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Colonial Cases

Ireland, Army

Caledonian Mercury, 6 March 1800

Extract of a Letter from Ballymena, Sunday, 2d March

  Upon Friday last, a most awful procession took place, here, namely, the escorting of Roger M'Corley, who was lately convicted at a Court-martial, to the place of execution, Toom Bridge, the unfortunate man having been bred in that neighbourhood.  As a warning to others it is proper to observe, that the whole course of his life was devoted to disorderly proceedings of every kind; for many years past, scarcely a Quarter-Sessions occurred, but what the name of Roger M'Corley appeared in a variety of criminal cases!  His body was given up to dissection, and afterwards buried under the pillory.


Caledonian Mercury, 14 April 1800

CORK, April 3.


Yesterday a Court Martial sat, under the presidency of Colonel Cochrane, of the 3d battalion of the 20th regiment, on the trial of James Brien, for murder.  The circumstances of cruelty and barbarism which were proved on the trial, we are sorry to say, bore too strongly the traits of national character which our Irish peasantry have for ever stamped on themselves, during the rebellion.  It appeared that the prisoner having had intimation that the deceased had received a sum of money (about 15 l.) determined to rob him, and therefore, on the night of the 24th last February, he, and an accomplice, got into the house of the deceased, near Bere, which they entered down the chimney.  The deceased and his wife were then in bed, from which he immediately rose, and attempted to defend himself, assisted by his wife.  The prisoner was armed with a large knife and a bill-hook.  In the scuffle which necessarily followed, the skull of the deceased was nearly cleft by the bull-hook, and the cruel villain, thinking he had not completely perpetrated his bloody deed, stabbed him several times with the knife, which was represented on the trial as having been turned and raked in his body.  The wife of the deceased (who was likewise desperately wounded in assisting her husband) escaped from the house, and alarmed her brother-in-law, who lived at hand, and by which, after being likewise wounded, he was secured.  We should not have noticed the proceedings of the highly honourable and respectable Court in this public manner, but that the confession of guilt which the prisoner made, left no question, we presume, on the issue of their determination.


Welshman, 14 August 1835

The sentence on Lieutenant Sir James Hay, Bart., Paymaster of the 36th Depot, who was tried by Courtmartial at Galway, has been promulgated.  He is to leave the service. But with liberty to sell his Commission. - Limerick Chronicle.

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