The Kilkenny Independent
Wednesday, MAY 2, 1827

Of the Commissioners of Irish Education

     This Report has reached our Office. The Appendix to it extends to above 1,300 pages. We take from the Report some of the general results, as pointed out by the Commissioners themselves.
     The total number of Schools in Ireland appears to be.....11,823
     Of these there were-
     In Ulster.....3,449
     In Leinster.....3,942
     In Munster.....3,359
     In Connaught.....1,523

     The number of Masters and Mistresses to the Schools.....12,530
     Of these there were-
     Of the Established Church...3,098
     Protestant Dissenters.....1,058
     Roman Catholics.....8,300
     Religion not stated.....74

     The number of children in attendance at those Schools, taken on an average of the three months, in the Autumn of 1824, was 160,549.
     The population of the Children of different religious creeds were-
     Of the Established Church.....93,452
     Protestant Dissenters, of other denominations.....3,412
     Roman Catholics.....408,285
     Religion not stated.....10,906


     D'Arcy Mahon, Esq. Commissioner of Stamps, to Ann Honoria, relict of the late Wm. Phibbs Irwin, Esq. and daughter and co-heiress of the late Edmond Kelly of Tidane, in the county of Galway, Esq. and grand-niece to the late Judge Kelly.
     In Great George's-street, North, by the Most. Rev. Dr. Murray, Robert Taaffe, Esq. of Ardmullan, Co. Meath, second son of the late John Taaffe, Esq. of Smarmor Castle Co. Louth, to Catherine Isabella, only daughter of the late Theobald MacKenna, Esq.
     On the 26th ult. at Drumsna, by the Very Rev. Dr. M'Keon, V.G. John D. Brady of Springstown, in the County of Longford, Esq. to Mary Eleanor daughter of the late Myles Keon, of Keon-brook, County Leitrim, Esq.
     At Dublin, George Ormsby, of Gortna Abbey, county Mayo, Esq. to Marianne, third daughter of the late Humphry Jones of Mullinsbro, county Kilkenny, Esq.


     On Monday week last, at Cheltenham, in the 69th year of his age, Francis Twiss, Esq. Mr. Twiss was highly esteemed as an accomplished scholar, and deservedly respected by all who knew him as an amiable and pious man. In early life he had studied abroad, under the celebrated commentator, Hoogroren, by whom he was distinguished as one of his most favoured pupils. He had also the advantage of having, with Mr. Pitt, at Pembroke College, Cambridge, read under Dr. Tomline, since Bishop of Winchester. Mr. Twiss was at first intended for the Church, but having early succeeded to a considerable patrimony, he did not take orders. He spent a great part of his life in theological studies, in which he acquired profound and various learning. He married Miss Fanny Kimble, a younger sister of Mrs. Siddons, by whom he left several sons and daughters, the eldest of whom is Mr. Horace Twiss, the present Member for Wooton Bassett.

Book-Binding & Stationery,

     Begs most respectfully to acquaint his Friends and the Public, that BOOK-BINDING will be carried on in the same elegant and durable manner in which it has hitherto conducted by the late Mr. PEMBROKE- and hopes by paying every attention to the execution of any Orders, with which he may be favoured, to merit that share of public Patronage which this establishment has hitherto received.
     REYNOLDS has received from Part 1st to Part 16 of The London Encyclopediae, which will be continued Monthly to the 40th Part, which completes the Work. He has also received from the 1st to the 6th Number Constable's Miscellany, a new Work published in Monthly Volumes, at 3s.6d.each.
     N.B. All kinds of STATIONERY on the lowest terms.
          Kilkenny, May 1st, 1827.



     There is a prevented duel obscurely alluded to in one of the Morning Papers.- The parties, we understand, are Mr. James Grattan, M.P. for the County of Wicklow, and one of the Wingfield family, and the cause of quarrel has relationship to the Orange Petition got up in that County. There has been an arrest, but no name is given.--Morning Register.

     SUICIDE IN A WATCH-HOUSE.--Last night and Inquest was held before Mr. Thomas Higgs, Coroner, on the body of Phillis Ann Young, at a Tavern adjoining Convent-garden Watch-house.
     Bartlett, the Night Constable of Convent-garden Watch-house, stated, that the deceased was brought by a constable, named Pattison, on Thursday afternoon, about half-past three o'clock, to the Watch-house, charged with committing a felony. She was locked up, and about half-past four o'clock he found her suspended from the grating of the window in the lock-up-room by a handkerchief, and he cut her down.

     SHOCKING OUTRAGE- A very wanton and disgraceful occurrence took place in Caher on Sunday se'nnight. Three of the Police were walking up the street, one of them was in a state of inebriety, when they were met by a young man named Dwyer, a butcher, who was intimate with them, and who happened, in a jocular way, to accost one of them, when the tipsey Policeman, whose name is Jackson, drew his sword, struck Dwyer above the elbow, and nearly divided the muscles and tendons of his arm; thus disabling the unfortunate young man, who was the support (in these hard times) of a large and helpless orphan family. Up to this moment, there has been no steps taken by the Chief Constable to bring this fellow to punishment, and he has been allowed to retain his fire and side-arms, to the terror of his Majesty's loyal and peaceable subjects.--Tipperary Free Press.

     Mr. Ackwright acknowledges to have received from John Helsham, Esq., 10, in aid of the funds of the Mendicity Institution.

On SUNDAY, the 6th of MAY next,
Will be Preached in St. JAMES'S CHAPEL,
By the Rev. Mr. GRIFFITH,

     The Committee of the above Institutions, in making this Appeal to the Public, are aware of the many and pressing calls made at this period on its liberality; but, from the former experience, they truest that the claims of THREE HUNDRED Bed-ridden Objects will not be made in vain. Nearly that number is at present on the Lists, and applications from others are hourly increasing.
     From the low state of the Funds, the Increase of Arrears, and the present unprecedented Expenditure, unless assisted by liberal contributions, it will be impossible to continue that Aid which those Societies have hitherto afforded, and by which so many hundreds of the very poorest of our Fellow Citizens are weekly relieved.
          Kilkenny, April 26, 1827

And immediate possession given,

     This Establishment is unquestionably the oldest in Kilkenny for the WOOLLEN & LINEN TRADE, and is confessedly the first situation in Kilkenny for that Business. It is equally well adapted for the SPIRIT TRADE, having extensive Vaults under William-street, a convenient Yard and Back-door, with the Hall-door opening into William-street.
     The House is in excellent repair, and can be seen every day.
     Written proposals only (if by post, paid) will be received by RICHARD O'NEILL MURPHY, on the Premises.
          May 1, 1827



The Kilkenny Independent
Saturday, MAY 12, 1827


     Whereas, on the night of the 23d of April, Three Cows, the Property of Mathew Ryan, of Closcreg, in the Parish of Kilfane, and Barony of Gowran, were so barbarously wounded, by some malicious persons or persons unknown, that two of them have since died- and on the night of Thursday, the 26th of April, two Ploughs and a Harrow, the Property of Thomas Seigne, were cut and destroyed on the said Lands.
     Now we, whose names are hereunto subjoined, do promise to pay the sums annexed to our names to any Person or Persons who shall, within Six Months from the date hereof, prosecute to conviction the Person or Persons who committed either of the above mentioned outrages; or we promise to give TEN POUNDS to any Person who may give to the Magistrates or the Police such private information as may enable them to apprehend any Persons concerned or implicated in any or either of the above outrages.
     Dated this 8th day of May, 1827.
     Peter Connellan, Esq...10.10.0
     John Power, sen, Esq...5.0.0
     John Power, jun, Esq...2.0.0
     John Davis, Esq...5.0.0
     Rev. T. Davis...5.0.0
     J. Snow Davis, Esq...5.0.0
     Thomas Seigne...5.0.0
     Mathew Ryan...5.0.0
     John Murphy...5.0.0
     John and James Murphy...5.0.0
     Pierce Murphy...3.0.0
     Kyran Murphy...2.0.0
     John Walsh...2.0.0
     Paul Shirley...2.0.0
     William Walpole...1.10.0
     Martin Murphy...1.0.0


CANADA- There appears great hast in sending off the military to Canada. The Romney, 50 gun ship, is ordered off with the transports; three of the latter were ordered off from Portsmouth to Ireland in an hour's notice, to take in troops at the Irish ports.--Globe of Saturday

EMIGRATION- Emigration from Ireland to America, through Waterford, continues to an extent quite unprecedented. The fine ship the Bolivar, of Waterford six months old, the sole property of our fellow-citizen, Mr. John Carigar, of 385 tons register, burthen about 800 tons, sailed on Thursday for Halifax with about 350 passengers. She is intended to continue the North American trade.--Waterford Mirror


     On the 2d instant, at the advanced age of 77, George Allman, of Overton, near Bandon. He was a man endued with mental faculties of an extraordinary vigour; and he employed them, unremittingly, in promoting the happiness of his fellow-creatures. The first to introduce, with effect, the cotton trade into the South of Ireland, by the unassisted exercise of his own genius, an unbending integrity in the discharge of his commercial engagements, he conducted it with such success to rival the English establishments in that department of manufacture.

     AT A MEETING OF THE PARISHIONERS of St. MARY'S, City of Kilkenny, held at the VESTRY ROOM, on WEDNESDAY, the 9th instant, for the purpose of adopting measures for the Relief of the Poor of that Parish, the following Resolutions were unanimously agreed to:-

The Rev. P. ROE in the Chair:

     Resolved- That it appears to this Meeting, that Poverty and Disease prevail to an alarming extent in this City, and are rapidly increasing.
     Resolved- That it is the opinion of this Meeting that Parochial Committees should be appointed in the several Parishes, whose active habits, local knowledge and experience would be calculated to devise measures to arrest the progress of that poverty and disease, and to alleviate the existing distress.
     Resolved- That the Committee to be appointed by this Parish be directed to co-operate with the Committees of the other Parishes, in forwarding the object of this Meeting.
     Resolved- That the following Gentlemen be requested to act as the Committee of this Parish- as also the Clergymen and the Churchwardens- with power to add to their number.- Mr. Henderson, Mr. Gray, Mr. Bradley, Mr. P. Smithwick, Mr. Dunne, Mr. J. Downey, Mr. R. Sullivan, Mr. R. Reade, Mr. Gore, Mr. A. Denroche, Mr. J. Walsh, Mr. W. Lannigan, Mr. J. M'Craith, Mr. W. Robinson, Mr. J. M'Creery, Mr. R. O'Donnell, Mr. W. Cody.
     Resolved- That should the other Parishes decline to co-operate with us, the above Committee be authorized to collect subscriptions, and apply them as their own prudence may suggest for the Relief of the Poor of this Parish.

The Kilkenny Independent
Wednesday, MAY 16, 1827

     Our esteemed contemporary, The Tipperary Free Press, give a list of the redoubted champions to who signed the Slievardagh Anti-Catholic Petition, to whom the KILKENNY INDEPENDENT alluded on a former occasion. We give the names of a few of those worthies in this number-
     Signatures to the Anti-Catholic Petition from the Barony of Slievardagh- Carrick, Mountchael, R. Hedges Eyre, J.P. Charles Langley, J.P.N. Taylor Noan, J.P. John Poe, J.P. Richard Millett, J.P. Mathew Sankev, J.P. John Despard, J.P Fergus  Langley, J.P. A. Going, J.P. Francis Despard, J.P. D. Scott, Archdeacon Cotton, Robert Jacob Clerk, Edw. Labarte, Rector of Kilvemnon, R. Mauleverar, Rector of Ballingarry, Mungo N. Thompson, Prebendary of Tennor, E. Pepper, Rector of Kilcooly, John Whitty, jun, clk. William Bryan, J. P. clk Jos. W. Despard, clk, Ambrose Lane, clk.


     At Westgrove, in the prime of life, Phineas Riall, Esq, eldest son of William Riall, Esq. Annerville, a young Gentleman of the most engaging manners and disposition.
     At Tipperary, on Wednesday, the 9th inst. the very Rev. Doctor Marnane. This truly virtuous and eminent divine, was advanced at an early period of life, to the Parish of Tipperary, and Vicar-generalship of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, and occupied this  arduous and exalted station in the Church during the long space of ?7 years.
     On Saturday night se'nnight, at Carrick-on-Suir, after a few days' illness, Miss Belinda Dalton, aged 21 years, daughter to Mr. Patrick Dalton.
     On Monday se'nnight, sincerely regretted, at same place, John Sauce, Esq. son of Richard Sauce, Esq and one of the Banking Firm of that town.
     On the 3d inst. at the advanced aged of 77, George Allman, Esq. of Everton, near Bandon.
     At Viewmount, near Carlow, J. Bennett, Esq. J.P.
     On Saturday morning at his house, Glassnevin, Dublin, Mr. Bryan Beahan, who for many years filled the situation of King's Messenger.



     In our last, we gave an account of the proceedings of the Parishioners of St. Mary's, at their Vestry Meeting, and hope that our fellow-citizens of every persuasion will cordially co-operate with them. It is admitted by all, that distress and disease prevail to an unprecedented extent amongst us, and, therefore, some public effort should be made for the alleviation of such great human suffering.- We are sorry our Chief Magistrate declined calling a public meeting, and that the Parishes should be convened by their Churchwardens for the objects of charity. We hope that he and the Corporation over which he presides will, even now, do an act of justice towards the poor, by doling out some part of the 1500 which have been withheld form them, on the appointment of the new Mayors, for some years back.


     In Dublin, the Lady of the Rev. Clement Wolseley, of a daughter.
     In London, the Countess of Boden, of a son, stillborn.


     On Sunday se'nnight, in Cork, Mr. Edward Barrett, of Dominick-street, to Miss Mary Ann M'Namara, of St. Finbar's.
     At Fedamore Church, County Limerick, Godfrey Bevan, Esq. of that city, Solicitor, to Elizabeth, widow of the late Herman J. Poe, Esq. and daughter of the late Major Tomkins, Limerick City Regiment.
     At St. Aubin's Church, Westminster, by the Rev. Mr. M'Cleod, and afterwards by the Rev. Mr. Norris, of the R.C. Chapel, Sutton-street, Soho, John Tyrell, Student at Gray's-Inn, of Clonbrook, Queen's County, Esq. to Louisa Francis Feidler, of Greek-street, Soho, London.

The Kilkenny Independent
Saturday, MAY 19, 1827


     In Harcourt-street, the Lady of Anthony John Dopping, Esq. of County Meath, of a daughter.
     In Jervis-place, Clonmel, the lady of John Greene, Esq. of a son and heir.


     Lieutenant Lawford Miles, R.N., nephew to Sir Edward Miles, C.B. to Eliza, eldest daughter of Denis Coyne, Esq. Land-waiter, of Waterford.
     On Saturday se'nnight, in Limerick, Xavier Henry Blake Butler, Esq. second son of the late Henry Butler, of Millbrook, County Clare, to Mary Ann, daughter of H. White of Limerick, Esq.
     In Peter's Church, the Rev. Edward Bourke, (eldest son of Edward Bourke, of Great Charles-street, Esq.) Vicar of St. Nicholas, Galway, to Olivia, fourth daughter of Archdeacon Herbert.


     On the 11th instant, at Tallaght House, County of Dublin, Ellen, the wife of Major James Palmer, Inspector-General of Prisons.
     In Waterford, Mr. John Power, tanner.
     At Ballinvira, County Limerick, Edward B. Fitzgerald, Esq.
     At Bowen's Court, County Cork, on Monday, Robert C. Bowen, Esq.
     On the 8th instant, of typhus fever, John Coleman, of Dundalk, Esq. whose death is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
     On the 1st instant, the Rev. Philip Gartlan, P.P. of Killany, diocese of Clogher.
     At Whapload Dove, Taunton, aged 17, Mary Anne, eldest daughter of Mr. S. Goodger. About a week before a small pustule, with pain and itching, appeared on her lip, and continued to increase with the most excruciating pain until the 20th ult. when death put an end to the sufferings of this accomplished lady.
     On the 8th instant, in the 23d year of his age, Mr. H.W. Campion, Parliament-street, Dublin.
     In London, Edwin Lushington, tenth son of Herbert Jenner, L.L.D.
     At his house on Bushy Heath, London, Colonel Mark Beaufoy, F.R.S.



     Begs to inform his Friends and the Public that he has received several Bales of

Woolen and Manchester Goods,

consisting of prime Saxony, Black, Blue, and Medly Cloths; Refine and Livery Cloths; Single and Double Milled Cashmeres, of the newest shades; a great variety of the newest Fancy Waistcoating Nankeens, Russia Ducks, Jeans, Barragons, Moleskins and Fustians. These are well adapted to the present season, and are now ready for inspection at his New Establishment, Adjoining the Tholsel, which has been Opened this Day, under the denomination of


     He has also received a splendid assortment of Grecian Gemp and Thread Lace; Bobbinets, Quillings, Vests, Caps, and Collars; Lustrings, Gres de Naples, Norwich Crapes, and Bombazines; Crape, Frenc Nett and Rockspun Shawls- a great variety of the newest London Chints Muslins, Calicoes, and Batiste Dresses; 7-8 and 4-4 Linens; 4-4 and 5-4 Sheeting, Lawns, Diapers, Cambries, Long Cloths and Shirtings; a great variety of Plain, Figured and Fancy Muslins, Worked Flounces, &c, &c.
     These goods are now ready for inspection, at the House, lately occupied by Mr. Russell, adjoining the Tholsel, which has been Opened this Day under the denomination of


     Having improved the greater part of these Goods from the most eminent Houses in England and Scotland, and purchased them on the best Terms, he is enabled to sell at very Reduced Prices.
     The system of asking One Price shall be strictly adhered to. The lowest Selling Price is marked on each Article, from which no deviation can be made- therefore, the inexperienced can purchase as well as the most competent judge.
     Kilkenny, 19th May, 1827.

Upon, Or, the Interest therein Sold,
In which the late EDMOND CALLAGAN resided, situate in Coal-Market in this City,
For a Term of 999 Years from 23d Oct., 1783.

          The House is in good order, well circumstanced for Business, and has an extensive rere.
     Application to be made to MR. MAXWELL, Upper Patrick-street; or, to MR. CORMICK, Solicitor, William-street.
     Kilkenny, May 18, 1827.



     The Members of these Societies return their grateful Thanks to the distinguished and highly talented Preacher, The Rev. Mr. GRIFFITH, for the very eloquent and effective Sermon preached by him at St. James Chapel, on Sunday, the 6th inst., which produced the sum of 57 5s. including the following Donations:-
     Michael Warren, Esq...1.0.0
     John Flood, Esq, per the Mayor...1.0.0
     Mrs. Henry Loughnan...1.0.0
     Denis Cormack, sen, Esq...1.0.0
     Mrs. Kenny Scott...2.0.0
     Patrick Hanbury, Esq. (Dublin)...1.0.0
     John Smithwick, Esq...1.0.0
     Laurence Martin, Esq...1.0.0


Cheap, Grocery, Wine and Spirit

     MICHAEL POTTER, respectfully informs his Friends and the Public, that, in addition to his former Stock, he has just received an extensive supply of


which, having purchased at the first Mercantile Houses for Cash, he is enabled to sell at extremely reduced Prices. He particularly recommends to the attention of the Public, his Stock of Cork and Marlfield MALT WHISKEY, which, for age, strength and flavour cannot be excelled.
     Rich Devonshire Cider, Ale, Porter and Pale Butt, in Bottle.

An excellent assortment of

     M.P. hopes to secure for the above establishments a continuance of that support which they have hitherto received, by giving articles of the best description at the lowest possible prices.
     Kilkenny, May 18th, 1827


     EXPORTATION OF BEGGARS- We learn from a Correspondent at Courtmasberry, that a vessel has been laying there from a more Western part of the Country, during the last three weeks, wind bound with a cargo, consisting of 220 beggars, destined for Wales, whither they are going to beg. It is additionally stated to us, that were it not for the aid afforded by some charitable and benevolent individuals of that neighbourhood, to these unfortunate beings, they would have perished for want; the sojourn of the vessel having so greatly exceeded the period calculated upon for effecting her passage.--Cork Paper.


The Kilkenny Independent
Wednesday, May 30, 1827


     One important advantage attending the publication of Signatures to Anti-Catholic Petitions, in the several Counties of Ireland, is the exposure of the actual weakness and insignificance of the Orange party, and of the artifices employed to give it apparent strength and consequence. In the County of Kilkenny, for instance, the Orangemen represented every Protestant to be hostile to Catholic Emancipation. But how many, in fact, of the whole Protestant population of this County signed the Anti-Catholic petition?- Twenty-five. Again, what was the case in the County of Carlow? The whole number of Protestants that could be found to petition for the continuance of the persecutions of the penal code was only sixteen, tho' these conscientious gentlemen contrived to swell their  number to twenty-eight. By what ingenious manoeuvre did they produce this apparent increase? To explain the secret we must first give the names.
     * W. Newton ,Bagnalstown House, High Sheriff,
     * R.S. Saunders, Saunder's Grove, Magistrate,
     * Thomas Dennis, Fort Grant,
     * J. Bennett, Magistrate,
     * Samuel Watson, Roseville,
     * John L. Watson, Kilconner,
     * John James Leeky, Ballymalley,
     * P. Whelan, Wathglass,
     * Thomas Watson, Lumdone, Magistrate
     * John Walker, Ballyknockan,
     * John Watson, Ballydarton,
     Samuel Elliott, Kilmeanny,
     * W.R. Steuart, Stenonts, Magistrate
     Walter Newton, Bagnalstown House, High Sheriff,
     R.S. Saunders, Saunder's Grove, Magistrate,
     Thomas Granite, Fort Granite, Magistrate,
     M. Bennett, Bewthut, Magistrate
     S. Watson, Roseville
     John L. Watson, Kilconner,
     Thomas Elliott, Racroge,
     P. Whellew, Rathglass, Magistrate
     Thomas Watson, Lumdone,
     John Walker, Ballyknockan,
     John Watson, Ballydarton,
     Philip Newton, Dunlukery,
     Jos. F. Duckett, Duckett's Grove,
     John J. Leeky, Ballyhenley,
     W.N. Steuart, Steuart's Lodge, Magistrate.
     Of the above twenty-eight names the following twelve marked with asterisks, are repeated twice, with some slight variation in the names or residences, or descriptions, the better to disguise the repetition from the superficial reader:- W. Newton, R.S. Saunders, Thos. Denis, J. Bennett, Sam. Watson, John I. Watson, J. James Leeky, P. Whelan, T. Watson, J. Walker, John Watson and W.R. Steuart. The following four names are affixed to the Petition only once:- Samuel Elliott, Thomas Elliott, Philip Newton and Joseph F. Duckett.
     The Orangement of this county are extremely indignant with us for having presumed to publish the names of those who signed the Kilkenny Anti-Catholic Petition. We promise those gentlemen, notwithstanding, that we shall continue to publish as long as they continue to sign; and while they shall have the fear of the Press before their eyes, we are satisfied that the Orangemen of the County of Kilkenny will scarcely have the hardihod to follow the laudable example of their honest brethern of the County of Carlow. 


     The Treasurers of the Charitable Society acknowledge the receipt of 8 14s. 1 1/2 d. per Pat. Byrne, Esq., a bequest of the late Miss Archdekin.



     The following Tithe Trials tho' not given in the regular order of time are of too much importance to be omitted:-

Before the Rev. R. Graves, Surrogate

     After the Plenary cases had been severally called over, and rules entered thereon, the Court proceeded to the trial of praedial Tithe Suits, from amongst which we select a few for public notice, as of more than ordinary moment from the decision of the Rev. and Learned Surrogate, as to the VIEW and VALUATION of Titheable Crops.
     The first of these cases was on the Petition of "John Alymer, Esq. the lawful and reported owner or lessee of the Vicarial Tithes of the Parish of Dysart, in the Diocese of Ossory," against Thomas Ryan, of said Parish, Farmer. The alleged subtraction was for the year 1826.
     Mr. Bracken, as Counsel for the Impugnant, Ryan, put in a plea to Title. Demises from the Vicars Choral of St. Canice to the Promovent were then produced and read, in support of Aylmer's title,and were objected to by Counsel, on a variety of legal grounds, as insufficiently proved, &c.
     The Surrogate was of opinion, that sufficient evidence of title had been given.
     The merits of the case were then gone into. The valuators admitted, that the corn crops on which the Tithes sued for were alleged to have accrued due, had been severed, and removed into "haggard", when the viewed the stable and valued the stacks.
     Mr. Bracken contended that the valuation was improperly made, and should have taken place either when the crops were growing, or, if severed, when still on the land.
     The Surrogate- I think the valuation sufficient. Let the Impugnant satisfy the Court that he had not the crops in question.
    Mr. Bracken insisted that the Promovent could only recover on the strength of his own case. He was bound to sustain the charges set out in his petition, and to prove a distinct and positive case of subtraction, in a legal way, before the Impugnant should at all be called on for a defence. The Promovent had thought proper to make a specific claim, and like every other Plaintiff, he is obliged to support it fully, and as he sets it forth. Requiring a defendant to answer an unproved case was manifestly imposing the evidence of a negative, and if Counsel wanted an apt and striking illustration of the folly and hardship of the rule which would exact a defence of this kind, the case before the Court, perhaps; would best supply it. He was persuaded that the Court must feel itself bound to respect and act upon these principles of evidence which govern the higher tribunals of the country, and which are found essential to a uniform and satisfactory administration of public justice.
     After much discussion the Surrogate pronounced in favour of the valuation. Decree for the Promovent, for 3 1s. the amount claimed, with full costs of Suit, 1 6s 8d.
     The Court adjourned at about 5 o'clock, to the following day.


     The Praedial Tithe trials were resumed this day, at half-past twelve o'clock, before his Worship the Surrogate.
     The case first heard was that of John Aylmer, the Promovent of the preceding day, against James Ryan, Farmer, for Tithes of 1824, 1825, and 1826.
     Thomas Doolan, Tithe Valuator, swore to the value of the Tithes, as set out in the Petition, for the year, 1824.
     On his cross-examination witness said, he would not be positive that the corn had not been cut when he valued; to the best of his knowledge it was not.
     Bartholomew Boyle, the second valuator, supported the estimate sworn to by Doolan.
     Cross-examined- Will not swear positively that the corn was growing when he valued.
     For the Tithes of 1825, Boyle was again produced to prove a valuation.
     On his cross-examination, he said, that to the best of his belief the corn and meadow were not cut when he valued; won't swear positively.
     _____ Dormer, his co-valuator, swore, on his cross-examination, that the wheat was not cut at the time he valued.
     Boyle, the other witness, here called out- "now I recollect it was not cut!"
     The valuation of the Tithes of 1826 was sworn to by Patrick Purcell.
     Cross-examined- The crops were cut when he viewed, and were off the ground, and in the haggard; judged the value by the stubbles; can very easily "guess" by the stubble, what kind of a crop it was.
     Edmond Todd, the second valuator, on his cross-examination said, the wheat was cut when he viewed, at least it was not on the ground; can't tell where it was; perhaps some of it was in the haggard; perhaps some of it was in the field, and may-be some of it was sold; won't swear that he ever valued it in the haggard; does not recollect whether the oats were on the ground; looked to the land and stubble for the valuation; perhaps he saw some of the corn and perhaps he did not.
     Re-examined-Ryan (the Impugnant) pointed out the lands; looked into the haggard, would partly know, by looking at a stack of wheat, what quantity it contained.
    By the Court- Does not think he told Ryan the amount of the claim, nor did he hear Purcell, the other valuator tell him so.
     Purcell recalled- Did not inform Ryan, of the amount of the demand.
     Mr. Bracken again pressed his objection to the mode and time of the alleged valuation, and contended that there was every reason to presume, from the only evidence for the Promovent, that there had been, in point of fact, no valuation at all. In any event, the proof of the quantity and value of the crop, from seeing part of the straw, was not to be relied upon.
     The Surrogate- I am of opinion, that as valuator having to go through extensive parishes must necessarily be late in viewing some portions of the land, it would not be right to decide against the present valuation. As the witness has taken upon himself to swear that he is a competent judge, from seeing the stubble, of the value of the crop, and the quantity of land under it, I shall decree for the amount claimed.
    Decree for the Promovent, 2 2s. 6d. with full costs of Suit, ? 6s. 8d.
     The next case was at the promotion of the same claimant, against Bryan Conran, for the Tithes on wheat, oats, and potatoes, for the years 1824, 1825 and 1826, in the same parish.
    The value of the Tithes for the earlier years was sworn to by the witnesses.
     For the year 1826, Patrick Purcell, the valuator in the other case, swore to the value, as did his colleague, Edmond Todd.
     Patrick Purcell cross-examined- Does not know in what part of the parish or townland Conran's lands lie; does not know how many fields Conran's farm contains, nor whether the crop was cut, or removed; does not know whether there is any house on it; [ Todd had sworn to a valuation of the corn, in the haggard] does not know whether it is near the high road or not, nor whether it is on a hill or in a valley, nor what farm or farms are next to it; does not know whether the oats were in one or in different fields, nor whether all the wheat was in one field.
     Mr. Bracken argued that evidence such as that of Purcell was wholly insufficient to sustain a case against his client. There was every reason to infer, from the answers of the witness, that he never saw the farm which he swears he valued!
     Surrogate- I consider the case is proved.
     Decree for 1 19s. with full costs of suit, 1, 6s. 8d.
     In most of the cases resting on the evidence of Todd and Purcell, it appeared, that both of these men were total strangers to the parish; the former living  at Dungarvan, in this county, and the latter at Kilmacow, near Waterford. They said they were shown the different farms by a person of the name of Patrick Bryan who lives, we believe, in Kilkenny. It was argued by  Counsel for he Inpugnants, that the Valuators did not even pretend to any local knowledge whatsoever of the parish, and it was much worse than mere absurdity to trust to a valuation of the crops by men confessedly unacquainted with the different farms. It was necessary that the person or persons by whom, if by any due, the farms were shown, should be produced.
     The Court over-ruled the objection, considering the view and valuation to have been quite satisfactory, and that it was for the Impugnant to discharge himself of the demand by showing he did not subtract, had not crops, &c.
     Mr. Bracken once more protested, without effect, against a doctrine contrary, as he respectfully conceived, to every recognized principle of the law of evidence, and replete with hardship to the defendant.
     Mr. Walshe was Proctor for the Promovent.
     In the greater number of these cases, the Impugnants protested to the appeal, with the usual prayer to Apostles, &c.

Castlecomer Catholic Male and Female Free Schools.


     It will be required that the Master shall be perfectly competent to conduct his Scool on the Lancasterian System. None need apply, who cannot produce respectable testimonials of character.
     A Public examination of the Candidates will be held before the Committee, in the Chapel of Castlecomer, on Saturday, the 9th of June, when a selection will be made according to merit and terms.
     Those who intend offering themselves for those situations, will please signify the same to the Rev. JOHN WALSH, or the Secretary of the Committee, previous to the Meeting.
     Castlecomer, 29th May, 1827.

HOUSE OF COMMONS- Wednesday, May 23.

     Mr. J.W. CROKER being returned for the Dublin University, took the oaths and his seat.
     Mr. EGERTON presented several petitions from the Protestant Dissenters, praying for the repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts.
     Mr. Alderman WOOD presented a similar petition from Woodbridge, Suffolk; and Mr. SYKES, a similar petition from Hull.
     Colonel LITHORP presented a petition from the principal Tradesmen of Lincoln, in favour of the Bill for the Recovery of small Debts.
     Lord BELFAST presented a petition from Belfast, praying the House, to put a stop to the Burning of Hindoo Widows.
     Mr. A. CAMPBELL presented a petition from the Synod of Ayr, against any further concessions to the Roman Catholics.
     Mr. J. WOOD presented a petition from the Dissenters of Stockport and Chester, for the repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts.
     Lord MILTON presented a similar petition from the inhabitants of Pophlington in the county of York ,and also from Ripon.
     Mr. THOMPSON presented a petition from Kinlock, praying that no further concessions should be made to the Roman Catholics.
     Lord G. CAVENDISH presented a petition from Belpar, Derbyshire, praying the House to put an end to the Burning of Widows in the East Indies.
     Mr. C. GRANT brought in a Bill for regulating the averages of Corn, which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Friday next.
     Mr. VESEY FITZGERALD presented a petition form the inhabitants of the County of Clare, praying the House to consider the propriety of changing the mode by which money was levied under Grand Jury Presentments in Ireland.
     After some conversation, in which Mr. Maurice Fitzgerald, the new Secretary for Ireland, and several other Members took a part, the petition was ordered to be printed.
     Mr. GEORGE BANKES moved for leave to bring in a Bill to relieve Roman Catholics from the payment of a double amount to the land tax.
     The SOLICITOR GENERAL would not oppose the motion for the introduction of the Bill, but would not pledge himself to its future support.
     Leave was then given to bring in the Bill.- Adjourned.


     Seven bags of Flour, the property of Samuel Grubb, Esq. of Clogheen, were taken from his carts at about 12 o'clock on Friday, midway between Knocklofty bridge and this town, at the county Waterford side of the Suir, by a number of half-starved miserable wretches, consisting of about 30 men, and 70 women and children. The bags were immediately ripped open and the women and children commenced filling their aprons, hats, &c. some of the children began to eat it most ravenously, and said that "they were given to starving long enough, and could not bear with the hunger longer." We are aware of the extreme poverty that exists in this part of the country- we know that even the potatoes intended for seed, are consumed by the starving peasantry; we know the terrible state to which they are reduced by the want and disease-we know all this, yet we must tell these misguided people that this violation of the law but serves to make their miserable condition worse. The gentleman whose property was plundered, is esteemed by every person who knows him; besides giving employment to a great number of persons, he is charitable and kind to the poor of his neighbourhood; we are, therefore, sorry that his property should be taken in this way, and would recommend, as a preventive of such scenes, the adoption of a system of modified poor laws, which would relieve the resident gentry, the industrious shop-keeper and farmer from the sole support of the poor, and saddle the absentee Lord with a due proportion of their expenses.--Tipperary Free Press.


     At Termoneeny, Londonderry, the lady of the Rev. R. Alexander, of a daughter.
     On Saturday, the 12th inst. at Clifton, the lady of Metcolf, Esq. of a son.
     The wife of Mr. B. Delay, of Ballinvinea, county of Cork, of a son. It is singular that this lady has not borne a child since the year 1805, making a lapse of 22 years since her last birth.


     In Strangford Chapel, on the 14th inst., by the Rev. Charles Woolsey, Francis Despard, Esq. Comptroller of Customs, &c. Strangford, to Hannah, only child of Wm. Bishop, Esq. of said place.
     At Peter's Church, Molesworth Greene, of Upper Fitzwilliam-street, Dublin, Esq. to Frances, widow of the late Rev. Dr. Ledwich, of York-street, Dublin.
     On the 2d inst. at Mousseaux, the Chateau of the General de Monttivault, Thomas Kenny, third son of Wm Kenny, Esq. of Gardiner's place, Dublin, to Sophia, daughter of the County de Monttivault.
     At Carrick-on-Suir, John Power, Esq. M.D. to the relict of the late Patrick Power, of Tinhalla, Esq.
     In Dungarvan, Barton Anderson, Esq. of that town to Catherine Eliza, only daughter of the late Maurice Kennedy, Esq.
     In Tenby, Wales, Joseph P.B. Beasley, Esq, youngest son of the late Joseph R. Beasley, Esq. of Ardmayle, Co. Tipperary, to Henrietta Maria Boates, daughter of Henry Ellis Boates, Esq. and grand-niece to the late Lord Kenyon.
     On Thursday, at St. Peter's Church, Cork, William Carne, Esq. to Mary, eldest daughter of the late W.B. Brewer, Esq. of the Royal Navy.
     On the 15th inst. at Kanturk Church, Co. Cork, the Rev. John Walsh, of Kilflynn Glebe, County Limerick to Frances Arabella, daughter of William Gore, Esq. late of Elm Green, County of Dublin.
     On the 22d. inst. by the Right Rev. Doctor Doyle, Henry Dennehy of Tivoli, in the county Waterford, Esq. to Anne, second daughter of William Dunne, of Ballymanus, Queen's County, Esq.
     In Cork, the Rev. Paul Meade Dennis, to Mary Anne, eldest daughter of the late Anthony Coane, of Higginstown, County Donegal, Esq.
     At St. Mary's Church, Granard, J. Allen, Esq. M.D. to Elizabeth Martha, fourth daughter of William Adamson, Esq. late Surgeon of the Hon. East India Company's Service.


     On the 3d instant, at Naples, after a few house' illness, Anne Marchioness of Abercom, and sister of the Earl of Arran.
     After a long and painful illness, Caroline Anne, wife of Mr. Richard Atkinson, of Cutpurse-row, Dublin, silk manufacturer.
     At Nantes, on the 10th of May, Jane Emily, the wife of William Grayden, Esq. Barrister -at-Law.
     In Limerick, Christopher Meade, Esq. for many years and extensive merchant of that City.
     At her house, in Upper Georges's-street, Limerick, Mrs. Hartigan, relict of the late J. Hartigan, Esq. of that City.
     On Thursday last, at his seat, Ballinvira, Co. Limerick, Thomas Brown Fitzgerald, Esq.
     In Upper Cecil-street, Limerick, Catherine, eldest daughter of Captain O'Neill- a young lady whose premature death has plunged her family and friends into much affliction.
     At Gardiner-row, on Monday last, the Rev. Jerome Alley, thirty-seven years Rector of the Parishes of Beaulieu and Drumcar, County Louth.
     On Sunday in Clonmel, the Rev. John Fahey, late Catholic Curate of Ballybecon Parish.
    Henry, eldest son of the late Jeremiah Langley of Limerick. The young gentleman was in action with a Malay pirate on the Burmese Coast.
     On the 19th July, at Moscow, James Quinlan, son of the late Mr. Robert Quinlan, of Maganstown, near Carrick-on-Suir. This respectable Gentleman was, during 36 years, head Physician to the Royal Hospital of Moscow.
     On the 9th instant, at the house of her father, (Malpas, Cheshire) Maria, wife of Richard Harvey, of Londonderry, Esq. aged 17 years.
     On the 12th instant of a decline, aged 18, George, 4th son of George Drake, of Batterstown Lodge, County Meath, Esq.

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