The Portadown Weekly News Portadown Coat of Arms
30th April 1859  


YESTERDAY the Sub-Sheriff, accompanied by his assistants, proceeded to the townland of Baltier, within about two miles of this town, on his Grace's property, to evict four families from their holdings under Dublin ejectments. A large force of police were on the ground under Head-Constables Scott, of Portadown, and M'Carron, of Lurgan.

On the arrival of the Sheriff, his assistants demanded admittance to two houses, those of Widow M'Dowell and John Malcomson, and on being refused, they procured a beam and first broke open the house of the widow, and removed the furniture out to the public road, and ten of a family, including the widow herself, (who had lived 62 years on the estate, and the family a couple of hundred), were expelled from the place. they then went to the house of John Malcomson, and owing to the door being barricaded, a considerable time elapsed before they got it open, and eventually had to pull out the door-cheeks. The same course was proceeded with, and possession handed over to Curran, the bailiff.

There were two other houses, but we believe possession was given up peacably, as it was understood they were to be allowed to go again into possession.

We find that these evictions have not been made for non-payment of rent, but were brought by ejectments in the superior courts on notices to quit.



At the vestry meeting held in the Church of this town on Easter Monday, J. D. Mitchell and George Kinkead, Esqrs., were appointed Churchwardens for the ensuing year.



The adjustment of weights and measures is now vested in the hands of the Constabulary, and we should caution all those parties who have any defective ones in their posses- sion to be on the alert.



April 23, at Drummond, Richhill, the wife of Mr. Albert Anderson, of a son.

April 26, the wife of Mr. William Macoun, Lurgan, of a son.



April 25, in the Parish Church of Seagoe, by the Rev. Archdeacon Saurin, Anthony Cowdy, Esq., of Killicomain House, to Letitia, eldest daughter of the late John Patten, Esq., of Newtownards, and granddaughter of the late David Ruddell, Esq., of Peacefield, near Portadown.

April 21, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Markethill, by the Rev. Robert Morrison, Mr. Joseph J. Irvine, Keadymore, to Miss Jane Marshall, Lisnaget, near Markethill.



April 26, at Favour Royal, in the 11th [sic!] year of his age, John Corry Moutray, J.P., D.L., 66 years a grand juror of the Co. Tyrone.

April 11, the wife of Mr. William Boyce, of Drumallis, after a long illness.



On Easter Monday and Tuesday a Bazaar was held in Armagh, in aid of the Convent fund--the sum raised amounted to 500. The Portadown Amateur Band was in attendance, and gave the highest satis- faction by their spirited performances



On Thursday last an influ- ential meeting of the lady members of the Mechanics' Institute took place, at which Lady Lurgan presided, when it was determined to open the girl's school immediately, as mentioned in the advertisement; it was also considered desirable to raise a fund for the purpose of supplying the deserving poor with clothing at a reduction of 25 per cent, under first cost, and a committee was formed for the purpose.
Lurgan Gazette.



Magistrates present: J. O. Woodhouse, and W. Reid, Esqrs.

Several persons were fined for drunkenness during the Easter holidays. John Thornton was charged by Anthony M'Gowan with assault on the 15th of the present month. Two witnesses were examined in support of the charge, after which the defendant was reprimanded by the Court and ordered to find sureties to keep the peace for six months, himself in 10, and two sureties in 5 each.

Thomas Barrassfield was summoned, at the suit of the Ulster Railway Company, for trespass upon their line, and thereby endangering his own life. Mr. E. D. Atkinson prosecuted. From the evidence of J, [sic] Montgomery, a servant of the company, it appeared that a man of the name of Ripley who was suffering from delirium tremens had strolled upon the railway, and a number of persons followed, amongst whom was the defendant, and when told of his danger and desired to remove, he behaved in the most abusive manner, and assaulted the Company's servant. The defence failed, and the defendant was fined 1, with costs 7s., or one month's imprisonment.

James Kettle summoned Ellen Kerr for committing a breach of the peace at Breagh. The case arose out of a dispute respecting a chest. It seemed a difficult matter for the court to ascertain the real parties in fault, but after some conflicting evidence the defendant was bound over to keep the peace for six months herself in 10, and two sureties in 2 10s., each.

Patrick M'Gowan was charged with stealing four silk handkerchiefs, value 10s., from the shop of Mr. Averell Shillington, on Saturday, the 22nd instant. The prisoner pleaded guilty by the advice of his attorney, Mr. Atkinson, and was sententenced [sic] to one months' [sic] imprisonment in Armagh gaol. (We are compelled by the pressure of matter to omit part of our report of the business which occupied the court.

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