The Terrifying Tale of the Tipstaff’s Niece, 1835

The following story worthy of Dickens, or perhaps Wilkie Collins, was reported in the Dublin Morning Register, 4 September 1835, and the Leeds Times, 19 September 1835:

[Margaret Feltis], who is only 17 years of age, was left an orphan, and taken [in} by her uncle… a man of excellent character, of the name of John Love, who… holds the situation of tipstaff in the Four Courts. [He] gave her permission… to go to the neighbourhood of Ferns, in the County of Wexford… read more

Court Documents Stolen for Possible Sale as Toilet Paper, 1860

From the Evening Freeman, 27 February 1860:

“Bessie Birmingham… employed for sweeping a portion of the offices at the Four Courts, Matthew Campbell and Philip Keely were brought up in custody… charged with having stolen and sold a number of valuable parchment and paper documents from one of the offices of the Court of Exchequer… several documents had been missed and information was given to the police, who proceeded to Keely’s shop in Pill Lane and asked if he read more