We have not established definite Old IRA connections for six of the men arrested at the Custom House and interned in Kilmainham. Their names and addresses appear on the Prisoner List drawn up by the British military but not in any list from IRA or other sources. Witness Statements make no reference to them. None appear in any known Kilmainham autograph book. They are not on the Army Census. And there are no relevant Military Service Pension files online. In addition, any family death notices discovered make no mention of Old IRA service.

In any event, Old IRA or not, these men were all arrested and spent almost 6 months in detention accused of hostile action against crown rule. They deserve to be remembered for that punishment and sacrifice.

On the face of it, all the names are those of actual people whose lives can be tracked through public records. But, apart from one of these men, no living family has been traced to contribute to their stories.

Perhaps some Kind Reader will be able to help us out. Is there a name you recognise as an ancestor or relative? Or even an old family friend or neighbour of your parents or grandparents? Or can you spot a familiar address?

In alphabetical order the second man is James Angleton, sometimes spelled Ingleton, 62 Lower Gardiner Street.

Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921
Official notice of James’ release from Kilmainham Gaol (ancestry.com)

Known Facts on James Angleton

  • Born: About 1882 apparently in Dublin City (no record found).
  • Parents: John (c1845-1895), a Doorman/Hall Porter and ex-soldier from Cork and widow Amelia/Amy nee Bowes Magra (c1850-1888) born in Lancashire, England. Step-mother Elizabeth Mooney.
  • Siblings known: Kathleen (1879-1953) and Maryanne (1880-?) – they married two Kearney brothers. Aloysius (c1887-?), a Musician.
  • Other addresses: 23 St Stephen’s Green North (1901), 9 St Stephen’s Green (1907), 2 Wolfe Tone Ave, Kingstown now Dun Laoghaire (1911); 34 Upper Rutland Street (1914); 26 Convent Road, Dun Laoghaire (1941); 4 Belvedere Place and Iveagh Hostel, Bride Street (1958).
  • Occupation: Page (1901), Waiter (1907), Porter (1914), Hotel Worker (1958).
  • Marriage: 4 February 1907 to Catherine McVeigh (c1884-1941) originally from Co Down of 32 Great Clarence Street, Dublin, a Farmer’s daughter.
  • Death: 5 September 1958 aged 76 at Iveagh Hostel Bride Street. Widower and Hotel Worker-Pensioner, late of 4 Belvedere Place off Killarney Street, Dublin. James died suddenly and an inquest was held.
  • Burial: Deansgrange Cemetery, West section, plot T2/13.
  • Children: James Patrick (1909-?), England and Mary Annie (1914-?).
  • Comments:
    • Surname was definitely Angleton, although he appears as Ingleton and Ingleton (Angleton) on British military records.
    • Listed among the occupants of 62 Lower Gardiner Street on a British Raid Report dated 3 May 1921. It was a general ‘area search’, no arrests made at his address.
    • Released early from Kilmainham on 12 October 1921, no reason specified.
    • Gary Deering has a reference (source uncertain) to his membership of F Coy, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade. His address in 1921 would be in line with that Company’s home area.

While James was interned in Kilmainham, he made two humorous entries concerning drink in the autograph books of Dan Rooney.

In the first one, he exchanges banter with his cellmate John Muldowney.

Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921
Family announcement

In the next part we will feature Michael Byrne.

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