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1831 News of the Day

The following transcribed by Jane from the Belfast Newsletter 22 February 1831


At Crosh, County Derry, on the 3d inst. the Lady of A. W. COLHOUN Esq. of a daughter


On 12th inst. by the Rev. S.C. NELSON, Mr. Alexandeer ROBINSON of Islanderg, to Miss Rachel CONNOR, of Gregerbough.

On the 14th inst. in Booterstown Church, Richard REEVES, Esq. Barrister at Law, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Robert Conway DOBBS.

On the 14th inst. Laurence KIERNAN, Esq. of Collon, to Bridget, second daughter of John COLEMAN, Esq. of Rathory, County Louth.

On Wednesday last, in the Church of Layde, by the Rev. C. OULTON, Mr. Daniel McBRIDE, of Gartmacmalian, parish of Layde, to Margaret Anne, second daughter of the late Mr. John ROBINSON, of Ballycraigy, parish of Ballyclug.

In Randalstown Church, on Thursday, by her father, Marianne Ellen, second daughter of the Rev. Sam. S. HEATLY, Vicar of Drumaul, to Captain James Watson BOYES, of Lisburn.


On Monday morning last, in the 46th year of his age, Mr. John GORDON of this town, merchant.

On Friday last, after many months’ illness, of consumption, Emily, eldest daughter of Montagu TALBOT, Esq. the much respected Proprietor of our Theatre.

On Tuesday last, aged 78, Mr. Patrick LINN, for upwards of 50 years an innkeeper in this town.

On the 15th inst. Miss Ann McCLURE, of Dunmurry.

At Dungannon, on the 18th inst. Esther WHITTLE, relict of the late Mr. Arthur WHITTLE, of same place, aged 62 years.

At Seaford, on the 11th inst. Mr. Wm. KIRKPATRICK, aged 80 years. His confidence was early fixed on God his Saviour, and he did not forsake him when old and grey-headed.

On the 13th ult. after a long protracted illness, borne with Christian fortitude and resignation, Mr. John GREER, Ringawoody, Strangford.

On the 14th inst., after a tedious illness, which she bore with Christian patience and resignation, to the will of Heaven, having received all comforts religion could afford, Mrs. John WATSON, of Strabane. If hospitality, if benevolence of heart, and charity to the poor, command the tribute of a tear, her death will be sincerely regretted, not only by her family, but also by the distressed of every class, who were ever the special objects of her charitable attention.

At Coleraine, on the 11th inst. Mary, youngest daughter of Henry HUEY, Esq.

On Wednesday last, aged 73, Mary, wife of Mr. James McKEAG, formerly of Tullycarnett.

At Beer’s-bridge, on Tuesday last, after a painful and tedious illness, which he bore with the greatest fortitude and resignation, Mr. John ROBINSON, aged 72 years.

Feb. 11, at Thorndale, county Dublin, the Rev. Robert EVANS, late of Dungannon, county Tyrone.

Death of the Rev. Andrew MILLER – This pious, highly-gifted Clergyman, departed this life on Friday week, at his residence, near Clogher, county of Tyrone, at the advanced age of 87 years, 58 of which he zealously devoted to the discharge of the important duties of a Presbyterian Minister of the extensive Parish of Carrantall. In him the poor of his vicinity have lost a warm-hearted benefactor – his parishioners a kind, benevolent pastor – and his family an attached parent.

On Thursday last, at her mother’s residence, Farm-hill, near this town, of a few hours’ illness, Emily, youngest daughter of the late William Henry TROTTER, of Downpatrick, Esq.

On Tuesday last, at Gortin, the residence of his son-in-law, in the 91st year of his age, the Rev. James TAYLOR, for 65 years Minister of the Presbyterian Congregation of Convoy.

On the 13th inst. Miss Margaret McFARLAND, youngest daughter of the late John McFARLAND, Esq. of Leardon.

At Lisban, near Kirkcubbin, on the 4th inst. Bernard DARIAN, aged 100 years. From the period of five years of age, he enjoyed an uninterrupted series of good health, until two days previous to his death. His mortal remains were accompanied to the place of interment by one hundred and seven of his children, grand, and great grand-children.

On the 15th inst. in the 61st year of his age, the Rev. James RANKIN, Minister of the Presbyterian Associate Congregation of Monaghan. A few weeks more, and he would have completed 37 years of a laborious and unusually successful ministry.

On Tuesday last, at Ards House, the residence of his father, in the 32d year of his age, the Rev. Charles Moore STEWART, Rector of the parishes of Aughavea and Killymard, and second son to Alexander STEWART, Esq.

Very suddenly, on Wednesday morning week, Mrs. WOODS, wife of Mr. John WOODS, Sion, near Strabane.

On Thursday last, Mr. James EDGAR, of Derry, aged 86. He was for some time High Constable, particularly during the troublesome period of the rebellion of 1798.

Suddenly, at Derryclone, in the parish of Aghagallon, on the 9th inst. Mary, wife of Mr. John TOLAN.

On the 30th ult. in the 43d year of his age, Mr. Wm. LACKEY, of Stoneyford.

At Stewartstown, James ALLEN, Esq. Surgeon – a loving husband, a kind parent, and universally esteemed and beloved by all who knew him.

At Drylawhill, East Lothian, Scotland, on the 14th inst. Mr. Robert BROWN, well know to the world as author of a Treatise on rural Affairs. Mr. B. was Conductor of the Edinburgh Farmers’ Magazine for 14 or 15 years from the time of its commencement.

At Bath, on the 13th inst. Rear Admiral Sir Edward BERRY, Bart. aged 62. – Sir Edward was the only officer in the Navy who had the honour of three medals, having commanded a line of battle ship in the battles of the Nile, Trafalgar and St. Domingo. He commanded the Vanguard, under Lord NELSON, at the battle of the Nile; and when Lord NELSON was wounded in the head, and obliged to be carried off the deck. Capt. BERRY shewed himself fully equal to the important service then going on. He was Knighted by his Majesty for his important services in this engagement.


The number of Valentines sent through the Dublin Post-office, on Monday, was 39,433 – the receipts on which were £164, 6s, 1d. The number last year was 37,950, the receipts on which were £158, 2s, 6d. It appears from this, that there has been an increase of 1,483 lovers of both sexes, in Dublin, this year, above last year and whose increased value to the revenue is £6. 3s. 7d!

The following transcribed by Teena from the noted newspapers.

24 May 1831

Yeomanry Appointments

3rd Crumcastle Corps, Co. Fermanagh – William BEATTY Esq. to be Second Lieut.

Dungannon Corps, Co. Tyrone – J. S. MURRAY Esq. to be First Lieutenant, vice HALL resigned

Benburb Corps, Co. Tyrone- Hamilton JOHNSON Esq. to be Second Captain, vice HARPER removed.

Kilrea Corps, Co. Londonderry ; Major James GIBSON to be Captain, vice STARKS deceased.


On the 16th inst. Mr. Thomas KENNEDY of Brackagh, Co. Tyrone, to Jane, eldest daughter of William ANDERSON Esq. of Irvinestown.

On Tuesday by the Rev. John McMillan, Mr. Jackson BLAKELY, near Comber, to Margaret, second daughter of Mr. William HANNA Carnaughles.

By the Rev. John Marr, Seceding Minister of Ahoghil, William DICK Esq. of Cullybackey to Miss Esther WALKER of same place.

On Thursday last, in St. Anne’s Church, Mr. John FORDE, late of the Island of St. Vincent, to Jane, youngest daughter of Mrs. BLAIR of Longfield Cottage, near Belfast.

On the 19th inst. in the Cathedral, Londonderry, Mr. HARRISON of Newtownstewart to Miss GASTON; also. Mr. BARNWELL, of same town, to Miss Mary Anne GASTON, daughters of Mr. GASTON, Buncrana.

At Kilskerry Church, Thomas KENNEDAY Esq. of Brackagh, to Jane eldest daughter of William ANDERSON Esq. of Irvinestown.

On the 13th inst. Mr Robert FERRIS of Ballygowan aged 78 years.

In Lisburn on the morning of the 13th instant, George WHITLA, Esq.

At Belfast on the 12th instant, Margaret, infant daughter of Doctor THOMSON, Belfast College.

At Falls, Belfast on 16th inst. Mrs. Wm. ORR.

At his house in Ballymacarrett, on  the 10th inst. Mr. James CALVERT, after a tedious and painful illness, which he bore with fortitude.

On the 16th inst. of a decline, aged 48 years, Mary wife of Mr. John McKEOWN, Warringstown
(Belfast Newsletter)

Down Election
We, the undersigned Freeholders on the Estate of Nicholas PRICE Esq. of Saintfield, do hereby declare, that the paragraph in The Northern Whig of the 16th inst. relating to our conduct and the manner in which we were treated by our landlord at the late election for the County of Down, is a false representation. We do positively state that we never were ordered by him, or any person for him, to give our votes for Lord Castlereagh, but upon inquiring what way he, Mr. PRICE, would vote and being informed for Lord Castlereagh; we, with one accord, resolved, that we would not separate from him, or break up the mutual good feeling that had so long subsisted between us and our excellent and esteemed landlord; confidently believing, that he would not support a man whom he did not think would give every aid and assistance to the measures calculated to secure peace and happiness at home, as well as the general good of the empire. Saintfield 18th May 1831

Alexander GORDON
James McKEE
Alexander BRADLEY
William MINISS
Samuel DODD Sr.
Samuel DODD Jr.
Francis SLOAN
George McBRIDE

I stated to Mr. PRICE that being a Minister, I did not wish to vote at the election in Down and he very handsomely left me to do what appeared to me to be my duty. Henry SIMPSON.

3 Sept. 1831

Another Frightful Shipwreck Loss of 241 Lives

The ship ‘Lady Sherbroke’, H. GAMBLES, master, from Londonderry to Quebec, with passengers, was totally wrecked on the 10th July, on some rocks at the entrance of the St. Lawrence, having struck in a fog at midnight on Mouse Island, near point Blanche. By this dreadful calamity not less than two hundred and forty one lives have been lost.

The number of passengers embarked on board this ill-fated vessel amounted to 257 crew 16, total 273. whom only 42? were saved. The following are the names of the persons saved

Mr. James KERR
Richard MOORE
Denis BRUNE (in another paper Dennis BREEN)
George ALJO (in another paper spelt AULDJO)
Owen DARLEY (in another paper Owen DENNY)
Margaret M’GILL (in another paper Mary Anne M’GILL)
Jane ALJO (in another paper spelt AULDJO)
Isabella NESS (or NOSS?) (in another paper Isabella HAYS)
Catherine KERR

crew saved
Henry GAMBLES, master
Richard CODNER, mate
Thomas CROSS
Hendrick DOCKE seaman

<note; the ‘other paper’ is the Dublin Morning Register>

A woman asked a doctor if taking snuff was hurtful to the brain. “No”, replied the Doctor, “for he that has any brains, will not take snuff.” (Kerry Evening Post)

19 Sept. 1831

Loss of the Ship ‘Lady Sherbroke’

The news of the calamitous wreck of the Lady Sherbroke has occasioned indiscribable distress here, upwards of fifty of the passengers being from the town and neighbourhood of Enniskillen. There were thirty two from a townland called the Ring, of whom only four have escaped the melancholy fate of their companions. Of the family of John KERR, consisting, we fear, of fourteen in number, including his wife, he and a son and a daughter only have been saved. The lamentations in that quarter, on and since the arrival of the melancholy tidings have been truly affecting. (Dublin Morning Register)

2 Nov. 1831

The Ship ‘Lady Sherbroke’

We have seen a letter from one of the surviving sufferers to his parents who reside in the neighborhood of St. Johns town, which is as follows.

Halifax. Aug. 29, 1831
Dear Father and Mother
I take up pen to inform you of my sad misfortune since the time of my departure. I commence letting you know that we were on the water six weeks and three days from the time of my departure, during which we were very happy ..but alas I at the end of that time, we were wrecked off Mouse Island, Cape Ray where every soul was lost except 32 passengers including five of the crew. I was twelve hours on the wreck after being cast away, which was at twelve o’clock at night. I went down three times but by the assistance of God I got on the main-mast which lay in the water, where I remained during that time, until the will of providence sent a boat which took me and Thomas (a name here illegible) the only one left that you know out of the whole sufferers. We were then taken from where the fishermen live to Halifax, where we arrived in three weeks and three days, during which time the captain, who took us from that place in a schooner (his name is MUNRO) used us with all the kindness that a man could do. I was only three days to Halifax when I fell into the employment of Mr OSTERMAN, living about two and a half miles out of (?) own, for 24£ per year. During the time that I have been with him I have every reason to say that I think he will be a good friend to me. I lost all my clothes and what money I had with me. I met with Mr J. MEEHAN, from Three-mile-town, who used me very kindly, and gave me clothes to last me until May, along with money. I am sorry to say that Mr YOUNG and the his family were lost. Mr. YOUNG saw all the family go to their watery grave and I was shaking hands with him bidding him a last farewell, when he went down to rise no more. After his going down, I went down, but escaped the awful fate as I have mentioned before, David CLARKE’S daughter from Killagh was lost.
John M’KEIVER (Clonmel Herald)

26 Nov. 1831 Great Flood Strabane

Yesterday (Monday) this town was visited with the largest flood, which, perhaps in the memory of the oldest inhabitant, has ever taken place, occasioned by the melting of the snow, which, for some days past, has fallen in considerable quantities on the surrounding mountains and which, on Sunday last, was followed by a day of severe and excessive rain. In the course of Sunday night the river began to swell, and at eight o’clock yesterday morning had attained a considerable height in the Main street, Castle street and Bridge end. From that period till about twelve o’clock, it continued to rise with the greatest rapidity, reaching so far up the street as Mr. STEVENSON’S and flooding completely nearly all the houses in its course; Castle street, the Corn market, and New street, were completely filled and it even extended up the Back street, so far as the Shambles. About ten o’clock considerable apprehensions were entertained for the safety of the persons whose houses were surrounded at the Bridge-end. Signals of distress were raised on the hills at Ballycolman, and shots were fired for the purpose of drawing the attention of the inhabitants of this side of the bridge to their situation. Boats were in a short time procured, by the very great exertions of Mr. MORTON and with a courage truly honourable to themselves, the boatmen succeeded in bringing great number of persons from the houses in the most dangerous situations.

A more hazardous act and one requiring the greatest exercise of courage and prudence, was yet however performed. In the houses situated down the river side, a number of persons were confined; they were but one story high; but with the exception of two them, had lofts, on which their inmates had taken shelter. The water was nearly six feet high in the houses and the greatest apprehensions were entertained, that they would be carried off by the violence of the current.

Two boats were now launched into the river, fastened with cables of great length, which were held by persons on the bridge and thus provided, they set out on their perilous expedition. The greatest anxiety, as will readily be imagined, was felt for their safety, but to the infinite satisfaction of the spectators, they beheld them, one by one, taken from their houses and brought safe to shore, through a body of water which seemed every moment to threaten their destruction. Three successful trips were thus taken and we had the satisfaction of witnessing the whole of the persons relieved from their awfully perilous situation. A pony, the property of a person named M’DADE, was the only inmate of these houses which was not brought off by the boats; it was swept down the river, crossed the ford at the foot of the town and was fortunately got out on the Lifford road. The situation of the persons at the foot of the town now attracted attention and a great number of persons were brought up from the houses there situated, in boats, or on cars. The Dublin Mail going up was obliged to be conveyed across in a boat, as was also the down mail from Dublin. About three o’clock the flood began to fall and gradually subsided, we rejoice to say, without the loss of any life, as far as we have been able to learn.

The Rev. Stuart HAMILTON, William ORR, J. J DECLUZEAU, W. STEVENSON and Samuel MORTON Esqrs. with a great number of the other inhabitants, deserve praise for their active exertions. Too much cannot be said, to mark the intrepidity of the boatmen, two of whom (Maurice and J. M’BRIDE,) are certainly the most active and fearless fellows we have ever seen. We understand a considerable sum was raised for them on the spot, which they well earned. We trust, active measures will be adopted to relieve those persons, particularly at the foot of the town, who may have suffered. Unless proper means be taken to supply those who may require it with necessary fuel, very lamentable results may ensue. We are informed that at Ballibofey and Stranorlar, the flood yesterday morning arose to a height unequalled since the year 1600.

Since writing the above, we have heard, with sincere regret, that Mr. John CLARKE, son of the late Mr. James CLARKE, of Porthall, was drowned in crossing the road at Mulrine’s bridge, beyond Lifford, on horseback. His body has just been discovered. We also learn that several persons at the foot of the town have lost nearly all their little property and that the side-wall of one small house has fallen. (Strabane Morning Post)