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Clergy and Gentry of County Clare
Petition to the Lord Lieutenant on behalf of Frances Hynes, 1882

Source: Clare Journal
Date: 4 Sept 1882
Transcription: Local Studies Centre, Clare County Library.

To His Excellency, the Right Honourable John Poyntz, Earl Spencer, Lord Lieutenant and Governor General of Ireland.

The Humble Prayer of your Petitioners showeth:

1. That on the 12th day of August 1882, a young man, Francis Hynes, was in the Commission Court, Green-street, Dublin, sentenced to be hanged on the 11th September next.

2. Without raising any of the legal questions connected with the case, which questions we feel assured will receive the full attention of Your Excellency, we do respectfully submit that the execution of the said Francis Hynes would give a rude shock to a community settling down after a period of much excitement. We may add that this execution would inflict deep pain upon an unusually large circle of respectable relatives in the County of Clare and elsewhere.

3. Apart from the guilt or innocence of the the condemned man, there are circumstances in his life calculated to excite much compassion. When a child he lost his mother; somewhat later on he was deserted by his father, who was then and has been since in a condition of partial insanity.

4 And We, the undersigned Clergy and Gentry of the County Clare respectfully represent to Your Excellency that, in our opinion, the extension of Her Majesty’s prerogative of pardon in this case would greatly tend to restore tranquillity in our country.

And Your Petitioners will ever pray.



Surname First Name Title Address 1 Address 2
Allen James Coach Builder    
Behen Michael P.L.G. Tarmon Knock
Bentley W. J.P. Hurdlestown (for a commutation of sentence)  
Blackall John J. M.D. Killadysert Union  
Blake Forster O'Donnellan J.P. Ballykeal House Kilfinora
Boland James      
Boland John P.L.G. O'Callaghan's Mills  
Bolton C.P.   Ennis  
Boyle P.J. “Kilrush Herald” Kilrush  
Brady John J.P. The Crescent Limerick
Breen James P.L.G.    
Brew Thomas S. J.P. Kilrush  
Brew Richard Flour Merchant Kilrush  
Browne Laurence J. P.P. Kilkeedy  
Browne Laurence J. P.P. Kilkeedy  
Bugler Michael P.L.G. Birr  
Bunton Timothy Solicitor Ennis  
Burke Thomas C.C. Ennistymon  
Burke Samuel P.L.G. Thomastown Kilrush
Butler Aug. J.P., D.L.    
Caffey James      
Cahill James P.L.G.    
Cahill Michael P.L.G., Deerpark    
Cahir Geo. T.C., Ennis    
Calmody John   Ennis  
Carey Michael C.C. Ennis  
Carroll William junr. C.E., Ennis    
Carroll A. “Clare Advertiser” Kilrush  
Clancy Antony   Diocesan College Ennis
Clancy John Grocer    
Cleary Denis P.P. O'Callaghan's Mills  
Clune Matthew Chairman, Town Commissioners Tulla  
Collins Michael T.C., Ennis    
Considine Patrick C.E. Kilrush  
Considine Patrick T.C., Ennis    
Coote Charles Medical Practitioner Kilrush  
Corbett Daniel P.P. Quin  
Corry M.B. C.C. Quin  
Costelloe Denis   Ballycorban  
Costigan James C.C. Ballynacally  
Cotter W. P.L.G., Darragh    
Cregan Thomas McMahon J.P. Arderegan Sixmilebridge
Crowe Michael P.P. Kilfinora  
Crowe John P.L.G., Ruan    
Crowe Robert H. J.P. Larch Hill  
Culligan Michael   Diocesan College Ennis
Daly James J. C.C. Scariff  
Dea Michael P.L.G., Kildysart    
Dillon P.W. M.D. Ennis  
Dillon James   Church-street Ennis
Dillon P.J. Merchant Cappahare Ennis
Dinan M. O.F.A.G. Kilrush  
Doherty James Tea Merchant Kilrush  
Donnellan John C.C. Ballynacally  
Doyle Damer Manager, National Bank, Scariff    
Egan John   Diocesan College Ennis
Egan John, jun. General Merchant Kilrush  
Enright Joseph M.D. Rosebank Ennis
Fitzgerald Aug. J.P., D.L.    
Fitzgerald Thomas Shopkeeper Kilrush  
Fitzgerald Robert P.P. Tudre and Dysert  
Flynn Michael Licentiate Apothecary    
Fogarty Daniel Adm. Ennis  
Foley Michael C.C. Corofin  
Foley Richard Merchant Kilrush  
Foley William M.D. Kilrush  
Freeman     Ennis  
Frost William H. Solicitor Ennis  
Frost Edmond M.D. Newmarket-on-Fergus  
Frost Solomon P.L.G. Feenagh  
Frost Patrick J. Chairman, Board of Guardians Tulla  
Gallagher John V.C.    
Garry John C.C. Kilnamana Ennis
Garvey Patrick T.C., Ennis    
Gibson Thomas General Commission Agent Kilrush  
Gibson Thomas P.L.G. Cappa Kilrush
Gilligan Laurence C.C.    
Glynn Michael J.P. Kilrush  
Glynn Thomas P.L.G. Clarecastle  
Glynn Patrick C.C. Templederry  
Glynn John C.C. Carrigaholt  
Going W.J. J.P. Violet Hill  
Going R.S. J.P. Violet Hill  
Greene A. Surgeon Ennis  
Greene J.W.P. M.P.    
Grogan Daniel P.L.G. Derrha Kilrush
Halpin James C.C. Newmarket-on-Fergus  
Halpin James P.L.G., Newmarket-on-Fergus    
Hamon John C.C. Newmarket  
Hartney Mortimer P.P. Clare Castle  
Harvey John F. P.L.G.    
Hasting Michael Grocer Kilrush  
Hatherton D. Manager, National Bank Kilrush  
Hayes John P.P., V.F. Tulla  
Hayes Michael C.C. Corofin  
Hayes D. Clerk Doonbeg  
Hegarty Patrick P.L.G., Ballyashea    
Hennessy Hugh P.L.G.    
Hennessy John P.L.G.    
Hennessy Patrick P.L.G. Toonagh  
Hewitt Robert B. J.P. Grnahan Castle  
Hickie J.   Scarriff  
Hill John Surgeon and Physician Belmont Miltown Malbay
Hoare William      
Hogan Patrick C.C. Doora  
Hogan Timothy P.P. Crusheen  
Hogan Michael P.L.G., and V.C., Corofin Union    
Hogan William P.L.G., Corofin    
Hynes M. Grocer    
Jourdan Thomas C.E. Doonaghboy Kilkee
Keane Thomas P.L.G.    
Keating John J. Merchant Kilrush  
Kelly D.P.   Diocesan College Ennis
Kelly Mat. P.L.G.    
Kennedy Bartholomew T.C., Ennis    
Kenny Matthew J.   Crayleigh Ennis
Kenny M.J. P.P. Scariff  
Keran Patrick P.P. Carron Kilfinora
Killeen M. P.P. Kilshanny Clare
Kinnane James T.C., Ennis    
Knox J.B. “Clare Journal” Ennis  
Lenane William C.C. Bodyke  
Liddane Pat P.L.G. Querrin Kilkee
Lillis Thomas P.L.G. Churchtown Cooraclare
Lingard John Thomas J.P. Cooga  
Lopdell John Civil Engineer Ennis  
Lorigan James Shopkeeper Kilrush  
Loughnane James C.C. Clare Castle  
MacDonnell Patrick M.D.    
MacDonnell William M.D. Broadford  
MacMahon E. Ex-County Inspector, Police Carahan House  
Macnamara W. Surgeon Corrofin  
Macnamara Geo. U, L.R.C.S.I., &C.    
Macnamara Michael Solicitor Ennis  
Magrath Michael A. O.S.F.    
Maguire Thomas Proprietor, “Clare Examiner” Ennis  
Maguire J.F. C.C. Crusheen  
Martin Charles P.L.G. Carnanes Kilrush
McGuire John Francis C.C. Crusheen  
McInerny Michael Commissioner in Chancery    
McInerny Thomas Merchant Kilrush  
McInerny Patrick   Morun Carrigaholt
McInerny John C.C. Roscrea  
McKenna John C.C. Kilrush  
McKenna John G. C.C. Kilmurry Limerick
McLoughlin J.   Ennis  
McLoughlin Francis O.S.F.    
McMahon William J.P. Kilmurry  
McMahon Thomas P.P.    
McMahon John C.C. Nenagh County Tipperary
McNamara J.P. J.P. Rocklodge (for a commutation of sentence) Liscannor
McNamara John C.C. Kilmaley  
McRedmond T.T. D.D., P.P. Killaloe  
Meade Joseph J.P. Feakle  
Meade Peter P.P. Ballynacally  
Minny Michael S. Solicitor Treagh Castle Miltown Malbay
Molony James F.R.C.S.I., President, Irish Medical Association    
Molony Thos. Late chaplain, Her Majesty's Forces    
Molony Daniel P.L.G., Bay View    
Molony William Merchant Ashline Park Ennis
Mungovan Peter P.L.G., Ennis    
Murdock John A.   Queen's Hotel Ennis
Murphy Peter C.C. Bodyke  
Murphy Prody P.L.G.    
Murphy Michael Woolen Draper Market-square  
Nagle P. P.P. Kilmona House  
Nesbett R.W. Rector Newmarket-on-Fergus  
Newell Thomas P.P. Liscannor  
Nihill John Physician and Surgeon Tulla  
Nono L.   Clare  
O'Brien D. M.D. Clare  
O'Brien Luke Shopkeeper Kilrush  
O'Brien Denis C.C. O'Callaghan's Mills  
O'Brien James J.P., D.L. Ballynalacka (for a commutation of sentence) Lisdoonvarna
O'Connell Daniel J.P. Kilgorey  
O'Connor Francis C.E., Ennis    
O'Connor William P.L.G. Ballyguery    
O'Donovan Michael C.C. Tulla  
O'Gorman M. J.P.    
O'Gorman Thomas J.P. Buncraggy  
O'Gorman Mahon, The J.P., D.L., M.P.      
O'Grady Thomas de C. J.P. Kilballyowen County Limerick
O'Kelly P.M. C.C. Castleconnell County Limerick
O'Meara Patrick C.C. Castleconnell Limerick
O'Mehan Thos. Q.C., P.L.G.    
O'Neill James C.C. Kilrush  
O'Shea W.H. J.P., M.P. County Clare  
O'Sullivan Michael C.C. Newmarket  
Parker Joseph Clerk of Scariff Union    
Parsons M. Chairman, Ennis Town Commissioners    
Peacock William William Peacock & Sons Kilrush  
Power Edward P.P., V.G. Lisdoonvarna  
Power Edmond P.L.G.    
Power Michael P.L.G. Brook Lodge  
Prosser S.E.   Ennis  
Purcell Mat. Chairman of the Board of Guardians, Scariff Union Bauroe House  
Quigley Michael P.L.G. Knockjames  
Quinlan M. P.P. Kilkee  
Quinn Peter C.C. Tulla  
Quinn John P.L.G., Knock    
Reade Philip J.P. Woodpark County Galway
Reidy James P.L.G. Keelunhill  
Rosengrave Thomas William B.E., Q.U.I.    
Ryan Patrick P.L.G. Ballymacahill  
Ryan Thomas C.C. Ruan  
Rynne John M.D. Brookville Ennis
Sampson Francis C. Medical Officer, Scariff Union    
Scanlan Bartholomew P.P. Doora  
Scanlan John C.C., Ennis    
Scanlan John C.C. Ennis  
Sexton Patrick Architect West View Ennis
Shannon P. P.P.    
Shaw John T.C., Ennis    
Skeen Daniel General Merchant    
Skerrett Valentine J. J.P.    
Skerrett B.H. C.C. Tinavara  
Smyth D. P.P. Cloughjordan  
St. L. O'Dea P. L.R.C.P., and Medical Officer Ennistymon  
Stamer William M.D. Ennis  
Sterling Geo. C.      
Stuart C.W. C.C. Miltownmalbay  
Stuart Charles C.C. Feakle  
Studdert C.W.   Cragmoher  
Sullivan D.   Corofin  
Sullivan Cornelius T.C., Ennis    
Taylor Godfrey Builder Kilrush  
Taylor John Merchant Kilrush  
Taylor Henry Draper Kilrush  
Tully Michael P.P. Liscannor  
Tuohy John J. C.C. Mullagh  
Vaughan Thomas Clerk of Scariff Union Killaloe  
Wall John P.P. Kilmurry McMahon  
Walsh James Adm. Newmarket-on-Fergus  
Walsh Maurice P.L.G., Kildysart    
Walsh Edward Merchant Kilrush  
Walton Robert B. J.P., D.L. Ballysheen House  
Walton George Solicitor Ennis  
White James A. I.S.F., Superior    
White P. P.P. Miltownmalbay  
Wilson D. Huberfield, Dublin and Cork    
Reply to the Petition.

Reply from the Assistant Under-Secretary to the Petition to the Lord Lieutenant to Rev. Bartholomew Scanlan, P.P.

Dublin Castle

1st September 1882

With reference to the Memorial signed by you and other gentlemen on behalf of Francis Hynes, a prisoner under judgement of death in Limerick Male Prison, I am directed by the Lord Lieutenant to acquaint you, for the information of the Memorialists, that His Excellency, after a careful consideration of all the circumstances of the case, has felt it to be his painful duty to decide that the law must take its course.

I am, &c.

W.S.B. Kaye

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