Series 3 - Coroner's Report Books

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IE OCL GJ1/3

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Coroner's Report Books

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  • 1854-1859 (Creation)
  • 1836-1840 (Creation)

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2 bound volumes

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(1788-1859)

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James Dillon was born in Clara in 1788 to Simon and Catherine Dillon. His father, Simon, was involved in property and his mother ran a shop and also had extensive property on New St. In the 1820s and 1830s he was politically active in opposing tithes, supporting Daniel O'Connell and the cause of Catholic Emancipation. He was appointed coroner for King's County in July 1836. In 1847, the county was split into two districts and he was assigned the Tullamore district serving the northern half of the county. He had married Alice Kelly in the 1820s and they had 10 children, 6 daughters and 4 sons. He died at the age of 71 in 1859 while on the way to Edenderry to undertake another inquest. He was succeeded in the post by William A. Gowing of Tullamore.

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Two leather-bound and embossed notebooks containing inquest reports handwritten by James Dillon, King's County Coroner. Format of inquest reports is largely identical beginning with a record of the inquest number, date, location of inquest and the name of the deceased. Then follows a list of the jurors present and witnesses called. The reports end with a verdict on the cause of death.

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A volume spanning 1846-1854 is held by Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society

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As Dillon numbered all his inquests, and some 386 are missing, it can be assumed a further volume containing inquest reports for the years 1840-1846 is not now extant.

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