Published in Cavan, county Cavan
December 4, 1851

A DREADFUL ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT Wuzeerabad on the 13th instant. The house occupied by Paymaster CLAY, of her Majesty's 3d Dragoons, fell in, burying Mrs. Clay, her husband, and all who were in the room at the time, beneath the ruins.

A man named Michael SULLIVAN, has been committed to Clonnel jail for attempting to drown Mary CLEARY, a woman of abandoned character.

THREATENING NOTICES. - On the night of the 26th ultimo, two threatening letters, or notices, were found near the house of a person named Obadia MEE, of Drumbors, near Mohill, directing him forthwith to clear off out of that country, or that he might expect the same death as Brooks, (a man who was brutally murdered in that neighboourhood, some years ago,) - The notices also threatened Mr. William LAWDER, the Agent, and Henry HUDSON, the Bailiff on the property, with similar treatment, for presuming to stock the country with County Cavan Protestants. It appears there were a number of persons from the County Cavan who took land in that neighbourhood, from which poor tenants had been evicted, and are now, daily suffering injuries from their new neighbours. Leitrim Journal.

LIBERALITY OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON. - The half yearly audit of the Duke of Wellington's Hampshire estate was held on Monday and Tuesday in the last week, at Wolverton, and on the succeeding Friday at the "Wellington Arms," Strathfieldsays, when his Grace, through his agent, liberally returned to each tenant 15 per cent., making a total return of 30 per cent, for the year.

JEFFERSON'S TEN RULES. - Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. - Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. - Never spend your money before you have it. - Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap. - Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold. - We seldom repent of having eaten too little. - Nothing is troublesome that we can do willingly. - How much pain the evils have cost us that have never happened. - Take things always by the smooth handle. - When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

WHOLESALE EVICTIONS--On the 17th September Mr. John ROBERTSON, agent to the mortgagees of the MARTIN estates, accompanied by sixty bailiffs, proceeded to the townland of Derryrush [Galway], and evicted seven families comprising forty-two individuals. The houses were levelled on the instant without the slightest opposition being offered by the evicted. On Nov. 11th, the same party went upon the islands of Dooletter, and evicted two families consisting of ten persons. Nov. 16th, the same party visited the Townlands of Mace and Dooreher, and evicted seventeen families, comprising one hundred persons, and levelled the houses. Nov. 21 same party, proceeded to the town land of Atry and evicted seventeen families, comprising sixty five persons, and unroofed the houses. On the 22nd of November the same party went to the townlands of Cashel, Doonreageran, Rossroe and Glynsk, and evicted sixteen families, comprising eighty-seven human beings, and levelled their houses.--Galway Vindicator.

CHARGE OF ROBBERY AGAINST A CLERGYMAN.--The Rev. Mr. Loyd, a clergyman of the Church of England, was brought up on Tuesday before the magistrates at the Dublin police office, under the following very serious charge:--Mr. John O'NEILL, a respectably-dressed man, who stated that he was a woollen draper from Killeshandra, in the county of Cavan, deposed that having come to town on affairs connected with his business, he was lodging at No. 5, Lower Bridge-street, and that during his absence on Monday morning some person entered his room and abstracted from his travelling bag the sum of 17l. in bank notes. It appeared that the prisoner, who occasionally come to lodge in that house was occupying a room immediately opposite that in which witness stopped, and that, as he disappeared at the same time as the money suspicion rested on him. Search was accordingly made for him by the police, and on the evening of the same day he was taken into custody at the Northumberland Rooms by Constable C71. On being searched the prisoner was found to have in his possession £12 in notes, together with the sum of 7s. 9d., and as the notes were all issued by the Clones Bank, and privately marked by witness, they were identified and sworn to by him. The travelling bag must have been opened by a false key, and locked again when the money was taken. The prisoner was committed for trial.

Maurice MAUDE, Esq., of Chanter Hill, Enniskillen, has been appointed to the Magistracy for the County Fermanagh.

Mr. Moore O'FARRELL has been offered the Order of the Bath, but has declined it.

Two men named BREENE have been committed for trial in the Queen's county for the manslaughter of John LARKIN, a cooper, of Ballinakill.

December 11, 1851


On Tuesday week, a boy the son of Mr. R. HAGGAN, of Castleblayney, was drowned by incautiously venturing upon unsafe ice in Castleblaynet lake.

Lieut. Colonel GOODMAN of the 27th regiment died on Monday week last in Dublin.

The Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the Rev. Mazier BRADY, St Dolough's, to the living of Forriby, County Cork, vacant by the removal of the Very Rev. the Dean of Clyne to the living of Killyleagh.

ATTEMPT TO MURDER.. - A daring attempt was made on the evening of the 28th ult. to murder a man named STRINGER, residing at Garradice in this County. It appears Stringer, who is a nailer by trade, had been working alone in his forge, at Garradice, on the night before mentioned, when some person fired a gun loaded with slugs through the window, opposite which he was working, fortunately, however, without doing him any injury, as the whole charge, lodged in a vessel at his side. Stringer came to that neighbourhood about 12 months since, and took a farm of land, which he still holds, and from which poor tenants had been evicted. Two men named BRENNAN and QUINN have been arrested by the police. Leitrim Journal.


November 28, at St. James's Palace, the Hon. Mrs. GREY, of a son.

November 20, at Gordon Lodge, county of Wexford, the lady of George GORDON, Esq., of a daughter.


November 27, at Lyndhst, Hants, Georgiana Theophilia, daughter of Rear Admiral DASHWOOD, to Charles Spencer Marc PHILLIPS, Esq.


December 1, at Malahide, the beloved wife of Captain Sir Thomas ROSS, R.N. She was eminent for her many virtues, and has left a young family to deplore her irreparable loss.

December 2, at his residence, Elm Ville, Sandymount, William YOUNG, Esq., deeply regretted by a numerous circle of relatives and friends.

The Jesuits are about to open a mission at Nemagh.


A meeting of the above body was held on Monday, the ____(?), specially convened for the purpose of electing Commissioners. The following commissioners were present: - Samuel SWANZY, Esq., in the chair. Wm. HAGUE Esq., Dr. HALPIN, J.D.; Messrs. James M'GAURAN, John CLEMENGER, James PARKER, James REILLY, Wm. Moore BLACK, James KELLY.

Mr.James Reilly moved, that Mr. Peter BRADY be elected a commissioner.

It was seconded by Mr. Hague, and carried. Mr. James Kelly moved that Mr. KETTYLE be elected a commissioner.

It was seconded by Mr. M'Gauran, and carried.

Dr. Halpin moved and Mr. M'Gauran seconded, that Mr. Patrick Fay be elected a commissioner, which was carried.

Mr. M'Gauran moved that Mr. James Fay be elected a commissioner. It was seconded by Mr. Kelly and passed.

Mr. Kettyle and Mr. Brady having attended, were sworn in as commissioners for the town of Cavan.

It was then moved by Mr. M'Gauran and seconded by Mr. Hague, that the following resolution be placed on the book, and taken into consideration at the next day of meeting. - Resolved - That the great increase in the market of Cavan requires a more extensive accommodation than at present; and that a Committee be appointed to inquire and report where the best site for a Market House and Market Place can be obtained near the centre of the town.

It was moved by Mr. Kelly, and seconded by Mr. James Reily, and unanimously resolved. - That the chairman be requested to obtain the opinion of eminent counsel, whether the commissioners are entitled to the profits and emoluments arising from the crane in the town of Cavan, and the weighing of the articles brought to market and exposed for sale; and also if the appointment of a crane master rested with them.


Cavan, Wednesday, 3rd December, 1851.

The above court was opened this morning at eleven o'clock. Rev. Thomas CARSON, L.L.D., surrogate, presided.

The first case called on was CHERRY v. Cherry, when Mr. Jon ARMSTRONG appeared as proctor for the promovent, and Mr. SWANZY for impugnant.

Mr. John Armstrong shortly stated the case by saying, that the late James CHERRY, who lived in the townland of Shancorn, in this county, died in the month of June last, having previously made his will, to which he appointed the present promovant, with another person, his executor, but, strange to say, the validity of the will was now questioned by Mr. Swanzy's client, the widow of deceased, as being obtained by unfair means when the deceased was, from imbecility, incapable of disposing of his property; but he trusted to be able to prove, by two witnesses, who were in attendance, that deceased was perfectly clear in his last moments. He was attended by Doctor WADE, a gentleman of great eminence in his profession, and who, it was much to be regretted, from other engagements, could not attend to give evidence.

Two witnesses were then examined who deposed to the state of health and clearness of intellect of deceased up to his death.

Mr. Swanzy contended that deceased had been induced to make this pretended will without being conscious of what he was doing, particularly as he always manifested the strongest love and affection for his wife, but who this will totally deprived of all benefit.

Rev. Dr. CARSON then delivered judgment, and said he had seen quite enough of this case to come to the conclusion, that the will in dispute had not been unfairly obtained, but quite the reverse; he would therefore, grant the probate to Mr. Armstrong's client.


In this case, Mr. John ARMSTRONG appeared for promovent, and Mr. SWANZY for impugnant.

Two witnesses were examined by Mr. Swanzy in support of the will which had been lodged in this case, which was impeached by the other side on the grounds that deceased was uncautious of what he was doing, and, further, that the document had not been read to him.

Mr. John Armstrong cross-examined the witnesses at very considerable length, with a view to show the uncautious state of the deceased, and also that he had not given any directions or instructions to have his property disposed on in the manner the present document would lead the court to suppose, and called upon the surrogate to pronounce such will null and void.

Rev. Dr. Carson said he had not any hesitation in saying the will had been concocted, and, further, that deceased was uncautious of what it contained; never having been read to him he could not, therefore, grant probate to Mr. Swanzy, but he would give Mr. Armstrong's client a joint administration with his brother, Richard.

There being no other case the court rose shortly after two o'clock.


Magistrates sitting - T. THOMPSON, R. ERSKINE, and W. SMITH, Esquires.

Head-Constable ALLEN of Ballinagh brought up John M'GAGHRAN and Edward SMITH, charged with an assault and appearing in arms. It appears that the prisoners were servant boys, the former in the employment of Mr. KENNY of Ardloner. On Sunday morning last they went, each armed with a gun, and them "worse (?) of liquor," into the house of a widow named Margaret FLINN, a caretaker on Mr. Kenny's farm, and demanded of Terence FLINN (son to the widow, who with his sister, a well looking young woman, were in the house with their mother at the time) why he had not foddered his employer's cattle. Terence replied that he had just foddered them; this M'Gaghran denied and seized him by the breast to drag him out of doors, when the widow advised the boy to go out with them, for quietness sake, as she saw they were tipsy. Terence then went out, and the prisoners returned into the house. Some words then ensued between the parties; the "widow's daughter telling M'Gaghran he was "two warm, and she saw many like him afore." M'Gaghran then struck her in the breast with his clenched hand; the widow went to save her daughter when he struck her (the widow) with the butt of the gun in the breast, cutting her and taking the breath from her, from which wound she has ever since been suffering severely, having had to put on a blister. M'Gagran then commenced calling the daughter foul names, and, by way of retort, she took up the tongs to strike him; he then seized her by the hair of the head to drag her out of doors, the mother seeing which fled into Ballinagh for the police. Terence Flinn retired to the house and found his sister lying in the sink outside the door, and much abused; he then seized the tongs and struck M'Gaghran's gun, damaging the stock. The prisoner M'CORMICK did nothing during the time, but stood by while his companion was committing the outrages.

The prisoners when decamped, and the police arriving soon after, went in pursuit and arrested them; they also took two guns from neighbouring houses, supposed to be those the prisoners had.

Mr. John ARMSTRONG, who appeared for the prisoners, cross-examined the prosecutors but failed to shake their direct evidence. Terence Flinn would not identify the guns, and said that the reason the prisoners had arms that they were out shooting birds on that morning.

Mr. SMITH, J.P., and Mr. KENNY gave the prisoners excellent characters.

After some consultation, the bench acquitted M'Cormick of the assault, found M'Gaghran guilty and sentenced him to 11s. fine with costs or one month's imprisonment, and granted informations against both prisoners to stand their trial at the Quarter Sessions for appearing in arms in a proclaimed district; the guns to be retained by the police for the present.


At the Cootehill Petty Sessions held on Saturday, 29th November, the following singular case was tried:-

Hugh M'Mahon v. Ellen Smith (widow) and Luke Smith

For the better understanding of the following curious case, it may be necessary to premise, that the complainant, who is of rather diminutive stature, aged about twenty-eight years, and anything but an Adonis, succeeded in gaining, clandestinely, the juvenile affections of a little girl, Anne SMITH, aged between fourteen and fifteen years, the daughter of the defendant, Ellen SMITH, who is a widow, (Anne) being on a visit for a few days with a friend, in a neighbouring townland, was induced to elope with the complainant to Ravenswood, the residence of the Rev. Michael BRADY, P.P., of Upper Larah, who married them without the knowledge or consent of her mother; and she having been apprised that her daughter was secreted with the complainant, in the house of a woman named Catherine CAFFREY, who resides in the townland of Edrena, in the same parish, went there with her son, accompanied by a party of friends and relatives at about twelve o'clock, on the night of that day; immediately after the bridegroom and youthful bride had got into bed, and (as was alleged) carried her by force to her maternal residence. The bridegroom, on the following day, accompanied by his father (who stated that it was he who advanced the money, thirty shillings, to get them married), applied to the constabulary, stationed in Tullyvin, for redress, but they being unable to afford any, referred them to a magistrate; and after making several ineffectual overtures to defendants for a reconciliation and the restoration of his wife, he complainant swore informations before Mr. M. J. Boyle of Tullyvin, a neighbouring magistrate, on the 24th inst., who issued his warrant against the defendants, and they were arrested, and held to bail, to appear before the magistrates at the petty sessions of Cootehill. Complainant and defendants having accordingly appeared, Mr. A. M'FADDEN, the petty sessions clerk, read the informations, which stated that "complainant, Hugh M'MAHON, of Greaghatta, in the parish of Larah, in the county of Cavan, labourer, on the 10th November instant, was married by the Rev. Michael Brady, P.P. of Larah aforesaid, to Anne Smith, daughter of Ellen Smith, of Drumcalpin, in said parish, widow, and on that night she (the said Ellen) accompanied by her son, Luke Smith, and others, came to the house of Catherine Caffrey, in Edrena, and forcibly dragged and brought away the said Anne Smith, otherwise M'Mahon, his (complainant's wife) against her will and consent, and complainant further states that he has reason to believe that she (the said Anne) will be forced off to America next Wednesday by the defendants, unless legal means be adopted to prevent them." After the reading of which, the complainant produced the certificate of his marriage, written and signed by the Rev. Mr. Brady, and corroborated the facts sworn to in his informations, and that, he believes, had not the police arrested the defendants, and restored to him his wife, she would have been sent off from him.

Mrs. Ellen Smith having been desired by the bench to state what she had to say in her defence (sic), stated, that having learned that the complainant had her daughter, who was only a garkellagh (little girl) not more than between fourteen and fifteen years of age, concealed in Katty Caffrey's house, in Edrena, she and her son not being aware that her daughter was married to him went for, and brought her home, but used no force to bring her, as she came willingly with them, on being desired to do so and it was because she had a fortune of £30, willed to her by her father, that induced him to take her away.

Complainant - Yes, you did; you dragged her out of bed from me; I endeavoured to keep her in it (laughter).

Bench - Well, but you have your wife now and I supposed you are well reconciled, and you do not wish to prosecute your mother and brother-in-law.

Complainant - Yes, your worship, we are, and I do not wish to proceed with the case any further.

Bench - Very well; go home and be good friends for the future.

The recognizances of the defendants were then vacated, and the parties retired.

The youthful bride did not make her appearance in court.

REV. MARTIN, D.D., KILLESHANDRA. - Having heard a rumour that a conspiracy against the life of this Rev. gentleman by some dependants had been discovered, and understanding that the prisoner was to be brought up for examination before the magistrates at Killeshandra on Tuesday, we went over there, in the discharge of our duty, to learn the particulars. About 12 o'clock we went into the Court-house, the door being open to the public, and found the petty sessions clerk sitting at his desk and several other persons present. We enquired of the clerk when the magistrates were to sit, and he replied one o'clock. We remarked that we had some business to transact in the town, and that we would return when the magistrates would take their seats in court. The clerk, at the time, did not tell us that the court was to be private. A few minutes after one o'clock we returned and entered the court, the door being still open. On the bench were Perrott THORNTON, Esq., J.P.; J. HAMILTON, Esq., J.P.; Captain CLIFFORD, J.P.; and the Rev. Dr. MARTIN. The prisoner, a young man and son to Dr. Martin's gardener, was apparently under examination. The magistrates and Dr. Martin, on seeing us, consulted apart for a few moments, when the worthy Doctor, with his proverbial indiscretion, stated that he would not act while we were in court, and referred to the controversy now pending between him and us. The upshot of the matter was, we were turned out of court. What right Dr. Martin, who, although the accuser of the prisoner, sat on the bench, had to dictate or at all interfered with the magistrates' duty is a mystery to us. Perhaps the public, to whom we submit the case, can solve the problem, for we confess we cannot.

We have just learned, by rumour, of course, of the conviction of MAXWELL, the party accused, and that the court bound him over to keep the peace to Dr. Martin - himself in £10, and two sureties in £5 each. This is, by the way, a small value to put upon the life of the Doctor.

December 18, 1851


Dec. 13, at Ballybarley Rectory, the lady of the Rev. J. J. WHARTON, of a son.

Dec. 14, at Enniskerry, the lady of Dr. RUSSELL, of a daughter.

On the 6th instant, at River View, Carrickmacross, the lady of Thos. R. Barry, Esq., of a daughter.


Dec. 10, at Georgie Lodge, near Edinburgh, by the Rev. William KERR, Edward GIBSON, Esq., of Lisaniskea, county of Monaghan, to Margaret, daughter of the late Wiliam DENNISTON, Esq., of Oak Mount, Lasswade, Edinburgh.

Dec. 11, in Killbeggan Church, by the father of the bride, Edward Ballol SCOT, Assistant Government, Surveyor at Ceylon, third son of Captain H. W. Scott, Royal Navy, Exmouth, Devon, to Sarah, eldest daughter of the Rev. Edward WILSON, The Globe, Killbeggan.

Dec. 10, in St. Peter's Church, Dublin, the Rev. F. Osborn GIFFORD, vicar of Hartley, Hampshire, to Anna Maria, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Richard RYAN, vicar of Rathcore, in the county of Meath.


Dec. 13, at Hermitage, county of Leitrim, Frances YOUNG, youngest daughter of Anderw (sic) CARLETON, Esq.

Dec. 12, at Hayfield, Rathrarnham, of gastric fever, in his tenth year, Napoleon, second beloved son of Cr. P. SHANNON, Esq.

Dec. 11, at his residence in Harcourt-street, Thomas THOMPSON, Esq., late Solicitor to the General Post-office in Ireland, in the seventy-third of his age.

Dec. 3, in Liverpool, aged 85 years, William THOMPSON, Esq., late of Oatlands, county Meath.

Dec. 4, John JOHNSON, Esq., J.P., of typhus fever, at his residence, Warrenstown, county Meath.


The lovers of the marvellous (sic) and of scandal in the metropolis had a rich feast during the present Nisi Prius Sittings. The cause of BIRCH v. SOMERVILLE, was followed on Saturday last by a ferocious article in the World newspaper, to Mr. KEOGH, as his own counsel, he first pays his respects - he accuses that learned gentleman of having first volunteered to defend him, and having then made a speech much more calculated to serve himself than his client - he follows this up by admitting that in former times, the World had written against the learned gentleman, but suggests that, under existing circumstances, by-gones should have been by-gones between them. He next pays his debt to Mr. BREWSTER, the leading counsel of the defendants, whose career he pretends to trace from infancy, in which, we shall not follow him, and by way of fair play threatens to prosecute every paper that publishes the learned gentleman's attack upon him. So great was the sale of the paper, that at 3 o'clock the first edition was exhausted, and on Monday morning a third edition was sold off. It did not even spare the married daughter of that gentleman of whom it told a tale, strange, if true. The indignation at this unmanly attack was great, and had it been made upon any other person in Mr. Brewster's position, it would have found expression in some public manifestation; it is inexcusable; but if man ever brought it upon himself it was Brewseter, who ever seemed most in his element when he had someone to abuse.

The Court of Exchequer, too, has furnished its quota to the general fund in the case of MATHEWS v. HARTY, which was an action brought by Mr. Mathews, a Sizar and Scholar of T.C.D., against Doctor Harty, the keeper of a mad house in Dublin, for having had him illegally put up as a dangerous lunatic in Swift's. It came out upon the defence, that the young man was the illegitimate son of the Doctor by a female who had been attacked with temporary insanity but had recovered. As the case is still at hearing we refrain from observations.

December 25, 1851


Dec. 21, in this town, Mrs. John MONTGOMERY, of a son.


On Saturday, the 13th inst., by the Rev. Mr. BROWNE, Chaplain to Lord Nuskerry, at Springfield Chuyrch, County of Limerick, Captain Maxwell Dupre STRONGE, of the 52nd Light Infantry, fifth son of Sir James Matthew STRONGE, of Tynan Abbey, County Armagh, Baronet, to Jane COLELOUGH GOFF, only daughter and heiress of the late Joseph Fada GOFF, of Raheenduff, Esq., County of Wexford, and niece of Hamilton K. CROGAN MORGAN, Esq., of Johnstown Castle, in same county.


On the 14th instant, Miss Mary FORD, of Millbrook, Navan, aged 27 years, much regretted.

At his residence, Athomly (?), Navan, on Monday, the 15th instant, Laurence DELANEY, Esq., J.P., aged 71 years. By his commercial and agricultural pursuits, the community benefited much, and his death will be felt by many, but by none so severely as the working classes, to whom he was a kind and generous benefactor.

At the residence of the Rev. Eugene O'REILLY, P.P., Navan, the Rev. C. J. CONNOLLY, aged 46 years, long the companion of the Rev. Mr. O'Reilly. His death was occasioned by a complication of diseases, engendered early in the exercise of his clerical duties in foreign climes. He was universally esteemed by all who knew him.

A woman named Selina CONN, a prisoner, in the County Jail, Crumlin-Road, Belfast, died in the hospital of that prison, on Monday night.

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