1818- Chief Secretary’s Office (CSO) Ireland
1818 to 1830 (assessed August 2018). It is intended that the database will be expanded to include the papers up to 1852.
124 Tracy (includes magistracy)
25 Feb 1817
Letter from Michael H Tracy, to Chief Secretary’s office, Dublin Castle, requesting that his correspondence with government is not revealed to Mr Harvey. Also encloses handwritten extract from Freeman’s Journal newspaper regarding failure of ‘Mayor, Sheriffs, Commons and Citizens’ to comply with act regulating financial arrangement, likely relating to Dublin corporation.
2 items; 2pp CSO/RP/1818/614
1 Jan 1818-8 Jan 1818
Letter from Colonel Handfield, Commissary General’s Office, Dublin, to Sir Edward B Baker, Military Secretary, Dublin Castle, enclosing letter and making appeal on behalf of Anthony Tracy, with mention of ‘the incorrectness of the statement he had made to Government’. Encloses letter from Tracy, 26 Purdon Street, Dublin, to Handyfield, making apology regarding misuse of name in representation to government and seeking to gain a post of employment.
2 items; 5pp CSO/RP/1818/269
3 Mar 1818
Letter from Michael H Tracy, to William H Gregory, Under Secretary of Ireland, Dublin Castle, requesting appointment to post of employment.
1 item; 2pp CSO/RP/1818/615
8 Mar 1821-11 Dec 1821
Petition of Lucinda Martha Kelly, Molesworth Street, Dublin, widow of late Lucius Tracy Kelly, sub commissioner of public records in Ireland, to the commissioners of public records in Ireland, requesting an allowance for her children, and emphasising that they are unsupported since her husband's death in July 1821, 11 December 1821. Also report of Lucius T Kelly, to commissioners of public records in Ireland, detailing calendaring work carried out, outside of office hours, for which he has received no remuneration, 8 March 1821.
2 items; 6pp CSO/RP/1821/298
28 Dec 1822-1 Jan 1823
Letter from police magistrates, head police office, Dublin, to William Conyngham Plunket, Attorney General of Ireland, 1 January 1823, enclosing copy of information of Robert Kelly, sworn before Henry Charles Sirr, police magistrate; and also copy of information of Standing [Harding] Tracy of 15 Crow Street, Dublin, each concerning the identification of the origin of printed slips, which were circulated during the riot at the New Theatre Royal, Dublin, on 14 December 1822. Kelly refers to his involvement in printing some of the slips, but states that he will not reveal 'the name of the person that employed me'; also describes his view of an incident in which a bottle was thrown at Richard Wellesley, 1st marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, inside the theatre, 28 December 1821. Tracy states that the typeface of the printed slips is not that used by any of the Dublin printing offices. Refers to a printed slip entitled 'No Popery', and to another entitled 'The Protestants want Talbot' [an allusion to former Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Earl Talbot], 1 January 1823.
3 items; 9pp CSO/RP/1823/1
19 May 1823-21 May 1823
Letter from Alderman Frederick Darley, police magistrate, head office of police, Dublin, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, Dublin Castle, 21 May 1823, enclosing copy of letter from Alderman John Cash, police magistrate of 5th Dublin police division, to the head police office, 19 May 1823, and also a copy of letter from JE Marston, keeper of Smithfield Penitentiary, Dublin, to Cash, 19 May 1923, enclosed with Cash's letter. Concerns case of Patrick Tracy, a deserted orphan boy, whom Marston recommends for admission into the House of Industry, Dublin.
2 items; 4pp CSO/RP/1823/779
28 Nov 1823
Letter from Major John Wills, Esker Lodge, Lucan, Dublin, chief police magistrate, to Nathaniel Sneyd, MP for County Cavan, recommending the conduct of a Mr Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], who previously served in the police establishment under Wills' superintendence. Wills describes him as 'a Person in every way qualified to fill a Situation very different from the one he held under me'.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/1823/2248
9 Feb 1825-15 Feb 1825
Letter from Thomas S Townshend [Townsend], Thornberry, [County Cork], to William H Gregory, Under Secretary of Ireland, Dublin Castle, offering recommendation for Elizabeth Tracy, widow, as suitable candidate to fill the post of house keeper to the War Office, [London]. Encloses letter from Thomas Townshend Sr, in support of Tracy and memorial from Tracy to Gregory, expressing her interest in the post. Mentions having support for her application from Captain Drought of County Limerick plus two members of the Townshend family. Refers to the death of her husband, Harding Tracy, printer of the ‘Correspondent’ newspaper, from the ‘sufferings he endured from imprisonment &tc for a libel by [Daniel] O'Connell’.
3 items; 7pp CSO/RP/1825/33
3 Aug 1825
Anonymous letter written from Magherafelt, County Londonderry, to Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, Dublin Castle, complaining of an incident in the town on the night of 31 July 1825 in which a number of persons named as [Ginins] Mills, William Baldwin, William Tracy and Olive Campbell, all dressed in police uniform, did accost and assault the Roman Catholic inhabitants of that place.
1 item; 2pp CSO/RP/1825/892
10 Oct 1825-12 Oct 1825
Letter from Major George Warburton, inspector general of police for Connaught, Oatfield House near Aughrim, County Galway, to Henry Goulburn, Chief Secretary, Dublin Castle, conveying permission to take three weeks leave of absence has been given Mr Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], chief constable of police in County Leitrim, and also to Mr [William] Gardiner, chief constable of police in the barony of Tireragh in County Sligo. With annotation on top from Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, stating the inspector general does not have the authority to grant such leave, rather formal permission must be obtained from himself.
1 item; 2pp CSO/RP/SC/1825/667
27 Jan 1826
Letter from [Rev] CP Coote, John S White, magistrates of County Limerick, Pallis Green [Pallasgreen, County Limerick], to Henry Goulburn, Chief Secretary, reporting an incident whereby constables were attacked and shot a man while attempting to arrest Terence Brien. Stating that Constables Holmes, Quilty, Burns and Tracy were attacked while arresting Brien who was one of a party of men drinking at the house of Darby Ryan of Newtown. Adding that the constables were searching for Patrick Darby, who was accused of rape; wishing to know how to proceed in the case; includes legal opinion of JS Townsend.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/SC/1826/28
8 Apr 1826
Memorial of Elizabeth Tracy, Magherafelt, [County Londonderry or Derry], to [Richard] Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, seeking a refund of charges made on her pension to the value of £10. Noting that she is the widow of Capt William Tracy of the Londonderry Militia.
1 item; 2pp CSO/RP/1826/387
27 Jul 1826-7 Sep 1826
Letters from Lieut James Gibson, Aavilla [Aghavila], Carrigallen yeomanry, Carrigallen, [County Leitrim], to Brig Maj John Semple, Belturbet, [County Cavan], warning that large crowds of individuals have frequently gathered at Ahavass [Aghavas] to perform military drills and allegedly with the intention of preventing Orangemen from marching; claiming that an incident was prevented through the intercession of Edward Hare on the catholic side and Archdeacon Agar and Rev McCreight on the protestant side; reporting an arson attack on the houses of James Monaghan and William Campbell. Also covering letter from Semple, Belturbet, to William Gregory, Under Secretary. Also letters from William G Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], to Maj George Warburton, enclosing affidavits of John Mitchell of Drumgunna and Owen Daly of Corduff stating that they witnessed large bodies of men performing military drills but claiming that the evidence of the men is weak; acknowledging that a number of protestants have been assaulted without provocation in the area and that protestant traders are being shunned by their catholic customers; suggesting however that Gibson is exaggerating the situation in order to get himself placed on permanent duty. Also letters from Warburton, to Henry Goulburn, Chief Secretary, agreeing that Gibson’s reports are coloured for reasons suggested by Tracy.
11 items; 33pp CSO/RP/OR/1826/295
22 Oct 1826-25 Oct 1826
Letter from William G Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], to Maj Warburton, Inspector General of Police, forwarding a certificate signed by three magistrates [extant] claiming that the constabulary force in the district is insufficient; adding that the ‘lower order of Roman Catholics’ have formed combinations in order to prevent dealings with protestant traders and continue to post threatening notices and engage in beatings of transgressors. Includes certificate signed by John Lawder, Joseph Johnston and George HC Peyton, magistrates. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Castlegar, [County Galway], to Henry Goulburn, Chief Secretary, recommending that the force in the barony of Carrigallen be increased. Includes annotation from Richard Wellesley granting the request.
3 items; 8pp CSO/RP/OR/1826/322
10 Jan 1827-11 Jan 1827
Petition of James Treacy of Ballygowan, County Tyrone, to Richard Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, concerning the theft of his mare by John and Edward Bannon. Treacy claims he was granted a replevin on 20 December 1826 from the Lord Chancellor [Thomas Manners Sutton, 1st Baron Manners] ordering the Sheriff of Tyrone to apprehend and return mare to him. Although he was charged a bond of £25 4d, Treacy stated that the Sheriff refused to cooperate. Treacy requested that the Sheriff be reprimanded, and that he be remunerated for the loss of his mare. Annotation on reverse giving legal opinion of Richard W Greene, stating that this was not a matter for the Lord Lieutenant, but for the court that originally issued the replevin, 11 January 1827.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/1827/6
20 May 1827
Letter from Thomas Elliott, [County Carlow], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, informing him that he had not yet received a return from Peter Tracy, High Constable of the Barony of Forth under the composition act.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/1827/751
23 Nov 1827-31 Aug 1830
Letters from James Duncan, Sub-Inspector and Paymaster, Carrick on Shannon, [County Leitrim], to Maj [George] Warburton, [Inspector General], Castlegar, [County Galway], resigning from his post and recommending his son as Chief Constable, and from William Crossley, Chief Constable, Maghera, [County ], applying for the post of Sub-Inspector of the County Leitrim, enclosing a testimonial from Col [HR] Pakenham, Langford Lodge, [County Leitrim?], praising Crossley’s achievements in County Leitrim and mentioning Capt Armstrong and Mr Macaulay who agree with him. Also includes letter from Maj [George] Warburton, [Inspector General], Dublin, to Hardinge, referring to the above letters but also another [not extant] from Col Beresford; now outlining that John Duncan will become Chief Constable, and that Mr Tracy [William Samuel Tracy] will succeed James Duncan, also mentioning Dr Col Clements whose application was also acceded to.
4 items; 10pp CSO/RP/1830/1472
2 Jan 1828-6 Jan 1828
Letter from William S Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, to Maj Warburton, reporting on violent attacks on Philip Curran of Aughalough and Francis Mulvanaty, Cloone parish, [County Leitrim] by a gang and suggesting that the motivation for the outrage was they were ‘too obedient’ to Capt Slack, agent to Mr Digby Marsh; also noting that Patrick Rourke, had his house levelled. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Castlegar, [County Galway], to William Lamb, Chief Secretary.
2 items; 5pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/628
24 Jan 1828-20 Feb 1828
Case on behalf of the crown for the opinion of the Attorney General, respecting the attachment of the property of Dr Thomas Tracy, who has been convicted of larceny and transported for seven years. Noting that his house and chattels have therefore become forfeited to the crown and that the government are anxious to restore the property to his wife, Martha Tracy and his family. Also covering letter from William Kemmis, Kildare Street, [Dublin], to William Gregory, Under Secretary.
2 items; 6pp CSO/RP/1828/1541
25 Jan 1828
Letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Dublin, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, reporting on the levelling of the house of Martin Saddlier in the barony of Carrigallen by Rockites and an arson attack against Peter McBryan of Cloone; noting that he was informed of these outrages by Mr Montford and Mr Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], chief constables of Mohill and Ballinamore, County Leitrim.
1 item; 2pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/633
26 Jan 1828-7 Feb 1828
Letters from George Warburton, Inspector General, Dublin, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, forwarding copies of outrage reports from five chief constables which were submitted to him [extant]. Includes reports from the following chief constables - Daniel Winslow, Drumkeerin, County Leitrim concerning a violent attack against William Murphy, herd to Mr Miller and threatening notices delivered to the contractor building a new church; from Lieut D Carey, Kilrush, County Clare, reporting on the waylaying of two men named MacNinhen and the arrest of a suspect named Keating; from William Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Ballinamore, County Leitrim, reporting on Rockite attacks on Joseph Johnston of Mayo who was ordered to dismiss a servant and Saddler who was ordered not to rebuild a levelled house; from N Caldwell, Ballina, County Mayo, reporting on recent faction fights including a battle which took place at Killalla and was dealt with by Capt Bourk; from Robert Plunkett, Tubbercurry, County Sligo, reporting on the attempted abduction of a farmer’s daughter and the prompt intervention of Mr Armstrong and Mr Wood, magistrates.
10 items; 25pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/635
28 Jan 1828
Letter from Maj D O’Donoghue, Roscrea, [County Tipperary], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, requesting sanction to offer a reward of £5 for information leading to the arrest of suspects to the murder of Darby Tracy of Templemore.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/444
6 Feb 1828-8 Feb 1828
Letter signed John Willington, DJ Webb and [W Miller], magistrates, Templemore, [County Tipperary], to Maj O’Donoghue, drawing attention to the perilous situation in which the families of Michael Bryan and John Mullonny of Clontaaffe, [County Tipperary] are in because they swore information against the murderers of Tracy [Darby Tracy] and Corcoran. Also letter from Maj D O’Donoghue, Roscrea, [County Tipperary], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, seeking sanction to provide police protection to the witnesses and their families.
2 items; 5pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/447
13 Feb 1828-19 Feb 1828
Letter from William Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], to Maj Warburton, reporting on the levelling of a house and beating of Teague of Cloone parish, by a party of Rockites in retaliation for Teague’s son having rented land on the Glebe lands of Cloone from Rev William Beresford, from which tenants had been evicted five years previously. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Dublin, to William Gregory, Under Secretary.
2 items; 5pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/639
20 Feb 1828-25 Feb 1828
Letters from William Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], to Maj Warburton, reporting that an armed gangs of Rockites attacked Charles Tully of Knockage, Cloone parish and ordered him to give up the farm he recently leased from Rev William Beresford and also attacked Michael Brien of Drumrahool, ordering him not to take a farm from Lord Leitrim. Also letter from D Crofton, magistrate, Lakefield, County Leitrim, concerning a similar attack made on Michael Conelan, who were subsequently identified as being Peter Haye, Michael Hoey and Bryan Donelly. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Dublin, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, adding that Mr Weldon, Chief Constable, Carrick on Shannon has been ordered to offer protection to Conelan.
4 items; 8pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/643
24 Feb 1828-29 Feb 1828
Letter from William Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], to Maj Warburton, reporting on an attack on the house of Michael Mullholland of Carricknavoe, Cloone parish, by a gang who demanded whiskey which had been bought for a wedding. Also letter from [?] Montfort, Chief Constable, Mohill, [County Leitrim], reporting on an attack by a party of Rockites on the house of Kiernan of Gortnacondra, who warned him to quit his holding. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Dublin, to William Gregory, Under Secretary.
3 items; 7pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/646
29 Feb 1828
Copied extract of a letter from Mr Reed, Chief Constable, Boyle, County Roscommon, to Maj Warburton, reporting that the suspected murderers of Mr Cox have been arrested and a portmanteau discovered in a bog hole close to the home of one of the suspects; praising the constables under the command of Weldon and Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], chief constables. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Dublin, to William Gregory, Under Secretary.
2 items; 4pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/647
16 Mar 1828-3 Jul 1828
File of documents relating to cases of four constables threatened with dismissal due to misconduct. Includes covering letter from Thomas Powell, Corkergh, Rathcoole, [County Dublin], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, reporting on each incident and including annotations noting the decision of government. Includes the cases of the following constables - John Tracy, sub constable, Edenderry, for drunkenness; James Moran, constable, Dundalk, for drunkenness, James Mills, constable, Crazy Corner, [County Westmeath], for neglect of duty; Andrew Dowler, sub constable, Kildare, for misconduct. Includes letters of recommendation, petitions, reports of witnesses and investigations and decisions of magistrates. Also mentioning Mr Donnellan, Chief Constable, Edenderry, [Kings County or County Offaly] and Robert Clace, constable, Kildare.
10 items; 18pp CSO/RP/1828/376
1 Apr 1828-9 Apr 1828
Letters from Samson Carter, Clonmel, [County Tipperary], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, reporting on convictions in the [Clonmel] Assizes mainly involving capital cases. Mentioning that the following have been convicted - Patrick Lacy, John Walsh, John and Patrick Keogh, Thomas Leonard, Pierce and William Grace, Michael Looby, James Daniel, Thomas Maher and John Russell. Some of those convicted were involved in the murders of Daniel Mara at Rathcannon and of Darby Tracy.
4 items; 5pp CSO/RP/1828/365
1 Apr 1828-7 Apr 1828
Letters from John Doherty, Clonmel, [County Tipperary], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, reporting in detail of the conviction of those accused of the murder of Daniel Mara. Observing that the following have been convicted Patrick Lacy, John Walsh, Patrick, John and Thomas Keaugh and Michael Tracy. Discussing his strategy of arranging the charges to have those who committed the murder sentenced to death, while allowing some of the conspirators to be transported and observing that the juries discharged their duties in all cases.
3 items; 12pp CSO/RP/1828/377
19 Apr 1828-21 Jul 1828
File of documents concerning the dismissal of three constables for drunkenness and appeals made by them or on their behalf to be readmitted. Includes memorial of John Tracy, to the magistrates of the Edenderry District [Kings County or County Offaly] and recommendation signed by three magistrates, Edenderry. Also statement signed by four magistrates assembled at Drumcarr Petty Sessions, County Louth, recommending that James Moran be readmitted in to the constabulary. Also extract from letter from Capt Dyas, to Col Sir John Harvey, noting that Andrew Dowler has been recommended for dismissal by the magistrates sitting at Kildare Petty Sessions. Also letters from Harvey, Portarlinton, [Queens County or County Laois], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, noting that Tracy and Moran are to be readmitted while Dowler is to be dismissed.
7 items; 15pp CSO/RP/1828/665
21 Apr 1828
Memorial of Adam Keenan, [Crockmunlatony], parish of Lower Bodoney, County Tyrone, to Henry William Paget, Lord Lieutenant, seeking compensation having provided crown evidence. Noting that he assisted in the conviction of Edward Trasy [Tracy] and William McBride, accused of kidnapping Keenan and his wife in order to prevent them from giving evidence against Peter Tracy at the assizes in Omagh. Also letter from Edward Tierney, Crown Solicitor, 15 Fitzwilliam Street, [Dublin], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, stating that he is unacquainted with the circumstances of the case which occurred prior to his appointment.
2 items; 4pp CSO/RP/1828/486
May 1828-1 Jun 1828
Letter from James Tandy, Millbank House, Naas, [County Kildare], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, transmitting monthly reports [extant] for County Kildare and the Western Division of County Wicklow and observing that the outrages in Wicklow have been supressed by nightly patrols. Includes reports noting the specifics of individual outrages, including the arrest of Michael Tobin and John Carroll, accused of the murder of Darby Tracey at Clontafe, County Tipperary, the absconding of Christopher Maher who has been accused of raping Madge Fitzpatrick and an attack on the house of George Beaghan of Blackhall in the barony of Naas. Also draft reply from unidentified official, Dublin Castle, recommending that the nightly patrols now be less frequent.
4 items; 9pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/580
8 May 1828-13 May 1828
Letter from James Tandy, resident magistrate, Millsbank House, Naas, Kildare, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, reporting that Lieut Flinter, Chief Constable has apprehended Michael Tobin and John Carroll, suspected of the murder of Darby Treacy near Templemore; noting that their accomplice, Richard Leonard, has already been hanged in Clonmel for the crime. Also covering letters from Maj D O’Donoghue, Ballymahon, [County Longford], to Gregory.
3 items; 5pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/455
4 Jun 1828
Letter from Edward Wilson, Chief Magistrate of Police, Thurles, County Tipperary, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, providing an account of recent outrages which occurred in his district, including robberies, threatening notices from Captain Rock, the murder of Stephen Lanigan and Gleeson. Mentioning the following victims - William Sadlier, Rev Bagnell, Mathew [Healy], James Tracy, Edward Slattery, Conor Fogarty, Edward Maher.
1 item; 4pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/666
1 Jul 1828-14 Jul 1828
Letters from William S Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], to Maj Warburton, reporting on efforts to prevent sectarian disturbances in the town involving Orangemen and catholics; noting that a large force of police, military and militia were assembled in the town following receipt of the Lord Lieutenant’s circular and that the Orangemen agreed not to form a procession; describing how he and a troop of dragoons dispersed a large armed crowd of peasants outside the town during which shots were fired; warning that the Ribbonmen are threatened to come to the market in the town to assail the Orangemen. Also letter from five magistrates of County Leitrim, Ballinamore, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, recommending that a military force of at least 30 men be stationed in the town. Also letter from John O’Brien, High Sheriff of Leitrim, Dromahair, [County Leitrim], to Gregory, providing an account of the confrontation with 500 armed men outside Ballinamore and other incidents in the town.
4 items; 13pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/14
5 Jul 1828-11 Jul 1828
Letter from Lieut ES Flinter, Chief Constable, Rossmore Lodge, Kildare, to Col John Harvey, Inspector General, requesting six weeks leave of absence in order to regain his health and also to prosecute John Carroll and Michael Tobin for the murder of Darby Tracy. Adding that Capt Green will carry out his duties during his absence. Also medical certificate from George H Low, surgeon, Rathangan. Also covering letter from Harvey, Portarlington, [Queens County or County Laois], to William Gregory, Under Secretary.
3 items; 5pp CSO/RP/1828/1010
16 Aug 1828
Letter from Martha Tracey, 15 York Street, [Dublin], to Thomas Taylor, drawing attention to an earlier petition concerning her difficult financial affairs following [the death] of her husband, Dr Tracey. Noting that she cannot enforce payment of bills due to her husband and cannot get out of her lease on a large house until she obtains a grant on her husband’s property.
1 item; 2pp CSO/RP/1828/1211
9 Sep 1828-11 Sep 1828
Letter from William S Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, to Maj Warburton, reporting that over 400 men voluntarily cut the corn of William Eden Lees following his testimony in support of the persons tried for illegal assembly; adding that the men marched in order carrying sickles and also cut the corn for their priest. Noting that they stopped to cheer in support of Sharpley, a catholic shopkeeper but ‘hissed and hooted’ at George Peyton, magistrate; adding that Col Beresford regarded the display as ‘savage’. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Castlegar, [County Galway], to Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary.
2 items; 5pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/696
10 Oct 1828-11 Oct 1828
Letter from R Sandford Palmer, Joseph Smith and [?Birch], magistrates, Roscrea, [County Tipperary], to Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary, reporting that Thomas Tracy was arrested for carrying a large flag in a march from Roscrea Fair; noting that the green flag was emblazoned with a harp, shamrock and a dove with an olive branch and bore the inscriptions ‘Aghavoe’, ‘Nabocklish’, ‘O’Connell’ and ‘Liberty and Unanimity’. Includes legal opinion of Richard W Greene, concluding that no definite breach of the law was committed. Also damp press copy of reply to Palmer, transmitting the law adviser’s opinion.
3 items; 7pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/519
27 Oct 1828-30 Oct 1828
Letter from William Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], to Maj Warburton, reporting that a young man named William Bloxham, protestant, was murdered by David Reilly, baker from Ballinamore who was returning from Ballyconnell Fair, County Cavan. Also letter from Edward Whitely, Ballyconnell, to John Semple, Belturbet, giving an account of the incident. Also covering letters from Warburton, Castlegar, [County Galway], to Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary and from Semple, to William Gregory, Under Secretary.
4 items; 11pp CSO/RP/OR/1828/20
16 Apr 1829-22 Apr 1829
Letter from [Maj] George Warburton [Inspector General of Police in Connaught], Castlegar, [County Galway], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, forwarding letters of application for leave of absence from 2 chief constables of police, namely: J O’Connor, Tuam, for 6 weeks; and George Tracy, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, for 2 months, with supporting letter from surgeon George Roe of the County Cavan Infirmary.
4 items; 7pp CSO/RP/1829/453
24 Sep 1829-5 Oct 1829
Letters from Walter Molony, Chief Constable, Gort, [County Galway], to Maj Warburton, enclosing proceedings and resolutions of a meeting of magistrates to investigate outrages committed in Tubber, [County Galway] which called for additional constables for the area and search warrants for firearms; reporting on a violent ‘Whiteboy’ attack on John Carney of Gurtavoher by a gang who spoke Munster Irish who ordered him to quit his house and land which he rents from Augustine Butler of Ballyline, [County Clare]; adding that threats have been made against Rev Lahiff, catholic priest, who condemned the outrages from the altar. Also copy of letter from Warburton, to the magistrates assembled at Tubber, responding to the request for additional constabulary in their area and noting that he has had to reinforce the stations along the Shannon and concluding that an augmentation of the force in Clare and Galway is required. Also copied extracts from reports from chief constables stationed in counties Clare, Galway, Leitrim and Sligo including Wright of Milltown, Morgan of Corofin, Molony of Gort, Brew of Clare and Galway, Plunkett of Moylough, Coffey of Clare, Winslow of Mohill, Tracy [William Samuel Tracy] [of Leitrim], Constable Meredith [of Dromahair], Curtis of Collooney, Capt Gardiner of Easkey, Bulfin [of Sligo]; reporting on various outrages including intimidation of voters who supported Mr Fitzgerald in Clare, threatening notices against witnesses and those working or purchasing for protestants, attacks on persons sending their children to Mr Syng’s school, physical and arson attacks against tenants and in order to force them to quit their holdings or not purchase tythes; attacks on livestock and crops, includes reference to a custom of individuals with blackened faces and dressed in straw arriving at weddings and demanding whiskey in order to leave. Also letter from Thomas Bulfin, Sligo, to Warburton, reporting that constables from Carney were prevented from arresting a man, accused of assaulting two protestants, by a crowd of peasantry. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Castlegar, [County Galway], to Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary, noting that the magistrates have requested search warrants for arms to be granted to Col Osborne and Walter Butler of Cregs; adding that he is ‘not favourable to searching for arms’ but concluding that they should be granted in order to demonstrate to the magistrates that such measures are ‘useless’.
9 items; 36pp CSO/RP/OR/1829/855
28 Sep 1829
Letter from Maj William Miller, Inspector General of Police [in Munster], Fermoy, [County Cork], to Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary, relating to the disrating of 2 constables in the county for irregular conduct, namely: Mr Tracy of Castletownroche [Cork]; and Mr Swayne of Killavullen.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/1829/1407
17 Nov 1829- Oct 1830
Letter by [Sir Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary, Dublin Castle], to William Kemmis, crown solicitor, [Dublin], enclosing a memorial by James Ryan, 9 Usher Street, Dublin (formerly from Inch, County Tipperary), to Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke Northumberland [Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Dublin], asking for compensation for standing crown witness at the spring assizes 1829 in the case against ‘the Conollys’ for the murder of John Cormack; asking Kemmis for his opinion. Also including correspondence between Kemmis, Gower, and Maj D O’Donoghue, magistrate, Maryborough, [Portlaoise, County Laois], regarding a memorial by Bridget Brien, Mary Ryan, James Ryan and Michael Ryan, Killea, County Tipperary, to Percy, asking for their subsistence pay from acting as crown witnesses against four men (Leonard, Quinlisk, and unnamed), apprehended for the murder of Darby Treacy; Kemmis giving the opinion that they are not entitled to it. Annotation identifies one James Ryan with the other.
5 items; 8pp CSO/RP/1830/51
18 Dec 1829
Copied extracts from reports from chief constables and sub inspectors Morgan, Brew, Townsend, Caldwell, Tabuteau, Molony, Weldon, Daly, Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Curtis, Gardiner and Ferrall in counties Clare, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo reporting on outrages in their counties including a desire on the part of respectable inhabitants of Clare to give their firearms to the magistrates but their reluctance to do so due to Rockite intimidation; an attack on the constabulary at Miltown by armed Rockites; threatening notices received by Mr Flynn of Lisdoonvarna who voted for Mr Vesey Fitzgerald; intimidation of the steward and servants of Capt O’Brien, brother to Sir Edward O’Brien, at Clifton; the denouncing from the altar by Rev Lahiff of Tubber of men responsible for sending him a threatening notice, partly in response to his having voted for Vesey Fitzgerald; arson attacks and attacks on property; a letter intercepted in Killalla post office addressed to ‘Hugh O’Hara’, ‘Captain of the Hearts of Steel’ and purporting to contain a list of names of sworn ribbonmen in County Mayo. Also covering letter from George Warburton, Inspector General, Castlegar, [County Galway], to Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary.
2 items; 9pp CSO/RP/OR/1829/892
6 Oct 1829
Letter from Maj William Miller, Inspector General of Police [in Munster], Fermoy, [County Cork], to Francis Leveson Gower, Chief Secretary, seeking permission to dismiss Subconstables Tracy and McCutcheon of Nenagh, [County Tipperary], for absenting themselves without leave.
1 item; 2pp CSO/RP/1829/1437
12 Jan 1830- Mar 1830
Letter from [Henry] P L’Estrange, magistrate, Clogher, King’s County [County Offaly], to Sir Francis Leveson Gower, [Chief Secretary], Dublin Castle, enclosing affidavit by Hugh Connor before four magistrates, giving evidence against John Trassy, William Cannon and William Horan for an outrage committed against Connor and Sergt Heffernan. Also, draft reply by [Dublin Castle] with the Attorney General’s advice regarding bail.
3 items; 6pp CSO/RP/OR/1830/520
20 Jan 1830-2 May 1830
File of correspondence regarding a riot between Protestants and Catholics in Derryconnelly, County Fermanagh. Includes letters from John Joyce, Sub-Inspector, Derry Gonnelley, [Derryconnelly, County Fermanagh], on the wounding of Constable Thompson Morrison during the riot; from Bartholomew Warburton, [magistrate], Swanlinbar, [County Cavan], Maj Thomas D’Arcy, Inspector General of Police [for Ulster], Holly Hill, Strabane, [County Tyrone], and letters from Brig Maj Yeomanry L Scott, Strabane, [County Tyrone], whose investigations find that none of the yeomen involved were guilty of improper conduct. Mentioning yeomen John Eaton, publican, William Simpson, Samuel Rutherford and William Ovens; also Bernard [Barney] Tracey, publican; Dr Wilkee and Dr Frith. [See also CSO/RP/OR/1830/808.]
10 items; 20pp CSO/RP/OR/1830/870
9 Feb 1830-15 Feb 1830
Letter from Arthur Crossley, magistrate, Elphin, [County Roscommon], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], enclosing a letter from Roger Gilmartin, prisoner, Carrick on Shannon Gaol, [County Leitrim], to Martin Treacy, Dromahair, [County Leitrim], and John Gilmartin, Raghmoney, [Rathmoney, County Sligo], stating there are ‘numbers of our Society’ in that gaol, telling them to connect with John and William Kelly, and with [other members in] Ballintoher, [Ballintogher, County Sligo] about an effort to free them, threatening otherwise to turn King’s evidence, and referring to Thomas Currin regarding pistols. Crossely comments that other such letters were written to different persons in the country; that a woman smuggling a rope ladder into the gaol was apprehended; that military are expected from Boyle, [County Roscommon].
2 items; 4pp CSO/RP/OR/1830/75
16 Apr 1830-19 Apr 1830
Two letters from Maj William Miller [Inspector General], Fermoy, [County Cork], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], regarding outrages, enclosing letters from JB Kittson, Chief Constable, Nenagh, [County Tipperary], on outrages enacted against William Harrington, also mentioning  McDonnell, against a certain Tracy, naming Edmund Kennedy as a perpetrator, and against Terrance Magrath and Michael Ryan, where twelve men have been arrested; also by James Forsayeth, Chief Constable, Tipperary, [County Tipperary], on an outrage against John [Lawe] Esq.
4 items; 12pp CSO/RP/OR/1830/575
22 May 1830-5 Jun 1830
File of letters from Maj [George] Warburton, [Inspector General], Castlegar, [County Galway], Brig Maj [S] Semple, Belturbet, [County Cavan], and Arthur Crossley, magistrate, Elphin, [County Roscommon], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], also enclosing letters from William S Tracy [William Samuel Tracy], Chief Constable, Ballinamore, [County Leitrim], and from Lieut [Perry] Norris, yeomanry, Mohill, [County Leitrim], all reporting on two attacks on William Moorcroft Esq, Lavarin, [Lavareen, County Leitrim] by ‘Cap Rock’s men from Castlebar’ [County Mayo], the second one lethally wounding his mason William Sparks; Crossley mentions investigations conducted together with Rev GD Beresford and John [Lawder] Esq, also mentioning Moorcroft’s son James.
6 items; 15pp CSO/RP/OR/1830/92
12 Jun 1830-26 Jun 1830
Letter from Maj William Miller [Inspector General], Fermoy, [County Cork], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], recommending Chief Constable Kittson for a leave of absence, enclosing a certificate from D Tracey, surgeon and apothecary, Nenagh [Grove], and an endorsement by four magistrates, Gilbert Holmes, James Willington, NW [Geeson?], and [RW] Bayly, Nenagh, [County Tipperary].
3 items; 5pp CSO/RP/1830/957
26 Jun 1830-31 Jul 1830
Letter from Sir John Harvey [Inspector General, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], asking confirmation of the police’s printed standing orders which provide that police can only assist the execution of civil orders if called out and accompanied by a magistrate; enclosing recent correspondence from Henry Hamilton, Sub-Inspector, County Wexford; from Waddy himself, Wexford, [County Wexford], ordering assistance with collecting taxes; and from T St [George] Armstrong], magistrate, Garry Castle [Carrycastle, County Offaly], also ordering the police to assist in collecting taxes. Also mentioning Mr John Lett, High Constable, County Wexford, and Mr Treacy, public collector of taxes, [County Offaly]. Further, includes annotations and legal advice by Richard W Greene, with the latter clarifying that the police is to act in criminal matters only, or if the public peace is in danger of being breached.
4 items; 9pp CSO/RP/1830/1077
26 Sep 1830-14 Dec 1830
Two letters from Maj William Miller [Inspector General], Fermoy, [County Cork], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], regarding sub-constable James Tracy [also Treacy], Kilworth Mountains, County Cork; recommending his dismissal for incurring debts and threatening one of his creditors. Also, letter from Tracy to Gregory, referring to his creditor John Lane. Further, letter from Patrick O’Brien, grocer, Timoleague, [County Cork], referring to Tracy’s debt to him.
4 items; 10pp CSO/RP/1830/1998
28 Sep 1830
Letter from Philip Tracy, 4 Dame Lane, Trinity Place, [Dublin], to Sir Henry Hardinge [1st Viscount Hardinge, Chief Secretary, Dublin Castle], pointing to the disproportionately high taxes for paving and lighting, and the high Grand Jury cess, not only so for him but more so for the ‘multitudes who find it barely possible to provide themselves and families with daily bread’. Stating that the high hopes for a reduction of taxes, when the [Director] of the Paving Board, Maj tailor was discharged for misappropriation, were disappointed.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/1830/1922
3 Oct 1830-17 Nov 1830
Two letters from [William] Kemmis, [crown solicitor], Kildare Street, [Dublin], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], recommending the payment of rewards to John Flinn, Thomas Prior, Constable, and Patrick Cormick who all contributed to the apprehension of persons charged with the murder of Daniel Mara, [County Tipperary]. Enclosing letter from G Fitzgerald, magistrate, Cashel, County Tipperary, a testimonial for Flinn from William Williams, Golden, [County Tipperary], letter from Prior, and memorial by Cormick, naming the accused as Patrick, John, Thomas Keogh, Timothy Tracey and Kate Costelloe, and further mentioning [fellow accused] [Greace Walshe], Chief Constable McDonagh, Edward Wilson, chief magistrate, and Mr [Challoner], surveyor.
6 items; 13pp CSO/RP/1830/1964
11 Nov 1830
Memorial from Mary Anne Tracy, Dungannon, [County Tyrone], to Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke Northumberland, [Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Dublin], asking to reinstate her husband in the police which he left in order to invest in a grocery business that has since failed. For testimonies, naming several persons including his former superior Capt Wade, and Rev Mr Horner, Rector, Dungannon.
1 item; 3pp CSO/RP/1830/1870
14 Nov 1830-1 Dec 1830
Letter from [William] Kemmis, [crown solicitor], Kildare Street, [Dublin], to William Gregory, [Under Secretary, Dublin Castle], forwarding memorial from Michael Brogan and John Kerr, sub-constables, Brasfort, County Tipperary, asking for a share in the reward for apprehending Patrick and John Kough [Keogh], Timothy Tracey, Kate Costello, accused of the murder of Daniel Mara; endorsed by Edward Wilson, late chief magistrate, with Kemmis also enclosing a letter from Wilson, Thurles, County Tipperary, recommending payments for the two men.
3 items; 9pp CSO/RP/1830/1965
Last update: 06 August 2018