transcribed & extracted from the Saunders Newsletter Wed. 28 Apr. 1802

At General Assizes held at Downpatrick

the 10th instant, before the Hon. Baron GEORGE the following persons
were tried and found guilty:

William CORRAN for the murder his wife Margaret CORRAN on the 3d of
April, instant at Cleomach in the county Down, by giving her several
kicks and bruises on the body of which she died. It appeared that the
prisoner had been married to the deceased about a year; that a short
time prior to this transaction the deceased had been brought to bed,
and being then but in a weak state, was dragged by the prisoner on an
open car, in the dead of the night, with no covering but a thin quilt,
to the house of the deceased’s mother, about three miles distant from
the prisoner's, beat and abused by the prlsoner, and there left at the

The prisoner endeavoured to shew, in his defence that the spots
apparent on the body of the deceased, from the abuse she received,
were the result of the spotted fever. Yet, as the learned Judge
observed, supposing that to have been the case, under the
circumstances above stated, taking his wife in such a state on an open
car, and bringing her the distance of 3 miles, exposed to the cold,
instead of extenuating, rather aggravated his guilt. The Jury brought
a verdict of Guilty, and the prisoner was ordered to be hanged and

William DICKSON for passing bad coin at Castlewellan on the 10th Aug.
last -ordered to imprisoned 3 months.

John JOHNSTON, for stealing a watch the 12th of February last at
Newtownards, in the county of Down - ordered to be transported for 7

Francis HALES for stealing damask at Ballymurphy on the 17 July last
the property of John and William COULSON - ordered to be burned in the
hand and imprisoned 6 months.

Richard CRIEMY for tendering bad money to one Jane HENRY at Ballyblack
on the 9 Aug. last - ordered to be imprisoned 6 months.

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