John Edwards – Horse Stabbing 1855

Horse Stabbing Goytrey – Mon Merlin 1st December 1855

A brutal act of horse-stabbing was committed in the above parish on the 26th instant.

Whilst grazing in the field, the mare of a small farmer named John Edwards, who industriously earned an honest livelihood by his horse and cart, was stabbed by some malicious miscreant on Monday night last.

Several cuts were given to the poor animal before she received the fatal one. She was in foal and valued at about £17.

Great efforts are being made to find out the perpetrator of such an atrocity and a large sum will be offered as a reward to anyone that will give such information as will led to this conviction.

Suspicion has fallen upon a man in the parish. It is much to be regretted that the parish of Goytrey which is direct of considerable extent is left without the benefit of a resident magistrate, whose influence upon the lawless might be exerted for their good and to the want of which influence many of the evils which occur in the parish, are to be attributable.


John Edwards lived at Rose Cottage Nantyderry.


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