Re: Wicklow Memorials of the Dead
With regard to these graves in Glendalough:
Two headstones side by side. Lord Walter Fitzgerald in “J” states that these two headstones, which are at the east end of St. Saviours Priory (“The monastery”) mark the burial place of a couple of highwaymen – two brothers buried after being hanged.
Here lieth the body of Michael Meagan died April 26 1765 aged 30 years
Here lieth the body of Joseph Meagan died April 26 1765 aged 28 years
The book “Wicklow History and Society” gives the following additional information:
“William Fairbrother of Glenealy… served as a member of the Wicklowgrand jury…In the Spring of 1765…and his diary account provides an interesting insight into the occasion:
“…9 April, Tuesday. Up about 10. Drest. Break[fast]. Up to grand jury Room. Satt there most of morn. The 6 Meagans were tried and found quilty. 5 to be hanged and 1 transported…”
‘An overview of local administration in Wicklow, 1605-1898’ in ‘Wicklow History and Society’ page 862.