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Donegal Assizes, Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland July 1828

Extracted from the Strabane Morning Post, August 5, 1828
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


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Old Courthouse, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Photo thanks to Monreagh Heritage Centre

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

Jurist Jurist Jurist
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:

Surname Given Name Details
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 &

Bradden &





For burning a stack-yard --- Not Guilty
Gallaugher Michael For stealing a barrel- Not Guilty
McMullion Alice Vagrant - Not Guilty

McLaughlin &

Gallagher &





For obstructing Revenue Police To be imprisoned 6 months, and kept to hard labour
Nelson Sarah For stealing flannel from Manus Bonar - Discharged by Proclamation

Pohart &

Callaghan &





For being Vagrants. - Discharged by Proclamation
McGurggan Andrew for stealing a Roll of Tobacco - Discharged by Proclamation
McCallion Bryan Committing a Rape. - Discharged by Proclamation

McGinley &

Graham &





for administering Poison to Catherine McGarvey - Not Guilty
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.

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