Deposition of Martin Hogan, March 1880

MARTIN HOGAN, (the elder). - I was sworn at Lucan, at the Coroner’s inquest, on the death of John Donnelly; the evidence given by him on that occasion was read to him by Mr. Hutchinson, and asserted to by him.

Evidence at the Coroner’s Inquest. - I recollect the night John Donnelly was killed; I was at William Donnelly’s that night; William, John and Mrs. Donnelly and myself was at William Donnelly’s when I went to bed; Keefe went home about twelve o’clock; Mrs. Donnelly went to bed some time before I did; I went to bed at about half-past twelve, perhaps later; John and I went to bed and chatted a while after going to bed; we slept till about two or half-past two, or a little after two o’clock; John awoke me by getting out of bed; he went through Will’s room, and said who is that hollering fire, Will; as he went through I heard no answer by Will as he was going; then I heard one holler fire and halloo to Will to open the door; John opened the door; then I heard two reports as of guns as close as possible together; John says, Will, I am shot […] Will called to me, easy (low) to get up, that John was shot; I said, keep quiet, as low as I could, so as to be heard by him; the reason I answered him quietly was I feared they would come back when they found out that it was not Will they killed; […] I then went into William’s room, through into the kitchen to bring John in […] I fetched him into William’s room […] I remained partly under Will’s bed because I was afraid: I remained until nearly daylight: William Donnelly got up he went to look at the tracks outside of the door: John was shot at William’s: I said that that was the Society’s doings […]

Source: Public Archives of Ontario, Irving Fonds, F1027, 82 80, MS6500, Unknown, Deposition of Martin Hogan, March 31, 1880.

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