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Affidavit for Killeagh Parish, County Cork
Memorialist processed several of those indebted to him for Tythes due for the year 1831, and obtained decrees against them at the Sessions of the Peace held at Mallow, 2nd of April last, for East Riding, County Cork--that on executing of these Decrees his men were nearly destroyed by a Mob with stones and large dogs, and one cow being taken no purchasers could be found but the owner of the Cow who gave a few shillings for her, that all the Cattle of the others decreed were instantly Removed, and could not since be found by the Memorialist.
That the Memorialist applied to the Parishioners frequently for payment of their
dues, on the most lenient Terms but the Intimidation but the terror has been, and now is
so great, caused by the violent resolutions entered into at the Various Multitudinous
meetings held in the neighbourhood of Memorialist's said Parish, and where his
parishioners were obliged to attend, that they had universally declared, that they would
never under any Share pay a farthing of arrears, and as strong and decisive proof of the
above Statement, Rev James Pratt, whose name will be found in the annexed Schedule, had by
his Stewards, Refused to pay his Arrears--Memorialist further states that not a Man in his
Employment would execute a Decree, or serve a Process of Law for Recovery of Arrears for
Tythe, he would risque his destruction --so that memorialist is left without any mans of
obtaining his due and the Parishioners openly declare it is in vain to distrain, their
purchasers would dare to appear, and that they would not even pay Government, but would
sooner fight than pay Arrears for Tythes--and the Memorialist lastly declares, that
Excitement in his parish is so great at present that his own Safety is somewhat endangered
by the Application for Relied He hereby makes although he never had, these thirty years
any difference or Dispute with any Parishioner, but on the Contrary has lived on the most
peaceable and friendly Terms, with all classes in his said parish, where he has constantly
Last Updated on 29 July 2008 by Data Tree Publishing