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Articles from the Belfast Newsletter newspaper
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5 December 1758, page 3

On 29 November the letter-of-marque ship CHARMING JENNY of Dublin, George Scott commander, had been in an engagement with a French Privateer in the region of the Flemish Banks and Goodwin Sands.


24 April 1764, page 3

Sloop TORBAY, William Cox master, and the seizing of cask liquor at Dublin, and Capt. George Scott of Newry appeared to be the owner of the liquor or the sloop.


15 Jun 1764, page 3; sale of part of Drumnaconnor townland in Kilmore parish by Rev. Hamilton Trail


8-11 April 1788, page 3:

An advertisement dealing with the sale of commodities imported by George Scott on the vessel LARK and on sale at Canal Quay and Market Street, Newry.


Friday, 24 th August 1778

Whereas John McFADDEN of Drumlig, parish of Saintfield, flax dresser, charged with silvering a half penny to make it resemble a British shilling and also charged with (in suspicion) breaking open a dwelling house of Frances DODDS of Craignassasnagh, now the said John McFADDEN does hereby give notice that he will surrender to the keeper of the gaol in Downpatrick in order to take his trial for said offences at next assizes...whereof all persons concerned are desired to take notice.

Dated 24th August 1778- John McFADDEN


22nd March 1799 - Down Assizes- as a result of the United Irishmen Rebellion

Wm McCaw, Wm Shaw, James Breeze, Hugh McMullan, James Collins, Andrew Morrow, Jas Morrow, Robert Glover, David McKelvy, James Hewitt, Thomas McKeever and Samuel Hewitt, were found guilty of the murder of Hugh McKee and John Boles, and of setting fire to the house of Hugh McKee at Carricknacessnagn, near Saintfield, on Saturday the 9th July last. The three first-named persons were ordered for execution on Saturday the 23rd inst. In our paper of the 22nd June last we took notice of these murders, which were accompanied with circumstances shocking to humanity. McKee was a yeoman, and in the consequence obnoxious to the rebels, who were then assembled in a great body in the neighbourhood of Saintfield; a numerous party of whom surrounded his house, into which some neighbours fled for safety. The house was bravely defended by the head of the family, until they set fire to it, and burned to death every person in it, consisting of twelve of both sexes, and a great number of children. This savage act of cruelty was perpetrated on the morning of the day when the York Fencibles marched from Newtownards to chastise the rebels in the neighbourhood of Saintfield.


c. 1803
MARRIED: Mr. Andrew Templeton of Templepatrick (Donaghadee), aged 80 years, to Miss Mary FEE, aged 35 years. This was his fourth wife- the second time he was eight weeks a widower and the third time only six.


DIED: On the 22nd ult. Ann PATTERSON , at Tonaghmore near Saintfield, in the County of Down, in the 22nd year of her age. For a series of years she laboured under a dropsy, which she bore with an uncommon patience and resignation and was tapped during that time no less than fifty-six times. But what was most extraordinary in the case of the young woman was that no less that thirty-five quarts of water was taken off her at a time for upwards of twenty times and that, at an average there was at least thirty drawn off at each tapping from the beginning to the end of the operations. This fell out under the eye of a judicious Practitioner and of which there can be no doubt. It is alleged the case taken in all its parts is unparalleled in medical record.


11 Dec 1818

MURDER: Whereas P.... M.... ( could be Munce) of Barnamaghery, in the County of Down, Butcher, stands charged, by the Coroner's Inquest, with the willful Murder of Richard SKILLING, at Ballygowan Bridge, on the night of Saturday the 21st November inst. and hath hitherto escaped from justice- Now we, the undersigned Magistrates, do hereby offer a Reward of FIFTY POUNDS STERLING (the same to be paid in proportion to the sums respectively subscribed to our names), to any person or persons who shall, within twelve calendar months , apprehend the said P...M... and lodge him in any of his Majesty's gaols, so that he may be brought to trial for the above offence. -- Dated this 30th November , 1818.
Description of P.... M...
About six feet in height, fair hair and complexion, light blue eyes very tender, a lattice marked with the smallpox, aged about 24 years, broad shoulders, strong built body, and light limbs. When last seen (at Doran's Rock, between Saintfield and Everogues Bridge, wore a drab coloured coat, a little marked with blood on the back and part of the left skirt town off, corduroy breeches, the right thigh of them much torn, and was heading next Loughinisland.

Lord Londonderry £50; Lord Dufferin £20; David Ker £10; D. Mussenden£10; N. Price £10; D. Gordon £ 10; John Crawford £10; Thomas Potter £5; G.W.R. Hamilton £5; J.W. Maxwell £10


DIED: On Friday last, Mr. John LOWRY of Ballymacreely, parish of Killinchy, commonly known by the name of Master John. He was born 1740, consequently was in his 92nd year. He enlisted in the 76th Regiment in 1760 and first faced the enemy's fire at the Siege of Belle-isle. He subsequently assisted at the reduction of Martinique and several of the West India Islands and was discharged in England at the peace. He returned to Killinchy in 1764 and lived many years with the families of the Moores of Moor Hall and the Halls of Killyleagh in the capacity of butler, was occasionally village school-master and , it may be said, clerk to most of the families in the neighbourhood. He married in 1774 and settled on the paternal farm in Ballymacreely. Mr. Lowry was considered by many as rather an eccentric character but those who knew him can truly say that in honesty of purpose, integrity in all his dealings, liberal and charitable feelings to all mankind, none surpassed Master John Lowry.


Tuesday morning 7th June 1864- Ballynahinch Petty Sessions- Riot Cases

This morning, at eleven o'clock, the hearing of the riot cases, postponed from last Wednesday, was resumed before Capt. O'Donnell, R.M. J.S. Crawford, Esq. J.P. and W.R. Anketell, Esq. JP on the last day the case for the prosecution on the Roman Catholic side closed, and the evidence appeared in Thursday's paper. Daniel Caughey summoned George Neil for assault and Bernard Burns and Hugh McCagherty summoned William James Long , James Palmer {Ballymaglave?), James Gordon {Magheratimpany?} , John Thompson, John Watson {Cumber?} and George Neil , for riot and assault, on the evening of the 19th May - the Ballynahinch fair-day.

Messrs. A. O'Rorke and J. Dinnen were the attorneys engaged for Caughey, Burns and McCagherty, prosecutors (the Roman Catholics); and Messrs. Crawford and J. McLean for the defendants (the Protestants). The Roman Catholics were today represented by Mr. Dinnen only, as Mr. O'Rorke was unable to attend. The court was crowded during the day, and the interest taken in the cases remains unabated.

Mr. McLean applied to have all the cases against his clients heard before he would open his defence.

Mr.Dinnen said this would be a very inconvenient course. Each case should be heard by itself.

The Bench decided that the three branches of the case should be heard separately.

Mr. McLean rose to state his case. He said that, when the case was opened, he thought it was a great party fight; but since he had heard the evidence, he was convinced that it was merely a drunken brawl. It was difficult to understand how the quarrel commenced. All they knew was that one party, who was walking with a young woman, said that three other parties whom he did not know assaulted him. This man was not satisfied with hearing the remark the three men made in silence; but he went and took a stick from his opponents, and wanted to make the Bench believe that he did nothing more. He (Mr. McLean) believed that the story was inconsistent. He did not believe the three parties ran sway merely from Murray's taking a stick from them. Murray must have assaulted them at the same time. John Dogherty, a corroborating witness, was examined, the the evidence he gave was extraordinary. He said he saw the assault, but did not interfere, although there were houses within hail. His evidence was that both parties were equally his friends. He must have been drunk, though he said he had only taken some ginger-beer. But he had gone on to contradict the statement by his own acts. He went, he said, to the house of a James Dogherty, to let "Master" McAlee {Magherdrool?} write down his evidence. Many other persons were there. Indeed, all the evidence given was taken down by "Master" McAlee in the house of James Dogherty He did not know why McAlee was called "Master" McAlee, or why he should take down all the evidence, or whether the parties were bound under some obligation to attend "Master" McAlee's summons. They were all examined by "Master" McAlee, so that their evidence would tally. It appeared that three parties, Neil Dogherty, Daniel Doran and Bernard Burns, were the first of the Ribbon party who left town, two of them with sticks

Mr. Dinnen objected to Mr. McLean calling his clients Ribbonmen, as there was no evidence of that. Mr. McLean said that the other side called his clients names, and would not allow him to have the same privilege. One of the sticks had been called a lath, and if it had not been produced, with a nail on the end of it, and covered with blood, they could have formed no idea of it. It was very formidable weapon. There was also a "colt"- a very murderous weapon too. "Master " McAlee was not only good at getting up evidence, but of drawing up a line of battle. It was plain that there was a plan devised by Roman Catholics to attack the Protestants. It would be proved in evidence that the Roman Catholics left town with sticks. Their plan was what had actually been put in force- to attack the Protestants on both sides; and for this purpose they sent forward men to provoke a quarrel. Bernard Burns swore that he had left home with a "colt" in his pocket to go to Ballynahinch Fair to do nothing. Why did he go to the fair if he had no business in it? If he had heard that a person called Johnston was going to assault him , was not that a reason for his staying home? Could they believe that he went out of the town with the "colt" on his pocket and the "lath" in his hand without the intention of committing an assault previously arranged? and would he attempt the assault unaided? He would not. He must have expected aid from the persons who did actually assault the Protestants. There was a great difference between Burns's evidence and his informations, and on being asked which was true, he said that the informations were true. This was in respect of persons whom he knew. McCagherty swore on the last day yet he left the town alone, but in his informations he swore he left with some men and girls. In fact, the informations were quite at variance with the evidence in court. On cross-examination, he swore that the informations were true, and that the evidence he had given them was untrue. If this were so, how could any part of these men's evidence be true? and if these men swore what was untrue, what must the evidence of those who had not given informations be? He would ask the Bench to disbelieve the entire evidence. He wondered how the Roman Catholics, as they went out of town, could not see the others; how they all left at seven o'clock; and how a donkey's cart was in a certain place, with sticks and broom handles for the fray, unless there was a previous understanding to give the Protestants a good beating. On the other hand, they found that the Protestants were in town on business, were unarmed, and were attacked front and rear. No other conclusion could he come to but that the Roman Catholics were determined on an attack. .........

The following witnesses were then examined for the defence:-
Eliza Nocher, examined by Mr. Crawley- I was in Ballynahinch fair. I left between seven and eight o'clock. James Palmer was with me. There were five or six persons before me. Three boys passed me on the road. They all had sticks. In about four minutes after the fight commenced before me on the road. Palmer was then at my side. Bernard Burns, one of the young Doghertys, and another boy I did not know, were the men that passed. Hugh McCagherty came forward and struck Palmer.

To Captain O'Donnell- We were not then at the fight.
To Mr. Crawley- I was holding Palmer when Hugh McCagherty struck him. Palmer had no stick. He had done nothing to McCagherty. Palmer fell, This was on the middle of the road. I saw John Dornan coming running up the road, saying he could fight any twelve-stone man on the road. He went into the crowd. I saw parties running with stones and sticks in their hands while the fight was going on. I saw John McCagherty beat James Gordon with his fists. I saw Michael Mariner and his brother Pat. Michael {most probably of Magheralone}was throwing stones into the crowd. He said, "You bloody rascals, I will have some of your lives before I go home." Pat was wanting the brother away.

Mr. McLean- It was Pat who was produced.
Witness- Pat had a stick in his hand. I also saw James Dogherty and John Dogherty in the field behind the wall.
Mr. Crawley- That is the man who said he ran home (Laughter)
Witness- I saw John reach some of the clothes over the wall. I could not say whose clothes they were. I don't recollect any more. Palmer and I went home together. He passed me on the road, and I did not know him at first with the blood on his face.
To Mr.Crawford- I saw George Neil and James Palmer stripped.
To Mr. Crawley- Palmer was stripped after the fight. John Dornan had his coat off.

(Eliza Nocher) cross examined by Mr. Dinnen- I did not see Palmer throw his coat off. I lost sight of Palmer. There were fifteen or sixteen persons there when Palmer and I went up. Palmer was courting me that night. (Laughter) A part of five or six were before Palmer and me. There were others behind us. The three boys passed me without saying a word. I can't tell what took place before the fighting began. I did not see Hawthorne that night. I saw William Long in town. I did not see him on the road. I saw James Gordon in the fight. He was before me.
What is your usual way home? I can go three ways.
Mr. McLean- When she is courting she generally goes the roundabout way. (Laughter)
Witness- I generally go the new way. I went by the old road that night. It is not much about. All the boys went up the hill. I asked them to come with me, for I was afraid. Some of them did not want to come. There was no row in the house. My sister was there. She is not here today. I told this story to Mr. Crawley and Mr. McLean. I did not tell it to anybody else. I recollect Sunday after the fair. None of the boys were with me. I saw nobody about this fair.
Mr. McLean- The "master" has got wrong information.
Witness- I know the Orange Hall in Cumber (a townland near Drumaness)
Mr. Dinnen- When were you there?
Mr. McLean- He wants to know if you are an Orangeman. (Laughter)
Witness- I am an Orangewoman. (Laughter) I was not in the hall since the fair. None of the Protestants had sticks. They took them from the others. (Cheers in court, which were instantly suppressed)
Captain O'Donnell- Put those men back. If the police were doing their duty they would have one of these people before the magistrates. Instead of minding the case, they should mind their duty. Put some men to the back.
The Sergeant- There are four of them at the back.
Captain O'Donnell- Well, they are not fit to do their duty. Put more men there.
Witness (to Mr. Dinnen)- I swear that before the fight there was not a single stick among the whole lot (the Protestants)
To Captain O'Donnell- I only saw two with their coats off.
To Mr. McLean- A good many of the Roman Catholic party had their coats off. I mean two of our own party.
Captain O'Donnell- When you say your own party, had you arranged to go out of town together? No. I never heard anything of fighting till it commenced.
To Mr. Dinnen- I saw Burns bleeding, and I shouted to them not to beat him. My sister may have shouted to them not to murder him.

Patrick Johnston, examined by Mr. McLean- I live in Cumber. I was in Ballynahinch Fair. I recollect being on the road on my way home. I did not see any sticks with my friends. I had no stick with me. Bernard Burns and two other boys passed me. He had a stick like that (the "lath") in his hand. Another had a stick in his hand. Shortly after the attack commenced in front of the Protestant party, and, at the same time, in our rear. I got a bat, but I don't know who gave it to me. I did not touch anyboady. When the row was commenced I went up and wrought for peace. It was then I got the crack. I know Burns. I never threatened I would beat him at the Ballynahinch fair.
To Mr. Dinnen- I told this to Mr. McLean. Icould not say how many of our part there were. I drank some before I left town. I could not tell how much I had. I was not too drunk to fight. I can't tell the last house I took drink in. I think it was in John Johnston's {Ballynahinch?} . There were four more there- John Black {Raleagh} and Samuel Moore {Drumgiven?} and two women. There were several other in the house. I know the boys there (defendants) . Some of them were four or five perches before me. I was talking to some of them before I came to Lightbody's gate. {Mill Hill?} I did not hear of Murray getting a beating. I saw one or two slaves in our party- walking sticks. I did not see other sticks. The boys that passed said nothing. I was a few yards behind the first of our party. I saw fighting. I can't say who was fighting. I did not see Gordon strike anybody. I only saw Neil and McCagherty fighting.
To Captain O'Donnell- I cannot identify Neil now. I never saw him before.
To Mr. Dinnen- I did not see any more blows. I was not at the Orange Hall since the fair. I know Ogle {Drumaness?} and Moore. Iwas not at the hall with them. I did not tell this truth to anybody.
Didn't you tell this story to the master of the lodge? I told it to several. I told it to him among the others. I told it since the fair. My uncle is master of the lodge.

Hugh Thompson examined by Mr. Crawley- As I was going home I saw three or four men pass with sticks. There were some fifteen or sixteen before me. James Dogherty was one of the men. In a few minutes the bustle commenced. I saw James Dornan then pass me with his hand under the skirt of his coat, as if he had a stone in his hand. I saw Roger McCagherty pass with the butt of a loadened whip in his hand. He "yoked" into work too, and "laid on". Until these parties with the sticks went past there was no bustle.
To Mr. Dinnen- There were a good many with me. The defendants were all before me. I did not hear the three or four boys that passed say a single word. I could not tell whether any more than the three or four (Roman Catholics) were there. I can't name one of my party that struck a blow. I know the last witness. I did not meet him at the Orange lodge since. To my knowledge, I did not tell any one to summon me. They knew I was there. The Orangemen have not donme work for me after-hours since I became a witness.
To Mr. McLean- The Protestant party , so far as I saw, gave no offence to the other party.

John Ellison {Tievenadarragh?} , examined by Mr. McLean- I saw John Dornan lift stones and put them behind his back. This was beyond the church. Michael Mariner was with Dornan, and also lifted stones, which he put in his pocket. I did not then see any persons on whom they could operate. They walked quickly. When I went on I saw a crowd, and Dornan run into the crowd. Dornan had no his coat off when I saw him first. He had it off when he was in the crowd.
Cross-examined by Mr. Dinnen- I first told this story to David Johnston. Nancy Gordon was with me on the road. She is not here today.

William Fisher {Cumber?} examined by Mr. McLean- I met a number of Spa fellows going home out of town. I only saw two sticks among them. I met a second crowd and they had many sticks like this (The Lath)
To Captain O'Donnell- In the first lot there were about a dozen. There were more in the second crowd than the first.
To Mr. Dinnen- All the first party seemed to be going home. The second party were the McCagherty family {Drumnaconnor?} , and others. I knew they were Roman Catholics. I spoke to them. They did not attack me. They did not speak a harmful word to me. After I was a short distance by I heard cheering, and returned. I saw no fighting. I was in this court before. I was here for taking a glass of whiskey. I never was charged with killing a man. I know the crane-master.
Who killed him? Sure he is living yet. (Laughter) I know Osborne. I was charged with committing a murderous assault on him.
Mr. Crawley- For giving him a kick for not weighing your on's. (Laughter)
To Captain O'Donnell- I think the second party were going home. All the parties were on their way home.
Mr. McLean said he would examine the witnesses to prove an alibi for Wm. Jas. Long.

John Gordon examined by Mr. McLean- I saw Wm. James Long in the fair. After seven o'clock he and his cousin Dick { Ballymaglave South?} were sitting on the road near the Spa. Word then came that there was fighting. He did not go. We were together till after dark. I was not in the fight.
To Mr. Dinnen- Long is my brother-in-law. I can't say what time it was. I won't swear that when I went to Long it was not near eight o'clock.

James Graham {Ballymaglave south?} deposed that he went towards Spa about seven o'clock, and he saw three men- one of them he believed was Long- sitting on the side of the road. He did not hear the news of the fight till the next day. Richard Long was one of the three men.

The case for the defence was closed.
The court was then cleared, and, after the magistrates were consulted, the public were re-admitted, and
Captain O'Donnell said the the magistrates would reserve their judgement until the case of the police were gone into.
Mr. McLean thought it might answer the ends of justice if the case were disposed of upon the hearing of both sides.
Captain O'Donnell thought it would not tend to preserve the peace of the country by smothering such a case. They would go into the case of the police.
The case of the police against persons on both sides for riot was then gone into.

The following Protestant were summoned for riot- Wm Jas. Long, John Long, Jas. Palmer, Henry Gordon, Jas. Gordon, A. Hawthorne, John Thompson, Geo. Neil, John Watson and Francis Johnston {Cumber?} .

The Roman Catholics summoned for riot were- Patrick Mariner, Hugh McCagherty, James Dogherty, Neil Dogherty, Daniel Dornan, John Dornan, Rose Dornan, Michael Mariner & John McCagherty {Drumnaconnor?}.
During the course of the inquiry Michael Mariner, Rose Dornan and Patrick Mariner were discharged.

Margaret McAlee deposed- At Mr. Lightbody's gate, on the evening of the fair day, I saw a crowd fighting. There might be about forty people in the crowd. The crowd slanked away, and most of them were away before I went up. I met James Dogherty. He was coming from the direction of the crowd with his face bloody. Roger McCagherty also came. He had no marks of fighting. I saw John McCagherty standing on the footpath. This was after the fight. When I can farther I saw a boy on the road, and five or six beating him with sticks. I do not know who it was or who were beating him.
Mr. McLean- That felllow was a foreigner. He has not been heard of since.
To Mr. McLean- I spoke to "Master" McAlee once. I went for goods. McAlee has a grocer shop. I was there on Friday last. I was not in Dogherty's. I saw James Dogherty before he came up to the crowd that was standing back. I saw Roger McCagherty also standing back. I saw John McCagherty standing on the footpath when James Dogherty came up to him bleeding. A good many people were moving about till the fight would be over. I was in the fair. I was in a public-house. I saw Hugh McCagherty, Roger McCagherty, and James Dogherty in McStay's public-house.

Mary Ann Hannigan said she did not see a fight at all. She passed about half-past eight o'clock after the fight took place.

James Davis {Ballymaglave South?} - I was at the fair. I went out of town behind some of the defendants, and before others. There were Neil, Gordon, Watson, Palmer and Thompson before me. Neil Dogherty, Daniel Dornan and Burns passed me on the road. The three that passed me and a lot before me commenced the fight. The three men had sticks. Some of the men before me had walking sticks. I saw the men wrestling about. The party from which the three separated then came up. There were Hugh McCagherty and Roger McCagherty. The rest were strangers. I saw Hugh McCagherty and Roger McCagherty fighting. I saw Neil fighting. I saw Gordon after he came out of the crowd. I did not see Watson or Thompson do anything. I saw John Dornan run into the crowd. I saw John Dogherty behind the wall.
to Mr. Dinnen- I went out with the boys. I knew most of them.
Was Gordon going the straight way home? He can go anyway.
Is your home past Caughey's? I can go either of the roads. There was a good crowd behind me on the road. I was watching myself. I thought O might get a rap on the head.
Didn't you join in beating the poor fellow? No one can prove that.
Mr. McLean- Don't answer that.
Mr. Dinnen objected to Mr. McLean's interfering with a Crown witness.
Captain O'Donnell- Don't answer if it will criminate yourself.
Mr. Dinnen- Did you join in beating the poor fellow?
Witness- What fellow?
Mr. Dinnen- Any of them?
Witness- Is there any one to say I did it?
Mr. Dinnen- Do you refuse to answer the question? I have said all I have to say. I can go either was home. All my party went to Caughey's. No persons that I know of joined the crowd. After I passed Caughey's I went home by the road.
To. Mr. McLean- I went home with the Miss Nochers, who were afraid.
To Mr. Dinnen- Do you know Hawthorne? I do. (Identifies him) I did not see him in the crowd. I saw him above Mr. Lightbody's two minutes before the fight commenced. I did not see Long on the road that night. I did not see him that night.

Joseph Tomlinson- I was in the fair. I left the town about seven o'clock with my uncle, Hugh Thompson. I saw a fight. There were about twenty in it. I saw the eight Spa men pass me all but James Long. Three men also passed me who had sticks. The two Longs were not there. Saw John Dornan, Hugh McCagherty and John McCagherty there. I saw Dornan throw a stone. James Palmer was fighting with his fists. Roger McCagherty, Hugh McCagherty and Gordon were fighting. The crowd then broke up. Some came to town. They were not townsmen.
To Mr. Dinnen- I went past Caughey's house. I saw Caughey getting a blow. I did not see Neil striking Caughey. I don't know how the row commenced. Before the attack was made I could not swear whether any of the party to which the three belonged came up. Hugh McCagherty was the first of the other party who came up. I can't swear whether anybody was with him. Hugh McCagherty, John McCagherty and John Dornan passed me also. The Orange Hall is in my land.

Mrs. Lowry said she saw Hugh McCagherty and John McCagherty on the road. She saw no more.
To Mr. Dinnen- I told Hugh McCagherty to run, for it was better to run than be in danger. (Laughter)

John Dogherty- I recollect the fair evening. I went to Gordon's, and, hearing shouting, I came to the road through Mr. Lightbody's garden. I saw Hugh McCagherty, John McCagherty, John Dornan, Rose Dornan, Michael Mariner and Pat Mariner running down the mill. Up the road I met the Spa boys, and went over the wall to shun them. I heard Palmer say, "Who is for the man over the wall?" I then ran over the hill. I gave George Neil his waistcoat over the wall. I did not see any fighting at that time.
To Mr. Dinnen- I was examined on the first day, and identified Long, Hawthorne and Gordon as the men who attacked Murray. I saw the same men join the Spa party.
To. Mr. Crawley- The McCagherty party were running slowly down the road. I did not say a word to them. I had not my hand on a stick over the wall. I did not hand any sticks to anybody.

Eliza Nocher re-examined- John Dogherty was standing behind the wall when the fighting was going on. I heard him say to John Long, "Willie, I will mark you for that."
Mr. Dinnen- There is no corroboration of this girl's evidence.
Capt. O'Donnell- It is a matter of credibility.
To Mr. Crawley- Before Dogherty handed the clothes over some had left the crowd to go home. The Roman Catholic party went away as fast as they could by twos and threes. Dogherty was there when the fight was at its highest.

Samuel Moore, Patrick Mariner, Michael Mariner, Rose Dornan, Hugh Thompson and James Ogle were also examined for the Crown. Same evidence was given that John Dornan and Michael Mariner could not have seen the fight from the place where they liufted the stones.

Sarah Christy- I was coming into the town. I heard Pat Quin (Roman Catholic) say that he was coming into town one errand to have James Gordon and John Watson beaten.
Mr. Dinnen objected to this evidence. The objection was allowed. This closed the case for the Crown.

The cross case of James Palmer (Protestant) against John Dornan and Hugh McCagherty (Roman Catholics), for assault, was then taken up.

James Palmer , examined by Mr. McLean- I was in the fair in Ballynahinch on the 19th. I left about half-past seven o'clock. Eliza Nocher was with me. I was going to see her home. Her sister was with me. When I was going along the road I was struck over the head three times with a stick. I don't know who gave me the blow which knocked me down. It came from behind. Hugh McCagherty, when I was down, struck me three or four times. I saved some of the blows with my arm. He beat me with a round stick. John Dornan struck me on the head with a stone or some hard substance. He struck me more than once. I had given no offence to any one. There was a quarrell on the road some distance before me. When I was down, a rush of people went by me on the road into the crowd before me. I held McCagherty by the legs till I got up. When I got up I struck McCagherty. I had no weapon like this (the colt), or like this ( the lath). I had no weapon at all. Some of the part went home with me in consequence of the request of the girls. I had no intention of giving any provocation.
To. Mr. Dinnen- When we left Ballynahinch,including boys and girls, there were between 12 and 15. I was in view of my party the whole time.

Eliza Nocher and Samuel Moore were re-examined in corroboration of Palmer. They repeated their former evidence. This closed the case for the Crown.

Mr. Dinnen addressed the Court with the view of showing that information should not be returned against his clients.

Captain O'Donnell said that he thought the Bench would return information in the case of Caughey against Neil, but they had not finally decided. Judgement would be given to-morrow (Tuesday) morning at 11 o'clock, in all cases; and the cases were postponed till then. The several defendants then entered into their own recognisances to appear, and shortly afterwards the Court rose.


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