Solicitor Tarred in South William Street Wine Cellar, 1875

61 South William Street, Dublin, today, via Google maps..

From the Freeman’s Journal, 27 August 1875:


At the Southern Divisional Police-court yesterday, Joseph Steele, who described himself as a wine merchant, of 16 Summer-hill, summoned Mr Richard Parsons, solicitor, for having assaulted him in the complainant’s place of business at 61 South William Street on the night of the 10th August.  It will be recollected that a few days ago Mr Richard Parsons, solicitor, summoned Joseph Steele and William McCabe for alleged read more

Inns Quay Before Áras Uí Dhálaigh: Images of the Four Courts Hotel

Some photos showing a 1960s/70s Inns Quay, from the Dublin City Digital Archive. This one from Dublin City Digital Archive shows the Four Courts Hotel in place of today’s Áras Uí Dhálaigh.

William Mooney’s close-up of the hotel in the 1960s. Mr Mooney’s comprehensive photo archive of Dublin is accessible to all through Dublin City Digital Archive. We owe him a debt of gratitude!

Another photo of Inns Quay by William Mooney, via Dublin read more

The Marital Misadventures of a Master of the Rotunda, 1890

On Saturday in the Exchequer Division, the application for an attachment sought by a Mr Lynch (plaintiff in an action for criminal conversation, in which Dr Macan, of Merrion Square, and late of the Rotunda Hospital, is defendant) against the editors of the Medical Press and the Evening Mail, came on for hearing.

Mr O’Shaughnessy, QC, on behalf of Mr Lynch, read out the following article complained of:

Dr Macan, late Master of the Rotunda Hospital and President of the British Gynaecological read more

Former British Intelligence Officer and Would-Be Barrister Drowns at North Wall, 1921

The scene of Mr Morrison’s death, via Dublin Port

From the Belfast Telegraph, 11 August 1921:


We regret to announce the death of Mr Frederick W Morrison, a native of Belfast, which took place under sad circumstances through drowning in Dublin. The deceased was a fine specimen of manhood, six feet high, and as clever as he was brave. In his eighteenth year, Mr Morrison was appointed to a commission from the service of the Bank of Ireland read more

Barrister’s Vacation Ends in Litigation, 1885

The charming Cotswolds town of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, the scene of the ill-fated vacation the subject of this post, via Selling Antiques.

Adapted from the Irish Times, 25 and 26 March 1885:

The Reverend Henry Peter Higginson brought a motion for final judgment to recover £27 10s from Thomas Hewson BL, who is a member of the Irish Bar, claiming that he had asked Mr Hewson on a visit to Tetbury during the Long Vacation to provide him with legal assistance, that Mr Hewson had given him no services, and that he had paid all Mr Hewson’s expenses – railway fare, car hire, hotel bills and theatre tickets – while in read more