Published in Cavan, county Cavan

February 1, 1850


Rebecca BOYLE, Spinster, Plaintiff,

Maxwell James BOYLE, and several others, Defendants

PURSUANT to the Decree in this cause, bearing date the 16th day of NOVEMBER, 1849, I require all persons having charges and incumbrances affecting the Lands and premises of Aughatatan, Aughnaglough, Rakarne, Bandough, Corgreagh, Corick, Cornegarrow, Cornemrahir, Culline, Curraghnafinnany, Drumleague, Drumnegrair, Drumnetraide, Drumsilla, Gorteen, Raluden, Tivenenass; the Town Lands and Demesne of Tullyvin, and Lappans, together with several Lands in the Barony of Clonmahon, all which said Lands and premises are situate, lying and being in the County of Cavan, and in the pleadings in this cause mentioned, the Estate of MAXWELL JAMES BOYLE, Esq., to come in before me at my Chambers on the Inns' Quay in the city of Dublin, on, or before the 1st day of MARCH next, and proceed to prove the same, otherwise they will be precluded from the benefit of said Decree.

Dated this 7th day of January, 1850,


Montgomery and Leech, Plaintiff's Solicitor, No. 9, North Great George's-street, Dublin


(From our own Reporter.)

In pursuance with a requisition bearing the signatures of the Roman Catholic clergy, the Protestant curates, the local and other poor law guardians, and several other gentlemen connected with the locality, a meeting, purporting to be a parochial meeting, was held in the market-square, at Kingscourt, on the 23rd instant, for the purpose of taking into consideration and of eliciting public opinion on the awfully distressed state of the country--on the land question, and on the subject of protection--and with a view of ascertaining the sentiments of the people on those important questions, and of laying them (by petition) before legislature.

Long before the chair had been taken an immense assemblage, comprised of farmers, shopkeepers, mechanics, with a quota from the labouring population, was congregated around the platform. There were there none of the aristocracy, nor of the landowners, nor of their agents; it was not a meeting of noblemen and gentlemen--of the titled and wealthy--but it was indisputably and undeniably a meeting of "the bone and sinew"--a meeting of "the people" of the locality--the hardy, stalworth, and industrious, though ruined peasantry, who had assembled to state publicly before high Heaven and the world their grievances, and to resolve that they should make them heard by the landlords of the country and by the legislature, and a view to remedy them. For this purpose, upwards of five thousand persons came into Kingscourt, not to hear eloquent speeches from favourite orators, nor under the influence of any other attraction (it was not even the market day of the town) than that of considering the state of their circumstances and of co-operating mutually with each other in exposing their grievances, and in devising a remedy for their alleviation; and well and nobly did they discharge that duty to themselves and to their country.

The Rev. Mr. DUFF, P.P.....the Rev. Mr. TIMMON, took an active part in encouraging the people to avail themselves of this legal, peaceable, and constitutional mode of seeking redress, and in arranging the preliminary proceedings.

On the platform I observed the Rev. Nicholas DUFF, P.P., Kingscourt; Rev. Terence TIMMON, C.C., do; Rev. Mr. NEWMAN, Nobber; Joseph Armstrong, Esq., M.D., Kingscourt; James FITZSIMONS, Jos. O'REILLY, James O'CONNOR, Peter DANIEL, P.L. Gs; John WOOLLEY, Bartle CALLAN, John M'ENEANY, Patrick LYNCH, Daniel O'CONNOR, John O'REILLY, Thomas M'MAHON, Patrick FITZPATRICK, Francis DUFFY, Charles O'REILLY, (Murnea); Thomas MOORE, Edward IRWIN, Esq., Joseph MALCOMSON, Thomas MALCOMSON, John SMITH, Michael BURN, Kilmainhan; Mr. M'DERMOD, Edward W. NESBITT, Esq., &c., &c. Several of the constabulary were present during the proceedings, but there was no necessity for them as conservators of the peace, as not a single angry expression was used during the day......[Reading of the proclamation, discussion, cheering]

The meeting broke up shortly after four o'clock, and in a few minutes there was not a human being to be seen on the street.

MURDERERS OF THE LATE MR. GALLAGHER.--Five persons were arrested in the neighbourhood of Ballyconnell on last Wednesday night, charged with the murder of the late Mr. GALLAGHER, who, the public will recollect, was shot on the high road near Ballyconnell about five years ago. It seems one of them has turned approver. He states, we are told, that it was he who cut the slugs and loaded the pistols; but it was a fellow named Michael REILLY, alias "Micky the Rat" that committed the fatal act. Both are in custody, together with three of their associates, who are more or less implicated.

January 26, at the Beresford Arms, Armagh, the wife of Mr. WILSHIRE, of a daughter.

January 26, at Scotch-street, Armagh, the lady of Mr. A. SHEPPARD, of a daughter.


On the 22nd ult., in St. Mary's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. Daniel MOONEY, St. George WILLIAMS, Esq., Assistant-surgeon in the service of the Hon. East India Company, to Eliza, second daughter of James O'BRIEN, Esq., Cavan, Co. Cavan.

At Ardcarne, William WRAY, Esq., of Oak Park, in the county Donegal, to Anna, eldest daughter of the late Captain JOHNSTON of Brookhill, county Leitrim.


In Kingstown, aged 54, Thomas CROTTY, Esq., formerly of Roscrea, county Tipperary.

At Kingstown, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late R. LOCKWOOD, Esq., of Indiaville, county Tipperary.

February 8, 1850


The storm of Tuesday night did no damage in the neighbourhood of Cavan, which we have heard of, save to demolish a few chimney tops and carry away some slates from the roofs of exposed houses. The Belfast mail, from Middleton to Clones, was, however, impeded for three hours by a large tree which had fallen across the road and barred further progress. The guard and driver set to work at the unwelcome obstruction with a hatchet, no other instrument being available, and at the end of the time stated the coach was enabled to proceed on it journey.

In Dublin and the vicinity, the effects were much the same as in Cavan; no lives were lost, which is somewhat wonderful, considering the danger the vessels in the river were in. In Belfast, however, we perceived by the "Northern Whig", it was attended with more fatal consequences. A chimney of the workhouse fell, killing three boys in a bed and severely wounding another. At Whiteabby, a melancholy and fatal accident occurred. About two o'clock, while the storm was raging with great fury, the chimney of the house of Mr. William COWAN, of Whiteabbey, was blown down; it fell in through the roof to the bed where Mr. and Mrs.. COWAN and a young child were lying. The child was killed; but fortunately, Mr. and Mrs. COWAN escaped with very slight injuries. Some vessel were forced aground on the northern shore, but their crews escaped. The "Fermanagh Report" states that the mail coach from Drogheda was upset, one of the horses killed, and a passenger somewhat hurt.


DANGEROUS NEGLIGENCE.--On Friday last, the lst inst., considerable alarm was created in the townland of Collekeel, west Mountnugent, the estate of his Grace the Lord Primate, by a report that a family named HALLIDAY were poisoned. It appeared on enquiry that HALLIDAY's daughter made a cake, and mistaking a small paper of arsenic, which she found in a box, for soda, mixed it amongst the other ingredients; in some times after she, her mother, four children and a neighbour named BRADY, all of whom had eaten of the cake, were seized with vomiting and other symptoms which continued very alarming for many hours. They are all now going on favourably with the exception of old Mrs. HALLIDAY, who being previously very weak and delicate, cannot be said as yet to have so far recovered as to be pronounced out of danger. Had the quantity of poison consumed fallen to the share of one person instead of being divided among seven, it is more than probably a fatal result would have ensued.



February 3, at Leeson-street, the lady of Dr. LITTLE, of a daughter.

Feb. 1, at North Cumberland-street, the lady of the Rev. Hugh CRAWFORD of Shrule Vicarage, of a daughter.



On Thursday, the 7th instant, in Cavan Church, by the Rev. Dr. CARSON, George MOORE, Esq., of Newtownlimavady, merchant, to Miss Eliza LOWRY of this town.

Feb. 2, in St. Anne's Church, by the Rev. Mr. TISDALL, Peter CLARKE, Esq., of Carlow, to Charlotte, third daughter of the late John FITZMAURICE, Esq., of the same county.



On the 1st instant, at Greenville, county Cavan, after a short illness, Ellen Martha, daughter of Perrott THORNTON, Esq.

On Tuesday, the 5th instant, at Plush, Near Butlersbridge, Mr. John BRADY, long a resident at that place, sincerely regretted by his numerous friends.

Feb. 4 at Bloomsbury, near Monkstown, Thomasine Sophia, the beloved wife of the Rev. Henry STEPNEY

Feb. 1, in Baggot-street, Abel Ram WOODROOFE, Solicitor, eldest son of Abel WOODROOFE, Esq., of Gorey, aged sixty six years.

Feb. 1, Robert, son of the late Mr. John STORY, of School-st, Foundry, aged thirty-three years.

February 15, 1850


George Mathews v. the Rev. John Dill

This trial, which excited the deepest interst (sic) too place before the Lord Chief Justice and a special jury.

The trial was upon an action brought by the plaintiff to recover damages in compensation for alleged injury done him in his good name and character by the defendant in certain declared false calumnies, and malicious libels written and published, or caused to be published, by the defendant, said libels being alleged to be calculated to bring the plaintiff into disrepute and contempt by reflecting on his character, both as a member of society generally, and, particularly, as a member of the Presbyterian congregation.

Mr. Martley, Q.C., Mr. O'Hagan, Q.C., Mr. Wright, and Mr. John O'Hagan were as counsel for the plaintiff.

Mr. Whiteside, Q.C., Mr. Macdonagh, Q.C., and Mr. Peebles appeared as counsel for the defendant.

The defendant pleaded the general issue.

The plaintiff (Mr. Mathews) is himself a Presbyterian, and has been for many years a clerk in the Chief Secretary's office, Dublin Castle, and is also the auditor of the grant known as the Reqium Donum; and this action was brought against the Rev. Mr. Dill for certain publications said to be written by him, and published in the Belfast News Letter, in which he commented upon government for attending to a report made by plaintiff in his official capacity, the effect of which was to cause a suspension of the grant to several congregations on account of their not having subscribed a certain sum, as stipend to their minister.

Mr. Martley, Q.C., read the publications complained of.

Mr. Whiteside addressed the jury for Mr. Dill with his usual eloquence.

The Lord Chief Justice charged the jury.

The jury retired, and after some twenty minutes absence, returned a verdict for the defendant.


Feb. 14, at Larch Hill, county of Clare, the lady of Captain Gore, of a son.

On the 18th instant, at Laurel Bank, Malone, Mrs. Charles Howden, of a daughter.

At Ballyconnell, the lady of Lieutenant Croker, Revenue Police of a daughter.


Feb. 14, In Lorha Church, Henry Harpur Greer, Esq., Captain in the 268th Light Infantry, to Agnes Isabella, youngest daughter of the Venerable the Archdeacon of Killaloe.

On the 14th inst., at Cappach Church, James Evans, Esq., of Strabane, to Miss Anne Johnston, Omach, daughter of John Johnston, Esq., Ballybrack.

Feb. 12, at the Marriage Registrar Office, Stranolar, Mr. James Patton, Lettershambo, to Mary, relict of the late Mr. Humes, Kiltyferigle (?), county Donegal.


February 10, at Cove House, Kingstown, Major Archibald Robertson, unattached, aged 62 years, deeply lamented by his family and friends. He entered the army in April, 1809, as Ensign, in the late 94th Regiment, with which he served in the Peninsula from January, 1810, to the end of the war, including the defence of Cadiz, from February to September, 1810, where he was employed as Assistant-Engineer; lines at Torres Vedras; Pombal, Redinha, Cazal Nova, Foz d'Aronie and Sabugal; battle of Fuentes d'Onor, second siege and blockade of Badajez, in June, 1811; actions at El Boden and Aldea de Ponte; siege and storming of Cuidad Rodrigo, siege and assault of Badajoz, battle of Salamanca, advance upon and capture of Madrid, retreat to Portugal, battle of Neville, the Nive; actions of La Bastide, Sauveterre, Vic Bigorres and Tarbes; battles of Orthers (severely wounded in the left arm) and Toulouse. For these services he received a medal and eight clasps. He had completed n! early forty-one years of military service of which thirty-two years were in full-pay employment. Subsequent to the war, he had served with credit, either regimentally or on the staff, in England, Ireland, and the West Indies, where he was stationed during the difficult and disturbed period which preceded and followed the passing of the Slave Emancipation Acts. As a zealous officer, his exertions were always directed to the good of the service; and, as a philanthropist, his best efforts were devoted to the cause of the suffering among his fellow-creatures. In 1840, he was nominated Vice-President d'Ilonneur of the Institut d'Afrique, established at Parish for the amelioration and civilization of the African race. In the famine year of 1847, he was in January appointed inspector of Public Works. February 16, Mary, third daughter of James Bowman, Esq., Manager of the Provincial Bank, Armagh, aged 9 years. Feb. 16, Miss Anna Maria Galbraith, of Ranfurly Terrace, Dunngannon, deeply regretted by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Feb. 8, at Derry, Mrs. Denham, relict of the late Rev. Joseph Denham, of Killeshandra. Feb. 11, at Cashel, Mr. Lewis Lipsett, formerly permanent sergeant of the Ballyshannon yeomanry corps. We regret to announce the death of Lord Godolphin, who expired on Friday afternoon at Gogmagog Hills, the family seat, near Cambridge, after a protracted illness.

February 22, 1850

CAVAN UNION - Tuesday, February 12.

The Board of Guardians met to-day in the boardroom at the usual hour - John E. Vernon, Esq., in the chair.

Other Guardians present - Theo. Thompson, Esq., J.P.; William Smith, Esq., J.P.; B. Coyne, Esq., J.P.; Samuel Swanzy, Esq., Thomas Smith, and George Nesbitt, Esqrs.

The minutes of last meeting were read and signed, and the correspondence of the day gone into, which was of no interest.

There were two contracts to be disposed of, viz.- keeping the chimneys clean for 12 months, and to flag apartments in the workhouse.

A man of the name of Rehill was accepted for the chimney-sweeping, and a Mr. John McCormick for flagging at 4-1/2d. a-foot. The sweep was ordered to procure his securities before he could get the contract, which he said he would undertake for 2/. per annum.

Mr. Hague of Cavan offered for the flagging at 5d. half farthing a-foot Some of the Guardians preferred Mr. Hague's proposal, on account of the better quality of stone he proposed to perform the work with.

Mr. W. Smith and Mr. G. Nesbitt supported Mr. McCormick's proposal, and recommended in a strong manner the quality of the flags he was to execute the work with.

Mr. Thompson said that it was not fair to refuse, for the sake of a few shillings, the proposal of a man, who gave more employment than any two men in Cavan.

Mr. Rogers - If that be the case, I see no use of placarding contracts for competition, unless the lowest proposal be accepted.

The Chairman then took the sense of the Board on the subject - for McCormick 4; for Mr. Hague 3.

The admission of paupers occupied the board the remainder of the time; after which the board adjourned.

February 22, 1850


The following is a list of the prisoners to be tried at the approaching assizes:-

Patrick Brady, Mary Woods - charged with the murder of Margaret Reilly, otherwise Flinn - trial put at last assizes.

James Castles - charged with being a member of an illegal society called Ribbonmen.

Thomas Prior, T. Prior, jun. - Greviously (sic) assaulting and wounding Patrick Dolan, sen., and Patrick Dolan, jun., and appearing in arms, firing shots - trial put off from sessions.

John Callan - having in his possession, a quantity of cart harness that was stolen from James Tegart and Patrick Murphy.

Mary White - stealing a gown, the property of Ellen Brady. Michael Delany, James Reilly - having a cow in their possession that was stolen from the Rev. Thos. Brady.

Letty Hughes, Anne Maguire - larceny of clothes from the Cavan workhouse. Patrick Dougherty - having in his possession a quantity of clothes that was stolen from James Kelly.

Edward Reilly, Patrick Reilly, James Deignan - having in their possession a quantity of stolen goods, the property of Richard O'Reilly of Balleyjamesduff.

Elizabeth Geraty - stealing a quantity of goods out of the shops of Jane Patterson and John O'Neil of Killeshandra.

James McKeon - having in his possession a paper supposed to belong to some secret society.

Daniel Quinton - committed as a vagrant having no fixed place of residence. Bernard McCabe, Thomas Cowan, breaking James Fegan's window, and taking thereout two watches, the property of the same James Fegan.

Patrick Hughes, James Hughes - breaking and entering a house, and taking thereout a quantity of turnips, the property of John Goharty.

Patrick Donohoe, larceny of clothes from the Cavan workhouse.

Mary Reilly - larceny of clothes from the Cavan workhouse.

Phillip Briody, Ellen Briody - having in their possession a sheep that was stolen from Richard O'Reilly of Ballyjamesduff.

Bridget Mulligan, Mary Rennicks - having in their possession one tin gallon, one petticoat and one gown, which were stolen from Susan Brady.

Patrick Brady - stealing from the person of P. Brady, the sum of eight shillings.

John Winslow - stealing a cow, the property of John Veitch, on the 16th instant.

Thomas Thornton, Michael Fitzpatrick - stealing two suits of clothes from the Cavan workhouse.

Peter Flanagan - larceny of a saddle, the property of John Bannon.

Mary Duffy, Mary Nesbit - feloniously stealing a quantity of cloth, the property of Robert Vanes of Arva.

Mary Wilson, Anne Colvin - stealing half a gallon of whiskey, the property of Robert Copeland.

Mary Leddy - having in her possession three geese that were stolen from Thomas Henderson.

Mary McCabe - stealing a piece of corduroy out of William Moore's shop, value five shillings.

Michael Sheridan, Nancy Sheridan, Mary Reilly, Bridget Murphy - charged with feloniously stealing a quantity of oats and wheat out of the barn of Thos. Dermot of Cornagrane.

Mary Anne Reilly - committed as an evidence on the part of the crown in the above case.

James Shields - stealing a horse, the property of Mary Coyle of Links.

Eliza Maguinnis - stealing from the shop of Thos. Scott Gillen, a brass weight and some sugar.

James Savage - having a pistol in his possession, he not having a license to carry arms.

Peter Caldwell - stealing a quantity of hay from Anne Gaffney.

Patrick McKeirnan, John Reilly, Barney Fitzpatrick, Michael Reilly, James Donhoe, Terence Caffrey, Michael Donohoe, James Brady - charged on the oaths of John Duffy and Andrew Curren, that, in the month of May 1845, Michael Reilly of Conidren, did shoot James Gallagher of Ballyconnel, and that the others were accessories before and after the fact.

John Duffy, Andrew Curren - committed as evidences on the part of the crown.

Anne Stephenson - having in her possession a turkey that was stolen from Bridget Fox.

Anne Fitzpatrick, Anne Clark - having in their possession four hens and a cock that were stolen from Charles Phillips.

Peter Dancy - assaulting Thomas Shenan, and his wife Catherine Shenan, and administering an unlawful oath.

John Kelly - stealing potatoes the property of the Rev. Orange Kellet, value six-pence.

Patrick M. Manus - stealing three hens and a cock the property of Michael Smith.

Anne Lynch - stealing a goose the property of Margaret Brady, value two shillings.

Jane McCaffrey, Anne McCaffrey - having in their possession one coat, a pair of trowsers (sic), and a velvet dress, the property of Mary Seaton.

James Keogan - stealing three hens the property of Edward McDonald.

William Darby - stealing mangel wortzel the property of Patrick Naulty of Cavan.

Catherine Sheridan - charged on the oath of Anne Cosgrove with breaking into the store of James McCarty, and stealing a quantity of feathers.

Anne Cosgrove - an evidence on the part of the crown.

Jane Moore - stealing a pair of trowsers (sic) the property of G. T. H. McClintock, Esq.

There are four other cases for trial, but we have not got the particulars. On this day (Friday) there are 224 prisoners for trial in Cavan gaol, principally for larcenies.

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