Belfast Newsletter - Tuesday, 25 March 1834


On the 21st inst. by the Rev. D. Potter, Mr. Alexander Weatherspoon, Edinburgh, to Miss Barclay, Islandmagee.

On Thursday last, by the Rev. Mr. Heron, Presbyterian Minister, Ballyroney, Mr. Thomas Murphy, Ballyroney, to Miss Mary Ervin, only daughter of the late David Ervin, Kilkinamurray.

On the 18th inst. by the Rev. John Porter, Mr. Hugh Kearns, to Miss Mary Ann, second daughter of Mr. Joseph Redding, both of this town.

On 10th March, in Lurgan Church, by the Rev. Edward Kent, Mr. George M'Kinley, to Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. Wm. Johnston, both of said place.

On the 19th inst. by the Rev. Henry Hazlett, Mr. James Busby, to Miss Plunkett, both of Galwally.

On Tuesday morning, at Besborough-house, Cavendish-square, London, The Earl of Kerry, eldest son of the Marquis of Lansdowne, to the Hon. Augusta Ponsonby, second daughter of the Viscount and Viscountess Duncannon.


At Kilwaughter Castle, on Tuesday last, the 18th inst. of Typhus fever, EDWARD JONES AGNEW, Esq. of Kilwaughter. The decease of this excellent man has occasioned a general sensation of sorrow in this neighbourhood, where his valuable qualities have been long known and acknowledged. His immediate friends, and his tenantry, feel the privation in a still more distressing degree, from the suddenness of the unexpected catastrophe. The private and unostentatious virtues of benevolence and charity were invariably exercised by this good man, in no common or stinted measure. In public life he was always a consistent patriot, and he lived to see the principles he had early maintained, as representative of this County in the Irish Parliament, consolidated by the reform in the institutions of the state, so recently accomplished. His was, indeed, a life of the greatest integrity and simplicity: he was imbued with the mildest and purest dispositions -- always intent on doing the greatest good, to the greatest number, within the sphere of his influence. The remains of Mr. Agnew were interred on Thursday last, in the burying ground of Kilwaughter demesne and parish, in the rear of his mansion; accompanied by the sorrows of his tenantry, and the deep grief of his friends and relatives.

On the 17th inst. in Dublin, aged 10 years, Hugh T. Lyle, eldest son of Hugh Lyle, Esq. of Coleraine, victorious, we trust, in Jesus, even in death.

On Friday the 21st inst. in the 34th year of his age, Curtis M'Farland, of Coleraine, Esq. solicitor.

At Carrickfergus, on the 20th inst. after a short illness, Mr. Robert Morrison, saddler, in the 63d year of his age.

In Belfast, on Thursday morning last, in the 22d year of his age, Mr. John Strong Adams, son of the late Mr. James White Adams, of Randalstown. He was a student of Divinity, attached to the Remonstrant Synod, and promised to be a distinguished member of that body.

On the 18th inst. at her brother's, Ballyclare, Eleanor, daughter of the late George Walmsley, Esq. of Mourne, county Down.

On the 12th inst. Harriet, daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Stevenson, of Armagh, and wife of Mr. George Wilson, of Monaghan -- who, in the various relations of life, as a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend, evinced such a strict regard to the fulfilment of her duty -- such a Christian benevolence of her heart, as justly endeared her to all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.

On the 13th inst. at his residence near Maghera, Mr. Archibald Millar, aged 75 years.

At Ramelton, on the 7th inst. Mr. John Spencer, aged 73 years, 54 of which he was a respectable merchant in the above town.

At Cheshunt, England, aged 90, Mrs. Susan Cromwell, the last of that name, and great-great-grand-daughter of the Protector Oliver Cromwell.

The New York papers announce the death of the Hon. Cadwallader Colden, formerly one of the most eminent members of the New York Bar, Mayor of the city, a Member of Congress, a Member of the Assembly, and a Senator of his native State, and, above all, the friend and biographer of Fulton, and the great supporter of Governor Clinton, in the magnificent project he accomplished, of uniting the Atlantic, with the waters of Lake Erie, by the Erie Canal.




PETIT JURY -- James M'Connell, Foreman; John Munro, William Moore, Francis M'Cracken, James M'Bride, Robert O'Neill, Abraham Ruddock, Thos. Scott, Sam. Swan, Wm. G. Scott, Moses Spratt, R. M. Small.

Thomas Murphy, for stealing 18 10s, the property of Henry M'Stay, near Dromore, 21st Dec. -- Not guilty.


Samuel Carson, for stealing 2 sacks, 1 bag, and a quantity of linen yarn, the property of John Kelly, at Donaghcloney, on 10th January last.

J. Maginniss -- Was in Mr Kelly's employment on 10th Jan.; on that day was driving a horse and cart, loaded with yarn, from Lurgan to Mr. Nicholson's; Kelly lives three miles beyond Keady; Miles Kelly, prosecutor's son, lives in Lurgan, and deals in yarn; buys it for his father; left Lurgan about 4 or 5 o'clock, and after he had been a short way out of town he met 4 or 5 men, who went behind the cart and looked up at it; they then went away; witness did not know where he was, and went into a house to inquire the road to Waringstown, where they told him he was astray; he then turned back, and after a little he met the same number of men again, in a hollow on the road, who seized him and threatened to cut his throat if he said a word; three of the men took him into a field, and the rest remained with the cart; they then tied his hands behind his back, and also his feet together; remained in that situation for about an hour, during which time the men walked backwards and forwards through the field; he then contrived to draw his feet through his hands, and loosed his feet, and made off; the men pursued him, when he fell on his face, and remained in that situation till they passed him; he then went into a house and saw some yarn, but the people not seeming to be pleased he left it; he then went into a house kept by a man called Burns, who cut the cords off his hands; he found the horse and cart on Sunday following at Dromore; does not know any of the men. Cross-ex. -- It was about a mile from Waringstown the robbery took place; the house where he saw the yarn was about half-a-mile from the place where the robbery took place; a person named Gibson was taken prisoner, but was liberated; his master never applied lo witness to fix the robbery on any one.

Miles Kelly. -- Is sun to John Kelly; recollects last witness leaving Lurgan on 10th January last; it was about half-past four o'clock; there were 975 spangles of yarn on tbe cart; Maginness came back about nine o'clock without the horse or cart; on Sunday, witness went to a field near a man's house called Carson; it was all tramped, and had the appearance as if a cart had been disloaded in it; the gap was broken down, apparently by some large bundle having been pressed over it; witness did not go into Carson's house that night, but went into the stack-yard, and in searching a large straw stack he observed a hole which had been recently made; found nothing in it; he observed footsteps about the stack, which he and the Police traced; they led to a bog on the other side of a hill; saw some of the yarn pulled out of the bog; it was the same he bought for his father; there were 1100 hanks of it; the stack-yard is close to Carson's house; the field where the tracks were is about ten perches from it; Mr. Nicholson got the yarn that was found in the bog.

Isaac Munn, ex. -- Is a police constable; after the yarn was found in the bog he made a prisoner of Carson; in consequence of a request made by prisoner he was allowed to change his shoes, as they were ah old pair he had on him; witness kept the shoes; one of them was a remarkable one, as it was broken in the sole; compared it with the tracks leading from the stack-yard to the bog, and found them to correspond; the tracks also corresponded with the nails, and length of the shoe; found in Carson's house, on Monday, a hat all wet and dirty, and asked for the owner but found none.

Wm. Knox -- Is a police constable; was at the bog when the yarn was found; the yarn was shown to Mr. Kelly who claimed it. -- Cross-ex. -- The bog is open to every person.

Thomas Byrne -- Knows Maginnis; recollects the night he came into his house; his hands were tied, and witness cut the rope; he here produced it. Magennis was again brought on the table, at the request of one of the Jury, and his hands tied behind his back, to see if he could draw his feet through them, which he did, to the infinite amusement of the the whole Court. -- Knox recalled -- Observed no straw with the flax when found in the bog.

The Counsel for the prisoner, (who is a respectable looking young man) thought it unnecessary to produce evidence; and the Judge said it was no wonderful thing'to observe foot marks in wet weather about a farmer's house; and in regard io the prisoner's changing his shoes, it ought rather to be in bis favour, for, said his Lordship, had he been guilty, and thought they would have been brought in evidence against him, it is most likely that he would have disposed of them in some other way. -- He was acquitted.

Carson was then indicted for stealing a horse and cart, the property of said John Kelly; but after the decision of the former case, no evidence was produced. He was then discharged.

Catharine Carrigan, for stealing a silver spoon, the property of Wm. Arthurs, at Donaghadee, on 27th Feb.; guilty.

Jon Downey, for stealing a ewe, the property of Edw. Fearan, on 10th March, near Rosstrevor; guilty.

June Jones, for stealing, on 10th March, at Newry, a silk handkerchief, 7, 10s. in notes, and 17s. 6d. in silver, the property of Daniel Rooney; guilty.

Edward Maginness, for stealing a magic lantern and 5 glasses, the property of Michael Campbell; on 22d Feb.; pleaded guilty.

Sam. Moffatt, for stealing a mare the property of Hugh Boyd, at Ashgrove, on 25th Jan. last; Guilty.

Elizabeth Burns, for stealing a cloak and other articles, the property of Patrick O'Shaughnessey, at Newry, on 11th March last; Guilty.

Thos. Donnelly and Thos. Glover, for stealing 2 hats, the property of Alex. Knox, at Dromore, on 19th March inst. -- Guilty.


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