Cavan Herald
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

April 5, 1825


To Sail from BELFAST for
United States of America
On or about the 10th April,
The fast sailing Brig the
AFFORDING peculiar advantages for Passengers in comfort and convenience, and at a very moderate freight, particularly for Families,
Agents in Belfast
Donegal Quay
Belfast, 28th March, 1825.

To save trouble and Expense Mr. BUSTEED, of Cavan, is empowered to Engage passengers in the above Vessel, as also in the RELIEF, for St. John's, New Brunswick, and in the COMET for Quebec, and who will also afford such information to Persons disposed to emigrate, as may prove materially advantageous to them on their arrival in America.

Mr. BUSTEED will be enabled to engage accommodations in Vessels for British America, and the United States, during the season.

Cavan, April 4, 1825

The fast Sailing Ship

WILL sail from BELFAST for QUEBEC on the 24th April--Passengers will require to be in BELFAST on the 20th.

The PEGGY is as fine a Ship as can be afforded for Passengers--her height between decks is upwards of Six Feet--She is fitted up in a Superior Manner, for Comfort and Convenience--carries out a Surgeon for the voyage, and will be most abundantly supplied with Fuel and Water.

For Passages apply in Cavan at the Office of this Paper--or to Mr. James O'BRIEN--Killesandra, to Mr. David FINLAY--Belturbet, to Mr. William CLARK--Clones, to Mr. George RENNICK--Cootehill, to Doctor M'DOWELL--Ballyhaise, to Mr. George ARGUE--Brookboro', to Mr. MACKEN--Fintona, to Mr. Thomas PAUL--Ballybay, to Mr. Wm. GRAY --or in Belfast to


6 Princes-Street

The Roman Catholic parishioners of Navan and its vicinity have presented an address and piece of plate to the Rev. Patrick BARRY, their late Clergyman.

The Rev. John GRAHAM, late Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge, has published a farewell address to his brethren and fellow-subjects, recommending, among other topics, obedience to the late severe law passed against all political societies.

On Saturday evening last, a party of ruffians attacked the house of a poor man, named Patrick WHITE, who lives on the lands of Boulebane, within four miles of Roscrea, from which the former tenants had been ejected. WHITE and his son immediately armed themselves with a scythe and pitchfork; and after desperately wounding two of the fellows, put them all to flight. Two of the principals, who have indelible marks of the WHITE's prowess, have been fully identified.

LONG SERMONS--On Sunday week, the Rev. R. T. P. POPE, of Trinity College, Dublin, preached a sermon three hours and ten minutes in length, at Manchester, controverting the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. This is only inferior to the tremendous holding forth and holding out the Rev. Edward IRVING, who, last spring, preached for three hours and forty minutes, in the behalf of the London Missionary Society.--LIVERPOOL MERCURY.

April 12, 1825


Samuel MOORE, Chairman, and Henry MAXWELL, M.P., Esqrs., presiding.

Hugh CALLERY and Nicholas MURPHY, summoned to answer the complaint of the Rev. Marcus G. BERESFORD, for hunting at Kilmore, on the 27th of March last, being Sunday.

Mr. John BLACK, of Gartbrattan, was called and was in attendance, when Mr. BERESFORD proposed that the complaints should be dismissed on the ground that wrong witnesses were summoned, on which MURPHY requested the Court would proceed to trial as he was innocent, and was ready to meet the investigation. The Court having asked Mr. Beresford if he was ready, said he was not prepared with his witnesses; when the complaints were dismissed. On which Murphy remonstrated against the severity of summoning him at expence and not afterwards investigating the complaint, and thereby laying him open to being again brought under a fresh summons; when the Court said they had no power to interfere with Mr. Beresford; that they now dismissed the complaint, but that he was at liberty to pursue any ulterior measures he chose; on which Mr. Beresford said, that as the accused declared his innocence, he would take no further steps in the business. This proceeding of the Petty Sessions we notice, as we regret to say, that violations of the sabbath are of frequent occurrence in this County; and we certainly consider the clergyman who steps forward to punish them as entitled to the highest commendation. Such a duty should be inculcated most strongly, by the Bishop of the Diocese; and when we find his son stepping forward to punish such a practice, we trust the other Clergymen of the Diocese, will consider it as an example deserving of their imitation.


On Saturday morning, Henry MAXWELL, Esq., M.P., left Farnham house, for Dublin, on his way to London, to attend his Parliamentary duties.

On Saturday last, there was a meeting of the Magistrates in the new Court house, when sixteen addition horse Constables were appointed. Major D'ARCY attended the Meeting.

On Sunday, a small party of Revenue Horse Police, under the command of Captain O'HOULAHAN, marched in here, and yesterday morning proceeded on their route for Derry, where they are to be stationed.


On Friday last, in the Church of this Town, by the Rev. George SPAIGHT, Robert CROSTWAITHE, of Suffolk-street, in the city of Dublin, Esq., Merchant, to Eliza, youngest daughter of the late Frederick BRICE, Esq., of this town, Apothecary.

At Gloucester lodge, on last Monday week, the Earl of Claricarde, to Harriet, only daughter of the Right Hon. George CANNING. The ceremony was performed by the Bishop of London.



In the performance of our duty, the painful task devolves on us of announcing in our obituary this day, the death of John MURRAY, Esq., of this Town, M.D., which took place on last Thursday night, in Dublin, where he had been for the last few Months ineffectually endeavouring, under the physicians of the Metropolis to check the advance of that disease which has proved fatal to him, in his forty sixth year. Whether we regard this melancholy occurrence in a public or in a private point of view, it must excite a feeling of general, and most sincere regret; possessed of an highly informed mind, and commanding intellect, he sedalously strove to obtain a perfect knowledge of the profession to which his life was to be devoted, and his exertions were rewarded by placing them pre-eminently forward among the medical practitioners in this County; whilst under the influence of Divine aid, his exertions in practice were also very generally rewarded with success.--As a physician of superior medical attainments, great practice, and possessing in an unlimited degree the public confidence, his death affords a great, a general, and a just source for regret in this County. In private life, he possessed an unostentatious and benevolent disposition, and a well regulated mind, which rendered him not only a pleasing, but an instructive companion--as well relieving the afflicted in body, as solacing the afflicted in mind; but as a son, an husband, and a parent, within the domestic circle of his family, his virtues and engaging qualities shone in their most estimable and endearing light, and there the blow which Providence has directed against their peace, must be felt with that indescribable anguish, which can be alone appreciated by those who are doomed to endure so great, so woeful an affliction. As a son--he was dutiful, and grateful for the protection of his infant years; as an husband--he was kind, tender, and affectionate; as a parent--he was indulgent, fond and unceasingly solicitous for his children's comforts and improvement; as a friend--he was warm, sincere, and stedfast (sic); as a physician--skilful, soothing, and consolatory; as a man, he was ready to advance the good of his fellow creatures. In every situation of life, his virtues acquired for him esteem, and now that he has been removed from this probationary state, to enjoy the fruits of his sojourn here on earth, his removal excites that universal expression of regret for his departure, and of sincere and general commiseration, for his afflicted widow, and four orphans, which must unavoidably be excited by the removal from this world, of the man, to whose progress through life, the passage of the poet may, with perfect fitness be applied, and whose friends and acquaintances may exclaim--He lived, and died--

'An honest man, the noblest work of God.'

In the Fever Hospital of this town, on last Thursday, Police Sergeant SODEN, after a few hours' admission.

In the same Hospital, on Saturday, Patrick SMITH, who was admitted on Monday last.


Singular Trial

The concluding trial at the Monaghan Assizes, which terminated on the 10th instant, was of a most singular and interesting nature. It took place before Mr. Justice BURTON, who sat on the "Nisi Prius" side,and occupied the Court from an early hour on Wednesday afternoon until 11 o'clock at night. The following are the leading particulars, as they transpired in evidence:--

Edward M'ELROY (a coarse country lad, aged about 20), was capitally indicted for setting fire to a car-house belonging to Mr. David WOODS, of Carduff-kelly, near Carrickmacross, in February last.

Mr. WOODS, the first witness, deposed to the circumstances attending the burning of his car-house, which took place about twelve o'clock at night, when the family were all in bed. He stated that being awake he heard a noise outside his house, as of some person stumbling, in consequence of which he was induced to rise out of bed, and on going down stairs and opening the hall-door, which he did quietly, he beheld his car-house on fire, and distinctly saw the prisoner (M'ELROY) urging the flames towards the dwelling-house. He (the prosecutor) instantly alarmed his family, and called to his son for assistance; meanwhile the prisoner escaped, and the family with great difficulty succeeded in subduing the fiery element.--The witness further stated that M'ELROY, had been in his service for some years, but was discharged by him a short time previous to this transaction. He admitted that a calf and a pig which had been closed up in the car-house, on the night in question, escaped unhurt. On the cross-examination of this witness, Counsel endeavoured to draw from him an acknowledgment respecting an intimacy alleged to have subsisted between his eldest daughter and the prisoner. He, however, denied all knowledge of such intimacy, and said he never suspected his daughter to be attached to the prisoner, nor had he ever questioned her on the subject; nevertheless, he admitted that such a report was in circulation.

Thomas WOODS, son of the prosecutor, stated, that on hearing his father call out that the house was on fire, he ran out naked and saw the figure of a man at a distance running from the flames. He could not say who that person was.

This was the case for the prosecution. For the defence, Charlotte WOODS, aged 18, the daughter of the prosecutor, appeared. She at first denied that any attachment subsisted between her and the prisoner, and then gave the following amazing account of the burning, in coming forward to declare which she said, she was actuated solely by a regard for truth, and a desire to save an innocent life;--She related that on the evening in question all the family, excepting herself and a servant girl, whom she called Ellen, went to bed between nine and ten o'clock. She usually slept in a small bedroom on the ground floor off the kitchen; the servant girl, who slept in the same, having some articles of wearing apparel to mend, and up for that purpose, unknown to her master and the family, and she (the witness) remained in the kitchen assisting her, until about half-past eleven o'clock, when hearing her father cough and make a noise as if rising, she and the servant hurried into their bed room, extinguished the candle, and began to undress. She explained that she was afraid of her father knowing that they had been sitting up, as he had expressly prohibited any of the family from doing so. Miss WOODS went on to state that she and the girl had just knelt down to their prayers, when she heard a stool fall, and her face being turned towards the kitchen, into which a small window looked, she observed her father approach the fire, from which he took a lighted turf; that she then beckoned the servant to watch her father, and they two followed him to the door, where they remained concealed, and actually saw him with his own hand set fire to the car-house, he having first carefully loosed the calf and pig and set them at liberty. She further deposed that on witnessing such extraordinary conduct on the part of her father, she and the servant hastily returned to their room; they were greatly frightened, and, although partly dressed, crept into bed, fearing that her father might come into the room. She then heard her father deliberately close the kitchen door and go up stairs, where he remained about a quarter of an hour, and then came down and gave the alarm of fire. In addition, she related the particulars of a conversation between her two elder brothers, which he overheard, a night or two after the burning.--One of them remarked to the other, "It (speaking of the burning) was a good plan to get M'ELROY put out of the way."--on which he replied, "Yes, but I doubt my father will go too far--he must perjure himself." She also said that some days previous to the burning, her father had accused her of being intimate with M'ELROY, and told her that he would not suffer any person of such condition to come near his house, or have any acquaintance with his daughter. Being cross-examined on this point, she declared she had no particular regard for the prisoner; that there had been no intimacy between them, nor had he ever taken any improper liberties with her--that she always addressed him as a servant....She admitted that she now lived under the protection of the prisoner's relations, having left her father's house about a fortnight previously, at which time she and the maid-servant, who accompanied her, gave information of the foregoing facts to a neighbouring Magistrate....

A tailor, whose name has escaped us, was examined to prove an alibi for the prisoner.....

George WOODS, son to the prosecutor, who said he had heard what was stated by his sister, relative to a conversation between him and his brother Thomas--he swore positively that no such conversation, nor any such words, ever passed between them. He added, that, after the burning, his brother and he sat up for several nights, watching the premises; and that on a particular night, while passing the byre, where his sister and Ellen (the servant) were milking the cows, he overheard the girl remark to his sister, "Couldn't we put the burning on feeding the calf?" (This the witness explained by saying that the calf had been usually fed by candle light.....The witness further stated that he found the turf with which the house had been set on fire, and that it was of a peculiar quality, different from his father's turf.....

Thomas WOODS was then examined relative to the conversation sworn by his sister to have taken place between him and his brother George. He swore positively that no such conversation had ever taken place.....

The Learned Judge (BURTON) now proceeded to sum up the evidence......Before retiring, the Jury stated to the court, that in consequence of having served during the day on different trials, they were much exhausted, and as it was probable they would be a considerable time occupied in discussing their verdict in the Jury-room, they prayed his Lordship to allow them some refreshment....

The Jury remained closed during the night, and until the afternoon of Thursday when, not having agreed on any verdict, they were conveyed to the verge of the county, and there discharged in the usual manner.

April 19, 1825


An extraordinary trial appears in our present number, as copied from the ERNE PACKET; that of a Chief Constable, and seven of his subconstables, for dispersing an orange lodge, previous to the passing of the late act, on the principle that they were a riotous assembly; the constables as acting under the authority of their chief, were acquitted, but that officer was found guilty. The sentence was a fine of five shillings, on the ground that a civil action was to be brought; but with much deference to the presiding judge of the Court where the case was tried, we consider that the criminal offence, as an offence against the well being of society, should have been punished with its "quantum meruit" of punishment, and let the civil action, as a mere case resting between individuals, be awarded as to justice may appertain, the Jury justly weighing the portion of punishment awarded in the criminal case, and apportioning accordingly.


This Meeting, which was called by public Requisition, took place yesterday, in Clarendon street Chapel, and was by far the most respectably attended of any meeting we have witnessed of the Roman Catholic Body.

At one o'clock Lord Viscount Gormanstown was called to the chair; when the requisition for calling the meeting was read by Mr. CONWAY.

Lord Killeen moved, that as the Catholics had by a late act of Parliament been deprived of their secretary, Mr. F. W. CONWAY should act as Secretary to the present meeting.

The Noble Lord next moved the thanks of the meeting to the late secretary--Mr. N. P. O'GORMAN.

Mr. KIRWIN rose to move a vote of thanks to Mr. Eneas M'DONNELL, for his services as Agent in London.

The next resolution was a vote of thanks to the late deputation, which was moved by Sir J. BURKE, and Baronet, seconded by Mr. N. MAHON.

The Address to his Majesty was then read by Mr. WOULFE, who moved that it should be adopted.

Mr. Hugh CONNOR seconded the motion.

The names of the several Noblemen and Gentlemen who were to compose the deputation was read and their appointment was moved by Mr. N. MAHON. A mean looking individual in the crowd moved that the name of Mr. LAWLESS be added.

Mr. O'CONNELL asked if the motion was seconded, and it being announced that it was not, the original motion was put and carried unanimously.

It was moved and carried that Mr. Maurice O'CONNELL be appointed secretary to the Deputation, Gerald DEASE, Esq., moved that, the Roman Catholic Prelates then in London should form part of the Deputation which was carried unanimously..

The following are the Noblemen and Gentlemen who compose the deputation.

Earl of Fingall, Earl of Kenmare, Viscount Gormanstown, Lord Killeen, Hon. Mr. BROWNE, Hon. Mr. PRESTON, Hon. Gonvill FRENCH, Sir Thomas ESMONDE, Sir John BURKE, Hugh O'CONNOR, William MURPHY, Laurence CLYNCH, M. STAUNTAN, Daniel O'CONNELL, Francis M'DONNELL, County Meath, Michael BELLEW, O'Connor Don, Peter DALY, Joseph M'DONNELL, James O'Gorman MAHON, Henry Winston BARRON, John O'CONNELL, Jeremiah MURPHY, Cork, Nicholas POWER, John DILLON, Richard Power O'SHEA, James John BAGGOTT, Richard O'Farrell CADELL, Christopher FITZSIMMON, Dowell O'RIELLY (sic) Gerald DEASE, Thomas FITZGERALD, Nicholas WHITE, Patt Henry RUSSELL, Maurice O'CONNELL, Secretary.


By special license, by the Rev. B. HENZELL, Rector of Kilmahon, Sir Marcus SOMERVILLE, of Somerville House, in the County of Meath, Bart., to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Piers GEALE, Esq., of Gloucester-street


We regret to announce the death of the Hon. Sarah PRATT, wife of the Rev. Joseph PRATT, of Cabra Castle, sister to the late Right Hon. Lord Viscount Mountmorris, of Castle Morris, in the County of Kilkenny, and mother of our popular and deservedly esteemed candidate for the representation of this County, Col. PRATT of Cormy Castle; which event took place at her house in Mountjoy square, Dublin, on the 8th inst.


The Quarter Sessions for this division of Fermanagh, commenced on the 6th instant. The following case came on to be tried on Friday and excited considerable interest:--Lieutenant MORGAN (Chief-Constable of Police,) Andrew CRAWFORD, William HENDERSON, Francis WILLOUGHBY, George LOVETT, James ROBINSON, James FAVELL, David VAUGHAN, (Police Constables,) and Henry MORGAN, were indicted for assaulting William GRAHAM, Adam LITTLE, Thomas ORR, and Gabriel WILSON, in Brookborough, on the night of Monday the 7th of March 1825.

There was a second count for a riot by same persons.

Gabriel WILSON examined.--Lives in Brookborough, and keeps a public house--knows Lieutenant MORGAN and the rest of the traversers--Lieutenant MORGAN lived with witness from the 2d of October till 7th March--witness discontinued the public business early in January, when Major D'ARCY came--took out licence since police left him in March--they left witness's house after he put up his board--sold no spirits, but got some in for the Orange Lodge, and for the Linen buyers--keeps an Orange Lodge in his house--the Members of the Lodge meet the first Monday in every month--they met from October to March, while Lieutenant MORGAN lived with witness, and to the knowledge of Lieutenant MORGAN. Lieutenant MORGAN was aware before he came to witness's house that he kept an Orange Lodge--Lieut. Morgan said he was a young Orangeman himself, but begged to have no explanation with witness--saw Lieut. Morgan drink with the Orangemen in room adjoining the Lodge room. The Orangemen met on the night of the 9th of February, after witness quit selling spirits--Lieut. Morgan and the Police were in witness's house when the Orangemen sat in the Lodge--Lieut. Morgan and the Police under him occupy the upper part of witness's house--the Orange Lodge was in another part of the house--it is the custom to drink on such occasions--on the night of the 7th of March the spirits used in the Lodge was procured in Mr. Robert ARMSTRONG's.

Here the Learned Barrister interposed and said, he thought the questions as to spirits quite irrelevant.....Examination resumed--Lieut. Morgan never till the night of the 7th March complained of witness having an Orange Lodge in his house....The Orangemen met on the night of the 7th March in witness's house...Lieut. Morgan told witness he must put out the Orange Lodge--witness replied it was hard to put out a respectable Lodge for a fellow from Limerick that was endeavouring to rob him--witness returned to the parlour where the Lodge was sitting, and sent out to borrow a watch as there was none in the room.....


Mr. WALSH, Attorney, on behalf of the traversers, applied to the Court to have Henry MORGAN discharged, that he might be examined as a witness, there being no evidence to attach to him. Mr. Walsh stated that, from the number of persons unnecessarily charged, he was thereby precluded the benefit of most material testimony

Margaret WHITTAKER examined--Remembers the night of the 7th of March--lived then in the barrack-room in Mr. WILSON's home in Brookborough--heard Lieut. Morgan say to Sergeant CRAWFORD to go down with the police and put every man out but the people of the house.--(This was objected to as not legal evidence.)

Henry Morgan examined--Recollects the 7th of March--lived in Mr. WILSON's--was in bed--was brought down stairs by the great noise below--it was about 11 o'clock--saw the men in the parlour going out--saw the men in the parlour going out--the police were in the hall--saw no violence offered to any party--next morning Gabriel Wilson told witness there was a blunderbuss in the Lodge room which if some of the Orangemen had got, they would have blown the police to pieces.........

His Worship proceeded to give judgment, and regretted his being alone on the Bench in doing so in the case. He enquired of the Agents for the prosecution if it was in contemplation to take a civil remedy to which they replied in affirmative. His Worship then imposed a fine of Five Shillings upon Lieutenant Morgan and ordered his discharge.

Agents for the prosecution--Messrs. COLLUM and CHITTICK--For the traversers--Mr. WALSH.

It is estimated that about eighteen thousand Irish labouring poor every year visit England to obtain employment in agriculture.

April 26, 1825

The Lord Bishop of Kilmore held a confirmation in the church of Kilmore, on Sunday, the 17th inst. when above 800 persons were confirmed; of the number was a young woman named KOEGAN, a Roman Catholic, who abjured that faith, and became a member of the protestant communion.

We are perfectly aware that in the infallible holy Roman Church, auricular confession is rather sacred, and in our present enquiry, we do not mean to seek for any information respecting communications of that description, but we should be glad to know from the Rev. the Parish Priest of Denn, why he refused to receive the confession of the wife of John SMITH, who is now in the County Jail, as an approver against the Cross-Keys murderers?

We should be glad to know from that Reverend Divine, in the Cross-Keys, where the murder was committed, in his Parish? We should be glad to know from the Reverend Divine, what cause he assigned for such refusal? And we should be glad to know from him under what authority he acted in affording such refusal? It may, probably, be no harm to remind him, that we refer to the day the Priests, with Right Reverend Farrell O'REILLY at their head, held their last meeting in this Town, and as these meetings are now unusually frequent, it may also be no harm to inform him that it was on the day of the meeting, held in the week before last week. We also beg to assure him that if he does not solve our questions, we shall solve them ourselves--we shall divulge the secrets of the Rookery--the Rev. Gentleman will readily understand us--"verbum sit sapientiae" is intelligible language to the Priests; in our vernacular tongue it means, "a word to the wise is sufficient." The Parish Priest of Denn, will, no doubt, coincide in opinion with us.


On the 16th inst. in Screen Church, by the Rev. Stephen RADCLIFF, Wm. BELL, Esq., Under Sheriff of this County, to Margret (sic) Mary, daughter of the late Mountray ERSKINE, of this town, Esq., and niece of William ERSKINE, Esq., Treasurer of this county, and of H. B. SLATER, of Belville, County of Meath, Esq.

A man of the name of GERRAGHTY. was murdered on Easter Monday, near Sligo.

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