Belfast Weekly News - 7 March, 1857


March 5, at Burnleigh, High Holywood, the wife of James Stuart Irwin, Esq., of a son.

March 4, at Whiteabbey, the wife of John Butt, Esq., of a son.

March 2, at 6 Donegall Square East, the wife of Thos. W. Hamilton, Esq., M.D., of a son.

March 2, at Ballynafeigh, the wife of Mr. J. Bicknell, of a daughter.

February 27, at Morne Rectory, Kilkeel, County of Down, the wife of the Rev. J. F. Close, of a son.

February 27, at Wheatfield, Mrs. Wm. Ewart, jun., of a son.

February 27, at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the wife of Rev. I. Steen, of a son.

February 26, at 68, Victoria Terrace, the wife of John Thomas, Esq., of a son.


March 2, at Richhill, Jackson Pillon, Esq., of Kildarton, near Armagh, to Anne, only daughter of the late James Lonay, Esq., of Richhill.

March 3, at Monkstown Church, Charles S. Hartigan, Esq., son of the late Rev. Edward Hartigan, of Castletown Rectory, County Tipperary, to Anna Maria, only daughter of the late Rev. Allen Mitchell, of Dromsnat Rectory, County Monaghan.

January 17, at Calcutta, Colonel Tottenham, of the 12th Royal Lancers, to Mary Louisa, daughter of the Rev. William Crofton, Rector of Skreen, County Sligo.

February 25, at Carrygart, County of Donegal, by the Rev. Mr. Prior, Captain M'Connell, to Rebecca, second daughter of Mr. James Hay, Kinneylargey, Mulroy.

February 19, at Muff Church, by the Rev. R. Higinbotham, Mr. Wm. Graham, of Dublin, to Ellen, fourth daughter of Mr. John Graham, of Derry.

February 28, at Hove Parish Church, near Brighton, by the Rev. Walter Kelly, Vicar, T. W. Wonfor, Esq., to Ann, daughter of H. Hawkins, Esq., late of Montague House, Hammersmith.

February 19, in Dunmurry Meeting-house, by the Rev. J. Scott Porter, Mr. Hugh Savage, of Belfast, to Martha, second daughter of Mr. John Graham, Lambeg.


March 4, Mr. James Marshall, for many years Steward to the Belfast Charitable Society.

March 3, in Donegall Square, Sarah Jane, daughter of Thomas Greer, Esq., aged four years.

At his residence, 21, Thomas Street, Belfast, Mr. Hugh M'Cleery, aged 56 years.

February 28, William K. M. M'Clintock, Esq., of Hampstead Hall, Londonderry, aged 35.

March 2, at Blackrock, near Dublin, aged 18, Anna Eleanor Lindsay, daughter of the Rev. Norman Johnston, and grand-daughter of the late Major William Baillie, of Toye, in the County of Down.

February 27, at her late residence, Stanhope Street, after a protracted illness, Mary, wife of Mr. Richard M'Ilwee, iron moulder.

February 16, in Drogheda, Elizabeth, relict of the late Mr. Joseph Blain, of Belfast.

February 20, Mr. William M'Crea, of the Hotel, Portstewart, in the 57th year of his age.

February 26, in Dublin, James, second son of Mr. Jas. Creek, late of Newry, aged 18 years.

February 27, in Newry, aged 65 years, Mrs. Elizabeth Myers, relict of the late Mr. Robert Myers, formerly of Dundalk.

February 24, at Castleview, Dunadry, David James, infant son of the late David Graham.

February 27, at 31, Wilson Street, Mrs. J. Dougherty, aged 41 years.

March 1, suddenly, at Greencastle, near Belfast, Mary, youngest daughter of the late Mr. John Stewart, formerly of Sloanstown, County Down, aged 15 years.

February 28, suddenly, William Miller, of Gardiner's Place, Dublin, solicitor, son of the late Rev. Dr. Miller, of Armagh.

February 24, at Ballyrickard, of scarletina, Mr. James F. Marshall, teacher, Brownsbay National School, Islandmagee, aged 24 years.

February 20, Marcus Benson, Esq., in the 76th year of his age.

December 22, of disease of the liver, at Deesa, East Indies, Lieut. John Norris M'Kelvey, Esq., of Brackey.


[Before Baron Pennefather]

James Elliot pleaded guilty to the charge of bigamy, but said he was married to his first wife in the Registry-office, and that he did not think it was a binding marriage except solemnized afterwards in chapel.

Sir Victor A. Brooks v Thomas Burnside

This record had been tried at the last assizes, when the jury discharged. It was an ejectment on the title to recover 2a. and 2r. of bog in the lands of Derrycullion. In 1777 the late Sir Arthur Brook made two leases of land in the townland of Grogy - one of 15 acres of land under the linen acts, for a term of three lives, with a covenant for renewal, the other consisting of 25 acres for same three lives, without any covenant for renewal. In 1850, both leases expired. Sir A Brooke took up possession of the 25 acres and gave a renewal of the lease of the 15 acres to the father of the defendant. The defendant rested his title upon length of possession.

The jury found for the plaintiff.

Counsel for the plaintiff - James Major, Q.C.; John Burke, Q.C.; and John. C. Lowry. Counsel for defendant - W.C. Henderson and D. M'Causland.


[Before Mr. Justice Jackson and Special Juries].

Nixon v Dane.

This case, a short report of which has appeared in our paper, was resumed this morning. His lordship went carefully over the evidence to the jury, who, after a few hours' deliberation, found that the fair average annual occupation rent per acre, from 1st of May, 1848, until last November, 1856, was 19s 1d.

Sir James E. Tennent v William Rutledge

Mr. J.C. Lowry opened the proceedings.

JAMES MAJOR, Esq., Q.C., stated the plaintiff's case, from which it appeared that it was an ejectment on the title brought by the plaintiff to recover possession of a tenement in Tempo. In 1781, one Hugh Maguire, who was then seized for an estate of inheritance in fee-simple of the estates called the Tempo Estate, made a lease of the premises in question, together with six acres of the lands of Edenmore, for the term of three lives. The interest of the lessor of the lease of 1781 afterwards became invested in Lady Tennent, in right of whom the plaintiff claimed. The original leases assigned his interest in lands of Edenmore to one George Rutledge, but there was no mention in the assignment of the premises in question, which were now in the possession of the defendant. The interest of George Rutledge having become vested in one M'Manus, the latter, in the year 1811, took a new lease of all the premises comprised in the original lease: It was contended, on the part of the plaintiff, that the lease of 1811 operated as a surrender of the original lease, and that the title of the lessor accrued on the death of the surviving life in the lease of 1811. Counsel for the defendant insisted that, as the assignment under which M'Manus claimed did not relate to the premises in dispute, but was only conversant about the lands of Edenmore, he (M'Manus) was not in a position to surrender the original lease. The learned judge was of opinion that there was no sufficient evidence of a surrender in law. The plaintiff, however, after some delay succeeded in proving the deaths of all the lives in the lease of 1781, whereupon the jury found for the plaintiff.

[Before W.J.C.Allen, Esq.,J.P].

Suspected Burglar:-
Wm. John Riddle was brought up on suspicion of having, with some others, broken into the house of Mr. Robert Clements, of Shankhill Road, on the night of Sunday week, while the family were at public worship, as stated in the Weekly News of last week. The prisoner denied the charge, and the Bench remanded the case until next Thursday, that further evidence might be produced.

Stealing Brass:-
Another lad, named David Bradshaw, was charged by Robert Crawford with having stolen a quantity of brass from the concern of Mr. James Carlile, builder. The offence was proven, and the prisoner, who is an old offender, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment.

Sanitary Prosecution:-
Robert Gillespie, William Crawford, James Ward, Margaret Milliken, and Ann M'Mahon, tenants of a row of small houses in Sandy Row, were summoned by Inspector Lavery, on a charge of allowing a quantity stagnant water, and other offensive nuisances, before their doors, which, by the Act under which the Sanitary Inspector is appointed constitutes an offence.
After considerable conversation, it was decided to postpone judgment for a fortnight, to allow time for either persons charged or the landlord of the houses to abate the nuisance.

Bad Buttermilk:-
A countryman, from Ballydonaghy, named Whiteside, was prosecuted by Mr. Spratt, Clerk of the Markets, with having exposed for sale a quantity of buttermilk, with a fraudulent amount of water in it.

Bad Butter:-
Two small provision merchants were charged with having sold a lump of bad butter. The butter was produced in Court by Market Constable Bunting, and was, indeed, wretched-looking stuff. A man, named Robert Campbell, deposed that he bought the butter in the market. Mr. Seeds, for the defendants, said that the butter was bought in a country market, and had not been examined. Mr. Allen said no person should buy butter without having tried it with an auger. He ordered the butter to be forfeited.

The other cases were of no public importance.


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Belfast Weekly News - 14 March, 1857


March 11, at The Terrace, New Ferry, Cheshire, the wife of Wm. Sinclair, Esq., of a son.

March 8, the wife of John Fullerton, Esq., of a son.

March 6, at Turf Lodge, Saintfield, the wife of John Megarry, Esq., of a son.

March 8, the wife of Mr. John Seed, of a daughter.

March 7, at Drumnahall, Ballynahinch, the wife of the Rev. W. E. Mulgan, of a son.

March 5, at Donegall Square East, the wife of Alex. Forrester, of a daughter.

March 6, at Lurgan, the wife of Thomas Pentland, Manager of the Ulster Bank, of a son.

March 7, Mrs. James Clements, of a son.

March 9, at Oxford Terrace, London, the wife of Mr. George Edward Lang, of a son.


March 12 at Fisherwick Place Church, by the Rev. Dr. Morgan, assisted by the Rev. David Hamilton, the Rev. James Craig, A.M., Ph.D., D.D., of Hamburg, to Susanna, eldest daughter of Robert Corry, Esq., Crescent, Belfast.

March 3, in Ballyblack Meeting-house, by the Rev. John Macaulay, of Millisle, Mr. Wm. Murdoch, innkeeper, Millisle, to Isabella, third daughter of the late Andrew M'Cormick, Ballyferis Point.

March 11, in Fisherwick Place Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Dr. Morgan, Mr. Andrew M'Cully, of Keady, to Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. George Smyth, dentist, Belfast.

March 6, at the Unitarian Meeting-house, Rosemary Street, Belfast, by the Rev. Mr. Hall, Mr. Wm. Grange, of Thornditch, to Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. Robt. Reid, Doagh.

March 6, at Cappagh Church, County Tyrone, by the Rev. James Byrne, F.T.C.D., Captain J. K. Humfrey, eldest son of Colonel Humfrey, of Cavanacor, Strabane, to Bessie, second daughter of Henry William Wray, Esq., of Lisnamallard, Omagh, and granddaughter to the late Henry Wray, Esq., of Castle Wray, County Donegal.

March 5, in Dunean Church, by the Rev. Johnston B. Godfrey, Thomas Wilson, Esq., of Grange, to Margaret, daughter of James Neely, Esq., of same place.

March 5, in the Presbyterian Church, Ballylinney by the Rev. Isaac Adams, Mr. John Dundee, to Mary Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. Samuel Blair, Straidnahanna; also at the same time and place, Mr. Samuel Dunlop, to Janet, fourth daughter of Mr. Samuel Blair, Straidnahanna.


March 12, at Ballynure House, Ballynure, William Forsythe Park.

March 9, at Donaghadee, the Rev. Wm. Skelly, sen., A.M.

March 11, at 28, Henry Street, Jane M'Kee, only child of Richard Nicholl, aged one year and seven months.

March 10, in Dublin, in his 55th year, the Rev. George Macartney Black, formerly of Stranmillis.

March 8, at Carrdarragh, Moneymore, Susanna, eldest daughter of Mr. James Combes, aged 26 years.

March 9, at Shane's Castle, in the 56th year of her age, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. James M'Quitty, Relieving Officer, formerly of the County Antrim Constabulary.

March 11, at Dundonald, Eliza, daughter of the late Samuel Carson, of Ballymiscaw.

March 9, Emma, the wife of Alexander Johns, of Carrickfergus, aged 63 years.

March 1, at Kinross, Sarah, relict of the late Thomas Layton, Esq., and daughter of the late Major Stark, aged 71 years.

March 8, at North Ann Street, Mrs. Mary Redmond, aged 70 years.

March 6, at the residence of her son-in-law, 44, Stanhope Street, Mrs. Coyne, relict of the late Mr. Edward Coyne, of Templepatrick, aged 48 years.

March 5, at the Commons, Coleraine, Jane, the wife of Mr. William Hamilton, aged 55 years.

March 4, at Dundalk, of scarletina, Bernard, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Connolly, aged 7 years.


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Belfast Weekly News - 21 March, 1857


March 18, at Lonsdale Street, the wife of William H. Stewart, of a daughter.

March 17, at Mountpleasant, Crumlin Road, the wife of Mr. John Ewart, of a daughter.

March 16, at Banbridge, the wife of James Clibborn Hill, Esq., of a son.

March 15, the wife of Mr. Peter Dale, jun., of a son.

March 13, at Mount Charles, the wife of George W. Kyle, of a daughter.

March 12, at 9, Castle Street, the wife of Mr. George Hill, of a son.

March 12, at Ballymaglaff Cottage, Dundonald, the wife of Robert H.Warden, Esq., of a son.

February 19, at New York, the wife of Samuel Robert Brown, late of County of Antrim, Ireland, of a son.


March 17, in the Presbyterian Church, Portaferry, by the Rev. John Orr, Mr. Alexander Kirkpatrick, Ballytruston, to Phoebe Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. William Moreland, Ardkeen Mills.

March 11, at Ballinderry Church, by the Rev. Mr. Peacock, Hugh Graham, Esq., Glenview, County Down, to Fanny, second daughter of Wm. John Taylor, Esq., Mount Pleasant, Ballinderry.

March 12, in the Presbyterian Church, Magherally, by the Rev. James Thomson, assisted by the Rev. Robert Anderson, Hugh Megaw, Esq., merchant, Banbridge, to Martha, eldest daughter of George Robinson, Esq., Ballibay.

March 18, in Banbridge Church, by the Rev. W. Metge, Mr. Robert Moore, jun., to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Aston, both of Seapatrick.

March 5, in Milltown Church, Mr. John Loudan, Kilmore, to Mary, second daughter of Mr. James Fulton, of Derrylilleagh.

March 12, at St. Judes, London, by the Rev. Hugh Allen, Adam Steele, Esq., Ballymena, to Sophia Louisa, eldest daughter of the late John Black, Esq., of Farley, Devonshire.

March 11, in Dublin, by the Rev. Hamilton Magee, Dr. Barnett, Royal North Down Rifles, to Mary, second daughter of the late Captain Jenkins, Stipendiary Magistrate, Belfast.


March 19, at 23, Ship Street, Margaret, relict of the late Alexander Hunter, of North Street, aged 68 years.

March 16, at Fair View, Donaghadee, Fanny, the beloved daughter of J. O. R. Blackwood.

March 15, Jane, wife of Mr. William H. Gilmer, of Rashee, aged 32 years.

March 16, at 57, Durham Street, Henry D. Stavely, youngest son of the late James Stavely, Waring Street.

March 15, in the 27th year of his age, James Steen, jun., eldest son of Mr. James Steen, Skeigoneil.

March 13, at Instow, North Devon, Captain Stevens, R.M., formerly of Ballymena, aged 75 years.

March 16, at his residence, 28, Seymour Street, Mr. Thomas Mines, aged 55 years.

March 13, at 21, Belvidere Palce, Grace, fifth daughter of the late James Magill, Esq., Anna Haville, County Derry.

March 14, Anne, relict of the late William Patton, Esq., Ballykeel, Holywood, aged 79 years.

March 14, at Dungannon, Mary, wife of Mr. H. Speer, merchant of that town, aged 49 years.

March 16, Miss Teresa Redmond, aged 33 years.

March 5, at his residence, Rathmore, Mr. Jas. Lawther, aged 65 years.

March 16, Elizabeth, wife of James Low, Chichester Street, Belfast, in her 70th year.

December 1, 1856, at St. Kilda's, near Melbourne, South Australia, Mr. Robert Marshall, formerly of Belfast.

March 12, at Portadown, Margaretta Armstrong, daughter of the late C. Armstrong, Esq., Portadown.

March 9, at Tubbermore, John Clarke, in the 40th year of his age.

March 11, Agnes, only daughter of the late William Porter, of Ballygigan, Killinchy, aged 59 years.

November 24, at Brisbane, Moretown Bay, N.S.W, Mr. Alexander M'Closkey, formerly of Belfast.



The following persons have lately been transported to Belfast: - John Rose, aged 50(?), was 18 years in Scotland; Henry Gillin, aged 48, was 11 years in Scotland; T. Mark, aged 18, was 16 years in Scotland. The above three being out of employment, applied to the parochial authorities of Edinburgh for temporary relief, when they were immediately sent from their wives and families to Belfast, where they knew no-one, two of them having spent the best of their days in Scotland. Captain M'Bride, sent them back by the same boat that brought them here on the 28th February. Mary Maguire and two children were sent here, along with twelve or thirteen others, by the parochial authorities of Edinburgh, in the steamer Stag.

An officer was sent with them, who left them in the Union Workhouse. Mary Maguire's story exposes another of the many cases of cruelty the pauper Irish are subjected to by the Scotch authorities. She states she was eight years in Scotland. Her husband being out of employment, she applied for temporary relief. The parochial authorities forced her from her husband and placed her and her two children on board the Belfast steamer, although her native place is Meath. Mr. M'Bride supplied her and the children with nourishment, and sent them back to Scotland. On the 2nd instant Anne Devlin and her child were sent here in the Semaphore, from Liverpool, by the parochial authorities, on the 8th instant. She was in a deplorable condition, having suffered very much from a severe passage in a snow storm. Mr. M'Bride supplied her with nourishment, and sent her the following night to friends in Glasgow. Mr. M'Bride sent three poor people to Scotland by the Lynx steamer on the 10th instant, who were recommended to him by one of the subscribers to the Relief Fund. Eleanor Kernahan was sent over in the Lynx steamer. She is a native of the County Cavan. Superintendent Magee sent her to a lodging-house, where she and her child had breakfast. Mr. M'Bride kept her at lodgings for one night as she was unable to walk with a lame foot. The next day he sent her home to Cavan. Thomas Edwards and his wife were sent by the authorities of Lancaster in the Laurel steamer on the 12th instant. His wife was severely burned in a factory, rendering her unfit to do anything for herself. Superintendent Magee sent them to lodgings where Mr. M'Bride kept them for three nights, and then sent them to their native place in County Mayo. Capt. M'Bride has received 1 from George C Hyndman, Esq., for the relief of the poor sent from England and Scotland.


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Belfast Weekly News - 28 March, 1857


March 24, at Summer Island, County Armagh, the wife of William Magill, Esq., M.D., of a son.

March 22, at 129, Stephen's Green, Dublin, the wife of William Nevin Wallace, Esq., of Downpatrick, a son.

March 18, at Currie, near Edinburgh, the wife of Dr. Thomas Cunningham, of a daughter.

March 18, at Rathgar, the wife of Daniel Maunsell, Esq., of a daughter.

March 21, at Rose Cottage, Loughgall, the wife of the Rev. J. Blackburne Kane, Incumbent of Annamore, of a daughter.

March 24, at Ballinteer House, the wife of Godfrey Parr, Esq., of a son.


March 25, in the May Street Church, by the Rev. Dr. Cooke, William J. Tripp, Esq., to Mary, daughter of the late William Getty, Esq., The Abbey, Belfast.

March 21, in the Lisburn Cathedral, by the Rev. Jas. Hall, Mr. Joseph Dowling, Ballymullan, to Letitia, second daughter of Mr. Hugh Matier, Irishtown, near Lisburn.

March 20, in the Lurgan Presbyterian Meeting-house, by the Rev. Thomas Miller, Joseph Henry, eldest son of John Hall, Esq., Deerpark, County Antrim, to Ellen, eldest daughter of Dunlop Moore, Esq., Lurgan.

March 18, at Ardglass, by the Rev. Charles Campbell, Mr. Andrew M'Kee, Tullykin, to Miss Jane Hughes, Ardglass.

March 17, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ballylaggan, by the Rev. John Hart, Mr. Samuel Jamison, Gills, to Lilly, daughter of Mr. Alex. Humphrey, Lisnamuck.

March 18, at the First Presbyterian Church, Bangor, by the Rev. Hugh Woods, Mr. James Sturgeon, to Miss Agnes Neill, both of Bangor.

March 24, at the Scotch Church, Gloucester Street, Dublin, by the Rev. John Barnett, D.D., Moneymore, County Derry, father of the bridegroom, James H. Barnett, Esq., to Kate, only daughter of the late John Shuter, Esq., Dungannon, County Tyrone.


March 26, William, youngest son of Mr. Wm. Hunter, Belfast Vitriol Works, aged 23 years.

March 19, at Magheragal Glebe, Miss Mary M'Kay, aged 60 years.

March 23, at 34, Alton Street, Mrs. Ward, aged 60 years.

March 24, at 40 Donegall Street, Anna, daughter of Mr. John M'Blain.

March 21, at his residence, William Street, Newry, Matthew Darcy, Esq., in the 66th year of his age.

March 22, suddenly, at his residence, Strabane, Wm. Stevenson, Esq.

March 23, at his residence, Rushfield, Ballyclare, Mr. John Harper, aged 59 years.

March 22, at Edenderry, Ardoyne, Elizabeth, aged 16 years, only daughter of Mr. John R. Semple.

March 20, at Mount Charles, Malone, after a few days illness, Stanhope Hamilton Cantrell, only child of T. J. Cantrell, Esq., aged six months.

March 26, Jane, wife of Mr. John Gillsepie, 6, West Street, Belfast.

March 18, Mr. Robert M'Culla, merchant, Armagh, aged 35, universally regretted.

March 18, at Ross Vale, Ballinderry, Mr. Allen Ross, aged 82 years.

March 20, at Cambrickville, Dundalk, James M. Fordyce, of Belfast.

March 17, of water on the brain, Harriett Sarah, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Edward Cobain, Wesleyan Minister.

March 19, in Abbey Street, Derry, Mr. Archibald M'Gowan, aged 56 years.

March 19, at Cowbog Street, Derry, Mr. John Wiley, aged 50 years.

November 21, at Victoria, Hong Kong, Robert, fourth son of the Mr. John Miller, Downpatrick.

March 18, at Ballyherly, Portaferry, Margaret Gamble, eldest daughter of William Maxwell, Esq., aged 23 years.

March 20, Susanna, wife of Mr. Francis M'Donnell, Rosemary Street, aged 51 years.

March 20, at Farmhill, near Carrickfergus, Jane, wife of Mr. Stewart Dunn, aged 68 years.

March 20, at Dublin, Jane, the beloved wife of Thos. Bennett, Esq., J.P., of the Rock House, County Londonderry.

March 21, at the residence of his son, E. L Gault, 164 Brook Street, Manchester, Robert Gault, late of Trillick, County Tyrone, aged 70 years.

March 22, at 8, Frederick Street, Belfast, Mr. Hugh Galt, formerly of Dunamoy.


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