One of the most extraordinary men to have ever emerged from Tipperary was John Sadleir. Described as ‘the suicide banker’ John was a financial wizard whose magic went sadly awry. He was the Nick Leeson of his time.
Clement Sadleir was married to Johanna, the sixth daughter of James Scully of Kilfeacle, in 1805.
Initially Johanna’s hand was sought, not only by Sadleir, but also by a gentleman from County Limerick. James Scully himself favoured the Limerick suitor, but Johanna was more partial to Sadleir who, being a Tipperary man, was ‘nearer to home’. James Scully gave a dowry of £2,500 with his daughter and promised a further £1000 in his will.
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