Matthew Griffon of Ballynockvian, Carlow, a Servant Boy to
one Mary Doyle of Ballynockvian, Widow, on the Third day of
December 1850 I detected David Burtchaell, a Strolling
Begger Stealing potatoes out of a pit the property of Mary
Doyle in the back of Her House at Ballynockvian.
(signed) Matthew Griffon.
1850, Happy New Year
The Carlow Sentinel.
FESTIVITIES IN CARLOW
The detachment of the 71st Regiment
stationed in Carlow Barracks, ushered in the New Year amid
much mirth and rejoicing, combined with substantial fare on
Tuesday evening last.
Each Barrack room was tastefully
decorated with laurels and other evergreens. In one of the
rooms were the portraits of the Duke of York, the Duke of
Wellington, and Lord Hill.
At 5 o'clock the men assembled in the
several rooms and partook of dinner, which consisted of
roast beef, plum pudding, with abundance of wines etc.
About 9 o'clock dancing commenced to
the music of the Scotch bagpipes, fiddle, etc., when Scotch
reels and the Highland Fling were kept up with unabated
ardour to a late hour, amid good feeling and harmony.
The 8th Hussars very kindly undertook
the duty of the garrison on that day, to enable the 71st to
[Note added 2012. According to the
Pat Purcell Papers the Officers and men of the 71st
Regiment, Scottish Division, were responsible for
establishing a Fire Brigade Service in Carlow.
For many years the only Fire Brigade
service for County Carlow was the Fire Brigade division
stationed in the Carlow British Military Barracks, the
soldiers responded many times to fires in the Carlow area.
For many years the Officer in charge
was the aptly named Captain Dashwood.
In 1850 the 71st Regiment obtained
permission to present their Fire equipment to the people of
- Transcribed by M. Purcell c2008-2012.
- Document provided by kind permission of
Michael Purcell - Sept 2008-2012.
of Carlow <email@example.com>
1850, Bowles, Hughes, Moore, Nolan.
2013 - not sure why the dates differ on this report, Mick
might throw some light on this when he returns]
Carlow Petty Sessions - Monday - May 12th.
Hughes was charged by Edward Nolan and Daniel Moore with
having on the evening of the 5th instant, assaulted them.
plaintiff proved the charge, which was corroborated by a man
of the defendant appeared and after ably cross-examining the
plaintiffs, exhibited a shirt covered with blood, caused by
the blows which the plaintiffs inflicted on her son, the
defendant, from the effects of which he was then unable to
ordered the defendant to be imprisoned one fortnight for
From: Michael Purcell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
1850, Bunbury, Lord Gough, Smith
8th June 1850.
Festivities at Moyle.
On Monday last, Colonel Bunbury gave an entertainment to his
tenantry and labourers at Moyle, in commemoration of the
visit of the gallant veteran,
Lord Gough.The wives and children of the parties were
invited to partake of the substantial fare provided for the
At three o'clock about 150 persons sat down to dinner:- - Mr
Smith presided. After the usual loyal toasts, the health of
their worthy host, Colonel Bunbury, was proposed and
responded to, amid loud applause.
A brilliant display of fireworks, dancing, and rustic
amusements followed, and the company did not separate till
an early hour in the following morning.
From: Michael Purcell <email@example.com>
1850, Lord Gough in Carlow.
[note added 2013 by Michael Purcell -- Field Marshall, Lord
Hugh Gough was the son of Letitia Bunbury of Carlow, he is
Marshal Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough KP, GCSI, KCB, PC
1779 – 2 March 1869), was a British Army officer. He was
said to have commanded in more general actions than any
other British officer of the 19th century except the Duke of
Born at Woodstown House, County Limerick, he was the son of
Lieut.-Colonel George Gough (1750–1836) of Woodstown House,
Deputy-Governor of County Limerick, and his wife Letitia
Bunbury, daughter of Thomas Bunbury of Lisnevagh House and
Moyle, Co. Carlow. He was a member of an old Anglo-Irish
family long settled in County Limerick since the early 17th
25th May 1850.
The Carlow Buffs.
It was in this Regiment, the 119th, which was raised by the
late Colonel Rochfort of Clogrennane, that General Viscount
Gough commenced his military career in the line, after
leaving the Limerick Militia.
From the Carlow Buffs, in which he served as a Lieutenant,
he entered the 87th Regiment, which he subsequently
commanded during the Peninsular War, and at the head of this
gallant corps he captured a French Eagle on the heights of
Barossa, and the baton of one of Napoleon's Marshals.
Arrival of Lord Gough at Moyle.
On Saturday last Colonel Bunbury received a visit from his
distinguished relative, Lord Gough.
Locals who were desirous of testifying their respect to the
gallant veteran were disappointed by his non-arrival by the
seven o'clock train.
He arrived by carriage at the Carlow Club-House about eight
o'clock, where Colonel Bunbury's carriage awaited his
arrival, and accompanied by the Hon. Captain Gough, they
proceeded without delay to Moyle, where arrangements were
made on a splendid and extensive scale to give his lordship
a truly Irish welcome.
Lord Gough looked fresh and well, after thirteen years
absence in China and India.
A large number of the tenantry of the Bunbury estates, and
people of the neighbourhood, assembled at an early hour.
Moyle was magnificently fitted up for his lordship
reception. In the evening an immense bonfire was lit on the
adjoining height, which continued during the night to cast a
glare on the surrounding district.
The assembled crowd amused themselves until a late hour,
being abundantly supplied with ale and porter by the worthy
The gentry of the county were invited to meet the gallant
chief, who has well entitled himself to a niche in the
Gallery of "Illustrious Irishmen".
Among those who attended were - Captain W.B. M'Clintock
Bunbury, M.P., Colonel Bruen, M.P., Sir Thomas Butler,
Bart., Sir James Strong, Bart., the High Sheriff, B. Burton
and Thomas Bunbury.