Laurence Glennan

and his first wife

Margaret McDonald
Laurence/Lawrence Glennan/Glennon  - My Great Grandfather - was baptised 15th
February 1835 at Kildare parish County Kildare, Ireland, the son of
John Glennan and
Catherine Hackett. Parents were residing at Navantown.

Immigration: Laurence came to Australia with his parents and siblings in 1842, aboard the
'Anne Milne’. Anthony Glennan, wife Mary Downey and their family, were also aboard. A
newspaper report dated 4th February 1882 suggests the families were related [see below]
According to family information Laurence was known as 'Lance'

Margaret McDonald was born 10th August 1840 and baptised 16th August 1840 at St
James Parish Cumberland [Roman Catholic] Her parents were Alexander McDonald and
Jessie Christie of Sussex Street.

First Marriage: On 6th April 1858, he married his first wife, Margaret McDonald at Tea Tree
Station, Rock Flat near Cooma.

Laurence and Margaret had the following children:

Male, born 1859, died 1859, Cooma

John Joseph Glennan, born 1860, Cooma. Married Sarah McDonald, Cooma 1882[ Ref
5368/1882] Insolvency sequestration 7th March 1883. Address at the time was 'near Cooma'.
Occupation was labourer. Their children were:
  26583/1886  GLENNAN  MARY C  COOMA   
  26664/1889  GLENNAN  JANET I  COOMA     
  11029/1891  GLENNAN  GERTRUDE E COOMA    
  11414/1893  GLENNAN  ELEANOR A  COOMA   
  31567/1895  GLENNAN  CEILIA A  COOMA  Died 1896 ref 9592 Cooma     

Alexander Glennan, born 10th June, 1863, Cooma. Died 1891, Cooma. The NSW Police
gazette of 1888 reports a warrant had been issued for Alexander Glennan aged 22 charged
with assaulting Wilbraham Edwards Esq J.P Alexander was described as being 5 foot 6 or 7
inches tall, stout build, clean shaven, brown hair, white moleskin trousers, dark paget coat,
elastic sided boots. Alexander was eventually charged with unlawfully obstructing W
Edwards and arrested by Nimmitybell Police. He was fine 5 pounds costs or 2 months in
gaol. He chose to pay the fine. Alexander died at home aged 25 years. Monara Mercury
dated 27th October 1891 reported:
It is with regret we have to chronicle the death of Alexander Glennan, second son of
Mr. Lawrence Glennan of Cooma, which sad event took place at his late residence, Cooma,
on Sunday last. The deceased had been suffering from an abscess on the spine for the past
11 months, and was for about 10 months in Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, where the poor
fellow had undergone no less than six operations. About a fortnight ago he left the hospital an
incurable case, and lingered in great agony till Sunday last, when he passed over to the great
majority. He was a single man, and was only 25 years of age. The funeral took place
yesterday (Monday) after noon when a large number of relatives and friends attended. The
remains were interred in the old cemetery.

James Anthony Glennan, born 10th December 1865, Cooma. Married Susannah
, Cooma 1895. [Ref883/1895]  Mentioned as a land claimant at 'Gladstone' QA
12th April 1879. Their children were:
20503/1898  GLENNAN  ARTHUR J    COOMA   
30795/1900  GLENNAN  JOHN J  COOMA. Died at Wagga hospital in 1923 ref 19759/1923
after an appendix operation - Trove
2722/1905  GLENNAN  CHARLES A   Cooma
12572/1906   GLENNAN   Florence L  Died 1907 Cooma
1st February 1910 GLENNAN Clarence Dudley
26949/1911  GLENNAN  RUSSELL Walter   COOMA    
7th July 1912 GLENNAN Ernest Sylvester
48766/1913  GLENNAN  Morris E Died 1914 Cooma

Joseph Glennan, born 11th October, 1868, Cooma. Joseph aged 17 was charged wilfully
and maliciously setting fire to a stack of hay, value 12 pounds the property of John Bartley
[John may have been his cousin!] He was  convicted of Arson on 1st April 1886 at Cooma. He
served 18 months in prison. He is described as being 5 foot five inches tall, with light brown
hair and gray eyes. His occupation was shepherd. Died 13th January 1899, Cooma.  

Laurence Glennan [junior] born 2nd March, 1871, Cooma. Died 1947, Auburn . Never

Jessie Mary [Janette] Glennan, born 14th June 1873 Cooma. Married David Peters,
Cooma, 1897 [Ref: 7488/1897] .
Their Children were:
5759/1898  PETERS  MARGARET  NIMMITABEL. Died 1899.    
15171/1900  PETERS  MARY Margaret  NIMITYBELLE

Catherine Glennan, born 17th August,1875, Cooma. Died 1877, Cooma

Manaro Mercury dated 30th July 1873 reported the following:
Law Courts.
COOMA POLICE COURT. Monday, 28th July, 1873. Before the Police Magistrate.  ASSAULT
William Owers, James Owers, and Samuel Rankin appeared to answer a charge of having
assaulted Lawrence Glennan at Cooma Creek on the 21st July.
Defendants pleaded not
guilty; they were defended by Mr. Lipscomb.

Lawrence Glennan whose face was battered and bruised, deposed: I am a farmer living at,
Cooma Creek ; the information read before the Court is true ; the assault was committed on
the 21st instant; I saw the defendants at my place ; the two Owers came to my place between
6 and 7 o'clock p.m. on that day; they came in and danced for some  time in a room
adjoining my place Mr. Lipscomb here suggested to Mr. Robin son, C.P.S., that he should
get the names of those present; there were pre sent a man named James Byrne his wife,
and family, James Griffin, and Thomas Bartley: these were all [To Mr. Lipscomb : Besides the
members of my own family] ; Thomas Bartley and Byrne had some disagreement about
dancing and they went outside to fight; I followed the two men who were disagreeing; I was
talking to the two men,   and had a hand on each one's shoulder ; James Owers, without
saying one thing or other, struck me in the face with his fists, and I struck him; then his
brother (Wm. Owers) struck me, and I struck him ; Samuel Rankin made a blow at me,
striking me in the neck, after I struck the other men, and then all three ran away ; a little
while after the three ran away, Samuel Rankin turned back and accused me of striking him ;
Samuel Rankin said that I struck him, and I told him to be off: the whole three of them then
cleared off the place, and they didn't come back for about three-quarters of an hour ; they
came to the house and rapped at the door;. I asked "Who's there" one answered "it is me" I
am  sure the defendants were the parties; I asked him who he was ; one answered 'Owers;'
James Owers opened the door; Thomas Bartley went out, and I followed him ; as I was going
out of the door, I got a jab of a 10ft. rail in my face; after I got the jab of the rail in my face,
the defendants ran away a short distance ; James Owers struck me with the rail ; I returned
into my house and got a gun, and fired a shot in the direction of the defendants ; that is all
that happened; the gun was loaded with shot. By Mr. Lipscnmb: I did not invite defendants
to my place; no member of my family invited them; defendants came of their own accord ;
James Griffin went away the first time; after defendants cleared away altogether, James
Griffin came back to my place ; Bartley and I did not rush out when the rap came to the
door, and one said ' Owers,' and then make use of the expression, ' Let us give it to them,
the Orange b-;' it was after 10 o'clock when I was struck with the rail; it was a star light night
; I had no quarrel whatever with Thomas Bartley after defendants left my place; I complained
to James Griffin when he returned about being struck; James Griffin wanted to wash the
blood off my face ; there was only one blow struck with the rail ; up to that time, I never had
the slightest quarrel with defendants, and I didn't know why they struck me

James Griffin deposed: I am in the employment of Mr. Balmain, surveyor ; I know
complainant and the three defendants before the Court; I was in their company on the 21st
July at Lawrence Glennan's house ; there was a dance, to which I was invited by
complainant; about three hours after defendants and I arrived, there was a row originated  
between two men named Byrnes and Bartley ; both complainant and defendants interfered
to quell the row ; there was a general squabble ; after the first row was quelled, I saw the
three defendants, who had been away ; I returned with them in about an hour; I saw
Lawrence Glennan and James Owers stand up to fight; when defendants knocked at the
door the last time, I was leaning over a little fence a few feet from complainant's house ;
defendants knocked at the door ; Glennan came out, and to the best of my knowledge, he
said to James Owers, ' You are the man I have been looking for ; ' I saw James Owers strike
complainant twice with his fist ; Glennan went into the house, and, immediately returned
with a gun in his hand ; I never saw complainant struck with a rail ; the whole four of us ran
away when complainant got the gun ; complainant fired the gun after me [To Mr. Lipscomb :
I went back about three-quarters of an hour after this to complainant's house to return a
meerschaum pipe] ; I saw complainant's eye bleeding ; when I came back, Glennan
complained that he had been struck with a rail. To Mr. Lipscomb: I am quite positive that
after James Owers knocked at the door he never struck Glennan with a rail ; it was a fair
stand-up fight: his eye was getting black ; the marks I saw on Glennan's face I attribute to
the blows he got from James Ower's fists.  To complainant : I saw you trying to quell the row
the first time; it was very dark ; I will not swear the fence is six yards from your door, I will
swear Owers never hit you with a rail; it might have been done subsequently ; I was standing
there the whole of the time. To the Bench : There was some grog at Glennan's place; we all
partook of some; Bartley and Byrnes were the worse of liquor.

Thomas Bartley deposed: I am a Selector; residing at Cooma Creek ; I was at Lawrence
Glennan's house by invitation of James Griffin on the night of   Monday, the 21st July ;
there was a dance at Mr. Glennan's; I met the plaintiff and three defendants at Glennan's
house ; I saw a little of the row, not much; I was a little the worse of grog; I did not see
complainant struck  with a rail : I remember very little of any row. To complainant: I recollect
Owers coming  back the second time ; I do not remember the door being opened.

Mrs. Glennnn deposed : My name is Margaret Glennan ; I am the wife of Lawrence Glennan;
I remember Monday night, the 21st July; there was a party at my place on that night;
Thomas Bartley and a man named Byrnes were quarrelling about dancing; my husband
went outside after Hartley and Byrnes to make peace between them ; I did not see my
husband fighting that night, nor anyone striking him.  To complainant : James Owers after
leaving, returned and opened the door ; Thomas Bartley went towards the, door, and
defendant came back ; I heard the noise of a rail striking the door; you came back bleeding ;
they were calling you and Thomas Bartley ‘dirty Irish’. To the Bench : After he was : struck
with a rail, my husband got the gun. Mr. Lipscomb said she did not see the blow struck. To
Mr. Lipscomb: Mrs; Byrnes was at my house that night ; I spoke to Mrs. Byrnes after the row
; I did not tell Mrs. Byrnes that Thomas Bartley and my husband had a row and that Bartley
chased my husband around the houses with an axe ; I did not tell anything of the kind.

The Bench decided to bear the cross case of  ASSAULT. Lawrence Glennan was charged
with having assaulted James Owers on the 21st July.
Mr. Lipscomb conducted the case for
the complainant. Defendant pleaded not guilty. James Owers deposed : I am a labourer
residing near Cooma ; I recollect last Monday night, when I was at Lawrence  Glennan's ;
James Griffin, William Owers  Samuel Rankin, Thomas Bartley and John Byrnes were there
; there was some bit of a dance ; Bartley and Byrnes had a quarrel, and went out to fight; we
all went out; I tried to make peace between Byrnes and Bartley ; I was holding Thomas
Bartley, when Glennan struck me ; I did not then return the blow ; I am certain Glennan
struck me first; I assisted Griffin, my brother, and Rankin to take Byrnes home; the four of
us returned ; Rankin was coming back for his hat; I knocked at the door ; Glennan asked
who was there; I said  ‘Owers’ Glennan then said ’Just the cur I have been looking for’; he
came outside, and we had a scrimmage; he punched me, and I punched him ; I did not
strike Lawrence Glennan with a rail! ; I swear positively, I never did. To the Bench : I did not
see anyone else strike Glennan with a rail.

Samuel Rankin deposed : I know complainant and defendant; I was at Glennan's place
when they were there on last Monday ; I recollect a row taking place between Byrnes and
Bartley ; We all want out to see what was doing ; Owers caught hold of Bartley ; I went in and
tried to make peace between them : we all took Byrnes home: I returned for my hat; the first
time of all, there were some blows, but I do not know who struck first; James Owers knocked
at the door, which was opened, and Gle nan and Bartley rushed out, and went after us;
James Owers and Lawrence Glennan had a fight; Glennan got a gun and fired after us ; I
was there the whole of the time that night, but never saw Owers striking Glennan with a rail.
To the Bench: Glennan was not drunk but he was not very sober; there were a couple of rails
lying about; they were not used in the fight. To defendant: I do not remember your striking
me that night, nor do I remember being knocked down.

John Byrnes deposed : I am a brick maker in the employment of Mr. Wallace; I recollect
being at Lawrence Glennen's house on last Monday night ; I had a row that night with
Thomas Bartley; I went home with James Owers ; I was at Glennan's place next morning;
Mrs. Glennan showed me some water with blood in it ; I said I saw more blood come out of a
little finger ; Mrs. Glennan said her husband and Thomas Bartley had a row, she pulled
Bartley off the top of her husband, and Bartley then chased Mrs. Glennan round the house
with an axe ; Glennan said that Owers used a rail, which he showed me ; I saw the blond on
the rail, which came out of James Griffin's horses nose ; I saw the horse rubbing his nose
against the rail ; there were, a few hairs out of the horse's nose left on the rail. To defendant:
There were only two rails there ; I was sober when I came to your place the next morning,  
the rail that your wife showed me I have referred to.
Mr. Lippcomb said he would call no more evidence, but would leave the case with his
Worship. It was a deeply laid scheme of Glennan against Owers. He believed if the case were
dismissed, the police should prosecute both Glennan and his wife for perjury. He suggested
that his Worship should dismiss both cases.
The Bench: That is the very course, I intend to take. The cases were dismissed. Glennan
applied for a copy of the depositions, with a view to appeal to the Quarter Sessions.

Death: Margaret died of consumption on 10th March 1876 at Cooma Creek. She was 35
years old. [ref 5691/1876].   

Laurence remarried just over a year later.

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