Lord Crofton 3rd Baron – Fishing Court Case

Roscommon Messenger – Saturday 26 March 1910

Roscommon Petty Sessions

The usual fortnightly petty sessions court was held on Monday, before  Mr R L Brown, R M.


A case at the suit of Lord Crofton against James Dempsey was called.

Mr MacSherry, who appeared for the plaintiff, said—This is a prosecution under the Fisheries Act for having trespassed Lord Crofton’s demesne(land attached to a manor and retained for the owner’s own use)  on the 27th February last.  He quoted the section bearing on the prosecution, which referred to persons entering lands for the purpose or pretence of fishing.

Alexander Heggart deposed he was gamekeeper for Lord Crofton. On the 27th February he saw James Dempsey with a fishing rod in Lord Crofton’s demesne. He had canvass bag on his back, which he would not show him. He felt the bottom of the bag and noticed that it contained two or three fish. He had also a fishing rod and worm tackle.

His Worship—Did you let him take the tackle away with him ? I did.

Mr MacSherry— This man was convicted some years ago? Yes.

His  Worship fnled the defendant 15s, and allowed 15s cost.

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