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,
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
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
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 endeavoured 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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