Published in Cavan, county Cavan
July 6, 1854


The Presbytery of Cavan met in Belturbet on the 25th ult., for the purpose of ordaining the Rev. Robert JAMIESON, of Ballybay, to the pastoral charge of the newly-organised congregation of Belturbet.

The interesting and solemn services of the occasion were conducted in the Town-Hall, where the congregation hold their stated meetings upon the Sabbath, and which has been kindly granted to them for the purpose of the town Commissioners.

The large Hall was well filled by numerous and highly respectable assembly, composed of members of all denominations of the town and neighbourhood. The Presbytery having been duly constituted by the Moderator, the Rev. R. H. CLARKE, of Ballybobridge, preached; the Rev. J. D. CRAWFORD, of First Drum, explained Presbyterian ordination; the Rev. James CARSON of Cavan put the usual questions to minister and people, and offered up the ordination-prayer, during which Mr. JAMIESON was solemnly set apart to the office of the holy ministry by "the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery." The Rev. Mathew M'AULEY, of Cahans, and the Rev. John G. SMYTH, of Ballybay, being present at the request of the Presbytery joined with them in the set of ordination, and the Rev. John WHITSITT, of Second Drum, concluded, by giving the charge to the newly-ordained minister and the people over whom he had been appointed "overseer."

After the services the congregation entertained in Akinson's hotel their young minister, the members of the Presbytery, and other friends at dinner, which was served up in the usual first-rate style of that establish- ment.


On Sunday morning, the 2nd instant, at Rahulton, near this town, Miss Sarah HUMPHRYS, aged 50 years.

On Saturday, July 1, at his residence in Ballyjamesduff, in this county, Mr. John MURRAY, aged 29 years. We knew Mr. MURRAY long and well, and have only to say of him what every acquaintance must be as ready to say that he well deserved the esteem which he never failed to obtain from those who knew him. A long and painful illness had he to sustain, but he bore up against it with the fortitude of a man and the resignation of a Christian. Peace be with him.


Magistrates present--Theophilus THOMPSON, Abraham BRUSH, and Robert ERSKINE, Esqrs.

George WEST, Gartbrattan a. John REILLY

Defendant was complainant's hired servant, and neglected doing his business, when rebuked for it he left his service, and refused to return to it. He was not ill treated in any way that complainant knew of.

REILLY was fined one pound and costs, or in default of payment, to be imprisoned for a month.

Hugh CULLEN a. Peter LEE

The cause of complaint was the same as in the last case. There was no bad treatment of the defendant, but having a greater attachment for another party he left complainant.

Same order. Fined one pound and costs, or to be imprisoned for a month.

Mathew DONOHOE a. Phillip O'BRIEN

O'Brien was complainant's servant, and left before his time was expired. FITZSIMONS was summoned for employing them in the circumstances.

O'BRIEN was fined thirty shillings, or six weeks imprisonment, and to forfeit all wages due. FITZSIMONS, for employing him without a discharge, was warned not to act so for the future, but he not being supposed to be culpable in the matter, the summons against him was dismissed.

Same a. John MULLEN

Defendant was also a servant boy of complainant, and turned out the same time as O'BRIEN.

Fined thirty shillings, or to be imprisoned for six weeks, and forfeit all wages.

Peter M'GAURAN a. William CARROLL

Defendant trespassed on plaintiff's clover field for the purpose of fishing. Notice, warning off intruders, were posted by Mr. M'GAURAN, and he himself ordered him off, but he would not go.

Ordered to pay a fine of sixpence with costs, or to be imprisoned for twenty four hours.

The Right Hon. Lord Farnham a. Hugh PRIOR

A summons for arrears of rent due.

Mr. THOMPSON--It is clear that we can give no rent.

Defendant stated that he was told by Mr. BRUSH's man, Mr. EGAN, not to take a defence against a certain ejectment brought against him for his holding in Cavan, and he would be let off all straight.

Mr. BRUSH--I deny that.

PRIOR--Mr EGAN, your man is there, and he can tell you what he said to me. I offered up possession, and it would not be taken. I offer it up now; here are the keys.

Mr. BRUSH--Well, we will take the possession and process for the rent due.

Mr. PAGET--No, we will not take it without the rent due by him. After being turned out of possession he was let back by Mr. BRUSH at 2s. 6d. a week, and his rent was then reduced for him to 1s. 6d.

PRIOR said he was quite willing to pay all the rent he owed, but he would not hold the premises any longer.

Mr. PAGET said he would not press the summons for possession, and it was therefore withdrawn.

Michael KELLY a. John GARVEY

A charge of assault on complainant, a policeman, in the execution of his duty.

Defendant submitted; he was sorry for what he did to the policeman, but it was the fair day of Stradone.

Sergeant DUNDON, of the police force, gave the defendant an excellent character, so did Mr. P. SMITH, of Artona.

KELLY said that there was a serious row in a public house, and the defendant appeared to be excited, nor would it seem that he had not some reason, for he appeared greatly abused.

Fined one pound and costs, or to be imprisoned for a month; but half a dozen policemen, all saying that their hat, or jacket, or belt, or something else, was torn, the order was, that the fine be fifteen shillings, and five shillings compensation to each of the dehabilitated policemen.

Same a. Patrick GARVEY

The defendant was brother of the last, but quite denied that he had at all interfered with the policemen. He was knocked down and much abused as well as confused, and may have done something which he knows not of.

Sergeant BRENNAN said there was a most grievous riot on the occasion; he had actually turn out the men under arms.

The same order as in the last case.

The fines and costs were at once paid.


A complaint of trespass on complainant's turf by defendant's cows, on 28th June last. It was William, Ambrose's son, that drove the cows, but the cattle belonged to the father. Mr. THICKPENNY never was in the habit of putting his cows on complainant's bank until this year.

Mr. THOMPSON--It is quite clear that this is a question we cannot decide. It is as to the right of a pass.

Mr. E. M'GAURAN said, on behalf of Mr. THICKPENNY, that there was a pass to which his client had a right in which complainant cut a drain. William was striving to avail himself of the passage which his family went along, for time immemorial, when complainant threw a shovel of mud in his face, William then knocked him down.

MR. THICKPENNY--I did not knock him down at all.

MR. M'GAURAN--I greatly wonder you did not. Noble PAGET, Esq., said complainant had a right to cut turf in the bog-- a free bog belonging to Lord Farnham--but he put turf a little too far out. He thought THICKPENNY had a right to the pass.

Mr. BRUSH--Answer this question, could not THICKPENNY go to his part of the bog through his own ground.

Mr. PAGET--He could if he liked, but he was going through his own at the time.

Mr. BRUSH--Will you not answer the question?

MR. PAGET--I will answer my questions in my own way, truthfully. He could go, if he passed through his own meadow, or bog banks, if he only thought proper to go that way.

Mr. BUSH--I think you are one sided.

Mr. M'GAURAN--It is answering, and at the same time closing the question. Mr. PAGET's evidence is perfectly to the point. MR. KELLY swore he knew the spot by which THICKPENNY drove his cows, he used it sixteen or seventeen years to witness's own knowledge.

MANNING to witness--Did you ever drive cattle by the spot since I put turf on it?

KELLY--You were continually encroaching, and have the pass covered that always was an open and common pass. I always drew my turf by that pass until last year, when, as it was rather an unfavourable road, a neighbour gave me a right to bring my turf by a certain way which I could not again reasonably expect.

Mr. M'GAURAN to MANNING--Is what Mr. PAGET and KELLY swore true as to your cutting a drain across the pass?

MANNING--There was no pass.

Mr. M'GAURAN--That is no answer.

Mr. THICKPENNY--You will get nothing straightforward out of him; he is just as contrary as ever he was.

MANNING's case for the trespass was dismissed.


When complainant expostulated with defendant about cutting the drain, he threw a shovelful of mud into his face, and then attacked him with a spade and shovel, both of which the complainant took from him, and when was seized by the neck, gave defendant a push by which he was thrown into a hole. Defendant then ran again at complainant, but he thinking it time to run too, went for a spade, when defendant, thinking he got enough of it, ran away. That was the whole of it.

Thomas FITZPATRICK corroborated complainant as to defendant's being the first assailant.


A cross cause for assault. Mr. THOMPSON says it did not appear that the mud, which was the first assault, was thrown wilfully at Mr.THICKPENNY? However, this might be, MANNING, caught a Tartar, and got worse than he gave. That with cases both cases were therefore dismissed, but to establish THICKPENNY's right to the pass, MANNING would be fined sixpence for its intrusion upon it.

Patrick M'KEON a. Michael BRADY, James BRADY, Francis BRADY, Andrew BRADY, James BRADY, Peter CONLAN, and Michael SMITH.

Complainant was severely beaten on the fair day of Stradone, and his life was endangered. Since, Dr. HALPIN had given a certificate that the man's life was in no danger, and the accused parties were let out on bail.

Mr. NAPIER, Sub Inspector, said he had it stated to him that complainant was so beaten, because he refused to become a ribbonman.

Mr. M'GAURAN--That is not the first lie you heard.

Mr. THOMPSON--I put the question to M'KEON on oath, and he denied it.

Mr. M'CABE, Petty Session Clerk said, some of the young men charged were most exemplary characters.

M'KEON sworn--Was leaving Stradone on the night of the 24th, when Michael BRADY, Francis BRADY, and James REILLY passed him, he turned round to look at them, and they said, 'go about your business'. What am I afraid of. Michael BRADY struck me, and the other two came up, and got holt of me. I then went to John RORKE's and they came and broke the door, and Andrew BRADY came and seized me by the neck. I got my handkerchief free, and they all pitched into me. One of the RORKEs went for the police, and they came and took five of them on the spot; they afterwards took two others in their own houses; was not drunk himself, nor were the others, all of whom he identifies.

Cross-examined by Mr. MAGAURAN--Could not say that when James REILLY took holt of him before he went to RORKE's house he did so to beat him; rather thinks it was a friendly holt to save him; he also took holt of him in the house in the same way; when he seized him on the bray, he said it was better to have nothing to do in the matter, he also brought him out of the house, when he was struck, but surely not by REILLY.

To the Court--At both times that REILLY had hold of him, to the best of witnesses opinion, it was to save him from being beat; when he was struck outside, REILLY said to the striker, 'don't do that again.'

Mr. THOMPSON--You never told me that when you were swearing your informations the other day.

Cross-examination continued--Was only a few perches out of the farm when I met the first three; they had a girl--a sister of one of the party-- and I had another, before anything happened to me, Patt M'KEON was not present; said myself that I was able to kick Michael BRADY; will not swear that a blow had been struck against me at the time; on his oath, when Francis BRADY had a hold of him, it was not to get him beaten, as he believes, but to keep him from fighting; when they were passing me that said it was time I should be going home; I turned back on the road, when they said this, toward where they were; the two men then got holt of me, I broke out from them and struck Michael BRADY; that was not the first blow, for I was struck by Michael BRADY, before I was held by the other two; I could have gone home quietly when a few blows were struck, but they sent word for a party to Stradone; did not hear them sending that word, am only swearing what the old women in the country said afterwards; went into RORKE's house, because I was afraid of them; by them, I mean seven men, two of whom I think was saving me on the road, and four of whom I had never seen; I was not afraid of James REILLY, nor Francis BRADY, nor of Peter CONLAN, nor of any of the rest but Michael BRADY; heard a party running after me, and went in from them; when I went into the house the door was closed, but soon after it was broken in with a kick; Andrew BRADY came first and seized me by the neck, I got hold of him by the 'bob' and pulled him down with me; could not swear that it was not I knocked him down; I did not knock him down, I'll leave it to himself if I did. Michael BRADY struck me and kicked me when I was down; this was when I was pulling the 'bob' out of Andrew BRADY; could not know right who else kicked or struck me; but they whom I mentioned where in the house, as there were also several others there; do not know if any of the others, who were present were there for the purpose of beating me.

Mr. THOMPSON thought it immaterial to ascertain this; they were members of a party who came to beat the prosecutor, and this was enough.

Mr. M'GAURAN would not quite agree in this; James REILLY and Francis BRADY were there actually, and yet the prosecutor swear that, to the best of his opinion, they were his friends. Why not the others have been there similarly?

John RORKE--Remembers M'KEON coming to his house; witness and wife were in the kitchen; could not say who came in with him; the door was soon broken with a few kicks; it was easily done, for it was a bad one; saw M'KEON beaten, but knows not who beat him, nor saw one of them until the candle was lighted, and then a number of persons were in the custody of the police. As far as witness knows, his daughter opened the door, when a few kicks were made at it; only a little bit of it was broken.

Cross examined by Sergeant BRENNAN of the Police--Told the people who were kicking the to desist or I would prosecute them.

Ann RORKE sworn--The door was kicked at and a little of it broken; witness opened it at M'KEON's suggestion, and then certain parties came in; knows not who came in first, nor who beat M'KEON.

To Mr. ERSKINE--Did not beat him myself, my father or brother might have heard M'KEON telling me to open the door but they might not have heard it.

M'KEON first said he had no knowledge of telling her this, but then answered positively that he never told her so.

Pat RORKE--Was with M'KEON from Stradone when the Brady's and James REILLY passed, they said something, and M'KEON returned and caught hold of James REILLY, and to Michael BRADY repeating something, M'KEON said, I could kick you any way; heard James REILLY saying when he and complainant were in 'hoults" that they were good friends and would not fight. The door was kicked at, but the bolt was not broken, only slipped in the usual way; it is safe yet.

Sergeant BRENNAN--Did they not break in the door, your worships?

Mr. M'GAURAN--Stop Sir, you shan't interrupt me to make your speech by and bye; learn to conduct yourself.

Witness to Mr. M'GAURAN--Did not hear of any person running after M'KEON, when he came into the house, nor did he say a word of being afraid of being beaten when turned into the house; it is his usual course to turn in there.

Mr. ERSKINE--You were a nice friend, when the beating was going on in the house you were under a bed or somewhere else, and let your friend get whacked, and then you ran away from the place. I don't believe a word you swear.

Mr. THOMPSON--Nor I, nor what the sister or father swore.

Mr. M'GAURAN--All the better from my client, as they are your crown witnesses.

Sergeant BRENNAN sworn--Arrested seven persons at different times and places, and they all had "blood" upon them.


BRENNAN--No, nor Francis BRADY; all the rest had; Michael BRADY told me that he had been in the house and no one struck M'KEON, but himself, and his brother.

To Mr. M'GAURAN--Don't know whether Michael BRADY said that he and M'KEON were fighting before they came into the house.

Mr. M'GAURAN--In other words, because that would have saved him, and you were only to take down what would injure him.

BRENNAN--If BRADY had said so, I would have taken it down, but I am not aware whether he said it or not; I did not take any note of what he said at all, and all I swear is from recollection. Examined the door, it was broken, but the bolt was not broken.

Mr. M'GAURAN said the course he would take with the defendants would depend on their worships. All arose out of a drunken squabble; there was clearly no premeditation, and he thought their worships should deal similarly with it.

Mr. THOMPSON said that they were disposed to do so.

Mr. M'GAURAN then said that he would call upon a witness to prove that M'KEON first struck upon the road; this would not justy (sic), but it would extenuate it, the breaking in of the house. I would show M'KEON was the first aggressor, and that what he got, he is in a certain sense brought on himself by his unprovoked attack. There was no evidence of assault except against Andrew and Michael BRADY. Was there evidence to show that the others, though present, were there with an improper purpose? James REILLY was present, but it was as the friend of M'KEON; why might not the others be there in the same circum- stances? And is it now well known that when a row gets up every one that passes by will look in to see what is going on? He felt quite sure their worships would see that there might be, and were actually there, persons who never assaulted M'KEON at all. He would not call on any witness.

There Worships then made their order.

The case as against James REILLY and Francis BRADY was dismissed. As against the other, it was decided in such a way, that they should be fined £2 10s each; or imprisoned for two months at hard labour.

July 13, 1854

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE.--On Saturday morning, the 8th instant, about one o'clock, the neighbourhood of Butlersbridge was thrown into great alarm, in consequence of a son of Mr. John HUMPHRYS, of Kilnaglere, apprising the police that his father had committed suicide by cutting his throat. Surgeon ATKIN, of Ballyhaise, was promptly in attendance, but before his arrival the unfortunate man had ceased to exist. An inquest was held on Sunday by Mr. POLLOCK, one of the coroners of this county, and after examining some witnesses, the jury returned the following verdict:--"That John HUMPHRYS com- mitted suicide whilst labouring under a fit of temporary insanity."

THE TWELFTH OF JULY IN CAVAN.--This one time celebrated anniversary passed off more quietly than any one could expect. With the exception of a pair of flags that were attached to the pinacles of the church, we saw no emblem or badge of any kind during the day. There was little sign of merry making on the occasion; no noise was heard, no evidence of drinking made manifest in our streets. This is a state of things which we could never sufficiently applaud.


June 29, at Dublin Castle, the residence of her father, George L'ESTRANGE, Esq., Chamberlain to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs. HAMILTON, of Fenmore, of a daughter.

July 20, 1854

Dunowen, Oldcastle, July 18, 1854

Dear sir,--I read in your paper a fortnight since, an article in the spirit of which I cordially concur, but must state that the facts mentioned are not equally unexceptionable. I allude to the scenes in the petty sessions court, and beg to tell you that you were misinformed on the subject. NEILL, the Protestant, was fined £5, and KELLET and BRADY, Catholics, after him, only £1. No magistrate upon either occasion left the bench "in disgust" or otherwise.--I am, dear sir, yours, &c.;

OBSTRUCTING THE MAIL--On Wednesday night last, as the mail that passed through this town from Enniskillen to Dublin, had come within a short distance of the New Inns, a place distant about ten miles from Cavan, the coachman observed upon the road, almost in the very centre of it, an obstacle in the shape of the roots and block of a large tree. He was of opinion that it was not left there accidentally, and we know not how to disagree with him. But for the caution of the coachman, the coach might have been upset, and the passengers killed or severely injured.

A CAVAN WOMAN--On Thursday, the 13th inst., Mrs. Michael SMYTH, of Ryeforth, Parish of Denn, in this county, gave birth to three sons, all with their mother, doing admirably well. Mrs. SMYTH has now had nine sons and two daughters, eight of the former, and one of the latter, living. We move that she get a premium. The infants are so remarkabley like other, that they were obliged to have different marks, with names attached to them, in order to distinguish one from the other.


July 11, at Edinburgh, the wife of Joseph STORY, Esq., of Bingfield, county of Cavan.

July 27, 1854


This week, we feel regret at having to announce the death of the Right Rev. John LESLIE, D.D., Lord Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin, and Ardagh, which occurred at Kilmore Palace, about twelve o'clock on Saturday last, the 22nd, from a very severe attack of crysipelas in the head. His lordship was in the eighty-second year of his age, and was consecrated Bishop of Dromore in 1812--translated to Elphin in 1819-- and, under the Church Temporalities Bill, took possession of Kilmore in 1841. By his death there will be a considerable accession to the revenue of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, his successor having to pay a large per centage of his income, from which the late Bishop was exempt, and there will also be a saving of the sum the board had to pay to equalize the income of Kilmore with that of Elphin. His successor will have to pay a charge to his executors of £13,000 for building the see house, the late Bishop having been made, by a special act of Parliament, to stand in the position of builder. His lordship was a most worthy prelate and much respected by his clergy.

Lord Farnham arrived on Saturday last, at his delightful residence, Farnham house. We were delighted to see that his Lordship and Lady Farnham were looking remarkable well, and what we have heard of them since confirms us in the impression which appearance produced.

ACCIDENT AT CAVAN CHURCH--On Tuesday last a part of the scaffolding, used in the additions that are being made to our church, gave way, and two men, NUGENT and REILLY, were thrown from a height of about sixty feet. They were at once conveyed to our county infirmary, where it was ascertained that NUGENT's leg was fractured, and that REILLY was very little injured. He has gone out of the establishment and NUGENT is recovering well.

CAVAN MILITIA--The Marquis of Headford, Lieutenant of this county, has been pleased to appoint Thomas G. J. PHILLIPS, Esq., of Glenview, to a Lieutenancy in the Cavan militia, vice John GUMLEY, Esq., resigned.

REJOICINGS IN BALLYHAISE--On Monday night last the Rev. John MATHEWS returned to Ballyhaise, after a months absence, quite restored to health. It was eight o'clock when he returned, and yet the parishioners, all in a moment, assembled, and collected materials or a very fine pyramid fire, the blaze of which, our correspondent tells us was "awfully grand." Not a pane of glass in the town was illuminated; Mr. A. of this sect vied with Mr. B. of that; Mr. C. the radical emulated Mr. D., the tory, in showing by their demonstrations the attachment they felt towards their old pastor. Messrs. GILLIS and PRUNTY regaled the multitude with spirits and ale, after which all retired in good order, having first satisfied themselves with dancing to the tune of "You're welcome home, my darling."

THE WEATHER--THE CROPS--For the last four days nothing could be more propitious than the weather. Dry, sunshiny days, in a haymaking, fruit-growing are all that could be desired, and the people in our neighbourhood are taking advantage of them....

David BROWN, late of Latt, in the county of Cavan, labourer.


On the 21st inst. at Liverpool, the wife of Mr. S. T. FARRELLY of a daughter.


On Wednesday, the 26th inst. by the Rev. John DARLESS, C.C. in the Roman Catholic Church, in Boherquill, in the parish of Street and county of Westmeath, Mr. Peter M'GAURAN, of Creehan, Cavan, to Marcelia, second daughter of Mr. Mathew M'KEON, of Edgeworths- town, in the county of Longford.

On the 12th inst. at Monkstown Church, by the Rev. William Smyth GUINNESS, rector of Rathdrum, Archibald ROBERSON, Esq., late of the 51st Light Infantry, to Margaret, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Arthur GUINNESS, incumbent of Seaton Carew, county Durham.

(Within One Mile of Killeshandra)
REF R. D. ALLEN, A. B., Master

AT EXAMINATIONS held on the 19th and 20th JUNE, the following young Gentlemen obtained the number of Premiums annexed to their names, the subjects of examination being the Classics, Geometry, Algebra, Plane and Spherical Trigonometry, Salmon's Analytic Geometry, the Calculus, and English in all its branches.

First Rank--ALLEN, R, 5; ALLEN, R. A., 3; WADE, C., 2; STRIKE, W., 4; HOWLIN, 1; MARTIN, C. W., 2; CLIFFORD, Robt. 2; CLIFFORD, Richd., 2; AUCHINLECK, 3; ARMSTRONG, H., 2; LEWIS, 4; ARCHDALL, 1; ARMSTRONG, J., 1; MARTIN, C., 5; PERCY, J., 1; STRIKE, 5; ALLEN, C., 1.


The following Honors have been obtained during the present year, in Trinity College, Dublin, by young gentlemen educated exclusively at this school:--


Mr. Henry MARTIN........A Catechotical Premium.


Mr. Henry MARTIN....A Science Honor of First Rank.
Mr. Henry MARTIN....A Catechetical Premium.

And at the Divinity Examinations recently held, Mr. J. C. MARTIN obtained the high distinction of being placed Second of the First Class.

Vacation will end on the 8th August.

MR. ALLEN has promised to refer to the Rev. J. C. MARTIN, D.C., Ex-Fellow, T.C.D., Rector of Killeshandra, whose sons are pupils in the school; and to the Rev. F. SAUNDRERSON, Rector of Kildallon.

July 6th, 1854.

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