John Dopping

John Dopping was a JP / RM, an authority on local folklore in North Longford and South Cavan, a Gaelic Scholar which was a rarity for the Anglo Irish families, and got off a man on a sheep stealing charge for humanitarian reasons.

He started off as a JP, and was in time Resident Magistrate in Rathangan in Kildare, and Arvagh in Cavan, but it was as police magistrate he became noted for justice.

On April 1 1848 (Source 3) a man by the name of John Diamond (Source 2) was up on a sheep stealing case, but was got off the charge when a plea was put in for him by Dopping at his trial in Clifden, where Dopping was Police Magistrate.

His wife from hunger and madness caused by hunger had eaten the feet of their deceased child according to stories in the area, and in order to feed her Diamond stole the sheep Doppings declared. This was investigated and the corpse of the youth exhumed, from which the flesh of the lower legs indeed was missing.

On the negative side, he was a member of the Brunswick Club, a senior one in Longford, and spoke on rally platforms for them, though whether this was from conviction or to fit in with his class its not known.

Drowned in the Lough Gowna drownings of April 3/4 1855 along with three friends.


1) Picture from Anthony Dopping / Frank Columb “The Lough Gowna Valley”
2) John Diamond Case “Eating Humans is Wrong”
3) John Diamond Case – Frank Columb “The Lough Gowna Valley” (p89) quoting Galway Vindicator
4) Brunswick Club



Personal Information

John Dopping
Son of Ralph Dopping and Catherine Smyth, father of Ralph Anthony Dopping Hepenstal and James Henry Dopping. Picture from Anthony Dopping / Frank Columb "The Lough Gowna Valley"
Name John Dopping
Death 3/4/1855 in Lough Gowna, Co. Longford from Drowning
WifeFrances Dopping neé Cottingham (1822 - )
School 1Governess as child.
School 2Trinity College, Dublin
Religion 1Church of Ireland
Profession 1JP
Profession 2Gaelic Scholar
Bio NotesMember of the anti Emancipation "Brunswick Club" in Longford. JP Testified in clemency to support Diamond man in Connemara Cannibalism case. Recorded a lot of the North Longford folklore, a cited Gaelic scholar.


Name Birth Death
Mary Doppingasdasds  Deceased
Henry Doppingasdasds  Deceased


Name Birth Death
John Doppingasdasds 1830 in Derrycassin, Co. LongfordON 21/09/1869
Haidée Doppingasdasds  Deceased
Charlotte Doppingasdasds  Deceased
James Doppingasdasds  31 Oct 1896
Ralph Dopping Hepenstalasdasds  Deceased


Name Birth Death
William Creaghasdasds  Deceased
John Stollasdasds 1812 1877
Helen Mooreasdasds  Deceased
Amy Attfieldasdasds  Deceased
Annie Foxasdasds  Deceased
Diana Margaret Hepenstalasdasds 1833 in Altidore, WicklowON 25th of February 1864


Name Birth Death
Charlotte Stollasdasds  Deceased
Constance Creaghasdasds  Deceased
Edward Creaghasdasds  Sep 03 1954
Ralph Creaghasdasds Aug 23 1864 Jan 27 1904
Arthur Creaghasdasds 29 April, 1866 27 November, 1941
Charlotte DoppingasdasdsDublin 1933
Maxwell Dopping Hepenstalasdasds 1872 in Duncan, BC, Canada 1965
Lambert John Dopping Hepenstal. From "The Lough Gowna Valley" by Frank Collumb via Anthony DoppingLambert Dopping Hepenstalasdasds 3/8/1859 in Derrycassan, Co. LongfordDeceased


Name Birth Death
William Boydasdasds 4/2/1890Deceased
Agnes Boydasdasds 18/4/1888 in 18/4/1954ON
Helen Boydasdasds 17/4/1882 in 7/2/1945ON
Lily Boydasdasds 8/3/1881 in 9/3/1881ON
Kathleen DOPPING-HEPENSTALasdasds 1923 in Dublin 15 Jan 2014
Lambert Dopping-Hepenstalasdasds 15 Feb 1921ON Mar 2001
Robert Carewasdasds May 22 1860 in Ballinamona Park, Co WaterfordDeceased
John Boydasdasds 14/2/1886Deceased
Mary Boydasdasds 1880 in Ballymacoole House, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland 1960


Name Birth Death
Patricia Dopping-Hepenstalasdasds   
Lambert Dopping-Hepenstalasdasds 
Roberta Carew on cover of Country Life Magazine April 14th 1955 Roberta Carewasdasds   
John Boydasdasds 23/9/1917 17/1/1941

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