ET: Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty was executed in Dublin on this day in 1782 for robbing a guy and stealing stuff worth £15, a small fortune in those days. What followed was a riot at the scaffold, a body-snatching and a police chase — as in, first the police were doing the chasing, then they were being chased themselves by the people they’d been chasing earlier. What fun!

In the entry I quoted from a book about executions in Dublin, noting, in part: Surgeons were regarded with suspicion as their dissections prevented families and friends of deceased felons from waking their bodies.

I realize that “waking” in this instance means “holding a wake with the bodies as per the Irish tradition” but I think the author’s choice of words was unfortunate. It sounds like they were trying to wake the dead person back up.

My mom, who’s a bit of of a Hibernophile, says the reason wakes were so popular in Ireland is cause the British curtailed freedom of assembly, and a wake was one of the few events where Irish people could gather without risk of arrest.

5 thoughts on “ET: Patrick Dougherty

  1. Alice December 21, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Do you think you could make a list of people who were fond of video games? It just popped into my mind.

  2. marsyao December 23, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Meaghan, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ! May you be happy everyday of 2018 !

  3. Patrick Kerrigan December 24, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Merry Christmas to everyone who spends the time trying to find or develop ideas so that we can find these missing people. This applies to Meaghan, who takes the time to alert and update her records.
    If only law enforcement could fill it the blanks on the cases where the details are missing.

    • Candy December 24, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Oops, not sure if he had a Charley page. Thought he did.

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