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Tyrone Assizes, Omagh, County Tyrone March 1830

Extracted from the STRABANE MORNING POST
Transcribed, compiled and submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


Owing to the heavy press of business at Enniskillen, the Assizes were obliged to be adjourned to the 8th of April, and, in consequence the Judges did not arrive until five o’clock, shortly after which, the HON. MR. JUSTICE VANDELEUR entered the Court, attended by the High Sheriff, A. W. C. Hamilton, Esq. and a numerous escort, when the following gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:

Lord Viscount Corry, M. P. Foreman.

Sir Hugh Stewart, Bart.

Mervyn Stewart, Esq.

John C. Moutray, Esq.

Samuel Galbraith, Esq.

John D. Eccles, Esq.

Alex. McCausland, Esq.

Hon. A. G. Stewart.

W. S. Richardson, Esq.

Sir R. A. Ferguson, Bart.

Thomas R. Brown, Esq.

Sir J. Stronge, Bart.

Sir J. J. Burgoyne,

Colonel J. Caulfield,

Robert Moore, Esq.

W. D’Arcy Irvine, Esq.

Robert Evans, Esq.

R. W. Maxwell, Esq.

Hugh Gore Edwards, Esq.

Samuel Vesey, Esq.

Richard Murray, Esq.

Col. Hugh Montgomery,

H. L. Prentice, Esq.

His Lordship briefly addressed the Grand Jury, apologising to them for the delay occasioned by the extent of business in the adjoining county, which, he hoped, would be sufficient excuse for him.

He referred them to the cost of the Lunatic Asylum at Derry, stating that the amount advanced by Government was £25,658 7s 4d, that the proportion chargeable on the county of Tyrone was £9,551 7s 3d to be raised by instalments of £682 4s 10d each. He was sure the gentlemen of the county must be satisfied with the utility of the establishment, and would cheerfully and without hesitation present for it --- he also handed them the expense of the Constabulary force. He next referred them to the Report of the Inspectors-General of Prisons as to building a Bridewell at Clogher, which, being a Session town, it would be frequently necessary to keep prisoners confined there; recommended the building of a wall in front of the Gaol, which would allow of the prisoners being employed in pumping water from the river for its use - and concluded, by impressing upon them the necessity, in the present state of the county, of strict economy in all their expenditure.