ROBERT DONNELLY'S (LUCAN, ONTARIO) 19TH CENTURY WOOD SHILLELAGH WITH HIDE STRAP - LENGTH 24 INCHES
PROVENANCE: Robert (Bob) Donnelly gave this shillelagh directly to Catherine Corbett (nee Currie). Catherine Currie Corbett's husband drove stagecoach for the Donnellys, and her brother James Currie married Robert's sister Jennie who survived the massacre. Jennie later moved to the Currie farm outside Glencoe, Ontario. They were also related as Robert Donnelly was married to her sister Annie and were childless.
The consignor of this important piece of Canadian history is the great grandson of Catherine Currie Corbett, who received it decades ago by bequest when he resided in Glencoe. He has furnished the auctioneers with a period photo of James Corbett, an old newspaper photo of Jennie Currie and a funeral notice prepared by Catherine Currie Corbett for her brother James. Being retired for many years and now living in London, he feels the time has come to sell this family treasure. The auctioneers understand he will be willing to meet the purchaser to provide the family history and more backgound.
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