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Donegal Assizes, Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland March 1830

Extracted from the Strabane Morning Post, April 6, 1830
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


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



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

Surname Given Name Details
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 &




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

Stewart James For stealing a quantity of oats, the property of Robert Little - not guilty

Gallagher &

Gallagher &


John, Sen.

John, Jun.


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
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 &

McGarrigle &





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

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 &




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

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