Bloodhound Sent Out After Father of the Irish Bar Disappears in Scottish Highlands, 1889

From the Glasgow Evening Post, 4 October 1889:


Mr Andrews, a QC of Dublin, aged 87 years, who has been residing at Tighnabruaich, Kyles of Bute, for some time, has been missing since Wednesday.  On Wednesday afternoon he was out for a walk along the road leading toward Glen Caladh, and nothing has been heard of him since.  A large search party has set out to try to discover his whereabouts.  A bloodhound is to be employed in the search.

Telegraphing to-day, our Glasgow Correspondence says – Mr Andrews has been discovered.  After the hillsides had been gone over in all directions yesterday he was found sitting on the hillside above the village unable to walk from weakness. He said he had crawled on his knees a long way up the hill, and that he had had a bad fall.  His eye was bruised and two of his teeth knocked out.  His hat and stick were found some distance off, and he said he could not walk after losing the support of his stick.  The searchers and his daughters did not expect to find him alive, but he was quite conscious and talked freely with his rescuers.  He was carried to his residence, and seemed soon to be recovering his usual health.  All the villagers were engaged in the search, and when he was found there was great rejoicing in the village.”

Mr Andrews QC was Charles Andrews QC, Father of the Bar in Ireland, still practising as prosecutor on the Connaught Circuit immediately prior to his accident above.  His obituary some years later described him as having been called in 1832, over fifty-five years before the events of this story.

The one and only member of the Inner Bar ever to have been tracked by a bloodhound?

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Author: Ruth Cannon BL

Irish barrister sharing the history of the Four Courts, Dublin, Ireland, and other Irish courts.

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