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The Times, London


Source: Susie Warren

 Newspaper extracts from "The Times", London, Middlesex, England

Transcribed by Susie Warren

YEARS: 1789


1792 1793 1794 1797 1798 1823 1827

The following details have been transcribed from the "The Times", London, Middlesex, England., newspaper.


Saturday fe'nnight died, Mr. JONATHAN CARTON, of Carlow, one of the people called Quakers, and husband to Mrs. Phoebe Carlton, who died the preceding day. What renders this circumstance both remarkable and awful is, that after an union of upwards of 40 years, and in the utmost harmony and conjugal feheny [sic], only a few hours separated their exit, and one hearse and funeral procession attended them to the grave on Monday. "Tis said to have been their mutual and frequent wish, that one should not survive the other. July 18, 1789.

BRINSLEY and EDMUND are promised the first vacant blue ribbons that drop, when we are ALL in power --- and by family right they are entitled to that honour: Edmund's mother was a sash maker in Capel Street, Dublin --- and Brinslely's was a knitter of garters, at a place called Tullow, in the county of Carlow, in the same kingdom; --- but what is family? --- a name. --- We all came from Adam, and Jews can go no further back. September 24, 1789.

A private letter from France says, that the Ho. ARTHUR ATCHESON was lately killed there in a duel with Capt. F......N. Mr. Atcheson was son to Lord Visc. GOSFORD, of the kingdom of Ireland, and Member in the Irish Parliament for the borough of Old Leighlin, in the county of Carlow. November 3, 1789.


Mr. KNARESBURGH - the gentleman some time since convicted of rape at Carlow, in Ireland, and for which he received sentence, has, we here, by the interference of his friends, got his punishment of death commuted for a voyage to Botany Bay. August 31, 1971.


The General BUTLER, lately killed in America, is son of the late Sir RICHARD BUTLER, of Ballintemple, in the county of Carlow, in Ireland; one of the most ancient and respectable families in that country, He had been a long time in America, and went thither on some disgust at the junior officer being made a Lieutenant over his head when he was the next seniority to the vacancy. A want of proper attention to those little etiquettes, gave the American army many of best officers. Horatio Gale, Major of the 45th Foot, left the British service in disgust at a similar treatment, and was afterwards one of the American Generals to whom Burgoyne surrendered himself, his whole army, and his fine train of artillery at Saratoga. January 23, 1792.


Dublin, September 7. On Thursday morning last, a duel was fought at Nenagh, between Henry Watson, Esq, and Capt. Archdall, of the county of Carlow militia, attended by Captain Newton, and Thomas Sadlier, Esq. both fired a cafe of pistols, and Mr. Watson's last ball entered Capt. Archdall's breast, and passed out at the other side. It is hoped the wound will not be attended with any fatal consequences. September 13, 1793

Dublin, September 18. Friday evening, seventeen cars with arms and ammunition for the King's County Royal Militia, arrived at Limerick, under the escort of the Carlow Militia, commanded by Lieutenant BENNITT. September 24, 1793.


Dublin, March 17. A letter from Kinsale, received on Friday, states, that a number of misguided people called Defenders, had assembled there in a disorderly manner, on Saturday fe'nnight, with whom the magistrates used every entreaty to disperse, and go to their homes, but with out effect. After this they behaved in such a riotous manner, that the Carlow militia, who were brought there by the Magistrates upon the occasion, were obliged to fire upon the misguided people in their own defence, by which, the account states, ten were killed and many more wounded. Ref: March 22, 1794


Dublin, September 16. Some remarkable fine wheat was brought to market this week, for the Counties of Meath, Kildare, and Carlow. The rates were, on an average, 3s. a barrel dearer that the last. Flour also rose in price --- as also oats and oatmeal. There has not been any barley or bere for some time past --- and malt is remarkably high. The new corn is brought in very small quantities as yet to market. September 23, 1797.

On Tuesday last, the 16th, a most awful spectacle took place at the camp at Biaris Warren; four privates of the Monaghan Militia, in pursuance of the sentence of a Court Martial, were shot. These men had been reduced from their allegiance by the United Irishmen; they had engaged to desert from their officers upon a signal and were actually appointed officers, and had received commissions to act in a rebel corps. The enormity of their offences was of the magnitude, that the lenity of Government could not be extended to them and the sentence of the law was accordingly executed. The whole of the execution was conducted with the greatest solemnity, the procession of the troops from [?] was marked by its regularity and silence. On the ground were drawn up a detachment of the red dragoons, a detachment of the Royal Artillery, the 64th Regiment, the 3d battalion of light infantry, the Monaghan and Carlow regiments of Militia, the Bredalbane and Argyle fencibles. After the execution, the troops marched in ordinary time by the bodies, which had been conveyed to the church yard, and the ceremony closed, leaving the strongest symptoms of impression on all the spectators. May 23, 1797.

When the desperadoes who attached the house of BEAUCHAMP BAGNEL, Esq. in Carlow, a few night ago, were retreating, after one of their party had been shot by the Yeomanry, who fired on them from that Gentleman's house, finding their companion was not fatally wounded, they fired three shots into his body and finished him, lest he should have made any discovery went taken. November 17, 1797.

The accounts from the counties of Carlow, Wicklow and Kildare, are most distressing --- ten houses about Athy were plunders of arms, two nights since, and the spirit of crimination between the military and the country people , is frequently attended with fatal effects. September 23, 1797.


Naas, January 9. Seven more desperadoes have been brought here for plundering houses of arms, which makes the number confined in this jail exceed 100. The prisons of Athy, Marlborough, and Carlow are likewise full of persons of the same description; and as offences have for some time seemed to increase with punishment, extermination, or a change of measures, appear inevitable. January 15, 1798.

The Following is a list of the names of the persons apprehended on Monday fe'nnight, viz. Charles Martin, Delegate from Carlow, The following other Delegates have been committed since the first search Peter Ivers for Carlow. March 20, 1789.


Curious Case. [From an Irish paper] At the late Petty Sessions of Carlow, the first case called on was a prosecution against Mt. Edward Farrell, of the Bog Tavern, at the complaint of P. Duan, Esq., surveyor, who was in attendance. An itinerant informer, named John Hart, was produced, who preferred his complain in the following words:- Informer.--- "on the 8th day of December, I went to the house of that man that keep the ball-alley, (pointing to Mr. Farrell,) and called for a naggin of whiskey, for which I paid him three-pence down on the counter, more betoken, he keep a house for girls.." Ned Farrell.---"You lie, you vagabond; I keep no girls. (Much laughter.) Gentlemen, (to the magistrates), I'll cross-examine this scoundrel." Ned Farrell.---"Do you hear, you rascal---you paid three-pence for a naggin of whiskey; was it before or after you drank it?" Informer.---"It was after, to be sure---I paid you at the counter." Ned Farrell.---"Now you b---dy thief, I knew I'd find you out---Oh Heavens! (Ned in a pious attitude) is there no law; is there no justice; is a man's life to be sworn away by such an infernal villain? He swore on his solemn oath that he paid me after he drank the whiskey---Now, gentlemen, have I not found him out? Look at him, is there a man in Ireland would five him a glass of whiskey, unless he paid for it beforehand?"---(Shouts of laughter.) Informer.---"I did pay you; and the girl that I took in with me could prove the same, only she's now 30 miles off." Ned Farrell.---"You lie, you villain." (Here the Magistrates interposed.) Ned Farrell.---"Are you there, Garret Comerford?" Garrett.---"Yes Sir." Ned Farrell.---"Come along up here? (Master Garret got upon the table.) Here, gentlemen, is the boy I got to mind the ball-alley, when it will be finished, and a very proper boy her is. Now, Garret, what did I say to that rascal, when he applied to me for spirits?" Garrett (three quarters drunk.)---"Why, you see, when he cum in, he axed for the spirits, and Mr. Farrell, said he hadn't any, but he'd send to a licensed house for it." Ned Farrell.---"Garrett, where it could be fairly and honourably obtained." Garrett (staggering)---"Yes, where it could be got in a fair and decent way. All this happen the very day that I was last in the stocks." (Great laughter.) Informer.---[To a question by Mr. Duan] "I will not swear but he might have sold whiskey on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, unknowant to me." Ned Farrell.---"Gracious God! only look at that fellow---(the informer)---look at the cut of his jib---(much laughter.) Do you want to pamper that fellow, who says that another woman and himself come into the house; let him produce that woman, and I'll stand or fall by her! but she's non est inventus---that is, she is not to be found." (Loud laughter.) Ned was convicted in the penalty of 5l.; and three others in the mitigated penalty of 2l. 10s. each. December 26, 1823.


Friday evening, three females, of rather respectable appearance, applied at the inn, No. 70, Thomas-street, kept by Mr. William Power, to lodge there for that night. They were admitted, and remained for the night, occupying the same apartment. In the morning they departed together, but had not been long gone, when some person belonging to the house on entering the room in which they had slept the night before, observed a small deal box which they had left after them. From some circumstances attending the finding of the box, curiosity, or perhaps rather suspicion, was excited respecting the contents. The lid was accordingly raised, in order to have a peep, when the dead body of a new born infant presented itself to the eyes of the astonished beholders. An active was immediately instituted after the lodgers, who were in a short time taken into custody. They gave their names Anne Brien, Bridget Brien, and Judith Kenney, the two former being sisters. On examination, it appeared that the parties were from the county Carlow, from which they had travelled to town together. The Briens, however, promising not to have had any previous acquaintance with Judith Kenny, and without whose knowledge, although sleeping in the room with her, it was ascertained that the latter had beers delivered of the infant, of which she had disposed in so singular a manner. An inquest was held on the body by Alderman Montgomery, and a verdict of natural death returned. The three females were then discharged by the Coroner. October 20, 1827.

I have endeavored to be as accurate as possible in transcribing the information from the newspapers however it is possible that errors may have occurred. Data should be verified against original copies and sources.

Source: Susie Warren

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