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Tyrone Assizes, March 1825

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


Extracted from the STRABANE MORNING POST

Tuesday, March 15, 1825


TYRONE ASSIZES HELD AT OMAGH MARCH 1825

On Saturday last, the Hon. Justice VANDELEUR opened the Commission in the Crown Court, Omagh. The Following Gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:


Lord Viscount CORRY, Foreman

J. C. MOUTRAY, ESQ.

William BROWN, ESQ.

J. D. ECCLES, ESQ.

Hugh LYLE, ESQ.

Hon. A. G. STEWART

William D’ARCY IRVINE, ESQ

Hugh STEWART, ESQ.

Jones CRAWFORD, ESQ.

Hon. H. CORRY

Samuel GALBRAITH. ESQ.

Richard STAPLES, ESQ.

Alexander CAMPBELL, ESQ.

Robert W. LOWRY, ESQ.

H. G. EDWARDS, ESQ.

James CAULFIELD, ESQ.

Sir J. J. BURGOYNE, KNT.

William VERNER, ESQ.

William MURRAY, ESQ.

John BURGES, ESQ.

John S. MURRAY, ESQ.

George LENDRUM, ESQ.



Shortly after, the Court proceeded to try the following persons:

SCOTT

Fanny

for larceny - guilty

MULLAN

John

for same offence - guilty

BURKE

Hugh

for stealing cloth from the shop of William Doherty, of this town [Strabane], a short time ago - guilty; to be transported seven years

DEAN

Andrew

indicted for larceny - guilty



Tuesday, March 22, 1825

TYRONE ASSIZES

TRACY

&

McBRIDE

Edward



William

were indicted for forcibly breaking the dwelling house of ADAM KEENAN, (Brackagh) on the night of the 4th of March and imprisoning Keenan for the space of two days.

[Lengthy details of trial are printed in the newspaper, but are too lengthy to be transcribed here]

The Judge sentenced them to imprisonment for eighteen calendar months.

* An allusion of Keenan to something which happened on the 16th of February, referred to an attack made that night on his house, which was then broken into and his wife brutally ravished. She was removed to the town of Omagh, for safe custody; but on the night of the 5th of March, was carried off from thence by a party of ruffians, who stopped her mouth full with bread, to prevent her calls for help from being heard. She has been taken no one knows where, and it is doubtful whether she be now dead or alive.* [See below]

HURST

Samuel

indicted for a rape on the body of CATHERINE McKEEGAN at Gortin. It appeared that no rape was committed. He was acquitted.



The following persons were found guilty of larceny, and sentenced as follows:

ALLISON

Isabella

to be transported seven years

SCOTT

Fanny

imprisoned 3 months

MULLEN

John

imprisoned 6 months

SCOTT

Richard

imprisoned 12 months, and kept to hard labour

KELLY

John

imprisoned 12 months, and kept to hard labour

DONNELLY

Rosanna

imprisoned 6 months

ARMSTRONG

George

imprisoned two months

BELL

Alex.

imprisoned one month

HARVEY

Mary

for uttering counterfeit coin, to be imprisoned six months

ROSS

&

ROSS

Owen



Robert

for robbery of arms - trial postponed till next assizes

MACKIN

Edward

for having in his possession a forged Bank of Ireland note, to be transported 14 years

GREER

&

BAILEY

Martin



Thomas

for attacking the house of JOHN COSGROVE - trial postponed; to remain in custody until next assizes

TRACY

Peter

for a rape on the body of BRIDGET KEENAN - trail postponed till next assizes, the prosecutrix being unlawfully carried away by a number of persons at present unknown; ordered to remain in custody till next assizes

JOHNSTON

Hugh

for murder - not guilty

 

Thirty persons were convicted of practices of illicit distillation, and sentenced to pay a fine of 2, or be imprisoned one month.



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