This proclamation from 1715 gives a glimpse of violence in society. Good to know times have changed..?
By The Lords Justices and Council of Ireland,
Grafton, Whereas a
barbarous and bloody murder was committed on the body of Mr. Abraham Coats, in
his dwelling house at Killinure, in the county of Wicklow, on Wednesday the
seventh of December last, between nine and ten of the clock at night, by
shooting the said Abraham Coats with a pistol, whereof he instantly died.
And whereas the said murderers did immediately after the said
murder committed, make their escapes. To the end therefore that the said
inhumane murder may be discovered, and the like barbarous action for the future
prevention, bringing to condign punishment the offenders guilty, or concerned
therein; We the Lords Justices and Council, have thought fit by this our
proclamation, to publish and declare, that if any person concerned in, or
guilty of the said murder (excepting the person who actually shot the said
Abraham Coats) shall discover all or any of the other persons therein likewise
concerned, so as they or any of them may be apprehended and convicted thereof;
in such case the person so discovering such offender or offenders, after such
conviction, shall not only receive His Majesties most gracious pardon for the
said murder, (which said pardon shall be granted without fee or charge;) but
also shall have and receive the sum of one hundred pounds sterl. And if any
person or persons not guilty of or concerned in the said murder, shall
discover, apprehend, or seize or cause to be apprehended or seized, one or more
of the said persons concerned in, or guilty of the said murder, so as they or
any of them shall be convicted on such discovery; the said person so
discovering such murderers, shall receive the sum of one hundred pounds sterl.
Which sum shall be forthwith paid by the Clerk of the Council, or his Deputy
upon producing a certificate under the hand of the judge or judges, before whom
such offender or offenders shall be convicted and found guilty of the said
Given at the
council-chamber in Dublin, the fourteenth day of March 1715.
Will. Dublin, Abercorn, Mountjoy, Donerail,
St.Geo. Clogher, John Dromore, Santry, Shelburne,
Gowran, Farrard, Wm. Whitshed, Joh. Foster, T.
Southwell, Oliver St. George, Ben. Parry.
God Save the King.
Dublin: Printed by
Andrew Crooke, Printer to the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, in Copper Alley,