Published in Cavan, county Cavan

November 6, 1851

At the Cavan Petty Sessions on Friday last, Mr. Thomas SMITH of Miltown was appointed High Constable for the barony of Lower Loughtee.

John ARMSTRONG, of Cavan and Belturbet, Esq., solicitor, has been admitted a Procter of the Consistorial Court of Kilmore.

IMPORTANT TO SPRIGGERS--EQUAL JUSTICE--At the Dungannon Quarter Sessions, four girls were sentenced to seven years' transportation, for selling work that they got out to flower. The "gentleman" who was convicted at Petty Sessions of buying the goods knowing them to be stolen, was fined £10. He was a respectable person; the girls may have been very poor; he was fined; they transported. Hurrah for the British constitution!

We are happy to perceive by an advertisement in another part of this paper that a new and extensive victualling establishment, is about being opened in the house lately occupied by Mr. John REILLY (who is retiring from business in consequence of bad health) by a Mr. Michael M'KEON, who has lately returned from America, and whom we have been informed is a person of great energy, skill and enterprize in his profession and that the public may rely upon being liberally and fairly dealt with.

THE ALLEGED EMBEZZLEMENT OF THE ROYAL BANK OF IRELAND--Benjamin Henry Percy GRIERSON, late a clerk in the Royal Bank of Ireland, Foster-place, was indicted, at the Dublin Commission, on Thursday, for stealing a bank post bill for £150, the property of Charles COPELAND, a public officer of the Bank. The prisoner pleaded not guilty. The defence was that the post bill never came into his possession, and consequently he did not account for it in his books. The jury found a verdict of not guilty. The announcement was followed by a loud and general cheer. The Chief-Baron ordered Mr. GRIERSON to be immediately discharged, and seventy sovereigns, which were found on his person at the time of his arrest, and were then in the possession of Mr. MARQUESS, the Governor of Richmond Bridewell, to be restored to him. Three young men, who had been detected in the act of cheering and clapping their hands on the announcement of the verdict, having been placed at the bar, were reprimanded by the court, and ordered to be imprisoned for twenty-four hours.

IRISH GENIUS--CRAWFORD, the sculptor, whom the American government has now engaged at Rome on a colossal group of equestrian statues, is a native of Ballyshannon, county Donegal. His mother is sister of Mr. Thomas GIBSON, a respectable resident of that town; but emigrated with her son to the United States, when the future sculptor was but three years old. CRAWFORD, whom the press of his adopted country designate the "American Hogan" is in the prime of health and strength, although few men have studied harder. Washington, Patrick Henry, and Jefferson--great names in the world's history, as well as America's--are now under the chisel of CRAWFORD.

RETURNING FROM AMERICA--We learn that an industrious farmer, Mr. Samuel MURPHY, county Wexford, who, some three or four years ago, sold his farm and went to America, has just returned home, and again purchased his old homestead, for the purpose of residing in it. He advises no man to go to America who can make out a living in Ireland.--Waterford News.

November 13, 1851

Ballymahugh Soiree - The annual soiree of the members and friends of the Primitive Wesleyan Missionary Society took place on the evening of Tuesday, the 4th inst. About sixty sat down to a cup of tea made warm and sweet too, by the kind ladies of Ballymahugh, in the Parochial Female School-room. After tea the Rev. John De Renzy, Curate of Ballymahugh, was invited to the chair. Addresses on the duties of christians as to missionary enterprise was delivered by Messrs. F Stephens, J Kilroy, Johnston and Kane. In conclusion the Rev. Chairman delivered a most impressive speech on the duties of Christians. The meeting broke up about 10 o'clock, highly satisfied with the proceedings of the evening.


On the 10th, Alexander HENNING, 3 months old, son to Mr. John HENNING, Methodist preacher, Cavan.

November 20, 1851


INCUMBERED ESTATES COURT - Thursday, 13th Nov. - The Chief Commissioner sat in the Court, Henrietta-street, Dublin, to-day, for the purpose of selling incumbered property. In the matter of the estates of Williams James Thomas GALBRAITH, owner. Ex parte Morgan CROFTON, petitioner. Lot 1, the house and demesne of Macken, and Drumbinnis, Keilagh, Druminisdill, Drumcartagh, and Drumcannon, county of Cavan, containing £74. 0r. 15p. state measure, held in fee farm, producing a gross annual rental of £484, 11s, 10d., subject to two fee farm rents, one of £131, 18s. 6d., and the other of £62, 6s. 2d. The biddings proceeded from £4000 to £5390, at which sum Mrs. Elizabeth GALBRAITH became the purchaser. Lot 2, the fee simple lands of EVLAGHMORE, containing 140s. 1. 39p. statute measure, and producing an annual rental of £76, 11s, 8d. The first offer was £700., and Mr. W. Galbraith (the owner) was the purchaser for £1000.

A letter has been received from Mr. V. SCULLY, denying that he was the origination of the project for creating a small proprietary in Ireland by means of the Benefit Building Societies' Act, and affirming that Mr. C. G. DUFFY was the party with whom the proposition originated.

There is an English company near Caherciveen making peat charcoal. They employ 600 people a day; pay men, 10d; women, 6d; and boys 6d. per day.

A woman named Ann FAY, who had been for some time insane, drowned herself in Drogheda, on Friday last. A pedlar (sic), name unknown, was also found drowned on the following day.

A meeting of the ratepayers of Cork was held in that city, on Saturday, for the purpose of protesting against the demand of the government for the repayment of the labour rate annuities.

The Catholic Defence Association held a committee meeting on Friday, in Dublin. Dr. CAHILL presided. There was a large attendance of the clergy and laity. The deliberation occupied nearly five hours, but the proceedings were not published.

KNOCKANY FAIR. - The exhibition of horses and black cattle on Wednesday, at Knockany fair was very inferior, and prices for cows much diminished. - Limerick Chronicle.

KOSSUTH AND THE CORK CORPORATION. - Mr. J. F. MAGUIRE, proposed an eloquent address to Kossuth, on behalf of the corporation, which was seconded and proposed.

There are signs that the neutral position of America in regard to the international affairs of other countries is coming to an end. The most powerful party of the people are discontented with it. A recent mail from America says - "A great mass meeting was held in Tammney (sic) Hall, New York, on the evening of the 22nd ult., for the ratification of the city and county nominations. The resolutions were emphatic against neutrality in the affairs of other nations. They declare that the time has arrived when the United States should make themselves felt as a positive power, in behalf of the republican principles."

Mr . John O'CONNELL, in reference to a statement made in a recent discussion in the Corporation, thus declares his father's opinions upon the right of voting - "My father was not an advocate for 'universal suffrage.' He was ready to support what has been called 'manhood suffrage,' that is, that every man who had reached the age of 21, and was unconvicted of crime, should have a vote; but he preferred that which has been styled 'household suffrage,' viz., the preceding, with the addition that the party should be a householder.

The Cork magistrates have decided that an auctioneer receiving biddings for property offered for sale, by order of the Incumbered Estates Court, is not subject to a penalty at the prosecution of the Excise for acting without a license, in consequence of the powers invested, by act of parliament, in the Incumbered Estates Court

John BALL, Esq., and John M'DONNELL, Esq., M.D., have been appointed Poor Law Commissioners in Ireland.


The story of the Irish Royal School is singular. Never perhaps were public funds to patently perverted, or public wrong so quietly permitted. For years the intentions oft the founders of the School have been entirely frustrated; and still the gifts with which they backed those intentions are used - but not for the good purposes originally designed.

The case of the Cavan Royal School is clear; and has been concisely told in a memorial from the Cavan Town Commissioners to the Lord Lieutenant. His Majesty Charles I, in the year 1627, granted certain lands in the county of Cavan, in trust to the Archbishops of Armagh, in perpetual succession, for the payment of a Master for Free Education at Cavan. By act of Parliament in 1813, these trusts were transferred with those of other schools smilarly (sic) endowed to the Board of Education, by which act it was provided, that any residue after paying the Masters and Assistants, and repairs of School-houses should be applied to the Maintenance of Free Scholars. These trusts have not been fulfilled, and these revenues have been misapplied. The Royal School of Cavan is not a Free School - the charges being £34 for boarders and £6 for day scholars yearly - placing the institution entirely beyond the reach of the class it was intended to benefit.

The original grant of land to the Cavan Royal School was 1200 acres in extent; at least 600 of these have been alienated from the School by some means or other. All that is clearly known is, that the Board of Education has established some Exhibitions to Trinity College, out of the funds of Cavan, Armagh, and the other Royal Schools. Surely it was not the intention of the royal granter of these lands, or the Parliament, that the University, already so liberally and magnificently endowed, should be still further enriched out of the funds of the Royal School; these funds were clearly intended to support Free Schools on the foundation, these scholars to be elected by a local board; and to give cheap education to those persons who may resort to it from distant places.

The Cavan Commissioners recommended an amalgamation of the funds of the Five Royal Schools; that in each, the Mater should receive a liberal salary - that two Assistant Masters should be paid - one Classical and one Science Master; and that the surplus funds should be entirely applied to the maintenance and support of Foundation Scholars, elected from families resident in the town and neighbourhood in which the Royal School is situated, by a local board, who it is presumed will be acquainted with the circumstances of each case and will act with due discretion.

We should advise our Cavan friends not to be content with one memorial. They must put the question continuously before the public and make it know in Parliament as well as in Dublin Castle. - Commercial Journal.


November 13, at Camla Vale, county Monaghan, Lady ROSSMORE, of a son and heir.


November 13, at Ringville, county Killkenny, aged 80 years. Lady ESMONDE.

November 11, Camla Vale, county Monaghan, the Hon. _____ Douglas Challoner Westernra, eldest surviving child of Lord Rossmore.

November 27, 1851

CAVAN GASLIGHT COMPANY. - A meeting of the shareholders of the above company was held in the Court House, on Monday, the 17th instant, at twelve o'clock. James FAY, Esq., in the chair. The following shareholders were present. - Patrick FAY, Esq.; S. SWANZY, Esq.; James O'BRIEN, Esq.; Z. WALLACE, Esq.; Charles HALPIN, M.D.; George GALLOGLY, Esq.; Edward KENNEDY, Esq. Dr. Halpin laid a statement before the meeting relative to what had been done with regard to obtaining contracts for the execution of the works, the probable amount of putting up the works, and the time when it would be most suitable to commence them. Mr. Swanzy, solicitor, explained to the meeting several trivial alterations which had, according to act of parliament, been made in the deed of co-partnership. The deed was then read and signed by the shareholders, after which the meeting separated. We understand that the site for the company's gas works has been settled upon in Church Lane.

SUDDEN DEATH. - A soldier of the 31st regt., stationed in Enniskillen, named Walter BERRY, died very suddenly on Wednesday morning. He had been in the hospital, but was convalescent, and was in the habit of taking medicine in the evening. On Tuesday evening he was in high spirits; but in the course of the night took some medicine, and when afterwards noticed was very ill. He was much swelled, and died while being removed into the hospital. A man named James M'GIRR was found dead in bed in Major STERNE's house of refuge, in Brookboro, on the morning of the 17th inst. A quantity of blood was found to have been thrown up by him. - Fermanagh Reporter.

BARBAROUS MURDER. - The body of a man named John M'DONNELL, a native of the county Cork, was discovered on Sunday morning last lying in the canal between this town and Fatham. A large sledge hammer was lying by his side in the water. There were two wounds inflicted on each side of his head sufficient to cause death.

ACCIDENT AND DEATH. - On Monday last, the 10th instant, when several men were engaged clearing away the old bridge at Ballinamore, preparatory to the erection of a new bridge, on the drainage works, a portion of the marsh gave way, falling in large masses upon two men named James CASEY and ___ MURTAGH, who remained in their perilous position contrary to repeated warning from the other men engaged on the work. The former breathed his last almost immediately after being taken off the ruins, and the latter received such dreadful injury on the head that no hope can be entertained of his recovery.

On Tuesday a chapter of the order of Knights of St. Patrick was held in Dublin Castle for the investiture of his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and the Right Hon. Robert Shapland Caron CAREW with the ribbon and badge of the order.

Mr. Samuel BARRETT has at present some ripe strawberries in a garden, Cullinamore, Sligo.


Died at Clones on 17th inst., of disease of the heart, Mr. Michael M'ELROY, merchant, aged 52, the zealous christians(sic) the sincere friend, for his straightforward principles, he was universally beloved and respected. To give an estimate of his character, would be truly a work of superorogation; after a tedious and severe illness of some months duration, which, he bore with christian resignation, he has departed this life if not full of years at least, of honour, he has left behind him an unperishable character, and a worthy name.

November 21, at Cabra Lodge, Kingscourt, Mr. Henry WILLIAMS, steward to Colonel PRATT, of Cabra Castle, universally beloved by rich and poor, and leaving a widow and large family to deplore his loss.

Nov. 19, at Clebridge, in the bloom of life, deeply and deservedly regretted, Sarah, the beloved daughter of Mr. William CLEMENGER, Kilmore, Cavan.

Oct. 24, of fever, at St. Louis, Missouri, United States, in the twenty-second year of his age, Joseph Henderson SINGER, second son of the Venerable Archdeacon SINGER, Regius Professor of Divinity in the University of Dublin.

EMIGRATION--An M.P., of an Ulster county, passing through this town last week, stated that the government were alarmed at the crowds of emigrants leaving Ireland. He informed the person with whom he was conversing that the ministry will devise some measure early in the next session to check emigration. It is probable, he said, they will pass an act limiting the ports from which emigrants shall sail to one or two, and compel the owner of each emigrant vessel to pay a tax of £4 or £5 for each passenger taken on board. We give the information as we have received it, without vouching for its accuracy.--Dundalk Democrat.

DUBLIN CASTLE, 19th Nov. 1851--His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has, this day, appointed Henry Bevan SLATOR, Esq. (the present High-Sheriff of Cavan), High-Sheriff of Longford for the ensuing year.

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