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A melancholy account of several barbarous murders & lately committed in the counties of Limerick, Clonmel, Kildare and Carlow

Author [Anon]
Title A melancholy account of several barbarous murders & lately committed in the counties of Limerick, Clonmel, Kildare and Carlow
Imprint Glasgow: T. Duncan
Date of Publication [c. 1800]
Language English
Notes This is a rare Glasgow broadside outlining recent murders committed in Ireland by groups of "armed banditties". After the failure of the 1798 Rebellion pockets of armed resistance to British rule were still to be found in parts of the country, with gangs carrying out robberies and reprisals on anyone with loyalist sympathies. The main series of murders mentioned here were the result of an attack on the Boland family home in Manister, Co. Limerick in March 1800. (Justice in this case turned out to be swift and brutal: contemporary newspaper accounts subsequently record that the following month two men, Henry Stokes and Patrick Sheehan, were found guilty by a general court martial at Limerick of the murder of the male members of the Boland family. The men were hanged, after which their bodies were brought to Limerick and thrown into a mass grave, the 'Croppies'-hole', at the new gaol.) The broadside briefly refers to the "state of fermentation" in "that unhappy country" but is more concerned with stressing the barbarity of the crimes being committed and also alludes to the apparent complicity of the Catholic church in the outrages by offering absolution to convicted murderers.
Shelfmark AP.4.208.12
Acquired on 02/05/07
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