The Donnelly Family

[ Glencoe, Early 1900s, Thanks to the Glencoe & District Historical Society for providing the Project with this photograph. , Unknown, Glencoe & District Historical Society  ]

When the second trial drew to a close, four of the eight Donnelly children remained alive. Patrick and Jenny moved away from Lucan and left the family troubles behind. William and Robert, however, remained entangled in the affairs of Lucan and area, becoming both lawmakers and lawbreakers. William never forgot the atrocities his family suffered that fateful night. In 1893 he wrote the Exeter Times to remind everyone that the crime was always on his mind. In fact, he wrote, “some of the broken and wasted bones of my family are still in my possession and will be until justice is fully done.”

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