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NAMES: Mary DULLAGHAN; Patrick M'KIEVER of Silverbridge; Owen MURPHY of Carnally; Michael CAMPBELL of Glassdrummond; Patrick M'CANN of Cariff
Sharon Oddie Brown. December 8, 2008
Thanks to Wendy Jack for the transcription of this article. The footnotes come from me thinking out loud, working from hunches and incomplete data - and there may be errors. If you find any, please let me know. I will correct them ASAP. .

 

The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Wednesday, June 4, 1851; Issue 11782
 

THE MURDER AT SHORTSTONE. - Four persons have been arrested on the evidence of a strolling woman, named Mary Dullaghan[1], and committed to Dundalk gaol, on a charge of having conspired to murder the late Samuel Coulter[2].  Their names are Patrick M'Kiever[3], of Silverbridge[4]; Owen Murphy[5], of Carnally; Michael Campbell[6], of Glassdrummond[7]; and Patrick M'Cann[8], of Cariff[9].  They are all small farmers, and lived in the county of Armagh.  This woman, we understand, swears that she was present in M'Kiever's house, some days before the murder, when she heard him swear that if no other person would do the deed, he would perform it himself. - Dundalk Democrat.

 



[1] Mary DULLAGHAN

[2] Samuel COULTER. This is the Samuel COULTER of Shortstone who was murdered May 3, 1851. He was also attacked and threatened in 1849. His wife’s name was Mary and one of his sons was John Bailie COULTER, baptised at Creggan Church June 26, 1848. He had another child whose age and sex is not known to me.

[3] Patrick M'KIEVER of Silverbridge probably the townland of Ummeracam (Johnston), Parish of Creggan. I could find no record of him leasing land in 1854. 

[4] Silverbridge. I believe it is in the townland of Ummeracam (Johnstone), Parish of Creggan

[5] Owen MURPHY of Carnally, Parish of Creggan. I could find no record of him leasing land in 1854.

[6] Michael CAMPBELL of Glassdrummond, probably in the Parish of Killevy, Co. Armagh (although . I could find no record of him leasing land in 1854.

·         In the 1852 Report of Select Committee on Outrages, p666. Samuel COULTER received a threatening letter from a Mr. Campbell. This evidence was given by James O’CALLAGHAN, a Roman Catholic Justice of the Peace who owned property just outside Crossmaglen. According to this evidence, Mr. Campbell had said that he “would not, as a clergyman, administer sacraments to a man in the extremity of death who he conceived let his land too dear”. He also alleged that “There can be no peace in the country till this system is extinguished; it greatly affects the value of the landed property”.

[7] Glassdrummond, probably in the Parish of Killevy, Co. Armagh, although there is also a Glasdrumman, Parish of Creggan which was adjacent to the townland of Mounthill where Samuel COULTER apparently resided..

[8] Patrick M'CANN of Cariff, possibly Carrive, Parish of Forkill, Co. Armagh.  They are all small farmers, and lived in the county of Armagh. His name shows up in the Townland of Carrive with a lease for 11 acres and a house valued at 0.15.0 from Turner A. MACAN.

[9] Carriff. possibly Carrive, Parish of Forkill, Co. Armagh.

 

 

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