Dromore Petty Sessions & Area Crimes
Stories from the courts
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
Adams, charged with selling spirits without a license at Ballymacormick,
fined 17shillings and six pence, or one months imprisonment.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
1856, Dromore Petty Sessions,
Rooney, charged by constable Daniel Leddy, with being drunk at Dromore,
fined five shillings.
Stewart, charged by constable Daniel Leddy, with
assaulting a woman, named Betty Wallace and another woman named Mary Allen,
fined six shillings.
Gamble, of Tullendoney was charged with selling spirits without a license, a
man named Berrisfield and another man named Patterson proved the case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov.19th. 1857, Dromore Petty Sessions,
Kilpatrick was charged by Mr. Stanfield Inspector of Weights and
Measures with having an unjust beam in his possession, fined £1 and costs.
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.
McCracken and Maxwell Halliday were convicted for having light and unjust
weights in their possession, fined 5shillings each and costs.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 21st. January 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions,
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.
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.
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.
Watson was charged by Ellen Quinn with assaulting her at Skeagh, he was
fined 10shillings and costs, or 1 month in jail.
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.
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.
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.
Quinn was charged by constable Gunn, with selling spirits without a license
at Skeagh, fined 9shillings and 11shillings costs, or one month in prison.
McClelland was convicted and fined 10shillings for having sold spirits
without a license.
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.
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.
Brown was fined 13shillings and six pence, or one week in jail for detaining
linen yarn, the property of Mr. Isaac Cowden.
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
Brown was fined 12shillings and 6pence for detaining linen yarn, the
property of Mr. William Jardine.
18th. March 1858 Dromore Petty Sessions,
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
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.
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.
15th. 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions,
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.
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.
Corbett was fined two pounds three shillings for detaining yarn given him to
weave, the property of David Lindsay, Esq.
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
Creighton was fined 5 shillings and costs for spitting in the face of John
Gibson, at Lapox, on the 3rd.
20th. May 1858, Dromore Petty Sessions
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Begley was fined 5shillings and costs for being drunk and disorderly and
shouting for the face of an orange man.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McAvoy was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and shouting for the
face of an orange man, fined 5shillings and costs.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 15th. 1860, Dromore Petty Sessions
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
considered the case a bad one and fined the defendant £15 and costs, or
imprisonment for three months with hard labour.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Downey, Patrick McCavitt and Patrick Keenan were fined 10shillings and costs
for fighting and assaulting each other at Dromore, or two weeks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
Chambers for manslaughter of David McKay near Dromore on the 20th. Nov.
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
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,
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
May 1902, Dromore Disturbances.
MR. MACVEAGH (
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 CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM,)
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
549 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
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.
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?
CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
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.