HC Deb 28 May 1883 vol 279 cc942-3

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the Lord Chancellor has come to any decision in the case of Mr. M'Farlane, the magistrate against whom a verdict was recently had for blowing up his neighbour's premises with dynamite?


Sir, the transaction referred to took place about three years ago. The action against Captain M'Farlane was for assault and trespass. The acts complained of were done in the assertion of a right of way through the plaintiff's ground, in the course of which Captain M'Farlane blew down a portion of a wall and the pier of a gate, which he alleged obstructed his right of way. The jury found that no assault was committed by Captain M'Farlane. They also found that the right of way existed, but that it was not substantially obstructed by the pier and wall referred to, and they gave a verdict for the plaintiff, with £100 damages. Nothing transpired in the hearing of the case to warrant the Lord Chancellor in withdrawing the Commission of the Peace from Captain M'Farlane.