Sunday, 13 January 2013

Irish Constabulary

On 10 December last I mentioned the existence of the Irish Petty Sessions Order Books and said that all the clan references in them appeared to refer to one man, Sgt. George McIlhagger, although his name was sometimes transliterated wrongly. I have however just been able to access a couple of examples by virtue of getting a voucher for a national internet site and interestingly I spotted another clan name, so clicked on S.C. McIlhaggert. It brought up two entries dated June 3rd, 1880 from a court under Justice C.H. Mansfield in County Galway. The details of the entries are as follows:

Complainant: Sgt. George McIlhagger of Lawrenstown;
Defendant: Patrick Gready of Bellaroch;
Witnesses: S.C. Welsh and S.C. McIlhaggert;
Detail: That on 28th May 1880 on the public road at Annacallow (?) in the County of Galway, three head of cattle, the property of you the defendants were found wandering.
Fined: Two shillings and costs.

Same Complainant;
Defendant: Mary Stanton of Lawrenstown;
Witness: S.C. McIlhaggert
Details: That on 27th May 1880 on the public road at Lawrenstown in the County of Galway one Afs (=Ass) the property of you the Defendant was found wandering;
Fined: Sixpence and costs. 

These incidents have their own intrinsic interest but for us the main interest has to be the association of the two names, Sgt. George McIlhagger and S.C. (presumably Special Constable) McIlhaggert. We have known for some time that George was the Station Sergeant at Lawrenstown in County Galway. We have also know that a Constable McIlhagga was involved in a Border incident (involving cows!) in 1935, but he was Andrew born about 1895. So we have in 1880 a third clan member in the Irish Constabulary who presumably, like George, lived in Lawrenstown. I wonder if he was a son of George, or a young man who perhaps lodged with the McIlhaggers?  In any case we have learned that George's branch of the family had close contact with someone who spelled his name McIlhaggert. Perhaps George persuaded him to come and serve with him in Galway. I wonder who he was, and were they related?

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