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Pat Purcell Papers


Watters vs. Beresford 1889

Round 3.

By kind permission of Michael Purcell

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October 1889. (From a copybook / scrapbook in the PPP).

Mr Denis R. Pack-Beresford - "hanging -gale Beresford" - a young man who seems bent on perpetuating the evil traditions of his family- has made himself most unpopular amongst the people of Carlow by his harsh treatment of the poor widow woman, Mrs Anne Watters of Kilcloney, Borris and now another notice from "hanging-gale Beresford" makes clear his intention to take further law proceedings against his tenant, Mrs Watters, for rent and has duly been served upon her in the last few days legal notice by Mr Thorp of Bagenalstown. Two months ago this tenant had to lay down, in one payment, the full amount of three half years rent and costs. We know for sure what is to follow now for Mrs Watters, who we should say had better look out again!

Mrs Watters effects have been seized by the sheriff year after year. Those who are in favour of fox hunting would do well to take note of this, they will see that this rackrenter's greedy desire has done more than all the others to work out its total extinction.

 First and last "hanging-gale Beresford" has proved himself destitute of common decency or he would never have entered into a conflict with his tenant for a paltry "hanging-gale" that accrued in the days of some unknown landlord long before his great grandfather was born.

One of the collectors for the Bagenalstown Races Fund having taken a subscription from "hanging-gale Beresford" has returned the subscription.

Now " hanging-gale Beresford" has informed his lofty friends and sympathisers of his chagrin, and they  are now asking that their subscriptions be also returned.

Major Alexander, who had intended running a horse in a race, wrote to say "under no circumstances, would I give the Race Meeting my support". We congratulate the Bagenalstown Race Committee on having disassociated themselves from the rackrenters and evictors of the County Carlow.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

  • Transcribed by Jean Casey, January 2010


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