Michael Purcell <email@example.com>
William Browne-Clayton 1835-1907.
[transcribed by Michael Purcell, April, 2013]
The Carlow Sentinel.
Death of Mr William Browne Clayton J.P., D.L.
sincere regret, shared by the entire community, we record the death,
after a brief illness, of Mr William Browne-Clayton, which occurred on
Sunday last, at his residence, Browne's Hill, Carlow, in his 72nd year.
time past the deceased gentleman was not in robust health, but up to
within a fortnight of his demise he discharged his various private and
magisterial duties, when he was seized with an acute attack of
influenza, which developed into heart trouble, to which he succumbed,
despite the unremitting care of his medical adviser, Dr Kidd.
event , which was unexpected, and cast a gloom over the locality, is
intensified by the fact that little more than three weeks previously he
was chief mourner at the funeral of his younger and only surviving
brother, Mr Robert Clayton Browne, whose death was recorded in our issue
of the 22nd February.
Browne-Clayton was the eldest son of the late Mr Robert Clayton Brown of
Browne's Hill, by Harriette- Agusta, third daughter of the late Hans
Hamilton, for many years M.P. for County Dublin.
born 20th November, 1835, and was descended from the family of Browne,
seated in Essex since 1422, a branch of which settled in Carlow about
married on the 10th January, 1867, Caroline, daughter of the late Mr
John Watson Barton, of Staplestown Park, Yorkshire, who with two
surviving sons and nine daughters mourn the loss of a devoted husband
and a fond father.
the other relations of life - as a resident and popular landed
proprietor, an impartial magistrate, an efficient member of the several
local public bodies, he won the esteem of all sections of the community.
churchman he took an active part in its reconstruction, and rendered
valuable service as a member of the Diocesan Synod and Council, and was
a liberal contributor to its funds, as well as a warm supporter of its
mark of respect to his memory as one of the oldest magistrates of the
county and sympathy with his family in their bereavement, the Carlow
Petty Sessions Court was adjourned on Monday.
succeeded by his eldest son, Major Browne-Clayton.
Funeral took place on Wednesday from Browne's Hill, and was attended by
a large concourse, which included representatives of the principal
county families and townspeople generally.
remains were encased in a suite of lead-lined coffins, the outer one of
polished oak, bearing the inscription "William Browne-Clayton, died 13th
January 1907, aged 71 years." It was borne to and from the hearse by
employees on the estate.
mournful procession passed through Carlow all the business houses along
the route were closed as a testimony to the esteem in which the deceased
gentleman was held.
remains were brought into Carlow Church where the first portion of the
solemn funeral service was performed by the Very Rev. Dean Finlay
(representing the Right Rev Bishop of the Diocese, who was unable to
attend owing to a previous important engagement), the Ven Archdeacon
Hatchell, and the Rev A.A. Markham, of St Jude's, Liverpool, nephew of
service included the singing of the Hymn "Lead kindly Light", and as the
coffin was borne into and from the church the Funeral March was played.
procession then proceeded to the Killeshin Cemetery, where interment
took place in a brick-lined grave, Dean Finlay conducting the grave-side
following were the chief mourners :- Major Browne-Clayton (son), Mr
T.H.B. Ruttledge, D.L.; Mr Pease, Colonel Johnston, Captain Hall,
(sons-in-law), Mr D. R. Pack-Beresford, D.L.; Captain Pack-Beresford, Mr
Reynell Pack-Beresford, Mr Hugh Pack-Beresford, Mr Philip Hope and Rev
A.A. Markham (nephews).
beautiful wreaths were sent, and a massive floral cross, from the family
of the deceased, which was interred with the coffin.
funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Edwin Boake, Carlow.
The following items were found in
The Intermountain Catholic. (Salt Lake City [Utah] ;) 1899-1920
January 19, 1907
A man named Doolan a farmer residing at Ballinrush
near Bagnalstown was guilty of an extraordinary escapade recently. It
appears that Doolan who lived alone suddenly been insane and mounting a
horse his own property rode into Bagnalstown at a terrific rate of speed
Doolan in his frenzy goading the poor brute which he rode with an open
penknife and cutting it in such a manner as to have it in a welter of
blood on arrival at Bagnalstown He was subsequently committed to the
January 26, 1907
Sister Mary Betrand Byrne daughter of Gerald Byrne
Esq of Linkards town Carlow died at the Brigidine convent Mountrath on
Dec 26 of pneumonia to the grief of the community parents and a large
circle of sorrowing friends.
The following items were found in Kentucky Irish American. (Louisville,
February 02, 1907
Public meeting was held in Carlow for the purpose
of protesting against the unsatisfactory condition of primary education
land the unfair treatment which the National teachers were receiving. A
series of resolutions dealing with the various grievances of teachers
and the defects in the national school system were adopted. Interesting
speeches were delivered by the Very Rev J Delaney, Rev James Coyle, Very
Rev Dean Finlay, Rev J Cullen, Rev W Byrne and others.
February 09, 1907
On Sunday January 6 at the Cathedral Carlow the
Right Reverend Dr Foley Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin ordained to the
priesthood the Rev M Brophy diocese of Kildare and Leighlin Bishop Foley
was assisted at the solemn function by the Rev Laurence Brophy S T L
vice president of Carlow College.
Mary Dowling widow of the late Timothy Dowling died
at her late residence Templepeter on January 13.
The death occurred on January 8 of J Mr William
Brady Innishbeg Butlers bridge a nonagenarian having reached the age of
97 years Deceased formerly was widely known as deputy tax collector
under the late Mr Thomas, Reilly Derrygarra Butlers bridge.
February 16, 1907,
Two well known Carlow gentlemen were laid to rest
on Jan 13 One was Mr James Kennedy of Borris hotel proprietor and
general merchant who enjoyed vigorous health up to recently and the
other Mr Timothy Hughes Balllnabrann who had attained the patriarchal
age of 87 years Both funerals were very large.
Dr J J Fitzgerald R M S Carlow asylum has been
appointed resident medical superintendent of Cork asylum The commencing
salary is 600 per year Dr Fitzgerald is a native of Athy where his
mother resides and where his numerous friends are
proud of his abilities and attainments and of the fresh honours which
have now been conferred upon him by his appointment to such an important
February 23, 1907
Of the Sisters of Mercy who were in touch with the
sainted foundress of the order Mother Mary Catherine McCauley who made
her profession in 1831 only 1 one is living Sister Mary Agnes McCaffrey
the oldest Sister of Mercy in the world. She remembered Mother McCauley
as visiting her convent school to in Carlow Ireland and has still a
vivid recollection of her face and manners This venerable religieuse is
spending her declining years at St Xaviers academy Beatty Pa
March 30, 1907
Joseph Davis of Jordantown Bagnalstown died of
heart decease on the 25th Feb While in route between
Greenlock and Dublin
May 18, 1907
Judge Barry at the recent Carlow quarter sessions
awarded Mrs Bridget Brennan £150 compensation for the death of her
husband as the result of an accident while in the employ of Messrs
Watson & Co
June 22, 1907,
Sir Benjamin Baker one of the most noted civil
engineers of the century who designed and constructed the Forth Bridge
Scotland and the Nile dam died recently in Pangbourne England at the age
of 67 He was a son of the late Mr Benjamin Baker of Carlow.
September 07, 1907
An impressive ceremony took place in the Church of
the Poor Clares Colettines at Carlow Graigue on Aug 12the centenary
anniversary of the canonization of St Callette who was raised to the
altars of the church by Pope Pius XII in 1807 High mass was sung by Rev
Father Burbage Carlow college assisted by Rev Father Kehoe deacon Carlow
college Rev Dr Tierney St Marys Knockbeg sub deacon and Rev L Brophy
vicar president and dean Carlow college master of mater ceremonies There
were large number of priests present in the sanctuary.
November 16, 1907
On Oct 15 at St Andrews church Bagnalstown by the
Very Rev Mgr Burke PP VF assisted by the Rev P Donnelly Michael Sheill
general merchant Market Square Bagnalstown was married to Margaret
Teresa second daughter of the late Joseph O’Neill tobacco merchant
December 21, 1907
John Hammond M P for County Carlow died
unexpectedly on Sunday morning Nov 17th from heart disease,
The news of his death plunged the entire county in grief for deceased
who was engaged in business was much esteemed by all classes.