William Blood 620
- Born: 26 November 1797 620
- Marriage: Miss Massy on 10 June 1820 620
Of Castle Fergus, Co. Clare. Assumed, by royal licence, the surname and arms of Smyth only, in compliance with the will of his grand-uncle, William Smyth, Esq., who left him some property in the city of Dublin. He is a magistrate for the co. of Clare, and succeeded his father in his estates in that county.
16 (July). Revolting Charge. - Ennis - William Blood Smyth, alias William Smyth, alias William Blood, and James Hehir were called to the bar, and indicted for having, upon the 1st March, in the tenth year of her present Majesty's reign, conspired with one Martin M'Namara, since dead, to murder Dorothea Juliana Smyth, alias Juliana Blood.
The prisoner Smyth is a gentleman of birth and fortune, a justice of the peace, about 60 years of age; and the person whose murder he was charged with conspiring was his own mother!
After the evidence had been presented, Mr. Butt, Q.C., on behalf of Mr. Smyth, maintained that the whole case alleged against his client was a conspiracy on the part of corrupt persons, who had been tenants and servants of his own, that he had either to eject from their holdings or dismiss from his service.
The jury retunred a verdict of "Not Guilty", and the prisoners were immediately discharged. 620
Noted events in his life were:
1. William Blood was tried for conspiracy to commit murder against his mother, Juliana Blood. He was found not guilty.
William married Miss Massy, daughter of John Massy and Unknown, on 10 June 1820.620