MC803: Martin Cranney’s State oath, Catholic
Roll, William IV
Dates of creation: 1837
Physical description: 0.2 cm of textual
Biographical Sketch / Administrative History
Under British law, any person holding an office
under the Crown, such as a coroner, was obliged to swear an oath of allegiance
to the monarch. In 1810, New Brunswick passed an act which allowed Roman
Catholics to swear in a form which did not prejudice their religious convictions.
Martin Cranney (1795-1889) was born in Ireland
and was a Roman Catholic. He studied law and was admitted to the bar of
New Brunswick as an attorney and a barrister. He became coroner in Northumberland
County from 1837-1849 and from 1854-1867. He married Anne Waddleton (1798-1859),
daughter of Samuel Waddleton. Martin Cranney was first elected to the
House of Assembly of New Brunswick as one of the members for Northumberland
County at the general election of October 1846, where he sat as a member until
the dissolution of the legislature in 1850. At the election of 1850 and
1854, he was defeated and retired from active politics.
Source: Graves Papers, Vol. XI., p. 20
Scope and Content
This document is parchment and contains the oath
signed by Martin Cranney, when he became coroner in 1837. It is in badly
Oath signed by Martin Cranney, 1837.