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1783 Abduction in Leighlinbridge

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1783 Abduction in Leighlinbridge

Surnames mentioned: Lalor, Motley, Motly, Bunbury & Bishop

'On the night of the 14th instant a number of armed men, headed by Michael Motly of Leighlinbridge, attacked the house of Robert Lalor, near the said town, when having broken the windows and fired several shots through them at Lalor and his family, they broke open the door, which was defended by Lalor and his brother with great resolution, till at lengih the former was obliged to retire to an inner room where he defended himself with a pitchfork, and wounded several which obliged them to retreat for upwards of half an hour, as is presumed to remove the wounded.

They again returned, and having broken and destroyed many articles of Lalor's furniture, they forcibly touk his daughter to Castlecomer in the county of Kilkenny. The next morning, eight of the light horse commanded by Capt Bishop and Lieut Bunbury pursued them and took Motley and the girl in the mill of Castlecomer from whence, after returning the girl to her parents, they escorted Motley [sic] to the gaol of Carlow. This is the fourth girl carried away within a short space of time in the same manner'.

The London magazine and monthly chronologer, April 1783.

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