In the mid-1850s Peter began running the White Swan Inn, Sandgate, and in August 1856 he was brought up in the courts for not keeping good order. A man named Brown was in hospital after being mistreated and injured in the public house. Peter was fined 10s and 7s 6d costs. He had apparently been summoned and fined before on numerous occasions!
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In 1868 Mary Coyle's name appeared in the newspapers. Mary brought her neighbour Jane Murphy up in court, stating she had assaulted her by striking her in the head with a stone, then hitting her with a hoe. The quarrel had arisen after Mary had attempted to get some of Jane's chickens from her yard. According to Jane Murphy however, Mary had started the brawl by running into her house, grabbing her by the hair and slapping her about the head.
There was quite a stigma attached to being an Irish native around this time, and the journalist who recorded the proceedings made sure to state that Jane Murphy in particular was "evidently Irish." The magistrates simply dismissed the case, and bound both women to keep the peace towards one another.
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Godparents to their grandchildren.
Above are their names in Latin.