The Portadown Weekly News Portadown Coat of Arms
14th May 1859  


In our last publication we had the unpleasant duty to perform of noticing several evictions on the estate of His Grace the Duke of Manchester, in the townland of Baltier, within two miles of this town. We detailed the circumstances connected with those transactions, which were sufficiently painful, hoping we should not have occastion to recur to them again.

The result of the past few days compels us, however, to refer to the subject; the property where the evictions took place being now in ruins! On Thursday we believe the effect of the previous Friday's proceedings were visible in the blaze which burst from two houses near the school, and in a short time the whole were reduced to mere skeletons a sad memento of the ill-feeling existing between the Landlord and his Tenants.

On viewing the remains of what constituted for many years past the homes of many, now cast houseless and friendless upon the world, we could not but feel deep sympathy towards them, as we thought with what emotion they must look upon the scene of their childhood, the place where their fathers lived and laboured, and from whence they were carried to their last long home, desecrated, and their household Gods, around which the memory of a life time clung shattered and destroyed. With what feelings would the aged widow tottering down the vale of life, and as we are assured living now on the kindness of one humble friend and then another, gaze upon that spot where her children were reared and her best hopes cherished. But now her children are scattered and she driven an outcast upon the world. It is not mawkish sympathy we feel towards these unfortunate people, but because we know they be- long to the great family of man, are endowed with like passions, and destined to the same end.

This is the first act of the kind in this part of the country, we hope it will be the last. It is painful to record such events as an exemplification of the present state of things.



May 2, at Dungannon [Co Tyrone], the wife of the Rev. Frederic H. Ringwood, of a son.

May 1, at the Rectory, Corfe Castle, the Lady Charlotte Bankes, of a daughter.

May 6, in this town, the wife of Mr. H. Robb, of a son.

May 6, in this town, the wife of Dr. Stanley, of a son.

May 9, in Enniskillen [Co Fermanagh], the lady of Captain Elliott, late of the 41st regiment, of a son.

May 12, at Castle-street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. John Halliday, of a son.

May 8, at Killeevan Rectory, Clones [Co Monaghan], the wife of the Rev. John Flanagan of a son.

May 6, the wife of Mr. Robert Sterling, Banbridge of a son.



April 28th, at Lusk Church [Co Dublin], by the father of the bride, Charles Richardson, Esq., Springfield, Lurgan, to Mary, second daughter of the Rev. William Reeves, D.D., Vicar of Lusk and Rush.

May 3, in the Cathedral Church of Dromore, co. Down, by the Rev. Richard Agar, B.A., assisted by the Rev. Jas. A. Kerr, B.A., John Joseph Burnett, Esq., of Gadgirth, Ayrshire, to Martha Jane, only daughter of the late John Anderson, Esq., of Kingscourt, county Cavan.



On Thursday, in this town, the daughter of Mr. Bryer, foreman tailor.

At Lurgan, on Sunday, May 1st, in his thirty-sixth year, Mr. William Higgins, Woollen Draper.

At Lurgan, on Tuesday, May 3rd, in her eighty-fifth year, Miss Jane Greer.

At Lurgan, on Tuesday, May 3rd, in her nineteenth year, Susan, daughter of the late Mr. Hugh Campbell.

April 30, at the residence of her brother, Joseph Thompson, of Kilpike, Banbridge, Martha Wallace, widow of the late James Wallace, of Portadown, aged 76 years.

At Drumhoney, Kesh, county Fermanagh, aged 26 years, Mr. Alex. Coulter, jun., formerly of Rathfriland.

On the 27th ult., at Dundalk, the Rev. Wm. Stokes, Primitive Methodist Minister.

Suddenly, at Turmoira, Lurgan, on Saturday, May 7th, Mr. Charles Gaddis.

On Thursday, May 5th, Ruth, wife of Surgeon John Macvey, Maralin, Lurgan.

May 8, at Aghagallon, of disease of the heart, Mr. John Bullick, aged 60 years.

On the 10th inst., at Lisniskey [near Portadown?], Mrs. Mary Dilworth, aged 100 years.



When good men die society feels the shock, and pays a passing tribute of respect to the memory of the departed. Although they are past the praise or censure of earth, it is mournful gratification to the living to give such an expression of the kind remembrance of those upon whose character death has placed the seal of eternity.

It is our painful duty this week to record the loss of one of the brightest ornaments of the Irish Church, the Rev. M. O'Sullivan, D.D. This mournful event took place in Dublin, on Saturday last. His illness which, we understand, had not been of long duration, but of a severe nature, assumed on Friday more threatening symptoms, which terminated fatally on the following day. For the lengthened period of forty years he was an able and consistent advocate of the great truths of christianity, and from his high scholastic attainments and his commanding powers of oratory proved, upon all occasions, a noble champion of the Protestant cause.

We believe he entered the church about the year 1816, after the usual course of study at Trinity College, Dublin, and was for a lengthened period rector of Killyman, Moy, and recently of Ballymore, Tandragee; and equally admired for the consistency of his life, as for the zeal with which he pursued the high and holy duties of his profession. He is now removed from the scene of his labors, we trust to share with the faithful the inheritance of his Lord.



ON THE DUKE OF MANCHESTER'S ESTATE. On Thursday last the remaining house, formerly occupied by Widow M'Dowell, in Baltier, and from which she was evicted, as reported in the Weekly News a fortnight ago, was destroyed by fire. One bay, in which the minister's horse is kept during services in the adjoining school, escaped injury. The fire was first observed between four and five o'clock in the evening, and when we were there yesterday it was still smouldering. The whole place is now one mass of ruins. Surely this state of things will be speedily put an end to. We understand the forms have been complied with, in order to lay the expense upon the county

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