1823. Inquest into Affray Occasioned by the Rev. Robert Morritt, Rector of Creagh and Castlehaven, Notorious Extraction of Tithes, Caused at Castlehaven, West Cork, at which Fatalities Occurred, Stones Placed into Mouths of Killed Policemen, Press Excluded from Publishing Preliminary Investigation on Morritt’s Motion.
Rev. Robert Morritt, Creagh Glebe, Skibbereen, Pre 1821. Letter 1821 to Chief Secretary re lawlessness in Creagh, lack of military forces and poor calibre of police. Notorious tithe extractor whose actions led to an affray at Castlehaven in which life was lost. At the subsequent hearing into affray he accepted that the Skibbereen Magistrates were hostile to him. Later Rector Castlehaven where he was almost universally hated for tithe extraction. He was reported as having neighbouring magistrates hear 600 summons against his parishioners re tithes owing. Lord Carbery in 1823 said Morritt was English in that year he had extracted £2,300 out of his tithes of £2,700. He seems to have resigned his living some time after. Later Paris 1828 Defamation action while in English Protestant Establishment In Paris against three Anglican Clergymen.
From Chief Secretary’s papers:
1823. Petition of Michael Mahony, Fornangh [Forenaght], parish of Castle Haven, barony of east division of West Carbery, County Cork, to Richard Wellesley, 1st marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, Dublin Castle, complaining of unjust treatment at the hands of Reverend Robert Moritt, Church of Ireland clergyman of Castle Haven, following Mahony falling into arrears with his tithe payments. Mahony refers to his financial distress; the refusal of Morritt’s tithe proctor to accept part-payment from Mahony; and subsequent attempts to seize the family’s mare from Mahony’s young son. States that the boy has since been served with a summons to appear at court in Skibbereen, County Cork. Emphasises his hardship and requests that government investigate his case and Morritt’s ‘method of managing His Tithes’ [annotation indicates petition received 9 August 1823]. Subsequent pencil annotation on reverse by Henry Joy, Solicitor General, stating his opinion on the matter.
Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier 11 September 1823