Published in Cavan, county Cavan

September 5, 1850

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE.--On Wednesday morning at a quarter before two o'clock, a fire broke out in the timber-yard of Mr. FITZSIMONS, Bridgefoot-street. The fire originated in a forge in Mr. Fitzsimon's yard, adjoining the extensive timber-yard of Mr. James FAGAN, to which it speedily communicated, and for a time threatened destruction to his entire premises, as well as to the brewery of Mr. DARCY on the other side. One of Alderman GAVIN's fire plugs at the lower end of the street was opened, and an abundant supply of water obtained. There was a large body of police on the ground, who contributed very effectually towards the suppression of the flames, which were completely got under about fore(sic) o'clock; but not, we regret to say, without great damage having been done. The premises of both Mr. Fitzsimon and Mr. Fagan we understand were fully ensured.--Ibid.

September 12, 1850

PROSPECT OF A POLITICAL ROW IN THE TOWN OF SLIGO.--It is said that John Patrick SOMERS--our worthy representative--intends to visit Sligo in a few days, to give an account of his stewardship. This is something like throwing down the gauntlet and defying his political opponents. We take up the glove. He shall hold no public meeting in Sligo if those opposed to him can prevent it. If there by disturbance, he will be the disturber; if there be violence, he will be the cause of it; if there be bloodshed, let it rest upon his head, but he shall hold no quiet meeting in this town....We forewarn him; we forewarn all his friends, that he will not be permitted to hold a meeting in this borough, unless the avenues which approach the place be guarded by all the police and military in the county--Sligo Champion.

MURDER IN LEITRIM.--A coroner's inquest was held on the remains of a poor girl named Mary REYNOLDS, who earned her bread by going about the country buying and selling eggs. She was missing since the 27th of May, and the body was discovered the other day lying in a ditch, being so much destroyed by dogs that the body could only be recognised by the clothes, some of which are missing, and also a basket in which she used to carry about her eggs. There was a rope found round her waist, by which it is supposed the body was carried to the place where found.

We regret to state that Chief Justice DOHERTY dropped dead at Beaumauris yesterday morning--he had been sojourning there for some months--owing to ill health he did not sit at Nisi Prius during the last term. It is supposed that he will be succeeded by the Attorney-General, Mr. MONAGHAN--who will be replaced by the Solicitor-General, Mr. HATCHEL. Mr. James O'BRIEN is spoken of as the new Solicitor-General. The vacancy in the Castle, caused by the promotion of Mr. BALDWIN to Commissioner FARRELL's place in the Insolvent Court, has not been filled up.


A most melancholy event occurred at Kilmainham Cottage, within three miles of Cavan town, on last Monday morning. Doctor Robert CREIGHTON, who had acquired a most respectable position in the City of Dublin as a physician, living, till lately, at 21, Great Brunswick-street, and formerly a native of this town, became seriously ill in the course of last winter, and the confluement and loss of practice affected his intellect so much that he became a complete lunatic. His friends were advised to remove him to his native county in hopes that retirement and change of scene would restore his intellect. He was taken down to Kilmainham Cottage, beside Ballinagh, in the latter end of July; but, becoming gradually worse, it was proposed to transfer him to a private asylum. It has unfortunately happened that this measure was not adopted in due time, and that his monomania has resulted in murder and suicide. About 7 o'clock on Monday morning his care-taker was sent on an errand to the neighbouring house, when Dr. C. went to his aunt's room and asked to get his razors that he might shave himself. He obtained them, and desiring the aunt to return to her bed he rushed down to the kitchen where Miss FARIS (a relative and inmate of the family) was in the act of preparing breakfast, and coming behind her inflicted a frightful cut upon her throat which caused immediate death. He then used the same weapon against his own life, in both cases nearly severing the heads from the bodies. His aunt came down stairs very shortly afterwards and found Miss FARIS lying dead on the floor of the kitchen, and Dr. CREIGHTON lying in a pantry also dead, he having staggered there from the kitchen after committing the fearful deed as the passage and walls were covered with his blood.

Inquests were held on the bodies by William POLLOCK, Esq., one of the County Coroners, on the same day, and the following depositions were sworn to:--

Samuel CARSON deposed--He was left in charge of Dr. Robert Creighton; was sent on a message to Drumheel by Miss Creighton about half-past seven o'clock this morning (Monday, the 9th of September, 1850); he was only about an hour absent and when he returned he found Miss Maria H. FARIS lying dead in the kitchen of Kilmainham Cottage.

Sophia CREIGHTON deposed--That the deceased, Robert Creighton, rapped at her bed-room door and asked for his razors to shave; she asked where his care-taker, Mr. Samuel Carson was; deceased replied he was down stairs; deceased appeared to be more composed than he had been during the last fortnight;......deponent gave deceased the razors, and deceased insisted on deponent going to bed and she returned to bed again for some time, and about half-an-hour after she arose and went down stairs; went into the kitchen and found the deceased, Maria H. Faris, lying dead; deponent then ran out of the house to alarm the neighbours when she met Samuel Carson who informed her that Robert Creighton was also lying dead....deponent swears she made an unsuccessful effort to get deceased, Robert Creighton, into the Armagh asylum.....


"That the deceased, Maria H. FARIS, came by her death by a wound inflicted in the neck by a sharp instrument, by the deceased Robert Creighton, when in a state of insanity."

The same coroner held an inquest on same day on view of the body of Dr. Creighton, at his own house....The Jury returned a verdict to the following effect:--"That the deceased, Robert Creighton, came by his death by a wound inflicted by a razor in his throat by himself when in a state of insanity."



An inquiry was held in the Cavan Court-house on Friday last before the following magistrates assembled at Petty Sessions--Robert Erskine, J.P., William Humphrys, J.P., and A. Brush, J.P., by directions of the Inspector General of Police, into the conduct of Sergeant MORRISON and Sub-Constable TROTTER of the Ballyhaise police upon the complaint of Samuel SWANZY, Esqr, on behalf of his tenant James WELSH, Cullincarridus. This case having occupied the court a considerable time after the other cases were disposed of, it was adjourned until Monday the 9th instant. It occupied the great part of Monday instant. The complaint was to the following effect:--That Sub-Constable TROTTER had on the 27th of May last with two other police, accompanied by Wm. TOPHAM, poor-rate collection of the Cootehill union, went to WELSH's farm to protect TOPHAM in distraining WELSH for a disputed poor-rate, and that TROTTER had acted with great violence and exceeded his duty in presenting a loaded gun at Welsh at full cock and capped, declaring that he would blow the contents of the gun through his body; and that having seized Welsh and dragged him and pulled him violently put hand-cuffs on him, and that MORRISON afterwards made a prisoner of Welsh.....

It was proved by Welsh that he had repeatedly offered to pay Topham the poor-rate he owed himself which was refused, and that Topham summoned him to the Cootehill petty sessions for the alleged arrears due by a former tenant. Mr. CLEMENTS dismissed the case, desiring Topham to bring a civil bill and try the question before the Barrister. Topham then applied to a different magistrate, Mr. Johnston, and got an order to the police to attend with Topham that he might destrain. On the 27th of May last, Trotter and two other policemen came to the lands when Topham set about driving off the cow; Welsh having been in the field at the time took hold of the cow and would not let her go, offering again to pay his own rate and to lodge the arrears also, which Topham refused. Welsh also stated that Trotter charged his carbine, put on a cap and at full cock presented it at him, and swore he would blow the contents through him (Welsh)...Shortly after Morrison came with five policemen, when Welsh went forward to Morrison and again offered to lodge all the rate and arrears with him, or to pay his own rate and lodge the arrears with Mr. PRUNTY or Mr. KENNEDY of Ballyhaise, and requesting Morrison not to abuse him or his property, but to bring him before a magistrate. Morrison, he deposed, refused, and ordered his men to load the guns, and drew them up beyond the door....

Wm Topham the poor-rate collector was produced, who proved his bringing of the police, and that he seized the cow, and that Welsh and his party held her and would not let her go. Welsh then took hold of him (Topham) and pulled him and dragged him;....

M'CREADY, a policeman, sworn as to the appearance of the mob--Was not at the beginning with Trotter, had come afterward with Sergeant Morrison when he saw a great number of people assembled, men, women and children.

No other witnesses were produced although Mr. Swanzy requested the police who were present on the occasion to be produced. The case closed here.

After some discussion upon the wording of the report, Mr. Swanzy proposed that the report should run thus--"That four witnesses unimpeached had proved the charges made by Welsh, and that Topham the collector and his assistant had contradicted them and contradicted each other; and that the policeman who was not present when the outrage upon Welsh was committed by Trotter, was the only one examined, and therefore we consider the police were justified in what they did." The foregoing is a brief outline of the proceedings. (Transcriber's note: This does not make sense, but that's what it says.)


The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to confer the commission of the peace for the county Tyrone, on J. K. TENER, of Moree, Esq.

W. F. RYAN, Esq., of Moatfarrell, Edgeworthstown, has been appointed a magistrate for the county of Longford

CONVERTS TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.--"The Weekly Chronicle" says--"Viscount Fielding, M.P., has within the last few days, become a member of the of the Church of Rome." "The Church and State Gazette" of Friday, contains the following further list of conversions:--"Another of the inmates of Archdeacon MANNING's 'Convent at Wantage, has followed the example of the Reverend Mother,' whose perversion was previously announced, and has just been drafted into the (Romish) convent at Hammersmith. E. WINDEYER, Esq., of King's College, London, has also joined the Romish Church, and has proceeded to St. Edmund's college to prepare for the Priesthood. It is understood that several of Mr. WINDEYER's relatives have also seceded. Mrs. SIMS, the housekeeper at the clergy house, Margaret Chapel, has followed the example of the schoolmaster and schoolmistress, and has been received into the Church of Rome. Mr. CAVENDISH, whose perversion was lately announced, is the fifth clergyman from that Chapel whose secession has been recorded. Several other persons of the lower orders have also taken this step. Mrs. Henry WILBERFORCE (the lady of the Vicar of East Farleigh) has also been received into the Romish church. This lady is the second of the Bishop of Oxford's sisters-in-law who have been perverted--Mrs. William WILBERFORCE having been received into the Roman communion several weeks ago. Mr. ANDERSON, the Vicar of St. Margaret, Leicester, has recalled all his sermons, &c., in which anything is said to the discouragement of the Romish Church. It is reported that Mr. BOWYER, the eminent lawyer (lecturer on civil law in the Temple) has also joined the Roman Catholic Church."

NEW CHURCH AT BECTIVE.--We have great pleasure in announcing the laying of the foundation of a new church at Bective, on Wednesday last, by the spirited proprietor of the parish, Richard Nassau BOLTON, Esq. Mr. BOLTON was attended on this highly interesting occasion by a number of his friends, and a strong muster of tenantry. This will, we believe be the first edifice for the celebration of divine worship which shall have been erected in the parish since the demolition of the Abbey, and forfeiture of its revenues by Henry the Eighth, about the year 1539. For the greater portion of the time that has elapsed since, the parish has been in the possession of the family of Mr. Bolton, to whom the tithes belong. Mr. Bolton, we understand, intends to build the church altogether at his own expense, and present it with a liberal endowment. The parishioners should feel deeply grateful to Mr. Bolton, not only for his Christian munificence in supplying their delightful locality with church accommodation, but also for endeavouring to restore to the parish of Bective some portion of the ecclesiastical importance which it possessed in the olden times.--Meath Herald.

September 19, 1850

DEATH OF THE LORD BISHOP OF MEATH It is with sincere regret we announce the death of the Rt. Rev. Dr. STOPFORD, Lord Bishop of Meath. This melancholy event took place suddenly on last Tuesday night at ten o'clock at Arbraccan, his lordship's residence in the county Meath. The deceased prelate was elevated from the archdeaconry of Armagh to the see of Meath, during Viceroyalty of Earl De Grey. Dr. STOPFORD had been long labouring under the effects of disease of the heart, but had recently--considering his time of life--been in the enjoyment of tolerable health. His lordship was a member of the Privy Council in Ireland.--Mail.

September 26, 1850


The ceremony of a soldier's funeral - at all times solemn - took place here upon Saturday, the 21st instant, under circumstances peculiarly impressive, when the body of private Moses Millard of the 35th Regiment, was borne to the grave by his comrades with slow and measured step and arms reversed, the remainder of the men in the garrison following, the officers in full uniform, and all wearing crape upon the left arm as a mark of respect for the many good qualities and amiable disposition of the deceased.

The body was taken into the church where a most effecting sermon was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Wilkins, the preacher dwelling most forcibly upon the fact, that this young man, born of respectable parents, brought up with a tender and anxious care, and trained religiously in his youth, had contributed to the sad termination of his own earthly career when in the prime of life by his folly and unreflecting conduct, and in words - we hope to be remembered - warned his hearers, both military and civilian, against the dangers of bad company, and giving scope to their own corrupt passions.

We understand that Captain Bailey, the officer commanding the detachment of the 35th here, waited upon Doctors Halpin and Roe, and also upon Mr. Brice, apothecary, on yesterday, in order to return the thanks of himself, his brother officer, the men under his command, and more especially, those expressed by deceased, to these gentlemen for the anxiety and unremitting attention displayed by them towards him at and after the important operation performed by the former surgeon with a view to save his life if possible. This formidable operation - tying the Iliac artery - was rendered necessary by aneurism, and was performed by Surgeon Halpin upon the 12th instant, which had the effect of prolonging the life of his patient from that date up to the 20th, when sloughing of the vessel having set in, the ligature dropped off and the man died form hemorrhage; a sufficient period having, we trust, being allowed the young man to fully comprehend his awful situation and the folly of his previous career.

LAW APPOINTMENTS. - Mr. Monahan is appointed Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. Mr. Hatchell, Attorney-General. All rumours, therefore, on this subject are now at an end, and nothing remains but to congratulate the Right Honourable Gentlemen on their respective elevation. Concerning the other legal appointments, nothing is known. We cannot, of course, speak from any authority but that of rumour in the bar circles. Amongst those, we have heard the name of Mr. Vincent Scully, Q.C., a gentleman of high station in his profession, and what may be deemed of more importance in the present circumstances of the country, a man thoroughly versed in the practical details of landed affairs. - Evening Post

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APPLICATIONS. - All Applications (for Works, Payments, &c.) are to be lodged with the Secretary of the Grand Jury, and County Surveyor by Saturday, 2nd of November net; and Printed Forms must be used in all cases when they can possibly be procured.
Applications for Presentment for Contingencies must be lodged with the Secretary of the Grand Jury, duly audited and certified, on or before the 20th day of January next, of which all persons interested are required to take notice.

MALICIOUS INJURIES, &c. - Applications for compensation for Malicious Injuries, &c. are to be lodged with the Secretary of the Grand Jury, within the time prescribed for lodging Applications previous to the respective Sessions, and Notices thereof are to be posted, and also to be delivered to Clerks of Petty Sessions, on the days above mentioned for the posting of other Notices.

DESERTED CHILDREN. - Applications for provision for Deserted Children are to be made at the Baronial Presentment Sessions, and to be signed by two Cess-payers; and such Applications must be previously approved of and certified by two Justices at the Petty Sessions of the District, and be lodged with the Secretary of the Grand Jury ten days before the Sessions. The Applications must be according to the Printed Forms prepared for that purpose; and the children must be produced and identified, either at the Petty or Baronial Sessions.

(No caption) Father Spencer, the Passionist, appeared at Thurles during the synod in the full robes of his order - a woolen capock, a white cross on his breast, sandles (sic) laced in front of his feet instead of shoes. His object was two fold - to collect money for building a chapel for his order in England and to procure prayers for the conversion of the country to Catholicity. When he saw a person likely to contribute to his chapel he asked an introduction, entered into conversation, and ended by presenting his subscription-book. In one instance where a married gentleman gave a sovereign he asked an introduction to his lady and got a second from her. He said he was satisfied that if he could procure the Irish to pray for the conversion of England, after having been so badly treated by them (the English), he was satisfied that Almighty God would not refuse his request. So much for the brother of a Prime Minister.

On last night, Sept. 25, at his residence, Main-street, Cavan, Thomas Bligh, Esq., merchant, after a short illness of about thirty-six hours. Deceased lived upwards of 60 years in Cavan, and always bore an unimpeachable character. He was a true Christian, a kind neighbour, and most benevolent to the poor. He was a prominent and useful working member of the Cavan Tenant Right Committee and an ardent lover of his native land. His removal from amongst us, although to a better and happier world, has cast a deep gloom over the town, not an inhabitant of which does not sympathise (sic) with his afflicted family in their bereavement. His decease is universally deplored, and in the common sorrow we sincerely and unaffectedly share.

On Tuesday, the 24th instant, at Edermeen, near this town, Mrs. Trevor, after a painful illness. She has left a fond husband and five young children to deplore the loss of an affectionate wife and kind mother!

CAVAN FAIR. - The September fair of this town was held upon Wednesday, 265h instant, and was very well attended. There was a very large supply of stock, but we regret to say that prices were far from encouraging. A good number of horses remained unsold in the evening, these brought in being mostly of an inferior description. The prices offered for horned cattle and sheep were much lower than these ranging at our latter fairs, and piggs (sic) were ruinously cheap. The evening was very wet and unfavourable for the transaction of business. The town was perfectly quiet during the day and night.

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. - We are sorry to announce that upon the night of Tuesday the 17th, or early upon the morning of 16th inst., a fire was observed blazing with great violence in the haggard of William Little, Esq., of Redhills, the indefatigable poor-law guardian for that division. Although every exertion was used by the police in the station, some countrymen, and the members of Mr. Little's family, the fire was not got under until four large stacks of oats, the produce of an acre and a half of wheat, and two stacks of bere were totally consumed. We forbear noticing many rumours which are afloat concerning this fire, as we hear Mr. Little intends to apply for damages.

DEATH OF GUSTAVUS LAMBART, ESQ., OF BEAU PARC, COUNTY MEATH, D.L., J.P. - We regret to announce the death of Mr. Lambart of Beau Parc, which event occurred on the 21st inst. at Tronville-sur-Mer, near Havre, at the advanced age of 78. He was surrounded by all his family at the time of his decease. Mr. Lambart for several years occupied the important office of Collector for Dublin, the duties of which he discharged with credit to himself and advantage to the public. He was a most active country gentleman and magistrate, and devoted much of his time to the improvement of the condition of his tenantry and the labouring class; he was a good landlord and a kind friend to the poor. His death will be sincerely and deservedly regretted by all who know him. A pension of £800 a-year will revert to the country by the death of this inestimable gentleman.

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