Trial of Thomas MacDonagh

prisoner number thirty



DATE: 2 May 1916

LOCATION: Richmond Barracks

JUDGES: Brigadier-General C.G. Blackader (President), Lieutenant Colonel G. German, Lieutenant Colonel W.J. Kent



‘Did an act to wit did take part in an armed rebellion and in the waging of war against His Majesty the King, such act being o such a nature as to be calculated to be prejudical to the Defence to the Realm and being done with the intention and for the purpose of assisting the enemy’


PLEA: Not guilty

(The members of the court and witnesses were duly sworn in)


VERDICT: Guilty. Death by being shot


Text of Trial



1st witness

Major J. A. Armstrong. 1 st Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers­ Provost Marshall 176th Brigade states

I was present at St. Patricks Park Dublin on 30th April 1916.

There were British Troops there and I saw them fired on. I was under fire myself. The shots came from the direction of Jacobs Factory. There were several casualties among the British Troops. At a later hour I saw the accused coming from the direction of Jacobs Factory under a white flag. He made several journeys through our lines – about 5 p.m he surrendered with over 100 others to General Carleton. He was acting as an officer when he surrendered.

I made a list of the unarmed men and the accused was not on that list. He made a statement to me that he was a Commandant. He was subsequently sent under escort to Richmond Barracks.


Cross examined by the accused.

I did not know that the accused came out at the invitation of General Lowe. The accused made the statement to me that it was no use my searching for papers as they had all been destroyed.


The witness withdraws


Prosecution closed.

The accused calls no witness in his defence.

The accused in his defence states.

I did everything I could to assist the officers in the matter of the Surrender telling them where the arms and ammunition were after the surrender was decided upon.