November 8, 1844
Omagh, County Tyrone
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On Tuesday, the 29th of October, at Derry, the lady of Henry Darcus, Esq. Great James's-street, of a daughter.
On the 29th ult., at Derry, the lady of W. J. Eames, Esq. of a daughter.
On the 27th ult., the lady of Lieut. A. Ramsey, Derry, of a daughter.
On the 21st ult., the lady of H. G. Archdall, Esq., Derryargin, of twins---one still-born.
On Friday, the 25th October, by the Rev. James Reid Dill, Presbyterian Minister, Dromore, county Tyrone, Mr. William Scott, Dromore, formerly of Cranney, to Rebecca, youngest daughter of Nathaniel Smyth, Esq., Drumcannis?.
On the 29th ult., at Ballymoney, by the Rev. James Dunseath, Mr. Richard Craig, of Belfast, to Helen, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Glass, of Ballymoney.
On the 31st October, by the Rev. Joseph Mackenzie, Mr. John Kirkwood, farmer, Falls, to Mary, daughter of Mr. Hugh Kirkwood, Redhill.
On the 31st ult., by the Rev. Andrew Breakey, John, youngest son of the late Rev. Mr. Sturgeon, Boardmills, to Jane, daughter of Mr. John Lawther, Cluntagh.
On the 31st ult., by the Rev. William Reid, Scarva, Mr. James M'Candlish, of Lissumon, County Armagh, to Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. Joseph Hawthorne, Fourtowns, Co. Down.
On the 2d inst., suddenly, in Butcher-street, Derry, Eliza beth [sic], relict of the late Mr. Daniel M'Adam, of Strabane.
At his residence, Magilligan, on the 10th October, aged 91, John Church, Esq., who was 30 years Surgeon-Major in the service of his late Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Russia. He was a gentleman of eminent skill in his profession. His memory will long be remembered in the neighbourhood.
On Tuesday, the 29th ult., in the 76th year of his age, Mr. John Wilson, Ballyduganon, near Toome, deeply and deservedly regretted by all who knew him.
On Friday last, at Strabane, Miss Rutherford.
BIRTHS EXTRAORDINARY.---The wife of William Faulkner, a farmer, in the townland of Drung, parish of Moville, of twins, a daughter and son. The former was born on the 1st of October last, and the latter on the 2d instant, making between them a difference of thirty-three days, during which time, from the 4th ult., until the morning of the 2d instant, she had good health, and attended to her general housewifery. The mother and children are doing well.
MURDER.---Mullingar, Thursday.---In our last we reported the inhuman beating given to a poor man named Michael Halligan, near Mount-Temple, at a place called the Five-mile-house, on Sunday night, the 20th instant. We regret to have to announce that from the savage barbarity used towards him, the unfortunate man died on the Wednesday night following.---He never spoke a word from the time he was beaten till he died. An inquest was held on the body on Thursday, by St. George Grey, and Edward Hudson, Esqrs., magistrates, and evidence given of the occurrences reported in our last number. Dr. Fallon made a post mortem examination, and deposed to the state which the body presented. An extensive fracture was inflicted in the left side of the head, which caused death. The jury returned the following verdict :---"Deceased Michael Halligan came by his death from a blow inflicted by John Galvin." Galvin has as yet escaped the vigilance of the police, but we hope he will be made amenable to justice. We have just heard that two women and a man have been arrested as parties in the murder.---Westmeath Guardian.
OMAGH DISPENSARY.---A respectable meeting of the subscribers to this charitable and useful institution was held in the Court-house, on Wednesday last---the Rev. THOMAS STACK in the chair---to take into consideration the reduced state of the funds of the Dispensary, and to devise measures for the purpose of preventing any further defalcation in the amount of subscriptions ; when JOHN B. BUCHANAN, Esq., was requested to act as Secretary, and urge on the landed proprietors the necessity there was for supporting the institution by increased subscriptions.
AND LOSS OF LIFE. --As was anticipated, the storm
of Friday and Saturday proved very disastrous along the coast, but we
are happy to say that in the harbour not much damage has been
sustained. The light ship, stationed at the Kish Bank, slipped
from her moorings, and ran up to Halpin's Pond, at the
North Wall, and another vessel was at once tugged out by a
steamer to supply her place. The most melancholy results of the gale
were visible between Dublin and Drogheda on Saturday. The following are
briefly the facts :---On Saturday, a large bark, laden with
timber, was driven on shore near Skerries---the crew all saved ;
on the same day a brig was observed drifting towards the shore about
two miles north of Balbriggan ; she struck about eleven o'clock, near
the Cargee rocks, and within a short distance of Lowther Lodge, at
present occupied by the Earl of Cloncarty. The spot where this vessel
struck is a reef of sharp-pointed rocks, not |200 yards from the land,
but completely exposed, and most dangerous to approach; nevertheless,
Mr. H. Alexander Hamilton, Mr. Cole, the sub-inspector of constabulary
for the Balbriggan station, the coast-guard officers, and others on the
shore, made immediately an attempt to reach her for the purpose of
taking on the crew, (nine in number,) who appeared greatly exhausted.
Unfortunately it was impossible to reach her ; but Mr. Hamilton
approached so close as to succeed in making the crew aware that from
the nature of the vessel's position, she must inevitably be
destroyed---and that, therefore, their only chance of safety consisted
in their taking to their boats immediately. Four of the crew followed
his advice, and although the boat was swamped before they reached the
shore, the men were taken out of the water and saved by the intrepidity
of Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Cole, and their associates, who, with ropes
fastened round them, rushed into the surf and rescued these exhausted
seamen. In a short time, as the tide rose, the situations of the five
remaining seamen became more perilous ; at length the vessel was
completely capsised by the violence of the waves, and the five men, for
a few minutes, were seen clinging to the keel, the next wave swept
three of them away--the fourth, a young man a native of Dublin,
catching hold of a spar committed himself to the waves. The fifth
remained, holding by a chain, in the keel of the vessel. Every
effort, and at great risk, was made to save these poor men--one only,
the boy who held by the spar, was rescued--every wave breaking over the
hull of the vessel. The seaman who remained fastened to the keel, was
observed for several hours to sustain himself. Meantime every
possible means were used by firing a mortar with a line and otherwise
to reach him, but they were unavailing. At length when the tide had
fallen, about eight o'clock in the evening, and when approach became
practicable, the poor man was found still grasping the chain, but the
vital spark had fled. The rescued seamen were carried up to Lowther
Lodge, where they were revived by the care and kindness of the Countess
of Cloncarty. The exertions of Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Cole, and, indeed, of
all on the shore, were highly praiseworthy, and they have the
satisfaction of reflecting that the lives of five fellow-creatures have
been saved by them. The vessel proved to be the Shannon of Whitehaven.
Another fatal casualty occurred at Clogher, about seven miles from
Drogheda. A large brig, name unknown, laden, with wheat, supposed to be
from Wexford, and bound to Liverpool, was totally wrecked, and all
hands supposed to be lost, as there was no account of any of them.
Another wreck took place at Annagasson, near the same place. Name of
the vessel unknown. She was dashed into pieces. A large vessel, about
700 tons burthen, named the Rose, of Belfast, Montgomery, master, was
driven violently on shore at Skerries, but most fortunately the crew,
consisting of 14 men and 1 woman,a passenger, were
OMAGH.---Printed and Published every FRIDAY, by the Proprietor, JOHN NELIS, to whom all orders and communications (post-paid) are to be addressed. Friday, Nov. 8, 1844.
WE regret that, owing to a press of advertisements, we are obliged to omit the letter of our clever correspondent on the introduction of Gas to Omagh. It will, however, appear in our next.
SUBSCRIBERS' Names received at the Office of THE CONSTITUTION, Main-street, Omagh ; and by
Mr. JAMES NELIS. Bookseller, Londonderry ;
Messrs. GRAY & WALKER, Booksellers, Strabane ;
Mr. JAMES WEST, Merchant, Clogher ;
Mr. GEORGE M'WILLIAMS, Aughnacloy ;
Mr. DODGEON?, Post-office, Stewartstown ;
Mr. LILBURN, Hotel, Dungannon ;
Mr. ARMSTRONG, Hotel, Trillick ;
Mr. W. R. ARMSTRONG, Imperial Hotel, Enniskillen
And at the Post-Offices of Nn-Stewart, Fintona, Beragh, Dromore, &c.
THE OLD PEAR TREE.---We regret to state that the "Venerable Pear Tree", so often apostrophised by the poets laureate of the Maiden City, is no longer to be seen in the old orchard, where it arrested, during so many years, the attention of the visitor, and stirred the deepest emotions of the descendants of the heroes of 1688. This tree, which was of no mean age at the period of the siege, having, for several years past, exhibited symptoms of decay, though it produced fruit in the present year, was blown down on Thursday night, and has been since cut up and removed by Mr. James M'Crea, on whose grounds it stood, he being considerably lightened in his labours by many of the citizens, who were anxious to possess themselves of portions of this remnant of the olden time.
Mr. Ponsonby Moore, son of the Rev. Henry Moore, of Carnew, has been appointed Registrar of Joint Stock Companies in Ireland---an office created by an Act of last Session.---Banner of Ulster.
COURT OF CHANCERY.---Mr. Joseph Napier, and Mr. Richard Nunn, assistant barrister of the County Tyrone, were this day called to the inner bar, and took their seats accordingly. The absence of these gentlemen on the first day of Term---the former in England, and the latter being engaged in the discharge of his judicial duties---prevented their being called along with the other newly-appointed Queen's Counsel.---Evening Mail of Wednesday.
ATTEMPT TO MURDER.---About eight o'clock, on the night of the 29th ult., a man named John Ransford, when returning to his residence at Ballinahinch, was waylaid and severely assaulted by an armed party, who inflicted some severe cuts in his head---he also received a gun shot wound in the thigh---the party having commenced their attack by firing at him. On being informed of the occurrence, Constable Gaul, of the next police station, and his men, immediately went in pursuit of the offenders, in the direction of O'Brien's- bridge, and arrested, in the county of Clare, four men who are now in custody for examination, of whom Martin Tracy has been identified by Ransford as being one of the five who attacked him. The cause of this outrage is not known at present.---Nenagh Guardian.
HAND-SPUN LINEN YARN IN IRELAND.---In spinning linen yarn, some of the industrious females of this country have arrived at an almost unparalleled degree of perfection. At Dundonald, in the County of Down, in February, 1799, a woman, out of one pound and a-half of flax, which cost almost two shillings, produced yarn of so fine a texture as to sell for £5 2s. 4-1/2d. A Miss M'Quillan, in Comber, County of Down, spun sixty-four hanks out of one pound of flax, producing one hank every fortnight. She split the fibre with a needle to give this degree of fineness. A hank was spun in Belfast, weighing 3-1/2 drachms, about 73 hanks to the pound. A hank has been since spun, equal to 130 hanks to the pound. But in December, 1815, Wm. Dawson, of Woodbank, near Gilford, Esq., had in his possession a hank of yarn, spun by Catharine Woods, of Dunmore, near Ballynahinch, aged about fifteen years, which weighed exactly 10 grains, giving about 700 hanks to the avoirdupoise pound of flax, [sic] These would make a thread 2,521,440 yards in length. 17lbs. 6oz. 3-18 qrs. of this yarn would contain a thread 24,912 English miles in length, equal to the circumference of the earth. The finest piece of cambric, perhaps, ever manufactured in Ireland, was sold in 1794, in Lurgan market. It counted 2,700 warp and 8,000 woof, and was valued at £25 sterling. The extremes of the manufacture are, from 700 to 2,400.---Newry Magazine.
The Earl of BELMORE has been here for some days past, on a visit to his Tyrone estates : his lordship resided with his agent, DANIEL AUCHENLECK, Esq., during his stay. We understand that several of the tenantry on his lordship's estates have reason to be grateful to his lordship for his liberality on the occasion.
====================STRABANE GENERAL QUARTER SESSIONS.
MONDAY, 29TH OCTOBER, 1844.
Ellen M'Bride, for receiving stolen goods. Imprisoned for 6 calendar months, and kept to hard labour.
Patrick M'Cullow, assault. To pay a fine of 6d.
Mary Gallagher and Margaret M'Canny, for exposing an infant child. Each imprisoned 1 month in Bridewell.
Margaret M'Kenna submitted to an indictment for a larceny. To be imprisoned 6 weeks, and kept for the first week and last week in solitary confinement.
Rose M'Caffry, for receiving stolen goods. Imprisoned for 6 calendar months, and kept to hard labour.
David Leard, for uttering counterfeit silver coin, knowing same to be counterfeit. To be imprisoned 4 calendar months, and kept to hard labour.
STRABANE SABBATH SCHOOL.---We are happy to learn that, at a meeting held on the 30th ult., the teachers of the Strabane First Presbyterian Sabbath School unanimously presented Mr. J. Brown Wilson with a hand- some copy of Doddridge's Family Expositor, as a mark of their respect and esteem, on the occasion of his resigning the office of teacher in that school, to resume his studies at Belfast College. Mr. Wilson, during his residence of two years at Strabane, has endeared himself by his mnay amiable qualities to all who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance, and now leaves it with their best wishes for his future success.
On Monday, 29th ult., the inhabitants of Comber were much gratified in being honoured by a visit from the Most Noble the Marquis and Marchioness of Londonderry, Lord Castlereagh, and a numerous suite. After alighting at the house of John Andrews, Esq. the respected agent of the Marquis, they proceeded on foot through the town, and examined all the improvements which have been made for the comfort and convenience of the inhabitants. The Gillespie monument attracted a large share of their attention, it having attained its full height, exclusive of the figure.---Belfast News-Letter.
LONDONDERRY AND ENNISKILLEN RAILWAY.---A deputation from the Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway, including Mr. F. Tyrrell and Mr. F. M. Hemming, had an interview on Friday with the Earl of Dalhousie a [sic] the Board of Trade.
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