Sunday, September 4, 2011

A little bit more Athenry and the Irish War of Independence: Compensation for Mrs. Shawe-Taylor

After Frank Shawe Taylor of Moorpark was ambushed in Coshla on 3 March 1920. His wife Mrs. Shawe-Taylor went to the Galway Union to claim £80,000 from Galway Union for the shooting of her husband. The 'Recorder of Galway' on 25 October 1920 to give his decision on the claim. The Recorder of Galway said that Frank Shawe-Taylor had been 'done to death under extreme callousness.
   Under the Grand Jury Act 1836, compensation could be claimed only  when a magistrate was murdered or maimed in the execution of his duty but it turned out that Shawe-Taylor was murdered because of trouble between him and certain people who were claiming portion of his land but the Recorder of Galway and the county council dismissed the claim but she was allowed £4,514 for burning and wreckage of Castle Lambert and £977 for the burning of the steward's house adjoining, following a rumour that the military were about to occupy these places.

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