Sources Beyond This Site

[ Reading Room of the Archives and Research Collections Centre, University of Western Ontario, Copyright Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, Jennifer Pettit,   ]

In addition to the sources reproduced on this website, there are numerous books, websites, locations, etc. beyond this site that tell us about the Donnellys. A small sample is listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list.


Butt, William Davison. “The Donnellys: History, Legend, Literature.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Western Ontario, 1977.

Cosens, Donald L., ed. The Donnelly Tragedy, 1880-1980. London: Phelps Publishing Company, 1980.

Elliott, Bruce S. Irish Migrants in the Canadas: A New Approach. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.

Fazakas, Ray. In Search of the Donnellys Hamilton: self-published, 2001.

Fazakas, Ray. The Donnelly Album: The Complete & Authentic Account of Canada’s Famous Feuding Family. Willowdale: Firefly Books Ltd., 2002.

Feltes, Norman. This Side of Heaven: Determining the Donnelly Murders, 1880. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

McKeown, Peter. A Donnelly Treatise: After the Massacre. Guelph: self-published, 2004.

Reaney, James, ed. The Donnelly Documents: An Ontario Vendetta. Toronto: Champlain Society, 2004.

Salts, J. Robert. You Are Never Alone: Our Life on the Donnelly Homestead. Lucan: self-published, 1996.


Elliott, Bruce S.. “Tipperary? Well, Just Barely…The Donnellys Located.” Families, Vol. 22, No. 2 (1983), pp. 91-96.


Official Donnelly Home Page

Museums, Historic Sites

Lucan Area Heritage and Donnelly Museum

Donnelly Homestead Tour


Reaney, James. The Donnellys (Sticks and Stones/St. Nicholas Hotel/Handcuffs). Vancouver: Porcepic Books, 2000.

Video Recordings

Tragedy: The Story of the Donnellys--Canada’s Most Fascinating Legend. Produced and directed by Robert Gibbons. Written by Ray Fazakas. Canada: self-published, 1999, videocassette.