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The Death of

Henry Watters Esq. J.P.

1790 - 1864

Extract from the Carlow Sentinel, 26 November 1864.


WE have to record the death of this respected gentleman, which took place at his residence, Staplestown, on Tuesday, the 21st November 1864, aged 74 years. The deceased, who had been for some time in a delicate state of health, survived his late wife by a period of only a few months.

He was the son of the late Philip Watters, of Carlow, and received, we believe, his first education at the celebrated school of the Shackleton's at Ballitore. In Easter Term, 1816, he was called to the bar, but never devoted himself to the practice of that profession, contenting himself with the discharge of his duties as a resident country gentleman and magistrate.

For the greater portion of his latter years he was a constant attendant at the Carlow Petty Sessions, where he usually presided as Chairman. The last occasion upon which he acted in his official capacity was in the month of May, 1863, when he filled the chair as Senior Justice at the election of our present respected County Treasurer. The deceased left no issue. His remains were interred at Staplestown on Thursday last.

The mention of his education may be of interest. This 1864 article refers to the celebrated school of the Shackleton's at Ballitore. In Henry's Alumni Dublinenses entry for admission in 1806, when he'd have been 16, credit for his education is given to a Mr O'Callaghan of Carlow. Whether O'Callaghan was a teacher at Shackleton's I don't know.

Henry's father, Philip Watters, had been a Carlow magistrate before him.

Source: Bill Webster. Sydney

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