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Offline Smiffy

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Flying Isaac
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2019, 04:52:35 PM »

S E Gazette, June 4th, 1861
Elizabeth Ann O’Mally, better known by her sobriquet of “Flying Isaac,” was charged, for fully the hundredth time, with being drunk and disorderly; Harriet Smith was also charged with being drunk. Sergeant Fisher said he found the defendants in High-street, Chatham, between 12 and 1 that morning, drunk and fighting together. The officer endeavoured to separate them, but they continued to fight and were very violent. As they would not go away he took them into custody. The magistrate, in consideration of the prisoner O’Mally having been there so many times, committed her for six weeks’ hard labour, and told her if she appeared before him again he would send her for trial; the other prisoner was sentenced to seven days’ hard labour.
Elizabeth Ann O’Mally also known as Eliza O’Malley, Eliza Diamond and Elizabeth Cope, was a well known character in the towns and was gaoled over 100 times during her short life. She finally ending up dying in the workhouse in 1868 when only about 30 years of age.
I can find no information as to the origin of her nickname, perhaps someone else can shed some light?