The Prison Records of the Manchester Martyrs

From http://www.manchester-family-history-research.co.uk/new_page_17.htm – accessed 20141225

THE PRISON RECORDS OF THE MANCHESTER  MARTYRS AND THEIR ASSOCIATES AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS

ON THE 26th November 2007, Gerard Lodge made the most significant discovery of his life when he came upon the New Bailey Prison records of the twenty-six men who were charged with the murder of Charles Brett.

Lodge has transcribed the full register entries for the main accused – including William P Allen – and extracts for the others:

579 William Gould. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: Death. Age: 30. Ht: 5 ft 8 1/2. Complexion, Hair and Eyes: Fresh , Lt brown, Grey.  Occupation: Clerk. Where Born: New York, America. Last or Usual Residence: 72 Clopton St, Hulme. Religion: RC. Education R(eads) + W(rites) well. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Cut over right eyebrow small cut 2nd finger left hand. If in any other prison: Liverpool Assizes December 1866 for possession of fire arms. Acquitted. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed of: Executed Nov 23rd 1867.

580 William O’Mara Allen. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: Death. Age: Last April 19 6/12. Ht: 5 ft 91/2. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Pale, Brown, Grey. Trade or Profession: Joiner. Where Born: Near Thurles, Tipperary. Last or Usual Address: 101 Sudell St, Manchester. Religion: RC. Education: R + W well. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Cut on left cheek bone, cut top of nose, cut on 2nd finger left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Executed Nov 23/67.

581 Edward Shore. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: Death: Commuted to Penal Servitude for Life. Age 27. Ht: 5ft 8ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Dk Brown, Grey. Occupation: Hawker. Where Born: County Cork. Last or Usual Address: Clopton St, Hulme. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp(erfect). Married with no children.. Irish. Wt in: 11st 4lbs. Wt Out: 11st Olbs. Marks etc: Cut on right eyebrow, cut left of upper lip, cut on left thumb. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 24/67 Removed to Millbank.

582 Michael Larkin. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: Death. Age: 30. Ht: 5ft 51/2. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Pale, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Tailor. Where Born: Parson Town, King’s County. Last or Usual Address: 12 Eliza St, Hulme. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Married. Four Children. Irish. Marks etc: Large scar under left jaw, small scar under right jaw, cut 4th and 5th fingers left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Executed Nov 23/67.

583 Charles Moorhouse. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: 5 years Penal Servitude + 2 years Hard Labour to be concurrent. Age: 23. Ht: 5ft 3ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Lt Brown, Hazel. Occupation: Clerk. Where Born: city of Dublin. Last or Usual Address 6 Menai St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Well. Married. 2 children. Irish. Marks etc: Eyebrows meet. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed:  Nov 16/67 Removed to Millbank.

584 Patrick Kelly (Galway). When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 35. Ht: 5ft 31/2 ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Black, Hazel. Occupation: Potato dealer. Where Born: Athenry, Galway Last or Usual Address: Bengal St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: N(il). Married. 2 children. Irish. Marks etc: 2 blue dots under left eye, scar right of chin, cut 5th finger of right hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 9/67.

585 Michael McGuire. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 32. Ht: 5ft 8ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Sallow, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Shopkeeper. Where Born: Kilkearn (sic), Galway. Last or Usual Address: 40 Smithfield Market, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Married. 2 children. Marks etc: Scar left of forehead, cut over right eyebrow, cut end of 2nd & 3rd fingers left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 9/67.

586 John Martin.  When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age:34. Ht: 5ft 101/2ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Sallow, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Cooper. Where Born: St Michael’s, Dublin. Last or Usual Address: Varley St, Miles Platting, Newton Heath. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Married. 2 children. Irish. Marks etc: lost 3 upper teeth, cut corner right eye, scar bridge of nose, cut on 2nd finger left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 9/67.

587 John Brannon. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: 5 years Penal Servitude + 2 years Hard Labour to be concurrent. Age: 40. Ht: 5ft 81/2ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Sallow, Black, Grey  Occupation: Clothes Dealer. Where Born: Roscommon. Last or Usual Address: Cable St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R . Married. 4 children. Irish. Wt in: 11st 5lbs. Wt Out: 11st 5lbs. Marks etc: Lost 2 upper front teeth, slightly pockpitted, cut back of right hand. If in any other Prison since last Committal here: 2 years at city gaol 6 or 7 years ago. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 16/67 Removed to Millbank.

588 John Francis Nugent. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 22. Ht: 6ft 0ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Fresh, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Joiner. Where Born: Drogheda, Louth. Last or Usual Address: 68 Buckley St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Hollow scar centre of forehead, two cut on two fingers left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 12/67

589 William Martin. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 35. Ht: 5ft 71/2ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Fresh, Red, Hazel. Occupation: Clerk. Where Born: City of Dublin. Last or Usual Address: Varley St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R + W well. Married.  6 children. Irish. Marks etc: cut centre of forehead, cut inside right hand When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 12/67.

590 John Carroll. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: 5 years Penal Servitude + 2 years Hard Labour to be concurrent. Age: 24. Ht: 5ft 9ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Fresh, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Labourer. Where Born: Danefort, Kilkenny. Last or Usual Address: 2 Bradleys Buildings, Naylor St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: N. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Large scar right cheek, mole right of mouth, mole under left eye. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 16/67 Removed to Millbank.

591 Michael Jos Boylan. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester.  Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 34. Ht: 5ft 5ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Sallow, Greyish, Grey. Occupation: Schoolmaster. Where Born: Aughnamullen, Monaghan. Last or Usual Address: 69 Syndall St, Ardwick. Religion: R C. Education: R + W well. Married.  0 children. Irish. Marks etc: Cut on right eyebrow, cut ball of thumb. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov9/67

592 Michael Kennedy. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Acquitted. Age: 28. Ht: 5ft 53/4ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Dk Brown, Hazel.  Occupation: Cane Dresser. Where Born: Tarmonbarry, Roscommon. Last or Usual Address: 96 Clarendon St, Hulme. Religion: R C. Education: R. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Red natural mark on right cheek. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 12/67

593Thomas Maguire (soldier in the Royal Marines). When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: Death (Nov 13th 1867 Recd Free pardon from the Secretary of State). Age: 31. Ht: 5ft 61/2ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Brown, Grey.  Occupation: Soldier. Where Born: Kings Court, Cavan. Last or Usual Address: 42 Greengate, Salford. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Blue cut left of forehead in hair, blue ring third finger left hand, anchor on right arm + bracelet on wrist. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Discharged Nov 13/67 having received a free pardon from Secretary of state.

594 Henry Wilson. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Acquitted. Age: 27. Ht: 5ft 8ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Brown, Grey.  Occupation: Clothes Dealer. Where Born: city of Dublin. Last or Usual Address: 50 Smithfield Market, Manchester. Religion: Ch (C of E). Education: R + W Imp. Married. 1 child. Irish. Marks etc: Small mole back of right hand, cut 5th finger left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 9/67.

595 John Bacon. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 40. Ht: 5ft 5ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Sallow, Dk brown, Grey. Occupation: Shoemaker. Where Born: Faughuitown (sic),Westmeath. Last or Usual Address: 29 Cable St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp . Married. 0 children. Irish. Marks etc: Left foot deformed, cut on 3rd finger left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 9/67

596 Patrick Coffey. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 27. Ht: 5ft 4ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Pale, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Joiner. Where Born: Ballinasloe, Roscommon. Last or Usual Address: Bonsall St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Single. Irish. Wt In: 8St 7lbs. Wt Out: 8St 7lbs. Marks etc: 5th finger right hand crooked, cut 2nd finger left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 12/67

597 Thomas Ryan. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 30. Ht: 5ft 7ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Pale, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Fustian Stiffener. Where Born: Salford, Lancs. Last or Usual Address: Brown Cross St, Salford. Religion: R C. Education: R. Married. 3 children. English. Marks etc: Cut back of right hand, cut over left eyebrow. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 7/67.

598 Thomas Scalley. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: 5 years Penal Servitude + 2 years Hard Labour to be concurrent. Age: 22. Ht: 5ft 5ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Fresh, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Tailor. Where Born: Loughglyn, Roscommon.  Last or Usual Address: Chapel St, Salford. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Large scar near right temple, very large eyebrows. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 16/67 Removed to Millbank

599 Timothy Featherstone. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester.  Sentence: 5 years Penal Servitude + 2 years Hard Labour to be concurrent. Age: 20. Ht: 5ft 8ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Sallow, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Shoemaker. Where Born: Limerick.  Last or Usual Address:15 Cook St, Salford. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Married. 0 children. Irish. Wt In: 10St O lbs. Wt Out: 10St 0lbs. Marks etc: 2 cuts 2nd finger left hand, scar back of right hand, small mole right of nose. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 16/67 removed to Millbank.

600 William Murphy. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: 5 years Penal Servitude + 2 years Hard Labour to be concurrent. Age: 25. Ht: 5ft 8ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Sallow, Dk Brown, Grey.  Occupation: Shoemaker. Where Born: Menagh, Tipperary. Last or Usual Address: 42 Hardman St, Manchester. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Single. Irish. Marks etc: 2 cuts on left thumb, small mole back of right hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 16/67 Removed to Millbank.

601 Thomas Johnson. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 5th 1867 R. Knowles Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester.  Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 30. Ht: 6ft 1ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Brown, Grey.  Occupation: Labourer. Where Born: County Mayo. Last or Usual Address: Fleet St, Ashton Religion: R C. Education: N . Married. 0 children. Irish. Marks etc: Blind of left eye, blue scar right of forehead. Register Number in Next Case: 4992. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 7/67

The others were listed as follows:

699 Daniel Redden. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 16th 1867 R. Fowler Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: 5 years Penal Servitude + 2 years Hard Labour to be concurrent. Age: 25. Ht: 5ft 81/2ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes:  Fresh, Brown, Grey. Occupation: Plasterer. Where Born: Kingstown, Dublin. Last or Usual Address: Crawford St, Tythebarn St, Liverpool Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Pockpitted, blue cross top of left thumb, anchor top of right thumb. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 16/67 Removed to Millbank.

670 Jas O’Brennan Chambers. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 16th 1867 R. Fowler Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 29. Ht: 5ft 91/2ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Sallow, Dk Brown, Grey.  Occupation: Joiner. Where Born: Town and County Wexford. Last or Usual Address: Clifton St, Liverpool. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Married. 1  child. Irish. Marks etc: Lost a[ll] front upper teeth, scar on right arm, cut 2nd finger left hand,  small scar centre of forehead. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed: Nov 7/67.

671 William Brophy. When Received and by Whom:  Oct 16th 1867 R. Fowler Esq. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Discharged No Evidence Offered. Age: 26. Ht: 5ft 91/2ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, brown, Grey. Occupation: Porter. Where Born: Thurles, Tipperary. Last or Usual Address: Chadwick St, Liverpool. Religion: R C. Education: R + W Imp. Single. Irish. Marks etc: Small mole left of neck, small mole right of neck, small mole right arm, cut 3rd finger left hand. When Discharged or Otherwise Disposed:  Nov 12/67.

 

William P Allen - Entry in New Bailey Prison Register
William P Allen – Entry in New Bailey Prison Register – credit Gerard Lodge

 

1249 Wm Pherson Thompson. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester .Sentence: Death. Commuted to Penal Servitude for life. Age: 28. Ht: 5ft 8 1/2. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Sallow, Lt Brown, Grey. Occupation: Hawker. Where Born: Greenock, Scotland. Last or Usual Residence: No Settled Residence. Religion: RC. Reading and Writing: Imp. Wt In: 9st 3lbs. Wt Out:9st 1lb. Marks etc: Mole under right jaw. April 1st removed to Millbank.

1927 Patrick Melody. Offence and Where Committed: Having on the 18th September 1867 feloniously wilfully & with malice aforethought killed & murdered one Charles Brett at Manchester. Sentence: Death. Commuted to Penal Servitude for life. Age: 24. Ht: 5ft 9ins. Complexion, Hair, Eyes: Fresh, Sandy, Grey. Occupation: Coach Trimmer. Where Born: City of Dublin. Last or Usual Address: 161 Stanhope St, Hampstead Road, London. Religion: RC. Reading and Writing: Imp. Wt In: 11st 4lbs. Wt Out: 11st 0. Marks etc: Scar top of right thumb. Removed to Millbank April 1st 1868.

See also The Remains of the Manchester Martyrs.