Murder and Imprisonment 1835-1866

As many of you with the name know, Buggy is rare. Despite this, the name appears in reports, articles and newspapers in relation to appearing in court and serving time in prison. Three such examples are outlined below.

The House of Lords Sessional Papers for 1839 include a lengthy report about crime in Ireland at the time.[1] Included is a detailed account of prisoners from different gaols (jails) around the country. In the section on Kilkenny County Gaol there is a listing for a Patrick Buggy who was convicted of abduction on 6 April 1835.

Two years before this publication, the 1837 House of Commons Papers has a listing for four men with the same names (but who have a different conviction listed) who are released before they have served their full sentence.[2] Their date of discharge is given as 17 March 1836. If this is the same Patrick Buggy he served less than one year in prison.

Faction fighting was common at fairs in Ireland during the 19th century. These fights usually occurred between feuding families, over land or between labourers and landowners. The Dublin University Magazine of 1836 has a brief article about a man by the name of Michael Bolger who died at a fair in Dysart, Co. Laois, Ireland.[3] A man by the name of Denis Buggy was believed to have been involved and he apparently later absconded after the event. The article begins in the top right – ‘recent homicides’ – and continues on the next page.

In 1866 violence occurred during elections in the town of Stradbally in Co. Laois, Ireland. An article in The Irish Times for 15 March of that year outlines how “riotous mobs” were formed with numerous men involved.[4] Two of the men were a James Buggy and a Michael Buggy. Along with others, they were both indicted, found guilty and sentenced to two months in prison with hard labour.

[1] House of Lords. 1839. The Sessional Papers Printed by Order of the House of Lords or Presented by Royal Command in the Session 1839 Vol XXI

[2] House of Commons. 1837. Accounts and Papers Relating to Crimes, Gaols, Criminals Vol XLV. p.27

[3] Author Unknown, Recent Homicides, The Dublin University Magazine Vol XXI, July – December 1838. p.135

[4] Author Unknown, Spring Assizes, The Irish Times, 15 March 1866; digital image, Irish Times Archives, : accessed 16 November 2010 , p.3

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