Armagh Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

10 June, 1845  


WE, the undersigned, request a MEETING of the Landed Proprietors, Merchants, Traders, and others, of Armagh and its neighbourhood, on TUESDAY, the 10th of JUNE, inst., (this day,) at the Market-House, at the hour of Three o'Clock, to take into consideration the provisions of the New Bank Bill, as regards Ireland, now about to be brought before Parliament.

George Robinson, J.P., Thomas Armstrong, Joseph Matthews, Charles Foster, jun., John Wilson, James Close, Hugh Fitzpatrick, John N. Macartney, John M'Watters, John S. Riggs, M. R. Bell, Wm. H. Leathem, W. Rogers, John Williams, John Stanley, jun., Hugh Trenor, John Thompson, Henry Dickson, A. and A. Lyle, Robert Riddall and Co., Robert Fulton, R. Cochran, jun., James Cole, William Boyd, John Vallely, Matthew Bell, Samuel Gardner, James Riddall, Robert Gilmore, Thomas M'Cann, Abraham Matthews.
June 10, 1845.



On Monday last Mr. CURRAN held a commission for the discharge of Insolvent Debtors, in the Court-house of this city. Sixteen persons were brought up, and their applications disposed of as follows:--
William Devlin.--Remanded to next commission.
Thomas Woods--No opposition. Discharged.
Ellen Connolly, Insolvent, did not appear.
James Johnston was opposed by Mr. Quin, Solicitor, who appeared for Robert Burke and John Harrison, opposing creditors. It appeared that Johnston held a scutch-mill, and in order to have it repaired, he had got Harrison, one of his own scutchers to bail him, who had paid £8, and was liable for £9 more. The ground of opposition was, that from time to time Johnston had been offered from £100 to £120, or £130, for his good will of the mill and place, but chose to retain it. Johnston pleaded he was but owner in part with his brother, and would have willingly disposed of his interest if he could --his brother not being present, the case was adjourned till next commission.
Francis Markay.--Opposed by Mr. Quin, on behalf of Elizabeth Bingham. The cause of opposition was to know if five acres of land prisoner held had been returned in his schedule? Discharged. Assignee to be appointed in Dublin, on a day to be fixed by Mr. Vogan, and Mr. Quin.
Michael M'Connell.--Opposed by Mr. M'Kee, on behalf of Alexander Arthur, on the ground of his having given over his land to his son. It was proved the holding was at a high rate, and that to obtain it the son had one year's arrair of rent to pay. Discharged.
Wm. Warren, discharged. To give up possession of a house to Andrew Halliday, agent for Wm. and Thomas Emerson, Lurgan.
Wm. Timmins.--Opposed by Mr. Quinn, on behalf of Robert Pearson and John Forster, having made over his property fraudulently for the sake of cheating his creditors. Adjourned till next commission, when his son must either settle with the creditors or re-assign. Mr. Vogan here made an explanation to the Commissioner which mitigated the case. The father was in the habit of bailing parties, and his family had suffered much in consequence; and it was decided the son should take the property, whereupon he noticed all persons concerned. It was after this notice present debt had accrued.
Jane Flavell.--Opposed by Mr. Pepper, on behalf of Messrs. Woolsey and James Bell, who inquired what had become of the money she administered for ; amongst the rest a promissory note of £50 by a brother of her late husband? Discharged. Samuel M'Cullagh, a creditor, appointed assignee.
Wm. Beck, jun.--Opposed by John Walker Redmond for overholding a house and land. Discharged. Ordered to give up the house on 4th July, and land on 1st November.
Robert Ballentine--Opposed by Mr. M'Kee, on behalf of Wm. Woods. The cause of opposition was--Insolvent held two pieces of land, one of them in right of his wife, at whose death, in May last, it reverted to Wm. Woods; insolvent was served with an ejectment which was defended by David Ballentine, brother to insolvent, and without the knowledge of insolvent, David had received £1 from a son of Woods, the opposing creditor, to defend against his own father; insolvent gave possession to Woods, believing that had his wife been spared time she would have given it to him, but dying suddenly, she could not. He was also opposed for having disposed of the other part of his property to his brother for £45, and only accounting for £20 in his schedule. It was proved that the day after his wife died he had made a bargain with his brother for the sale of the place for this sum--£20 of which he owed ; and that the balance was to have been paid by supporting him, at the rate of £10 per year, as he was utterly unable to help himself. The Commissioner in discharging the prisoner said that Mr. Woods, the opposing creditor, had cause of complaint against his own son, and also against David Ballentine, but none against the prisoner.
John Taggart, John Preston, Robert Lynes, and Robert M'Clean, were severally discharged, there being no opposition.
William Devlin.--Opposed by Mr. Quin, on behalf of Messrs. Edward Hughes and John Matchet, for fraudulently omitting to return his property, and pretending to hold a small part under the authority of another, to whom he had fraudulently assigned it. Adjourned to next commission. Henry Riddle had settled with his detaining creditors, and on applica- tion of Mr. Vogan, his Attorney, his petition was dismissed. Mr. Vogan was Solicitor for all the prisoners.



FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 7.--Number last week, 478 ; Admitted and born, 10; total, 488; discharged and died, 18; remaining 470.



Sub-Inspector HENDERSON, for many years stationed in Enniskillen, has been ordered to the disturbed district of Ballinamore. A more fit or proper officer could not be appointed, for while he was stationed in Ennsikil- len, he was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. Government have offered a reward of £50 for the apprehension and bringing to justice the writer of the threatening notice that was served on RODERICK GRAY, Esq., County Surveyor, of the County Fermanagh, on the 26th of May last.



A friend from Balbriggan [Co Dublin] writes :--The weather here is most ungenial, so much so that I require a fire in my office each day. The potato planting will not terminate for some days yet to come. The wheat and oat crops look stunted from the effects of the late North-East winds, which have cut up, or rather burned every crop adjacent to the coast.



On Tuesday last a family consisting of father, mother, and four children, residing near Maguiresbridge, took suddenly ill after partaking of a soda cake for breakfast even the child on the mother’s breast was not exempt ; all were affected with the exception of the poor man himself, as if they had taken an eme- tic. By some means the man or his wife discovered that arsenic had been used instead of baking soda. But for the prompt and assiduous care rendered the sufferers by Dr. T. M’NEECE the end would have been melancholy. They are all now, I believe, doing well.



Our fair was held on Wednesday last; dry stock were in good demand, as also calves, and brought good prices ; store and small pigs sold well ; flax from 5s 6d. to 6s 4d per stone; meal 13s per cwt. ; potatoes 3d to 3-1/4d per stone.



We are happy to learn that a rich and valuable seam of coal, much deeper seated than those previously worked, has been discovered in the Drumglass coal fields, county Tyrone. The coal is much superior to the former produce of those mines; and from its yielding 30 per cent. of good hard coal, will we trust amply remunerate the enterprizing workers, the “Hibernian Mining Company.” We are heartily rejoiced at this, and now that we have every prospect of having our internal resources developed, by the intersection of the country by railways, which will afford the much required fa- cilities for the transit of agricultural and manufacturing pro- duce, nothing is now wanted, but the certainty of a supply of cheap good fuel, to stimulate our wealty [sic] citizens, to embark their dormant capital in manufacturing enterprize. If any doubt existed on this subject, it is now resolved. Calling to mind the great extent of the Tyrone coal basin, ascertained to be upwards of nine miles by three, that it is unquestionable, it ranges as far south as Moy and Benburb seven miles more, that no instance occurs in the great mining districts of England, where an equal number of beds lie so thick and near each other, that Dr. KANE has pronounced the coals as “excellent”, as “applicable to every use in industry to which coal is applied in England,” who can hesitate in believing, but, that this por- tion of the north, will soon become the busy seat of more varied arts and manufactures, that those now suffering depression will speedily be resuscitated, that extensive employment will be given to hands anxious for labour, and that thus the blessings of industrial prosperity will be diffused over the land



On Wednesday even- ing, the 4th inst., a soldier named DUFFY, belonging to Captain WOODWARD's company, 5th Fusileers, joined his Regiment at Charlemont, with his wife and five children, one of the latter a little more than four years old, and fine looking little boy, who not knowing the locality, wandered the next morning towards the Ulster Canal, farther then [sic] which, no trace of him could be discovered. Every search was made during the course of the day, the bell was rung through Moy and Charlemont, and en- quiry made through the entire neigbourhood, but all in vain. Apprehension being entertained that he had fallen into either the Canal or Blackwater river, (from the latter of which his mother had been carrying water), the parents were in great distress of mind. Matters remained in this situation until Fri- day, when information was obtained, that a child answering the description, had been seen in company with an improper fe- male named MARGARET BENNET, on Thursday, at the Canal bridge, and subsequently in the direction of Loughgall. Thither the distracted father went, and having obtained the assistance of the police force, he was fortunate enough with the prompt and active co-operation of Sub-Constable CAFFRY to apprehend the unfeeling monster with the lost child in her possession. It appears BENNET represented herself, as the wife of a stone- cutter, by whom she and her helpless son had been deserted, that she was pursuing her way to Belfast in quest of him, and that she had been left without any provision, in consequence of which she was obliged to make a most melancholy appeal to the charitable feelings of the stone-cutters engaged in the work of R. W. C. COPE, Esq., of Loughgall. The men were in the very act of subscribing handsomely for her assistance, when her apprehension by CAFFREY blew up the well planned im- position. Information having been lodged by the proper par- ties, before JOHN HARDY, Esq., she was committed to Armagh gaol on the 7th inst., for trial at the ensuing Assizes. We trust this unusual incident, will prove a salutary warning to parents, to be more watchful about their children, and that the inhuman wretch who committed such a detestable crime, will meet that condign punishment she so justly deserves.



-Since our last we have had a good deal of rain, which the farmers anxiously wished for; it has had a most beneficial effect on the crops, which look most luxuriant.



This fair was held on the 6th inst., and was well attended not withstanding the unfavourable aspect of the morning. There was a good show of horses, and an increased attendance of English and Scotch purchasers. The supply of cows, &c., was remarkably large, and sold well at high prices particularly beef cattle. Pigs in great demand at a con- siderable advance.



On Tuesday morning, about one o’clock, a fire broke out in the house of Mr. Daly, grocer, in Essex- street, at the corner of Sycamore-alley. On the alarm being given, the inmates were fortunately got out, one of whom, a fe- male, escaped by the roof. The engines of the National, West of England, and Sun offices were soon in attendance, but owing to the want of water, although the main attached to the fountain in Essex-street was broken open, could afford no assistance. The fire, which is supposed to have originated in the shop, conti- nued to burn with fearful rapidity, till communicating with the spirit store underneath, the entire house presented one sheet of flame. Up to three o’clock the engines of the different com- panies which were in attendance were quite useless, at which time the paving-board carts arrived with a supply of water, and prevented the extension of the fire beyond Mr. Daly’s house. About four o’clock the end wall in Sycamore- alley fell outwards, doing considerable damage to the houses opposite, and to one of the firemen of the West of England Company. All the adjoining houses are much injured, and the inhabitants have sustained great loss by the removal of the furniture.—Dublin Evening Packet.



The superintendence of the Limerick engineer district is vacant by the retirement of Lieutenant-Colonel Kelsall, R.E., upon half-pay.



31, Abbey-street, Armagh. MR. ALEXANDER MULHOLLAND, A.B., PRINCIPAL. THE extensive and highly-respectable patronage which Mr. MULHOLLAND has experienced since his Establishment commenced, has been so universal and flattering, as to call for his grateful acknowledgment ; and whilst he pledges himself that no diligence or labour shall be spared, which may gived complete satisfaction to parents and guardians, he deems it necessary to state, that the course of instruction in his school comprises--The Holy Scriptures, Writing, Arithmetic, History, Geography, Mathematics, and the Greek and Latin Classics. The last named branches shall be taught with as much expedition as is consistent with sound scholarship ; and on this head, he can refer both to his own collegiate course, and the honors obtained by his Pupils. References of the highest order can be given, and terms for Boarders and day-Pupils may be known by applying as above. *** Vacation commences on the 26th inst., and will terminate on Monday, the 14th of July. June 10th, 1845.



A few days ago a respectable man named ARMSTRONG resid- ing at Carranmore, near Lisnaskea, had the tongue cut out of his horse.



was in every respect a good one. Milk cows in good demand, and sold at good prices.



June 2, at Clonervy, county Cavan, the lady of the Rev. Thomas Fetherston, of a daughter.



On the 4th inst., in St. Anne’s Church, Dublin, Mr. John Wilson, of Rockcorry, county of Monaghan, to Sarah Jane, daughter of the late Mr. Patrick Shaw, of Newtownhamilton, in this county.

On Friday, the 23d ult., in the cathedral of Derry, by the Rev. John Kincaid, Mr. John Montgarret, printer, to Eliza- beth, eldest daughter of Mr. William Mooney, both of Derry.

On Tuesday, the 28th ult., by license, in the Presbyterian Church, Dundonald, by the Rev. E. T. Martin, John Nicholson, Newcastle-on-Tyne, to Isabella Girvan, Dundonald



In this city, on Sunday the 8th inst., at the residence of her nephew, John Stanley, jun., Esq., at an advanced age, and after a useful and well spent life, Mary, daughter of the late Robert Crooks, Esq., of Clogher, county Tyrone. She has left a numerous circle of sorrowing friends, who, however, "mourn not as those without hope." Her remains will be in- terred in St. Mark's Church-yard on to-morrow (Wednesday) at 10 o'clock.

On Saturday, the 7th inst., at Dundrum, near Keady, Alicia, wife of Samuel Kidd, sen., Esq., aged 55 years.

At Corn Market, Dublin, aged twenty-eight years, Mr. W. L. Fletcher, printer. He was the author of many poems, amongst which was one published entitled the "Frequented Village."

On the 29th ult., Doctor Oakman, of Ardross, county of Armagh. This practitioner acquired his entire medical knowledge by inspiration. Although he preferred the mystery of charms to the regular medical agents, and, occasionally confounded the maladies of his patients with the distempers of cattle. Although no sepruchal structure marks the spot sacred to his repose, his fame among the surrounding peasantry will prove, no doubt, a monument more lasting than brass, and more enduring than sculptured marble.

On the 1st inst., at Mountpleasant-square, Dublin, of consumption, which she bore with Christian patience and meekness, Rachel, youngest daughter of the late Doctor Currie, of Ballyconnel, county Cavan ; sincerely regretted by all who knew her.



-On Wednesday last, Mrs. PARK, aged 70 years, wife of Mr. PARK, of Aughnagurgan, near Keady, while her husband and family were from home on business, was dreadfully burned, a spark of fire having ignited her apparel.-- She died in a few hours.



The opening soirèe [sic] of the Loyal Villagers’ Union Lodge of Independent Odd-Fellows took place on Saturday evening last, in a large room of the Monkstown Mill, which was kindly lent, for the occasion, by the worthy proprietor, James Grimshaw, Esq., who has thus sent an ex- ample to the gentry of Belfast, by patronizing a Society so little known in Ireland (except among its own members); but which, as it becomes more generally known, will be supported and encouraged by the middle and upper classes, as it is in England and Scotland, where many distinguished individuals have enrolled their names as members, convinced of its im- portance to society at large; making as it does, ample provision for its members, in cases of sickness and distress, and securing them from want. The Society has its funeral fund, and widows’ and orphans’ fund; by the latter of which, the widows and orphans of deceased members are placed in such a position as to be able, by honest industry, to support themselves. At the appointed time, the members, accompanied by the district offi- cers, and several other members from Belfast, proceeded to the place of meeting, attended by the Whitehouse band, who delighted the company by performing, in excellent style, ap- propriate airs during the evening. The arrangements were very good, indeed, and the tea and cakes, &c., having been well discussed by all present, the G. M. of the district, William Spackman, was called to preside. The following sentiments were then given, and ably responded to, by the members pre- sent:--“The Queen,”—National Anthem by the band; “The Prince of Wales, Prince Albert, and the rest of the Royal Family,”—Air by the band; “The Independent Order of Odd Fellows,”—Grand March by the band. Responded to by bro- ther Doctor Beck. “The Belfast District.” D. G. M. James Mitchell returned thanks. “The Lodges in the Belfast Dis- trict.” V. G. James Anderson replied. “Our Native Land,” --Air, “Sprig of Shillelagh;”—received with acclamation. “The Press.” Mr. Smith returned thanks. “Prosperity to the Villagers’ Union Lodge” was ably responded to by the Se- cretary, Mr. Ross. Air, “Weel may the boatie row.” “Mr. Grimshaw, and the patrons of Odd-Fellowship,”—(loud cheers) --Air by the band. “The Ladies,” responded to, in eloquent terms, by brother Lewis.—Mr. Ross having been called to the Chair, the thanks of the meeting were given to Mr. Spackman, for his proper conduct while presiding. Mr. S. returned thanks, and proposed “Our next merry meeting.” The entire proceed- ings went off with great spirit and harmony; several songs were sung during the evening; and shortly after eleven o’clock, the company dispersed.—A Correspondent of the Northern Whig.



Seneschal of this city, returned to Armagh from London, on Saturday last. ANDREW CRAIG, Esq., has left this city for Dublin, to resume his College studies.



We have heard that the important case of HEATH v. HEATH will be argued before the VICAR-GENERAL, in the Court-house of this city, in the course of a few days. Sir HENRY MEREDYTH and Dr. GAYER are the contending advocates.



The following we received yesterday from the writer of the excellent letter on the Flax crop, which will be found on our fourth page, and by which it will be seen no fear need be entertained, but that Flax will be as abundant, or even more so, than last year :-- "Since writing my letter on the state of the Flax crops, fine growing rain has had a beneficial effect, and I have learned from various sources that there has been more than double the quantity of home-saved seed sown this year than was last.-- Surely, then, there is good reason to hope that spinners will not have to resort to a foreign market for their principal supplies.



Two stalks of Riga flax, 25 inches in length, grown in a field of four acres belonging to Mr. M'MAGHON, of Ballybay [Co Monaghan], were left at our office on Saturday last, and our friend informs us that, generally speaking, the flax crops look well in that district.



Since the rain on Saturday and Tuesday the crops present a very favourable appearance in this district. There is no appre- hension of a miss in the potato crop. I have been credibly informed by a person who had experience of it, that Swedish turnips sown by him before the 17th of June proved a better crop than those he had sown in the month of May. Were this tried on a small scale by farmers they could thus judge for themselves, for it is a decided fact that Swedes are the hardies and stand the winter best.

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