“Allen, Larkin and O'Brien”


Irishmen John Allen, Gould, and Larkin are hanged November 23, at Manchester Gaol, for attacking a police van and shooting Constable Sergeant Brett. Their final farewells are described. The Marchioness of Queensbury sends 300 pounds to the families.


For additional information about this tragic event, see the notes to "The Smashing of the Van (I)." - RBW

Historical references

  • Sep 18, 1867 - a Fenian band attacks a police van transferring two prisoners in Manchester, and a police officer is shot dead
  • Nov 24, 1867 - Three of the assailants are hanged (source: Zimmermann)

Cross references


  • Bodleian, 2806 c.8(73)[some words illegible], "A Lamentation on Allen Larkin & O'Brien Who Was Executed at Manchester, on the 23rd of Nov. '67," unknown, 1867; also 2806 b.10(130), "A Lamentation on Allen, Larkin, and Goold, Who Were Executed at Manchester, on 23rd November, 1867"


  1. Zimmermann 73, "A Lamentation on Allen, Larkin and O'Brien" (1 text)
  2. BI, Zimm073


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1867 (Zimmermann)