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Resolution of Condolence

By kind permission of Michael Purcell

Carlow Sentinel , January 1901.

Carlow Magistrates and The Late Queen.

Resolution of Condolence.

On Thursday last a meeting of Magistrates of the County of Carlow was held in the Grand Jury room.

It was convened by circular by Right Hon. Lord Rathdonnell, His Majesty's Lieutenant, "to pass a resolution expressing deep sorrow at the death of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and sympathy with His Most Gracious Majesty King Edward the V11, and members of the Royal Family".

The meeting was fixed for 12.30 o'clock, among those present were: Right Hon. Lord Rathdonnell, Chairman. Right Hon. Henry Bruen, P.C., Sir Thomas Pierce Butler, Bart., William Browne-Clayton, D.L., Colonel P.D. Vigors, Major Alexander, Robert Lecky Pike, Captain Thomas, B.F. Bagenal, Gordon Fishbourne, Arthur Fitzmaurice, Standish O'Grady Roche, Doctor Colgan, Sidney Vessy, J.O. Adair, N.F. Coppinger etc. etc.

Letters or telegrams explaining unavoidable absence were read from the following Magistrates: Sir C. Burton, Bart. Arthur McClintock, William Duckett, Col. E.J. Eustace, Walter McMurrogh Kavanagh,  C.J. Engledow, R.W.Hall-Dare, etc.etc.

Addressing the meeting Lord Rathdonnell said: Gentlemen I felt it my duty to call you together to express our feelings of deep sorrow at the death of her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen.

We have lost a Sovereign who has reigned the longest and has been the most constitutional Monarch that ever sat on the throne ----a Monarch who lived daily, even hourly, for the welfare of her subjects ---a Monarch who was not only a great Queen Empress, but was at the same time a good woman, always setting an example to everyone both in public and in private life, and always sharing, and more than sharing, in the happiness and sorrows of those over whom she ruled.

It is therefore, I think right, that we should tender our respectful sympathy to his Most Gracious Majesty the King, to the Queen, and to the Royal Family in this hour of their sad distress and sorrow, and it is for this reason, gentlemen, that I called you here today.

If you will allow me, I would call on the Right Honourable Henry Bruen to move a resolution.

Responding, Right Hon. Henry Bruen said --- I heartily thank you , Lord Rathdonnell, for having given me the privilege of moving a resolution expressing our sorrow, a privilege which I prize deeply, and tendering our sympathy to the King, and the Royal Family etc.etc. (Note intervened in 2011:  there follows a very long account of Henry Bruen's speech, unfortunately life is not long enough for me to transcribe and type same but the gist of it is "The Queen is dead, God save the King").

To The Editor of The Carlow Sentinel.

Dear Sir -- Kindly permit me to say that I was unavoidably prevented from attending the meeting of magistrates held on Thursday last for the purpose of passing a resolution of condolence with the Royal Family in their present profound sorrow, an object in which I sincerely sympathise --Yours truly,

Herbert B. Warren.

Queen Victoria died on 21 January 1901 at the age of 81. She had been the Queen of Great Britain for 63 years, Empress of India for 25 years, presiding over the industrialization of Britain and the expansion of the British Empire overseas. But perhaps her most lasting influence was on the values of the time: the Victorian age became synonymous with prudish gentility and repression.

When her husband Albert died in 1861, Victoria donned widow's mourning clothes and wore them for the rest of her life. This display had a profound effect on the nation's attitude to mourning - lavish funerals and strictly dictated mourning clothes and etiquette became the fashion until the end of the century.

At Victoria's death there was a final outpouring of elaborate mourning all adults wore black, black and purple banners were hung from shop windows; even iron fences were given a fresh coat of black paint. However, her son King Edward VII was a sensible man, and signalled the beginning of a new era by limiting the period of mourning for his mother to three months.

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