I think the hon. and
learned Member (Mr. T. M. Healy) will
acknowledge that I have always deprecated
charges of this kind being made in a question on
the Paper. At the same time, he will see that it
is impossible for me to refuse a question. I
have no knowledge of the actual facts to which
the question relates; I could have no knowledge.
I must assume that the hon. and gallant Member
(Captain Craig), or any other Member who puts a
question down, does it on his own authority and
as having a reasonable certitude of the truth of
what he inquires about.
Meeting to elect Ex-Officio
The magistrates of the County Carlow met at
Carlow Courthouse on September 24th 1840 for the
purpose of electing ten Ex-officio Guardians. A
magistrate was a justice of the peace who
resided within a union. He was entitled to sit
as an Ex-officio Guardian unless he was a
stipendiary (paid) magistrate or a member of the
clergy. John Staunton Rochfort the Senior
Magistrate of County Carlow chaired the meeting.
There was such a large attendance that the
proceedings took place in the Grand Jury Room.
Mr. Pilsworth Whelan suggested the adoption of a
simple plan already used in other counties where
each magistrate submitted a list of ten
candidates which he supported. The result of the
vote was as follows:-
- Sir Thomas Butler, Bart received 24
- Robert Clayton Browne received 23 votes
- Henry Faulkiner and William Fishbourne
each received 21 votes.
- Pilsworth Whelan and James H. Eustace
got 20 votes each.
- Four candidates, namely Henry Bruen,
James Butler, Harman Herring Cooper and
William Duckett received 19 each.
- Thomas T Vigors received 5 votes.
- John Nolan, Thomas Haughton and Walter
Blackney got 3 votes and bottom of the table
was Dr. White who received just a single
The Chairman, Col. Rochfort then declared the
following persons elected as the ex-officio
guardians of the Carlow Union. They were as
- Sir Thomas Butler Bart
- Robert Clayton Browne
- Henry Faulkner
- William Fishbourne
- Pilsworth Cooper
- Henry Bruen
- James HardyEustace
- James Butler
- Harmon H. Cooper
- William Duckett
The chairman stated that the successful
candidates would hold office from the 29th
September 1840 until September 1841.
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