Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

15 September, 1879  


On 12th inst, an inquest was held in Lurgan, before Thomas G. Peel, Esq., coroner, on the body of James Livingstone, a fishmonger, who died on the previous evening, from the effects of an overdose of brandy.

From the evidence it appeared that the deceased and another fishmonger, named Robert Anderson, were under the influence of drink in the fish market. Anderson procured a bottle of brandy containing five naggins, and agreed to let deceased have a "slug" for a shilling. The deceased got the bottle and commenced to drink, but when he had taken about seven glasses Anderson strove to get it from him. Another fellow, named Hugh Duff, who also wanted a drink, then snatched the bottle from the deceased and ran off with it, pursued by deceased and Anderson. He gave the bottle to the deceased's son, who ran home with it, and, with his mother, drank the remaining three glasses. The deceased afterwards went home and went to bed. He died in the evening.

Dr. Gribben deposed that the cause of death was a coma, produced by alcoholic poisoning, and a verdict to that effect was returned.


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