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The Murder of Anne Devlin at Killycolpy, Arboe Parish, Co. Tyrone, October 1829

Extracted from the Belfast Newsletter October 20, 1829
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia

On Friday, the Coroner of the county of Tyrone had a jury impannelled, to investigate a murder committed in the townland of Killicolpy (sic), near Stewartstown, on the body of ANNE DEVLIN, who met with her death on the night of the 7th inst. It appeared in evidence that deceased, her daughter, servant girl and two sons were at home on that night, and that while sitting at the kitchen fire two men came in, and sat down with them, and remained there for three-quarters of an hour, in conversation. One of the deceased son’s FRANK, went to bed a few minutes after the two persons came in, but her other son, CHARLES, remained for nearly three-quarters of an hour, and then went to bed to his brother, leaving the two strangers sitting with his mother, sister and servant girl; but he had scarcely laid down when he heard the report of a pistol, and on going into the kitchen found that his mother had been shot, but did not see either of the two men. The daughter and servant girl stated, that a few minutes after Charles had left the kitchen, one of the men attempted to take down a gun from the chimney place, and deceased called out to her son, when one of them pulled out a pistol out of his breast and shot deceased, who survived only a few minutes – the two men ran off taking the gun with them. Deceased was between 70 and 80 years of age. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown – Evening Mail.