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Tyrone Assizes, Omagh, August 1827
Extracted from the STRABANE MORNING POST

Transcribed & Submitted by Len Swindley
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com


Tuesday, August 14, 1827

OMAGH ASSIZES

At half past two o’clock on Monday, the Hon. Judge Torrens arrived at his lodgings. He was there received with the accustomed honours paid to his Majesty’s Commission which was shortly after opened in court with the usual formalities.

The following Gentlemen composed the Grand Jury:

The Hon. HENRY CORRY M.P., Foreman

J. C. MOUTRAY, ESQ.

H. MONTGOMERY, ESQ

J. DIXON ECCLES, ESQ.

Jones CRAWFORD, ESQ.

Hon. A. G. STEWART

J. SINCLAIR, ESQ.

Hon. LIEUT. COL. KNOX

J. VERNEY, ESQ.

Sir R. FERGUSON, BART.

J. LENDRUM, ESQ.

Sir J. M. STRONG, BART.

S. GALBRAITH, ESQ.

R. W. LOWRY, ESQ.

W. S. RICHARDSON, ESQ.

J. CAULFIED, ESQ.

A. McCAUSLAND, ESQ.

W. L. CUNNINGHAM, ESQ.

A. CAMPBELL, ESQ.

M. STEWART, ESQ.

Sir J. J. BURGOYNE

W. D’ARCY IRVINE, ESQ.

R. POWER, ESQ.







The following prisoners were then put on their trials:

SLEAVIN

Thomas

Indicted for highway robbery - Guilty, sentence of death recorded

CLARKE

Arthur

Indicted for robbing the house of JAMES IRWIN - transported seven years

SMITH

Elenor

Indicted for larceny - transported seven years

McGROARTY (alias MAGEE)

Patrick

Indicted for having base coin - imprisoned twelve months and kept to hard labour

SMITH

John

For having in his possession stolen goods - imprisoned six months, and kept to hard labour

McNELLY

Peggy

For same - imprisoned one month and kept to hard labour

SMITH

Jane

For same - imprisoned six months and kept to hard labour

SMITH

Ellen, Sen.

For same - imprisoned one month and kept to hard labour

McKEOWN

Mary Anne

Larceny - to be transported seven years

McLAUGHLIN

Catharine

For same - to be transported seven years

McGWIRE

John

Burglary, in the house of DAVID COWAN - sentence of death recorded

McCLOUD

Laurence

For larceny - to be transported seven years

HAMILTON

James

For having base coin - to be imprisoned six months

McGRATH

James, Sen.

For receiving stolen goods - Imprisoned 3 months

McGRATH

James, Jun.

For same, to be imprisoned 12 months

MOSSY

David

Indicted for Larceny - Transported 7 years

IRVINE

Ledia

For having base coin - Imprisoned 6 months

REILLY

George

Indicted for the Murder of THOMAS McCRORY, Guilty - To be executed on the 11th inst. and his body to be given to the Surgeon of the County Infirmary for dissection

On Saturday last, this unfortunate man underwent the awful sentence of the law at Omagh. - When at the place of execution, he, in a firm tone, declared to the vast multitude assembled, that he was innocent of the murder laid to his charge, prayed to God to forgive his prosecutors as he forgave them, as he trusted that in a few moments he would be in heaven, as he died an innocent man

MONTAGUE

George

Indicted for Larceny, Guilty, Imprisoned 6 months

McATAMNEY

Owen

Indicted for horse stealing, Guilty - Sentence of Death recorded

McGRATH

GALLAUGHER

James

Felix

Indicted for the murder of THOMAS McKINLEY a Police Constable, at Dromore, on the 1st August last - Guilty. Manslaughter - Transported for life

GALLAUGHER

Francis

For same - Transported for seven years

KELLY

Patrick

Indicted for Larceny - to be Transported 7 years

McNIECE

CAMPBELL

William

Patrick

Indicted for uttering Forged Notes of the Belfast Bank, Guilty- sentence of death recorded

CAMPBELL

SHIELD

John

John

Indicted for horse stealing - transmitted to the County Donegal

McMANUS

Edward

Indicted for the murder of ALEXANDER McCAWLY - trial postponed, ordered to remain in custody to next Assizes

McQUAID

John

Vagrant - transported seven years

DONNELLY

Patrick

Indicted for the murder of JOHN BEAVERS, on the 1st February last, near Dungannon. In this trial, the jury retired at twelve o’clock on Friday morning, remained all night, and on Saturday was removed, together with the prisoner, to Lifford bridge, the verge of the County. Upon the arrival of Justice Torrens the Jury were called over, and not having agreed, the judge then discharged the jury, and stated, he was sorry that they had been put to such inconvenience more particularly as the great majority was of one opinion - (Eleven for conviction and one for acquittal) - The prisoner was then ordered to remain in custody to next Assizes



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