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NAMES: Samuel COULTER (-1851); John BYRNE; A. FRENCH, R.M. Esq. of Dundalk; John James BIGGER of Falmore House; George MORANT; Samuel BRADFORD; John BRADFORD; John DICKIE; John KIERAN; Robert DICKIE; Owen M'INTEGARTH; Joseph M'INTERGARTH; William M'CLEAN; James BELL; William Charles JONES; Hamilton LANE; John Thomas DICKIE of Clonaleenan; James DICKIE; Michael FARRELL; James DUNNE; Ned Kelly; Biddy KEENAN; Anne M'GUINNESS; Robert BAYLEY AKA BAILIE; Peter WOODS; Dr. John BROWNE; Dr. Richard DONALDSON; Richard BAILLIE of Mounthill; John COULTER of Ballsmill; Peter M'MAHON; Patrick HAYNES; Police Constable CARTIN; John CREIGHTON; James KIRK; Owen KIRK; James MARKEY; Mr. O'CALLAGHAN, J.P.
Sharon Oddie Brown. December 8, 2008
NOTE: This article was abridged from The Newry Examiner. If I can find that version, I will add the other parts to this story. This text was transcribed thanks to Wendy Jack. The footnotes, for better or worse, are mine.


1851 May 9 Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland),
Friday, May 9, 1851

On Saturday John Byrne[2], Esq., one of the coroners for the county of Louth, proceeded at twelve o'clock to Shortstone[3], for the purpose of holding an inquest on the body.  Mr. French[4], R.M., of Dundalk, and Mr. Bigger[5], J.P. of Falmore House[6], were present from an early hour.  In the course of the day Mr. George Morant[7], J.P., Carrickmacross, arrived, and visited the scene of the murder, which was indicated by the blood which still remained fresh upon the road, and on the stone gap where Mr. Coulter had been found lying on Friday morning.  The coroner having inspected the same locality with great minuteness, returned to the house of mourning, where the remains were stretched on a pallet in the parlour.
  The following respectable jury[8] was then sworn - Samuel Bradford[9] (foreman); John Bradford[10], John Dickie[11], John Kieran[12], Robert Dickie[13], Owen M'Integarth[14], Joseph M'Integarth[15], William M'Clean[16], James Bell[17], William Charles Jones[18], Hamilton Lane[19], John Thomas Dickie[20], and James Dickie[21].
  Michael Farrell[22] examined - I was a servant to the late Mr. Coulter, and I live here; about nine o'clock on Friday morning I gave him his horse; he left the house between nine and ten o'clock; after he went away I heard the clock strike, but I could not say whether it was nine or ten it struck; I saw him go down the lane from the house; he was then well; I wished him safe home; and he said there was no fear of him; these are the last words I heard him say; I saw him about an hour afterwards, he was then unable to speak; I saw him on the road before I saw his horse; a labouring man, named James Dunne[23], told me that there was a man hurted down the road; I did not then know who the man was that was hurted; on hearing this I went down the road to look for the man; I then saw the deceased lying up against Jemmy Dunne's two feet; he was covered with blood, he could not then speak; there was blood on the ditch and on the stones where we got him lying; Dunne and I with plenty of boys brought him home; there was plenty about him; Ned Kelly[24], a boy of his, went down the road to him with Dunne; when I got there Kelly was there and also a woman named Biddy Keenan[25]; I did not see his horse at the time; I first saw the horse with Ned Kelly.
  To Mr. Hill[26] - When my master went away I went into a field about some pigs; it was not there the woman told me about the man being hurt; when I was cutting a hedge up off the road afterwards; a woman did not come to me and ask me if the master had gone to the fair; a woman spoke to me from the road, and bid me the time of day; she said nothing about my master; I did not see anybody with the woman; the woman is called the "wrecker."
  To Mr. Bell - I had no particular reason for wishing him safe home that day; I did not apprehend any danger to him.
  To the Coroner[27] - Since my master was killed I heard no one saying why he was killed;  I heard no cause assigned for the murder; every one that I heard speaking said they wondered why he was attacked, and they said he was a good man; I thought it was an odd thing to see so good a man murdered; I often saw him take the hunger off a poor man, and stealing out the food to him; I am not aware that he had any dispute with a tenant; I never was talking to him about his business.
  Anne M'Guinness[28] examined - My husband is in America, and I can't tell whether he is alive; I live in Ballybinivy[29]; I knew the late Mr. Coulter since I was born, and a good man he was; it is a couple of weeks since I saw him alive; I was going to Dundalk on Friday from Ballybinivy, after breakfast; I think it was about nine when I left my own house; I know the smith's forge above where he was beaten; when I came as far as Mr. Bailie's forge[30] I heard a noise like a shot; I made a little halt, while I was tying my shoe; I saw a black horse, which I believed to be Mr. Coulter's; the saddle was on the horse, and no one was riding him; I saw three men running behind the horse as hard as they could, and the sight almost left my eyes; they were strange men; they kept the horse a-head of them; they did not pass me on the road, but turned in at an iron gate; between the iron gate and where I afterwards saw the man lying I met a boy with an ass; the boy was clapping his hands, and said, "Is there any clergy or police at hand, for a man is shot by three men;" then it struck in my heart that it was Mr. Coulter; I said I knew the horse, whoever was the man; I saw the tops of the men's wee heads running up the field, and I thought they were following pigs or sheep; I then went on, and saw a man lying up against a stone ditch; he was gasping, and I did not know him, as his face was all covered with blood; I thought his clothes were like Mr. Coulter's; I did not stop there two minutes; no one came up while I was there; I was afraid, and went away; after passing Mr. Bailie's gate I saw a man named Mickie Farrell (the first witness) cutting bushes in Mr. Coulter's field; Mr. Coulter was his master; I asked him did his master say anything about me the night before, and he replied he did not; I then asked him did the master go to the fair; he said he did; I asked him was it long since and had he time to pass the cross-roads; as I was afraid of what I had seen on the road; he said he had time to pass, and that it was near an hour since he had gone; I said thank God it is not Mr. Coulter - there is a man lying dead on the road side; I asked him what sort of a horse the master had; he said a black horse; I then said if it was the black horse the master was dead if it was not God's will; he replied - "hold your tongue; the master had time to pass you;" Peter Woods[31] was then a good way from me; when Farrell told me the master had time to pass, I said, "thank God it can't be him - I'll say no more about it," my heart then got strong; I said it was the wisest turn for me to hold my tongue, as I had enough to do to mind my own business; I then came on, and met a lot of labourers belonging to Mr. Coulter; that was near the house here; I said there was a sear in my heart, and asked them had the master had time to pass Ballybiviny cross; some of them said he had, and others that he had not; when I told them that there was a man dead, and that the horse was like the master's they pegged away down the road.
  Michael Farrell re-examined - I swore that I met the last witness on the road; she was busy talking, but I didn't mind what she said - I was at my work; she did not ask me did the master say anything about her last night.
  Anne M'Guinness - Oh! I did; you told me to hold my tongue, as it was the wisest way for me.
  Michael Farrell - I did not.
  Anne M'Guinness - You did.
  Michael Farrell - I was at my work and did not hear what she said.
  To a juror - Farrell answered me every word I said.
  The Coroner said that both he and the jury were so dis-satisfied with the evidence of Farrell, that he would commit him to gaol.  A warrant was subsequently made out, and the witness was given in charge to the police.
  Dr. Browne[32], of Dundalk, examined - I performed a post mortem examination on the body; I discovered eighteen wounds on the head, and one upon the neck; the wounds were contused and excised; the skull was fractured and driven in in two places; there were some slight bruises on the limbs; the wound on the neck was a puncture one; it was inflicted with a pointed instrument, but not very sharp; all the serious wounds were upon the left side of the head; the wounds appear to have been inflicted with a heavy blunt instrument; two of them were quite sufficient to cause death; I don't think the wound in the neck would cause death; the skull in two places was driven in about a quarter of an inch on the brain; there was no trace of any gunshot wound.
  Dr. Donaldson[33], of Crossmaglen, corroborated the testimony of Dr. Brown.
  Peter Woods examined - I met Anne M'Guinness near Mr. Bailie's gate; she told me there was a man lying on the side of the road, bleeding; I walked then before her; I did not ask where the man was; left her talking to Farrell; I walked on to Dundalk, and said nothing about the matter; I heard her ask Farrell was Mr. Coulter gone to the fair; she told me she did not know who he was without my asking; did not hear a shot that morning nor shouting.
  The Coroner then announced his intention to adjourn the inquest until 10 o'clock on Tuesday next.
Tuesday, May 6th.
  The examination of the witnesses was resumed at 11 o'clock this morning, in the Police Barrack, at Hackball's-cross[34].
  Mr. French, R.M., Mr. O'Callaghan, J.P., and Mr. Hill, S.I., were in attendance.  There was also a large number of police present, some of whom had come from Dundalk with prisoners, who had been arrested at various times within the last few days on suspicion.
  Michael Farrel was again brought before the jury.
  Coroner - Do you still say, Farrell, that you had no conversation with Anne M'Guinness, on Friday, but to bid her the time of day.
  Farrell - No, Sir.
  Coroner - She did not ask you any question about Mr. Coulter?
  Farrell - No, Sir.
  Mr. French - When the woman was talking, are you sure she said nothing but bid you the hour?
  Farrell - She told me she was going to Dundalk to get a summons.
  Coroner - You did not tell that on Friday.
  Farrell - The sight of the dead man confused me.
  To a Juror - When the woman was speaking to me there was no man with her, but I thought I heard a voice on the road; I think I would know Peter Woods; I did not see him that morning to my knowledge; the voice spoke only a word to me then went away.
  James Dunne examined - I live in Philipstown, and was in the employment of Mr. Coulter; I was in the barn when he was going to the fair; he said nothing to me, nor did I say anything to him; I did not see him mount the horse; I first heard of the attack between nine and ten o'clock, from Mary M'Guinness, who is called the "Wrecker;" she was making a great noise saying that we would soon hear enough about it; she told me she feared the man was Mr. Coulter; we did not know whether it was the master or not, and I told Farrell not to go down, as it would not do for us all to leave the place; when we went down there were two women standing opposite to him on the other side of the road, one of them was a basket woman; Mr. Coulter was lying against the ditch; I shook him, but he could not speak at all; we were more than fifteen minutes at the body before Farrell came up to us; I got the bayonet on the side of the road slough near Mr. Coulter's feet, and I got the pistol in the back of the ditch stuck in a whin bush; the bayonet was bloody, and on the butt end of the pistol there was hair; I do not know of a single circumstance that would throw light upon the murder, and if I did I would tell it; I never heard talk of there being ill-will in the county against him for lands at Castleroach; the bayonet was stuck in the whin bush as if to hide it; I also got a chip of the pistol belonging to that part where the ramrod fits; on Monday week Mr. Richard Baillie[35] of Mounthill [36]and Mr. John Coulter[37] of Ballsmill[38] had a quarrel; the quarrel did go to blows; I seen the two dragging each other at the hall door; on that occassion Mr. Richard Baillie was not perfectly sober; Mr. Coulter was sober; this was between eight and nine o'clock in the evening; I heard a shot fired that night in the yard; it was after the quarrel, about fifteen minutes; the master was then in the house[39]; Mr. Baillie fired the shot; Mr. Samuel Coulter went to interfere between Mr. Richard Baillie and Mr. John Coulter.
  Mr. M'Lean - I knew the two parties, Mr. Richard Baillie and Mr. Samuel Coulter, for several years; and there was always a good feeling between them.
  Peter M'Mahon[40] examined - I went to Crossmaglin fair on Friday morning from Dundalk; heard a shot fired a little below the Cross, near Mr. Coulter's place; when I heard it I saw a boy working on the side of the road with a shovel; after I passed this boy I heard four or five shouts of "murder;" I turned round and asked the boy to come and see what was the matter, but he said he could not leave his work; the shouts appeared about a quarter of a mile off, and came, I think, from one person; do not think I would know that boy again; I hurried on in the direction of the place where I heard the shouting; when the road came straight, and I could see directly before me, I saw three men coming out of the gripe; they were about 30 perches from me, as well as I can remember; when they came out of the ditch one of them looked towards the place where I was stationed, and as soon as they saw me they hurried on in the direction of the mountains; there was a black horse trotting on before them; on my oath I am not acquainted with any of these men; one of them was a tall man, and wore a hat and a long frieze coat hanging down to his heels; he seemed from his running to be an old man, but I could not see his face; another of the men had a blue body coat on him and wore a blue Scotch cap; the trousers of this man were white; the third man was running before the other two, and I am not able to describe his dress; when I arrived at the place from which I saw the men start out, I observed a man lying in the side of the ditch, hurried on to the nearest houses, and met a woman whom I told of the murder; did not go back to where the body lay; I asked the woman I met if there was a police barrack or a clergyman near at hand, but she did not answer the question; she merely said she thought she knew the horse; after I passed the place where the body lay I was overtaken by a "clever" boy, who told me he had seen it; met a number of women of the road who must have heard the shouting that I heard because they were nearer to the scene of the murder than I was.
  Patrick Haynes[41] examined - I am a police-constable stationed here; I got a bayonet, pistol, and part of a stock from Jemmy Dunne; Police-constable Cartin[42] has also the lock of a gun found in the locality of the outrage.
  Police-constable Cartin deposed that Michael Farrell found a bullet and the lock, the latter on the top of the ditch where the deceased was lying.
  Mr. John Coulter examined - I live at Ballsmill, county Armagh; I was in Mr. Samuel Coulter's house on Monday week; a slight quarrel ensued; Richard Baillie appeared to be a little tipsy, and not in good humour with me; he appeared to be in good friendship with Samuel Coulter; Samuel Coulter and Baillie's sisters[43] put him (Richard Baillie) out of the room; Samuel Coulter interfered as a pacificator; I always believed them to be good friends; I always found them on good terms, and I never saw anything between them that could lead me to believe that they were not on good terms.
  Constable John Creighton[44] examined - I am stationed at Dundalk; arrested a man named James Kirk[45] on Friday last, at Shortstone-cross, near Mr. Coulter's house; it was about six o'clock in the evening of the day on which the murder took place that I took him into custody; he wore a large frock coat, made of frieze; it was not long enough to reach down to the ancles; he also wore a pair of white corduroy trowsers; was looking for a man named Kirk, and Mr. Coulter's brother-in-law[46] pointed this man out to me as one of the Kirks that we were looking for; when I arrested him he shook in himself; he (Kirk) said that some spots of blood which he noticed upon his trowsers were accassioned by a bleeding from his nose a few days before; a large spot of blood appeared as if it had been scraped; he wore a clean shirt on that evening, and when he (witness) remarked the circumstance, he accounted for it by saying he was going to Philipstown dispensary; he had a ticket for the dispensary with him which he showed to the witness.
  J. Browne, Esq., M.D., sworn - I examined these trowsers on Sunday morning in Dundalk, and was then doubtful whether the spots upon it were blood or not, but I am now satisfied that the large spot is blood; cannot swear whether it is human blood, or the blood of any of the lower animals.
  James Kirk (the party referred to by the last witness) was then called into the room, and having been duly cautioned by the coroner against saying anything to criminate himself, stated that the trowsers in question were his property, and that the blood visible upon them was caused by a bleeding from the nose; he stated that he put on a clean shirt before he quitted his bed that morning; he admitted that he was in the immediate vicinity of the murder on the same day; stating that he was going to get a dispensary ticket, and heard a shot, but not any shouting.
  Owen Kirk[47] (also in custody on suspicion) examined - First heard of this murder when I was taken into custody in the field where I was ploughing; was not ploughing the whole day; was ploughing at an earlier part of the same day in James Markey's[48] field, at Ballybinivy, within one field from the place where the murder took place; did not hear a shot nor a shout while in the field, nor did I hear of the murder till I was arrested.
  Mr. Sub-Inspector Hill to witness - Do you recollect meeting anyone who asked you where you were from six to ten o'clock that morning?
  Witness - No.
  Mr. Hill - I asked you that question myself.  Do you deny it?
  Witness - No, I do not.
  Mr. O'Callaghan[49], J.P. - Did you not hear of the murder till you were arrested?
  Witness - Yes, I did; but I did not hear either the shot or the shouting.
  The jury then brought in the following verdict:-
  "We find that the deceased Samuel Coulter came by his death early on the morning of the 3d inst., at about the hour of two o'clock, in consequence of severe fractures of the skull, inflicted by some person or persons unknown, on the road leading from Dundalk to Crossmaglin, in the morning of Friday, the 2d of May, inst."
  There are thirteen people in custody on suspicion.  The government have offered a reward of 100l. for such information as will lead to the conviction of the person or persons who perpetrated the murder. - Abridged from the Newry Examiner.


[1] Samuel COULTER. This is the same Samuel COULTER who two years earlier was described as being of Mounthill in the Select Committee on Outrages held in 1852. He was assaulted on February 21st [SEE NEWS] He married Mary BAILIE on March 24, 1846 at Barronstown, Co. Louth. A son, John Bailie COULTER, was baptised at Creggan Church June 26, 1848. SOURCE: IGI & Creggan Church records. I do not yet know where he fits into the family tree, but there is no doubt that he does (his connection to Creggan Church is one of the clues).

[2] John BYRNE. A John BYRNE was a tobacconist in Dundalk. A John BYRNE owned and leased lands  in Crossabeagh, Parish of Louth There was also a solicitor P.J BYRNE mentioned in Tempest Jubilee 1909 edition. A T.J. BYRNE was secretary of the racecourse.

[3] Shortstone, Parish of Roche, Co. Louth. There actually two townlands: Shortstone East and Shortstone West. In the 1854 Griffiths Valuation, a Mary COULTER (probaby the widow) was resident at Shortstone West. The value of the house & buildings leased by Mary COULTER were valued at £12.0.0 and the land included 127.0.21 acres. The land was leased from Robert BAYLEY (which may be the same BAILIE family that had some known family ties).

[4] Mr. FRENCH R.M. A. FFRENCH. R.M. There was an Anthony Ffrench, Esq., of Colemanstown, county of Galway. SOURCE: Ballina Chronicle, November 7, 1849. I am guessing that R.M. stands for “Royal Marines”. But maybe not.

[5] John James BIGGER. J.P. (sometimes spelled BIGGAR) married Charlotte COURTENAY some time after 1832 (the death of her first husband). He died in 1865. He was the recipient of many threats, and had to leave the Parish (SOURCE: Select Committee on Outrages, 1852).

[6]Falmore House, Parish of Roche.  Four miles north west of Dundalk.

SOURCE: http://www.viovio.com/travel/483908 A Georgian Country House. This beautiful country house has been in the Biggar family since the 1740's. It has 5 Georgian bay windows on the front and has over 50 rooms. It was sold 2 years ago, leaving the long standing Biggar family, by Richard Wyndham and Sarah Wyndham. It has extensive lawns and over 100 acres. Falmore Halls first resident was Major Francis Eastwood he took possion about 1800. He was married three times, all his heirs predeceased him. He married for the third time in 1831 to Charlotta Courteney, he was 83 she was 21. He died the following year. Charlotte remarried to John James Bigger soon afterwards and that is how Falmore Hall passed into the hands of the Bigger family.

[7] George MORANT, J.P. of Shirley House, Carrickmacross. He was an agent to A.J. SHIRLEY.

[8] Clearly, the jury included many people who were related not only by class and geography, but many of them were also related by family ties as well. Some of them had also been the recipients of threats.

[9] Samuel BRADFORD (foreman). My best guess is that this is the Samuel BRADFORD of Carnbeg who was born about 1800 and died after the writing of his will in 1876. He seems to have died without living issue and if he ever married  his wife likely predeceased him. His parents were Samuel BRADFORD of Cavananore & Margaret HENRY. Another possibility would be the John BRADFORD (probably born abt 1800) who was a son of William BRADFORD of Ravensdale, Parish of Ballymascanlon, Co. Louth. His mother was named Anne.

[10] John BRADFORD. He may have been the John BRADFORD who was the brother of the aforementioned Samuel BRADFORD, but I don’t know if juries included family ties that were quite that close. A more likely prospect woulf be the John BRADFORD who was a son of William BRADFORD of Ravensdale, Parish of Ballymascanlon, Co. Louth. His mother was named Anne.

[11] John DICKIE. There is a John DICKIE who may be a good fit. I have no dates for him, but his siblings were born between 180-1817. His parents were James DICKIE (1771-1835) of  Carrickastuck & Killen (where he resided at the time of his death) and Euphemia PATTERSON.

[12] John KIERAN. He was one of the elected Poor Law governors. A James KIERAN built the model mills at Phillipstown. SOURCE: Tempest.

[13] Robert DICKIE. There are several Robert DICKIEs in our family tree, but for one reason or another, none of them seem to be quite the right fit.


[15] Joseph M'INTEGARTH

[16] William M'CLEAN

[17] James BELL. I wonder if John Dobbin BELL of Killen Park , Dundalk who was appointed magistrate in 1887 was a relation.

[18] William Charles JONES

[19] Hamilton LANE

[20] John Thomas DICKIE (1787-1876) of Clonaleenan. I suspect this is the right John Thomas DICKIE. He was the husband of Elizabeth McCULLAGH.

[21] James DICKIE. He was possibly the James DICKIE, born 1823 and died October 28, 1884, at the residence of captain M'FERRAN, Barrack street, Dundalk, He was formerly of Seabank, Castlebellingham, and was the fourth son of Robt DICKIE, of Roachdale, County Louth and Mary Anne WALLACE.

[22] Michael FARRELL

[23] James DUNNE

[24] Ned KELLY

[25] Biddy KEENAN

[26] E. HILL, Esq. Sub-Inspector. I wonder if he was related to Edward HILL, a local landlord.

[27] Coroner – probably John BYRNE.

[28] Anne M'GUINNESS. A Thomas MAGENNISS had a small house and forge at Ballybinaby. A James, Bryan and Edward MAGENNIS also leased small acreages.

[29] Ballybinivy AKA Ballybinaby, Parish of Roche, Co. Louth. In the Griffiths valuation of 1854, virtually the entire townland was owned by the trustees of Robert DICKIE

[30] Mr. BAILIE's forge. Robert BAYLEY had a forge at Shortstone West, Parish of Roche in the 1854 Griffiths valuation.

[31] Peter WOODS. I wonder if he was related to Dr. James WOODS, the Gaelic scholar (whose father was also named Peter WOODS. This Peter WOODS (1721- 1778) and held lands at Loughross in 1766 and was buried in Creggan Churchyard . SOURCE: The Loughross Gaelic Scholar. NOTE: A Thomas WOODS leased lands at Mounthill from Edward HILL in 1854 in partnership with James & Thomas KIRK and Owen M’ARDLE.

[32] Dr. John BROWNE. He died before 1909. SOURCE: Tempest Jubilee Annual 1909 p82: Dr. John Browne, M.D., was a leading physician in Dundalk for many years, and was untiring and unceasing in his desire to benefit all classes, socially, morally, mentally and physically. He was the first Secretary of the original Mechanics' Institute formed in 1844, and when in 1857 it was merged into the Free Public Library, he still continued to act as Secretary, which office he filled till he resigned in 1883. Dr Browne, in conjunction with Dr. Laurence Martin, was in 1845 appointed Medical Officer of the Dundalk Dispensary, and during the visitation of cholera, and also the famine period, both were unremitting in their attention to the poor and the afflicted; afflicted ; and it was at that time Dr. Martin—then a young man of 32—was stricken with typhus fever, and died in 1847. Dr. Browne lived for many years after, and was the recipient of a handsome presentation in acknowledgment of his philanthropic efforts during residence in Dundalk. On his retirement he went to reside in Northampton with his daughter, Mrs. Thursfield, where he died, at the advanced age of 80. It was due to his untiring and arduous work that the town of Dundalk has had an adequate chronicle, " D'Alton's History of Dundalk," compiled and published. Dr. Browne was Secretary of the Committee which had charge of the protracted endeavours to raise funds for the publication. We have gone over the original papers and letters to Mr. D'Alton, Mr. O'Flanagan, his helper, and to innumerable residents in the County and elsewhere. The fact that it was over ten years from Dr. Browne s first mooting of the project till the book was issued will give some idea of the doggedness with which he stuck to his often disheartening task. As a sample of his constant interest and help in all directions, it may be recalled that he once raised a considerable sum by subscriptions to send a young Dundalk man named McCann to Dublin to study drawing and painting.

[33] Dr.. Richard DONALDSON, born June 19th, 1821 and died March 4th 1876 .

·         Irish Edition of Alexander ban Donaldson, He  owned 139 acres, 2 roods and 35 perches of land in 1864. He resided in Sheetrim  in a fine house and home called Black Quarter and now Sheetrim House. This place is still marked on maps of Northern Ireland as it has been for many years.  He was a fine gentleman and well liked in the community by both religions. I  have no record of him ever being married or having children. He left everything he owned to his sister Sarah. He died and was buried 8 Mar 1876 in Creggan  Cemetery beside Alexander Ban Donaldson, his great grandfather.  

·         Memorial in Creggan Church, (I have a photo of this): SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF RICHARD DONALDSON M.D. For thirty two years dispensing physician to the district of Crossmaglen. He was a great man of great mental energy. A Benevolent Physician and a Christian of Unostentatious Piety. The Parishioners of Creggan will long remain Deeply indebted to his Indefatigability and successful exertions for the Maintenance of their church in time of its greatest difficulties. He died March 4th 1876 aged 54. This Monument was erected by his numerous friends, we deeply deplored his early death.

·         Creggan Graveyard,:Here lies the body of Alex Donaldson of Cloghog Co. Armagh, formerly of Philipstown Co. Louth who died 22nd Jan 1776 aged 85 years and of his wife Alice Donaldson who died 24 Aug 1769 aged 82 years and of Richard Donaldson M.D. whose father Joseph Donaldson was a grandson of the said Alex Donaldson; he died 4th March 1876

·          Will Abstract, 1876 Richard DONALDSON late of Sytrim Hoiuse, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh. MD. d. 4 Mar 1876. Granted to Sarah Cannon DONALDSON of Sytrim House Crossmaglen, spinster, sister effects under 450 pounds.).


[34] Hackballscross, is an intersection on N53, just south of Shortstone West

[35] Richard BAILLIE of Mounthill. I suspect he is related to these COULTERs, but as yet, I do not have the links. A Mary BAILEY had a brother John who I suspect is the same John BAILIE of Clonaleenan who married Dorothy SMITH. Their daughter Catherine BAILIE married Andrew DONALDSON.. Mary BAILEY married a Samuel DICKIE (1700-1746) of Clonaleenan, Co Louth.

[36] Mounthill. In terms of COULTER links to Mounthill, one tidbit that is interesting is that an Edward TIPPING of Mounthill was involved in an 1830 lease. SEE: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/documents/1830Sept2-JACKSON-JOHNSTON.html It should be noted that a Samuel TIPPING married a Mary COULTER sometime in the mid-1700s. There are a number of COULTERs mentioned in the Registry at Creggan Church from Mounthill. A will was probated in 1841 for a Samuel COULTER of Mounthill – possibly the father of this Samuel COULTER.

·         NOTE: Glassdrummond is a townland bordering Mounthill and it had a history of COULTER residency. SEE: http://www.devlin-family.com/timelineglassdrummond.htm

·         Also, there are numerous COULTER references in the Freeholder records at PRONI which I will post separately.

[37] John COULTER of Ballsmill. A John COULTER had holdings in Glassdrummond in 1854. I suspect that he is a relation of the murdered Samuel COULTER, possibly even a brother (although I suspect that relation might have been commented on, so perhaps he was a cousin). There are a number of records of both a Samuel COULTER and a John COULTER leasing lands in Mounthill in 1818 and 1826. There were references also to both John and Samuel sr. And jr. (just to add to the confusion).

[38] Ballsmill. There may have been more than one COULTER family residing at Ballsmill. In the Creggan church records, there is a record of a William and Fanny COULTER whose daughter Sarah COULTER was baptised March 16, 1847. This would seem to indicate that they were a young family, possibly living in the parental home.

[39] Which house and who was the master, I don’t yet know.

[40] Peter M'MAHON

[41] Patrick HAYNES


[43] Who Richard BAILLIE’s sisters were, I have yet to determine, but based on the naming of Samuel COULTER’s son, it would not be surprising if one them was Mary, his wife.


[45] James KIRK. There are a number of KIRK family in the neighbourhood. According to the 1854 Giffiths Valuation, a James KIRK leased lands in Mounthill, parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh. A Bridget KIRK and a Bernard KIRK each leased small acreages in Ballybinaby, Parish of Roche from Robert COULTER. Modest dwellings an acreages were leased in Ballinfuil, Parish of Roche. Several KIRKs leased and owned land in Drumcah, Parish of Louth. Other KIRKS held lands in Parish of Clogher & Innishkeen.

[46] Mr. Coulter's brother-in-law. Possibly Richard or Robert BAILIE.

[47] Owen KIRK. In 1854, an Owen KIRK leased ten acres and a house valued at £1.5.0 in Glasdrumman, Parish of Creggan from John J. BIGGER. His land would be close to Mounthill.

[48] James MARKEY. The MARKEY family were very involved in the Loyal National Repeal Association. SEE: 1840 Sept 15. Freemans Journal http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/louth/newspapers/freeman-louth03.txt  See also: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/documents/newsclippings/1850July5-AngloCelt.html

[49] James. O'CALLAGHAN, J.P He was a Justice of the Peace for both Co. Armagh and Co. Louth and had property in both counties close to Crossmaglen. He himself was a Roman Catholic and was deemed to be `well acquainted with the state of the district`. He owned property where two people (both named CLARKE) were murdered when they were employed on this property as caretakers. This property was one where former tenants had been dispossessed as a result of their rent being in arrears (a judgement of the Court of Chancery). SOURCE: p663 Select Committee on Outrages (Ireland) 1852.



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