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Carlow in 1907

From: Michael Purcell <>

William Browne-Clayton 1835-1907.

[transcribed by Michael Purcell, April, 2013]

The Carlow Sentinel.

March 1907.

Death of Mr William Browne Clayton J.P., D.L.

With 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.

For some 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.

The sad 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.

Mr 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.

He was 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 1654.

He 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.

In all 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.

As a 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 various charities.

As a 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.

He is succeeded by his eldest son, Major Browne-Clayton.

The Funeral.

The 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.

The 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.

As a 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.

The 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 the deceased.

The 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.

The procession then proceeded to the Killeshin Cemetery, where interment took place in a brick-lined grave, Dean Finlay conducting the grave-side service.

The 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).

Several beautiful wreaths were sent, and a massive floral cross, from the family of the deceased, which was interred with the coffin.

The 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 newspaper.

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 Carlow asylum.

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, Ky.) 1898-1968,

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 position.

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 Bagnalstown

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.


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