The police summary of the case to be made
Police Report - Assault, Salen 14 October 1862
Simon McDonald, son of and residing with his Father Angus McDonald, Farmer, Smearisary, in the Quod-sacra parish of Aharacle and County of Inverness, & Donald McDonald, Crofter, Smearisary, in the above named Quod-sacra parish of Aharcle & County of Inverness, & Allan Kennedy, son of and residing with his Father Alexander Kennedy, Crofter, Elin Shona in the aforesaid Quod-sacra parish of Aharcle & county of Inverness, and Neil Gillis, Archibald Gillis & John Gillis, joint Farmers in Elin Shona in the aforesaid Quod-sacra parish of Aharcle and County of Inverness, are charged with the crime of assaulting each other in so far as on Thrusday the 2nd day of October 1862 years, the above named parties did attack & assault each other with their clenched fists to the effusion of blood near to the door of the Inn at Shiel Bridge occupied by William Johnston in the Quod-sacra Parish of Aharcle & County of Argyll.
A detailed report of the brawl is made by Constable Currie who was at Shiel Bridge when it happened
Upon Thursday the 2nd day of October 1862 years, while on patrol duty at Shiel Bridge about 5 p.m., a large number of people came out of the Inn in a very disorderly state, the above named Simon McDonald had his coat or jacket off and appeared to be in a very exited state. He said that he would fight any of the Gillis's.
I then saw Donald McDonald come & stand near to him, shortly after I saw a large crowd of people on the top of each other on the road engaged in fighting. Upon enquiry I found their names to the above named Simon McDonald, Allan Kennedy and Neil Gillis, Archibald Gillis and John Gillis. I saw Neil Gillis bleeding from a cut on his cheek. Later I saw Archibald Gillis bleeding from a cut on his nose. I saw the above said Donald McDonald deliberately strike at Neil Gillis several blows with his clenched fists, the evidence of William Johnston Jun. I sent to you.
Robert Currie, District Constable.
There were other witnesses too
William Johnston Inn Keeper, Shiel Bridge
Appended notes give the details:
Tobermory 28th October 1862