George Tilson Shaen Carter is shot (1882)

Siobhan McAndrew
3 min readFeb 25, 2024




London Daily Chronicle, Friday 17 March 1882, p. 5.

… A telegram from Ballina says: — As Mr. G. T. S. Carter, J.P., was driving through the gateway of his house within a mile of Belmullet, at eight o’clock last evening, he was fired at by a person concealed in the vicinity, and seriously wounded in the right leg. Mr. Carter is the owner of the largest property in the barony of Erris. An English gentleman named Froome was with him in the trap at the time, but he escaped uninjured.


The Waterford Standard, Wednesday, 22 March 1882, p. 3.

Ballina, Friday. — Further details are now to hand of the atrocious attempt on the life of Mr George Tilson Shae [sic] Carter, JP, of Picklepoint House, Belmullet. The attempt was made close to the scene of the late tragic affray at Grawhill within a mile of Belmullet. It appears that Mr Carter had been in town attending the fair during the day, where he had met a large number of his tenants, and left for home at nightfall. When leaving in the morning he had left the entrance gate open so that there would be no trouble entering it on his return, but on reaching it it was found to be secured with ropes. Mr Carter was accompanied in his trap by a young Englishman named Froome, who has for the past year acted as assistant sub-sheriff for Mayo. The trap was pulled up, and the latter gentleman was about to get out and unfasten the gate when a shot was fired from behind an adjoining hedge at the side occupied by Mr Carter. He dropped the reins and uttered a cry of pain, and the animal becoming restive, there was considerable confusion for several minutes. The inmates of the house were soon around Mr Carter, and he was carried into his house in great agony. Two local doctors arrived in half an hour and found that he had been terribly wounded in the knee with a charge of heavy shot or slugs, and the opinions expressed were of a discouraging nature. The doctors evidently considered the wound of a serious nature, and it is believed amputation must be performed to save his life. Immediate search was made for the assassins, but no trace of them could be found. Dr Wheeler, of Dublin, arrived in Ballina by the three a.m. train this morning, and proceeded to Mr Carter’s residence, forty miles distant, by the mail car. Mr Carter’s elder brother had only been buried on the previous day. He was owner of almost the entire barony of Erris, but, being of unsound mind for some years past, the property had been managed by the present Mr Carter. By the death of his brother he had become owner of the entire estate on the day before he was shot. The relations between tenants and landlord were lately very unsatisfactory.




London Evening Standard, Thursday 06 April 1882, p. 8.

Another attempt at murder in the county Mayo is reported to-day. Mr. Dominick O’Donnell is a landlord residing at Pulathomas Lodge, Belmullet, and his estate adjoins that of Mr. Carter, the unfortunate gentleman who was dangerously wounded at his own gate a fortnight ago, having only the previous day come into possession of his property. Mr. O’Donnell was going home last night at nine o’clock, and when about a quarter of a mile from house he was fired at. The bullet rowed through the tails of his coat, but did him no injury.



Irish Independent, Wednesday 15 February 1905, p. 7.

The landlord of a large estate in North-West Mayo, Mr. Carter, who has declined to dispose of his property to his tenants, is at present under police protection. He has never been very popular, and during the agrarian strife some years ago was fired at and one of his legs shot. His police escort to-day numbers some two-score constables, who guard his house night and day. On the Arran estate the landlord has also refused to part with his possessions, and after an eviction the Earl of Erne left the country. Many ejectments are ready on both sides, but the priests are sparing no efforts to bring an unhappy state of affairs to a close.



Siobhan McAndrew

I research in the social science of culture and religion, moral communities and civic engagement. PPE, University of Sheffield