Suicide at Roft Mount, Marford, 3rd March 1854

by Wayne Piotr Cronin-Wodjat

On Friday 3rd March 1854 the residents of Marford had the grizzly discovery of a suicide that had occurred at Roft Mount.  A male known as Finchett had been living in the family for the last two to three weeks with Mrs. Turner of Gresford.  He was described as a male who was aged about 30 years old and of a genteel appearance.

Finchett was found dead at Roft Mount with a gun beside his corpse.  He had been shot in the left hand side of his body.

On Saturday 4th March 1854 the Coroner, Bevis Thelwall held a Coroner’s Inquest into the death.  As the Jury had little evidence to conclude what had happened to Finchett, the Jury concluded that the verdict of the Coroner’s Inquest was that Finchett had been “Found Shot”.

Source: Wayne Piotr Cronin-Wodjat; Map – National Library of Scotland;

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