1809 - July to December
Antrim - Married -
Mr. James Harvey, of Clare, near
Waringstown, to Miss Agnes Leve, of Lurgan.
Mr. William Butterfield, master of the ship Lady Emily Barklie, to Miss
Nicholl, of Belfast.
Mr. John Alexander, of Cloghogue, to Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. J.
Bryson, of Ballynarey, near Moneymore.
E. J. Gordon Nugent, esq., of the West Meath Regt. to Letitia Amelia,
second daughter of J. Espin Bally, of Ballyhealy, Co. West Meath, esq.
Aged 13, Miss Eliza Jane Spears,
daughter of Mr. P. Spears, of Carnmoney.
In Belfast, Mr. J. McKee, Confectioner.
At. Randalstown, in the 86th year of her age, Mrs. Weir, relict of the
late J. Weir, of Belfast, esq.
At Carrickfergus, aged 55, Mr. Peter Savage.
Near Comber, Mr. J. McDowell, aged 31.
Mrs. White, wife of J. White, of Belfast.
On the 2d inst. Henry O'Neill, of Ballinderry, in the 79th year of his
age; he was a lineal descendant of the first families of that name in
Ulster, being the fifth from the great Con. O'Neill, of Clanabuoy.
Armagh - Died
Mr. R. Watson, of Richill, aged 23
Down - Married
Mr. A. Scott, Castlequarry, near
Castlereagh, to Miss S. Stewart, of Dundonald.
Trevor Corry, of Newry, esq., to Anne, eldest daughter of the late Savage
Hall, of Narrowwater, esq.
Aged 106, J. Bourns, of Carbolly;
he retained the use of all his faculties to the last.
L. Derry - Died -
Aged 24, Mrs. Thompson, wife of
Captain A. Thompson.
great pleasure in recording the following instance of liberality, which
has been lately made known to us :- The Rev. Mr. H. who has been for
above 20 years past, Curate of Balrothery parish, having, some time ago,
received a notice of dismissal from a new Rector who intends to do his
own duty, a great number of the Protestant inhabitants, unwilling to lose
their beloved pastor, waited on him immediately, and offered to subscribe
a larger salary for him than he had before, provided he remained and give
them prayers in the town of Balbriggan; and it is more satisfactory that
several Roman Catholics also (with a liberality highly honourable to
themselves, as well as to the object of it) offered on the same
conditions, to subscribe as largely as the former.
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES - August
It is said
there is living at Garery, near Ballymoney, a goose, the property of Mr.
J. Camack, a respectable farmer, who avers that she is now upwards of 40
years old, and for the most part of which time produced from 40 to 50
eggs each year. She regularly hatched one, and sometimes two broods in
the season, until the last two years, when owing to her great age, and
the course of nature, her procreative powers must have been exhausted.
However, from her external appearance, there is reason to conclude she
may yet live a considerable time longer.
came on which excited considerable interest, before the Hon. Baron
McClelland, in which Alexander Bell stood indicted for assaulting James
Birmingham, with an intent to murder, first in January, 1806, in the act
of serving a magistrate's summons on said Bell, when he drove a bayonet
across his face immediately under his nose where 5½ inches broke off and
remained for 6 days; and lastly, in March 1807, waylaying him at night,
and striking him with a hatchet on the head and several parts of his body
in a most ferocious and barbarous manner, leaving him apparently dead. It
appeared in evidence that no provocation had been given, as not a single
word had been uttered by Birmingham on either of those occasions; and
that in the interval, Bell had several times insulted him by walking
through Birmingham's fields, carrying a pistol across his arm with the
apparent intention of provoking him to say something, which might serve
as a pretence for more fully satiating his vengeance, proving to every
unprejudiced mind that he coolly and deliberately sought his life.
Surgeon Fleming, of Banbridge, exhibited in
court, the piece of the bayonet, which he proved to have taken out of
said Birmingham's face, who, during its continuance there had suffered
extremely. It appeared extraordinary that such atrocious acts should have
been perpetrated, and the offender suffered to remain at large for nearly
3 years in a civilised country; it was, however, proved by William
Loftie, esq., of Tanderagee, that he had made repeated attempts with a
military force to arrest the offender, but had not been able to succeed;
he was at length taken in the fair of Banbridge, when remote from his
partizans, for strange to tell, such a man, who had long been an
offender, had many who endeavoured to screen him from justice; and on
subsequent inquiry it does not appear that any other magistrate, though
several lived contiguous made the smallest effort to have society
relieved from such a burden. After the evidence was closed, the jury
retired for a few minutes, and returned a verdict of Guilty. The judge
then pronounced the sentence of the law, ordering him to be hanged.
Application was then made to him to have the
sentence changed to transportation, but he steadily refused, on account
of the atrocity of the case, and the lawless state of that part of the
country, where he thought a severe example was necessary, and ordered the
execution to take place in Portadown, the nearest market town, on Monday,
the 7th of August. Afterwards in an appropriate and energetic speech to
the grand jury on this subject, and respecting other outrages in the
vicinity, he pointed out the impropriety of conniving at any violation of
the laws, urging them to exert themselves by offering rewards, etc. for
the discovering the perpetrators, and recommended that they should all
attend the execution.
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM PORTADOWN
August 7, 1809
Our town this day exhibited a novel and
truly awful spectacle, in the execution of Alexander Bell, who was tried
at Armagh Assizes, and whose life was forfeited to the violated laws of
his country, by repeated acts of atrocious violence on the body of James
Birmingham. It might be supposed that some apprehensions were entertained
of a rescue, as the high sheriff was particularly desired to attend. He
was accompanied by a military escort, consisting of a large number of
cavalry, infantry, and several pieces of artillery; however, Bell's
adherents, if any such thing was intended, either awed by the evident
determination to fully execute the laws, or, from a conviction that the
unhappy sufferer merited the just punishment of his crimes, indicted no
disposition towards retarding, or preventing the execution of the
Employing such a large number of the military to
enforce the civil laws, might lead us to suppose the country was
reverting towards that state of anarchy, and barbarism, which
characterized it more than a century ago; I fear this is in a great
measure owing to the state of our Penal Code which does not sufficiently
proportion the punishment to the magnitude of the offence, whereby
delinquents are often suffered to escape the adequate punishment of their
crime; for, to a bosom fraught with one spark of genuine philanthropy or
benevolence, what can appear more dreadful that the thought of depriving
a fellow creature of life; who, by the proper and timely administration
of counsel or correction, might be rendered a useful member of society,
but who, owing to the present defective state of our laws, is suffered to
proceed from one gradation of vice to another, until he becomes lost to
every virtuous principle.
These reflections were naturally suggested by
the awful event which has just taken place, not from any intention of
calling in question the justice of the sentence, for if any act short of
actual murder deserves the punishment of death, his certainly did, as the
most cruel, and sanguinary disposition was manifested by this unhappy
man, who I fear depended on the party to which he belonged, to screen him
from justice; it is to be hoped that this awful example may have its due
weight, and that it may be well considered that it is by obedience to the
laws we manifest our loyalty, and not by the support of any party.
ANTRIM - Married -
Mr. John McGowan of Belfast, to
Miss Henrietta Tuke, of Dublin.
Mr. Thomas Allen, to Miss Jane Campbell, of Rock hill, near Antrim.
Mr. J. McAlony, of Portglenone, to Miss Susanna McAlony, of Clough.
Mr. John Orr, to Miss Barklie, both of Carnmoney.
In Belfast, Capt. Furlong, of the American brig, Salem, to Miss
Mr. Wm. Gamble, merchant, to Miss Douglas, eldest daughter of Mr. W.
Henry Walkington, esq., Ballinderry, to Miss Johnston, of Mollycarten.
Mr. John Elliot, of Belfast,
merchant, aged 71
Donegall - Married -
John Lipsit, of Ballyshannon, esq.,
to Miss Balfour, of Drumcrew
Down - Married -
At Kilmore, Mr. John Rorran, to
Miss Sarah Munce, both of Downpatrick
Died - Killileagh -
aged 23, Mrs. Stewart
Monaghan - Married -
Mr. Wm. Gray, to Miss R. Philips
Died - Flushing -
aged 27, Charles Henry Quin,
surgeon, son to the late Rev. F. Quin, of Monaghan.
Dublin - Married -
Mr. John Bradford, to Miss
O'Shaughnessey, Co. Clare.
James F. Castles, esq., to Miss Ogle, eldest daughter of the late Rev.
Mr. Wm. Walsh, of Usher's Island, to Miss E. Richey.
Lambart Watson Hepenstall, of Sandymount, esq., to Eliza, eldest daughter
of Wm. Ball, esq.
Wm. Rogers, esq., of Leeson Street, to Mrs. Daly, alias Newton.
Died - Dublin -
Mr. R. Kelly, printer.
Jos. Leathley, esq.
Mr. Robt. McCormick, gun maker, late of Belfast
Mr. John Elbing, of Henry Street
Aged 87, Simon Davenport, esq., of Upper Dorset Street.
At Greenhills, Mrs. Farrel.
At Rathmines, Mrs. Hamilton
In Holles Street, aged 85, G. G. Hoffman, esq., one of the original
Directors of the Bank of Ireland.
At Cornell's Court, near Cabinteely, Mr. Staunton.
Louth - Married -
Geo. Crawley, esq., of Drogheda, to
Chichester Fortesque, of Glyde Farm, esq. to Miss Hobson, daughter of
Sam. Hobson, esq., chairman of the Co. Cork
Meath - Died -
George Rochfort, eldest son and
heir of Gustavus Rochfort, esq. M.P. for Co. Westmeath
Queen's Co. - Married -
At Maryborough, Mr. Edward Purdon,
to Miss Simpson
Westmeath - Married -
Owen Daly, of Woodland Lodge, esq.
to Anna, youngest daughter of Joseph Spunner, esq. of Bally-mac-egan, Co.
Wexford - Married -
Thomas Harvey, of Younghall, esq.
to Miss M. Gough
Wicklow - Died -
Thomas Byrne, of Killochta, esq.
His family was the most ancient and respectable in that part of the
Waterford, July 29 -
about three o'clock, the Waterford Assizes was interrupted by an alarm of
fire. The smoke was strongly felt in the county court, and the flames at
times flashed powerfully through the windows. The fire commenced at the
west end of the county jail, and at the distance of ten or eleven houses
from it. Its origin was entirely accidental; but we have not been able to
learn the exact cause, some of the inhabitants attributing it to sparks
from a pipe, and others to children carelessly amusing themselves with
burning faggots. But whatever the origin may have been, the effects were
rapid beyond description. All the houses in the neighbourhood of that
where it first began were thatched, and the state of the weather for a
considerable time past had completely prepared them for the devouring
Had the wind been in a different direction, the
calamity would not have been so great; but it blew strongly from the
west, and in the direction of the most populous vicinity. On visiting the
place after the fire had subsided, we reckoned near sixty houses, which
in the short space of one hour, were totally destroyed, with the
exception of the walls, and even of these many had fallen down. There was
scarcely to be seen any where a single combustible left unconsumed. All
the inmates belong to the industrious and indigent class of the
community. Many of them were absent in pursuit of their respective
occupations, and the whole of them have almost in a moment been deprived
of a habitation and a home.
All of them have been seriously injured in the
little property which they possessed, and some of them have been reduced
to utter ruin. As far as we have yet been able to learn, and the
inquiries which we made, seem to justify us in the belief, that no other
accident of the kind has happened, only one life was lost, a boy about
four years old, and the son of a poor industrious widow, whose husband
died some time ago, and left her to support six children, one of whom has
met his death in this untimely and dreadful manner. The boy was almost
burned to ashes. Another child was saved by a gentleman of this city, who
rushed into the house where it lay, and rescued it at the imminent peril
of his own life.
Cork - Married
Captain Roper, of the Roscommon
militia, to Miss Prudence Thomson, of Kinsale
Limerick - Married -
The Rev. George Heacocke, to Miss
Died - Fedamore
aged above 100 years, Mr. Patrick
Marshall, who walked without assistance the day before his death.
A few days
ago, a poor labouring man's wife, of the name of Sandy's, of the long
walk, at the town of Roscommon, was delivered of four children, three of
which are living, and likely to do well
Sligo - Married -
Rev. C. Morrison, pastor of the
Evangelical church of Sligo, to Miss Ann Auchinleck, of Belfast
the afternoon of Sunday the 24th inst. at Lambeg, a stook of oats was set
on fire by the lightening; it instantly blazed up, but was prevent from
being consumed by some persons who were present. There was but little
thunder, but a heavy shower of hail immediately succeeded.
Armagh - Married -
H. D. Brooke, esq. of Dublin,
merchant, to Miss Dobbin, of Armagh
Antrim - Married -
Mr. T. Read, of this town, to Miss
Walkington, of Ballinderry.
W. Arthur, esq. to Miss A. Stevenson, daughter of W. Stevenson, esq. of
Rev. J. Kelso, to Miss R. Johnston, both of Maragall
Died - Coleraine -
Mr. J. Thompson, surgeon.
Near Whiteabbey, Mrs. McCrea, wife of Mr. J. A. McCrea.
At the Falls, Belfast, Miss Jane Cavert
weeks ago, a young lady of high accomplishments and pleasing manners, in
the town of Derry, had for a considerable time been strongly attached to
a young gentleman of the same town, with whom she had been imprudent, and
had become a mother. Her disgrace was concealed, only a very few
confidents knowing it; she still flattered herself with becoming the
young man's wife; but finding his affections about to be transferred to
another, she took the desperate resolution of taking his life; which she
effected by infusing poison in a bowl of milk, which he was in the habit
of drinking at or before breakfast. After he has swallowed the milk, he
took unwell, but did not die till some days after.
From some previous expressions, the young lady
was suspected, and when enquired for was missing; in a few days, however,
she was discovered, and being permitted to go home to dress, before being
committed to gaol, she took a portion of the poison she had kept for
herself, and as she was going into the prison gate, a second dose out of
a small bottle; this she effected in so hasty a manner, that her guards
could not prevent her. She then stubbornly refused all medical
assistance, and died a few hours after, a melancholy victim of jealousy
and illicit love.
It is also rumoured, that poison was attempted
to be given to the child, by the father, a few days previous to his
death, and that this circumstance determined the resolution of the mother
for his destruction; though, strange to relate, she is also reported to
have made a similar attempt herself, after having administered the fatal
dose to the young gentleman, but to have been turned from her diabolical
purpose by the innocent caresses of the infant; the gentleman, it is
said, was several years her junior.
PUBLIC OCCURRENCES - October
Antrim - Married -
Mr. S. Barber, of Belfast,
merchant, to Miss Moore, of Crooked stone.
Mr. J. Cunningham, of Ballyclare, surgeon, to Jane, daughter of the late
Mr. H. Houston, of Ballylagan
Died - Knockmore, Co. Antrim
Miss Ann Fulton, aged 18 years
On the 5th inst. aged 45, John Cranston, esq. of Belfast, a good husband,
father and friend.
In Belfast, Mrs. Turnly, wife of Alex. Turnly.
In Castle Street, Belfast, Miss Brice.
At Glenarm, Mr. Andrew Dunn.
In Chichester Street, Belfast, Mrs. Calwell, aged 70; few through life
were more useful, or in death more regretted.
Grand Fete at Hillsborough
birth-day of the Marquis of Downshire, upon the completing of his 21st
year, was celebrated at Hillsborough on the 9th instant, and never have
we seen a more imposing spectacle than was exhibited there on that day.
Upwards of 4,5000 persons, tenantry of the Kilwarlin estate, sat down to
dinner at the same instant, and were plentifully supplied with the best
that the season could afford. The bells of Hillsborough church, and the
band of the Westmeath militia heightened the scene; witnessed by not less
that 4,500 spectators besides those who dined. Our space is too confined
to give a further detail of this magnificent fete, suffice it to remark,
that the regularity, the decent demeanour, of the people on this
occasion, evinced the extent of the influence which a good, generous, and
courteous landlord can possess over his tenantry; and let it be an answer
to those who are too ready to cast an imputation of mobishness and tumult
on every thing Irish.
Down - Married -
Ross Thompson, jun. esq. of Newry,
to Miss Livingston, of said place
Died - Donaghadee -
on Friday last, Mrs. Galbraith.
widow of H. Galbraith, esq. late Port surveyor of Larne
L. Derry - Married -
Robert Ogilby, esq. of Dungiven, to
Joice, eldest daughter of James Scott, esq. of Willsborough, in said
Dublin - Married -
Mr. Ennis, to Miss Lawton, King's
Ed. Archdall, esq. third son of Colonel Archdall, of Castle Archdall,
county Fermanagh, to Matilda, second daughter to W. Humphreys, esq.
The Earl of Arran, one of the
Knights of St. Patrick. He is succeeded in his title by Lord Sudley.
Mr. Arthur Martin, of Duke Street.
In Mecklinburgh Street, Joseph M. Rainsford, esq.
Cork - Married -
At Cork, B. Watkins, esq. First
Lieutenant of the Druid frigate, to Miss Meade, of that city.
Died - Cork -
James Bennett, esq. M.D.
Mr. S. Matthews, of Belfast, to the
agreeable Miss Grace Greenan, of Hercules Street, Belfast
Mr. H. McLarinon, to Miss Mackey, both of Antrim
Mr. Thomas Black, of Colerain, merchant, to Miss Henry, of Cookstown
Mr. John Nicholson, merchant, to Miss McCone, both of Belfast
Mr. James Rankin, of Londonderry, saddler, to Miss E. Pinkerton, of St.
David Mortimer, esq. of Lakeview, co. Cavan, to the amiable Miss
O'Reilly, eldest daughter of Counsellor O'Reilly, of Eccles Street
Benj. Sergeant, esq. of Saggard Place, to Miss Lyle, of Lylemount, county
Died - Charlestown, near Ardee -
Mr. Denis Roe; agent to the Right
Hon. Lord Louth
On the 18th inst. at Woodford, near Armagh, George Robinson, esq.
At Hillsborough, Mr. John Wright, First Lieutenant of the Lower Iveagh
Mrs. Elizabeth Smyth, wife of Mr. J. Smyth, of Ballyearl, county Antrim
At an advanced age, Miss Lewis, sister of James Lewis, esq. late of the
Grove, near Belfast
In the Isle of Man, Skeffington Bristow, esq. eldest son of the late Rev.
W. Bristow, of Belfast
At Comber, Miss Ellenor McConnell
At Hillsborough, on Friday the 3rd inst. Mr. John Wright
On the 6th inst. at Cootehill, county Cavan, Mrs. Pelan, of Thomas
At Banagh, county Fermanagh, Mr. Nicholas Ginn
Edward Norris, esq. of Oberstown,
county Louth, to the amiable Miss Boylan, of Legdoory, county Meath
Mr. Edward Madden, of Maynooth, saddler, to the agreeable Miss Margaret
Ryan, of Thomas Street
In Kilkenny, W. Welshier, esq. of the county Tipperary, to Miss Maxwell,
of that city
P. Murphy, of Abbey Street, ship broker, to Sophia, daughter of the late
Dr. Thompson, of Hillsborough
Robert Beale, of Beale Grove, county Wexford, to Miss Barry, eldest
daughter of the Rev. Dr. Barry, of Heathfield, in said county
James Marum, of Mount Stopford, county Kilkenny, esq. to Miss Byrne, of
Glashane in said county
Mr. John Williams of Birr, King's county, to Miss Sullivan, of Drury Lane
On the 7th inst. at Renaughan, in
the county Kildare Mr. John Reilly, at the advanced age of 97
In Kilkenny, Miss Lawrenson, daughter of Edward Lawrenson, esq. of
Rathmoyle, Queen's county
At her house in Baggot Street, Dublin, Lady Bell, relict of the late Sir
In Baggot Street, Dublin, on the 2nd of October, in the 26th year of her
age, Alicia, the wife of Pat. Boylan, esq. cut off, by a long and
lingering illness, from society, which she was equally fitted to adorn
and delight and pleasure, she so just constituted. Pre-eminent in all the
duties and feelings of Daughter, sister, wife and mother; and deriving
from conscious purity and innocence not less than from nature, a
cheerfulness and vivacity, which disease could not always subdue, and
death alone destroy, she has left, the only consolation a loss so
irreparable can admit of, to her sorrowing husband, the memory of virtues
and endearments never to be effaced; to her yet unconscious orphans, an
example qualified hereafter to lead them to all that is amiable and good;
and, to her numerous friends, the humble, but not unfounded hope, that
the sufferings of her much afflicted, though short life, borne with a
meek and christian fortitude, so becoming, and so difficult in her sex,
and age, have prepared and purified her for the ineffable enjoyment of
another state, whose happiness suffers no interruption, and knows no end
Herbert Giliman, jun. Esq. of Old
Park, co. of Cork to Miss Coghlan, of Bride Park, in said co.
In Cork, Richard Rourke, the younger, of Springvale, county of Cork, Esq.
to Jane, daughter of the late Garret Nagle, of Ballynamona, in said
At Cork, John Oldham, esq. late of Blarney, to Miss Anne Hollis, of Fish
In Waterford, David Hughes, esq. to Miss Anthony, daughter of Mr. Thomas
Anthony, of said city, Architect
John Webb, esq. son of the late William B. Webb, esq. of Mallow, to Miss
Allen, only daughter of the late Alderman Phillip Allen, of Cork
At Cork, P. Despourrins, esq. Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, to Harriet,
daughter to the late R. O'Callaghan, esq.
Wm. D. Crawley, of Mount Pelier, in the County Limerick, esq. to Miss
Price, daughter of Frederick Price, of O'Brien's Bridge, esq.
Mr. Godfrey C. Hodges, to Miss Ellen Crips, daughter to the late Mr. John
Crips, of Limerick
Died - Belville, County
the wife of George Bennet, esq.
In John's Street, Limerick, Mr. James Williams, jun.
By special license, at Artane
Castle, Daniel McNevin, esq. of Loughrea, County Galway, to Miss
Donnellan, daughter of David Nixon Donnellan, esq. late of Ravensdale, in
the county Kildare deceased.
Henry Miller, of Toonagh, county Clare, esq. to Miss Bindoe, daughter of
Samuel Bindoe, of Cloona, in said county, esq.
Died - Dromelehy, county Clare (Dromeleby)
Thomas O'Gorman, esq. commonly
known by the name of Chevalier O'Gorman, he resided for many years in
France, where he obtained by his merit from that Government, the Cross of
St. Lewis and the Red Ribbon. He was particularly attentive to his
relatives, who experienced every aid that his limited finances would
allow; but his benevolence did not stop there, for every poor countryman
who went to Paris for the benefit of that education which could not be
received at home, found a cheerful resource in the bounty of Chevalier
The following verses from the Morning Chronicle
of October 25th, present as exact an account of the present state of
affairs, as any we could hope to give, and therefore with it we conclude
the public occurrences of this month.
The pregnant breeze is passing by.
That bears expiring Europe's cry;
With ruins swoln from Danube's plain,
The deluge backward turns on Spain;
Britain to whom they look'd for aid,
By rash rapacious councils sway'd,
Sees all her ill-plann'd efforts fail,
And stands exhausted, breathless, pale; Her navy sleeps, her armies brave,
Stationed where valour cannot save,
Victims of incapacity,
By fever, or by famine, die;
Have ministers a proof in store
Of folly and of malice more?
Yes, it remains that they expose
To wond'ring and deriding foes,
A nation proud of its undoing,
And dancing on the brink of ruin;
While they, whose paracidal hand
Lit for their country's weal the brand,
Shall at the mighty blazing pile,
"Grin horribly a ghastly smile,"
And, senseless of remorse or shame,
Like Nero, fiddle o'er the flame. H.G.
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES -
On the 24th ult.
at Echo Lodge, Daniel McNeill, esq. eldest son of Roger M. H. McNeill, of
Ballylesson, in the county Down, esq. to Jane, eldest daughter of the
late Thomas Bumberry Isaac, esq. of Holywood House, in said county
John Fitzpatrick, esq. of Carlingford, to Mary, youngest daughter
of the late M. Harrold, esq. county Limerick
At Dromore, Mr. Samuel Boyd, of Lisburn, to Miss Henderson, daughter of
the late Rev. W. Henderson, of Rathfryland.
Mr. James McGlure, to Miss Fowler, both of Armagh
Mr. D. Hervey, Nursery, near Comber, to Miss Margaret McCullough,
In Belfast, Mr. William Falloon, to Miss Barklie
In Dundalk, Mr. Owen Kelly, to Miss Ivers
William B. Hamilton, esq. of Rockvale, near Dromore, to Catherine,
daughter of Mr. M. Moreland, of the Lodge, Belfast
- Portaferry -
Eliza Dickson, aged 93 years
a few days since, Mr.
at his house,
near Belfast, the Rev. R. Dobbs, aged 38 years
On the 85th year
of her age, Mrs. M. Bennet, of Belturbet
esq. of Coolbuck, county Westmeath, to Ann, eldest daughter of the late
Philip Lilly, esq. of Drumboe, county of Sligo
Mr. John Smith, of Dolphin's barn, tanner, to Miss Ann Walker, youngest
daughter of Mr. Richard Walker, of Mylerstown, county Kildare
Mr. James Egan, of Trinity Place, to Mrs. Vaughan, esq. Widow of the late
Arthur Vaughan, esq.
- Married -
Anderson, esq. to Miss Jane Gore, daughter to the late Captain Henry
Gore, of the 24th Dragoons
On the 7th inst. Thomas MacNalty, esq. of Dominick Street, to Eleanor,
youngest daughter of Mr. George Whitaker of Barrack Street
In Great George's Street, Rutland Square, Dublin, the Rev. Francis Baker,
Vicar of Bulrothery, to Henrietta, eldest daughter of Henry Baker, of
Malahow, county Dublin, esq.
At the house of Thomas Meade, esq. Merchant's Quay, Dublin, John Magrath,
esq. of Nenagh, to the agreeable Miss Fennell, niece to Mr. Meade, and
sister of Captain Fennell, of Limerick
Edward George Battersby, esq. of Bobsville, county Meath, to Elizabeth,
eldest daughter of the late Rev. William Regan, of Kilvemmon, county
In Drogheda, Mr. Daniel Barnwell Hithcock, of North Quay, to Miss Daly,
of West Street
Mr. S. Salmon, eldest son of William Salmon, esq. Anglesea Street, to
Miss Dunlevie, only daughter of the Rev. T. B. Dunlevie, of Cashel
Mr. Joseph Mullen, to Miss Mary Taylor, of Clarence Street, North Strand
Francis Mooney, esq. of Aungier Street, to Miss Vernon of Great Britain
her house in Granby Row, Mrs. Ann Weldon, relict of Walter Weldon, esq.
of Rahin, in the Queen's county, and daughter of the late Sir. S. Cooke,
At the house of Henry Deane Grady, esq. Merrion Square, Mrs. Grady,
relict of Standish Grady, esq. of the county Limerick
In Bridge Street, Mr. John Langan, most sincerely and deservedly
regretted by a numerous acquaintance
In North Anne Street, Mrs. Fausset
In Eccles Street, on the 22d ult. Mrs. Dickinson, wife of Mr. Joseph
On the 7th inst. much regretted, after a tedious illness, Charlotte
Jenath, daughter of Edward Clarke, esq. of Palmerstown
In Mountjoy Square, in the bloom of life, Mrs. Livesay, after a tedious
- Youghal -
Lawrence Eams, of Castlemartyr, to Miss Boles, daughter of T. Boles, esq.
jun. esq. of Wellmount, county Tipperary, to Miss Leet, of Merchant's
Mr. John Knash, of Knockroe, county Limerick, to the amiable Miss
Elizabeth Hare, of Cross, county Tipperary
In Waterford, Jesse Hartley, esq. to Miss Penny, of Dungarvan
At Burris in
Ossory, on the 2d inst. the Rev. G. P. Piercy, aged 26 (Pierey)
At Nenagh, Mr. Timothy McNamara
Suddenly, at the house of Joseph Cox, esq. Mount Pleasant, county Clare,
Miss Lucas, daughter of Charles Lucas, esq.
On George's Quay, Limerick, Mr. Edward Houlehan
On the 18th inst. after a few days illness, Conyers D. Arcy, esq. of
Aughalinny, county Limerick, aged 63
At Fort Union, county Limerick, Mr. John Potter
At Clonmel, Miss Anne Dillon, daughter of Mr. Walter Dillon, merchant
At Clonmel, Sarah White, one of the Society of Friends
At the advanced age of 102 years, Mary Stapleton, of Knockrow, county
In Cork, Mrs. C. Flinn, relict of Mr. James Flinn, late of that city,
At Youghall, in the prime of life, after a few hours illness, the wife of
Mr. Joseph Seymour
At his house in George's Street, Limerick, Stephen Long, esq.
At his residence, Wood Road, near Castle Connell, after a tedious
illness, Mr. Pat. Carey
- Crega -
county Roscommon, sincerely regretted, Mrs. McDermott, wife of C. French
At Drumsna, on the 26th ult. Patrick Walsh, esq. most sincerely and
1810 - January
Public Occurrences - January
Tuesday night, in Dublin, were apprehended by the peace officers of the head
office of Police, two men, charged with swindling. It appears that they were
concerned with a man named Arthur Downes, who kept a shop in Great Britain
Street, with whom bills were occasionally passed for accommodation; goods
were raised, purchased from shop keepers, and one of the bills passed at 61
or 91 days, for the amount; by a good look-out these people have happily
been detected. A visit was paid by the peace officers of the same office, to
Mr. Downes, at Great Britain Street, and in his shop was found a great
appearance of goods, but when examined, all was outward show, for what
appeared to be linen drapery, fustian, corduroys, etc. were literally small
remnants stuffed with hay. The shop was taken by a shop keeper in
Francis Street, who set up this Downes, and drew upon him, and so back in
return. The owner of the house in Great Britain Street, is a very
respectable tradesman, a Mr. Murphy, who always considered it extraordinary
that Downes never inhabited the kitchen which belonged to the shop, nor even
communicated with the interior of the house, but kept fastened the door
which opened into it. However, it is now discovered that it better enabled
him and his colleagues to carry on this trade in private, in order to
swindle the public with greater effect. A vast concourse of tradesmen have
appeared before the sitting magistrate, Major Sirr, and much important
matter has come out. Those people were connected with Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim.
Rev. Henry Hulbert Wolsley,
to Alicia, daughter of Rev. Mr. Hewetson, Rockmount, county Down
Rev. George Hay, to Miss Thomson, both of Londonderry
At Newry, Mr. Nicholas Sloan, to Miss Jennings
Mr. Robert Davidson, of Killileagh, to Miss Kinning, of Tullychin
Rev. Mr. Blakely of Moneyrea, near Belfast, to Miss Lindsay of Tullyhaven,
Mr. Richard Rogers of Belfast, to Miss Hamilton
Mr. Robert Boyd of Carny hill, to Miss McBride of Kylestown, Bangor
Mr. John Robinson of Ballymaglany, to Miss Margaret Cummin of Greengraves,
Mr. Robert Gibson of Drumalug, to Miss S. Kelly of Lisbarnet, near Comber
Mr. James Wilson to Miss Brady, both of Belfast
M. McMurray of Bleary, county Down, to Miss Emily Cook, daughter of the late
Dr. Cook of Lurgan
Andrew Trew, esq. of Millpond House, to Miss Andrews of Armagh
Mr. John Service of Belfast, to Miss McClure of Heathfield
Rev. Mr. Andrew Shannon, to Miss Mary Gillespie, of Newtownlimavaddy
Captain Hope of Londonderry
Richard Heyland, esq. of Castleroe, county Derry
Mr. Francis Taggart of Belfast
Mr. Daniel Shannon of Belfast
Mrs. Elizabeth Ekenhead of Belfast
At Belfast, Mrs. Elizabeth Skinner, widow of the late General Skinner
Mrs. Richardson, wife of Thomas Richardson, esq. of Belfast
Mrs. J. Palmer of Belfast
Mr. George Martin of Belfast
Mrs. Eleanor Hamilton, of Gola, near Monaghan
Mr. Andrew Harvey of Omagh, of a gun shot wound received while quietly
passing the street, on the 12th of August last
William Scott, M.D. to Miss
Catharine Griffith, second daughter of Richard Griffith, esq. of Leeson
Mr. William Hancock, of Abbey Street, Dublin, to Miss Ann Wainwright, county
Edward Ledwich, esq. York Street, Dublin, to Catharine Eleanor, daughter of
the late John Hawkesworth, esq. of Mountrath, Queen's county
Mr. Thomas Kidd of Mullingar, to Miss McCormick of Ross
Rev. James Kearney, (son of the bishop of Ossory) to Miss Jane Maria
Henry Smith, esq. of Trinity Street, to Miss Fry of Gardner's Place, Dublin
Charles Lennon, esq. of Athlone, to Miss Rose Kelly of Clooncannon, county
M. G. Bathurst, esq. of Hardwicke Street, Dublin, to Miss Anne Dickey
Mr. Bernard Byrne of Jervis Street, Dublin, to Miss Catharine Rogers of
Edward Mayne, esq. of Merrion Square, to Elizabeth, daughter of William
Henn, esq. Master in Chancery
Mr. Quigley of Nicholas Street, Dublin, to Miss Anne Kennedy of Plunkett
Mr. Keane of the Custom House, Dublin, to Miss Shields of Henry Street
Mr. William Brunton of Ballyboughbridge, near Dublin, to Miss Rea of same
At Wexford, Charles Elgee, esq. to Sarah, daughter of the late Dr. Kingsbury
Mr. P. Connell, of North Frederick Street, Dublin, to Miss Hart of Dorset
John O'Beirne, esq. of Ann Street, Dublin, to Miss Brett of Usher's Quay
Mr. John Kempston of Nassau Street, Dublin, to Miss Eleanor Saunders of
On the 16th inst. in Linen
hall Street, Dublin, Benjamin Haughton, who lately resided at Belfast.
Delicate sensibility and genuine modest worth peculiarly marked his
character. During his short course, he discharged his social and relative
duties in that amiable manner which showed the benevolence of a warm and
honest heart. He lived beloved in the circle of his relations and friends,
who knew his worth, and died lamented.
Andrew Higginbotham, esq. of
At Vides hill, near Bray, the lady of John Mayne, esq.
At Cullen's wood, near Ranelagh, James Hyde, esq. one of his Majesties
Mr. Michael McSorley of Bridge Street, Dublin
Skeffington Thomson, esq. of Rathnally, county Meath
Mr. Michael Garrard of Stackum, county Dublin, an opulent farmer, of most
Mrs. Gatty, of William Street, Dublin
Robert Archdall, esq. of the auditor's office, suddenly when departing from
a large party of friends, among whom he spent the evening.
At Camelin, county Wexford, John Drake, esq.
At Limerick, Mr. George
McKern, to Miss Margaret Worrell
At Cork, Mr. George Edwards, to Miss Roe
Gerald Lloyd, esq. of the Limerick Militia, to Miss Maria Moore, of Carlton
Lodge, county Longford
William Cantrell, esq. of Wellmount, to Miss Phoebe Howard
Wm. Nicholson, of Turtula, county Tipperary, to Miss Stepney of Vaucluse,
Francis Fosberry, jun. of Currabridge, county Limerick, esq. to Mrs. B.
Creagh, widow of J. B. Creagh, esq. of Creagh Castle
At Cork, Henry Bennett, esq. to Miss Colburn
Rev. Mr. Adams, of Clare, to Eliza, third daughter of Robert Kelly
John Power, esq. of Clogheen,
John Archibold, esq. of Waterford
Mr. Benjamin Moore, Waterford
Mrs. Sinnott, wife of Mr. William Sinnott of Waterford
Mr. James Savage, late high constable of Waterford
Mrs. Bowles, wife of Mr. John Bowles, Limerick
Mrs. Fell, of Brunswick, near Clonmel, aged 93
Rev. Mr. Stack, P.P., of Letternough, Dingle
Captain Herbert at Killarney
At Ballinvonere, near Cork, Mr. James Daly, aged 101, in possession of all
his faculties to his last year
At Kinclair, county Galway, Mrs.
Smith, wife of James Smith, esq.
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES - February
Mr. John Fottrel, to Miss Fegan, both
Wm. Hanna, esq. of Acton, co. Armagh, to Miss Louisa Chanely of North Great
George's Street, Dublin (Chancly)
At Belfast, Mr. Wm. Henry, to Miss Moore, of British, Killead
Mr. John Hacket, to Miss Anne Maguire, both of Enniskillen
Mr. James Dumicker of Belfast, to Miss Fanny Maccowan
Wm. Lyons, esq. of Oldpark, to Miss Anne Bristow, daughter of the late Rev.
Mr. Andrew Hamilton, of Ballywalter, to Miss McMurry, of Hill hall
Mr. John Clarke of Break, to Miss Kerberry of Portadown
Mr. Hugh McClean of Clibberstown, to Miss Mary Watson of Battletown
Mr. Henry Moore, to Miss Beatty, both of Belfast
Mr. George Kearns, near Lisburn
At Omagh, Mr. Andrew Harvey
At Strabane, Mrs. M. Rutherford, relict of the late Mr. Robert Rutherford
At Banbridge, Mr. John Savage
At Belfast, Mr. Thomas Read, merchant
Miss M. Ann Ashmur, of Newry
Mrs. McMaster, relict of the late Sam. McMaster
At Roan, near Armagh, Mr. Henry
Wm. Dickson, eldest son of the Rev. Wm. Steel Dickson
Rev. John Law, dissenting minister of Banagher
In Ferry Quay Street, Derry, Miss L. Haslett
In the Diamond, Derry, Mrs. Kennedy, wife of Mr. Philip Kennedy
At Armagh, Mr. Wm. Daleell, woollen draper
Mr. Stewart Graham, of Ballynafy?
Mr. James Caldwell, of Dunfanaghy
Mr. Thomas Henry, of Ballyhossit
At Armagh, Mr. Wm. Dalzel
Mr. David Kincaid of Ballymena, aged ?1
James Merge, esq. to Miss C. Palmer,
daughter of the late Rev. Arthur Palmer of Kilkenny
Alexander Thompson, esq. to Miss White, daughter of Charles White, esq. of
Ballybroley, Queen's county
Mr. Murphy, of Great Britain Street, Dublin, to Miss Sarah Reed, of Granby
Mr. James Purcel of Dublin, Merchant, to Miss Mary Maquay, of Bannow,
Terence Curtayne, M.D. to Miss Ann Thornburgh, Crescent, near Dublin
Mr. John Flyn of Hendrick Street, to Miss Ransford, of St. Andrews Street
Stephen Carnes, esq. of Usher's Island, Dublin, to Miss Maria Wisdom, of the
At Black Castle, county Meath, Thos. Rathwell, esq. of Rockfield, to
Letitia, only daughter of James Corry, esq. of Chantinee
At Carlow, Joseph Lightburn, esq. of Bellewstown, to Miss P. Meadows, of
Newbury, in the county of Wexford
Thomas Dennis, esq. of Meadville, co. Westmeath, to Miss Saunders, daughter
of Morley Saunders, esq. Saunders Grove, co. Wicklow
Mr. John Kernan, of Upper Bridge Street, Dublin, to Miss Eleanor Meighan, of
Mr. Wm. Williams, to Mrs. Chevalier of Capel Street, Dublin
Patrick Kelly, esq. of North Frederick
In Dame Street, Dublin, Mr. William O'Neil, watch maker
In Westmoreland Street, Mr. Richard Taylor, Woollen draper
In South Great George's Street, Mr. John Eardley
Rev. Charles Doran, P.P., of Monaster even
Benjamin Biggs, esq. of Mount Street, Dublin
Mr. Thomas McCullough, of Church Street, Dublin
John White, esq. of Carrick-on-Suir,
to Mrs. Lonergan, widow of the late Bryan Lonergan, esq.
At Waterford, Mrs. Evans, wife of
Samuel Evans, esq.
At Castletucker, county Mayo, Charles
Nesbit Knox, esq. of the county Sligo, to Miss Cuffe, daughter of lord
Captain Lambert, of the Galway Regiment, to Miss Ellen Seymour of Shannon
Grove, county Galway
At Moyallon, in the county of Down,
Thomas Phelps, Sen. an eminent linen draper. He was a man of the strictest
probity, joined with an openness and a pleasing freedom of manners which
conciliated the esteem of his acquaintances, and in as especial manner the
regards of the poorer classes of society, with whom his extensive trade
brought him acquainted, particularly in those excellent schools of equality,
the markets for the sale of brown linens. His liberalities to the poor were
extensive, and his purse was ever open to promote plans of usefulness, to
clothe the naked, and instruct the ignorant by the encouragement of schools.
"Slave to no sect, he took no private road," but his religion was
of that practical kind, which consisted in doing good, and regulating his
heart, and having made these essentials his prime concern, he did not suffer
a large arrear to accumulate to be settled on his death bed, as too many do,
who trust to certain ceremonies to be then practised, and certain anxieties
to be then indured to atone for the habitual neglect of duties through life.
Consequently the approach of death brought no terrors, and having lived in
regular preparation he was free from the fears which often torment in the
last moments of a mispent existence; and to which also some well meaning
people of a fearful cast sometimes five way and make their lives unhappy by
an unprofitable fear of death, while others live as if they were never to
die. Free from both extremes, he bore a long and painful illness with
patience and resignation, and has left a lasting memorial of esteem in the
memory of his friends. Without giving way to the fulsome style of panegyric
too common in recording deaths, it may be allowed, to give the due meed of
praise to departed worth, not to gratify the vanity of surviving relatives,
but to hold up a conduct worthy of imitation to all. In recording a brief
memorial of such characters, the impressive language is held out. "Go
thou and live likewise" -
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES - March
Spring assizes for the County of
Antrim, at Carrickfergus
Before Hon. Justice Fox
Robbery of Rev. Mr. Thompson's House,
HUGH KENNEDY, BERNARD KANE, WILLIAM
McCLURKIN, BRYAN HARRIGAN and JAMES BROWN, were indicted for attempting
to rob the house of the Rev. Mr. Thompson, at Carnmoney. They were
also indicted for conspiring to rob said house, and for an assault on Mr.
The Rev. Mr. Thompson stated, that on the 26th May
last, between nine and ten in the evening, he was in the kitchen bathing his
feet; his servant girl had gone out, and in a few minutes after he heard a
noise outside the house; his daughter opened the door but shut it
immediately again, on perceiving a number of men abusing the girl, whose
cries he then heard. At his desire, his man servant went to the door,
but is not certain whether he opened it; the men were rushing into the
house, upon which his servant exclaimed - "what do you want?" to
which they replied, "D---n to your soul, you shall soon know," and
knocked him down; one of them had a large pistol, another had a bayonet, and
the third a small sword. These three attacked his man servant, and he
retreated through the kitchen into the hall. Witness upon seeing the men
immediately got up and seized a pitchfork, and made a push at one of the
fellows;- but the candle went out, and at the moment Mr. McClelland entered
the hall; and one of them levelled a blow at witness, but Mr. McC. drove his
arm aside; he then presented the pistol at Mr. McC. but he struck up the
muzzle with his hand, and the contents of the pistol, large slugs, went
through the front of Mr. McC.'s hat, and shot off one of his fingers.
Witness was standing immediately behind Mr. McC. and if the pistol had gone
off in the direction first pointed, it might have killed them both. On the
discharge of the pistol, they immediately retreated. The whole transaction
did not occupy above two or three minutes. The servant man was wounded on
the head in several places. He could not identify any of the prisoners.
Henry Green, a prisoner, was examined to prove that
there had been a plan laid to rob Mr. Thompson's house. In March or April,
witness was a prisoner in Carrickfergus jail; he there saw Hugh Kennedy, who
asked him to lend him a pair of pistols, as he intended to rob the house of
Mrs. Montgomery, county Down, and also the house of Mr. Thompson, where he
expected to get a great deal of money. On his cross examination, he said he
had been 13 months in jail; had been tow or three times in jail; had often
escaped the rope, and hoped he would again; he is now in jail for breaking a
shop, and believes he was found guilty, but has not yet been sentenced; was
resolved to do all the good he could, and wished them all to confess; he has
no hopes of getting out of prison by what he now swears. The judge in his
charge to the jury, lamented that there was no proof that could attach guilt
to any of the prisoners, except the evidence of Green, which went to prove
the act of conspiracy to rob against Kennedy. The prisoners were all
acquitted, but ordered to find bail.
STEALING A COW
DONAGHY was indicted for stealing a cow, the property of Jane Aiken, at
Ballygruby, county Derry.
James Kernaghan deposed, that on Tuesday the 29th
August last, a cow was stolen from the farm of widow Aiken, who is his
neighbour. In consequence of hearing that the cow had been stopped, he went
on Sunday following to a place 30 miles distant, where he found the cow in a
cow house, and from another house the prisoner Donaghy was brought out in
charge of a constable. Witness asked him what brought him there, he
answered, "the devil and no good." On the road prisoner
intreated witness to let him escape - said he had no accomplice.
John Nichol arrested the prisoner driving a cow; he gave prisoner in charge
to a constable, and put the cow into a house. William Keown, herd to Jane
Aiken, corroborated the evidence of first witness. George Hutchinson, esq.
said, having got information that the prisoner has a cow suspected to have
been stolen, he went and found the cow in a house, prisoner said was his
property; he said his name was McCausland, and that he lived in the county
Tyrone; both of these assertions were untrue, for he has lived in the county
Derry many years - GUILTY
STEALING A MARE
JOHN MARTIN was indicted for
stealing a mare on the 14th December, the property of Robert Shannon, at
Ballykeely, co. Antrim.
Robert Shannon deposed that on Wednesday or
Thursday, 12th and 13th December, a mare was stolen from his stable; there
was some snow on the ground on the morning, and he with a boy traced her to
the cross road which leads to Cushendoll, where he arrived in the evening,
and found his mare in Mr. Kennedy's stables; he there also saw the prisoner
in custody. Charles Magee, constable, said he was in Mrs.
Kennedy's inn, about 12 o'clock, when he saw the prisoner arrive with a
mare, which he ordered to get a feed of oats. Witness suspected the mare was
stolen, on seeing a man of his description, riding with a good looking mare,
with a fine saddle and a collar on its neck, and a halter. A man named
Donaldson was at the inn, who said he knew the mare, and that she belonged
to Robert Shannon - Prisoner on being questioned, prevaricated, and witness
went to a magistrate, who desired him to detain the man and mare, and sent
to Shannon, who came in the evening. Prisoner in his defence said, he was
going for some money, and did not intend to make the mare any worse, and
only took a loan, intending to pay Shannon for same - GUILTY
ALEXANDER, JOHN, MARGARET and ANNE
McCOY, residing at Tamnamore, near Toome Bridge, were indicted for
coining bank tokens. John, Margaret and Anne McCoy were also indicted for
having in their possession a pair of dies for making counterfeit 7s.
pieces. John McReynolds, clerk of the peace, county Tyrone, stated,
that he went early in the morning of the 17th February to the house of
prisoners, near Toome Bridge, accompanied by Lieutenant Alexander McDonnell
of the Antrim Militia, and a party of soldiers. Lieut. M. went to
search John McCoy's house, while witness went to
at first said he came to look for a deserter; Alexander was in bed, and
several others in the same room; observed peculiarities about the fire
place, which he has seen in places used for coining; the fire place was
built up with clay, and a place left for the admission of the bellows to
blow the charcoal; he observed a drawer locked, which he desired Alexander
to open, but he peremptorily refused, saying it contained free mason's
certificates; but on witness's threatening to force it open, he reluctantly
gave him the key; the drawer contained eighteen 2s. 6d. pieces (which he
produced in court) each of them wrapped separately in a piece of paper;
there was a paper in the drawer with some ribbons and letters, but he did
not know what it was. He also found in the house a crucible, some metal
filings, and a block used in marking the edge of the piece. He afterwards
went to John McCoy's where lieutenant McDonnell delivered to him two dies
for making 2s. 6d. pieces. Lieutenant A. McDonnell deposed, that John
McCoy's house which he searched is divided by a partition, and the two ends
have no communication. In the one end of the house there were three women,
two of whom are at the bar; the third was so ill with sore eyes that they
left her behind; in the corner a cow was tied, which he loosened, and on
turning up the earth, found three dies, wrapped in a piece of cloth; the
women denied all knowledge of them. In the end occupied by John McCoy, he
found a great quantity of blank pieces of metal, some files, and a hand
vice; John said he was an engraver. A soldier gave him another die, which he
said he had taken from a boy ;- he gave them all to Mr. McReynolds. William
Smith private in the Antrim militia, was stationed at the outside of John
McCoy's house, and saw two women, one of them Margaret McC. with a boy; on
perceiving witness the boy ran away; he called to the boy to stop or he
would shoot him; the boy stopt and dropt a die, which witness gave to his
officer. Matthew Brady was examined in exculpation, and sail he had
known the prisoners long, and they had honest characters. John Griffin
knew John McCoy; he knows that he engraved the seals of a freemason lodge,
and was reputed a very honest man in his dealings. After an excellent charge
from the judge, the jury retired, and returned with a verdict of Guilty
against Alex. McCoy as to the first charge; acquitting the other three.
CATHERINE GLYNN, CHARLOTTE
CAMPBELL, and HUGH QUIN, were indicted for stealing two pieces of cloth
from Wm. Adams, a piece of cloth from John Little, and a stone of pepper
from Sam. Crawford, Portglenone. It appeared by the evidence, that when the
two women, Glynn and Campbell, were apprehended, the former was observed to
drop the pepper, and one of the pieces of cloth was found concealed on her
back below her cloak; they had left another piece of cloth at a house, and
Campbell requested that it might not be given unless both were present.
Glynn was found guilty on all the three charges; Campbell was found guilty
of stealing the cloth from William Adams. No evidence appearing against Quin
he was acquitted.
HUGH O'HARA was indicted for
the murder of John Williams, on the thirtieth Dec. last, near Ballymena
Mary Williams, or Wales said, her husband died on
new year's day last; his death was occasioned by a stab near the nose, with
a small sharp instrument, which entered his brain. Dr. Patrick said, he was
called to see the deceased previous to his death. He had a very small wound
in the eye, occasioned by a sharp instrument, which had penetrated a thin
bone behind the eye and passed into the brain. That wound certainly
occasioned his death. George Wilson said, he saw Williams on the thirtieth
of December last, in the house of Henry O'Hara, Ballymena, at seven o'clock evening.
Hugh O'Hara, came in, and asked Williams what he had to do there - William
replied - What is it your business? - Prisoner said, you shall not be here,
and taking him by the arm went out of the room with him. Williams was not a
minute out when he returned bleeding, it was running down his chin. Prisoner
also returned - Witness said to him, I think it strange you took out that
old man and treated him so badly. Prisoner replied, "if you use many
words, you perhaps may get the same sauce." When Williams and prisoner
went out of the room into the lobby, he heard a noise, and when Williams
returned he could not speak.
Cross examined, said prisoner had nothing in his
hand when he went out - there was an iron latch on the door, and the lifter
of the latch was about 2 inches long. Dr. Patrick called again, said, he
examined the lifter of the latch of the door, and it did not appear to have
been the instrument that caused the wound, for there was no contusion, the
would was clean and straight through the eye, and appeared to have been made
with a sharper weapon. Has the lifter made the wound it would have been
longer. Henry O'Hara said he is a relation to the prisoner, he keeps a
publick house where the prisoner and the deceased were. The door of the room
opened outwards, and there was a chest stood behind it which prevented it
going fully back. On the night the deceased was wounded, he examined the
back of the room door, and discovered a drop of blood on the cross bar of
the door, immediately below the lifter of the latch - The deceased lost a
great deal of blood.
Q. Was it not possible that some person in the room might have dipped his
finger in the blood, and marked the back of the door with it? - A. I cannot
Q. When you was examined by the coroner did you mention any thing about that
drop of blood on the door? - A. No.
The door was brought forward, and examined by the
court and jury.
Rev. John Fitzsimons, parish priest, gave the prisoner a most excellent
The learned judge summed up the evidence in a very minute and distinct
manner, after which the jury retired, and took the door which had been
produced with them. They soon after returned a verdict of manslaughter -
Sentenced to be burned in the hand, and imprisoned twelve months.
THOMAS COCHRANE was indicted
for the murder of Joseph Cochrane, on the 2d day of November last, by
wounding him with a sword.
Thomas Stewart said, he was at Ballymoney along
with prisoner and the deceased, and some others on 2d November. On their
road home the prisoner was the only person on horseback. Joseph Cochrane
desired him to catch the bridle of the prisoner's mare, and lead her, for
that Thomas was not able to make home himself. He did so, when Thomas said
he would beat any Cochrane that ever was seen, and became angry, but witness
said it was all in fun. Some time after on the road, Joseph made up to
Thomas and lifted a stick which made the mare rear. Prisoner then came off
his mare, and went forward. Witness soon came up, and Thomas asked him to go
and catch his mare, and having done so he returned to Thomas who said, I
doubt I have stabbed Joseph in the thigh. Prisoner than had a stick in his
hand with a spear in it. Witness then went back to the others, where he
found Joseph on the ground, and carried him to his father's house. Prisoner
came there also, and said where will I go for I have done a bad deed. Mr.
Wm. Moore, a magistrate, said he was sent for on 3d Nov. last, at ten
o'clock at night, to Joseph Cochrane, and took his examination. He said it
was Thomas Cochrane who ran a spear into his left breast. Dr. Hamilton said
the wound was the occasion of his death.
Verdict - Guilty of manslaughter - To be burned in the hand and imprisoned
12 months, and to give security for his good behaviour for seven years.
THOMAS McCABE and GEORGE
SINGLETON were indicted for the murder of William Alderdice, at Lisburn,
on 29th August last.
Mr. Thomson, surgeon, said, he was called on the
night of 29th August last, at ten o'clock, to see the deceased who had been
hurt in Bow Lane. He went, and found the man was quite dead. There was a
small mark on one side of his head, but so small that on probing, it did not
reach to the bone; but on examination afterwards, found several bruises on
the neck and shoulders, and thinks the blows he had received had occasioned
his death. Isabella Irwine said she was in Bow Lane the above night with
Thomas McCabe and George Singleton, and others. When they were walking home
Wm. Alderdice drove against them, and McCabe, who was in liquor, took it as
an insult, and struck him with a stick. Alice Topping said, she recollects
the affray, in Lisburn, when some blows were given, but she was so
frightened that she went off. William Bradshaw said he saw McCabe and
Singleton walking on the street, when another man that was near them stopped
- McCabe said, you are a blackguard or you would not stop on the road. They
then got into grips, and McCabe struck him, and the man fell. One of the
women said, come away or he'll raise a mob. No, says one Wallace who was
there, I have given him a blow that will make him lie a while. Wallace
afterwards said to McCabe, Timothy you could strike none, but I have given
him a blow or two. Robert Moore said, he saw from his window some men strike
the deceased, and when he fell, they kicked him. Does not know the men.
Verdict - both guilty of manslaughter - To be burned in the hand; McCabe to
be imprisoned six and Singleton 3 months.
JAMES CRONE was capitally
indicted for stealing three pieces of linen cloth out of the bleach yard of
Messrs. John and Jacob Hancock, the property of Mr. Dominick Greg, of
Lisburn, on the 29th of August last.
William Shaw sworn - knows Mr. Dominick Greg of
Lisburn, is clerk to him; identified a piece of the linen, and marked it at
the time it was sent to Jacob and John Hancock's bleachgreen, with the
initials D.G. is sure the cloth is Mr. Greg's property.
Francis Neal, sworn - is employed by Messrs.
Hancock as watchman; recollects the evening of the 29th August last; there
was linen cloth spread on that part of the green called the moss bank field;
on going his rounds, all was right at seven o'clock; about eleven o'clock
the same night he missed three pieces of the linen, and immediately
proceeded to where he heard a noise like a hare or rabbit passing, he went
in the direction of the noise over the ditch, and observed an appearance of
something white like linen; on advancing saw prisoner rolling up linen in
his apron; he struck prisoner with his gun, who made much resistance, and
they both fell; prisoner then surrendered and accompanied witness to the
foreman's house, which was about 40 perches distant, where he was taken into
custody; in 15 minutes after, witness and the foreman went to the spot where
prisoner was first discovered; the linen cloth, apron, a gun, and prisoner's
hat were found, which were carried to the foreman's house; witness there
marked the linen particularly.
James McKeown, sworn - is foreman bleacher to Jacob
and John Hancock; knows prisoner; recollects Neal the watchman, bringing
prisoner to his house; afterwards accompanied Neal, to the moss bank field;
went over the ditch, and there found three pieces of linen in a blue apron;
took the linen to his house; marked them (He here identified the piece
produced in court). The evidence for the prosecution closed, and the court
asked the prisoner if he had any witnesses to produce; but none appearing,
the learned judge recapitulated the evidence, and gave the jury a most
excellent charge, who, without retiring, in a few minutes gave in a verdict
of - Guilty
On the verdict of the jury being pronounced, one of
the prosecutors stated that he considered it a duty which he owed to himself
and the public, to prosecute this old offender; but disliking the punishment
of death for such offences, he earnestly entreated that the punishment
should be commuted into transportation for life. The judge appointed a
distant day, 5th of May, for execution, to leave time to make application
for the change, and with much humanity added a wish that the law might be
changed, for a less severe, but more effectual mode of punishment.
If the sentiment of mitigating punishments were not
deeply impressed on fixed principle, the conduct of the unhappy man, in this
case, might tend to unsettle it. While the judge was in an impressive and
solemn manner exhorting the prisoner previous to passing sentence, and
afterwards, Crone conducted himself in the most hardened and audacious
manner, and occasioned general astonishment and horror in the court, by his
total disregard to all propriety and decency.
We are informed that a plan is in contemplation to
submit to the owners of bleach greens in the North of Ireland, the
expediency of their petitioning parliament, to change the punishment of
death to transportation for life, or to imprisonment for a number of years
in penitentiaries, or houses of correction -
Sir Samuel Romilly has already succeeded in
lessening the number of crimes for which death is awarded; and he is
proceeding in his humane and judicious plan. A petition from the linen trade
of this country might considerably strengthen his hands. The preamble to his
act of last session justly states, that the punishment of death has not been
found effectual for the prevention of certain crimes, and that therefore it
is expedient that it should be repealed.
Mr. William Fletcher, of Newry, to
Miss Eliza Fox, of Foxbrook.
Mr. Thomas How, of Belfast, to Miss Jane Gemmil.
Mr. David McCullough, of Lisbann, to Miss Ann McGraw, of Maghercouse
Captain William Cavan, of the brig York, to Miss Frazer, of Belfast
Mr. Hugh Rea, of Killeen, to Miss Moore, of Ballymisca
Mr. Thomas White, of Belfast, to Miss S. Mooney, of Londonderry
Mr. Henry Gelston, of Lisburn, to Mrs. Woods, of Belfast
Mr. Edward Hill, of Belfast, to Miss Marshall, of Ballyclare
Mr. John Stitt, of Comber, to Miss Little, of Ballycreely
Mr. William Armstrong, of Prospect Hill, to Miss Eliza Foster of Lisnagole,
S. Hamilton Rowan, esq. son of Archibald Hamilton Rowan, esq. to Miss Ellen
Jackson, of Crieve, co. Monaghan
Mr. Alexander Pentland, of Banbridge, to Miss Murney
Mr. William Shannon, of Magherafelt, to Miss Mayne, of Garvagh
Mr. Owen Fox, of Koolnagar, near
At Ballynahinch, the Rev. William Blakely, dissenting minister.
At Ballinafoy, Mr. Robert Vance
Miss Noble, at Templeporthouse, co. Cavan
Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell, of Belfast
At Armagh, the Rev. Dr. O'Hanlon, V.G. of that diocese.
At Bringfield, near Cavan, the Rev. Joseph Story
Mrs. Stewart, wife of Mr. James Stewart, of Belfast
Mr. Robert McCalla, of New Grove, near Ballynahinch, aged 78
At Armagh, Mr. George Stephenson, Printer
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES - April
Wednesday, March the 21st. the court
proceeded to the trial of DANIEL STEWART, DAVID MONTGOMERY,
and JOHN CHAMBERS, accused of the murder of Alexander McCullough,
near Toome, county Antrim, on the night of the ninth of November last.
Peter Aiken, esq. said he is coroner, and was
called on last November to hold an inquest on the body of Alexander
McCullough, of Breckart, near Toome. He did so, and found the body so
covered with wounds, that he could scarcely look on it being so shocking.
These wounds he has no doubt occasioned the death the McCullough. John
O'Neil said, he remembers the night of the ninth of November, which was that
of the murder of Alexander McCullough. Three days before it took place,
Montgomery, Chambers and Stewart called on him, and they then fixed the
night of the robbery. They said they had been looking at the house that day,
and that they could easily rob it themselves, but as that had mentioned it
to him, they wished him to be there - that they would not bid him go to the
inside, as the family knew him, and he should have a full share of what was
got. On the third night after this, the party met at a grove in a moss near
Toome, between eight and nine at night. That was the night fixed upon for
the robbery. When at the moss, Montgomery proposed to go to Toome to buy
spirits, and Turner gave him a note to pay for them. He went, and when he
returned brought some bread. They remained in the moss for about half an
hour, and then they proceeded towards McCulloch's house. When they came to
the foot of his garden they perceived light in the house, by which they
found the family had not gone to their bed. They stopped three quarters of
an hour longer, and then went to the back of the house, and as they saw no
light they believed the family had gone to bed. They then forced off one of
the back windows, which was made of lead, and four of them went into the
house; David Montgomery, and Andrew Turner had bayonets with them. He, the
witness, remained for some short time at the back of the house, and then
went to the front. He did not chuse to go in, because the family knew him,
and he knew them. When he went round to a front window, he looked through,
and perceived they had a light in the room, and observed Montgomery and
Turner engaged with McCullough, who was on the floor in his shirt. They
stabbed him once or twice with bayonets. Saw McCulloch's son making
endeavours to assist his father. Old McCulloch being too powerful for Turner
and Montgomery, and having forced Montgomery down on his knees, Stewart, who
was in the house, came to their aid, and at last they overcame McCulloch,
and tied him with a cord. When lying on the floor, Turner stabbed McCulloch
two or three times, and said, you old rogue, tell where your money is.
Witness became so shocked with their proceedings, that he went to the door
and shook it, and cried that a guard was coming. He did this to endeavour to
take them off the old man. Stewart then came to the door, and told witness
that they had killed him. They had been about three hours in the house. When
they left it they returned to Toome, where witness left them and went home.
They went along Toome bridge. Chambers and Stewart lived at Coran, near
Castledawson, and Montgomery lived near Maghera.
Cross examined - Q. You say you would not take any of the property, why
would you not take it? - A. Because I was afraid it might be found about me
and lead do a discovery.
Q. What then did you go there for? - A. It was to get money that I went, and
I did not think that when they went to rob, they would have murdered the
man, and I was so shocked at it when I went home that my conscience would
give me no rest day nor night. I never thought it would have fallen out
Q. Now, Sir, you knew that they had bayonets and pistols, how then do you
say they did not intend to murder him? - A. I thought they only intended to
fight if they were resisted.
Q. Well, Sir, did not that happen as you expected? - A. I did not expect
they would have murdered him, because they took a cord with them for the
purpose of tying him.
Q. How did your conscience prevent you from information concerning this
which appeared so shocking? - A. It bore two ways; it was shocking for me to
speak of it, and I was afraid to do so from the scandal that was attached to
Q. Why was you taken up? - A. I was taken up on a charge for horse stealing,
and gave information of this robbery the same night to Mr. Shiells, of
Alexander McCullough said, he is son of the deceased A. McCullough, of
Breckart, and was in his father's house in the night of the 9th Nov. last.
He went to bed before his father, and thinks it was not ten o'clock. His
father slept in the same room, in another bed, with his younger brother, who
is about 10. The other brother, about 15, slept with witness. He was soon
awakened by the shouts of his brothers, and when he started up he saw his
father and a man struggling, and there was another man had a light in the
room. His father was in his shirt. Witness ran forward to assist his father,
but a third person knocked him down, when within two yards of his father,
who was on the floor. Andrew Turner had a bayonet in his hand. After witness
was knocked down he crept under the bed. He then went to get out of the
room, but one of them gave him a kick on his breast, and forced him into the
bed, and another man stood on his breast and forced him to cover his head
with the clothes. One of the men asked his father for his money, but he did
not then hear his father speak, another of them said, give him two or three
stabs more - Heard his father say, "I must give it up gentlemen, I can
stand it no longer." There was a desk in the room, with some silver in
it, and a bladder, as a purse, in which was some gold. They went backward
and forward through the house. Both of his younger brothers were stabbed in
different parts of the body, and the servant maid was also stabbed. His
father died before the party left the house. It was a month before witness
recovered. He had received twenty two wounds. There were two windows taken
off from the back of the house. The gang remained about two hours in the
house. Witness's father was reputed to be a rich man. The family all knew
O'Neil, the preceding witness. Jane Davidson said, she was servant in the
family of Alexander McCullough on the night of the 9th Nov. etc. etc.- went
to bed between nine and ten o'clock, and was awakened by the cries of the
children, who slept in the same room with their father, and then she went to
the room where he lay, and heard strange tongues, and then she saw a man
standing by the door waving his hand in a threatening attitude to compel the
children to be quiet, as they were then crying - (This man she pointed out
in the court to be Montgomery.) Several articles were stolen out of the
house, and a quilt now produced in court she proved was the one that was on
McCulloch's bed. After she saw so many men in Mr. McCulloch's room, she
became afraid, and went to get out of the house; but on going to the door
she found the key was gone, and therefore ran to her bed as the only place
of refuge. She was at one time knocked down. Mr. John Vance, merchant,
Belfast, said the quilt now in court he got about three weeks ago. He
obtained it in consequence of a warrant from Mr. Shiells of Castledawson, to
apprehend Chambers, whom he accordingly apprehended in one of the streets of
Belfast, and in his lodgings, at the house of a cabinet maker in North
Street, Belfast, which Chambers refused to point out, but which witness
afterwards with some difficulty discovered, he found four quilts on the bed,
and among them the one now produced, which Jane Davidson had declared had
been stolen from Mr. McCulloch's house. Patrick McNicol said, he remembers
on the night of the robbery he was in a public house kept by Mr. Mann, at
Toome. At nine o'clock at night, Montgomery came there for a whiskey. He had
a bottle with him, and asked for a quart of it, and offered a 30s. note to
be changed. He then put up the note in a pocket book, saying this is bad
luck for my side. Witness afterwards saw him in custody at Castledawson,
before Mr. Shiells the magistrate, where he also saw the pocket book. Robert
Pettigrew said, he knows Montgomery, and saw him in custody at Castledawson,
when, by desire of Mr. Shiells, he went and asked Montgomery for his pocket
book, which he said he had left at home, upon which witness searched him (he
was then hand cuffed) and upon searching he acknowledged he had it, and gave
it up. Bernard Nolan said, he knows Alex. Mann, in Toome, and was in his
house on the night of McCulloch's robbery. Montgomery came in between nine
and ten o'clock and asked for a quart of spirits, and offered a 30s. note,
but as he could not get change, he put it up in a pocket book and went away
on the road to McCulloch's. He returned again soon after and looked into the
house, but again went away, and then returned again and asked for a loaf. He
got a sixpenny loaf, on which he swore a great oath, and said he could get a
larger one for five pence. He threw down a ten penny piece and went out, the
shopman bade him stop for change. He answered, I'm not going to leave it
with you, and he came in again and got it. Henry Hegan said, he lives at
Toome bridge, and takes care of the gate of the bridge - recollects being
raised from his bed between four and five in the morning of 10th Nov. when
five men came along the bridge from the county Antrim - they all paid toll -
one of them stopped at the door to get some whiskey - he had something like
a knapsack on his back. It was a very dark night as ever witness saw. John
Gainer said, he knows Chambers one of the prisoners, who lived near
Magherafelt, and on the morning of the robbery he met Chambers on the road
about sun-rise. - He had a bundle under his right arm, it was tied in some
white cloth; he appeared dirty and fatigued. Chambers has not lived in that
country since. Henry Shiells, esq. said he knows Stewart and Montgomery, two
of the prisoners, and brought them to his jail.
By the council for the crown - Mr. Shiells, be so good as inform the
court what conversation you had with any of the prisoners, and what they
informed you of when on the road.
Witness - I should think it might be hard toward him to compel me to
Court - You are not to say what is hard or what is not. It is your
duty to state in your evidence the facts you know and are called form, and
the court will judge of its legality.
Witness - When bringing Stewart from county Derry, we had occasion to
stop, and some conversation occurred while a sergeant of dragoons was
present. Stewart was a long time before he would speak anything - I said I
wished he was transported.
Counsel for prisoners - When you said to him you wished he was transported,
did you say it in such a manner as to make him believe, that if he gave you
information you might get him to be transported?
Witness - No, he could not think so, for I said no more than merely that I
wished it were so. - Stewart then said that he was present with other three
persons when the business was arranged. They drank some whiskey where they
were met. He a long time refused to be concerned in it, but after he had
drank the whiskey, one of these three succeeded in persuading him to promise
to engage in it. In the evening of the robbery they met in a field near
McCulloch's house; he said he was against the murder; the blame of which he
charged against one of the party not now on his trial. He then desired him,
the witness, to ask McCulloch's children, and they would tell him that he
was the person who saved their father's house from being burnt, when the
others wanted to do so, and witness is satisfied that it certainly was
Stewart who saved the house. Alex. McCulloch was again called up, and being
asked by court, said that one of the robbers insisted to burn the house and
the papers, but another spoke against it, and said that the papers might be
of use to the family. John Wilkinson said, he had acted as a juror on the
coroner's inquest held on McCulloch's body; there were a great number of
wounds in it; scarcely a part of the body that was not wounded. Some persons
attempted counting them but failed, they were so numerous. The body was
lying on the bed, and a cord tied round one of the legs at the ancle, and
bound to the opposite knee.
EVIDENCE FOR THE PRISONERS
James Watts, a prisoner for debt, said he knows O'Neil, one of the witnesses
on this trial, has heard him say in the prison, that he would give
information to save himself. He said so this morning. Witness advised him
not to hang any of them if he could help it, but he said he would save
Q. Why did you advise him not to give evidence against them? - A. Because I
thought it a pity to hang so many for one; I thought it would be enough if
they were transported.
Q. This advice was no doubt given from a pure love of justice? - A. Yes;
from a love of justice.
Q. So, sir, you think it consistent with a love of justice, to tamper with
the witness for the crown, and endeavour to prevail on them to screen from
justice those who are charged with the most attrocious offences. Go off the
table, sir, and return to prison. Some persons though not under indictment
are well entitled to be transported.
The evidence being closed, the learned judge
addressed the jury. His lordship recapitulated the evidence of the
witnesses, pointing out the most particular parts of it, and explaining the
law in regard to burglaries, murder, etc. With great humanity, he directed
the jury, to weigh fairly and impartially the evidence as it had been
produced before them, totally unconnected with any popular prejudice that
may have existed on the subject, and that they should even divest their
minds of any aversion to the prisoners, arising from the natural horror and
detestation of the crime with which they are charged; but that they should
enter into an investigation of the evidence unbiased by any consideration
but a regard to justice.
The jury then retired, and in a few minutes brought in a verdict finding
each of the prisoners guilty, both of the murder and burglary.
After a momentary pause, his lordship, in the most solemn and impressive
manner, addressed the prisoners to the following effect:
David Montgomery, John Chambers, and Daniel Stewart:- You have been tried
and found guilty of the murder of Alexander McCulloch, and also for a
burglary in his dwelling house. Of that burglary and of that murder you have
been found guilty; a murder the most barbarous and inhuman; for, if it is
possible that murder can admit of aggravation, every circumstance of this
deed of horror tends to render it most attrocious. You did concert, and
conspire together for the purpose of committing a robbery in dwelling of
this unfortunate man, and you were armed with deadly weapons, in case you
should meet with resistance. You knew that though he was old, he was strong
and might make resistance, and you carried with you bayonets and pistols,
and must have had in contemplation, if he made such resistance, to commit
murder, rather than be prevented from accomplishing your plan of robbery. I
have not in the course of my experience known a more barbarous and shocking
act. You entered the dwelling house of this helpless man after he had gone
to bed, and, while surrounded with his children, you attacked him with
bayonets and pistols. He endeavoured to defend himself, but you over powered
him. Even after this, when you had tied and disabled him from making further
resistance, you continued to cut and mangle him till his body exhibited one
continued wound. It is horrible to think, and strange, that human beings who
could act in so dreadful a tragedy, should now clamour for mercy, who showed
none to the helpless McCulloch. It manifested a spirit of barbarity and
inhumanity which I did not indeed think existed in any portion of the
inhabitants of this country. It is in vain for you to expect mercy; in this
world you can have none. Indeed you yourselves showed no mercy - no
compassion to that unfortunate man, when, in the midst of his crying,
helpless family, you, before the eyes of the children, shed the blood of the
father. You have been guilty of the primeval crime, and most meet the
punishment that was pronounced on it - that whosoever sheddeth man's blood,
by man shall his blood be shed.
(Here Chambers cried bitterly, and entreated for mercy! Mercy, O my lord,
have mercy, and give as long a day as possible.)
In this world the gates of mercy are shut against you, and even your
entreaty for mercy to lengthen your time cannot be granted - It is
impossible - The law prescribes your day of punishment. Men guilty of such a
barbarous, inhuman, and shocking murder, must speedily be sent out of this
world; and yet, short as your time is, it is not so short as what you
allowed that unfortunate person, whom you so cruelly murdered, and to whom
you showed no mercy, although now so clamorous to have mercy extended to
yourselves. In the little time that remains to you, prepare to meet your
(Chambers cried out, O! for Jesus' sake, for Jesus' sake, mercy, mercy! do
not send me into eternity - make of me any think you will, but spare my
The curtain of this world has dropt on you. Endeavour to save your souls,
your immortal part. As for your bodies, they are doomed to suffer the
punishment of the law - a necessary sacrifice to your offended country - In
the midst of this accumulated scene of horror and of blood. I feel a glimpse
of consolation, that I can make a distinction of one from the others, and
which I shall attend to hereafter. It is the case of Stewart, which is
somewhat different in its complexion or moral guilt, though not in point of
legal criminality. By the evidence of the witness O'Neill, and also that of
McCulloch's son, it appeared that Stewart used his endeavours successfully,
in saving the house from being burnt. The contemplation of such an event is
shocking to human nature. What an awful calamity must have followed, had
that dreadful idea been carried into effect, and this family of young
children been consumed with the mangled body of their father. The preventing
of such an enormity is certainly some alleviation of Stewart's guilt, and
therefore not so much out of regard for him, as from a regard to others in
society, whose safety may come into such an awful situation, I am glad that
I am enabled to distinguish his case. But as for you, Montgomery and
Chambers, there is nothing in the case of either of you to brighten the
deepest shade of guilt. The only mercy that I can show you, is to tell you
there is no hope for you. To request of you not to entertain the slightest
expectation fit. To impress upon your minds that you must positively and
certainly die in pursuance of the awful sentence of the law, which is now my
duty to pronounce.
His lordship then appointed them to be hanged on Friday, and their bodies to
be afterwards publicly dissected.
During the whole course of the trial Stewart was silent and thoughtful -
Chambers manifested less anxiety, and seemed rather indifferent - Montgomery
exhibited a disgusting insensibility, which indicated great depravity of
heart. After the verdict, while the judge was addressing them, Stewart
appeared greatly impressed, but remained Silent - Chambers was agitated, and
continued wringing his hands and imploring for mercy. Montgomery remained
unmoved, as if determined to be obdurate; but when his lordship pronounced
the sentence of death, which he delivered in the most impressive manner,
Montgomery then appeared to feel, his countenance changed, and he stepped
two paces back into the dock. He again seemed to summon up his fortitude,
and returning to the front, addressed his lordship, requested he might be
shot, and repeatedly offered to serve in any part of the world, and to take
his brother along with him; a proposition which showed how imperfectly he
had contemplated the atrocity of his crime. The prisoners were immediately
taken back to jail.
Daniel Stewart was respited, but has been since
The Lord Lieutenant, on the application of the
prosecutor, and on reference to the report of the judge, has respited the
execution of the sentence of death against James Crone, convicted at last
assizes at Carrickfergus, for robbing a bleach green, on condition of his
being transported for life.
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES - May
At Coleraine, Robert Kyle, esq. of
Laurel hill, to Miss Murray of Cookstown
Mr. Wm. Waugh of Londonderry, to Miss Cochrane of Artcliffe, near Coleraine
Mr. Michael Mooney, to Miss Bullen, both of Belfast
Mr. Peter McCormick, to Miss Stitt, both of Belfast
Mr. John Marshall, of Milltown, to Miss Crocket, of Newtowncunningham
Mr. Benjamin Storey, to Miss E. Reilly, both of Newry
Mr. Anthony Davison, of Killileagh, to Miss E. Russel, of Ballymaconnell
Surgeon Johnston, of the navy, to Miss Armstrong, of Brookborough
Mr. Phillip Watson, captain of the ship Perseverance, to Miss Brown of
Mr. John Munn, to Miss Haslett, both of Derry
At Belfast, Mr. John Smylie
At Dundonald, the Rev. Jacob Haslett
Near Coagh, Mrs. Boyle
Mrs. Morrell, of Ballyquin, co. Derry
At Antrim, Mr. Alexander Kirkpatrick
Mrs. Cochrane, of Coleraine
At Carnmoney, Mrs. Jane Staunton
At Lifford, Mr. David Pyke, and Mr. John Evans, aged 90
Rev. E. Storey, of Bokead, co. Cavan
Mr. Samuel Robinson, of Waring Street, Belfast
Mrs. Cunningham, wife of Mr. S. Cunningham, Crookedstone
At Portadown, Rev. George Blacker, Vicar of Sego, co. Armagh
In Ballycastle, Miss Macnaghten
Rev. Walter Galbraith, dissenting minister at Londonderry
Near Randalstown, Miss Eliza Agnew
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES - June
Mr. J. McGrath to Miss McDowel, both
Mr. F. Brande, commander of the brig Neptune of New York, to Miss Blackwood
Hill S. Scott, esq. of Dromore, to Miss E. Magennis, daughter of the late D.
Magennis, esq. of Annesvale
Mr. W. Gamble, to Miss Reid of Belfast
Mr. Dailey of Armagh, to Miss Blair of Ballycastle
The Rev. James Strange Rutson, son of the Bishop of Clonfert, to Miss Hessy
Sinclaire, daughter of the late W. Sinclaire, esq.
Mr. J. Thompson of Londonderry, to Miss Kinkead
Mr. J. Maine, of Belfast
Mrs. J. Morris, wife of W. Morris, esq. of the Derry militia
Mr. J. Cochran of Armagh
Miss E. Campbell of Armagh
Mr. W. Dinsmore of Morrow, county Donegall
At Magherafelt, Mrs. E. Ashe, aged 75, widow of the late Rev. T. Ashe
Mr. Herman Verdenhalm of Londonderry
At Kilmore, on Friday the 15th instant
in the 26th year of his age, Richard Kennedy, M.D., son of the Rev. Thomas
Kennedy of that place. Amidst the numbers who attended the funeral, there
were few who seemed not more that usually affected. This solemn this awful
procession which speaks to man, telling him in the most impressive language,
the vanity of all human pursuits, custom has made a ceremony almost
unconnected with one melancholy thought, in the minds of the heedless
multitude; they laugh, they talk, and convey with a slow pace, the only
semblance of grief, to the silent tomb the remains of those whose hands were
never extended to distress, but to mitigate the pangs of the sufferer, whose
eloquence was never exerted but in behalf of injured virtue, or to confer
benefits on their fellow citizens, and whose rectitude of principle made the
vicious ashamed in their presence, and respect virtue though they would not
imitate their acts.
At the funeral of Mr. Richard Kennedy, people seemed to feel that awful
sensation, which often strikes the most thoughtless, when they behold a
young person conveyed to the dark and silent tomb. Cut off in early youth,
while pleasure dances before, and the virtues alone appear, hope paints the
picture of future days, in the most fascinating colours, but death with an
indiscriminating hand sweeps over the canvas, and leaves a space for other
painters and for another subject.
In order to prepare himself for the profession of physic, he studied with
ardour in Dublin, Edinburgh and London, the usual departments of science,
and in the Academic halls imbibed that taste for knowledge which led him
over the mountain wilds of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland
His knowledge of chemistry, mineralogy, and botany was extensive, and had
the shaft of death spared him a few years, his country, and his friends
might have been pleased with hearing of his extending fame, for truly may it
be said that in him science has lost a sincere votary, and one well
calculated to illustrate the natural history of Ireland, a country so
long neglected, and so peculiarly interesting to all who study the
productions of nature.
As a son, he displayed that attachment to his parents which impressed upon
the mind of the observer, the idea of a peculiar amiability of disposition,
a reverence for their opinions, was his constant guide.
Such was this young man, whom the hand of death has snatched from us, and
were the feelings of a friend to whom the veil of modesty was lifted,
allowed to float on the full tide of panegyric, much more might be said in
praise of this virtuous and enlightened character.
"Deep is the sleep of the dead; low their pillows of dust.
No more shall he hear thy voice; no more awake at thy call.
When shall it be morn in the grave, to bid the slumberer awake."
T. Armstrong, esq. of Altavilla,
Queen's county, to Miss Cornelius, daughter of ? Cornelius, esq.
Mr. E. Smith, to Miss E. Tracy, both of Dublin
Thomas Taylor, esq. of Dublin Castle, to Miss Rebecca Rogers, daughter of
the Rev. William Rogers, late of St. Paul's, Dublin
Z. D. Williams, esq. to Miss Mary Gibton, of Stafford Street, Dublin
Mr. James Costigan, of South Great George's Street, Dublin, to Miss Smyth of
North King Street
At Gallen, King's co. John Matthews Jessop, esq. to Miss Horn, of Gallen
Rev. Richard Joice, of St. Patrick's
chapel house, Dublin
Miss Eliza Hodgson of Buckingham Street
Mrs. Willis, of Trinity Street, aged 63
Mrs. Hay, wife of David Hay, esq. deputy barrack master, Dublin
At North Cumberland Street, Mrs. Anne Ford, widow of Roger Ford, esq.
At Kilkenny, Mrs. Barton, widow of the late Jean Barton, esq.
Mrs. Mecum, aged 88, mother to Mrs. Lord, Capel Street
At Leeson Street, Joseph Cooke, esq.
Jacob Mark, esq. of Cork, to Miss
Eliza Godfrey, daughter of Sir William Godfrey, of Bushfield, county Kerry
James Fitzgerald Massey, esq. jun. to Miss Dunscombe, of Limerick