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Bunbury Papers in the Pat Purcell Papers
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1767, Brett, Vigors, Harding & Casey.

Land transaction in the PPP.


Indenture made the first day of August 1776 between John Vigors of Old Leighlin in the County of Carlow, Esquire, and James Brett of Old Leighlin, Farmer.

Dwelling house and Farm in Old Leighlin let to James Brett, having first being Traced and Surveyed by Denis Casey, Surveyor, containing seven acres, three roods and twenty nine perches to have and to hold for 31 years.

(signed with Seals attached)

John Vigors, James Brett. Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us ~ Walter Harding,  [ ? ].

20th April 1767.

George the third By the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith and so forth.
To our Trusty and well beloved Thomas Bunbury Esq. and William Brereton Esq. Greeting.
WHEREAS By our Letters patient under our Great Seal of Ireland We have Appointed our well beloved William Bunbury Esquire a Justice and Keeper of the peace in our County of Catherlogue.
KNOW ye that We have given unto you or any one of you full power and authority by these presents to call before you or any one of you the said William Bunbury.
And to administer to him the annexed Oaths which he is to Swear upon the Holy Evangelists.
As also to cause him distinctly and openly to Make Repeat and Subscribe the annexed Declaration.
And what You or any one of you shall do ---- p-------ts. You or one of You shall Certify the same into our S-ig--- Court of Chancery in our said Kingdom of Ireland on the Twentyeth day of May next ensuing whatsoever ---- shall then be together with this our Commission.
Witness our Justices General and General Governors of our said Kingdom of Ireland at Dublin the Twentyeth day of April in the Seventh Year of our Reign 1767
(signed) William Brereton
(signed) Thomas Bunbury. .........................Do---ile ( Doursile ?)
The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document
Transcribed by: Michael Purcell  c2008

Names: Bunbury, Headen, Farranan & Fitzpatrick 1767.

[Note added 2012. this Examination ( Statement ) gets a bit jumbled at the end but the transcription appears accurate.]

From Pat Purcell Papers.


The Examination of John Farranan of Tomard Harud [ ? ] taken before one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for Carlow.

Who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists and Saith that on the first day on June 1767 by virtue of a letter of an attorney from Thomas Bunbury of the City of Dublin, Esquire, he did enter the lands of Cranevonan to drive for Rent and arrear of Rent due to Thomas Bunbury, and pursuant to his said Power John Farranan did seize and drive five cows the property of Edmond Headen and then and there one Edmond Walsh, a Servant to James Fitzpatrick of Cranevonan, who at the same time Pelted and threw stones at John Farranan and upon [?].

Edmond Headen, the older, Edmond Headen, the younger, Winefred Headen and Margaret Headen assembled together and aided and assisted by Edmond Walsh and there rescued and forceably tooke the cows from John Farranan and put him in some danger for that Walsh.

Edmond Headen, the older and Edmond Headen, the younger Declared that they would loose their lives before John Farranan should take any of the cows at which John Farranan was in Dread and obliged to make off in Dread tho the Distress made by John Farranan before was on the Parole by the said Thomas Bunbury untill some time after as the Rent should be paid but the Distress to do so Still in the Power of John Farranan to Dispose of in failure of Payment of said Rent.

(signed) John Farranan.
Sworn before me the 22nd Day of June 1767.
(signed) William Vigors Burdett.

Transcribed by Friend of Carlow 2012.

1767, Bunbury, Haydon, Faranan, Walsh etc. etc.

Transcribed by Michael Purcell, July 2011.

Pat Purcell Papers.

16th July 1767.


The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oath say and present that Edmond Walsh of Cranavonan in the County of Carlow, Yeoman - Edmond Headen, Yeoman, Edmond Headen, Junior, Yeoman, Winifred Headen, Margaret Headen all of Cranavonan on the first day of June in the Seventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and soforth with force and Arms that is to say with Swords Sticks Stones and soforth at Cranavonan in Carlow upon one John Farranan a True and faithful Subject of our said Lord the King in the Peace of God and Contrary to the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity did make an assault and Two Cows which he the said John Farranan had Seized and had in his custody by Virtue of a Letter of Attorney Under the hand and Seal of Thomas Bunbury of the City of Dublin, Esquire, for Rent and Arrears of Rent of part of the Lands of Cranavanan from and out of the Custody of him, the said John Farranan, did then and there take Rescue and drive away the Cattle Contrary to the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity.

Guilty . Edmond Walsh and Edmond Headen - 7 Years Transportation. --

Objects of Mercy -- Edmond Headen, Junior, 2 Years on Treadmill, Winifred and Margaret Headen, 2 years imprisonment.

(signed) Franks Bernard? Benjamin Burton Doyne, Members of the Jury sitting this day William Browne, the Elder, Hon John Stratford, Beauchamp Bagenal, Thomas Butler, Simon Mercer, Pilsworth Whelan, William Stuart, Arundal Best, John Drought, John Echlin, Theophilus Perkins.



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