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Mr. Knox then brought an action land, where he was supposed to be against him in the prerogative court, by Mr. Knox at the time this fatal to fet aside this pretended marri- event happened. age, which was found only to be a He remained in London till the contract; for the breach of which, month of October ; and several of the party can only be sued at com his acquaintance here with whom he mon law, and condemned to pay spent his evenings have fince .obcosts and damages ; besides, it is served, that he was never easy when probable that the young lady's being alone with them, but when miss under age, rendered this contract Knox was the subject; and he has void in itself. At this time Mr. M often concluded by saying, he feared Naughton was absconding from his that affair would end in blood. debts, and therefore could only During his residence in London appeal to the court of delegates, at this lalt visit, it is said, he gamwhere the former decree was con- ed, cheated, borrowed money from firmed. In consequence of this all his acquaintance, and imposed on decree, judge Scott" iflued his ware many by forged letters and falle rant to apprehend him. When tokens from their friends. M‘Naughton heard this, he wrote It sounds something severe to a most impudent threatening letter speak thus harshly of a gentleman, to the judge, and, it is said, lay in particularly one under misfortunes. wait to have him murdered, when But this truth mult be observed. A he was last at the assizes there, but man of worth and honour brought missd him, by the judge's taking to distress by unforeseen accidents, another road. Upon this the judge may, and often does, maintain his applied to the lord chief justice, who integrity and good name, under a issued out another writ against him, series of misfortunes; whereas the that drove him to England. man, reduced to poverty and di
Mr. M‘Naughton returned to stress by gaming, or any other exthe country of Ireland in the sum- travagant vice, too often descends mer of 1761, and by constantly how to mean actions; and he who comvering round Mr. Knox's house, ob- mits a mean action is in great danger liged the family to be upon their of committing a base one. guard, and the young lady to live About the first of November last, like a recluse. However about the this unhappy wanderer was seen middle of the fummer she ventured fculking in the country of Ireland, to a place called Swaddling- bar, to and two nights prior to the murder drink the mineral waters there for was known to sleep with three of her health ; thither this unhappy his accomplices at the house of one man followed her, and was seen in a Mr. a hearth-money collector. beggar's habit, fometimes
, in a fai- The morning of the 10th, the day lor's; thus disguised he was detect the fact was committed, they all ed, and then swore in the presence came with a fackful of fire-arms to of several that he would murder a little cabbin on the road fide, the whole family, if he did not get where Mr. Knox was to pass in his poffeffion of his wife! and yet to coach and fix. From this cabbin infatuated were they, as to suffer M‘Naughton detached one of them him to get away once more to Eng to go to an old woman that lived at
fome distance on the road fide, un- that the passengers drew up the der pretence of buying fome yarn windows, he ran round, and fired of her, but really to wait the com- into the coach obliquely, with a ing up of Mr. Knox's coach, and gun loaded with five balls, which enquire whose it was. When it ap- all took place in the body of the peared in fight, he asked that que unhappy miss Knox. The maid ition, and was answered, that it now let down the window, and was Mr. Knox, who, with his fa- scream'd out, her mistress was mily, was going to Dublin. He murdered. On hearing this, the then made her point to thew him only livery servant that attended the how they fat, which she did; Mr. coach, properly armed, came from Knox, his wife, his daughter, and behind a turf-Itack, where he had maid-servant. As soon as he had hid himself, and firing at M‘Naughgot this information, he ran off ton, wounded him in the back; to inform M‘Naughton that the and about the same time M. Knox coach was coming, and to make from the coach fired one piftol, ready; that he had looked into the which was the last of eight shot coach, and that Mr. Knox was only fired on this Itrange and dreadful attended by one fervant, and a occasion! faithful fellow a smith, who lived Miss Knox was carried into the near him, and was fofter-father * to cabbin, where she expired in about miss Knox, one whom M‘Naugh- three hours. The murderer and ton could never bribe ; for most his accomplices fled, but the counof the other servants had suffered try was soon raised in pursuit of themselves to be tampered with them, and amongst others fome of and when discovered, had been dif- Sir James Caldwell's light horse; charged. As soon as the coach who were directed to search the came near the cabbin, two of the house and offices of one Wenslow, a accomplices, armed with guns, pre- farmer, not far distant from the horfented them at the postilion and rid scene of action. But though coachman, which stopped the coach, fome of the family knew he was while M‘Naughton himself fired at concealed there, they pretended igthe smith with a blunderbuss ; upon norance ;
so that M‘Naughton this, the faithful smith, who luck. might have escaped, had not the ily escaped the shot, presented his corporal, after they had searched piece, which unfortunately missed every place, as they imagined, withfire, and gave M Naughton and out success, and were going away, one of his comrades an opportu- bethought himself of the following nity to fire at the poor fellow ; ftratagem. Seeing a labourer dige and both wounded him. Immedi- ging potatoes in a piece of ground åtely upon this, two fhots were behind the stables, he said to his fired at the coach, one by MR comrades in the fellow's hearing, Naughton himself, and another by “ It is a great pity we cannot find one of his affiftants; and finding “this murderer, it would be a good
• A character not much known or regarded in England, but in Ireland of no small notice. The man's wife was wet-nurse, and suckled mit Knox, from whence those poor people genetally contract a faithful affection.
thing for the discoverer, he would “all.” But, alas! when his trial
certainly get three hundred came on, all this great expectation “ pounds." Upon which the fel. which he had raised in the mind of low pointed to a hay-loft. The every one, came to nothing. corporal immediately ran up the The trial lasted five days. The ladder and forced open the door; first day, the 8th, was spent in pleadupon which M‘Naughton fired at ings to put off the trial, and the him and missed him. By the flash reply of the counsel for the crown. of the pistol, the corporal was di- During these debates, M‘Naughton rected where to fire his piece, which often spoke with most amazing happily wounding him, he ran in, spirit and judgment, and much more and seizing him, dragged him out, like an eminent lawyer than any of when they instantly tied him on a his counsel; and the result of that car, and conducted him to Lifford day was, that he should prepare his goal. Here he remained in the affidavit, which the court would closest confinement, entirely deserted take into consideration. Accordby all his friends and acquaintance, ingly on the 9th, he was brought as appeared on the day of his trial, into court again, and his affidavit which commenced the 8th of De- read, in which he swore that some cember 1761, when he was arraign- material witnesses for him were not ed, with an accomplice, called Dun- to be had, particularly one Owens, lap $, before baron Mountney, who, he said, was present all the Mr. justice Scot, and counsellor time; but the judges, after long Smith, who went down upon a spe. debates were of opinion, that nocial commission to try them. thing sufficient was offered to put
M‘Naughton was brought into off the trial : however, to thew court on a bier, rolled in a blanket, their indulgence, they would give with a greasy woollen night-cap, the him that day, and part of the next, shirt in which he was taken (being all to see if he would strengthen his afbloody and dirty) and a long beard, fidavit by that of others. But when which made a dreadful appearance ! the new affidavit was produced on In that horrid condition he spoke a the roth, it was unanimously and long speech, pointedly, and sensibly! peremptorily resolved by the court, and complained in the most pathetic that he had not fhewn sufficient manner of the hard usage he had cause to postpone his trial, and acmet with since his confinement. cordingly they gave him notice to He said, “ they had treated him prepare for it on the 11th, at eight “ like a man under sentence, and o'clock in the morning. « not like one that was to be tried. The judges came on the bench “ He declared he never intended to at nine o'clock, and sat there will “ kill his dear wife (at saying which eleven at night, without stirring out "he wept) that he only designed to of court. During the whole time “ take her away. That he would of the trial, M‘Naughton took his “ make such things appear upon notes as regularly as any of the “his trial, as should surprize them lawyers, and cross-examined all the
$ This man was delivered up by a miller, in whose mill he had concealed himself, og the lord lieutenant and council's offering a reward of sool. for discovering any and each of M‘Naughton's accomplices,
witnesses with the greatest accuracy. They had acquitted themselves with He was observed to behave with un- juflice to their country; and when common resolution. His chief de. Mr. baron Mountney pronounced fence was founded on a letter he the sentence upon him and his acproduced, as wrote to him by miss complice Dunlap, who was found Knox, in which the desired Kim to guilty with him, though he did it intercept her on the road to Dublin, in so pathetic a manner, as very visiand take her away; but this letter bly affected every one, M‘Naughwas proved a forgery of his own, ton appeared with the same indiffewhich after condemnation he con rence as at the beginning of the fessed.
trial, and only begged the court He took great pains to exculpate would have compaffion on poor himself from the least design to mur. Dunlap.
“ He said he was his der any one, much less his dear “ tenant ; that he possessed a very wife (as he always called her); he profitable lease, which was near declared solemnly, that his intent “expiring; that he had promised was only to take her out of the “ him a renewal, if he would coach, and carry her off; but as he “ aslift him in recovering his wife; received the first wound, from the “ that he had forced his consent to first shot that was fired, the anguish accompany him in that action. of that wound, and the prospect of “ He therefore begged of the court his ill success in his design, lo dif- “to represent Dunlap as a proper tracted him, that being wholly in “ object of mercy. For his own life, volved in confusion and despair, he “ he said, it was not worth asking fired he knew not at what, or whom, “ for; and, were he to chuse, death and had the misfortune to kill the “ should be his choice, since miss only person in the world that was “ Knox, his better half, was dead.” dear to him; that he gave the court But when the unhappy man's that trouble, and laboured thus, not plan for seizing the young lady and to save his own life, (for death was carrying her off, is properly connow his choice) but to clear his fidered, what a scheme of madness character from such horrid guilt, as does it appear! and how surprising designedly to murder his better half, is it that he should get any wretches for whom alone he wished to live. so blindly infatuated as to aid and
These were his folemn declara- assist him in so wild and dangerous tions, but the direct contrary was an undertaking! Was not the fackproved in court by several witnesses, full of fire-arms that were carried to whom he cross-examined with great the cabbin (and perhaps all loaded spirit; and seemed to insinuate, there !) enough to alarm them that were brought there to destroy murder might ensue? Do not most him. And as the jury could only families, who travel with an equiform their opinion on the testimony page and servants, go armed ? and of the witnesses before them, who might not this be particularly exwere examined on their oaths with pečted of a family, that had particular the utmost care and solemnity, they fears ? brought him in guilty.
When the two armed parties met He heard their verdict without in open day, on such a defperate the least concern, telling them business, what but murder could be
the consequence ? and after the loss and the fellow pointing to the ladof two or three lives, suppose the der, he mounted with great spirit. assaulters had been conquerors, The moment he was tied up, he where must they have carried their jumped from it with such veheprize? Would not the country have mence, as snapped the rope, and he been raised? Would not they have fell to the ground, but without difbeen pursued ? Besides, was not the locating his neck, or doing himself young lady going to Dublin? A much injury. When they had raised city that unhappy man was too well him on his legs again, he soon reacquainted with He knew it is covered his senses ; and the execusituated near the sea ; that a well- tioner borrowing the rope from concerted plan laid there for carry. Dunlap, and fixing it round ing off the lady going home in a M‘Naughton's neck, he went op sedan chair from some visit, by the ladder a second time, and tying bribing the chairmen, and having a the rope himself to the gallows, he boat ready on the quays, might with jumped from it again with the same some degree of probability have force, and appeared dead in a minute. been executed.
Thus died the once universally But without all doubt, he made admired M‘Naughton, in the 38th all his accomplices and affiftants be- year of his age! deserted by all lieve, that his design was only to who knew him, in poverty and igo take the young lady away, whom he nominy! declared to be his wife; but the con MʻNaughton not liking, he faid, trary appeared on the trial. There either the principles or doctrine of it was sworn by one of the evidences, the clergyman who firft went to Mr. Alh, that this unhappy wretch prepare him for death, because it had vowed long ago to murder Mr. seems, he made things too terrible Knox and his whole family, and to him, Mr. Burgoyne fucceeded. this fact evidently appeared, that As no carpenter could be found to he had not made the leaft provision make the gallows, the theriff lookfor carrying her off that day, nor ed out for a tree proper for the once demanded her at the coach- purpose, and the execution muft fide.
have been performed on it, bad Agreeable to the sentence, Mr. not the uncle of the young lady, McNaughton, with his accomplice and fome other gentlemen, made Dunlap, were executed on Tuesday the gallows and put it up. The the 15th of December 1761, .near Sheriff was even obliged to take a Strabane in the county of Tyrone. party of soldiers and force a smith M Naughton walked to the place of to take off his bolts; otherwise be 'execution, but being weak of his must have been obliged, contrary wounds, was supported between two to law, to execute him with his men. He was dressed in a white bolts on. The spectators, who faw flannel waistcoat trimmed with him drop, when the rope broke, black buttons and holes, a diaperlooked upon it as some contrivance night-cap tied with a black ribbon, for his escape, which they favoured white stockings, mourning buckles, all they could by running away and a crape tied on his arm. He from the place, and leaving it open. defired the executioner to be speedy, The populace would not probably