Inquest – Jane Bickerstaffe
The following is an extract from The Lisburn Herald dated 2nd April 1898.
Inquest in Crumlin
Dr. J.J. Adams, coroner, held an inquest on Monday at Ballyclan, on the remains of a child named Jane Bickerstaffe, who was found dead in bed on Sunday morning, Constables Lynch and Smith watched the proceedings on behalf of the Crown. Dr. Carson said that, in his opinion, death was caused by suffocation, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly, adding that there was no culpable negligence on the part of the parents of deceased.
Court Case — Parker v Steele
Extract from The Lisburn Herald, October 21 1905
Parker V Steele
In this case Samuel Parker, farmer, Ballyclan, Crumlin sued Thomas Steele, blacksmith, Crumlin for £6, being the value of a quantity of manure the property of the plaintiff, which defendant, it was alleged, wrongfully got into his possession and converted to his own use.
Mr. G.B. Wilkins, solicitor, appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Lockhart, solicitor (for Mr. McConnell, solicitor), for the defendant.
His Honour dismissed the case on the merits.
Steele V Parker
Plaintiff sought to recover £2 10s 0d from the defendant, whereof the sum of £1 5s 0d was for work and labour done, and for materials provided by plaintiff for defendant; and the balance was the price of manure removed by defendant from plaintiff’s lands.
Mr. Lockhart (for Mr. McConnell) appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Wilkins for the defendant. The case was nilled.
Unearthing the past at the Ballyclan dig
At an archaeological dig at Ballyclan, outside Crumlin, in early October, I had the opportunity to speak with Cormac McSparron the field work director. I asked him if one of the “little folk” suddenly appeared offering him a chance to spend a day revisiting the past, or perhaps to venture to one in the future, what would he chose! His reply was almost without hesitation and he replied: “The past”. After a pause for thought he added: “But which period, that’s the question?”