Belfast Newsletter - Friday, 28 March, 1828


At Pisa, the Countess de Salis, of a son.


At St. John's Chapel, Edinburgh, on the 17th inst. by the Right Rev. Bishop Sandford, JAMES MURRAY, Esq., formerly of Londonderry, to ANNE, relict of the late Rev. J. Johnstone, Coal Island, County Tyrone.


On the 22d instant, aged 25 years, Mr. THOMAS DAVIS, of this town.

On the 16th inst. in the 20th year of her age, Miss MARY ANN, eldest daughter of Mr. Henry, Hillsborough. -- The Christian patience with which she bore a lingering and severe disease, must afford great consolation to her distressed parents and friends; whilst the firm hope she entertained , through her Saviour, of a blessed immortality, half disarmed the king of terrors, and smoothed her bed of death.

On the 11th ult. at Gibraltar, after a very short illness, ANN, wife of Captain Wm. Nicholson, of the Sarah, of London, and a daughter of Mr. Charles Connel, of Belfast, ship-builder.

At Newry, on the 18th inst. Mr. WM. HENRY M'WHERTER, in the 36th year of his age.

On the 21st inst. of consumption, Mr. DAVID BARRON, nephew to the late Mr. John PArk, of Newry, aged 21.

In Armagh, on the morning of the 13th inst. FRANCIS, wife of Mr. John Mouritz.

At Larne, on the 18th inst. Mrs. HELEN MONTGOMERY, aged 76 years.

At Cullybackey, on the 23rd inst. in the 26th year of his age, DAVID MARK, Surgeon, deeply and deservedly regretted.

At Lurgan, on the 17th inst. leaving a numerous family, Mr. DAVID SMART, innkeeper. -- His industry was unwearied, his friendship sincere, his charity unostentatious, his integrity unimpeachable, his piety genuine.

On the 21st inst. WM. FINLAY, Esq. of his Majesty's Customs, Limerick, and late of Carrickfergus.


HORRIBLE MURDER -- Laurence Going, a labouring man, was stabbed at Ballynamassna, about midway between Clogheen and Caher, on the night of 17th inst. He was at the house of Thomas Connell, and retired to bed in an out-house, between the hours of nine and ten o'clock at night -- while asleep, some person or persons entered the house, and stabbed him with a knife in the side, of which he died the following day. An inquest was held on his body on Thursday last, when there was evidence elicited which led to the apprehension of a young man of the name of Murphy, and a female accomplice. Both of them have been transmitted to Clonmel gaol. -- Clonmel Paper.


INQUEST. -- In consequence of the indisposition of Mr. Allen, Coroner, Francis Whittle, Esq., of Castleupton, impanelled a Jury at Clady, on Monday last, upon the body of Agnes Christie, who was found drowned in Clady river, adjoining Mr. Steen's mills, when, after a painful investigation, and careful examination of witnesses, the Jury returned a verdict that the deceased had drowned herself while labouring under mental derangement. The deceased was 60 years of age.


SCANDALOUS OUTRAGE. -- We have just received the particulars of a very daring and atrocious outrage committed on Thursday night, within three miles of this City, on the lands of Dunbell, in possession of john Anderson, Esq., who resides in the immediate neighbourhood of the scene of violence. Several houses, comprising a stable, coach-house, and bar, all of which adjoined, and three other detached buildings situated more distantly, were maliciously burned down. The barn contained about five and twenty barrels of potatoes, as also a pleasure boat, and several other articles, which of course have been totally consumed. The incendiaries committed various other acts of mischief on the lands, tearing up rustic seats which they flung into the burning pile, to render the conflagration more complete and ruinous. The whole presented, on the ensuing morning, a striking scene of devastation. The land had been formerly in the possession of Edward Deproche, Esq., who had gone to considerable expense in its improvement. The dwelling-house (a beautiful and highly ornamental cottage) had been burned, and other malicious injuries committed on the lands about three years since, while the farm was in the occupancy of the latter gentleman. The fact, combined with circumstances, remove all doubt as to the malicious feeling in which this outrage originated. We shall content ourselves with stating, that Mr. Anderson lately received a threatening letter, on having served some tennants on another quarter of the lands, who were several years' rent in arrear, with notice to quit on the approaching 25th of March. -- Kilkenny Moderator.


Letters received from malta, dated Feb. 11, confirm the loss of the Cambrian frigate, Captain G.W. Hamilton, at Carabusa (on the west end of the isle of Candia), out of which port she was returning, in company with Isis, Rattlesnake, Zebra, and Camelion, when she struck on a sunken rock, and in a few minutes went down, the officers and crew having only time to save their papers and some light articles, and escape to the ships in company. They had all arrived safe at Malta in the Rattlesnake.





Isabella Ferriar, charged with having, on 13th Aug. last, stolen a cloak, the property of Maty Wallace -- Guilty, to be transported for 7 years.

Anne Stitt, charged with having, on the 17th Aug. last, stolen a veil, the property of Joseph Boxer, Belfast -- Guilty, transportation for 7 years.

John Hamill, charged with having, in July last, stolen from John M'Kenna, a pair of trousers, shoes and 7s. in money -- No prosecution.

Jane M'Donald, (a little girl,) charged with having stolen a watch, the property of James Lyle, a private in the 79th regiment -- Not Guilty.

Arthur M'Conville, charged with having stolen various articles of clothing the property of Henry M'Cahally, and his brother -- Guilty, to be transported for seven years.

Margaret Miller, (a prostitute,) for having, stolen in Oct. last, a watch, the property of Daniel O'Neill -- Guilty, transportation seven years.

John Stewart and John Kelly, charged with having stolen a chest of tea and other articles from Richard Roseborough.

Richard Roseborough -- Is a carrier -- was in Belfast on 8th Nov. -- got from Mr. Reford a chest of tea, which he was to have delivered to a Mr. Gilmer -- he had two carts with him, and while sitting on the foremost, in the dark, the ropes which fastened the chest were cut, and, with some other articles, it was stolen from the hindmost -- he afterwards saw, in the police-office, what he believed to be part of it.

Stewart Beggs was called. He had received an anonymous letter, in consequence of which he had obtained a search warrant from Mr. Skinner. He went to the house of R. Neill, publican, and in a bed-room above the stairs, he found a keg of wine, another of rum, and a chest of tea. He took Neill prisoner, secured the articles, and went in search of the persons against whom he had the information.,

Hugh Milford and T. Mawhinney, two young gentlemen in Mr. Reford's establishment, were examined; but nothing to criminate the prisoners was elicited -- The prisoners were acquitted.

(We are obliged to defer the remainder of the trials till our next number.)



Patrick M'Lornan v. Sir A. Chichester, Bart.

This was an action brought to recover the amount of a quantity of butter, seized by defendant requiring the same amount in present British; which was formerly paid in late Irish currency; and plaintiff refusing to accede to the demand, suffered a seizure to be made of the butter. -- Verdict for plaintiff, with costs.

Bradley v. Macaulay.

Plaintiff brought his action to recover the balance between the sum which he paid defendant for a horse, and the amount for which the horse was sold by auction, as being unsound. Verdict for plaintiff, with costs.



The 6th dragoon guards has removed from Manchester to Nottingham; and has been replaced by the 7th from Coventry. The 6th dragoons march from Ipswich to Nottingham. -- The reserve of the 43rd foot has removed from Tyne,mouth to Edinburgh. The reserve of the 39th has removed from Canterbury to Chatham -- The reserve of the 83rd is on route from Sunderland -- The reserve of the 90th has removed from Carlisle to Tynemouth.

The following is the intended arrangement for the stations of the guards, in the ensuing month:-- 1st bat. grenadier regiment, at Knightsbridge. 2d bat. to remove from Westminster to Windsor. 3d bat. to remain at Dublin. 1st bat. Coldstream, to remove from King's Mews to Westminster. 2d bat. to remove from Portman-street to Knightsbridge. 1st bat. 3d regiment, to remove from Knightsbridge to Portman-street. 2d bat. to the Tower of London.



The unrivalled Sheffield steam-packet, Richards, sails for Liverpool on Thursday, 3d April, at ten o'clock morning.

The steam-packet Shamrock, Montgomery, sails for Dublin on Thursday, 3d April, at ten o'clock morning.

The steam-packet Erin, M'Kibbin, for Plymouth and London, on Sunday 6th April, at one o'clock afternoon.

The steam-ship Corsair, Goodwin, fro Liverpool, sails on Sunday morning, 30th March, at nine o'clock -- and the Chieftain, Owens, on Tuesday, 1st April, at 11 forenoon.

Smack Iris, Peyten, hence, has arrived safe in London.

Smack Triton, Owens, for London, clears to-morrow.

The smack Zephyr, Fitzsimons, from London, arrived yesterday.

The steamer Fingal, Robt. P. Ritchie, Master, for Greenock and Glasgow, sails on Sunday, 30th March, at nine o'clock in the morning.

The schooner Express, Sexton, for London, clears to-morrow.

The schooner Enterprise, Dock, hence to London, arrived safe on 23d instant.

ARRIVED. -- March 25, Chieftain, Owens, from Liverpool; Brittania, Williams, do.; Helen, Bishop, Ayr; Leven Castle, M'Alister, do. -- March 26, Agnes, Poag, Troon; Active, -------, Ayr; Marcella, Orr, do.; Superb, Patten, Wick; Ellen, Dixon, Derry; Countess of Stair, --------, Ayr. -- March 27, Speculation, Wilson, Ayr; Corsair, Goodwin, Liverpool; Andrew and Margaret, Quay, Cardiff; Squid, Robertson, Irvine; Dowson, Boyd, Liverpool; Amelia, Thomas, Bangor N.W.

CLEARED OUT -- March 25, Courier, Auman, for Whitehaven; Sincerity, A[-- ? --], Lieth. -- March 26, Loyalty, Nicholson, Larne; St. Patrick, O'Hara, Derry; Favourite, Mills, Workington. -- March 27, Frolic, Dalzell, Glasgow; Minerva, Scott, Harrington; Sarah, Monney, Wexford; Hannah, Dixon, Workington; Lark, Curry, Harrington.


ARRIVED FROM -- Edina, Douglas, Rotterdam; Grace, Crawford, Ayr; Comet, Lewis, Bridgewater; Ant, Smith, Glasgow; City of Londonderry, Keay, Liverpool; John, Donnelly, Glasgow; Robert Fulton, Briton, Glasgow.

CLEARED OUT -- Commerce, Lyell, London; Friends, Canon, Glasgow; Ellen, Dickson, Belfast; Keith, Douglas, Liverpool.


THE Interset of the late CHRISTOPHER HUDSON, Esq. in the Farm of MOUNT-COLLYER, containing 15 Irish Acres of good LAND, on which is a substantial and commodious DWELLING HOUSE, with OFFICE HOUSES, an excellent GARDEN etc...

THAT FARM of LAND containing about 16 Acres, formerly in the possession of Mr. JAMES GARDNER, situated in the Townland of DRUMBEG, County of Down, held by Lease under the late Miss MAXWELL, of Drum-House, for Three Young Lives, or the term of 105 years, commencing from the first day of May, 1815, at the Yearly Rent of £40, late currency. -- Immediate possession will be given...

THE INTEREST in the LEASE of that Large SHOP & STORES, No 32, RODSEMARY-STREET, formerly occupied by Mr. JAMES GLASGOW...





At three o'clock the Hon. Judge Johnson took his seat on the Bench in the Crown Court, and his Majesty's Commission having been read, the following Gentlemen were sworn on the



JOHN M'CANCE, Esq, Foreman.
Hon. John B. O'Neill, M.P. Alexander M'Neile, Esq.
Hon. Hercules Pakenham, Sir Stephen May,
Hon. Henry M. Upton, Thomas Gregg, Esq.
Edw. Jones Agnew, Esq. George Hutchinson, Esq.
James Leslie, Esq. William Trail, Esq.
John Montgomery, Esq. Thomas B. Adair, Esq.
Richard Dobbs, Esq. John Rowan, Esq.
William W. Legge, Esq. Charles M'Gildowney, Esq.
James Stewart Moore, Esq. John White, Esq.
John Cromie, Esq. Samuel Allen, Esq.
Richard Magennis, Esq. George Joy, Esq.
CUNNINGHAM GREG, Esq. High-Sheriff.

His Lordship briefly addressed the Gentlemen of the Grand Jury. He said it was completely unnecessary for him to explain their duty to Gentlemen of their experience. He would request their particular attention to the report of the Inspector General on the state of the County gaol; and he hoped they would see the necessity of applying a remedy for the evils which existed in that establishment. His Lordship gave it as his opinion that it would he much better to erect a gaol in the town of Belfast, for the reception of convicted prisoners, whilst the gaol in Carrickfergus might be allotted to prisoners previous to their trial. Persons in these situations should always be kept separate; but this he should leave entirely for their consideration. He held in his hand an amount of the expense of the Police Constabulary, since last Assizes. The total amount was £3460. He also held in his hand, a petition from the Keeper of Antrim Bridewell, complaining of the non-payment of his salary; all he had received since Summer Assizes, was the sum of £1. They would, of course, investigate this, and other matters, and offered redress where it was called for. He concluded with hoping they would send the Bills into Court as quickly as possible, with due regard to justice, as the Calendar was extremely heavy -- the number of prisoners exceeding, by one-third, any other county of the circuit.

The following trials were then proceeded on:--

Pat. M'Averney, indicted for stealing a quantity of rabbit skins, and a stone of verdigris, the property of Robert Bailey, Belfast, in whose service he had been employed as porter. -- Acquitted.

William M'Bride, for stealing a silver watch, on the 3d Dec. last, from Richardson Kelly, of Belfast. -- Guilty; transported seven years.

Pat. Burns, for stealing a watch, on the 19th Dec. from James Dorrian, of Belfast. -- Guilty; transported 7 years.

William Martin, for feloniously entering the house of Wm. Waters, of Antrim, on the night of 13th Nov. last, and taking from thence a watch to which were appended a chain and gold seals. -- Guilty; transported for life.


GRAND JURY. -- Peter Kirk, Esq, Foreman; Henry Adair, William Stewart, William Burleigh, James Wells, Joshua Rice, Stewart Dunn, John Robinson, John Legg, Davys Bowman, Robert Hanly, Edward Smith, Hill Wilson, Daniel Blair, Thomas How, William Stevenson, Saml. Wilson, Alexander Johns, Samuel Hay, John M'Gowan, George P. Price, William Corcoran, and Henry Eccleston, Esqrs. -- John Campbell, and Thos. Millar, Esqrs, Sheriffs.


PETITT JURY. -- Mathew Black, John Kennedy, William M'Connell, James Reid, John Cunningham, Wm. Steen, Robert Halliday, Maxwell Lepper, John M'Adam, James Magill, Hill Charley, Richard Thompson.

Robt. Hamilton, (a little boy,) was indicted for stealing two sheep the property of Geo. M'Fall.

Geo. M'Fall -- On 26th Dec. two sheep were stolen from witness -- saw them in the forenoon on his own field -- missed them in the evening -- never saw them afterwards -- lives 2 miles from Portglenone.

Pat. Scullion -- lived near last witness -- saw the prisoner on the 26th Dec. on the high road, driving two sheep towards Portglenone witness asked him what he paid for the sheep -- he said 30s. -- witness thought they were dear and said George charged pretty high for them -- he knew the sheep had belonged to Geo. M'Fall -- informed M'Fall of the circumstance -- a few days afterwards saw prisoner before the Magistrates at Porglenone. -- In answer to a question from prisoner, he acknowledged, that he was tried at last Assizes for sheep-stealing, but was acquitted.

Geo. M'Fall again called, said, that, in consequence of information, he had prisoner taken into custody at Portglenone, when Scullion identified him as the boy he met driving the sheep. -- Guilty.


William Fulton, for feloniously having in his possession forged notes of the Bank of Ireland.

George Doyle -- Knows prisoner -- bought 5 Bank of Ireland pound notes from him for 2s. 6d. each -- marked them at the time, and be now identifies them -- Cross-ex. -- Can't write, but put his mark upon the notes -- he knows his cross when he sees it again -- he has met many crosses during his life -- he was once near being hanged -- he was sentenced to be transported for life -- the magistrates interfered and got the Lord Lieutenant's pardon -- he had been found guilty at Dundalk of passing a forged note.

Mr Scriven urged that this witness was incompetent as he had acknowledged he had been sentenced to transportation for iife, and the Counsel on the other side were unable to prove that he had received his pardon -- Some discussion took place between the Counsel on the competency of this witness.

Sergeant Beatty, police constabulary -- Knows last witness and also the prisoner -- took prisoner in a house near Belfast, on the information of last witness -- some notes were given to him by Doyle -- saw Doyle mark them, and witness now identifies them -- this was on 9th May -- he took the prisoner on the 7th.

George Moore -- Is employed in the Bank of Ireland -- the notes shewn to him are all forged.

Doyle again called and examined by a Juryman -- he knew prisoner dealt in forged notes, and purchased them for the purpose of betraying him. -- Not guilty.


Jane Donelly, for having in her possession base silver coin with intent to pass the same as genuine.

Stewart Beggs, constable, police-office, Belfast -- On 13th Dec. prisoner came to the police-office, enquiring for a man named Black, who had been taken for passing base money -- witness suspecting her, searched her and found a bad 6s. piece and half a crown, which he now identifies -- they were in her pocket -- she had no other money.

John Anderson, watchmaker, being shewn, the pieces found on prisoner, says they are counterfeit. -- Guilty -- three months imprisonment.

Jane Law, for having base coin in her possession.

Stewart Beggs -- On 1st Jan. in one Sloss's house, in Grattan-street -- found a man named M'Mahon and prisoner in bed -- found a woman's pocket under the bolster, which she said was hers -- got 8s. of base coin in the pocket which he now produces -- there was also some good silver -- the base money was lapped up in paper with a ply of paper betwixt each shilling -- the good money was loose.

Mr. Anderson again examined the money, and said they were counterfeit -- Guilty -- 3 mo. imprisonment.

Jas. Henry M'Mullan, for having base coin in his possession.

Stewart Beggs -- On 1st Jan. found prisoner in a lodging-house in Belfast -- found in his pocket two bad half-crowns lapped in paper, with a ply of paper between each, also a bad shilling, and a bad half-crown in his hand -- he had received information from another man but a few minutes before.

Mr. Anderson swore the two half-crowns were counterfeits -- Not guilty.


Hugh M'Cann, for a burglary in the house of Geo. Scarland.

G. Scarland -- lives near Malone turnpike -- On 20th August last his house was entered it the night-time -- a pane had been removed from a scullery window -- an arm put in at the window could reach the key of the back door, which was in the lock -- in the night time heard a noise, went down stairs, and found the back door open -- missed a quantity of wearing apparel, a pair of shops, and a number of other articles -- saw the shoes on Friday following on a stall in Smithfield.

Andrew Donaghy -- The prisoner came to his house in Belfast, and witness swapped one pair of shoes for another with him -- a few days after they were claimed by last witness. -- Guilty -- sentence of death recorded -- to be transported for life.


Wm. Duffin and James Wason, indicted for the murder of James Smyth, in Ballymena, on 6th Dec. last.

Robert Campbell -- Knew James Smyth -- saw him the night before his death in the street of Ballymena when he saw Smyth, he was drunk -- witness was at the head of Shamble-street along with Smyth, when he heard a noise of people talking down streets -- Smith bid witness run him against one of them -- witness refused to do this, and Smith went towards Duffin and Charles Letters who were standing close together -- Smith forced himself between them -- Duffin asked why he jundyed him -- Smith said jundy hell -- Smith then caught Letters by the neck, and tore the side from his jacket -- Duffin had a small rod in his hand -- Did not see Duffin strike Smith with the rod, but heard him ask Duffin why he struck him with that -- Smith then struck Duffin on the jaw -- Wason (prisoner) came out of a public house, caught hold of deceased, and said he wanted peace, and he would treat him -- Smith said if he would let him go he would behave like a man -- Wason let him go -- Saw Duffin (who was tipsy) at this time take off his big coat -- Smith again went up and struck Duffin, and they fell in grips -- they were about five minutes on the ground -- when Smith was on the ground Wason gave him a kick about the neck -- Smith got up, and again lay down at a short distance.

Cross-ex. -- Deceased struck one of the two men before either of them struck him -- deceased's wife was also there, and she was very drunk, and insulting everyone -- several other persons were there -- Smith rose and went away, and Sweeny followed him. Sweeny has absconded.

John Murray -- Was at Ballymena on 6th December -- knew the deceased Smith -- saw him about nine o'clock beating a boy named Letters through the streets -- Smith then struck prisoner Duffin with his fist. Duffin had nothing in his hand -- He next saw Wason and deceased fighting -- saw Wason fall by a blow from Smith -- Duffin then threw off his big coat, and came staggering up the street drunk, and deceased and him began fighting -- Smith followed him -- he knocked Duffin down, and they both fell -- they rolled on the street and Duffin got uppermost -- Sweeny then came up and gave Smith two or three kicks -- Sweeny then endeavoured to take away Duffin -- deceased said to Sweeny that he had murdered him, and lifted a stone and threw it, but does not know if it struck anyone -- Smith went up an entry and Sweeny followed him and put him down -- while deceased was lying in the entry, he saw Duffin kick him -- Smith was taken home after this.

Bernard Rourke -- Knew deceased -- saw him a few hours before his death -- he said he was killed -- that Wason, Duffin and Sweeny had murdered him, and he should leave his death on them -- he said that Sweeny jumped on him and broke his heart.

Surgeon M'Comb -- On 5th or 6th December last he was called on to visit the deceased Smith -- he was labouring under great oppression in his breast and belly and difficulty of breathing -- there was no external mark on his body -- he bled him -- he died a few hours after -- opened his body next day, when he found his bowels were in a high state of inflammation, which might proceed from various causes. -- In answer to a question from a Juryman, he said the inflammation might have been caused by external violence, although there was no external mark. -- Not guilty of murder -- Guilty of manslaughter.

John Boardman, for stealing a sack and oats, the property of Arch. Robertson.

Archd. Robertson -- On 21st Jan. he lost a quantity of oats in a sack -- it had been given to witness to thrash -- In consequence of information, he made search on 14th Feb. and found the sack in which his oats had been in prisoner's house -- some of the police were with him -- Cross.ex. -- Has 3 or 4 sacks -- the one that was stolen was patched -- witness got some money to make this business up, but not nearly to the value of the oats.

Wm. John Robertson, son to last witness -- saw the sack in prisoner's house, and is certain it was his father's. -- Guilty.

James Graham and John Dugan, for stealing two pigs, the property of Patrick Devlin and Robert Boville, five miles from Randalstown, on the 7th inst. -- Guilty -- transported for 7 years.

Wm. Marshall, for entering the mill-yard of Sinclair Mulholland and Co. Belfast, with intent to steal their property; also for an assault on John Flanagan.

John Flanagan -- is in the employment of Sinclair Mulholland and Co. cotton-spinners -- witness is manager -- On the night of 27th August, he was on watch, between 10 and 11 o'clock, when a man came into the yard -- the gate was secured at the time -- witness heard a noise, and immediately after saw a man in the yard -- witness had a person with him, and on the strange man perceiving witness, he endeavoured to return over the wall again -- witness pursued him and some blows and struggling took place -- he had known this man before, as he had been in their employment -- he was the prisoner -- after some time the prisoner was secured and given in charge to the police. -- Guilty; to be imprisoned 12 month and kept at hard labour.

The prisoner, on receiving sentence, thanked his Lordship; but afterwards said, he would prefer being transported for seven years, as he was tired of the country.


Charles Lavery was capitally indicted, for feloniously stabbing John Collins with intent to kill, at Broomhedge, near Lisburn.

Robert Collins -- Knows prisoner -- had occasion to go to his house early on the morning of 12th Dec. last -- his son John was with him -- prisoner was not in, but he came soon after, and they all went in together -- they had gone to get the rent from prisoner -- prisoner said he had been in search of his wife, who was away getting money -- prisoner began to scold -- he took up a chaIr and said he would put them out -- seized witness by the breast -- then went out to the road crying out robbery -- challenged them to fight, and gave them abusive language -- he then went away -- he and his son waited for some time -- witness's wife came in afterwards -- Elizabeth Dogherty was also there -- witness was at the fire and his son standing on the kitchen floor, near a table, when prisoner came in, ran to his son and plunged a knife into him -- witness went to his assistance -- got prisoner down -- and in twisting the knife from his grasp the blade came out of the haft -- witness's hand was cut in the struggle -- after witness got possession of the knife, prisoner got up and ran out and went into a house, where he remained till he was taken by the police from Lisburn -- the knife was produced -- it was a shoemaker's knife -- Cross-ex. -- Gave the prisoner no bad usage nor any blows till after he had stabbed his son. He went to prisoner's house at that time by agreement with him, as prisoner had said, to witness's wife that he would then have the money. -- Examined by the Judge -- After the prisoner threatened to put them out, witness seized his goods.

Alice Collins -- Wife to last witness -- on 10th December last, went to prisoner, who told her he would have money for her either next night or following morning -- he had often promised this before -- on the morning of 12th, her husband went to prisoner's house -- they are two fields separate -- in consequence of something she heard, she went to the house, where she found her husband, her son and prisoner -- they were scolding -- she endeavoured to conciliate matters -- prisoner went out and returned in about a quarter of an hour -- her son was standing at the back of the kitchen, with his hands in his breeches pockets -- prisoner ran to her son and made a plunge at him, and said I'll stab and murder you -- witness had not seen the knife at this time -- her son clapped his hand on his side and said "O I am stabbed" -- The knife was wrested from prisoner, and he ran out of the house -- her son went into his uncle's house (Henry Doherty) where she saw the wound; he was bleeding desperately. -- Cross-ex. -- It was between 6 and 7 o'clock -- the informations sworn to by witness stated that the prisoner was not there when she went in -- thinks her son would have beat the prisoner if witness had not prevented him -- Prisoner had called him another man's bastard.

John Collins -- son to last witness -- went with his father about 6 o'clock to Lavery's house -- the door was open and a candle burning -- they went in and found nobody -- soon after, Lavery came down the road -- Lavery said, is Jane here? meaning his wife -- witness said she was not there -- they all went in -- he said he had gone to meet his wife about some money -- witness proposed stopping till she came -- he asked, what brought you here at this time of the night? -- witness took out his watch and said, it was after 6 o'clock -- prisoner d---d him and his watch, and gave him a great deal of insulting language -- he lifted a chair and made a blow at witness, which he guarded of, and witness then made a blow at him -- prisoner went out and challenged him to fight -- his mother then came in, and she and his father prevented witness from going out -- prisoner then went down the road towards the house of one Sloan, a shoemaker, about a quarter of a mile distant -- he returned In about 20 minutes -- witness was standing on the floor, and saw him coming in -- he came direct to witness, and struck him hard with his right hand -- witness seized his arm and cried out, that he had a knife, which they got from him with great difficulty -- saw Sloan afterwards in the room where he was lying, and the knife was shewn to him. Cross-examined. -- They told prisoner that if he did not settle with them, they would destrain his goods. No person came to the door to get in, and were refused admittance. Witness was examined by the Learned Judge as to the purpose of their going there so early in the morning, and read the part of the informations sworn to by witness immediately after the deed was committed, in which they said that they went there for the purpose of distraining for rent.

Elizabeth Dougherty -- she heard some noise of scolding, and on looking into the road saw prisoner going from his own house she went out, and saw John Collins -- went into prisoner's house, and sat down with the rest -- saw prisoner come in and rush on John Collins -- (she gave the same account of the transaction as the others)

Wm. Sloan -- Is a shoemaker -- prisoners house is about a quarter of a mile from witness -- About 8 in the morning of 12th Dec. saw John Collins lying on his uncle's bed (Henry Dogherty) was shewn a knife, which he knew he had the night before. Early that morning prisoner came to his window, and asked for witness -- his wife let him in -- he told witness that Collins and his wife and son were at his house, and he had fought a long time with them -- he said he would go back, as he did not value his life -- it was before day at this time -- prisoner sat down on the seat which witness used when he worked.

Wm. Marcay, (police constabulary) knows John Collins -- he gave witness a knife which he has kept till now -- conveyed the prisoner to Lisburn -- he said to witness he went for the knife; he did the deed, through wrath, and was sorry for it, and willing to give his own life for it, should the man die.

Surgeon Thos. Simpson -- was called to visit John Collins, when he found a wound in the abdomen, which he described -- he was confined to his bed for 3 or 4 weeks.


Arthur Kelly -- On the morning of 12th Dec. he had risen between 4 and 5, as he thinks -- he heard a noise from Lavery's house -- got up and went out in his shirt -- heard Lavery calling out murder and robbery, and for the assistance of James Smith -- heard John Collins call out, if he would come in he would beat him and Smith both -- witness went to bed, and soon after heard John Collins call out "we have possession, and will keep it." Witness lay still in bed -- some time after heard John Collins was stabbed. -- Cross-ex. -- The house is now locked up -- has seen Collins and Henry Dogherty go in -- Dogherty has the key. -- This noise was a considerable time before day-light.

James Smith -- Heard Lavery crying out murder and robbery, and calling "James Smith, Jas. Smith, at 2 o'clock at night" -- his father prevented witness from going out -- when he saw prisoner afterwards with the police, he was covered with blood and dirt -- he was cut about the face.

Wm. Spence -- Was near Lavery's door -- heard Lavery giving heavy moans -- heard John Collins say, we have possession, and we'll keep it.

John Jeffers -- heard a noise and got up and went to Lavery's house -- heard a heavy moan from prisoner, but did not see him -- Alice came to the door, and said, "Iie there and let on that you are killed."

Hon. Hercules Pakenham -- Prisoner was in his service as a mason while witness was building his house -- all the workmen behaved well, and he among the others.

The learned Judge, in his charge to the Jury, stated that to distrain for rent before day-light was an illegal act, and that if the prisoner had inflicted the wound at the moment, and death had followed, he would have been guilty of manslaughter only. What bore much against the prisoner was the circumstance of his having gone to some distance to procure the knife, and returning in about a quarter of an hour and then stabbing Collins. His Lordship recapitulated the evidence at great length, observing upon the contradiction of the evidence given now by the prosecutors and that which they swore to on their informations.

The Jury then retired and returned with a verdict of -- Not Guilty.


LORD GODERICH. -- Lord Goderich is the second son of the late Lord Grantham; his mother was a daughter of Earl of Hardwicke. On the 1st of September, 1814, he was married to Sarah Albinia Louisa, only daughter, and subsequently, heiress of the Earl of Buckinghamshire: two children a boy and a girl, were the fruits of this union, but they are both dead. On the 25th of April, 1827, he was raised to the Peerage, with the title of Viscount Goderich, of Goderich Castle, in the county of Hereford. His Lordship is now in the prime of life; in person he is about the middle height and rather inclined to embonpoint. His countenance is expressive of much benevolence, and his manner presents a happy compound of manly frankness and gentlemanly courtesy.


We mentioned in our last, that a young woman had been found in the Glen braes, near the new Monkland Church, supposed to have been murdered by some person or other unknown. It now appears that she was a married woman, and her husband, (one M'Gruer a painter,) against whom there are suspicions, was on Friday forenoon apprehended here, in a house in the Gallowgate, and has been sent to the Sheriff's chambers for examination. -- Glasgow Courier.

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