1752 McCannally and Morgan

On 1st February 1752 5 Irishmen, Richard Stanley, Edward Macinally, Morgan, Patrick Boyd, and one other went into the Farm called the Raike, at Eccleston, 2 miles from Chester, to rob Mr Porter, who was there with his family. They had previously been employed there as seasonal hay makers.

The robbers threatened the family with pistols and cutlasses, and tied up one of his daughters, but the other escaped , and went to fetch her elder brother who lived at Pulford, nearby. The brother and a friend immediately.

The villains threatened Mr Porter with being thrown on the fire, but just then his son and his colleague arrived, and in the ensuing fracas, one of the robbers was shot and killed by his fellow villain. Two of the robbers fled, but one was apprehended and tied up on the spot, and the remaining two were pursued, and caught on a bridge over the River Dee.

They were tried in March 1752, (along with a servant who had not helped his master, but was not prosecuted). Richard Stanley escaped from Chester Gaol the day before his sentence of Death was pronounced. McCannelly and Morgan were hanged on 25th May 1752


Source, The Gentlemans Magazine, 1752

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