During the 18th century in Creggan, and throughout
…….. or inflict injury on those who had supplanted them. The most active were known as Tories.
They made no attempt to hide their contempt for the British and their agents. They were ruthlessly hunted down by them and many endured gruesome fates. John Johnson was a local landlord, the chief constable and a fearsome and ruthless tory hunter.
As chief constable of The Fews, he was charged with upholding and enforcing the new English law. He often acted as if he was the law.
He lived at Roxboro, near Dorsey,
Johnson was handsomely rewarded by his superiors in
So feared was Johnson that to this very day, local people recite the couplet ..
Save us from Johnson, King of The Fews’.
Johnson’s family consisted of four sons and two daughters. His son Richard was illegitimate. His mother was his Catholic housekeeper, Catharine Darby. He died in 1759 and he too is buried in Creggan Churchyard – under the same sod as of so many of his victims.
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