Pulkowen

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In the oul’ days when the Johnston’s were at Roxboro’ that [Pulkowen, a rock in Umericam Bog, near Silverbridge] was one of their beheadin’ stones. 


An’ the blud-stains are upon it till this very day, an’ it’s few people wud pass it at night because of the ghosts that still be there.  Five pounds a head they wur paid for all that went to Armagh or Dublin.

An’ the head of many a dacent man went up instead of a tory, an’ Keenan wus worse than the Johnstons.

Local man Keenan of the Heads was right-hand man to the infamous John Johnston of The Fews, tory and priest hunter of the early eighteenth century, and is remembered for beheading many a dacent man for the reward money.  There was a famous couplet of the time:

Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
Save me from Johnston, King of The Fews.

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