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From: Alison Causton <>
Subject: [ARMAGH] NEWS: Anne McKENNA - Dec 1844 - Armagh Board of Guardians - Several surnames
Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2002 15:20:38 -0500

- The following general-interest news article has been transcribed from
The Armagh Guardian (24 December 1844; microform), by permission of The
British Library.
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A special meeting of the Guardians of the Armagh Union was
held at the Board-room, on Saturday the 21st instant, for the
purpose of taking into consideration an outrage which had been
committed near Caledon, in the county Tyrone, and within the
Armagh Union. The following Guardians, besides Mr. SENIOR,
the Assistant Poor Law Commissioner, were present:-- Wm.
PATON, Esq., J.P., in the chair, Maxwell CROSS, Esq., J.P.,
Lee McKINSTRY, Esq., J.P., Thomas TENNISON, Esq., J.P.,
Messrs. Joseph JOHNSTON, John McKINSTRY, George SCOTT,
and R. ANDERSON. It appears that on the night of Sunday
the 1st instant, a number of persons, some of whom were
armed, entered the house of widow Anne McKENNA, in the
townland of Mullamossagh and parish of Aughaloo, and after
abusing and ill-treating her therein, dragged her out, and
presenting a pistol to her breast, swore her on a book to remove
her grand-child out of the Armagh Poor-house, within a given
time, otherwise that they would return and pull down her house.
Anne McKENNA, the grandmother of the boy, (who is at present
in the Workhouse), and also one of her sons appeared before
the board and were examined at some length. The old woman
was anxious that the boy who is about 13 years of age should be
allowed to return home with her, as she was afraid of a second
attack upon her dwelling-house. The Guardians however
refused to accede to the request, and determined on retaining the
boy as an inmate for some time longer, and as it appeared that
Lord Caledon had offered a large reward for the apprehension
of the parties concerned in such outrage, and the board being
aware that that efficient magistrate, Henry L. PRENTICE, Esq.,
of Caledon, would use his best exertions to discover and prosecute
the offender, did not consider it necessary for the present
to interfere in the matter.

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