County Down


Dromore Petty Sessions & Area Crimes

 Stories from the courts

Tuesday March 11th. 1845, Orange procession, William McCauley and William McCaughey and 26 others were indicted for an Orange procession at Dromore, on the 30th. Oct and three others for a similar offence, at Moira, verdict was guilty, the prisoners in the three cases were called forward, and sentenced to one months imprisonment or to pay a fine of twenty shillings to the Queen, and two surieties in £5 each to be of good behaviour.

Wed. Aug. 24th. 1853, Dromore Petty Sessions, Head constable Murphy prosecuted two persons named James Prenter and Mary Ann Whiteside, for selling spirits without license, each were ordered to pay a fine of £2 and 10shillings costs, or one months hard labour in Downpatrick goal.

Thomas Gooliland was fined 10shillings and costs, and to give bail to keep the peace, for having assaulted a person named John Spence at Dromore, on 6th. Aug.

George Black, an apprentice, was charged by his master with wilfully refusing  and neglecting to weave, he was ordered to be confined in jail for fourteen days.

William Hawthorn, charged his brother, Thomas Hawthorn, with wilfully injuring a spring well, it appeared from the evidence of a witness named George White, that the defendant was building a wall around the well, and during the time he was doing so, complainant alleged he had injured the water, the witness stated the well had been much improved, the complaint was dismissed, with 3shillings and 6pence costs.

Samuel Graham, Anthony Magenis, Patrick Durken, Theophilus Whiteside, John McMullen, and William McCormick, were charged, by head constable Francis Murphy, of Dromore, with fighting at Dromore, and assaulting each other, Graham, Magenis, Whiteside and Durken were ordered to pay a fine of 5shillings each, or kept in jail for three days.

Monday, July 4th. 1853, HILLSBOROUGH QUARTER SESSIONS ,Patrick McTier was charged with assaulting Thomas Guthrie and George Gooley at Backnamullogh on the 11th. April, George Gooley  accompanied by Guthrie went to McTiers house to  execute a Quarter Sessions Decree, the prisoner struck George Gooley, knocked him down, kicked him and tore his clothes, the prisoner also struck Guthrie, Guilty, sentenced to three months imprisonment.

Monday, July 4th. 1853, Andrew McCann and Ann Dogherty were charged with having stolen at Dromore, on the 23rd. April, about 30 yards of Calico, the property of George Elliot Spence, Head constable Murphy proved getting the calico produced with McCann, in a lodging house, Dogherty was in the same apartment, Dogherty pleaded not guilty, McCann was imprisoned for six months.

Monday, July 4th. 1853, Adam Poots and James Mulligan, charged for having at Dromore on the 11th. June 1853 assaulted Jacob Posnett, so as to indanger his life, both prisoners were acquitted.

Monday, July 4th. 1853, Michael McGlogan was acquitted of a charge of having at Balleny on the 9th. May 1853, entered the house of Andrew Black, and stole several articles of wearing apparel.

Monday June 19th. 1854, Dromore Petty Sessions, Israel Martin was fined £1 and costs or one month in jail, for assaulting a person named Joseph Martin, while on their way from the fair in Banbridge, it appeared the complainant, defendant and two others were on their way home from the fair, when complainant got intoxicated, defendant took charge of him to see him safe home, instead of which he assaulted him and beat him without provocation,

Monday June 19th. 1854, Dromore Petty Sessions, Shebeen case, James Martin, charge by head constable Murphy with keeping whiskey for sale without a license, at Drumaghadone, between the 10th. april and 10th. June 1854, John Clarke and Robert Clarke were examined and proved having purchased the whiskey and paid for it, defendant to pay £1 and costs or one month in jail.

June 15th. 1854, Dromore Petty Sessions,William Herdman and Thomas Hill were charged with assaulting a person named Thomas Donaldson, while leaving Dromore fair, on the 12th.of May last, Donaldson said as he was leaving the fair, some conversation took place between him and the defendants, when Herdman struck him and Hill aided the assailant. on being  cross examined, by Herdman the witness accused Herdman of having struck him with a rotten egg some days before the fair. two girls attacked the witness while leaving the fair, and pulled the skirts of his coat, witness made a kick at them but missed striking them and fell, they called witness a "waxworks fancy" and a "living curosity" and several other insulting names (laughter", Herdsman was ordered to pay 4shillings and six pence, and Hill 2shillings and sixpence or to be kept four days in jail.

June 15th. 1854, Dromore Petty Sessions, Absconding Apprentice, Alexander Hamilton was charged by Mr. William John Moore with misconduct and absenting himself from his employer's service, being an indentured apprentice, he was sent to jail for one month.

June 15th. 1854, Dromore Petty Sessions,John Roney and William Donaldson were charged by Robert Cairns with entering his garden, on the night of the 31st. May, at Dromore, and uprooting and destroying the flower ground and flowers growing in the garden, there was not sufficient evidence to convict the prisoners, case dismissed.

June 15th. 1854, Dromore Petty Sessions,John Sprott, was charged with detaining yarn given him by David McIlvenna to weave into cloth, defendant to pay a fine of forty shillings or to be kept in jail for one month.

Monday Aug. 21st. 1854,  Dromore Petty Sessions,Joseph Strong, a respectable young man, a farmer residing near Dromore, was given in charge for assaulting, at Drumbroneth on the 9th. Aug. a young man named John Gibson, Hugh Lilburn, Jun. and William Hugh McCandless, were charged with aiding and abetting the assault. John Gibson, examined by Mr. Dickson, lives in Drumbroneth, recollects  Wednesday evening, 9th. instant, he was coming over Bankheads hill, he met Strong, Lilburn and McCandless, and a man named Martin, he did not speak to them, then Strong without speaking drew the butt of his whip and struck him a violent blow on the head, which rendered him insensible, he did not remember anything that occurred later, Cross examined by Strong, swears it was with the butt end of the whip the blow was given. Some other witnesses have been examined, the charge was dismissed against Lilburn and McCandless, but sentenced Strong to be imprisoned for one Month in Downpatrick jail and kept at hard labour, an application was made to have a fine imposed instead, but this was refused.

Monday Aug. 21st. 1854, Alexander McLaughlin was charged with having assaulted his sister, at Ballymacormick, on the 11th. Aug. 1854, and wilfully broke a loom her property, the bench ordered him to pay a fine of 10shillings and costs, or go to prison for one weeks hard labour,

Monday Aug. 21st. 1854, Alexander Morton, a young man of respectable appearance, from Corbitt, near Banbridge was charged by Catherine Shea, with having at Skillyscolban ?, on the 22nd. Aug. 1854 assaulted her, there was also a cross charge in which Morton charged Shea with an assault and attempting to stab him with a knife at the same place. It seems the origin of the assault began when Morton was on his way to Dromore to post a letter, he called at Sheas house, where the post office had been until the week previous, but had been removed a distance away, Morton asked Mrs Shea to post the letter as it would save him some time from turning on his journey to Dromore, she agreed but on getting the letter, she objected to the postage stamp, that was on it, alleging it might be suspected as having been used before, she tore it off and he gave her a penny to buy a new stamp, in the evening he called to see if the letter had been posted at the post office, and found that it had, he suspected that Mrs. Shea had used the old stamp she had torn of the letter, as other stamps he had at home were all right, he unfortunately it appears called at the house of Mrs Shea on the 2nd and demanded the penny he gave her back. it appears in defence that Morton caught hold of her and struck her, and in defence she struck him with a shovel, the Bench dismissed the charge against Mrs Shea and ordered Morton to be consigned to the care of the Governor of Down jail for fourteen days at hard labour.

Monday Aug. 21st. 1854, Rape, John corry of Lisnacurren was charged by his indentured  apprentice named Marcella Harington, with having violated her person about three months ago, she being a child about fifteen years old, against her will, he was also charged with an attempt to do so at Lisnacurren on the 2nd. of June 1854, and was also charged with having on the fifteenth July last, at Lisnacurren attempt to violate her person, and also at the same time and place assault her, the Magistrate decided upon sending the case to the next assizes at Downpatrick, Corry to bail himself in £50 and two sureties of £25 each.

Monday, October 23, 1854  Dromore Petty Sessions,James Dickson for obstructing head constable Murphy, while in the execution of his duty, £2. 10shillings good behaviour bail for one year.

Samuel Adams, charged with selling spirits without a license at Ballymacormick, fined 17shillings and six pence, or one months imprisonment.

John Smith and William Smith, were charged with assaulting Robert Kirkpatrick at Coolsallagh, on the 10th. Oct 1854, from evidence it seemed the parties had been in Dromore fair, and on their return Kilpatrick was overtaken by the prisoners, whereupon William Smith repeatedly struck Kilpatrick and knocked him down, John Smith aiding and abetting, judge ordered both prisoners to be confined to one month in jail at hard labour.

Mr. Joseph McMullan charged John Gibson, James Russell, Jane Sneddin and Maurice Lindsay, with detaining yarn given to them to weave into cloth, Mr. Mullan was examined, and proved his case against the defendants, who were ordered to pay a fine of six pence and compensation £1 and costs or one Month in jail.

Mr. William Jardine prosecuted Robert Hawthorn, Robert Martin, Rebecca McCavoy for detaining yarn given to weave into cloth, each were to pay a fine of six pence and £1 compensation and costs, or one months jail.

Mr. William Carlile prosecuted James Narshaw for detaining yarn given to weave they each were ordered to pay  fine of six pence and £1 compensation and costs, or one months jail.

Mr. John Hanna charged John Kerr, James Bingham, Samuel Hanna, Rowland Madden, John Jennings, William Carlile, James Wallace, James Scott, John Kerr and and James Burns for yarn given to weave they each were ordered to pay  fine of six pence and £1 compensation and costs, or one months jail.

Mr. Thomas McCay prosecuted William McMullan for detaining yarn, he was ordered to pay a  fine of six pence and £1 compensation and costs, or one months jail.

3rd. Jan. 1855, Hillsborough Quarter sessions, William McAlinden was indicted, for burglariously breaking into the dwelling house of John Dixon, at Balleny, on the 4th. Dec. 1854, and stolen goods there out,  the Crown solicitor made application for the trial to be postponed to the Newry Quarter Sessions, 4th. April next.

Wed. Jan 24th. 1855, Dromore Petty Sessions, Samuel Lyle, charged by Sub constable Hayes with shooting at a cock, on Christmas day and placing it in a position so as to cause unnecessary suffering, fined 5shillings or one week in jail.

Sarah Walsh, alias Sarah McBride was charged by constable Richard Gould, with having in her possession and offering for sale at Dromore, a quanity of cambric handkerchiefs, supposed to have been purloined or embezzled, he was informed she sold some of them at one penny each, they were wet and only partly bleached, also heard the prisoner pretended to be deaf and dumb, the magistrates then called on the prisoner to account how she came by the handkerchiefs, her reply was unsatisfactory, she was ordered to be deprived of the goods and to pay a fine of £10 or go to jail for two months hard labour.

Wed. Jan 24th. 1855 Assault,Constable Ledely prosecuted Thomas Bell and James Daragh for fighting and committing a breach of the peace and assault, and James Harvey and William Creighton with aiding and assisting in same, at Drumbroneth on 30th. Dec. last, Bell, Daragh and Creighton were fined 10shillings each and costs, Harvey in 5shillings and costs or go to jail for one month.

Wed. Jan 24th. 1855, Stealing Turf, Euphemia Graham was charged by James McDonald with stealing, this case was proved and Graham was ordered to pay a sum of 5shillings and for compensation 10shillings and costs or go to jail for one month.

Wed. Jan 24th. 1855, Furious Riding, Patrick Brennan was charged by Sub constable William McRoberts with riding a horse furiously on the streets of Dromore, on Dec. last, Brennan was ordered to pay 5shillings and costs or jail for one week.

Wed. Jan 24th. 1855, Forcible Possession, James McCoy charge James Bawn with taking forcible possession of a field of land, this was a cross case as Bawn charged McCoy with threatening him and injury to a horse, the court ordered both parties into recognizance to keep the peace.

Wed. Jan 24th. 1855, Embezzling Yarn, William James Johnston, was charged with embezzling yarn given to him to weave, the property of Messrs. William Sprott & Co., Johnston had been arrested and given bail, to answer the charge here today, he did not appear.

Monday Sept. 24th. 1855, Dromore Petty Sessions,Andrew Smith was charged by Robert Ardery with leaving his service without cause, on the 14th. Aug. 1855 and not returning thereto, he having been hired till November next, Mr. Ardery proved the foregoing and Smith who did not appear, although summoned, was sentenced to pay 10shillings fine and £1 costs, or two months hard labour.

John O'Hare was charged with a similar offence, O'Hare appeared and was ordered to  pay  seven shillings including costs, or one week in jail.

20th. March. 1856, Dromore Petty Sessions, Assault, Robert Price of Dromore,  was charged by William Cupples on the 1st. March, the court ordered Price to 3shillings and 6 pence costs, and to give bail to keep the peace for one year, himself in £5 and two surieties of £2. 10shillings each, or one months jail.

Michael Kerr was charged by William McCrea with stealing one bottle of whiskey at Ballyvicknakelly on the 8th., from the evidence it appeared that Kerr is the driver of a car in Dromore, and McCrea hired the car on the night in question, before getting on the car, he gave Kerr a bottle of whiskey in charge, which was stolen off the car, a witness was produced who proved that Kerr on his return that night, after being with McCrea told a person that a man had secreted a bottle of whiskey on the roadside, this witness found next morning, and drank the contents and was in a glorious state of intoxication, the charge against Kerr was dismissed.

Tues. June 2nd. 1856, Hillsborough Quarter Sessions, Mary Ann McStraffick was indicted for stealing two shillings and nine pence halfpenny from the person of John Porter at Dromore on the 20th. April, prisoner guilty, but as she had been in prison since the day of the robbery (20th. April) she was sentenced to a further month in prison.

Robert Gregg, Jun. was indicted for assaulting Samuel Seeds at Kilsorell on the 12th. Nov. 1855, so as to cause him grievous bodily harm, the prisoner was aquitted.

Friday, June 27, 1856, Felix Campbell was charged by constable Daniel Leddy, with selling spirits, at Tullmacerett, on the 8th. June 1856, and not being duly licensed, fined five shillings and ten shillings costs.

 November 20th., 1856, Dromore Petty Sessions,

Edward Rooney, charged by constable  Daniel Leddy, with being drunk at Dromore, fined five shillings.

Eliza Stewart,   charged by constable  Daniel Leddy, with assaulting a woman, named Betty Wallace and another woman named Mary Allen, fined six shillings.

Samuel Gamble, of Tullendoney was charged with selling spirits without a license, a man named Berrisfield and another man named Patterson proved the case.

Robert Kilpatrick was charged by charged by constable  Daniel Leddy with selling spirits without a license, ordered to pay fine of 123shillings and six pence, or one month in jail.

Isabella Keenan, was charged, by acting constable Thomas Wilson, with selling spirits without a license, John McCavay proved to having bought and paid six pence for three glasses of whiskey on hallowene night, Keenan was fined, seventeen shillings and six pence, or one month jail.

Robert Martin of Lisburn, Robert Martin of Balleny and Michael Toner of Lisburn, were severally charged with a very violent assault upon William Henry Patterson, on the morning of the 2nd. inst. without any provocation, they knocked him down, then kicked him and broke some of his teeth, The Court ordered Thomas Martin to be imprisoned for two Months, and Robert Martin and Michael Toner to one Month each, all to be kept at hard labour.

Hugh Scott McMurray was charged by James Lyle, with assaulting him and shooting at him, on the 10th. of Oct. last, Murray was held to bail himself at two surieties in £5 each, to answer the charges next spring.

Margaret Graham of Drumiller, charged by constable Leddy for selling spirits without a license, James Patterson was a witness and proved sale of whiskey by defendant, fined 16 shillings and 6pence or 14 days jail.

James Gardner, charged with embezzling yarns given to him to weave, on the 14th. April and 28th. April last, the property of Mr. Minniss, Mr. Minniss proved the delivering of three webs of yarn to defendant to weave, witness got back the chains but no weft, defendant was fined £2 and costs or one Month in jail for each weft, in total three months hard labour.

Thurs. Nov.19th. 1857, Dromore Petty Sessions,

John Kilpatrick was charged by Mr. Stanfield  Inspector of Weights and Measures with having an unjust beam in his possession, fined £1 and costs.

Bernard McAvoy was charged by Mr. Stanfield with having an unjust weighing machine in his possession, convicted and ordered to pay a fine of £1 and one shilling and costs.

James McCracken and Maxwell Halliday were convicted for having light and unjust weights in their possession, fined 5shillings each and costs.

Hugh Moore charged John Hanna Ker and several others with an assault at Drumacloney on the 11th. there was also a cross case, in which Hugh Moore and William Moore were charged with a violent assault at the same time, the cases were referred to Hillsborough Quarter Sessions, but admitted the accused bail.

John King was charged by George Gooley and Hugh Watson with an assault and using threatening language at Ballyvicnakelly on the 28th. Oct, it appears that King was the tenant of Watson, and being in arrears of rent, Watson employed Gooley to distrain Kings goods for the rent, when he assaulted Gooley and Watson, and since threatened Watson, for the assault upon Gooley, King was ordered to pay a fine of 10shillings and costs, or 14 days in jail, and for assaulting and threatening Watson, to find bail to keep the peace, with two sureties, or go to jail for one month.

Upwards of 30 persons were fined in sums varying from one shilling to four shillings each, for leaving their carts on the street, cattle wandering, dogs going at large.

Mary Waugh charged her son, James  Waugh, with assaulting and threatening her life, he was ordered to keep the peace, or go to jail for one month.

Issac Hillis and a number of others, were charged with pulling down a fence, the property of the County Surveyor, at Tullymacarett on the 31st. Oct., on the road from Mitchells moss to Ashfield, the charge against all were dropped, except Hillis, who was fined 15shillings and costs or 14 days in jail.

James Mulligan, William Arlow, Samuel Arlow, Samuel Vance, William McCaw, George Herdman, Thomas Craney, Thomas Russell, and John Parrott, were charged with wilfully and maliciously pulling down an uninhabited house, the property of Samuel Vance at Greenan, on the night of 7th. after a number of witnesses had been examined, the charge was dismissed against all the accused.

Jan. Thursday 21st. January 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions,

John McKenny, Michael McKenny and John Mallon, were charged with taking  forcible possession of lands, houses and premises, the property of Patrick McKenny, at Crossgare on the 14th. 15th. and 16th. January, Evidence having been given on both sides, the Court were equally divided as to the granting of informations to the Sessions, consequently the case could not be decided.

George Whiteside, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and using party expressions at Dromore on the 2nd. of Jan. fined 5shillings and costs or be imprisoned for 48 hours.

John Walker, charged with keeping his public house open at prohibited hours, on Saturday night the 19th. Dec, at half past eleven o'clock, found guilty, fined 10shillings and costs.

John Watson was charged by Ellen Quinn with assaulting her at Skeagh, he was fined 10shillings and costs, or 1 month in jail.

Hugh Chambers was charged by Patrick Murray with assaulting him, on 2nd. Jan. Chambers was fined 2shillings and sixpence and costs or one week in jail.

James Hagans was charged with over holding  possession of a house, held under Robert Frazer as weekly tenant, in the market town of Dromore, a warrant was granted against the defendant to give possession in ten days.

Felix Campbell was charged with selling spirits and porter without a license at Tullymacerett. Henry Mitchell, Hugh Keenan and James Cowdy, witnesses having been examined, proved to having purchased porter in Campbells house last November, for which they paid, Campbell was fined 9shillings and 11shillings costs, or one month in prison.

Ellen Quinn was charged by constable Gunn, with selling spirits without a license at Skeagh, fined 9shillings and 11shillings costs, or one month in prison.

Mary McClelland was convicted and fined 10shillings for having sold spirits without a license.

Jane Paxton was charged with stealing cabbages the property of Samuel Moore, defendant was found guilty, fined 0, pence and 5shillings compensation and costs, or a fortnights imprisonment.

A Dear Ribbon

A respectable person named Mrs Prudence Strong had obtained a summons against Miss Martha Harvey, an assistant in Mr. Sauls, haberdasher, Dromore, for unlawfully detaining a piece of ribbon, bought by her in the market of Dromore, value one shilling, Mrs Strong alleged she paid for the ribbon but did not lift it off the counter, while Mrs Harvey alleged she was paid for and handed the ribbon to Mrs Strong, and it must have been taken from her if she had it not. Mrs Strong not appearing to support her complaint, the Court dismissed the charge, and ordered Mrs Strong to pay the defendant, Miss Harvey 5shillings, cost of court and loss of time.

Samuel Brown was fined 13shillings and six pence, or one week in jail for detaining linen yarn, the property of Mr. Isaac Cowden.

W. Clarke, J. Clarke, William James and four or five other persons were charged by Mr. Joseph McMullan, with detaining linen yarn given them to weave into cloth, Mr. McMullan proved the cases and defendants were fined in six pence, £1 compensation, and 2shillings costs, or each to go to prison for two weeks.

Samuel Brown was fined 12shillings and 6pence for detaining linen yarn, the property of Mr. William Jardine.

Thurs. 18th. March 1858 Dromore Petty Sessions,

James Cowdey, Issac Cowdey, Samuel Hagans and others were charged with assaulting James and Samuel McFadden at Dromore, on the 6th. the five defendants were convicted and ordered to pay six shillings, including costs, or a week in jail.

John Call was charged by Patrick McKey with assaulting him at Dromore on the 18th. Feb. last, McKey stated he was drunk, but a witnesses was produced who proved that McKey assaulted Call. McKey was ordered to pay Call 3shillings or go to jail for a week.

Samuel Kerr was charged with detaining yarn given to him to weave on the 18th. Oct and27th. Sept. 1857, he was fined 2shillings and sixpence in first case and £2 in the the second case or go to prison for 1Month.

April 15th. 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions,

Hugh McMahon was charged by Patrick Mullan with a violent assault at Ballaney, It appeared Mullan was a married man, that he was found by McMahon in the company of McMahon's sister near his premises, McMahon chased him, hence the alleged assault took place, the court unanimously dismissed the case.

Thomas Reynolds was charged by Mr. W. McDade with detaining leather and materials to make boots, Reynolds was fined one penny to the Crown, sixteen shillings compensation and six shillings and four pence costs, or three weeks in jail.

John Corbett was fined two pounds three shillings for detaining yarn given him to weave, the property of David Lindsay, Esq.

Hugh McCavory, alias Hugh O'Neill, a tinker, charged with being drunk and disorderly, and making use of threatening language towards Sub constable Hayes, and others of the police, and being armed with a dangerous instrument at the same time and place, for being drunk he was fined 5shillings and costs,  and for threatening he was ordered to jail for one Month or to find bail to keep the peace for one year, himself in £10 and two sureties in £5.

John Creighton was fined 5 shillings and costs for spitting in the face of John Gibson, at Lapox, on the 3rd.

Thursday 20th. May 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions

Charles Stewart, charge by constable Hayes for being drunk and using party expressions, calculated to lead to a breach of the peace, fined 5shillings and costs, or 48 hours in jail.

James Mackay, charged by Mr. Arthur Hanfield, Inspector of Weights and Measures, with having in his shop light and unstamped weights, one half pound and one 2oz. fined 5shillings and the weights forfeited, another shop keeper named Doak was fined in a similar amount for having an unjust weighing machine in his possession.

Nancy Magreehan and Eliza Nolan were charged with stealing meal, the property of Mr. Samuel Doake, of Kinallen, and receiving same ,knowing it to be stolen,  from Mr. Doaks servant, Magreehan and Nolan were each sentenced to one weeks imprisonment.

James Landerdale was fined £2. 7s. 6d or one months imprisonment, for detaining linen yarn given him to weave into cloth.

Thursday, June 17th., 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions, John Michael Ginty, John Watson, John McCrum, and Robert Knox, Jun. were charged by Elizabeth Thompson with having at Quilly, on the 28th. May 1858, with divers others, riotously and unlawfully assembling with drums and fifes playing music and did march in procession and played part tunes and made great noise, used threatening and provoking language to complainant  and her son,  complainants cattle were frightened and ran away, and trampled upon ,knocking down and injured complainants daughter, Susanna Thompson, and put her family in dread and bodily fear, and was calculated to create animosity between different classes of her Majesty's subjects.

Elizabeth Thompson ,examined, The rattling of the drums made the mare and the cow ran away, the cow knocked down my young daughter, , thinks young Robert Knox was the person who said he would trample over my corpse, i told them not to beat there, they said they would beat over my corpse, on May 28th, another crowd, bigger than the first came, i know John Michael  Ginty, i did not see him there,

Cross examined by Knox, it was you who threatened me., Edward Thompson, examined, I remember the night of the 28th. May i was at my gate, John Watson came with a drum, he was beating it, John Ginty and McCrum had drums, Watson had a fife, I saw three sons of Knox there, my sister was milking the cow, the mare and cow were startled, my sister was knocked down, The defendants were convicted and ordered to pay a fine of 5shillings each and costs or one week in jail, and also to find bail to keep the peace, themselves in £5, and two sureties in £2. 10shillings, or go to jail for one Month.

 Aug, 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions, Riot & Assault, Thomas Crothers, George Freebairn, John spence, Samuel Greer, James Mitchell, James Martin, William Cloughelly, Richard Foot, Richard Purdy, James McConnell and Patrick Brannen, were charged by the constabulary of  Dromore, with having assaulting them on the last fair day Aug. 7th. having created a riot, and having attempted to rescue prisoners, Sub constable Hayes, deposed, I was on duty in the fair at Dromore on the 7th. Aug. , I arrested Crothers for fighting, and assaulting a man in the street, Crothers then violently assaulted me, and endeavoured to rescue himself, a number of others attempted a rescue and shouted "lie to them" and take them (the police) from us, John Spence shouted and took hold of me by the neck, George Freebairn also struck me, a large crowd assembled and tried to rescue the prisoners, I identify Samuel Greer and James Mitchell as having participated in the disturbance, Richard Foots was also encouraging the riot, i saw him and Patrick Brennan strike each other, and commit a breach of the peace. Constable Green and others corroborated the evidence, some of the police suffered considerable damage, The Bench ordered Foots to pay a fine of ten shillings and costs or 14 days jail, Brennen, 10 shillings, and costs, McConnell 5 shillings and costs, Purdy, Spence, Freebairn and Crothers were sent to jail for one month, Mitchell, Martin, Cloughelly and Greer were fined 10shillings each.

Sept. 16th. 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions, George Baxter, David Baxter, George Bennett, Alexander Patterson and Thomas Pritchard, were charged with throwing stones at the house of Catherine Maginn, and threatening complainant and her family, and breaking her house, the court dismissed the charge against all the parties except Bennett, who was fined 7shillings and 6pence or 14 days in jail.

Bernard Doake was charged with taking forcible possession of a piece of land known as the "Shilling Hill" on 30th. Aug. 1858, the property of William Doake, and he was also charged with an assault upon Elizabeth Doake, John Crumlin was also charged with aiding and  assisting.

William Begley was fined 5shillings and costs for being drunk and disorderly and shouting for the face of an orange man.

Robert Thompson was charged with being drunk in Dromore, and assaulting Sub constable Burke, Henry Price was also charge with attempting to rescue Thompson, Price was fined 2shillings or one week in jail, Thompson was fined 5shillings for the assault, or 14 days jail.

Thursday October 21st, 1858,  Dromore Petty Sessions, John Walker, Joseph walker and Joseph williamson, were charged with being drunk, riotous and disorderly, and using party expressions on Sunday last in Dromore, each ordered to pay a fine of 5shillings and costs, and to give bail for their future behaviour.

Agnes Burns was charged by Ann Arlow with having committed an assault, and using threatening language, a similar charge was made by another woman against Ann Arlow, a number of witnesses were examined, the whole cause of the dispute seemed to be, who had the best claim on a man named Arlow, Ann Arlow however declared in court, she was the last and only lawful wife of Arlow, the court dismissed all the complaints.

Ann McCagherty was charged with selling spirits without a license at Dromore on 15th. Oct., Two witnesses named Arbuthnot and Martin proved the charge, Defendant was fined £1 and costs or one month in jail.

Felix Hagan and James Hagan were charged with leaving stones on the public road, near Mount Ida, case was proved and the accused fined 10shillings and costs.

John Morrow was charged by constable Hayes with driving a loaded cart through Dromore on a Sunday, the 26th. September, and was fined two shillings or a week in jail.

Hugh McAvoy was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and shouting for the face of an orange man, fined 5shillings and costs.

Thursday Dec. 30th. 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions, Samuel Johnston, a shop boy in the employment of Messrs. George E. Spence & Co. Dromore, made a complaint of assault against two boys, named John Williamson and Michael Doran, on the 10th. and 19th. Dec, the defendants were in the habit of annoying Mr. Spence's shop and assaulting the complainant, Doran was was discharged with a caution, Williamson was sent to jail for a month, in the hope that he would be thereby improved.

John Cousins was charged by Mary Bradshaw with an assault, defendant did not appear, the case being proved he was fined £1 and costs or one month in jail.

Constable Hayes charged two persons, named George Whiteside and Arthur Whiteman, the former with being drunk and cursing the Pope, and the latter with assaulting Whiteside at Dromore on Christmas day, Constable arrested Whiteman and a person named Henry Poots, who were in holds when he came up, he was informed at that time that Whiteside had cursed the Pope, and he was knocked down by Whiteman, Whiteside was lying on the ground unable to get up, whether from the drink or from a blow, he did not know, he thought it was both, he conveyed Whiteman and Poots to the police office, and Whiteside was taken home by his friends.

Henry Poots had said he and Whiteside were going home, when Whiteside said either "to hell with the Pope or no Pope", he could not remember, Whiteman and Robert Martin came up, Whiteman had said previously he could beat either of us, Martin told witness to go on, and no one would annoy us,  when the Pope was named Whiteman came forward and knocked Whiteside down, he lay as if he were dead, Whiteman and Whiteside were each fined five shillings and costs.

William Costley a car driver was brought forward and charged with having caused the death of Joseph Edgar, whilst driving him from Dromore to Rathfriland, the horse and cart had fallen over a precipice in the townland of Ballyaley, in the earlier part of this month, and Edgar had been found under the car, a Coroner's inquest was held and the verdict was accidental death, but an inquiry was to be held and William Costley kept under bail, till next month.

Jan. 12th. 1859, Hillsborough Quarter Sessions, A man, named Canaghan was indicted for assaulting Mathew Murdock, near Dromore and stabbing him with a knife, prisoner found guilty and sentenced to three months hard labour.

William McCandless, Robert Morton and James Morton, surrendered on their own recognizances to answer the charge of Patrick Smyth, having assaulted him so as to indanger his life, at Dromore on the 11th. December, Patrick Smyth was not fully recovered from his injuries and could not attend the court, case adjourned till Newry Sessions April next.

Nov. 17th. 1859, Dromore Petty Sessions, James Reynolds was charged with using party expressions and calling for the "face of a papist", at Ballymacormack on Sunday the 23rd. Oct. last, Reynolds admitted the charge but said he had been assaulted and other parties had used party expressions before the police came, Reynolds now charged two men, Lennon and McGrady with assaulting him and one of them using party expressions by calling him an "orange brat", the court ordered Reynolds and McGrady to enter a recognizance for their good behaviour in £5 and two sureties in £2 each, or one months jail.

Patrick McMahon Jun. was charge by John McCullough with assaulting him on Hallow Eve night, McMahon alleged he was passing Ashfield on the night in question with some girls, when the defendant and others "jundied" him and followed him home and challenged him to fight, McMahon said Reynolds was a papist and was afraid to fight, the defendant was fined three shillings and six pence or one week in jail.

Mary Black charged Michael Murdagh with assaulting her at Dromore on last Monday night, this was a cross case in which Murdaghs wife charged Mary Blacks husband John Black with an assault at the same time and using part expressions, calling for the "face of a papist", to"hell with the Pope" Etc. John Black was also charged by sub constable Hayes with being drunk and assaulting him on the above night, also by sub constable Burke with an assault and tearing his coat. the sentence of the court was that for the assault on Mary Murdagh John Black be imprisoned for one month with hard labour, for the assault on Hayes he pay two shillings and sixpence or one week in jail, for being drunk, three shillings and for tearing Burkes coat he also pay nine shillings, Michael Murdagh to pay five shillings and costs or one weeks hard labour in jail.

James Hanna and Michael Morgan were charged with killing trout by netting during the close season, defendants said they committed the offence in ignorance and were not aware it was the close season, both were fined three shillings.

Thursday March 15th. 1860, Dromore Petty Sessions

Riotous and unlawful assembly, the accused were, William Welsh, Francis Jones, Michael Preston, Robert Martin, James Reynolds, James Fivey, John Rodgers, James Doloughan, James Sloan, John Wilson, and Matthew Campbell, the offence was set as follows, that the defendants did, at Dromore, in the County of Down in the month of February 1860, unlawfully and riotously assemble and march in procession on the public streets, accompanied with drums, firearms and music, and did obstruct the public thoroughfare, and create animosity between different classes of her Majesty's subjects, and put several of her Majesty's subjects in fear and alarm. and caused a breach of the peace. The accused having answered their names pleaded not guilty,

July 19th. 1860, Dishonest servant, Mr. Brush of Gillhall, Dromore sent his servant, named James Martin, with a valuable gold watch to Belfast to have it cleaned, also giving him ten shillings for expenses, Martin pawned the watch and decamped, a warrant was issued for Martins arrest and his description put in the "Hue & Cry" a constable in Irish street observed a man resembling Martin, and took him into custody, telling him of the suspicion against him, Martin denied the offence but later admitted it, he was committed for further examination.

July 2nd. 1860, Hillsborough Quarter Sessions, Mary Stewart and Catherine McCoy having several aliases, were given in charge for stealing from the shop of Mr. George E. Spence, Dromore, about 25 yards of print calico, on the 30th. May 1860, known it to have been stolen, the prisoners pleaded guilty, Alice McMullen a lodging house keeper was also indicted for having in her possession a portion of the calico

Samuel Johnston apprentice to Mr. Spence, proved that Stewart and McCoy came into the shop, he showed them on the counter, three webs of printed calico, having to attend other customers, he left the two Woman, to choose what pieces to buy, he kept his eye on them and observed one of the woman, Stewart ,leave the other woman remained behind, he returned and missed one of the webs, and accused the woman of being a party to the theft, she then left the shop, he then reported the theft to the police. Constable Tuthill on being informed of the robbery, went to the lodging house kept by McMullen, and asked her about the two woman, Stewart and McCoy, she said they left there last night, not believing her the constable went upstairs and found the two woman in bed, he searched the bed and found a piece of calico, one of the woman tried to get away, all prisoners were found guilty, Stewart was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, McCoy, 6 months and Alice McMullen 4 months hard labour.

James Wheelan, a young lad, about 17 years of age, believed to be a noted pick pocket, was indicted for picking the pocket of William Jess in Dromore fair on the 12th. May last, found guilty he was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Aug. 17th. 1860, Dromore Petty Sessions, John Hinds, Skillyscolban, Andrew McCormick, Ednego, William Copeland, Kilmacrew, Robert Seed, Ednego, John Graham, Ednego, and Hugh Adams,
Kilmacrew, appeared to answer the complaint of sub inspector Henry, L. Owen, for that they did at Ballela and Ednego on the 12th. July 1860, unlawfully assembled themselves together, and did meet and parade and did join in a procession, and did bear and wear and have amongst them, banners, flags, emblems and symbols, and were accompanied by persons playing music. Such display and music being calculated and tending to provoke animosity between different classes of her Majestys subjects.

The case was made returnable to the spring assizes and the magistrates agreed to accept bail, themselves in £10 and two sureties of £5 for the appearance of each of the defendants.

Monday Sept. 24th. 1860, Dromore Petty Sessions, 23 persons were  summoned for not having their names on their carts, dogs unmuzzled Etc. the parties were fined in sums varying from 1shilling to 2shillings and 6pence, if brought forward again , full penalties would be enforced.

Thomas McCoy was charged by acting constable Thomas Hayes with being drunk and using party expressions, and assaulting him when in custody, McCoy was at the end of the town drunk, conducting himself in a disorderly manner and had a reap hook in his hand, fined five shillings and two shillings and sixpence costs or 48 hours in jail.

James Poots, James Waring, John Casement and Joseph Preston were charge with entering on the demesne of the Earl of Clanwilliam at Gillhall on Sunday the 16th. June, with dogs, for destroying rabbits. the accused pleaded guilty and promised not to repeat the offence, each was ordered to pay a fine of 10shillings including costs, or two weeks in jail.

Thomas McCutcheon charged  Samuel  Doak with wilfully shooting three turkeys, his property, and Doak charged McCutcheon with trespass of his fowl and injury to his crop, Doak was ordered to pay a fine of 10shillings and McCutcheon to pay a fine of 4shillings for trespass.

March 19th. 1863,Bernard McKeown of Dromore was charged with having in his possession, on his premises at Dromore on 21st. Jan. last, a quanity of linen yarns, suspected of being purloined or embezzled, a search warrant was issued by James Quinn J.P., granted on the oath of Mr. Robert McCaw, linen manufacturer, of Lurgan, Mr. McCaw and sub constable Burke proceeded to search the the defendants house, sub constable having obtained a lighted candle, searched under the bed and discovered a box, hidden in a deep hole in the ground floor, with a small stone used as a support for the foot of the bed, this had long been used as a hiding place for embezzled yarns, but no yarns were found. no yarns belonging to Mr. McCaw were found, but there was other yarns of different kinds and qualities.

The court considered the case a bad one and fined the defendant £15 and costs, or imprisonment for three months with hard labour.

A man named  Michael Savage of Drumbroneth near Dromore was charged with stealing a gold brooch, value about £3, from the dwelling house of one Bridget Maguin of Balleny, in Jan. last. the case having been sustained in evidence was returned for trial at Newry Quarter Sessions.

Peter McEvoy, of Dromore was charged with violently assaulting John Downey and Samuel Mathers by striking the latter with a bottle on the head, a portion of which struck the former in the eye, returned for trial at Newry Quarter Sessions

Thursday, 6th.Jan. 1864, A woman named Betty Ann Fitzgerald was charged by Mr. Hugh Heron, Dromore, with retaining in her possession a quanity of cloth entrusted to her to sew, fined £1 and 10 shillings with 6shillings and 3pence compensation, and 2shilling costs.

Henry A. Frazer assistant surveyor summoned Thomas Crookshanks and George Watson for neglecting to perform their contract, in allowing the road from Dromore to Dromara to be in bad repair and order, the court allowed defendants ten days to put the road in order and pay costs.

Thursday 7th. April 1864, A respectable looking man age 74 was charged with having attempted to commit an indecent assault on a married woman, named Diana Gibson, on the 23rd. March, near Dromore, Roberts was fined the sum of £3 with£1 costs or two months hard labour. the same man Roberts was charged with having assaulted a person named Archibald Barron on the 23rd. March, defendant was fined £1 with costs or one months imprisonment.

John Verner was brought up in custody of the police with having assaulted sub constable John Burke, while arresting him on a charge of drunkenness, the prisoner was committed to prison for two months with hard labour.

A weaver named William Ginn was charged with having embezzled a quanity of linen yarns, complainants property entrusted to him to weave into cloth, in Dec. last, the defendant was ordered to pay a fine of six pence with £2 nine shillings and sixpence compensation, or two months imprisonment.

The same complainant charged James Kerr with a like offence, he defendant was ordered to pay a fine of six pence with £2 nine shillings and sixpence compensation, or two months imprisonment.

Mercer Halliday was charged by Messrs. J.& J. Cowden of Islanderry, with having embezzled a quanity of linen yarns, their property, entrusted to the defendant to weave into cloth, fined 2shillings and sixpence with 16shillings costs, or one month in jail.

Constable John Tuthill and sub constable John Burke charged a farmer named Edward Boyce of Lurgantamery, near Dromore, with having in his cart a jar containing two gallons of whiskey without the necessary permit, defendant was fined £1 and costs or one month in jail, the whiskey ,horse and cart to be forfeited to the Excise.

Thursday Oct. 8th. 1864, Joseph Kelly a very young lad, was sent to jail for two months, to be kept at hard labour, for having left his master, David Finlay, before the term of his apprenticeship had expired, he being an indentured apprentice.

Lucy Magenis, age seventy years, appeared on recognisance, charged with selling spirits, and not being licensed to do so, she pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined 15shillings and 6pence including costs, or two weeks in jail.

The same woman Lucy Magenis was charged with having in her possession and on her premises quantities of embezzled yarns for which she was unable to account, the defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 10shillings and costs or 2weeks in jail.

sub constable John Burke charged Robert Thompson with being drunk, riotous, in a public house and refusing to leave when requested, also David Finlay and Patrick Brennen with trying to rescue the defendant from Burkes company, Thompson was fined £1 and costs, Finlay £2 and costs and the case against Brannen was dismissed.

Patrick Torley and James Doloughan were charged with fighting with each other at Dromore, Torley was fined £1 and costs, and Doloughan was ordered to pay 10shillings and costs.

Oct. 19th. 1864, Dromore Petty Sessions, Andrew Wallace, Gilbert Duff, Sen., Hugh Leslie Wallace, Joseph Bingham, David McCracken, and James Wallace, six respectable looking young men were brought up on summons, charged with having at Gransha, on the 11th. Oct, riotously assembled and did march in a procession on the public road aforesaid, accompanied with drums, fifes, and firearms, and did play party tunes, calculated to create animosity between different classes of her Majesty's subjects, the first witness examined was John King, I am a farmer living in the townland of Granshaw, , on the night of Oct. 11th. about 9 or 10 o'clock while lying in bed I heard the noise of fifes and drums, in a few minutes a stone was thrown through my bed room window, I got up and saw a large crowd of persons passing along the road, Icould not identify any of them.

James King, deposed, Iam a farmer living at Gransha about six miles from Dromore, on the night of Oct. 11th. I was standing at my door, when I heard the sound of fifes and drums and a large crowd of about 100 people coming down the road, I also heard two pistol shots being fired, one of the defendants Andrew Wallace had a gun in his hand, Joseph Bingham and Gilbert Duff were playing fifes. their worships returned the six defendants for trial at the next Downpatrick assizes, bail was accepted.

Hugh Green an old offender was charged with being drunk and assaulting Hugh McAteer at Dromore on the 10th. Oct. he was ordered to find bail for himself in £20 and two sureties of £10 each or 12 Months hard labour.

Hugh Downey, Patrick McCavitt and Patrick Keenan were fined 10shillings and costs for fighting and assaulting each other at Dromore, or two weeks imprisonment.

Robert McCracken was charged by Mary Ann Kinkead with having maliciously broken her door at Dromore on the 2nd. Nov. the defendant was ordered to pay 5shillings and 6pence, including costs or one week in jail.

William wallace and John McDermott were charged by Patrick Roney with having threatened to shoot him, Wallace was ordered to find bail of £20 and two sureties in £10 each, McDermott was also ordered to find bail of £20 and two sureties of £5 each, or one Months imprisonment.

George Bennett of Ballela, near Dromore was charged by Francis Magee, of same place, with having stolen a piece of cloth, his property, Bennett was jailed for tone Month hard labour.

Messrs. Knox & Mongomery charged Hugh McAvoy with having left employment before the term he agreed upon or serve as a scutcher with them had expired, Mr. Knox proved his case, defendant was sent to jail for two Months in default of paying a £5 fine.

Mary Johnston was charged by Messrs William Waugh & Co. of Banbridge and Mrs Lindsay of Ashfield, with fraudulently obtaining quantities of linen yarn from them to weave into cloth, the defendant was ordered to find bail herself in £20 and two sureties in £5 each, and to appear for trial at Newry Quarter Sessions on the 25th.

Wednesday, Feb 9, 1867, Application for spirit licenses, in Dromore, James McPoland, Granted, Eliza M. Ward, Granted

George Cochrane was charged with assault on George Bright at Dromore on the 22nd. Oct. last, John Bright cross examined by Mr. Magee, I live near Banbridge and remember the 22nd. October last, I was at Dromore that day in a place called Gallows street, I was there with John McCarrison, and I was putting him up the street as he was going home, when we got to the Orange hall, and the prisoner followed us, a stone was thrown, which rattled against the wall, he was at time a couple or three perches behind us,

John McCarrison examined by Mr. Tyrrell, I was with John Bright on the 22nd. Oct. last, as we were going up the street, we met the prisoner, he followed us up the street, I turned round and saw him lift a stone, I said Cochrane dont throw a stone at us, he threw it and ran away, the prisoner was found not guilty.

Friday March 27th. 1868, A man named William McCleave was charged with embezzled a quanity of yarn, the property of Mr. John Clarke, linen merchant, Dromore, the accused was a weaver in the employment of Mr. Clarke, he was fined £2 including costs.

Wednesday, June 26, 1872,  Hillsborough Quarter Sessions, Francis Jones, Jun. stood indicted for that he did unlawfully and maliciously assault Henry Poots of Dromore, on the 10th. June, to this charge the prisoner pleaded not guilty, Francis Jones same prisoner and his father, stood indicated that they did unlawfully assault one John McDade at Dromore, on the 10th, June, both prisoners pleaded not guilty, Henry Poots was the first witness to be examined, he said that on the day in question he was in John McDades, Dromore between the hours of nine  and 10 o'clock in the evening, both the prisoners were there, the younger of the prisoners asked witness  if he would fight him, witness said he would not fight him, whereupon young Jones struck him on the head with his fist and knocked him down, witness then got up and made a spring to try and hit his assilant, but was knocked down again, and further assaulted,

John McDade publican Dromore, stated he was in his stable, while while prisoners and Poots were in his yard, he heard the younger of the Jones asking Poots to fight, and afterwards heard the sound of someone falling, on going into the yard he saw young Jones assaulting Poots, witness ran to Poots assistance and was then assaulted by young Jones, Poots then ran off, the elder Jones then assaulted him (John McDade) and between father and son, he was roughly handled, to the effusion of his blood and injury to his person. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, the older of the two prisoners was sentenced to two calendar months in prison with hard labour, and the younger of the prisoners to the same term of imprisonment for assaulting McDade, and on the expiration of his sentence to serve another month for the assault on Henry Poots, on completion of their sentences both men were to bail themselves for £20 and two sureties of £10 for 12 months.

John Chambers for manslaughter of David McKay near Dromore on the 20th. Nov. 1873.

1 September 1876, Daily Southern Cross,  On August 20, at Fackaytown, Ohinemun, accidentally killed by a falling tree, John Watson, native of Dromore, County down, Ireland ; aged 31 years

The Queenslander (Brisbane,... Saturday 28 January 1882,A farmer named M'Cormick was found on Monday night in a ditch at Dromore, county Down. The base of the skull was fractured and the jaw broken.

Saturday, December 15, 1883, Brooklyn, Daily Eagle, Prospect of Riot at Dromore, Placards bearing the signature of Colonel Stuart Knox, the Grand Master of the Orange lodge, have been posted here announcing that a large meeting of Orangemen will be held at Dromore, county Down, on the 1st. of January, in opposition to the meeting called for the same time at that place by the Parnellites, Lord Rossmore will be present.

Thursday 3 January 1884, London, A serious conflict took place at  Dromore, County  Down yesterday, between large bodies of Orangemen and Nationalists. A detachment of military who were called out charged the rioters and three Orangemen were fatally wounded by the troops.

The Sydney Morning Herald. Wednesday 2 January 1884,NATIONALISTS AND ORANGEMEN. LONDON, JAN. 1.1884. Much excitement is felt in the neighbourhood hood of Dromore, county Down, owing to meetings of Nationalists and Orangemen which are announced to take place to-day, and 1000 troops have been drafted into the town.

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the medical officer of health reported to the Dromore (county Down) Urban Council at its meeting on 4th March that several tenement houses in the town were in an unsanitary condition and in need of better accommodation, namely, houses in Meeting Street, houses in Gallows Street, and houses in Rampart Street; and that only as regards the houses in Rampart Street the sanitary law has been enforced, and will he state why the council has not compelled the other owners to carry out the recommendations of the sanitary officer; and will he direct the Local Government Board to hold an inquiry as to the alleged unsanitary condition of Dromore, with the view to the improvement of the housing accommodation in that town.


The Urban District Council have taken steps to ensure that the premises reported on are put in a proper sanitary condition. The council have ordered their medical officer to make a street to street inspection of the township. No interference on the part of the Local Government Board is called for at present.


26 May 1902, Dromore Disturbances.  MR. MACVEAGH ( Down, S   I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the burning of a public house owned by a Roman Catholic in Dromore, County Down; whether he is aware that the premises were purchased on the 21st ultimo for £950 by Mr. Francis Jordan, that the protection order was issued by the magistrates at Dromore Petty Sessions on the 22nd ultimo, that the house was fired on the 23rd ultimo, and that a mob demolished the remainder of the premises on the 24th ultimo; whether any, and, if so, what steps have been taken to bring the incendiaries and rioters to justice; whether he has received reports of any other cases of burning and rioting having taken place in this neighbourhood within the past eighteen months; and whether it is intended to proclaim this district under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act.


The facts are generally as stated in the first part of the Question. Every effort has been made to trace the person or persons who set fire to the house, but so far without result. Proceedings have been ordered against a number of persons for malicious damage to the premises on the 24th April, and the cases will be heard at Petty Sessions tomorrow. A riot took place in the locality on the 6th March last. The reply to the last inquiry is in the negative.

The Brisbane Courier... Saturday 22 November 1902,MR. W. T. RUSSELL'S CAMPAIGN. LONDON,
 Russell, M. P., who has been conducting a land purchase campaign  in Ireland, was seriously maltreated treated after addressing a meeting at Dromore, in County Down, yesterday. He was hustled," kicked," and stoned, and also had some injuries to his head. He complains that out of five members of the Irish Constabulary present at the meeting only one of them made any attempt to protect him

8 August 1908,Evening Post, HAMMOND.— Passed away on the 7th August, at Wellington Hospital, Robert William Hammond, late of Dromore, County Down, Ireland  aged 77 years.

06 April 1909 Evicted Tenants (County Down). Captain Craig asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state if any land has been acquired by the Congested Districts Board or the Estates Commissioners in the neighbourhoods of Hillsborough, Dromore, and Tullyniskey, county Down, for the purpose of settling evicted tenants; and, if so, whether the evicted tenants will be from the South and West of Ireland, or whether these allotments will be allocated only to evicted tenants in Ulster?


The Estates Commissioners have given notice in the "Dublin Gazette" of their intention to acquire certain lands in county Down under the Evicted Tenants Act These lands, if acquired, will be utilised for the purpose of providing holdings for tenants who have been evicted from farms in Ulster.

27 May 1914, Ashburton Guardian, McGREGOR.—On May 25, at Southbridge, John McGregor, eldest son; of the late John. McGregor, Dromore, County Down , Ireland; and brother of Mrs H. Donaldson, .Carter's Terrace, Tinwald; aged 74 years. 

Western Argus (Kalgoorlie,... Tuesday 4 January 1927, Oldest man dies, William Smith reputed to be the oldest man in the British Isles has been found dead beside his bed in Dromore, County Down (says A Belfast report): It is officially certified that he was born. in .January,1801and he was therefore nearly 126 years old. Smith who fought in the Crimean war attributed his long life to simple habits and open air life. A parcel containing £12 in silver was found in his house.