Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

September 7, 1877


MACKARNESS and CAMPBELL - Aug. 16, at Bishopton, Loehgilphead, by the Right Rev. the Bishop of Argylle and the Isles, Evelyn Mackarness, only child of the Bishop anda the late Mary Anne, his wife, co-heiress of the late Cosby Young, Esq., of Lahard, in this County, to Marie Sidney, only daughter of Graham Campbell, of Shirvan, Argyllshire.


BERRY - September 2, at Carrig Hill, Belturbet, the residence of her father, Louisa Margaret, youngest daughter of John Berry, Esq., aged 23 years.

MARRON - Sept. 7, at Drummallig, Butlersbridge, Thomas John, son of Francis Marron, R.I.C., aged 10 months.


On Sunday night two brothers named BRETT, both mutes, and holding farms in Kilkenny county, quarreled as to the right of possession to a piece of land, when one stabbed the other with a knife, causing instant death. The murderer fled and has not yet been captured.


CAVAN MILITIA. - Sub-Lieutenant Robert A. HODSON having duly qualified and been recommended for promotion, will shortly be garreted to the substantive rank of lieutenant under the recent War Office regulations.

PROVINCIAL BANK OF IRELAND. - We understand that Mr. Thomas NETTERFIELD, cashier to the Derry branch of the above bank, has been promoted and removed to Galway. Mr. Netterfield was a general favourite in the city, not only among those he was brought into contact with in business relations, but also in private life he was highly steemed. - Londonderry Sentinel.

SERMONS IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. - It will be seen by advertisement in our issue of this day that the Rev. Professor ROGERS, D.D., of Belfast, is engaged to preach in the Presbyterian Church in this town on next Sabbath, the 9th inst., at 12 o'clock noon and 7 in the evening. The fame of Dr. Rogers as an earnest preacher and thoroughly evangelical divine is too well known to say that his former services here are not forgotten by those who had the privilege of hearing him. "His eye is not yet dim nor his natural force abated." We can safely promise a rich treat to all who will go hear him. We perceive that the committee of the Church have decided on free admission in order that the most humble may not be excluded; and we trust that the collections will be such as to fully meet the pecuniary object contemplated.


(Before Theos. THOMPSON, Robert ERSKINE, Wm. BABINGTON, and John T. DILLON, Esqrs.) Sub-Constable HAMILL summoned Thomas INGHAM for working a horse with a sore on his back. Fined 1s. and costs.

The same Constable summoned Francis FARRY, James GALLIGAN, John FITZPATRICK, and Wm. BROWNE for drunkenness. Farry was fined 10s. 6d., and other defendants 5s. each.

Thomas HUTCHINSON, of Bushmills, and Edward GAFFNEY were charged with assaulting the Constabulary. Hutchinson was sent to gaol for fourteen days and Gaffney for a month.

Patt RUDDY summoned James MALONEY for threatening language.


Mary CLIFFORD summoned James CAHILL for having his dog at large unlogged and unmuzzled.

Fined 1s.

Mr. DEVERELL, County Surveyor, summoned Michael LEE for neglecting to keep his contract road in repair. Adjourned.



(Before Capt. Holt WARING, R.M., and James SMALL, Esq.)

James MOONEY and John COYLEY, Dublin artistes, were put forward, charged with obtaining money under false pretences.

Head Constable KELLY conducted the cases on the part of the Crown.

It appeared that defendants who are partners in "The Change-ringing Company," visited this town on the 1st inst, for the purpose of giving the leading merchants easy lessons in arithmetic.

Mooney and Coyley called on Mr. John COCHRANE, Lisgar Arms Hotel, and one of them asked for a pennyworth of sugar, this Mr. Cochrane supplied, and in return received a half-crown piece, on handing the balance, he was interrupted by the comrade sharper, who said, "why do you do that, give back the half-crown and here is a penny;" Money said, "very well, give me a five shilling piece." Mr. Cochrane said he had none; Mooney then said, "give me two half-crowns then." After this latter dodge, Mr. Cochrane suspected the boys to be "diamonds of the first water," and accordingly hunted them. Nothing daunted at a slight defeat, they retreated in good order to the licensed premises of Mr. John J. MAXWELL, on entering one of them asked two half glasses of whiskey, which Mr. Maxwell gave and demanded payment for; this Mooney gave and then asked for change of a crown; Mr. Maxwell placed before him four shillings and two sixpenny pieces; there was then a crown and Mr. Maxwell's change on the counter. Mooney, however, shoved over the money and asked for half a sovereign instead. While so doing, Coyley kept Mrs. Maxwell engaged by asking for matches. She, however, observed her husband going to the safe in order to give the half sovereign, and interfered, stating that her husband was wronging himself out of five shillings in the transaction. Mrs. Maxwell seemed to be well on her guard as she saw the parties earlier in the day, and had strong suspicion against them.

Mooney and Coyley were afterwards arrested in a lodging-house, and to-day Mr. Maxwell, Mrs. CARROLL, Mr. Cochrane and others appeared against them. The case was returned for trial at next Quarter Sessions to be held at Cavan in October.


John J. MAXWELL charged James LYNCH, a retired member of the prize ring, with an assault.

It appeared from complainant that while in the act of stooping near his front door, defendant caught hold of him and dragged him about until a constable came to his assistance. A second charge was preferred against Lynch, for refusing to leave Mr. Maxwell's licensed premises.

A fine of 10s. with costs was imposed in both instances.

The Queen at the prosecution of Head Constable KELLY v. Thomas M'GRAGH for assault.

It appeared that M'Gragh and a man named John MONTGOMERY met in Mr. ARGUE's Hotel, on the 25th ult. (green walk day). Each in a burst of patriotic eloquence, discussed the order and superiority of "the Orange and Green," finally in hob-nobbing, the contents of Montgomery's glass fell on M'Gragh's face and resulted in an overflow of "claret" from Montgomery's proboscis.

Both were drunk, and each were fined 10s. with costs.


Sub-Constable BRADSHAW preferred a charge of drunkenness and disorderly conduct against Owen CLARKE, alias Sarsfield." Sub-Constable Nevin also appeared against him for drunkenness.

The Court ordered defendant to pay a fine of 40s. and costs in each case, or in default two months imprisonment.

At the rising of the Court, Sarsfield could not be found, but is supposed to have fallen back again on Limerick. Sub-Constable MEADE summoned Bridget SMITH for indulging too freely in Hennessy's mixture.

Bridget, who did not appear, was fined 2s. 6d. with costs.

The same witness charged Owen Smith, the husband of the latter, with assisting his better half in her enjoyment.

Fined 5s. and costs.

Sub-Constable NOLAN appeared next against Smith for drunkenness, and yet another crown rolled at the feet of the Clerk in office.

A few other equally unimportant cases concluded the business of the Court.


On Monday last, the 3rd inst., the children attending the Coronary National School were sumptuously entertained by their teacher, Miss Mary Jane GREEN. The weather was all that could be desired for such an occasion. About 5 o'clock p.m. the children were provided with a plentiful supply of tea and cake, and after doing full justice to the good things, all went out into the open air, where they enjoyed themselves in out-door amusements, such as running races, jumping, &c. At the hour of 8 o'clock the evening's fun was brought to an end, when the children retired to their respective homes, delighted at having spent such a pleasant evening. The friends present were Mr. J. S. GRIER, Mr. T. JOHNSTON, Miss M. JOHNSTON, and Miss S. GRIER.

Mrs. TOTENHAM, of Rochfort, Mullingar, purposes building a new parish Church for the parish of Moyliscar at ther own expense, and only waits for the completion of the legal formalities before laying the foundation stone.

Rev. Hill WILSON, Incumbent of Castle Ellis and Kilmuckridge, Diocese of Ferns, is about to make considerable improvements in Kilmuckridge Church. It is to be reseated and a new pulpit, reading-desk, and font are to be provided.

September 14, 1877


CROZIER and HACKETT - September 12, at Christ Church, Bray, by the Very Rev. Pakenham W. WALSH, D.D., Dean of Cashel, assisted by the Rev. Henry Monck Mason HACKETT, M.A., brother of the bride, and the Rev. Mervyn CROZIER, M.A., brother of the bridegroom,

the Rev. John B. Crozier, M.A., curate of the parish church, Belfast, eldest son of the Rev. Baptist Barton Crosier, B.A., Rockview, Ballyhaise, and Wellington-road, Dublin, to Alice Isabella, third daughter of the Rev. John Winthrop Hackett, M.A., incumbent of St. James's, Bray.

ELLIS and GRAVER - Sept. 6, at St. Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. H. V. DALY, M.A., Canon of Clonfert, assisted by the Rev. W. C. TOWNSEND, M.A., Canon of Tuam, William Edward Ellis, of Trinity College, Dublin, to Edith Anne, eldest daughter of James

GRAVES, Esq., of Valentia, county Kerry.


(Before W. BABINGTON and R. ERSKINE, Esqrs.)

There was only one case for hearing, viz:- James NAYE v. Terence BRADYT for trespass of cattle in meadow at Edergol. Fined 8s. and costs.


(Before Edward KENNEDY, Esq.)

The Constabulary summoned Michael LEE and John SMITH for drunkenness.

The cases having been proved.

His worship fined them 2s. 6d. each and costs.

There were two cases of abusive language, which were adjourned.


CAVAN MILITIA. - Sub-Lieutenant R. S. TUITE, having duly qualified, has been recommended for promotion to the rank of lieutenant.

On and after Monday next all letters posted here at 2:15 p.m. will reach Belfast same evening, and Glasgow, &c., &c., next morning; and letters posted at night in Scotland will reach here at 1 o'clock p.m. next day. A great boon will thus be conferred on those who have correspondence with those centres of commerce; as heretofore it took two whole days for a letter to go from Cavan to Glasgow.

September 21, 1877


PINCHIN - On the 9th inst., at the Bank of Ireland, Mallow, the wife of Richard P. Pinchin, agent, of a son.


CLARKE and HAMILTON - Sept. 17, at the Presbyterian Church, Cavan, by the Rev. James CARSON, William Clarke, Ordnance Survey, to Lizzie, eldest daughter of William L. Hamilton, merchant tailor, Cavan.

MORROW and EVANS - On the 19th September, at Ormond Quay Church, Dublin, by the Rev. R. H. CLARKE, assisted by the Revs. Jas. CARRIGAN and John COULSON, John Morrow, Rockville, Ballyjamesduff, to Maggie, only daughter of the late William Evans, Gaulstown, co. Westmeath.


GOSSELIN - At Brookvale Avenue, Belfast, George Gosslin, late 76th Regiment, aged 30 years.


CAULFIELD A. MARTIN, Esq., LL.D., has been promoted to an Inspectorship of the 2nd class in the Educational Department of Bengal, at a salary beginning with £1,200 and advancing by £100 per annum to its highest limit.


The grave-yard of the Parish of Toomna, Diocese of Elphin, was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Kilmore on last Thursday, the 13th inst.


BAILIEBOROUGH PRESBYTERY. - A special meeting of this court was held in the Institute, Bailieborough, on Wednesday, by command of a commission of Assembly. The Revs. T. R. WHITE and R. H. CLARKE were appointed to represent the majority in the Presbytery before the commission of Assembly on the 2nd of October in the Mission Office, Belfast, in relation to certain memorials against their proceedings; and in consequence of the commission having arranged to meet on the day on which the Presbytery usually meets, the regular meeting of the Presbytery was appointed to be held on the last Tuesday of October in the Institute, at twelve o'clock.


(Before Robert BURROWES, Llewellyn T. B. SAUNDERSON, Robert ERSKINE, Theo. THOMPSON, Wm. BABINGTON, and Armitage E.HUMPHRYS, Esqrs.) Constable HAMILTON summoned Patt MARTIN for allowing his cattle to wander on the public road.

Fined 2s. and costs.

Sub-Constables KAVANAGH, M'CROSSAN, and M'ENERNY preferred similar charges against John BYRNE, John CLARKE, and Patt GALLIGAN.

They were fined 1s each and costs.

Constable DOLAN charged Michael MAGUIRE, John MAGUIRE, and Margaret JOHNSTON with drunkenness.

They were fined 5s each and costs.

Sub-Constable COOKE preferred a similar charge against Patt REILLY, who was fined 10s and costs.

Same Constable also summoned William ALLEN for leaving the carcase of a dead horse on the public road.

He was fined 2s 6d and costs.

Sub-Constable BELL summoned Thomas REILLY, Patt KELEHER, John REILLY, and Bartley BRADY for drunkenness.

Fined 5s each and costs.

Acting-Constable HAMILL summoned William M'AVETY and Patt REILLY for drunkenness.

Fined 5s each and costs.

Same v. Patt COLLINS and Bernard DEMPSEY for allowing their asses to wander on the public road.

Fined 6d each and costs.

Acting-Constable Walton summoned Patt M'GAHERN for like.

Fined 1s and costs.

A circular was read from the Under Secretary directing the magistrates to proceed to appoint an Inspector under the Explosives Act, 1875. Mr. Patrick M'CABE was unanimously elected at a salary of £10 per annum.


(Before J. J. BENNISON and G. NUGENT, Esqrs.)

Mr. Jared GREGG appeared to prosecute John CASSIDY for stealing a pair of trousers, his property, on the 9th inst.

The accused pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.

Sub-constable CARTWRIGHT summoned Owen REILLY for drunkenness.

Fined 5s. and costs.

Mr. DEVERELL, County Surveyor, summoned five road contractors for neglecting to keep their contract roads in proper repair.

They were allowed ten days to put them in proper order.

A traveling tinker named STOKES appeared in custody to answer a charge of assault preferred against him by a man named BAXTER.

The case was adjourned.

A SKELETON FOUND IN A LOFT. - The skeleton of a man named EVANS was discovered on Monday in an unused loft at the back of the house, 30, Upper Dominick-street, Dublin, under very peculiar circumstances. Deceased, who had been a pipe manufacturer, had retired from business. He had latterly lodged in the house, and on the 20th July last he disappeared; he was then in his usual health and spirits. He was not seen afterwards, until his skeleton was found in a sitting posture. The head was detached from the neck and was resting on the thigh, the right arm being partly around it. The medical gentlemen who examined the remains were unable to account for the rapid decomposition in so short a time, also for the position in which the head was found. Express.

Cardinal CULLEN has issued a circular to his clergy requesting them to make arrangements for taking up collections at their church doors in aid of the sufferers from the Indian famine. He reminds them of the important fact that when Ireland was stricken with famine the people of Madras forwarded a munificent contribution.

SUDDEN DEATH. - On a farm at Ballinahonebeg, near Armagh, belonging to Mr. Thomas HUGHES, of that city, a lot of reapers were working on Monday, amongst them a woman named Julia DUFFY, of Charter School Lane, Armagh, who appeared to be in good health. She

suddenly fell down, and expired on the spot. Dr. LAVERY, of Armagh, and some co-workers having been examined before T. G. PEEL, Esq., coroner, the jury found that deceased died from over-fatigue, &c.

DEATH BY POISON. - An inquest was held on Saturday by William A. GOING, Esq., at Ballinrath, near Edenderry, on the body of a man named Wm. MELIA, who poisoned himself through a mistake the previous night. >From what was elicited it appeared a bottle was left at his house containing poison, and he, supposing it to be whiskey, drank a portion of the contents without making any inquiry. Having become very ill he did not make known to his wife the cause till it was too late. The inquest was adjourned till the 27th instant, till the result of the analysis of his stomach be ascertained.


In another column will be found an address presented by the Lahard tenantry and others to MISS GRAHAM CAMPBELL, of Shirvan, on the occasion of her marriage with Mr. EVELYN MACKARNESS; together with the reply of the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, on behalf of himself and his son. We believe the address was accompanied by a suitable gift. Such kindly and seasonable courtesies serve much the same purpose in the social system as lubricating oil in the working of machinery - they help to make the movements easy and pleasant. They help to develop the kindly nature of those from whom they proceed; and they serve to enkindle the kindly sympathies of those on whom they are bestowed. We sincerely congratulate the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles on the contended condition of his tenantry. We are afraid that on some of the adjoining properties, the tenantry are anything but contented. We hope that the cordial relations which at present exist between the Lahard tenantry and their landlord may long continue; and that these cordial relations may in due time descend to Mr. Mackarness and his bride as a part of their most cherished inheritances.


Lahard, August 1877

Madam -

We offer you our hearty congratulations on the coming happy occasion of our marriage with the only child of our respected landlord.

Your future husband has been known to us from his infancy, and the old ties of affectionate dependence which for generations have existed amongst us towards his family attract our warmest wishes for you both at this time.

The memory of our late much-loved mistress is fresh in our hearts - her gentleness and sympathy made her very dear to us - and the sweetest recollections of her happy intercourse with her tenants will long be cherished by them.

The kindly and considerate conduct in the management of his estate which has ever marked his dealings with his tenants has earned their gratitude and respect for the Bishop of Argyll, and we may point to the fact that whilst from many unhappy ????_____(illegible) innumerable changes have occurred in the tenure of holdings on other estates, no such interruption to old associations has ever arisen here, where the same families for many generations have occupied their old places.

With our heartfelt wishes that your wedded lives may be as blessed as theirs, we ask your acceptance of the accompanying little gift of no value beyond its token of our respect. (Signed)

Charles M'CORMICK,
William PATTERSON, For selves and others.


August 27, 1877.

My Dear Friends -

I beg to return, on the part of myself and my son, sincere thanks for the courteous and affectionate address which you sent on the occasion of his recent marriage to Miss Graham CAMPBELL, of Shirvan.

It is a source of deepest pleasure to us both that you should retain such loving memories of his dear mother who, though so long resident in England, never forgot the home of her infancy, or the welfare of the Lahard tenantry who had been the earliest friends of her childhood.

It has always been my wish and endeavour to preserve the same friendly relations with the tenantry of the Lahard estate. If I have succeeded in this, as you kindly say I have, I must express my conviction that I owe much of that success to the memory of her good example, and the able assistance which I have received from my excellent agents, Mr. TATLOW, father and son.

I am sure that when I am called away in God's Providence, my son will persevere in the same course, and will be greatly aided by the amiable lady, whom he has made his wife; and who will, I hope, before another year is past, be able to visit Ireland with Captain MACKARNESS, and thank you personally for the address, as well as for the very valuable Clock which you presented to her, and which she values most highly.

That God may richly bless you all is the earnest prayer of your landlord and sincere friend, George, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles

To Messrs. ARMSTRONG, C. M'CORMACK, Richard HALES, William PATTERSON, John WALLACE, and others. September 28, 1877


FERRAR - September 14, at Brooklyn, U.S.A., the wife of Henry Stafford Ferrar, of a son.


The London Correspondent of the Irish Times writes:-

An officer, Captain Frank John CONNELL, stated to be connected with a south of Ireland family committed suicide on Tuesday, at Lane's Hotel, Haymarket, London, by opening a vein in his wrist with a champagne knife (his own property), and allowing himself to bleed to death in his locked bedroom. Among the documents found in his valise was a communication from the War Office, asking him to account for £300, public money, which his brother-in-law, Mr. CURTIS, testified caused him some anxiety.


Balla, Monday evening.

This morning the constabulary of this station discovered the almost lifeless body of a man, named James ROURKE, a herd, on the bridge over the M.G.W. Railway, and adjacent to where a fair was being held. To-day medical assistance was promptly resorted to,

but without avail, as he expired shortly after his removal from where he was found prostrate. Some slight traces of the result of a quarrel or some serious altercation appear evident on his person, especially about his head, where some marks of violence are visible. Two respectable young men have been arrested on suspicion, in consequence, it is alleged of some unfriendly relations which existed between them recently, the nature of which has not fully transpired. Major WYSE, R.M., Castlebar, and Mr. MURPHY, S.I., have visited the scene of the occurrence and elicited the necessary details touching this melancholy affair.


About a fortnight ago we published the detail of a gross outrage which took place on the Roxborough road, leading from the city of Limerick. A number of men were going home from the market, and, as usual, having "drink taken," as they say in the locality,

a quarrel ensued when a young man named Patrick CONWAY interfered to make peace between the combatants, and in return was severely attached and beaten by the parties he wished to pacify. He had sustained a fracture of the skull and other injuries when found insensible lying on the road by the constabulary of the Black Boy Pike, who had been apprised of the outrage. Conway was taken to the workhouse hospital, where he lay in a precarious state until Saturday, when the poor fellow died from the effects of the dreadful assault made upon him. Shortly after the outrage the police arrested two men named NEVILLE, father and son, as being parties to, not the principals, in the murderous attack upon Conway. Subsequently the elder Neville was released by the magistrates, but the younger remains in custody on a charge of homicide.


BANK OF IRELAND. - Mr. John WATERS, of Cavan, has been promoted to the agency of the Bagnlastown branch.

THE LISGAR CEMETERY. - A handsome tomb has been recently erected in the new cemetery at Bailieborough, to the memory of the late Lord LISGAR.


The meeting advertised for the 26th inst., for signing the award has been adjourned until February next.

An election of trustees was held on Thursday, when Messrs. James HAMILTON, Geo. De la Poer BERESFORD, Archibald GODLEY, John REILLY, Edward S. TENER, John G. TATLOW, James G. M. GARRETT, and William A. MOORE were unanimously elected.


The following gentlemen have been appointed to the commission of the peace:-

COUNTY OF CAVAN. - Colonel St. George Mervyn NUGENT, of Farren Connell, Mount Nugent.

COUNTY OF DONEGAL. - Edmund Christopher MANSFIELD, Esq., of Ardrummon House, Letterkenny.


(Before Messrs. BABINGTON, ERSKINE, and MOORE.)

Acting Constable HAMILL charged Hugh CRUMLEY with assaulting James CONATY.

Fined 5s., or a week's imprisonment.

Samuel GUMLEY and James LYNCH were fined 2s. 6d. each for permitting their cattle to wander on the public road.

There were two disputes about passes, which were referred to arbitration.

After signing the publicans' certificates, their worships adjourned the Court.


The annual entertainment given by the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. GILMOR, Bailieborough Rectory, to the children attending the Bailieborough Church of Ireland Sunday School came off on Wednesday last. The teachers and children, numbering about 250, assembled in the

picturesque grounds of the rectory at 1 o'clock. The field of sports was beautifully adorned with banneretts of varied hue, and bearing appropriate mottoes, the latter neatly executed by the fair hands of the female teachers. The day was fine, and a number of visitors arrived. Amongst the latter were: - Lady LISGAR and Miss DALTON, Rev. J. PORTER, Rev. Mr. LITTLE, W. W. FAUSSET, Esq.; Dr. and Mrs. CLARKE, Mrs. WARING and the Misses WARING, Miss SIMPSON and Miss M. SIMPSON, T. CHAMBERS and Mrs. CHAMBERS, W. B. CROSS and Mrs. CROSS, Miss HANTON, Miss FITZGERALD, Miss RATHBORNE, Mr. GAULT, Mr. MOORE, Miss Adams, &c. The Bailieborough Conservative Brass Band was in attendance, and contributed to the day's enjoyment by performing a number of favourite airs. At 3 o'clock p.m., the children retired from their athletic sports for a little to commence a sortie on the tea and cake supplied by their kind hostess and her amiable daughters. The visitors and teachers were also sumptuously entertained in the rectory. This over, all re-engaged in the various games until a late hour, when the children gave hearty cheers for their kind entertainers. The shades of evening closed a happy scene, and all retired highly pleased with the day's amusement.

ELOPEMENT FROM THE COUNTY WATERFORD. - For some days past a young woman named QUINLAN, the daughter of a farmer residing at Gurtalea, has been missing, and that she had absconded was patent from the fact that £37 was, about the time of disappearance, abstracted from a box, her father's property. Inquiry was instituted in every quarter, but without success. A letter in the handwriting of the fugitive was received a few days ago by her father, bearing the Liverpool post-mark, and stating that she had taken the cash and had eloped with a Corporal KAVANAGH, who recently visited Ireland on furlough, and whose acquaintance she had made during the temporary stay. She stated that by the time the letter was received they would be on their way to America.


John SMYTH, scarcely 29 years of age, and the son of a large farmer, is to be tried at Londonderry for abducting Miss Susan Be. COUTENAY, daughter of a Derry magistrate. The young lady has just completed her 15th year. They went off together on the 28th of August, and directed their flight for Glasgow. Head Constable CRAWFORD, of the Londonderry police, was furnished with a warrant to arrest Smyth, but the young pair managed to elude, not only Constable Crawford, but the Glasgow police, until Friday last. On that morning they were formally married at Sheriff's Chambers, by the Sheriff of Lanarkshire, but in the evening Head Constable Crawford traced them, and put his warrant in force by arresting Mr. Smyth, young Mrs. Smyth of course, accompanying her husband. Probably the case may not come on for trial. The lady is married legally, and perhaps the right thing to be done now is to make the best of it, and provide the very youthful pair with a suitable plenishing.


During a recent visit to London, my friend, Mr. Wharton JONES, the learned editor of the Life of the Great Bishop BEDELL - published by the Camden Society - directed my attention to a M.S. in the Library of the British Museum (4436: Transactions of the Royal Society). This M.S. is from the pen of the Vicar of Killesher, diocese of Kilmore, and from internal evidence, appears to date (for it is without date) ciciter 1730. It gives a description of Lough Erne, and the various seats along the shores of that lake. Amongst others, it describes the Palace of Kilmore. As that mansion has long since passed away, this description may prove acceptable to your readers. It is now printed for the first time. Dr. Timothy GODWYN presided over this Diocese from 1714 to 1727. He was succeeded by Dr. Josiah HORT, in the last mentioned year, and this last prelate is "the present Bishop" mentioned in the M.S. Bishop Edward WITENHALL was Bisho (sic) Godwyn's predecessor, and sat there from 1699 to 1714. The old spelling is retained.

William REYNELL, B.D.

Extracts from a description of L. Erne, British Museum, 314, p. 2. Papers relating to Royal Soc., 4436.

"At the distance of a small mile from the upper end of this Lough, on the very ridge of one of these small hills, stands exalted the Episcopal seat of Kilmore. "Tho' it be a single seat, without any town or village adjoyning, it makes a specious appearance.

"The House is long, and lofty, and capacious, about an 100 feet in length and 40 in width. It has two fronts - the entrance is by the east side. The front is a large square court, the south side of which is formed by the Church, the west by the house, the north, by a wall inclosure, thro' which passes the avenue, planted on each side; from the east side, which seems open, there is a descent by several steps into a spacious graveled terrace covered with spreading fig trees, pears of the choisest kind, and stone fruit; the other side adorned with pyraminds of box, yew, and holly; from this terrace descend steeply the gardens, replenished with various kinds of trees, roots and pulse; they are divided into several quarters, and the whole enclosed by an high stone wall. Below the gardens lye, as an eye-sore, an irregular bog, full of pitts; the late Bishop, Dr. GOODWIN, begun in this a canal to answer the Hall door. The present Bishop has leveled the whole bogg, and by grass seeds reformed it into a beautifull meadow, for verdure and agreeableness not inferior to a parterre; the canal is compleated, being about 500 yards in length, and in the middle is widened into a basin of 100 yards over. From the canal a plantation of trees is carryed on as an avenue to the tops of the little hills beyond it; by which improvement, that which was naturally a nuisance is reformed so as to become the principal beauty and ornament of this front.

"The western front opens into a gravell'd terrace of about an 100 paces long. From this terrace descends in an easy hanging, with a parterre agreeably deversifyd with verdant sod, gravel walks, small fruit trees, elms, and arcades of beech and hornbeam. The sides are enclosed with high brick walls, covered with choice fruit; this parterre terminates in a deep haha. Looking into the center of the parterre is a large shell seat adorned with stucko; from the parterre is continued, thro' a beautiful meadow, a spacious avenue of a triple row of elms on each side, which at the high road terminates in another ha ha with piers. This beautiful field is at some distance from the avenue, on each side planted thick with young trees.

"The whole, the verdure of the meadow and parterre, the avenue, the walls, the terraces, the house - which is stuckoed - have an effect equally grand and beautiful from the road.

"On the southern side of the parterre lies another garden planted with good fruit trees, and agreeably divided by tall hedges of hornbeam and holly. In one of these inclosures is a physick garden. The whole is enclosed with a high wall. Within this enclosure stands the largest and most perfect old Danish Fortification in the kingdom. It consists of two high mounts, each having a large platform at the top; they have in the middle a short passage to one another. The whole is encompassed with an high dike and deep fossee, in which is a spring well. This fortification is agreeably transformed into a pleasing retirement, the top of the dike being smoothed into a circular terrace, the fossee planted with limes; easy spiral ascents being made to the tops of the mount; the platform of one planted with firr, the other with elms, and having yews planted in the form of easey chairs to lean on.

"Between this garden and the south-west angle of the house stands a venerable old grove of sycomores, planted an 100 years ago by Bishop BEDELL. The largest of them stands in the middle of the terrace, and from thence spreading its boughs into the churchyard shades its planter's tomb!

"The front of the house lay formerly naked and neglected; but the present Bishop, observing it most capable of ornament, has caused by the several improvements its beauty to be displayed.

"The south end of the house looks into the churchyard, and from it the church goes off in right angles, being contiguous and having accommodation with the house. That door of the church which looks into the churchyard has been a beautiful peice of ancient carving. The stones are now so worn with time, that many of the figures are defaced. This church has been much adorned by the present Bishop, who has sashed it, flagged it, pewd and painted it.

"At the south angle of the churchyard, within a small wall'd inclosure, are deposited in a vault the remains of the good and great Bishop Bedell, over which is raised a tombstone, with his arms and this modest inscription:"GULIEMI BODELL, QUONDAM EPISCOPI


"The present Bishop is now repairing the injuries which this venerable tomb has suffered by time!

"The north avenue which leads up from the road to this seat, is by the present Bishop carryd on beyond the road along the ridge of a hill to the furtheset point, from which there is an extensive prospect, variegated with no less than nine large peices of water.

"Tho' this seat fails in that regularity which shines in modern peices of archictecture, which are begun and executed by one plan, by reason of its being begun by Bishop WHETNELL on some ruines wherein Bishop Bedell lived, built up by Bishop Goodwin, and beautified by this present Bishop, yet upon the whole, for conveniency and agreeableness of the situation, it scarce falls short of any Episcopal seat in the kingdom."

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