Our new e-Book contains information on 3,000 persons named in ‘Wanted’ posters or ‘Proclamations’ seeking information on the perpetrators of serious crimes in the period 1821 to 1860 and offering rewards for their capture. An example is a “Proclamation for apprehending the men who violently assaulted Martin Lawless, herdsman to Thomas Tully of Refane, parish of Kilmean, barony of Leitrim, Co. Galway, while looking after his master’s sheep”. They name victims and usually their residences or locations, and often their occupation or relationships. A minority name specific criminals. The ebook is a rich source of information in a period in which other sources are difficult to find, particularly in Western counties. A small proportion are Chief Herald notices related to changes of name, or coats of arms. In a review of another title the Irish Genealogical Society International said “When researching, we appropriately concentrate on primary sources such as civil and church records. We are often left hungry for details about individuals and their personal lives — rarely-found nuggets which add colour and dimension to family history”. This title certainly ticks this box.
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