Andrew McKenzie wrote:
My GGGG Grandad, who died 14/12/1844 in Tormoham was 'found dead
in the road
having been exposed all night. Died by the inclemency of the weather'. He
was 56. The death was registered 13 days later on 27/12/1844, not by a
family member, but by Tos Gribble (presumably Thomas) who was a coroner at
Ashburton. I was wondering if there are any coroner records existing and
how I might go about finding information relating to this inquest as I am
guessing there would have had to have been one given the circumstances
surrounding the death?
However, coroner's reports are the property of the coroner and his to
destroy after 15 years unless the case is of particular note in which
case the file is closed for 75 years.
Your best bet is the local papers for the period which would carry a
near verbatim report of proceedings and usually give more information
than any surviving coroner's report.
Most record offices/local studies library/archive only carry coroner's
reports/inquests from the 1920s onwards. Rarely is there anything for
the 1800s and early 1900s.
It's always worth checking the archives as some questions, such as
this, come up regularly on all lists.