Published in Cavan, county Cavan

September 3, 1857


After a suspension of three months the publication of the ANGLO CELT is this day resumed. In coming before the public to renew our acquaintance, which extended over a period of eight years, we feel it is scarcely necessary to apologise for the unpleasant interruption in our weekly issue. The interest with which a large body of supporters have regarded the ANGLO CELT since it was first originated by the late Mr. WALLACE, has made most of them acquainted with the mistaken conduct of interested parties which led to that result. It is needless, therefore, to say, that the Executor of the late Proprietor is not in any degree chargeable with the inconvenience which has consequently occurred to our Subscribers, who looked to this Journal alone for news of the important County which it represents, in conjunction with the neighbouring district. A brief survey of the recent transactions bearing on this point, is, nevertheless, due to those of our readers who may not be acquainted with the facts of the case.

The Will made by Mr. WALLACE, shortly before his death, bequeathed all his property to his two infant children. The Executors named by it were -- Mr. JOSEPH WALLACE, (the father of the deceased) and Captain GREENE. The latter gentleman, however declined to act. Two Guardians for Mr. WALLACE's children were also appointed, namely, Miss Charlotte BOURNES and Miss Alicia BOURNES. The former of these ladies, without any intimation to the acting Executor, took charge of the establishment, and conducted it until the month of May last. At that time Mr. WALLACE, on visiting Cavan, found that the existing management of the concern, was sadly inefficient, and must, if continued, be fatal to its success. Feeling called on, for the first time, to assert his right as Executor, he was obstructed by this lady, who continued to present impediments to his controul(sic) over the establishment, until the matter was placed before the Master of the Rolls, and finally, by appeal, before the Master in Chancery. The result of the legal proceedings is well known. Master LITTON's judgment was in favour of Mr. WALLACE, who now proceeds to carry out his trust by the publication of this Journal.

In seeking a continuance and extension of the support which has been liberally awarded to the ANGLO CELT, we feel called upon frankly to state the principles which will, in future guide our conduct. It would be idle to attempt to conceal, that for some time before the death of the late Proprietor a change was perceptible in the political bias of this Journal. The past, however, we cannot recal(sic), and for the sentiments which will be entertained in future we feel ourselves alone responsible. Convinced of the value and importance of those time-honoured institutions which have been the beacon-light of all nations aspiring to liberty, civilization, and progress, our support will be warmly given to them, and our influence to those Statesmen who desire to preserve them. So long as the Conservative party is found faithful to a wise, liberal and enlightened policy, it shall have our sympathy and advocacy ; but as the discharge of public duties is our aim, we shall not be prevented by any feeling of personal prejudice from criticising the acts of the Conservative leaders, when at any time they may be found faithless to the important trust reposed in them.

We cannot be expected -- nor is it by any means desirable -- to anticipate by a pre-conceived opinion, the very many subjects of a social and political nature, on which society may be divided. We hope ever to be found advocating views consistent with order, morality, and truth. Resting on those grounds, while the rights of property are respected, we feel that the tillers of the soil are entitled to the considerate attention of all political parties. But, in dealing with the Land Question, we shall ever regard the interests of landlord and tenant as identical ; and in accepting this as an axiom, we are convinced that we adopt the wisest, and most patriotic course which is open to either Statesman or Journalist.

The object now contemplated by the ANGLO CELT, is to represent as a trustworthy and independent organ of the Press, the large, populous, and wealthy county of Cavan, and the important counties adjoining it. Regarding this as our mission, we feel that we shall not appeal in vain for the support which is necessary to sustain a respectable Newspaper. In carrying out this object the local reports will be accurately presented, and matters of interest to this and the surrounding counties will engage our chief attention.

The general direction of the path we shall endeavor to follow is now before our readers. It only remains to say, that the style in which the Journal will be brought out will be such as to recommend it to universal support. Confident that such support will be accorded by the enlightened and discriminating community, in whose interests our energies are henceforth to be used, we place ourselves to-day in their hands by entering upon the revived issue of the ANGLO CELT.

We regret that want of space precludes us publishing the judgment of Master LITTON, as confirmatory of the facts stated in the above article, but next week we will supply this lack. We have, however, to acknowledge the ability of Mr. COX, the Counsel for the Executor, and the efficient services of Mr. WALDRON, the Solicitor who conducted the case.


Married at St. George's Church, Hanover-square, on Saturday last by the Rev. Cloudesley d'Aeth, cousin to the bride, Eleanor Grace, second daughter of Sir Norton KNATCHBULL, Bart., and Lady Knatchbull, of Mersham le Hatch, Kent, to Robert John O'REILLY, Esq., of Mill Castle, county Meath, and son of the late James O'Reilly, Esq., of Baltrasna, in the same county.

September 10, 1857

LIEUTENANT MERVYN HUMPHREYS -- This gallant young officer met his death before Delhi, whilst engaged in the service of his Queen and Country. He was a younger son of William HUMPHREYS, Esq., D.L., & J.P., Ballyhaise house, in this county. The gallant young officer, we have heard, belonged to the 20th Native Infantry which rebelled against British law, and had afterwards joined the 60th Rifles. He was actively doing duty before the city which contained the barbarous insurgents, and fell gloriously, a ball passing through his head. His untimely, though gallant demise, has caused much sorrow in his father's family, a gentleman beloved and esteemed by all who know him.

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES. -- We will shortly have the pleasure of witnessing two attractive agricultural exhibitions in Cavan, viz., the Cattle Shows of the Cavan and Belturbet Union Society, and that of the Earl of Annesley, who annually holds his Cattle Show for the distribution of premiums amongst his tenantry. With regard to the first-mentioned Society, we trust the show will be worthy of those who compose it, and we are satisfied that so far as Captain PHILIPS and P. CAFFREY, Esq., the Honorary Secretaries are concerned, nothing shall be wanting on their part to make the exhibition equal, if not superior to those of former years. The last named is exclusively the Society of the Right Hon. the Earl of Annesley, the noble Lord giving money premiums to be competed for annually upon his extensive property in this county, which is so well and efficiently managed by his worthy agent and uncle, W. A. MOORE, Esq. Such Societies effect a great deal of good ; and when it is considered that Lord Annesley expends upwards of £2,000 a year in giving premiums and paying Agriculturists to instruct his tenants in an improved system of farming, he deserves our meed of praise, and is entitled to the best thanks of a happy and contented tenantry. We sincerely trust his Lordship will honor the meeting with his presence when it comes off.

LORD FARNHAM. -- We understand that the noble Lord, with Lady Farnham and the Hon. Misses Stapleton will return to Farnham House, from the Continent this month, after which the annual and interesting entertainments will be given to the children attending the schools of his Lordship about Farnham, and elsewhere in the vicinity of Cavan.


On the 6th inst., in this town , Ellen, third daughter of James PARKER, Esq., Postmaster and distributor of stamps. The funeral was one of the largest we have seen for a long time -- owing, no doubt, to the esteem in which the father of the deceased is held by all parties here.

THE SEPOY JOURNALS IN IRELAND. -- Will it be believed that some Irish journals can be found to rejoice and gloat over the tidings of English sufferings in India? -- to delight in the treachery, the murders, and unspeakable atrocities committed by the patriot Sepoys of India,,? Happily such brutal journalists are the expections (transcriber's note - that is exactly what is printed, thought they must have meant to print exceptions!) in Ireland. -- Spectator.

September 17, 1857


An inquest was held on the 4th instant, before Wm. POLLOCK, Esq., one of her Majesty's coroners for the county, on view of the body of Philip M'ARNEY, in the townland of Laragh, which was found lying dead.

James HIGGINS, gardiner, to the Hon. Somerset MAXWELL, on being sworn, deposed -- Witness recollects Mr. Wm. JESSOP, Arley Cottage, and Philip M'Arney, the deceased, on the 29th July ult., having gone out in a boat ; they returned, and left the boat ion the quay at Arley Cottage. Mr. Jessop left the deceased to secure the boat ; deceased did not do so, as it was thought Mr. Jessop would soon go out in her again ; deceased came up to where deponent was at work ion front of the Cottage, and asked deponent was Mr. Jessop in the house ; deponent replied in the affirmative ; Mr. Jessop hearing the deceased ask for him, came to the door with a gun in his hand, and asked what was the matter ; deceased asked Mr. Jessop had he lent to boat to any one, who replied in the negative ; deceased said she was lying on Mr. CUMMING's shore ; Mr. Jessop then went to where the boat was, and asked witness to assist him in getting out the boat ; at this time Mr. Jessop had the gun in his hand ; witness and deceased then both ran towards where the boat was ; when the whole three were running, the ground being rough and stony, the gun went off, and shot M'Arney ; Mr. Jessop felt alarmed, and cried out that the gun went off accidentally, and that he did not do it purposely ; deceased who was not then dead, said he knew he did not ; Mr. Jessop cried out for to get a doctor, and witness went to get a bandage ; Mr. Jessop then went to smash the gun in pieces, and sent for a messenger to go for Dr. ROE ; they bandaged the wound as well as they could ; the deceased was shot under the left shoulder.

To a Juror -- Mr. Jessop seemed to be greatly affected at what had happened ; they paid to attention to the boat after the accident.

Constable James RUDDEEK deposed that he had seen the gun with Mr. Jessop the day after the accident, and found, by examining the left barrel that the gun went off at "half-cock" ; witness in discharge of his duty attended at Arley Cottage, when he heard a man was shot ; no magistrate being at hand, he took M'Arney's dying words ; deceased before dying testified that Mr. Jessop was neither angry with him, or did he saw he would shoot him for letting the boat go adrift, deceased declared this to be the truth as he was about to appear before his God ; the statement which witness took from lips of deceased before his death was witnessed by the Rev. H. COTTINGHAM, Rev. James O'REILLY, C.C., Mr. James LEAHY, and others, which witness read to the jury.

After the examination of other witnesses,

The skilful and eminent surgeon, George ROE, Esq., M.D., of Cavan, was examined, who deposed that the death of M'Arney, whom he had attended several days, was caused by a gun shot wound, which took effect in his right side, under the shoulder blade ; and he was clearly of opinion, that but for the extraordinary care and attention of Hon. Mr. MAXWELL, he could not have survived the injury he had received.

Henry ALCOCK, Esq., surgeon, and William COOTE, Esq., M.D., gave similar evidence.

After which the intelligent Coroner spoke a few words to the jury who returned the following verdict: -- "We find that Philip M'Arney came by his death in consequence of a gun shot wound, which he accidently(sic) received by a gun going off, whilst in the hands of Wm. Jessop, at Arley Cottage, on the 29th July last, under which deceased lingered until the 3rd of September, instant, when he died."


September 12, at Portadown, the wife of Mr. J.H. FARRELL, printer, of a daughter.

September 11, at Enniskillen, the wife of Richard HAMILTON, Esq., Clerk of the Peace, of a daughter.


September 10, at Derriaghy (Derrlaghy?) Church, near Belfast, by the Rev. John WILSON, Mr. James M'KINSTRY, Knockmadona, Lisburn, to Ann, second daughter of Mr. James M'BRIDE, Mosside.

September 10, at the Ballymacormick Church, by the Rev. F. T. GREGG, D.D., George MEREDITH, Esq., Sub-Agent of the Bank of Ireland, Drogheda, to Lilly Anne, fifth daughter of the late George BIRNEY, Esq., Longfield Cottage, Longford, Assistant Commissary-General.


September 11, Louisa, youngest daughter of John STEPHENSON, Esq., of the Bank of Ireland, aged 17 years.

September 24, 1857


September 17, at Rake Hall, Chester, the wife of William NESBITT, Esq., Professor of Greek in the Queen's University, of a son.

September 20, at Ballinacargy, the wife of Jemmett G. FOX, of a son.


September 22, at St. Andrew's, Westland-row, William L. CONNOLLY, Esq., eldest son of Hamilton Connolly, Esq., War Department, Dublin Castle, to Isabella, youngest daughter of Timothy GAFFNEY Esq., of Wexford.


September 20, at Ballymena, in the 51st year of his age, John BAIRD, Esq.

July 23, cruelly massacred, at Segowlie, with her husband and one of their children (the other being miraculously preserved) Susan, the wife of Dr. Heartwell GARNER, 12th Irregular Cavalry, daughter of Mrs. HAMILTON, of 30, Talbot-road, Camden Villas, and the late Major John HAMILTON, of H.M.'s 42nd, or Royal Highland Regt.


The following was the state of the house on the 19th of Sept.: --

Master's Report -- In the house last week, 172 ; admitted since, 10 ; discharged, 4 ; died, 0 ; remaining, 178.
Doctor's Report -- In infirmary, 48 ; in fever hospital, 5 ; total, 53.
Consumed during the week £17 11s, 5d.
Average weekly cost of each inmate, 1s. 10d.
Ditto, in infirmary, 2s. 7d.
Treasurer's Account -- Balance in favour of the Union, £1326 6s 8d.

The Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

September 5, 1857


An accident of a melancholy character occurred last week to the son of Mr. H.G. PEOPLES, Distributor of Stamps, County of Donegal. It appears that Master PEOPLES was staying with his uncle, at Dunfanaghy; and, on Tuesday, he went out in a "curragh" (a small boat), accompanied by another lad, taking with them a gun. While holding the gun by the muzzle, it exploded, the contents lodging in Master PEOPLES' right breast, some of the shot passing through his body. Although his case received immediate surgical treatment from Dr. CLARKE of Dunfanaghy, the unfortunate lad expired in a short time.

Last week, at one of the Dublin Police Offices, Lieutenant SADLEIR, of the Tipperary Militia, was brought before the sitting magistrate, in custody of a police constable, who had arrested him on a warrant granted the previous day, on the informations of Pierce Somerset BUTLER, Esq., which stated that Lieutenant SADLEIR and Ensign MINCHIN, of the 6th Royal Lancashire Regiment, had a serious altercation at the residence of the former, at Mount Pleasant-Square on Wednesday night, when very intemperate language was used by Lieut. SADLEIR towards Mr. MINCHIN. The information went on to state that a breach of the peace was likely to occur, as the following note had been received by Mr. MINCHIN from Lieutenant SADLEIR:--"Dear MINCHIN--As satisfaction is required, you have it to get, so name your way and I am your man.--Yours, &c.--Thomas Vernon SADLEIR." The foregoing facts having been proved in evidence, the magistrate directed the prisoner to find bail, himself in £500, and two securities of £250 each, to keep the peace. The securities were obtained and the bail bonds completed, when Lieut. SADLEIR was released from custody.

September 12, 1857


The state of anarchy which has for some time past prevailed in Belfast, arising out of the efforts of some Protestant clergymen to keep up the practice of street preaching in that town, suggests some serious reflections on the propriety and probable effect of open air preaching amongst such a community as is generally to be found in Ireland. The beneficial result must be more or less a matter of conjecture, on which there will, of course, be great diversity of opinion; but as to the mischief caused thereby, in such a case as the recent attempts in Belfast, there can be no doubt whatever. Unfortunately, however, the subject can seldom be regarded amongst us otherwise than as a party question, in which Protestantism and Popery are brought into conflict; in which the worst passions of human nature are aroused, and in which the example of that Divine Martyr whom both parties profess to follow, appears to be altogether overlooked or set at naught.


The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to appoint David FINLAY, Esq., of Bawnboy, to the Commission of the Peace for the county of Cavan, on the recommendation of the Marquis of Headfort, Lord Lieutenant of the county.


A very fine young man of the name of Patrick CROWLY, aged twenty-three years, and over six feet high, died suddenly from the effects of coup de soleil on the 21st ultimo at Keelaraheen, near the town of Dunmanway.


The foundation stone of the new Presbyterian Church at Belturbet has been laid by the Earl of Lanesborough, although the side walls have been raised nearly the full height, which certainly seems an anomaly. The site was granted by his lordship. In style the new building will be Gothic, with windows, buttresses, doorway, and triplet window over the latter of chiselled freestone. Expenditure £600. Mr. William HAGUE, Jun., of Cavan, is the architect, and Mr. James McCLEAN, of Belturbet, the contractor.

September 19, 1857


It appears that the Rev. Hugh HANNA has yielded to the advice of his friends, and suspended for the present his open air services. Our views on the question will be found in our leading article. As to the right of Mr. HANNA or any other person to preach in the open air, there cannot be the slightest doubt, so long as the occupation of the ground does not extend to the public thoroughfare in the way of obstruction; but we question the wisdom of the authorities in yielding to moo (sic) clamour as they appear to have done. It is one thing to appeal to a man whether he ought to do so and so, or enforce his rights as a citizen, under certain circumstances, but it is totally another thing for the legal and governmental authorities to succumb to the clamour of a violet rabble.

IN IRELAND--The marriage registered in 1856 were 782, or 892 per cent (sic) over the number registered in the previous year; in the Established Church they increased 397 or 8 percent; in the Presbyterian Church, 116, or 476 per cent; and in the Registrars Offices, 264, or twenty per cent, over those returned in 1855. In 1856 there was an increase in the proportion of male and female minors married; a decrease in the proportion of widowers, and a slight increase, in that of widows married; and an increase in the proportion both males and females who signed the register of marriage with a mark.

September 26, 1857



On Monday, at 12 o'clock precisely, the following gentlemen met at the Cavan Court-House:--Mathew SCULLY, William JOHNSTON, Patrick DAFFRAY (sic), Edward M'GAURAN, C. B. HANCOCK, J.P., William MOORE, and William ANDERSON, Esqrs.

James FAY, Esq., in the Chair


Mr. Wm. ANDERSON moved that £50 should be offered to the Gas Company to supply the town with light from the 1st October, 1857, till 1st April, 1858. Mr. Edward SMITH having written, offering £40, and having received an answer stating that they (the Gas Company) would not maintain such a proposition. The motion was seconded by Mr. Patrick CAFFREY, and carried.

The meeting then adjourned until Wednesday.


Before C. B. HANCOCK, Esq.

Patrick FITZPATRICK stood charged with having admitted persons into his house after hours on Sunday evening to purchase spirits.

Mr. LUBY appeared for the defendant, who did not seek to deny the committal of the offence. He was accordingly fined only 10s.; the penalty by the 6th and 7th of William, IV, being £2.


This was a case in which the defendant, John MONAGHAN, was charged with allowing his cattle to trespass upon the plaintiff's ground.

Mr. M'GAHRAN appeared for the defence.

There had scarcely been a day, upon which the court sat, that the plaintiff had not summoned the defendant.. The division between the ground was, according to the allegation, not sufficiently strong,.

Mr. HANDCOCK (sic) dismissed the case.

James KILLOGHER v. Francis BRADY

This was a case in which James KILLOGHER prosecuted his servant, Francis BRADY, for having ran away from him, he being complainant's lawful servant.

Mr. Hancock (to defendant)--What made you leave your master without notice?

Defendant--I left because he would not feed me sufficiently; I do not know that I got the same as himself.

Mr. Hancock--I think the Cavan jail will feed you for a while!

Defendant--I don't much care!

After some further examination, Mr. Hancock decided on his paying a fine of 10s or in default being imprisoned for one month.

The fine was paid.

The case of James KELLY v. Edward FITZGERALD was adjourned till next court day.

Mary HART was charged by police constable SHEILL with being found in a state of intoxication by him. She it appeared had been before convicted, when she was imprisoned for a month. The charge having been proved she was ordered to pay 5s. or be imprisoned for 48 hours.

A man named WELLWOOD was fined 6d. for having allowed his cattle to stray on the high road.

James SIMONS charged Terence MAGUIRE with having followed him in the streets and used abusive language to him.

The defendant pleaded guilty, but stated that he was under the influence of drink at the time of the offence, and he was very sorry for what he had done.

Mr. HENRY said he knew a case in Belfast of a similar nature, where the party prosecuted was fined £2. Mr. Hancock said that there was an express act of parliament for Belfast, and that he could not act under that.

The defendant was ordered to find bail for his good behaviour.

Edward KEMP appeared to prosecute Eliza EBBIT, his servant, for having left him, although her time had not expired.

It appeared in the defence that she returned, and upon her going into the house, Mrs. KEMP took her by the back of the neck and pushed her into the road.

The prosecutor said he would take the defendant again into his service if she deported herself as befitted her station, and he requested the magistrate to order her to "keep a civil tongue in her head."

Defendant stated that the fault she found with the place was, that her mistress had a very bad temper, and her master cursed her; her mistress used to spit in her face and "whistle the bowl" at her (laughter).

His Worship made an order to the effect that if the defendant be charged with a similar offence before November, she should be sent to jail.

Bridget WOOD charged Mr. BRIDE with a violent assault upon her. It appeared that the plaintiff's son had, on the night of the assault, gone with a friend or two into the house of the defendant to drink, he (Daniel WOODS) having enlisted in the militia that evening. Upon Bridget WOODS calling at the house to enquire after her son, BRIDE, it appears attempted to turn her out by force.

Daniel WOODS deposed that on the night in question, when he returned to the house after leaving a friend at home, he saw his mother lying on the ground, and Mrs. BRIDE, the defendant's wife, was in the act of striking her with a candlestick when he arrested her.

Mr. Hancock said he thought the conduct of Mr. BRIDE was not that of a well conducted member of the community, and that he should pay 10s. and the costs, for his and his wife's offence.

The court then adjourned.



The Prisoner, BOOTH, who was brought up on remand before Mr. MAGEE and Mr. WYSE, charged with the wilful murder of Fanny MURPHY, has been remanded until Monday next, when it is expected he will be sent for trial at the Commission Court, Green-street, to be held on the 16th of October, 1857. It appears that the prisoner is a man of most excellent character.

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