Published in Cavan, county Cavan

December 3, 1857

Our valued correspondent from Belturbet writes to say, that on Sunday morning and evening last, the Rev. W. P. MOORE, Head Master of our Royal School, preached two most eloquent and impressive sermons, in the church of Belturbet, on behalf of the above society, to large and attentive audiences. The rev. gentlemen(sic) took for his text in the morning – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem – they shall prosper that love thee;” and in the evening – “My heart’s desire and prarer(sic) for Israel is, that they may be saved.” Both discourses were characterized by profound reasoning, Biblical Theology, and high-toned eloquence. The collections at each service were handsome.

The report of this meeting, held in Belturbet, on Monday evening last, is in type, but want of space precludes its insertion this week. It will be attended to in our next, when a lengthened detail of the proceedings will be given.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES – RIBBONISM. – As a respectable(sic) young man, named Pat LYNCH, of Ark ill, near Ballinagh, was returning home from the market of the last named town, on Saturday, the 28th ult., he was set on by a party of five men, who beat him in a cruel and inhuman manner, giving him a desparate cut on the forehead and nearly knocking out his left eye, in consequence of which he has since been confined to his bed, and attended by Dr. O’REILLY. The cause assigned for this cowardly, cold-blooded act, is because he is not a ribbonman, and therefore not up to the times. A similar act was perpetrated on a poor old man, from near Arvagh, on the previous Saturday night, when leaving the above named town. Also on the same night, as the Kilnaleck party of constabulary was returning from patrol, and lying in ambush convenient to Lihra Cross, between Crosskeys and Kilnaleck, the(sic) came in with a large party approaching to where the police were in ambush ; they distinctly heard them drilling ; one of whom giving the word of command, “Shoulder arms, quick march, half-front, dress,” by one who must have had a thorough knowledge of the drill, as at present practiced in the army. This is the fruits of reducing the constabulary of this county 100 men, leaving only a few in each station, and breaking up others altogether, which enlarges the districts, and throws an additional burden on the few remaining, and who, in such stations as disposed, or stem the bide of Ribbonism, which is at present greatly on the increase.

SUDDEN DEATH. – A case of awfully sudden death occurred on Sunday evening, in the Artillery Garrison, Woolwich. The Rev. Sanford CONNOR, assistant military chaplain, having complained of indisposition that morning, the order for the performance of Divine service, at which it was his duty to officiate, was in consequence countermanded, and the reverend gentleman, although not seriously complaining, confined himself to his quarters. About the middle of the day, his servant entering his room found him in a state of syncope, whereupon he immediately ran for the assistance of the Rev. A. M. WRIGHT, one of the chaplains of the garrison, who ordered him to procure the attendance of a medical officer of the establishment. Drs. WARREN and LITTLE were promptly on the spot, but found that life was quite extinct. The deceased was about 30 years of age. A post mortem examination will be made on the body, pending which it is supposed the deceased died from cerebral apoplexy.

Wrong none by doing injustice – or omitting(sic) the benefits that are your duty.

Nov. 27, at Fortland, county Cavan, the lady of the Hon. Richard MAXWELL, of a son.

Nov. 25, at Kingston-upon-Hull, by the Rev. H. F. INMAN, Vicar of South Cave. W. CROSTHWAITE, Esq., Dundee, to Emma, second daughter of the late Major WALLER, 21st Royal Scotch Fusiliers, of South Cave.

Nov. 26 , at Bathheaston, by the Rev. T. P. ROGERS, Vicar, Lieut. C. J. CODBY, H.E.I.C.S., to Millicent Harriet, youngest daughter of the late W. PERCIVAL, Esq., of Kinghtsbrook, county Meath.

Nov. 27, at Bengro Hall, Herts, Admiral GOSSELIN, in the ninety-third of his age.

Sept. 11, in camp, at Delhi, of a mortal wound, received in action when storming the breach, Lieutenant SPEKE, of the 65th Regiment Bengal Infantry, attached to the 1st European Bengal Fusiliers.

BRUTAL OUTRAGE. – On the last fair night of Enniskillen, as a man of Mr. LANG’ s, of Belturbet, named MATHEWS, was driving his master’s cattle from the fair, and on coming near Corromonaghan, within a mile and a half of Derrylin, he was met by a fellow, who came up and asked him if he was a Protestant. The man replied that he was, after which he received several severe blows on the head, which fractured his skull. He has since been under the care of Doctor HUMPHREYS, of Belturbet, who, up to the present cannot pronounce his life out of danger. On the active Head Constable EGAN, of Derrylin, hearing of the circumstances of the outrage, he proceeded where Matthews was, and found him in a very precarious state, and could give no account of the party that beat him. On the following day, the Head Constable missed a notorious character from the neighbourhood, named James M/MANUS, alias Coradiller, and on inquiry he was given to understand that he had started for America. The Head Constable followed, with his party, and arrested him within a mile of Ballyconnell, at four o’ clock in the morning. M’Manus was brought before James BENNISON, Esq., J.P., Ballyconnell, and the evidence to be produced against him by Mr. Egan, being of so clear and distinct a nature, as to leave no doubt of him being the party, he was fully committed to Enniskillen gaol to stand his trial at the next Quarter Sessions.


The annual dinner of the above estates was held on Wednesday, the 25th ult., in the large room of the Market-House, and was well attended by the happy and contented tenantry of Wm. HUMPHREYS, Esq., Ballyhaise House. This excellent landlord annually entertains his tenantry, independently of giving them handsome premiums for the exhibition of Stock and Green Crops. As will be observed also by the premium list, Mrs. HUMPHREYS takes an active part in this good and laudable object.

THE DINNER. As we stated in our last publication was supplied by Mr. KENNEDY of Ballyhaise, and was well and plentifully served up, in a manner and style that does that gentleman credit, consisting as it did of “the good things of this life.” JAMES M’LENAHAN, Esq., Mr. Humphrys’ (sic) popular and indulgent Agent, occupied the Chair, and was ably supported in the Vice-Chair, by the Rev. ARTHUR MONYPENY. Amongst those present we observed –

James M’LENAHAN, Esq., Wm. HYSLOP, Esq., Wm. REID (Steward), William MOORE, Esq., Cavan ; Henry NESBITT, John EBBITT, Wm. VENN, Michael BURKE, ------- PRIMROSE, and Richard TUBMAN, Esqrs. ; Messrs. Wm. FOSTER, Patrick LYNCH, Patrick DO.LAN, Bernard SHERIDAN, Thomas TOPHAM, Joseph ADAMS, Thomas KENNEDY, Lawrence KENNEDY, John WOODS, James WOODS, ------- HARMAN, Robert FOSTER, &c., &c.;

The cloth having been removed, the worthy Chairman rose and said : -- They had all assembled together at their annual farming dinner. (Hear, hear.) They were all loyal men, and as such as he was convinced they would have no objection to drink the toast he was about to give them. (Hear and cheers). Her Majesty the Queen lived in the hearts and affections of a loyal and devoted people. He would therefore call upon them to fill their glasses, and drink with “ three times three,” “ The health of her Majesty, Queen Victoria, and may she have a long, prosperous, and happy reign.” (Drank amid applause.)

Chairman – Gentlemen, now that you have drank the health of our gracious Queen in so enthusiastic a manner, I ask you again to fill your glasses. The Prince Consort was a good farmer, and took a leading part in forwarding the interests of the leading Agricultural Societies of England. I shall call upon you to drink, with “three times three,” “The Prince Consort, Albert Prince of Wales, and the rest of the Royal Family” (Loud cheers.) “May the Princess Royal, about to be shortly united to a foreign Prince, imitate the example of her Royal Mother.” (Deafening plaudits.)

The Chairman again rose – They were getting on very well. (Hear and cheers.) The next toast, he was sure, would be drunk with the same enthusiasm as the two proceding(sic) toasts, the one he was now about to propose. They had a gallant Army and an invincible Navy ; and the Navy of England had proved itself “ Mistress of the Seas.” (Loud cheers.) He would not detain them further, but would request them to fill a bumper, and drink, with “three times three,” “ The Army and Navy of England.” (Applause.)

Chairman – Gentlemen, the next toast which I about to give you is one in which we are all deeply interested. I shall give you “Continued prosperity to Ireland, and may she use Agriculture as her highest and most beneficial interest.” (Drank with loud cheers.)

The Chairman would give them another farming toast. It was peculiarly a farmer’s toast. “Speed the Plough” should be looked up to by them as a matter in which they all felt deeply interested. (Hear, and cheers.) It used to be said that they could not get on well in Ireland without manufacures ; but Ireland was not at all a manufacturing country, if he excepted the Linen Trade, in which she stood pre-eminent. Considering the state of the sister country at present, in which so many bankrupts were being made by large and extensive houses failing, they had a right to feel thankful that this country was enjoying such prosperity. (Hear and cheers.) No doubt, but England would have to yet establish her soup kitchens, same as once had to be done here ; but, thank God, universal prosperity seemed to crown all their efforts. (Applause.) It often struck him forcibly the difference between the artisan of the sister country, and the state of themselves. Here we have a people, able and stout, and willing to work. In these respects there was a vast difference between the people of the two countries. He would not detain them further, but would call upon them to drink in flowing glasses, “Speed the Plough.” (Drank amid deafening plaudits.)

The Chairman called for a bumper, and after an excellent preface to the toast gave

“The health of William Humphreys, Esq.” (The toast was drank with deafening plaudits, and “one cheer more” – and “another cheer,” which lasted for some time.) The toast was duly acknowledged by the Vice-Chairman.

Chairman – We have just drank the health of your excellent landlord. (hear, hear.) Now, with your permission, I shall give you another toast. It is the health of a lady who is an ornament to her sex, and is not a whit behind her husband in looking after the interests of the Ballyhaise estates. Mrs. Humphry’ s deserves your respect, and esteem, and love, and that, too, in the warmest way you can evince it. She not only gives her premiums, but she looks after your social and domestic comforts. (Loud cheers.) This she has already shown. But, then, again she is anxious that your children should be well educated, which is best known by the attendance of the children at the numerous schools. I will not detain you further, beyond giving

“To the health of Mrs. Humphreys.” (The cheering that followed the announcement of this toast was truly deafening.)

Chairman – I shall now proceed to read you the list of premiums, and my only regret is that your landlord is not present to do so. (Loud cheers.) It is not his fault, as he had to leave home on important business. (Hear, hear.) Had he been here he would be filling the chair which I now occupy. Mr. M’ Lenahan then read the following adjudications : --

1st, Mr. Henry Nesbitt, Ballyhaise, £1 5s. ;
2nd, do, £1 ;
3rd, do., 17s. 6d.
4th, Mr. Joseph Johnstone, Lissagoan, 15s.

1st, r. Bernard Sheridan, Ballyhaise, £1.
2nd, Mr. John Brady, Carrickmore, 17s. 6d. ;
3d, ditto, 15s.
4th, Laurence Kennedy, Ballyhaise, 12s. 6d.

1st, Mr. Robert Foster, Drumliff, £1.
2nd, Rev. Mr. Monypeny, Broomfield, 17s. 6d.
3rd, Mr. Robert Foster, Drumliff, 15s.
4th, Mr. Joseph Johnstone, Lissagoan, 10s.

1st, Mr. Thomas Kennedy, Killyvanny, 17s. 6d.
2nd, Mr. John Wood, Drumliff, 15s.
3rd, Mr. Henry Scarlett, Lissagoan, 10s.
4th, Mr. Patrick Reilly, Corgarive, 7s. 6d.

1st, Mr. Henry Nesbitt, Ballyhaise, £1 ;
2nd, do., 17 6d. ;
3rd, do., 15s.
4th, Mr. Robert Foster, Drumliff, 10s.

1st, Mr. Patrick Rudden, Brockley, 17s. 6d.
2nd, Mr. William Phair, Drumliff, 15s.
3rd, Mr. John Brady, Carrickmore, 10s.
4th, Mr. James Wood, Drumliff, 7s. 6d.

1st, Mr. Thomas Topham, Lissagoan, £2.

SECOND CLASS – FARMS 18A. AND ABOVE 10A. : Tillage Farms –
1st, Mr. James Dolar, Cornamuckla, £1 10s.
2nd, Mr. Thomas Shannaghey, Cornamuckla, £1 5s.
3d, Mr. John Ebbitt, Killyvanny, £1
4th, William Dolan, Cornamuckla, 15s.

THIRD CLASS. – FARMS 10A. OR UNDER : Tillage Farm –
1st, Mr. Matthew M’Annurney, Corgarive, £1 5s.
2nd, Mr. Farrell Fox, Cornamuckla, £1.
3rd, William Phair, Drumliff, 15s.

1st, Mr. William Foster, Kilmainham, £1 10s.
2nd, Mr. William Moore, Ballymackarue, £1.
3rd, Mr. John Moore, Ballymackarue, 15s.
4th, Mr. Henry Nesbitt, Raheg, 10s.

1st, Mr. Patrick Lynch, Barcony, £1.
2nd, Mr. Richard Tubman, Crossreagh, 15s.
3rd, Mr. Robert Foster, Drumliff, 10s.
4th, Mr. Thomas Shannaghey, Cornamuckla, 7s. 6d.

1st, Mr. Mathew M’Annurney, Corgarive, 15s.
2nd, Mr. James Dolan, Cornamuckla, 12s. 6d.
3rd, Mr. Farrell Fox, Cornamuckla, 10s.
4th Mrs. Widow Fox, Cornamuckla, 7s. 6d.

1st, Mr. Pat. Lynch, Barcony, £1 10s.
2nd, Mr. Thomas Shannaghey, Cornamuckla, £1 5s.
3rd, Mr. Patrick Fagan, Barcony, £1.

SECOND CLASS. – FARMS 10A. AND UNDER: For Clean and Neat Kept Farm Steadings –
Mr. John Wood, Drumliff, £1 5s.
2nd, Mr. Farrell Fox, Cornamuckla, £1.
3rd, Mr. William Phair, Drumliff, 15s.
4th, Mr. William Dolan, Cornamuckla, 10s.

Chairman – Well, gentlemen, I have now got through this part of the business of the evening. – (Hear, hear.) I should like to see new hands entering for our next premiums, and I hope we shall. It appears the old ones are determined to still contest stiffly the ground every inch. This is our sixth year for giving premiums, and I trust we will still continue to go on well in the good work. (Loud cheers.)

Mr. H. Nesbitt -- We’ll try them three years more at any rate. (Hear and cheers.)

Chairman – Mr. and Mrs. Humphrys’ are determined to do so, and they will continue to give them for the next three years, if we be all living and well. I am pretty independent of you all – (laughter) – and I suggested to Mr. Humphrys’ to withdraw the premiums, but what was his reply, -- “I think it is better for us still to go on” (Applause, and cries of “long may he and Mrs. Humphrys’ live.”) The worthy chairman then asked the successful candidates the various implements they would select. Some chose churning machines, ploughs, time-pieces, &c., when a note was taken of each candidate’s choice, for which orders will be given to the full amount.

The Chairman then called upon them to fill a bumper. After reading out the premiums, he had now a very important duty to discharge. (Hear, hear.) They had selected gentlemen to judge the various green crops, &c., and without their aid, they could not have known their premiums. (Hear, hear.) The office of Judge was a most important one, and those filling that office required to be men of skill, experience, and talent. (Hear, hear.) We have been going on this way for the last ten years ; and taking the whole competitors, as a body, he never found that they had any complaints to make. (Applause.) – The office of a Judge was also looked upon as a very invidious task. It required him to have a sound and extensive knowledge of farming in all its varied and different branches. (hear, hear.) They had no Judges hitherto more anxious to discharge their duties to the satisfaction of all, than the gentlemen present that evening. (Loud cheers.) He called upon them to thank the Judges, by drinking their healths with all the honours they deserved. (Loud plaudits.) -- “The healths of the Judges, Messrs. Burke and Primrose,” were then drank amid the most marked enthusiasm.

Michael Burke, Esq., rose to respond on behalf of himself and his brother Judge, during which he made an admirable and practical speech. He concluded his address by passing well-merited encomiums on their worthy and indefatigable agent, James M’Lenahan, Esq., and called for a bumper. The highly respectable company having “charged,” Mr. Burke gave them the toast of “James M’Lenahan, Esq., the indulgent agent of the Ballyhaise estates – long life and prosperity to him.” (The toast was drank amid bursts of applause, and “one cheer more.” )

The Chairman rose to respond, his rising was the signal for a volley of cheers which lasted for some time. Silence having been given – He said that the thanked them sincerely for the manner his health had been proposed by Mr. Burke, and so enthusiastically drank by them all. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Burke had taken him rather unawares, but it was no new thing for him to respond to their kind wishes. He had often thanked them before, and he hoped he would often do so again. (Loud cheers, and cries of “you are worthy of our thanks.”) Twenty-seven years in Ireland ought to have learned him how to perform his duties ; and seeing the good feeling that exists on the estates he had the honour to manage, amongst their excellent landlord and his prosperous and peaceable tenantry, he trusted he would be long spared to witness that feeling growing stronger and stronger. (Loud applause.) In the year 1833, he began to establish ploughing matches in Tyrone, at first he had a good deal to contend with. But they were not discouraged, and he had the pleasure of telling them that they, in the end, surmounted all the difficulties that, at first, presented themselves. (Hear and cheers.) The good spirit exhibited at these ploughing matches, gave him great satisfaction. Some of the large landed proprietors of the county Tyrone, did not attend, but that did not prevent him carrying out these useful meetings. (Hear, hear.) Their worthy landlord Mr. Humphrys, since he established these Societies on his estates, had been seldom or ever absent, and only he was suddenly called to the county of Down, he would be occupying the place I now do. He thought to have been with you, and would, only that he had to round by Dublin on his return home. (Hear, hear.) But if he was not with them in person, his heart was with them. (Deafening cheers.) He bids you “go on, go on;” and I fully Agree with him – (Several Voices simultaneously – “And so do we all.”) All he wanted was Mr. Humphrys’ sanction for carrying on these meetings, and they had got it – that, in itself, evinced his interest for the welfare of his tenantry. (Loud cheers.) He thanked them, one and all, for the honour they had done him ; they had never had any disputes, and no quarrels, unless some little difficulty to contend with at the starting, but this had been overcome, and now they were going on well. (Loud cheers.) It was sometimes hard to move good farmers from their own way of getting on, but when they were moved they always went on cheerfully. (Hear, hear.)

The next toast was – “The successful candidates,” which was responded to.

“The unsuccessful candidates” was next given.

Mr. Topham replied on behalf of “the unsuccessful candidates.” He hoped next year he would be at the head of the list. (Hear, hear.)

The next toast was – “Prosperity to those who wish it to others.”

“The strangers present, and the health of Mr. Adams.”

Mr. Adams responded in a neat and pithy speech.

The Chairman then gave – “Breeding in all its branches.”

Rev. Mr. Monypeny responded ; and on rising was most lustily cheered. He never felt more happy than in the society of his brother farmers. (Loud cheers.) He had much experience in the world, and when he looked abroad amongst mankind, he found there were great rogues. (Laughter and cheers.) Virgil himself had well defined this ; but he would say, that if there was honestly at all to be found, it was with the agricultural classes. (Renewed cheering.) He loved the rural, honest, hard-working tenant. The tie which binds him to his landlord, when he is a good one, resembles the link of Heaven itself. He could not expatiate too fully on the excellence of the industrious tillers of the soil ; they were the bone and sinew of the Emerald Isle. (Applause.) Since their excellent Farming Society had been established by their indulgent landlord, he had been present at all their meetings, and a “poor two-year-old” had privileged him to be there that evening. (Laughter and cheers.) The agent was present, and allow me to introduce you to him. He is an excellent man. (Cheers.) We are now in ’57, and the landlord who had won your confidence in ’47, still carried on his good work amongst you. (Loud cheers.) He has not betrayed you. No, here we are still under the same excellent landlord, and the same indulgent agent. (Deafening plaudits.) These are honest truths, consequently they admit of no contradiction. The rents have not been raised upon you. Both the landlord and agent carry out the motto of “live and let live ;” and both deserve our warmest thanks. (Several Voices – “And they have our best thanks.”) After some other excellent remarks on the rotatory cropping system, the rev. gentleman sat down amid the most marked enthusiasm.

The Chairman next gave – “The welfare of the labouring classes in the county of Cavan.” They should all encourage, as far as in their power, those who tilled the soil, and give them good wages. (Hear, hear.) They had lost many hundreds of labourers who had left the country for want of employment, and who were much wanted here at present. (Hear, hear.) The toast was drank with cheering, when

Rev. Mr. Monypeny made some useful remarks on the subject.

“The soiling system – cut and come again.” This toast was warmly drank.

The excellent Chairman concluded the proceedings by giving “Our next merry meeting,” after which the respectable assemblage of tenantry, (some who had come all the way from Mountnugent,) separated highly pleased with the evening’s entertainment, and by giving three stentorian cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Humphrys, and their faithful agent.

SUICIDE FROM EXCESSIVE GRIEF FOR THE LOSS OF A CHILD. – Thursday evening, an inquiry took place at the Lord Wellington Tavern, University-street, Tottenham-court-road, before Mr. WAKLEY, coroner for the Western division of Middlesex, on view of the body of Mrs. Jane ASHLEY, aged thirty-eight, a respectable married woman, who committed suicide by taking oil of vitriol. The principal evidence was that of Mr. John O’BRIEN, who said he lived in the same house as the deceased. Remembered the day when the deceased took the poison. She came into witness’s room, and said to him and his wife, “Good-bye, Mr. and Mrs. O’ Brien, I have lost my precious child, and I am going to join her in the grave;” at the same time the poor woman, before witness could prevent her, drank the poison out of a cup. Witness ran out for a surgeon, and while he was gone the deceased threatened to cut his (witness’s) wife’s throat with a large table knife, saying “if you will not cut my throat, I will yours.” His wife was so alarmed that she fell into a fit, and had since been in the hospital, having been bled and blistered. Dr. MUSHETT, of the hospital, said deceased’s death was caused by the oil of vitriol she had swallowed. The jury observed it was a most melancholy case, and returned a verdict of “insanity.”

December 24, 1857

SUDDEN DEATH OF MR. HUGH MORRISON. – We regret to have to announce the sudden death of Mr. Hugh MORRISON, the proprietor of the well-known posting establishment in Montgomery-street. From the enquiries we have made, it appears that Mr. MORRISON left town yesterday morning, on an outside car, for the purpose of visiting Mr. GREG’s (Ballymenoch), to make some purchases. He drove the car up the back avenue, when the horse – a young animal – rushed into some of the "ruts" of a freshly-ploughed field. The car was overturned, and came, with its whole force, on Mr. MORRISON, causing instant death. What adds to the melancholy nature of the event is the fact, that Mrs. MORRISON is, at present, lying in a dangerous state of health. – Whig.

THE WEATHER. – During the whole of Sunday, the wind was very high, and, although from inquiries we have, we cannot learn of much damage having been done to property in the Belfast Lough, still we fear much loss must have been sustained by shipping which may have been navigating the North Channel. By the Dubling(sic) papers, we learn that the recent gale has been very severe : -- "The City of Dublin Company’s steamer " Ballinasloe," which left Liverpool, on Thursday, met the full fury of the gale, which rose to such an extent on Friday, that she had to run for Holyhead, where she safely arrived on that day, owing to the exertions of Captain REYNOLDS and the crew under his command. She arrived at the North-wall, on Saturday evening, after a most tempestuous voyage. – Ibid.


On Thursday, 17th instant, at Castlehamilton, Killeshandra, Miss Maude V. HAMILTON, fifth child of James HAMILTON, Esq. On yesterday, at Creigham, Mrs. Peter MAGOVERN, much and deservedly regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

December 16, at the residence of Mr. John MOORE, Newry, Robert T. EAKIN, youngest son of Mr. James EAKIN, Glasslough, County of Monaghan, aged twenty years.



A LIST of Applications received by the Clerk of the Peace from Persons seeking

For the Sale of Beer, Spirits, &c., by Retail, within said County, pursuant
to the 3rd and 4th Wm. IV., ch. 68 ; 6th and 7th Wm. IV., ch. 38 ; 17th and
18th Vic., ch. 89 ; and 18th and 19th Vic. ch. 62 ; to be heard and enquired into
at BAILIEBOROUGH on THURSDAY, the 31st day of DECEMBER instant,
immediately after the Grand Jury shall have been Sworn.

No. Name. Residence. Parish. Barony.
1 CASSERLY, Patrick Drumnatrade Kildrumsheridan Tullygarvey
2 FAY, Bernard Seeoran Knockbride Clonkee
3 HAMILL, Owen Market-street, Cootehill Drumgoon Tullygarvey
4 M’CABE, Patrick Drumanespick Bailieborough Clonkee
5 M'GOVERN, Farrell Market-street, Cootehill Drumgoon Tullygarvey
6 M’KENNA, James Shercock Shercock Clonkee
7 SMITH, Andrew Cootehill Drumgoon Tullygarvey
8 SMITH, Andrew Cootehill Drumgoon Tullygarvey

December 31, 1857

December 18, at Ardee House, county Louth, the wife of William RAXTON? (BAXTON? BARTON?), Esq., of a daughter.
December 18, at Clongill Rectory, County Meath, the wife of the Rev. T. A. STOPFORD, of a daughter. Dec. 13, in Armagh, Mrs. THOMPSON, wife of the Proprietor of the “Armagh Guardian,” of a son.

A PASSENGER’S HEAD CUT OFF ON A STEAM-BOAT. A New York paper says : -- An inquest was held on board the steam-boat North America on the body of a man who met with a sudden and terrible death on board the boat during its passage on Thursday from Rondoubt to this city. The deceased came on board the steamer at Rondout(sic) on Thursday, and paid his passage to this city, he being somewhat intoxicated at the time. About half-an-hour after the boat left the Rondoubt, the body of deceased was discovered in the crank room, and the head completely severed from the body lying near it, but horribly crushed and mutilated. In one of his pockets was found a bottle of brandy.

A PROLIFIC GRANNY. – Died at Sunderland, aged nearly 100 years, Hannah NIXON. She had lived in the house in which she died about forty years, and was grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother to 106 children.

Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

December 5, 1857


The usual fortnightly court of Petty Sessions was held on Monday last. Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., presiding. Other Justices present--Joseph STOREY, William SMITH, and William BABINGTON, M.D., Esqrs.

There was a considerable number of cases for hearing, and the Bench was occupied from 12 o'clock till three in the afternoon.


Terence MONAHAN summoned Michael WYNNE for refusing to give up possession of a house held by defendant at a rent of one penny per week. Defendant denied the title of the complainant, and contended that he had no right to serve him with notices to quit, as the house belonged to Mr. BURROWES of Stradone, and added that the complainant was also a tenant at a penny a week, the same as he was. It appeared from the evidence, however, that WYNNE was originally put in possession as a caretaker, receiving a penny a week, and the consequent upon some subsequent arrangement he became a tenant, paying to MONAHAN the weekly rent of a penny.

The Court considered the tenantcy proved, in fact WYNNE had established tenantcy according to his own evidence by the payment of a weekly rent, and granted a decree accordingly.


Several cases of drunkness came before the court, and were dealt with according to the circumstances connected with them.


Patrick REILLY, a Shoemaker, summoned Mr. Joseph MAGUIRE with a view to the recovery of the sum of 19s--alleged to be due to him as "shoemaker's wages." Complainant said that he made four pair of boots and a pair of "lacers" and "cut out" two small pairs after that making seven pairs altogether; he claimed wages at the rate of 2s. a day, stating that he "could earn 3s. in his own house."

The defendant alleged that the plaintiff had purchased four pecks of potatoes from him at 5d. per stone, which would amount to 16s. 8d., thereby leaving a balance due to him.

Two shoemakers were examined by the Bench, and stated that under the circumstances, the charge made by REILLY, was "far and a way too much." The court allowed 10s. 8d. to plaintiff, for which the defendant expressed his willingness to give him credit.


Mr. John REA appeared before the Bench to ask for an investigation as to the valuation of certain lands held by a Mr. Hugh BYRNE in the matter of which it appeared William SMITH, Esq., is receiver, and for which he refused to pay a certain item in the amount of income tax assessed on the lands aforesaid. The Collector had the amount which Mr. SMITH objected entered in his book, and no matter whether it was correct or not he was bound to collect every sum returned to him. Mr. SMITH refused to pay the amount as he knew the return to be incorrect, but he was quite willing to meet the collector before Mr. TARLETON.

The Chairman did not think the Court had any jurisdiction in the matter, and remarked that Mr. REA had two courses open to him, either to distrain or to settle the matter more amicably by meeting Mr. SMITH before Mr. TARLETON. The final decision of the Bench was that they had no jurisdiction, and the summons was withdrawn.


Mr. James O'BRIEN summoned Captain MICK to recover compensation for a trespass committed by 13 turkeys that became somewhat discursive in their ideas, paying a visit to his field of mangold wurtzel and actually carried off a quantity of the same to the value of £2 10s!

Captain MICK applied for a postponement of the case on the ground that his Solicitor, Mr. Armstrong, was unwell, and consequently unable to attend; of course he had no objection to have the case heard only that he was advised that the proceedings on the part of the complainant were illegal and irregular; as to damage to the extent of £2 10s. having been committed by 13 turkeys on mangold wurtzel, he looked upon it as absurd. The case was postponed till next court day.


William SANDERSON summoned William FEGAN, to recover compensation to the amount of 14s. for allowing 5 cows, his property, to trespass on a garden of rape, mangold and cabbages, &c. Two appraisers, MONTGOMERY and CAMP, had been employed by the plaintiff for the purpose of assessing the damage. MONTGOMERY estimated the damage at 6s. 6d. and CAMP at 14s. The plaintiff stated why he employed the latter was because the former refused to give him a bill.....CAMP on being sworn stated that the damage done as near as he could go to it, was about 15s. and the Bench awarded 10s. and costs.

Mr. SANDERSON--I hope Mr. MONTGOMERY will return me the 1s. 6d. fee that I gave him, in consequence of not giving me a bill.

Chairman--No; you had the benefit of his testimony here today.


MAGAURAN, who had been brought before the Bench on the previous Court day, under the circumstances related in a previous number of the OBSERVER, was again brought forward on Monday, and the evidence having been heard, informations were granted, and the Case returned to the next Quarter Sessions.


John BRADY of Carofin, the circumstances of whose case appeared in our columns, appeared before the Court on Monday, according to the terms of his recognizance, to prosecute. He appeared much improved and in reply to the Bench said that he was getting quite well.

John BRADY, the witness who was examined at the former hearing of the case, appeared unwilling to give any direct evidence whatever, and for a long period, positively evaded the questions of the Bench, as to whether either of the parties charged by him in his informations with the offence, threw the stone.......

Sub-Constable NOLAN repeated his evidence in the same lucid and satisfactory manner that he did on the former occasion, and having heard the testimony of the other Sub-Constable from Belturbet, the Magistrates retired for a few minutes to consider the matter, and on returning to Court,

The Chairman announced their decision as follows: The Magistrates are of opinion that they ought to take informations in this case, and send it before the Quarter Sessions; they will take the same bail upon which the parties have been already standing out. We have reason to believe that you are both of a good character, and therefore, we will allow you to stand out on bail. The parties were then bound in the usual way to give evidence for the prosecution when called on.

The remaining cases were not of public interest.


Nov. 27, at Fortland, in this county, the wife of the Hon. Richard MAXWELL, of a son.

Nov. 21, at Camia Vale, Monaghan, the wife of Captain J. LLOYD, of a daughter.

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