Armagh Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

4 February, 1845  


Dublin Castle, 31st January, 1845.--His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the undermentioned gentlemen to the office of High Sheriff for the following counties and counties of cities and towns in Ireland for the year 1845 :

Antrim--John White, Esq., of Whitehall.
Armagh--T. M. Jones, Esq., of Jonesborough.
Carlow--R. S. Doyne, jun., Esq., Tullow Lodge.
Carrickfergus--Stewart Dunn, Esq., Carrickfergus.
Cavan--Anthony O'Reilly, Esq., Baltrasna.
Clare--Hugh Palliser Hickman, Esq., Fenloe.
Cork--Hon. H. St. Leger, Doneraile House.
Cork City--James Morrogh, Esq., Glanmair, Cork.
Donegal--Lord G. A. Hill, Ballygar.
Down--Hugh Montgomery, Esq., Rosemount.
Drogheda Town--William Cairnes, Esq., Drogheda.
Dublin--Hon. Edward Preston, Gormanstown Castle.
Dublin City--Thomas Crosthwaite, Esq., 9, Fitzwilliam-square, East.
Fermanagh--Wm. Archdall, Esq., Dromard.
Galway--Denis Kirwan, Esq., Castlehacket.
Galway Town--P. M. Lynch, Esq., Renmore Lodge.
Kerry--Christopher Galwey, Esq., Killarney.
Kildare--Lord Wm. Fitzgerald, Carton.
Kilkenny--Charles Hely, Esq., Foulks Court.
Kilkenny City--John M'Craith, Esq., Kilkenney.
King's Co.--Richard Warburton, Esq., Garryhinch.
Leitrim--Edward K. Tennisson, Esq., Kilronan Castle.
Limerick--Edward C. Villiers, Esq., Kilpeacon.
Limerick City--Henry Watson, Esq., Limerick.
Londonderry City and County--Sir. H. H. Bruce, Bart., Downhill.
Longford--George Lefroy, Esq., Carrickglass.
Louth--Frederick J. Foster, Esq., Castle Ring.
Mayo--Henry W. Knox, Esq., Netley.
Meath--Lord Killeen, Killeen Castle.
Monaghan--Andie Allen Murray, Lough Owna.
Queen's County--Horace Rochfort, Esq., Clogrenan.
Roscommon--Garrett O'Moore, Esq., Cloghan Castle.
Sligo--Philip Perceval, Esq., Temple House.
Tipperary--John Bayley, Esq., Debsboro'.
Tyrone--William D'Arcy, Esq., Necairn Castle.
Waterford--John B. Gumbleton, Esq., Fortwilliam.
Waterford City--Jacob Penrose, Esq., Waterford.
Westmeath--Hon. L. H. K. Harman, Newcastle.
Wexford--Patrick W. Redmond, Esq., Newtown. Wicklow--William W. Fitzwilliam Hume, Esq., Humewood.



The ladies of this city will be glad to learn that Miss Jackson from Dublin, has signified her intention of giving lessons on that ancient instrument. Miss Jackson is not only a pupil of superior proficiency of the celbrated Bocha, but a member of a highly respectable and talented family not unknown in the musical world.



On Sunday evening last, about the hour of nine o'clock, John Carty, a faithful man in the employment of Mr. Gleeson of Shallee [Co Tipperary], having been sent for by Mr. Gleeson on some business, proceeded to his employer's residence, a distance of about a quarter of a mile, when he left the house to return home, he was met by three men, two of whom were armed with pistols, and the third with a large stick.

They cried "down with him." One of the party then fired his pistol at him, the contents of which were lodged in the upper part of his thigh, and was only stopped from passing through by the skin. He did not then fall, and another of them fired, which missed. The other fellow struck him with his stick, which knocked him down. The party then made off upon hearing persons coming from Mr. Gleeson's, which was not more than 100 yards from the spot.

Doctor Edward Kittson was sent for and remained all night with Carty, and took out a great number of the grains--but more still remain in the thigh. This is the second attempt made upon Carty ; about a week ago he was fired at on going to this employer's residence, shortly before the quarter sessions at Nenagh, but he never informed any persons of it. At the sessions he was witness in several cases for Mr. Gleeson, and obtained decrees against many persons, and it is thought that this attempt on his life is entirely owing to that circumstance. Carty is an old man, being 72 years of age, and very little hopes are entertained of his recovery.



FRANCIS SHERDIN, Legolagh, Blacklion [Co Cavan], has received two threatening notices, signed Molly Maguire and Captain Thunderbolt, one of which was received through the Post-office here, the other was fastened to his door on the morning of the 24th ult. He has been threatened with death in its most terrifying form, namely--"the tongue to be cut out of his head, all his bones to be cut, mangled, &c.," should he not comply with the unjust requests of these marauders. The active and efficient Constable GIBSON, and his party stationed here, are very much on the alert in endeavouring to discover the miscreants.

At Swalinbar, County Cavan, just on the borders of Fermanagh, a notice was posted a few night since threatening the contractor who is enlarging the church there, with death if he did not employ more Roman Catholics. WILLIAM H. WRAY, Esq., the active and efficient officer of police, is making every exertion for the discovery of the person or persons; as well as having ordered his men to keep watch on the building.



In addition to the lucid catalogue of crime in this county, [Tipperary,] presented in the Nenagh Guardian of 28th of January, another has been added--namely, an attempt to assassinate Richard Howard, Esq., of this town. He was returning from a farm he holds at Kilkeary, within three miles of this town, about half-past five o'clock yesterday evening, and was fired at from behind a ditch, about one mile from this place, but fortunately escaped.

The police were quickly dispatched in pursuit of the assassin who has escaped. No cause can be assigned for the attack on this respected gentleman, who appears to be beloved by the peasantry generally. He has taken farms upon the Norbury estate, prevously occupied by respectable tenants who had voluntarily surrendered them. It seems to me that the agrarian code will not admit of any person taking land but those who are identified with its bloody designs.



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January 25, in St. George's-place, Dublin, Lady Ernest Bruce, of a son.

At Kilbride [Co Mayo], the Lady of the Rev. Ogle Moore, Vicar of Blesinton, of a daughter.

On Tuesday morning, the 28th ult., the Lady of John Stanley, jun., Esq., of a daughter.

At Dungannon, county Tyrone, the lady of Edward Sinclair, Esq., of twins.

Jan. 27, at Fort William, county of Cavan, the Lady of T. Coote, Esq., D.L., of a son.



On the 30th ult., at St. Patrick's Cathedral, in this city, by the Rev. Richard Quin, Hugh Boyle, of Killeen Cottage, Esq., to Jane Josephine, eldest daughter of Osborne Kidd, Esq. Immediately after the ceremony the happy couple set off for Dublin to spend the honeymoon.

Jan. 30, in St. Thomas's, Church, Dublin, by the Venerable Archdeacon Magee, John Baird, of Ballymena, in the county of Antrim, merchant, to Frances, daughter of the late Alexander Sheane, Esq., of Roscrea, in the county of Tipperary, deceased.

On the 1st inst., by the Rev. Richard O'Brien, P.P., Mr. Bernard Branigan, merchant of this city, to Margaret, daughter of Mr. James Salley, of Tullnickle, in this county.

In Charlemont Church, by the Rev. James Disney, Mr. John Craig, of Cor, to Catherine, youngest daughter of Mr. Daniel Wilson, of Legor Hill



January 30, at Fitzgibbon-street, Dublin, aged 17 years, Katherine, second daughter of John Irvine of Rockfield, county Fermanagh, Esq.

January 26, suddenly, at Crofton Terrace, Kingstown, aged 73 years, Martha, relict of Rev. John Alexander, of Drumreany Glebe, in the county of Westmeath.

At Elm Cottage, Portadown, Ann, wife of Lieut. Hickland.

At Annaguinea, near Dungannon, on Friday, the 24th inst., aged 16 years, John, third son of James Young, Esq.

Little did we imagine when, a few posts back, gave expression to our admiration of the genius and power of the gifted authoress of "Sketches from the Antique," that we would so soon have to record the loss which literature and society have sustained in the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. James Gray, which took place at her residence, Sunday's Well, this morning.--Cork Reporter of Tuesday.

A poor woman named Anne Coalter, aged about 50 years, was sent in from Market Hill yesterday, to the Work-house of this Union, but died on the way. An inquest will be held on the body this day

On Thursday evening, as Mr. Charles O'Connell, of Fermoy [Co Cork], was reading a newspaper after dinned [sic] and apparently in his usual health, he dropped off the chair, and immediately expired!--Cork Constitution.



Several serious accidents have occurred in this city by falls during the late frost--one man, of the name of M'CREADY, got his arm broken; a young woman was thrown down by a lad coming against her on a sliding car, and received such injury that she has since died. The practice of the boys pouring water on the streets while it is freezing, to make those slides, is very censurable, and should the frost set in again we hope the police and the inhabitants of this locality will, as far as possible, prevent them.



On the melancholy subject of this estimable gentleman's death we give the following from among our several correspondents:--

(From our Enniskillen Correspondent.) MURDER OF JOHN M'LEOD, ESQ., STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE OF FERMANAGH, NEAR BALLINAMORE. On Wednesday last, as the above gentleman was returning from Mr. PERCY's of Garradice, where he had been on a visit, and when a short distance from the house, he was fired at, and wounded in such a manner that he died instantaneously. The murder of this truly amiable and christian gentleman has left a blank in society that will not be easily filled up; and the greatest sorrow has been evinced by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. Public rumour has it that the Molly Maguire's are the party concerned in this lamentable occurrence.-- No cause of the atrocious, cold-blooded murder is known. I hear that Mr. PERCY's sportsman has been apprehended on suspicion. It is said that he was tracked to his house from the spot where the deed was committed.

(From another Correspondent, Jan. 30.) You have heard of the murder of Captain M'LEOD, who had been for some time stationed at Ballinamore; it occurred last night. He had been dining with a Mr. PERCY, of Garradice, and on leaving, the car-driver got down to close the gate after him, when he was shot through near the heart, and died before the man could drive him back to the house. This morning, his son, WILLIAM M'LEOD, accompanied by GEORGE WOOD, Esq., left Enniskillen for Ballinamore. Report says that he had been very active there, and refused bail in some cases when the other magistrates seemed inclined to receive it. This melancholy occurrence, I think, indicates too clearly the anxiety which the lower orders feel in endeavouring to overawe magistrates when discharging their duties faithfully, and possibly they expect thus to extort further concessions from a Government already too liberal.. Surely the honest and patriotic pacificator, STEELE, would not advise such things.--Oh ! no.

(From our Florencecourt Correspondent.) Captain M'LEOD having dined on the evening of the 29th ult., with Mr. PERCY of Garridice, and just on returning home after coming out of the gate, in the act of the horse turning in the car, breathed his last in a minute or two.



Dundalk, January 16, 1845.

SIR. I am surprised that amongst the great number of persons who have written on the value of the flax-crop, I have not seen one who stated what I have considered of great value in it--that of making a quantity of manure for the farm, which it is supposed to have injured by its growth ; and this I have always done by filling up the flax hole with all the weeds taken out from the other crops (not letting the water run off,) and putting in old banks of earth, turf-mould, and rubbish of every kind; and in this way, last year, I put out of but a small hole upwards of thirty loads of fine manure on my potato ground ; and I remarked its being the best part of the crop as to yield and fine-sized potatoes besides turning the weeds to great advantage. Persons who grow large quantities of flax must have a very large place for steeping in, and could make a vast deal of manure, have it well rotted, and out on the land before the hold would be wanted for next season. I stack my flax, thresh it off about March, saving the seed, which I find as good as foreign, and sow and sell it. I keep the flax till the weather is warm, in or after May, and then steep it; the water is then ready for receiving the weeds. I grass the flax on pasture land, and it is fine manure (as oily water), as the grass soon shows ; and have all the husks of the seed kept and boiled by degrees for my pigs, and expect to grind it for cattle next season. I find that the seed has been worth 5 an acre, and do think the crop seemed injured by saving. I have stated the chief part of this to the flax committee, from whom I had received the directions for managing the crop on the Courtrai system ; and I think by a judicious management of making manure (now considered the great secret of all farming) from the flax hole, it would add much to the value of the crop.

I have been tempted to give this account from reading the questions asked, and the unsatisfactory replies at and after the last meeting at Markethill, as to the use of the flax-water, which I grant, must be very beneficial in itself, but nothing like what it would be, used as I have stated.

I am induced to follow the advice of Mr. King, "that each person should give his own name to what he states;" yet I feel that persons disagreeing as to the principle have an opportunity of making free with his name much to his own annoyance.

Yours, &c., L. BIGGER.



Mr. George Baylor of Duntaheen, near Fermoy [Co Cork], tenant to Anthony Cliffe, Esq., has a goose which laid and hatched three sets of eggs this season, producing each time 14 goslings, and making in all 42 within the year.



It has been, and is the practice, of most of the Tipperary reporters, to give as good a colouring as they can to these almost daily murders; and the consequence is, that the public have not a knowledge of one-half of the scenes going on this county. Reporting honestly and properly is the life of a newspaper; and if country gentlemen would each report to their newspaper the outrages and murders of their localities, it would rouse a cry of humanity in the country, and show our title to martial law the only thing that will ever weed the demons from the country.

A careless notice was taken by the (I believe) Evening Post, and copied into the Packet, of the murder of Samuel Smith, Esq., perpetrated at Knockinroger, about a mile and a half from Moneygall, on the 19th inst. Of all the murders committed during the past and present year, this we think is the most atrocious, perhaps, that has been heard of. Mr. Samuel Smith was a fine old gentleman, upwards of seventy years of age; his appearance was such as never failed to command the greatest respect; and now, when we consider the thousand benefits that this excellent old man has, during a long residence in his neighbourhood conferred--it will show the utter ingratitude of the peasant character. But it was not he alone that fed the mouths of hundreds. Families innumerable, for more than a hundred years, were sustained and maintained by his father and grandfather, who were owners and leaseholders of land to a greater extent than any individual was ever known to hold in this county.

This is a family, then, that for many years were beloved and respected by the people; and the good man himself, until his fallen fortunes separated him from among them, was their continual benefactor--and how has he been repaid? By base, bloody, brutal murder. In the neighbourhood of Lisduffe, his former residence and property, there is a general and, we believe, unfeigned sorrow amongst the whole people at this diabolical act.

We are glad to hear that two of the murderers have been arrested and identified.--Correspondent of the Dublin Evening Packet.



A man named John Gourley, from near Strabane [Co Tyrone], went to Linlithgow, in Scotland, to obtain work; and after some time scraped an acquaintance with a "bonnie lass" named Isabella M'Beath, to whom he tipped the blarney, wooed and won her. A day was appointed for their marriage; and he, being aware that her wardrobe was in Glasgow, told her he would go there for it as she might want clothes. She consented, and gave him 5s. for his expenses. Off he started, but the deluding youth never returned to her.

He sailed for the Green Isle and arrived in the neighbourhood of Strabane about the beginning of January with his booty, a large chest filled with a variety of dresses and other articles. Mr. Watson, Procurator Fiscal Linlithgow, having reported the matter to Captain Lynch of the Constabulary, he set on foot an active search and succeeded in recovering nearly all the stolen property.

On the 8th ult., head-constable Anderson arrested the lad at Dunamana races ; and, on the 17th, he, chest, and all, were sent to Scotland in charge of a superintendent of police, who come [sic] for him to settle accounts with the disconsolate Isabella. He is a married man, and has a wife and two children living near Lifford.--Derry Sentinel.



SIR, Glancing over your publication of the 28th ultimo, I have observed that a meeting was lately held in Charlemont regarding a line of road from "Moy to Kineary;" through the medium of your paper, I beg to inform the gentlemen who attended that meeting, that it is fourteen years since I was employed to project a line of road from "Moy Bridge to Portadown;" had that plan been carried into effect as they intended, it would have passed through "Kineary," and have accom- plished that which sad experience has proved ought to have been done.

But it would have done much more, it would have avoided the hills of Ardress, East and West ; Croneygill-hill, at Taul-bridge; Cock-hill, Roughan-hill, Richmond-hill, Legary- hill, Soleshin-hill, and many other hills between these towns. The distance would have been shortened 2 miles, 33 perches; and this useful work would have been completed for a compara- tively trifling sum! The cess-payers of this county ought to inquire why a road of such public utility has not been made ; and why they are obliged to trudge with loaded carts up and down hills, the clivities of which vary from one foot in seven of length to one foot in twelve.

I am, Sir, Your obedient servant, WILLIAM ARMSTRONG, C.E. 5, Lower Dominick-street, Dublin, 1st Feb., 1845.



On Tuesday night last a fire broke out in the house of Capt. CORRY, Eldon-place, Enniskillen, and had it not been for the Timely arrival of Head Constable NOLAN, and a party of the Constabulary force, the consequences would have been serious.



A [sic] some persons will naturally suppose from the unfortunate affray near Killaloe [Co Clare], on Thursday morning, wherein a civilian lost his life by the shot of a policeman, that a few military were not passive spectators in the conflict, we have since made strict inquiry into the extrraordinary circumstance, with a view to ascertain the precise facts of this melancholy affair, which, in all likelihood, would not have changed from a festive party to a scene of strife and mourning, but for the unexpected appearance of the police, at an unseasonable hour, upon a charge, at the farthest, of petty larceny, if so much could be sustained by the identification of a goose in process of cooking ! It is sad to think that from so slight a cause a serious homicide should result, as the inquiry at the inquest upon John Ellis elicited, and where James H. Martin, Esq., coroner, presided.

The facts as given in evidence we subjoin, and they must shed new light upon this very untoward occur- rence:--About midnight of the 22d inst., a man named Gleeson, residing on the Clare side of the Shannon, near to Killaloe, and opposite Friar's Island, (a place of resort for parties of pleasure) was made aware that some persons were disturbing his poultry. On going outside his house, he saw two or three persons running towards the river, with some of his geese, and he at once proceeded to the police station at Killaloe, from whence two constables, Brophy and Callaghan, accompanied him. When they reached the island, the policemen stationed themselves apart, close to the ruin, and sent Gleeson to see what was in the pots. Seven or eight people were sitting round the fire, and one of them knocked off Gleeson's hat. He then ran away, leaving the policemen behind, and almost immediately after he landed he heard two shots fired. He identifies one man only, brother to John Ellis, the deceased.

Sub-constable Brophy made a statement to the following effect:--Having reached Friar's Island with Gleeson, himself and comrade stationed themselves so as to see all that was going on in the ruin, and then Gleeson was sent in. There were about fifteen persons assembled there, four or five of them soldiers. When Gleeson retreated, Brophy called on the party to surrender, which was responded to by a volley of stones, and the party made a rush towards him, on which he fired, as did also his comrade, Callaghan. Brophy retreated, and re-loaded, but was overpowered and beaten with poles and oars. The two constables made a gallant resistance, and according to Brophy, some eight or ten of their opponents must have been severely wounded with their bayonets. One civilian, John Ellis, was found dead on the spot, and one soldier is wounded in three places with a bayonet ; the other three soldiers are unhurt, and Brophy him- self is uninjured. Callaghan, however, has been more severely handled, and though not in danger is confined to his bed. The four soldiers named in this affair are men of good character, Englishmen and Protestants, and the civilians with whom they were associated on that occasion on a fishing excursion, are residents of Killaloe, fishermen by occupation, and Protestants. The night was moonlight, and the party were assembled about a blazing fire, and but one of them is as yet identified by the police. The soldier, Barrone, has been committed merely because he bears wounds on his person, but the constables do not otherwise recognise him. The verdict of the jury was justifiable homicide.--Limerick Chronicle.



MR. GRAY begs to announce that he has new and second- hand PIANO-FORTES for SALE or HIRE; and he has made arrangements to be supplied with Instruments by the BEST MAKERS, which he will sell at the LOWEST LONDON PRICES, he hopes to merit a share of public patronage. Piano-Fortes carefully regulated and repaired. A liberal allowance for old Instruments taken in exchange. Vicar's Hill, Armagh, Feb. 3d., 1845

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