Horror of horrors – Aberdeen Press and Journal 19 November 1798:
Letters from Rathangan relate an outrage committed near that place, scarcely paralleled even in the atrocities of the present rebellion:
The house of a respectable clergyman in that neighbourhood was broken into on Tuesday night last, by a gang of Kildare rebels; his two daughters, lovely and accomplished young women, brutally outraged before his face; his house rifled, and himself murdered!
The diabolical villains who had perpetrated these horrors were soon pursued, and some of them overtaken by a party of gallant yeomen, who in their honest indignation sacrificed three of them on the spot.
One of the rebels killed was their leader, a fellow named Hamilton, on whose persons were found no less than nine gold watches, besides a quantity of diamonds and valuable trinkets, the spoils of his former expeditions.