Are there any skeletons in your family cupboard?

Here are a few samples of REAL CASES from the Lifford Assizes:

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Family Names Brown & O'FarrellFamily Names ClarkFamily Names DohertyFamily Names DunbarFamily Names GallagherFamily Names HarteFamily Names HegartyFamily Names Mary KellyFamily Names McCauleyFamily Names McDaidFamily Names ScottFamily Names Ward


Patrick Munday, horse-stealing.   GUILTY.    To be executed on the 6th May next.

Thomas Hart, indicted for cow stealing – aquitted of the charge – but to remain in custody for transportation for stealing oats.

Dennis McFadden, stealing linens.   GUILTY.   To be imprisoned for 6 months and kept to hard labour.

Mary McManus, Lucinda Sweeny and Alice Leynard, indicted for being vagrants, to be transported for 7 years.


Jane Hamilton, stealing 3 heifers at Keadue on 14th April.   GUILTY.    Deathrecorded.


Daniel Doherty, riotous assembling at Glenhouse compelling Michael Doherty to reduce his rents. This was a trial which arose out of the Inishowen riots.   GUILTY.    To be imprisoned for 6 months and kept to hard labour.

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