Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

July 10, 1858


It gives us very sincere gratification to announce that our respected young townsman, Dr. HAGUE, has been appointed to the distinguished post of Assistant-Surgeon on board Her Majesty's ship Victory. In these days of competitive examination, the appointment is not only an honour to Dr. HAGUE, but a credit to his native town. Dr. HAGUE's course, "ab initia," has been marked not only with success, but with a very high distinction.


We deeply regret to state that the Rev. Dr. SADLEIR, S.F., T.C.D., put an end to his existence on Wednesday evening last, in the garden attached to his brother's premises, the Rev. Dr. SADLEIR, of Castleknock, county of Dublin, by suspending himself from a tree. It appears that for some time the reverend gentleman had been labouring under an acute mental depression occasionally--so much so, that it was considered necessary to keep him under surveillance. On Wednesday evening, however, he made his way into the garden, and having been missed at tea hour, immediate search was made, when the remains of the unfortunate gentleman were found as above described.

Mr. DAVIS, County Coroner, held an inquest in the course of the day on Thursday, when the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts of the case.


It is gratifying to us to be able to say that the state of the County, as manifested by the proceedings at the late assizes, is most satisfactory. On the 30th of June the grand jury were sworn for the transaction of the fiscal business, and the Commission was duly opened by the 1st, inst., before Mr. Justice CHRISTIAN..

The following gentlemen were re-sworn on the grand jury:--Captain the Hon. Hugh ANNESLEY, M.P., foreman; Robert BURROWES, Esq.; the Hon. Richard MAXWELL; Anthony O'REILLY, T. CLEMENTS, John E. VERNON, James HAMITT, Joseph STOREY, J. H. ADAMS, D. F. JONES, Mathew O'Reilly DEASE, B. S. ADAMS, Nathaniel MONTGOMERY, Esqrs.; Captain M. PHILLIPS; G. L'ESTRANGE, Edgar R. BREDIN, Joseph DICKSON, William TATLOW, William A. MOORE, Hugh SWANZEY, James M. LENAGH, and Charles MORTIMER, Esqrs.

His Lordship briefly addressed the grand jury, and congratulated them on the lightness of the calendar, and said that there was no case of any serious nature, save one of burglary, but that it had not been committed by persons belonging to this county.

William REILLY and James MONAGHAN were indicted, one for a felonious assault on Mary M'CABE on the 6th March last, and the other for aiding and abetting.

The prisoners were acquitted.

Joshua FERGUSON was indicted for the manslaughter of Daniel MAGUIRE, on the 28th of August, at Cootehill, in this county.

Daniel DEMPSEY proved that he recollected the 28th August last; he saw the prisoner and deceased standing at the market-house in the town of Cootehill; they had some words; the prisoner, who appeared not to be sober, gave deceased a push and a blow; he staggered back and fell; he was taken up, but lived for seven days afterwards....The doctor who attended the deceased was also produced and proved that there was a fracture at the back of the skull, from which inflammation set in, and on the seventh day he died.....The jury, after some consideration, returned a verdict of guilty. His lordship sentenced the prisoner to one month's imprisonment.


The Hon. Baron PENNEFATHER arrived here last night, and shortly after ten o'clock this morning proceeded to dispose of the appeals, there being no record for trial.


This was an action to recover possession of a certain house and premises, situated in the town of Belturbet, in this county.

An equitable defence had been filed to this action, and it appearing that other proceedings were likely to be commenced in the Court of Chancery, by consent of the counsel on both sides it was referred for arbitration, the consent being made a rule of court.

John MAGUIRE, appellant; John FINLAY, respondent.

This was an action of trespass and assault brought by Mr. FINLAY against John MAGUIRE, for forcible entry and trespass on certain lands. There was a decree in the court below for £10. MAGUIRE had been put into possession by a Mr. NETTERFIELD, agent to a Mr. MONTGOMERY, for the purpose of trying Mr. FINLAY's title.

The Sheriff was examined, and proved the delivery of possession to Mr. FINLAY. He produced the ejectment decrees under which he delivered possession.

Several witnesses were produced on behalf of Mr. FINLAY, who deposed to the entering upon the lands by MAGUIRE on the 20th of March.

His lordship affirmed the decree with costs--the costs to be set off against costs previously incurred by the parties in this matter.


June 23rd, in Camolin Church, by the Rev. James BRESDIN, Rector of Nurney, and Precentor of Leighlin, uncle of the bridegroom, assisted by Rev. David BROWNRIGG, Rev. Wm. A. RUTHERFORD, Indiaville, Portarlington, to Eliza Fawcett, second daughter of Peter ROE, Esq., Ballinclare, county Wexford.

LEMON CREAM.--Take a quantity of lemonade made very sweet, strain, and put it in a saucepan on the fire. Add the yolks of eight eggs, well beaten, and stir always one way till a proper thickness. Serve in custard-glasses or in a cream-dish. To make the lemonade: Dissolve five ounces of loaf sugar in two pints of boiling water, having previously, with part of the sugar, rubbed the yellow rind of a lemon; then add the juice of three lemons. Some put the lemon and sugar into a jug, and pour the boiling water upon them.

July 17, 1858

FORTUNATE ESCAPE.--On Thursday evening, as Lieutenant WILTON, of the Cavan Militia, was driving into town, in his gig, his horse took fright, and ran violently along the road, so that Mr. WILTON lost all control over him. Having failed to check his headlong speed, the gallant gentleman, with great presence of mind, leaped from the vehicle, escaping, we are happy to say, in perfect safety. Meanwhile, the horse continued his mad career until he arrived nearly opposite the Police Barracks, where he was brought to a stand-still by striking against a heap of building materials. The gig was much injured. Considerable alarm was created respecting Mr. WILTON (his portmanteau having been found in the gig), and a mounted policeman was despatched to search of him, who returned, in a short time, with news of his safety.


At Cortubber, on the morning of the 7th instant, after a lingering illness, borne with the greatest Christian patience and resignation, Sarah, the beloved wife of Mr. Henry TILSON, in the 40th year of her age.....An enlightened, conscientious and attached member of the Presbyterian Church at Cavan, her life throughout was a practical commentary on the principles she professed; while the estimation in which she was held by all was abundantly evidenced by the unusually large and respectable multitude which, for upwards of twenty miles, accompanied her remains to the last resting place in Corglass Affectionate, unostentatious, and sincere in the varied relations of life, as daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend, her removal has made a breach which long will be deplored and felt, and which time cannot fill up. She died as she lived: for her to live was Christ, to die was great gain...


July 11, the wife of Michael THUNDER, Esq., Lagore, county of Meath, of a son.

On the 13th inst., at 60, Upper Leeson-street, the wife of Richard WINTER, Esq., of a daughter.


In the Scots' Church, Cavan, on 14th inst., by the Rev. James CARSON, Mr. William MEIKLEJOHN, of Stirling, to Agnes, youngest daughter of Mr. George VEITCH, Kilmore, in this county.

On the 12th inst., at St. George's Church, Dublin, by Rev. Robert BLUNDELL, Godfrey MASSY, Esq., of Ballynakill, Co. Limerick, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Owen YOUNG, Esq., of Harristown, Co. Roscommon.


On the 12th inst., at his residence, No. 67 Lower Mount-street, the Rev. Hugh GILLILAN, A.B., in the 54th year of his age.

On the 22nd May, at Baroda, Bombay, of fever, Lieutenant LAMONT, 89th Regiment, eldest son of R. W. A. LAMONT, A.C.G.

July 24, 1858

OPENING OF THE NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BELTURBET--This neat little church was opened for Divine worship on yesterday by the Rev. Dr. COOKE, who preached the dedication sermon. We regret not being able to give, in this day's issue, a full report of the proceedings; but our Presbyterian friends may expect to hear more of the event in next Saturday's OBSERVER.

SERIOUS ILLNESS OF DR. ROE.--Considerable alarm was created through the town on Thursday evening by a rumour of the sudden death of our respected townsman, Dr. ROE. This report, we are happy to say, was groundless; but we regret to state that, on the above evening, he was seized with a severe attack of inflammation of the bowels, under which he is still labouring. He had presided at the meeting of the Bible Society on Thursday, and was in the enjoyment of excellent health up to a late hour on that evening. He is, however, improving, and no serious fears are entertained by his medical attendants.


Magistrates present:--T. THOMPSON, Esq., N. MONTGOMERY, Esq., and Dr. BABINGTON.

Thomas SMYTH, who was charged by Constable M'ELRAY with being drunk and disorderly in the public streets, was fined 6d. and costs.

A rather diminutive and worn-out looking individual, named James NELSON, charged Thomas COLLINS with the very grave offence of "thrayping up" a lie on him for the last four years, and also with having beaten him, and knocked out some of his teeth. It came out, however, in the course of the trial, that the complainant had given the first offence by calling the defendant a liar, and challenging him to single combat, which provoked the latter, and caused him to commit a breach of the peace, for which he was fined 6d. and costs.

James MONTGOMERY, Town Constable, charged William HAZLETT, Thomas SMITH, Margaret FLOOD, and John RORKE, with obstructing the public thoroughfare by the exhibition of sundry articles which they had brought into town for sale. SMYTH, RORKE and HAZLETT, who had been cautioned on previous occasions, were fined, the two former 1s. each, the latter 6d. and costs. Mrs. FLOOD, not having offended before, was dismissed.

Michael GREENAN appeared to answer the complaint of William RICHARDSON for having pulled up and destroyed some cabbages, the property of complainant. It appeared that RICHARDSON had taken some con-acre potato ground from GREENAN, and had planted the cabbages in question along the sides of the ridges, without the consent of the latter, who objected, as he considered it would be injurious to the soil, and consequently pulled them up.

The Bench considered that, as there was no special agreement between the parties, the case should be dismissed.

James REILLY v. Andrew GORMAN

The plaintiff's complaint in this case was that the defendant had maliciously cut and otherwise injured a fence which ran along the side of a lane from the highway to defendant's house, and which bounded complainant's garden.

William DEMPSEY, for the defence, proved that the fence in question belonged exclusively to GORMAN, his father having made it and the lane along which it ran at his own expense, for his own accommodation, and that the entrance to REILLY's garden was from the back of his own house.


James BRADY v. Paul LYNCH

This case was brought forward by the plaintiff for the purpose of establishing his right to the grass of a piece of bog, which he had purchased some twelve years since from a man named James REILLY, but which was disputed by LYNCH, as having been in the possession of his ancestors for the last thirty-two years.

John LYONS, who was examined by Mr. KNIPE, stated that he had, during the last ten or twelve years, known BRADY's cows to be grazing on the disputed bog; had seen them grazing on it any time he had passed that way; knew that BRADY had paid the county cess, and believed him to be the rightful owner.

The Bench, having considered the matter, came to the conclusion that they had no jurisdiction in the case.

A lad named GAFFNEY, who was charged by Pat REILLY, of Corlislee, with having stolen some corduroy and calico, the property of complainant, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, and to be kept at hard labour.

A few other cases of trifling importance were next disposed of, and the Bench rose.

INQUEST ON ONE OF THE PILOTS OF THE "INDIAN EMPIRE"--Galway, 21st July, 1858--An inquest was held this day at eleven o'clock, on view of the body of Patrick WALLACE, by Robert STEPHENS, Esq., Coroner for the county of the town of Galway, who was found dead in the bed on Tuesday morning, the 20th instant. The deceased was one of the two pilots who took charge of the steamship Indian Empire on her entry into the Bay of Galway, previous to starting on her Transatlantic voyage; and in consequence of the vessel having been driven on the rock 'Santa Marguerita,' where she sustained some damage, the decreased and his brother pilot were brought before the magistrates, on the ground that they had wilfully caused the vessel to strike on the said rock, and were returned for trial at the present assizes. It appeared, from the evidence of deceased's wife, that he had been up late on the previous night noting some briefs for the coming trial; he had been very melancholy for some time past on account of the charge against him, but seemed otherwise in good health. Several witnesses were examined, and the inquest was adjourned to the 30th of July, in order to a chemical analysis of the contents of the stomach, &c., which have been forwarded to Dr. GEOGHEGAN, of Dublin, for examination.

DECAY OF PARTY FEELING--On Sunday last one of the largest funeral processions which we have witnessed for many years in Omagh followed the remains of the late Mr. John M'GREW, of Creevan, to the parish burial-ground of Drumragh. A long line of men preceded the hearse, which was followed by a large number of vehicles; these were succeeded by an array of horsemen, and a second line of men on foot closed the procession. It is universally known in the town and neighbourhood that Mr. M'GREW was an ardent Orangeman, warmly attached to his own principles, yet exercising a manly and kind forbearance towards those who differed from him. None of these facts, however, prevented members of every religious persuasion from rendering the last honor to his memory. Roman Catholic and Presbyterian and Protestant walked side by side, and contributed each his meed (sic) of respect to the character of " the oldest Orangeman in the district.." It is needless to say that no party emblem was used.--Tyrone Constitution.

DEATH FROM DROWNING AT DROGHEDA--INTREPID CONDUCT--On Saturday evening last, a coalporter named Patrick DEMPSEY, while assisting in the discharge of a cargo of coals from a vessel lying at the north side of our Quays, slipped his foot on the plank and fell into twelve feet of water in the Boyne. A line was immediately thrown from the vessel, which DEMPSEY, who was no swimmer, failed to grapple with. A man named Arthur O'NEILL, who happened to look on, jumped from the quay wall into the tide to rescue him. He struck out boldly for the drowning man, and succeeded in firmly grasping him with one of his hands. He kept the head of the poor fellow above the water, while the crew of the vessel endeavoured to bring a boat. However, O'NEILL, although an expert swimmer, became so much exhausted that he was obliged to relinquish his hold, and he himself was taken from the river in a very weakly state. DEMPSEY sank, and his body was shortly after lifted with drags, and conveyed to his residence in the county Meath side of the Boyne. Hugh MARTIN, Esq., one of the coroners for that county, was promptly written for by the constabulary, to hold an inquest on deceased on Monday. DEMPSEY was the only support of two sisters, and was aged about thirty-five years. The conduct of O'NEILL in unhesitatingly periling his own life to save another is spoken of here in the highest terms.

July 31, 1858

On Friday, the 16th ult., a small yacht, in which were W. H. BALDWIN, W. GRAHAM, and F. MACNAMARA, Esqrs., of this town, was struck by a sudden squall and sunk, about two miles from Lanesborough. The three gentlemen succeeded in disentangling themselves from the sinking boat and swimming ashore from the river where it is widest. Messrs. HEWITT and Clarke, in the employment of the Shannon Commissioners, and Head Constable SIMPSON, and the men under his command, afforded prompt and active assistance.--Westmeath Independent

THE CHURCH--The Lord Bishop of Down and Connor has appointed the Rev. Thomas KNOX Vicar-General of Dromore, in the room of the late lamented Rev. Hugh HAMILTON. In consequence of the removal, by the act of last session, of all testamentary jurisdiction from the Vicar-General, no necessity any longer exists of appointing a lawyer to the office. The duties still remaining, the emolumrents of which are very trifling, are entirely confined to the affairs of the church, and can most fitly be performed by a clergyman. Mr. KNOX is rector of Lurgan, and was one of the official surrogates of the diocese.


Within the past week, Cavan has sustained a public loss, and private society has been deprived of the genial fellowship of a gentleman and a Christian.

At half-past five o'clock, last Sabbath morning, the courteous, sympathetic, and gentle-mined Dr. ROE yielded up his spirit to Him who gave it, and, through his Lord and Saviour, entered into the enjoyment of that eternal Sabbath, wherein alone is the fulfillment of bliss and glory, for those who walk the earth in the humility of faith, in the exaltation of hope, and in the spirit of Christian charity.

For the protracted period of forty-two years, Dr. ROE filled the important office of Surgeon to our County Infirmary, having been nominated to that post in the year 1816. ..Dr. ROE was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, and was held in very high estimation by the medical profession generally. He was in his sixty-ninth year, and, although he has been for some time in delicate health, still his demise, to a considerable extent, was unexpected. He is gone....The funeral took place on Thursday morning--the melancholy cortege leaving Cavan at about half-past eight. It was attended by the principal inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood, many of whom accompanied it to the graveyard. The place of interment was Drumlane, about ten miles from Cavan.


William POLLOCK, Esq., on the of the county coroners, held an inquest, on Saturday last, the 24th instant, in our County Gaol, on the body of a woman named Margaret CONNOLLY, a lunatic, who, as appeared by the evidence, had died from exhaustion and general debility. A verdict was returned accordingly.

On the next day (Sunday, the 25th inst.) Mr. POLLOCK held another inquest on the body of a boy named Michael BRADY, aged about four years, who was found drowned in a bog-hole, on the lands of Clonkeefy, on the previous Friday. The mother of the deceased child stated that, on the day in question, she had, when going from home, left him in charge of a woman named Nancy REILLY. When she came back, the boy was nowhere to be found, the woman to whose keeping she had committed him not being able to give her any clue to his whereabouts, having, as she stated, lost sight of him some time previously. She immediately searched for him, but without success. He was, however, shortly afterwards, discovered, as stated above, by a girl named Lucy TIMMINS. It would appear that Nancy REILLY had occasion to go into the fields, and had been followed by the child, who by some accident, had dropped, unseen by her, into the bog-hole, and was consequently drowned. A verdict of accidental death was returned.


Magistrates present--T. THOMPSON, Esq., Doctor BABINGTON, ____HICKSON, Esq., R.M., and Captain CARDEN.

Hugh CULLEN charged his servant Luke NUTLY, with having absented himself from his (complainant's) employment without leave, and with having used abusive language towards complainant and his son, on being reprimanded by them for his misconduct. CULLEN, however, agreed to take him back, provided he behaved better in future.

Pat M'NAUGHTAN and John BOYLAN, for being drunk in the streets of Ballyhaise, on the fair day of that town, were fined 1s each and costs.

A rather "prepossessing"(?) young man, who gave his name as Lawrence CROSBY, was charged by Color-Sergeant DONALDSON, of the Cavan Militia, for having, on the 19th of the present month, offered himself for enlistment into the regiment, he having been duly enrolled on the 18th December last, when he received a portion of his bounty.

Sergeant-Major CHINNERY swore positively that the prisoner was the person to whom he had paid ten shillings in December last, and that he then gave his name as Patrick RORKE.

The Bench had no doubt of the fraudulent intentions of the prisoner, and sentenced him to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour.

The Bench then rose.


On the 27th inst., in the Presbyterian Church, Belturbet, by the Rev. James CARSON, of Cavan, the Rev. James THOMSON, Belturbet, to Agnes, youngest daughter of the late John SHERIFF, Esq., Glasgow.


On the 23rd instant, at Balieborong, Mr. Henry ADAMS, aged 61 years. Mr. ADAMS was, deservedly, much respected. His enemies--if he ever had any--were few in number. He was, in the strictest sense of the term, a straight forward, faithful character, abhorring in his soul every species of deception. Every one who had any knowledge of him deeply laments his loss, while the sorrow into which his more important friends have been thrown by his death, is without bounds.

On the 20th instant, at her residence in Wesley-street, rather suddenly, Mrs. BROWNE, aged 68 years.

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