRON J. For horse stealing - not guilty
     
FREEL M. For cow stealing - to appear next assizes
     
PORTER G. For taking forcible possession and a riot - to be imprisoned 9 months
PORTER A.
REED J.
LYNCH T.
     
DENNY W. A. For an assault and riot - not guilty
SMITH James
   
MURPHY William For an assault - not guilty

Ten persons, indicted for various offences, were discharged by proclamation

Seventy four persons were found guilty for offences connected with illicit distillation

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Jul 1825

August 2 1825

On Saturday last, Mr. Justice Moore opened the Commission in the Crown Court.

The following Gentlemen having been sworn on the Crown Jury:

 

Rt. Hon. Earl MOUNTCHARLES

W. STEWART, ESQ., Hornhead

Sir Samuel HAYES, BART.

J. HARVEY, ESQ. Malin hall.

Edward CONOLLY, ESQ.

George YOUNG, ESQ.

J. STEWART, ESQ.

Daniel TODD, ESQ.

Thomas BROOKE, ESQ.

R. W. NESBITT, ESQ.

Andrew KNOX, ESQ.

Francis MANSFIELD, ESQ.

Sir J. GALBRAITH, BART.

Andrew FERGUSON, ESQ.

Sir Robert BATESON, BART.

Robert DELAP, ESQ.

John HAMILTON, ESQ.

William FENWICK, ESQ.

John HART ESQ.

Sir J. J. BURGOYNE

R. MONTGOMERY, ESQ.

John COCHRAN, ESQ.

Conoly GAGE, ESQ.

Sir T. C. STYLE, BART. Sherrif

 

CONAGHAN

Charles

Cow stealing - not Guilty

 

 

 

CANNON

Bridget

Cow stealing - not Guilty

CANNON

Giles

CANNON

Susannah

 

 

 

HARKIN

D.

Sheep stealing - not Guilty

 

 

 

O’DOHERTY

John

Sheep stealing - Not Guilty

 

 

 

GOBBIN

Edward

Murder - Guilty, Manslaughter

 

 

 

HARRAN

Mathew

cow stealing - not Guilty

 

 

 

TOMENY

C.

Rape - not Guilty

 

 

 

McGINNIS

Henry

Stealing wearing apparel - Guilty

 

 

 

WARD

Owen

Forged Note - not Guilty

 

 

 

BURK

E.

Scuttling a vessel - Guilty

 

 

 

TOBIN

William

Shooting with intent to kill - not Guilty

 

 

 

CRAIG

Patrick

Horse stealing - not Guilty

 

 

 

SNODGRASS

J.

Stealing cloth - Guilty

BARR

Mary

Same - not Guilty

August 9 1825

The only trial which excited any interest, was that of JOHN BURKE, charged with having assisted in destroying a vessel by scuttling her, of which he was mate, and disposing of the Cargo, by which St. Patrick assurance office was defrauded of the amount insured - The vessel was named the “Dunmore”, CONOLY master, bound from Sligo for Liverpool, and laden with oats and butter

[Full and lengthy details of the trial were published]

The Jury brought in a verdict, acquitting him (there being no evidence of the vessel having been scuttled) of the capital charge; but finding him guilty of the minor offence, stealing the butter. Sentenced to fourteen years transportation

HANLON James For a Rape - discharged by proclamation
     
CHATELY Andrew For a malicious burning - discharged by proclamation
     
HEGARTY Wm., For an assault and robbery of arms - bail to appear at next assizes
     
CASH Caroline For refusing to tell her name or residence - discharged
     
McDAID Darby Cow stealing - bail to appear at Sessions
     
JAMES Samuel Embezzling bread - bail to appear at Sessions
     
DOHERTY Catherine For concealing the birth of a child - discharged by proclamation
     
ROPER John Passing base coin - bail to appear next assizes
     
McHUGH Eleanor For taking forcible possession - bail to appear next Sessions
     
GORMAN Owen For an assault and robbery - discharged by proclamation
GALLAUGHER John

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford March 1826

March 22 1826

On Thursday, at ten o’clock, Mr. Baron McCLELLAND proceeded to the Court-House, at Lifford, when the Commission having been read, the following Gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury

E. M. Connolly, Esq. Foreman

James STEWART, ESQ. Francis MANSFIELD, ESQ. Thomas BROOKE, ESQ.
A. FERGUSON, ESQ. Andrew KNOX, ESQ. R. W. NESBITT, ESQ.
Sir James GALBRAITH, BART. Daniel CHAMBERS, ESQ. R. MONTGOMERY, ESQ.
John CHAMBERS, ESQ. John HAMILTON, ESQ. Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, KNT.
John HARVEY, ESQ. John COCHRAN, ESQ. George YOUNG, ESQ.
Robert YOUNG, ESQ. Wm. STEWART, ESQ. W. BABINGTON, ESQ.
Robert BATESON, ESQ. James JOHNSTON, ESQ. H. IRVINE, ESQ.
John FREDERICK, ESQ.    

The following prisoners were put upon their trial:

McGINTY Daniel Indicted under Lord Elenborough’s Act, for stabbing with intent to kill JOHN WILSON of Raphoe. [Lengthy  details of the trial are reported] The Jury brought in their verdict of Guilty - the warrant directs him to be executed on Friday, the 8th of April
     
McDAID Collomb For cow-stealing - not guilty
     
McCOLLUMB C. For cow-stealing - not guilty
     
McBRIDE A. For horse-stealing - not guilty
     
HASLETT Archibald For cow-stealing - to be transported seven years
     
LOUGHRY J. For writing threatening letters - not guilty
     
SHIELS M. For horse-stealing - not guilty
     
WARDE O. For having forged notes in his possession - discharged, to appear at next assizes
     
COYLE Catherine For breaking windows - to remain in custody
     
TOBIN William For shooting at ---------- KELLY, with intent to kill or maim him - to appear next assizes
     
McCARRON J. For horse stealing - not guilty
     
FREEL M. For cow stealing - to appear next assizes
     
PORTER  G. For taking forcible possession and a riot - to be imprisoned 9 months
PORTER A.
REED J.
LYNCH T.
     
DENNY W. A. for an assault and riot - not guilty
SMITH James
     
MURPHY William for an assault - not guilty

Ten persons, indicted for various offences, were discharged by proclamation

Seventy four persons were found guilty for offences connected with illicit distillation

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford March 1826

March 28 1826

The only trial which excited any interest, was that of JOHN BURKE, charged with having assisted in destroying a vessel by scuttling her, of which he was mate, and disposing of the Cargo, by which St. Patrick assurance office was defrauded of the amount insured - The vessel was named the “Dunmore”, CONOLY master, bound from Sligo for Liverpool, and laden with oats and butter [A full and lengthy description of the case follows] The Jury brought in a verdict, acquitting him (there being no evidence of the vessel having been scuttled) of the capital charge; but finding him guilty of the minor offence, stealing the butter. Sentenced to fourteen years transportation

HANLON James For a Rape - discharged by proclamation
     
CHATELY Andrew For a malicious burning - discharged by proclamation
     
HEGARTY William For an assault and robbery of arms - bail to appear at next assizes
     
CASH Caroline For refusing to tell her name or residence - discharged
     
McDAID Darby Cow stealing - bail to appear at Sessions
     
JAMES Samuel Embezzling bread - bail to appear at Sessions
     
DOHERTY Catherine For concealing the birth of a child - discharged by proclamation
     
ROPER John Passing base coin - bail to appear next assizes
     
McHUGH Eleanor For taking forcible possession - bail to appear next Sessions
     
GORMAN Owen For an assault and robbery - discharged by proclamation
GALLAUGHER John

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Jul 1826

August 1 1826

On Wednesday last, the HON. JUSTICE JEBB opened his Majesty’s Commission in the Crown Court [at Lifford] the HON. JUSTICE BURTON presiding in the Record Court. The following Gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:

GENERAL HART, M. P. Foreman

Edward CONOLLY ESQ. James SINCLAIR, ESQ. James STEWART, ESQ.
George YOUNG, ESQ. Thomas BROOK, ESQ. Thomas YOUNG, ESQ.
Robert MONTGOMERY, ESQ. Andrew FERGUSON, ESQ. Sir A. CHICHESTER, BART.
Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, KNT. Sir R. BATESON, BART. Thomas A. ATKINSON, ESQ.
William STEWART, ESQ. John COCHRAN, ESQ. Conolly GAGE, ESQ.
Murray BABINGTON, ESQ. Sir T. C. STYLE, BART. James JOHNSTON, ESQ.
Joseph PRATT, ESQ. Robert McCLINTOCK, ESQ. John HARVEY, ESQ. Malin-hall
John CHAMBERS, ESQ.    

The following prisoners were put upon their trial:

FLEMING Jane Was indicted for stealing bank notes and other property from OWEN LOUGHRY, near Buncrana - imprisoned 6 months, and kept to hard labour
     
MOORE Ellen For picking the pockets of JAMES BALL, ESQ., in the fair of Castlefin - imprisoned six months, and kept to hard labour
     
DONAGHER Elizabeth For exposing her newly-born infant in a field near Ballyshannon, for the purpose of deserting it - to be imprisoned 12 months
     
BOYLE Hugh For horse-stealing - verdict of Death recorded
     
O’NEILL Jane For having counterfeit coin in her possession -- to be imprisoned 6 months, and kept to hard labour
     
GALLAUGHER William For cow-stealing - verdict of Death recorded
     
SMYTH Jeremiah Was indicted, for having been concerned, with others, in pulling down the house of JOHN STEWART, at Finnyduck [Finnadork?] [A lengthy report of the trial was reported] The jury retired for a short time, and returned a verdict of - Not Guilty
     
GUTHRIE R. Was indicted for cutting and wounding with a sharp knife, MARY MAGILL, at Culdaff -- Guilty, to be imprisoned six months, and kept to hard labour, to pay prosecutrix £4 12s. 3d. British, or in default of payment, to be imprisoned six calendar months longer
     
SMYTH Jeremiah Charged with Whiteboyism, entered into recognizance to keep the peace for seven years
SPEER John
GALLAGHER John
MOORE John
COLLINS Neal
     
SWEENY Lucinda Indicted for being a vagrant - to be transported seven years, unless bail be found within six months for her good behaviour for seven years
     
McDAVITT D. Charged with a violent assault on ALICE STRAIN - to remain in custody till the certificate of a surgeon states that the prosecutrix is out of danger, and then to give security to stand his trial at Sessions, himself in £2, and two sureties in £10 each

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Mar 1827

April 3, 1827

LIFFORD SPRING ASSIZES

HEALY Margaret Indicted for stealing a pair of sheets &c. - to be imprisoned six calendar months
HENRY James For murder - to be imprisoned one week
CAMPBELL Catherine For passing base Coin - to be imprisoned 6 months and find security for six months more, herself in £20 and two sureties in £10 each
ALGEO John For stealing a pair of shoes, a silk shawl, and 15 shillings in Cash - to be imprisoned 6 calendar months
FLANAGAN Peter For stealing wearing apparel - to be imprisoned one year, and kept to hard labour
McALENY John Sheep stealing - to be transported for 7 years
McSHANE Hugh Stealing bank notes - to be imprisoned one year and kept to hard labour
CALLAN John Prevarication - to be imprisoned one month
McNAUGHT William For stealing yarn - to remain in custody till next assizes
GORMAN Hugh Sheep stealing - to be transported for seven years
TINNY George Indicted for an assault on JOHN JOYCE ESQ., Revenue Officer - to be imprisoned one year

117 Distillers to be imprisoned for 3 months, 34 to be imprisoned for 4 months, 3 for 6 months & 1 to be fined £2

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Aug 1827

August 14 1827

On Saturday last, Mr. Justice Moore opened the Commission in the Crown Court at Lifford. The following Gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury: -

Gen. G. V. HART, M. P. Foreman

Earl MOUNTCHARLES, M. P. J. SINCLAIR, ESQ. E. CONNOLLY, ESQ.
A. FERGUSON, ESQ. Sir J. STEWART, BART. D. TODD, ESQ.
J. HAMILTON, ESQ. J. JOHNSTON, ESQ. Sir T. C. STYLE, BART.
H. BABINGTON, ESQ. Sir R. FERGUSON BART. D. CHAMBERS, ESQ.
T. BROOKE, ESQ. R. McCLINTOCK, ESQ. J. HARVEY ESQ.
T. J. ATKINSON, ESQ. J. PRATT, ESQ. Sir J. J. BURGOYNE
R. W. NESBITT, ESQ. J. TREDENNICK, ESQ. W. STEWART, ESQ.
J. BOYD, SEN. ESQ.    

The following prisoners were put upon their trial:

McNAUGHT William For stealing yarn - Not Guilty
O’DONNELL John Stealing potatoes - Not Guilty
DIVINE Joseph For picking pockets - Not Guilty
DOHERTY Patrick For burglary - Guilty
DOHERTY Thomas For robbery - Guilty
BROWN Margaret For exposing an infant child - Not Guilty
GALLAGHER Owen For horse stealing - Not Guilty
KELLY Patrick For same - Not Guilty
MULLIN Susan For larceny - Guilty
CAMPBELL, (ALIAS McNIGHT) John For horse stealing - Not Guilty

Tuesday, August 21, 1827

Continued from our last issue

McNAUGHT William Stealing 12 Spangles of Linen Yarn - Not Guilty
McMULLION Alice Vagrant - Not guilty
O’DONNELL John Stealing Potatoes - Not Guilty
JOSEPH Divine Picking the pocket of Archibald Roulston - No Bill
SWEENEY John Cow Stealing - No Bill
KAIN Anne Stealing wearing Apparel - No Bill
DOHERTY Patrick Burglary and Robbery - Sentence of death recorded
GRIFFITH Anne Robbery - Guilty - to be imprisoned one month
GRIFFITH Eleanor Robbery, Not Guilty
McCUNNINGHAM Michael Burning a Mill - To give security for his appearance at next Assizes
McILWAIN (otherwise CROSSAN) Rose Burning a house - No Bill
DOHERTY Thomas Robbery - to be transported 7 years
DOHERTY Michael For Same - to be imprisoned 3 months
McGINLEY James Assault on Police, and carrying away a carabine - to be imprisoned 6 Months at hard labour, and give security for his good behaviour for seven years
BROWN Margaret Exposing her infant Child - not guilty
DOOEY (otherwise DUFFY) John Purloining and Embezzling a letter containing money - Not guilty
GALLAUGHER Owen Horse Stealing - Not guilty
WARD John Robbery - Not guilty
KELLY Patrick Horse stealing - Not guilty
BARRON Patrick Stealing Harness - No Bill
HARLEY John Sheep stealing - to be imprisoned 3 Months
HARLEY Dennis Sheep stealing - to be transported for seven years
HARLEY Unity Sheep stealing - Not guilty
BRENNAN Patrick Attempted Rape - No Bill
EWING Thomas Forgery - to be imprisoned 3 Months at hard labour
MULLAN Susan Larceny - to be imprisoned 4 Months
CAMPBELL (otherwise McNIGHT) John Horse stealing - No Bill
SHIELDS (otherwise AGNEW) John Horse stealing - Sentence of death recorded

TRIAL OF JOSEPH DIXON THORNLEY

JOSEPH DIXON THORNLEY was indicted, for having defrauded the King of certain Sums of money, by an overcharge of postage, when Pro-collector of the Customs at Ballyshannon [There follows a lengthy report of the trial, concluding with:] His Lordship proceeded to address the Jury, at some length, who, to the satisfaction of a crowded court, acquitted the traverser, without leaving the box. Thus ended a prosecution which has cost the country about one thousand pounds

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Mar 1828

March 25 1828

On Friday the Hon. Baron McCLELLAND opened the Commission in the Crown Court [at Lifford]. The following gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:

E. M. CONOLLY, Esq. Foreman

Sir J. STEWART, BART. R. W. NESBITT, ESQ. T. BROOKE, ESQ.
W. STEWART, ESQ. Sir Edmund HAYES, BART. W. WRAY, ESQ.
Sir A. CHICHESTER, BART. D. CHAMBERS, ESQ. Sir T. C. STYLE, BART.
D. TODD, ESQ. A. R. STEWART, ESQ. James  JOHNSTON, ESQ.
R. MONTGOMERY, ESQ., JUN. H. BABINGTON, ESQ. James SINCLAIR, ESQ.
J. ATKINSON, ESQ. John HERVEY, ESQ. A. FERGUSON, ESQ.
Sir R. FERGUSON, BART. F. MANSFIELD, ESQ. G. YOUNG, ESQ.
Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, KNT.    

The following prisoners were put upon their trial:

SHEERIN John Indicted for a Rape on the body of CATHERINE MEEHAN - Guilty ... but recommended to mercy. To be imprisoned one week
     
PORTER Sarah Charged on two counts, one for passing base coin on MR. McCORMICK of Donegal, the other, for fraudulently procuring base and counterfeit coin for the purpose of passing it ... Guilty, to be imprisoned one year and kept to hard labour
     
McCARTHY Catharine For stealing 32 yards of cotton cloth, value £1 1s 4d. Guilty, to be imprisoned 6 months and kept to hard labour
     
BARTON Catharine For stealing a piece of woollen cloth from WILLIAM McDONAGH of Ballybofey, Guilty. To be transported seven years
     
BROCK Charles For fraudulently combining, uttering and passing, base Sovereigns to the amount of 15. Not guilty of the conspiracy, but guilty of passing the Sovereigns. His Lordship in this case, mentioned that he regretted that from the Act under which the prisoners were indicted, it was only in his power to imprison them for 6 months
   
McCABE Charles
     
McPHERSON James For stealing a quantity of yarn, linen cloth, 4 shirts and 2 sheets. JAMES MCPHERSON Guilty. To be imprisoned 6 months and kept to hard labour, and MARY MCPHERSON not Guilty
McPHERSON Mary
     
NELSON James For stealing 12 blankets from the barrack master’s store at Lifford, on the 6th of September last. JOHN MULLEN sworn ... Remembers the 6th of September last; rose about two o’clock that morning; was going to the mountain to gather turf; is a servant to JAMES RISK of Lifford. [Details of trial with statements also from JAMES RISK and WILLIAM POWELL, Barrack Master of Strabane District ] - Not Guilty
     
DEENEY Hugh For having wilfully and maliciously set on fire the dwelling house of FRANCIS GALLAGHER. [Statements from NELLY GALLAGHER, MARY GALLAGHER, FRANCIS GALLAGHER, SIR JAMES STEWART (Magistrate) and F. MANSFIELD, ESQ. and for the Defence - HANNAH McCORMICK and WILLIAM DEENEY]  The Jury having retired for some time returned a verdict of Guilty, recommending the prisoner to mercy. - Death recorded
     
GILLEN Hugh Indicted for that they on the 8th of April last, did set fire to and burn a dwelling house, the property of the late SIR SAMUEL HAYES. [Lengthy details of the trial are reported]
GILLEN Edward
BOYLE Charles

(The remainder of this and other Trials will be given in our next)

April 1 1828

DONEGAL ASSIZES (Continued from our last)

GILLEN Hugh Indicted for that they on the 8th of April last, did set fire to and burn a dwelling house, the property of the late SIR SAMUEL HAYES [Evidence from DANIEL CANNON, ANNE GALLAGHER, JOHN STEWART & CAPTAIN TAYLOR. Reference to ‘JOHN CANNON is in America’] His Lordship in charging the Jury said, that from the contradictory state of the evidence for the Crown, it was impossible for them to return any other verdict than that of Not Guilty; accordingly the Jury without leaving the box, returned a verdict of Not Guilty
GILLEN Edward
BOYLE Charles
     
MILLER William Charged with having, with JAMES MILLER; beat, battered, and abused THOMAS LOCKHART, on the 19th of January last, in consequence of which he died [WILLIAM MILLER’S father lives about three miles from Letterkenny....the MILLERS had been at MR LITTLE’S Mill getting meal ground. Evidence from ROBERT BOGLE, EDWARD HARLEY & ROBERT McGHEE]

His Lordship in recapitulating the evidence, remarked, that from the first, it appeared that the deceased was the instigator of the unhappy affair, that had taken place, he having been the person who gave the first blow, and that the blow given by James was in defence of his brother. His Lordship said, that if JAMES MILLER was in custody, that he could only be indicted for manslaughter -- and he thought for that offence he could not be found Guilty, therefore, his Lordship thought the Jury were entitled to acquit the prisoner. The Jury returned a verdict of not Guilty

     
SHARKEY E. Indicted for entering between the hours of 10 at night and 2 o’clock morning, and taking from the house of MARGARET CROW, a quantity of wearing apparrel, &c. Not Guilty of the Burglary but Guilty for having the goods in her possession. His Lordship in addressing the prisoner remarked that she had a very narrow escape. ‘Had you,’ said his Lordship, ‘been convicted of the Burglary ~~ and no doubt but you would have been so, had there been sufficient evidence, you would have forfeited your life.’  His Lordship sentenced the prisoner to be transported for seven years
     
SWEENY Manus For stealing from the person of JAMES DOHERTY, three pounds in silver and one pound note - Not Guilty
   
DAVIS John Charged with having on the night of the 17th of October last, rioted and entered on the lands of Drimminaught, the property of WIDOW McMONAGLE, and did and there, destroy 4 stacks of Hay, her property, by throwing it into the river Swilly. Submitted

His Lordship addressed the prisoners ........ JOHN MERCER, you were turned out of this land for non-payment of rent, and such was the spirit of you and your confederates, that you deprived a poor and unprotected widow of her right by maliciously destroying her property . ........ The sentence therefore, of the Court is, that you, JOHN MERCER, be confined for Twelve months, and find security to be of good behaviour; and in consideration of the rest of the prisoners being induced by you, JOHN and STEWART DAVIS, and GEORGE SWEENY, are only to be imprisoned 3 months, and FRANCIS DAVIS to be discharged

SWEENY George
MERCER John
DAVIS Francis
DAVIS Stewart
     
BOYCE Patrick For Cow stealing. Not Guilty
     
O’DONNELL John For stealing a piece of Cloth off a Green, the property of MARGARET OSBURN - Guilty

His Lordship in passing sentence, observed, that it was a pity a person possessed of so much talent, had the misfortune to be charged with theft, and not having the power to apply the talent to a better purpose. Therefore to prevent him from exercising such a talent in future in a similar way, he would transport him for seven years. The prisoner on leaving the Bar turned round and exclaimed, “Devil may care, it’s nothing but a cobbler’s apprenticeship any way”

His Lordship on Monday ordered ELEANOR SHARKEY who was sentenced to be transported for seven years, for stealing from MARGARET CROW, a quantity of goods, to be brought forward. His Lordship said, that since she was sentenced, and on consideration of her case, he had came to the determination to imprison her only for six months, and to be kept to hard labour. The prisoner on hearing this, fell down on her knees and returned her most sincere thanks to his Lordship, for his humanity

JAMES NELSON, who was tried for breaking open, and stealing from the Barrack-Store, at Lifford, a quantity of Blankets, and found not Guilty, was brought forward on Monday, he having been detained in Gaol by order of the Court. His Lordship addressed him. JAMES NELSON you have had by the verdict of a humane Jury, a most merciful escape from forfeiting your life. I have been informed that, since and before your trial, in the Gaol, you have had the audacity to say, that as soon as you be released, that you will have revenge on a most respectable gentleman of this neighbourhood, who was the means of having you taken up for the robbery of which you have been found by the Jury, Not Guilty. Therefore, to prevent you from putting into execution your wicked designs and from quarrelling with any person in future, (you being as I understand, a quarrelsome man,) you are to find security to keep the peace to all his Majesty’s subjects for the space of 7 years, particularly to that most respectable Gentleman, MR. WILLIAM SPENCE. Yourself in £100 and two sureties in £25 each

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Jul 1828

August 5, 1828

On Thursday last, the Assizes for the County of Donegal, commenced at Lifford. The Hon. Justice VANDELEUR, having presided in the Crown Court, the following Gentlemen were sworn on the GRAND JURY:

Col. CONOLLY, Foreman

Sir J. STEWART, BART. D. CHAMBERS, ESQ. Sir E. S. HAYES, BART.
D. TODD, ESQ. Sir A. CHICHESTER, BART. W. WRAY, ESQ.
Alex. STEWART, ESQ. ,M. P. R. W. NESBITT, ESQ. John HAMILTON, ESQ.
J. JOHNSTON, ESQ. R. MONTGOMERY, JUN. ESQ. H. BABINGTON, ESQ.
J. HARVEY, ESQ. R. McCLINTOCK, ESQ. G. YOUNG, ESQ.
T. J. ATKINSON, ESQ. J. PRATT, ESQ. A. FERGUSON, ESQ.
William STEWART, ESQ. Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, KNT. C. GAGE, ESQ.
Ralph YOUNG, ESQ.    

The Court then proceeded to try the following prisoners:

GLENDENNING Eleanor For stealing a grey cloak; to be transported seven years
     
MEENAN Pat. For stealing a shirt - Not Guilty
     
BOYLE William For stealing woollen cloth - Not Guilty
     
KELLY Edward Charged with having, on the 22nd of June last, stabbed CONNEL KELLY with a grape. [A lengthy report of the trial continues] The Jury without leaving the box, returned a verdict of guilty
     
DONNELLY James For stealing wearing apparel, at Ballindreat, Guilty. - To be imprisoned six months and kept to hard labour
     
GALLAGHER Hugh An 11 year old, for sheep stealing. The prisoner pleaded Guilty

The prisoner, on being asked by the Court, if he knew the consequence of pleading guilty to a charge of sheep stealing - or if he knew that the punishment of the crime was transportation? Replied in the negative. He then pleaded not guilty

It appeared in evidence, that the prisoner had been connected with some persons in the neighbourhood, where he had stolen the sheep, and that he had offered them for sale for the sum of twelve shillings - Guilty. To be Transported seven years
     
COYLE P. For having, on the 25th February last, knocked down DANIEL McFADDEN, against the wheel of a cart, from which he died. - Not Guilty
     
HARLEY Condy For burning a stack-yard -Not Guilty
BRADDEN Dennis
HILL Noble
     
GALLAUGHER Michael For stealing a barrel- Not Guilty
     
McMULLION Alice Vagrant - Not Guilty
     
McLAUGHLIN Hugh For obstructing Revenue Police To be imprisoned 6 Months, and kept to hard labour
GALLAGHER Owen
GALLAGHER Edward
     
NELSON Sarah For stealing flannel from Manus Bonar - Discharged by Proclamation
     
POHART Harriet For being Vagrants.  Discharged by Proclamation
CALLAGHAN Anne
AIKENS Jane
     
McGURGGAN Andrew for stealing a Roll of Tobacco - Discharged by Proclamation
     
McCALLION Bryan Committing a Rape. - Discharged by Proclamation
     
McGINLEY Hugh for administering Poison to Catherine McGarvey - Not Guilty
GRAHAM Alexander
HUNTER Alexander
     
McKENNY Patrick, (alias The Creeper) Vagrant - To be Transported for seven years, unless he find security within 6 months for good behaviour

Twelve persons, charged with illicit distillation - Sentenced to pay a fine of £2 or to be imprisoned one month

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Mar 1829

Tuesday, March 31 1829

DONEGAL ASSIZES HELD AT LIFFORD

The following prisoners were put to their trials:

FLANNIGAN Peter Indicted for stealing wearing apparel - Guilty. To be transported seven years
     
TINNY John Indicted for stealing a quantity of oats, which had been under seizure for rent - Not Guilty
     
McDAID Michael Charged with stealing from CHARLES MURRAY, a pocket-book, containing £5, - Not Guilty
     
McLAUGHLIN Charles For uttering forged notes of the Bank of Ireland, amounting to £3 - Guilty. To be transported 14 years
     
FLYNN James Charged with using seditious expressions, and drinking certain toasts against the King and Government - No prosecution
DOYLE John
KENNEDY James
McDERMOTT John
O’BRIEN Hugh
FERRY Bernard
FERRY Collum
     
MURPHY Daniel For uttering and passing to ISABELLA FINLAY, a forged Bank of Ireland Note - Not Guilty
ROGAN P
     
GALLAUGHER Charles Charged with aiding and assisting in an assault on OWEN McCAFFERTY. - To give security to appear next assizes
     
CUFF (alias JACKSON) Margaret Indicted for stealing a quantity of cotton cloth, the property of JOHN McGUIRE, value 4 shillings. To be imprisoned one year, and kept to hard labour
     
HARAUGHY Matty Charged with robbing the bleach green of JOHN JOHNSTON, ESQ. of a piece of linen cloth - Guilty. To be imprisoned three months, and kept to hard labour
     
McDAID John Indicted for burglariously breaking the windows of WILLIAM SPROULL knocking him down with a stone, and stealing his signboard, to be imprisoned one month
     
McDAID Pat For aiding, abetting, and assisting JOHN McDAID, in committing a rape on MARGARET McMONIGLE. - To give security for his appearance at next Assizes
     
DOHERTY James Indicted for stealing a horse, the property of DANIEL BOUVAIRD. Not Guilty
     
McGRAW Marcus For feloniously carrying away from the house of JAMES CALLAGHAN, a new coat and breeches. To give security to appear at Sessions
     
CAULFIELD Denis Indicted for feloniously breaking open and robbing the shop of JAMES CONNOR, of Ballybofey, on the morning of the 10th of March, and taking therefrom one pound note and twenty shillings of silver - Not Guilty
     
MOORE Ann Indicted for stealing a quantity of wearing apparel, the property of MARY KING, value 10shillings and upwards - Guilty. To be transported seven years
     
GALLAUGHER Margaret Indicted for stealing two geese, the property of JAMES PATTERSON - Not Guilty
     
McGOWAN Brian For receiving stolen goods - to appear at next Assizes
     
HARKIN Catharine For stealing wearing apparel - Not Guilty
HARKIN Patrick
     
GALLAUGHER James Indicted for stealing timber - To be imprisoned three months, and kept to hard labour
     
GALLAUGHER Catharine Charged with stealing a cow - Not Guilty
FLAGHERTY Bridget

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford 25 Aug 1829

Tuesday, August 25 1829

On Tuesday last, the Assizes for the County of Donegal commenced at Lifford, Judge PENNEFATHER in the Crown Court; the following Grand Jury were sworn:

Gen. George V. Hart, M.P. Foreman

Earl MOUNTCHARLES, M. P.

William STEWART, ESQ.

E. M. CONOLLY, ESQ.

Conolly GAGE, ESQ.

Lord Viscount CLEMENTS,  M. P.

Daniel CHAMBERS, ESQ.

Sir James STEWART, BART.

Andrew FERGUSON, ESQ.

Thomas BROOKE, ESQ.

Richard W. NESBITT, ESQ.

Robert MONTGOMERY, ESQ.

John HARVEY, ESQ.

A. R. STEWART, ESQ. M.P.

Daniel TODD, ESQ.

Col. A. CHICHESTER, M. P.

George YOUNG, ESQ.

Sir T. C. STYLE, BART.

T. J. ATKINSON, ESQ.

Sir R. A. FERGUSON, BART.

James JOHNSTON, ESQ.

James SINCLAIR, ESQ.

Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, Knt.

 

 

 

KAIN

Anne

For breaking the windows of the house of JAMES TAYLOR, ESQ. and stealing the window blinds; value 6 pence - discharged

     
DONNEL William Stealing a quantity of Fish; value Two pounds sterling and upwards - Guilty, to be imprisoned four months, and kept to hard labour
   
McCLELAND Robert
     
DONGAN John Assault on ANNE McHUGH, alias HARKIN, of which she died - Not Guilty, discharged
     
GARTLEY John Having neglected and refused to go home, after the REV. EDWARD HAMILTON had read the Riot Act to a mob rioting in the town of Ballintra; Guilty, to be imprisoned three months, and hard labour
CARRON Hugh
CLEARY Frank
     
McMULLION Alice Vagrant - discharged
     
SLEAVIN Francis Robbing JOHN McELROY of £1 7s. 7½d. and PAT. FLANNAGAN of £2 ?s. 9d. on the night of the 17th April last - Transported seven years
     
HAGAN Juda Charged with having stolen a web - Discharged
CANE Biddy
     
SITTS Thomas Were accused of felony under Act 16th Geo IV. passed for the protection of persons employed by the Customs, when in the execution of their duty; also for assault and riot. [full details of trial are reported]
     
DUNCAN John The jury, after a little deliberation, found both prisoners not guilty
     
McDIVATT (alias McELLOON) Bridget Charged with having, on the 7th May last, stolen from the shop of the deceased father of PATRICK O’DONNELL, in Ardara, upwards of £70 in bank bills, money, and securities. The evidence against the poor woman was as defective as can well be imagined; indeed, the circumstances detailed in evidence were perfectly incompatible with the fact of her guilt, and she was acquitted without the least hesitation

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Mar 1830

Tuesday, April 6, 1830

DONEGAL ASSIZES HELD AT LIFFORD WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 1830

At 9 o’clock this morning, Judge JEBB entered the Crown Court, and the following persons were put to their trial:

MARLEY Edward For stealing a calf, the property of THOMAS JOHNSTON - Not guilty
     
GALLAGHER Patrick For stealing a mare at Carrickmagorran, the property of ANDREW LONG, on the 18th January last. Andrew Long proved the loss of the mare, which he afterwards found with a person named PATRICK KANE at Dungiven, was perfectly sure of the prisoner. [brief details of trial]

His Lordship expressed his strong approbation of the witness’s conduct, and considered him an extremely proper person to keep a house of public entertainment.

After a few words from the learned Judge, the jury found the prisoner guilty - sentence of death recorded
     
KELLY Bernard For taking 3 shillings from the person of CHARLES DOHERTY, in the town of Letterkenny, on the 23rd of October last, guilty - to be transported seven years - The prisoner on receiving his sentence called out, ‘Please your Lordship, I hope you won’t send me over alone.’
     
HENDERSON (alias McCALGAN) Margaret For stealing diverse articles of wearing apparel, from the shop of JAMES HAYES of Raphoe, on the 28th of August last.

MR HAYES proved the fact of the prisoner having stolen the articles from his shop, and on searching her, discovered them on her person. The jury found the prisoner guilty, but on the intercession of Mr Hayes, who had previously known the prisoner, and who gave her a good character, and in consideration of the prisoner having lain 9 months in gaol already, his Lordship only sentenced her to 3 months imprisonment

     
PHILIPS Robert For stealing a silver watch, the property of WILLIAM McCREA, on the 28th September last, from his house in Ballybofey [short details of trial with evidence from MRS McCREA and JANE HARDING, the servant maid]

His Lordship summed up the evidence, and the jury returned a verdict, acquitting both the prisoners

McELWAIN George
     
STEWART James For stealing a quantity of oats, the property of ROBERT LITTLE - not guilty
     
GALLAGHER John, Sen. Charged with maliciously wounding a mare, the property of GEORGE BUSTARD [Evidence from GEORGE and MARY BUSTARD, JAMES HILLY, JAMES O’DONNELL, MARY MURPHY and OWEN HILLY, a little boy

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty

GALLAGHER John, Jun.
HELFERTY James  
     
MOORE Thomas For stealing two sheep, the property of JOHN ADAIR and JAMES BOYLE, at Ardara, guilty
     
KERR Margaret For stealing a purse containing one sovereign and two promissory notes, from ANDREW McBETH, on the 23rd of February, in Lifford. [Mention made of ANDREW McBETH at Strabane market and he had called at MR. LITTLE’S of Lifford on his way home, where he and ANDREW WIER drank a naggin of spirits, on coming out they were met by MARGARET KERR, who caught him by the arm, and looking in his pocket immediately afterwards he found the purse was gone ; looked for prisoner and she was found in the house of JOHN GALLAGHER]

The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to only six months

     
DOHERTY Eleanor For stealing a bond from NEAL McMULLEN, on the 3rd of January last, at Marshyglen - not guilty
     
BROWN Charles For stealing out of the Distillery of JOHN MORTON, at Lifford, seven gallons of whiskey and seven or eight shillings from his desk in silver, on the 13th September last

CHARLES BROWN and CATHERINE O’FARRELL - guilty. To be imprisoned twelve months and kept to hard labour. SARAH McGARRIGLE - not guilty

McGARRIGLE Sarah
O’FARRELL Catherine  
     
ROARTY Hugh For stealing 10lbs of iron, the property of the Mining Company of Ireland, on the 1st of October, at Kildrum - guilty. To be imprisoned 12 months and kept to hard labour
     
DUFFY Owen For uttering two counterfeit shillings, and CATHERINE DUFFY, for having in her possession 18 counterfeit shillings, knowing them to be such, at Mount Charles, on the 13th of October last - OWEN DUFFY guilty. To be imprisoned six months - CATHERINE DUFFY - not guilty
DUFFY Catherine

Donegal Assizes held at Lifford Mar 1834

DONEGAL ASSIZES, LIFFORD, Friday, March 14

The Hon. Justice JEBB entered the Crown Court at three o’clock, when the following Grand Jury was impanelled:

Sir E. S. HAYES, BART. M.P., Foreman

Sir James STEWART, BART. J. BATESON, ESQ. J. V. STEWART, ESQ.
W. WRAY, ESQ. Joseph PRATT, ESQ. B. G. HUMPHRY, ESQ.
John HARVEY, ESQ. Charles JOHNSTON, ESQ. George YOUNG, ESQ.
A. HAMILTON, ESQ. R. W. NESBITT, ESQ. A. FERGUSON, ESQ.
Charles NORMAN, ESQ. F. MANSFIELD, ESQ. D. CHAMBERS, ESQ.
William YOUNG, ESQ. R. McCLINTOCK, ESQ. W. MURDOCK, ESQ.
J. J. VERSCHOYLE, ESQ. J. BEERS, ESQ. Thomas J. ATKINSON, ESQ.
Henry STEWART, ESQ. Thomas BROOKE, ESQ., High-Sheriff A. McCORKELL, ESQ. Sub-Sheriff

The prisoners were then put to their trials:

O’DONNELL Michael For an aggravated assault on OWEN DOHERTY, at Urris, on the 6th day of June, having struck and stabbed him with a sharp instrument, so as to endanger his life. [Details of the trail are reported] His Lordship sentenced the prisoner to six months imprisonment
     
FARGY Samuel For obstructing WILLIAM HEWITT, an Officer of Excise, in the discharge of his duty, on the 6th January, 1833 - Not Guilty
DARCUS Samuel

SATURDAY MORNING

McSHEE Margaret For stealing 2 Stuff dresses, and 1 Callico dress, the property of MARGARET McADAM, on the 7th day of August last, at Ballyshannon. The loss of the dresses was proved by MISS McADAM, who is a dressmaker; she found one of them on the prisoner three days after - Guilty. To be transported 7 years
     
DOHERTY Rose For having concealed herself in the shop of DAVID CARTER of Ballyshannon, on 21st December last, with intention to steal his goods. Guilty - To be imprisoned 6 months
     
QUIN Peter For horse stealing   Not Guilty
DONNELL Barney
     
MURRAIN Catharine For stealing a Blue cloak, on the 21st August last, the property of JOSEPH GAMBLE. Guilty - To be imprisoned 6 months
     
BRANDON Francis For being engaged in an Orange Procession on the 12th of August last at Pettigo, for the purpose of celebrating the relief of Derry, contrary to the late Act against processions.

The traversers were discharged on their own recognizances of £100 to appear for judgment if called on

KNOX William
RANKIN David
HUMFREYS Edward
McGEE William
CONDAN Michael
CASHORE Thomas
     
HARRIGAN John Indicted for the murder of JAMES BELL at Raphoe, on the 22nd of June last. [Details of the trial are printed]

After a short consultation, the Jury acquitted the prisoner

     
SWEENY John For breaking a mill, the property of John Hamilton, on the 18th February last.

WILLIAM HAZLETT sworn. - Is a Miller and Millwright. In February last was in care of MR. HASTING’S mill; was awoken on the night of the 16th February between 11 and 12 o’clock at night, by the sound of a hatchett striking the wheel of the mill; witness went out and saw John Sweeny cutting at the wheel with a fir hatchett; he had broken three buckets, and part of the wheel; witness asked him why he broke the mill; he said the mill was his own, which witness never knew to be the case; a man named SHIELS had been dispossessed some years before, and the prisoner after his death married his daughter.

THOMAS HASTINGS examined. - The mill is the property of MR. HAMILTON, for whom witness is agent; the mill was held at one time by WIDOW SHEIL, who had been ejected several years for non payment of rent; prisoner is married to Widow Sheils’ daughter; heard prisoner say he would have the premises destroyed, and that he would be a foe to any man who would take the property; a man named GALLAGHER had been about to take the mill, but was deterred in consequence of prisoner’s threats; witness put the mill into Hazlett’s care; saw it injured as described by him.

TOAL GALLAGHER examined. - Was deterred from taking the mill, for fear it would be burned.

DANIEL McLAUGHLIN examined. - Recollects the prisoner telling him that if Toal Gallagher would have anything to do with the mill, he would injure him by night or by day - it was after this conversation the mill was injured.

Several witnesses were examined in defence, for the purpose of showing that the mill was a disputed property, and that the prisoner had a claim to it.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty. To be imprisoned twelve months, and kept to hard labour.
     
DOHERTY Denis For assaulting HENRY McCULLOW, an Officer of Excise in the discharge of his duty. Also for an assault on a Sub Constable, at Bellekins, on the 5th July last. Guilty. GEORGE DOHERTY and JAMES McGONIGLE to be imprisoned six months, and Denis Doherty, to be imprisoned one month
DOHERTY George
McGONIGLE James
     
FLANAGAN William For cow stealing - Not Guilty
McNAMEE James
DOLAN William

 

 

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