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Clonleigh Jottings, Co Donegal

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January 3 1815


We have been requested by the poor prisoners in Lifford Gaol, to return their sincere thanks to the REV. RUSSEL KNOX, Inspector of that Gaol, for a quantity of meat and vegetables presented to them at Christmas, and for frequently supplying them with milk at his own private expense We comply with this request the more willingly, as we have frequently heard the prisoners speak of the general humanity of this gentleman’s conduct towards them, not only in supplying what is needful for the body, but in administering divine consolation, and frequently distributing to them religious pamphlets with suitable admonition


April 25 1815



From Lifford on Friday evening, the 21st of April inst. and was seen in the streets of Strabane, at 11 o’clock that night, a light bay mare, rising 4 years old, cut in the tail, black feet, tail, and mane, figure, tight, with star in forehead. It is requested, if met with, to send her, or note, to MR. JOHN WRAY, innkeeper, Strabane. All expenses, trouble, and handsome reward will be given by the subscriber,


Lifford, April 24, 1815


Sept 30 1817



THE REV. JOHN GRAHAM, A. M. begs leave to inform his friends, and the public, that the Earl of Erne, having been pleased to consider him a fit and proper person to succeed to the Classical School of Lifford, he has provided a comfortable Room for the reception of pupils, until the school room on the premises can be put into a state of habitable repair; and the school will be opened on Monday the 5th of October. An assistant, duly qualified to teach English in its various departments, has been engaged for this school.

TERMS - A Guinea Entrance, and a guinea a quarter, with the usual additional charge for those who are to be taught writing and arithmetic

Lifford, September 22, 1817


April 29 1823


We are authorised to state, that MR. GABRIEL MONTGOMERY, of Lifford, is about to set out on a Survey of the Coast of Ennishowen, to complete its improvement of the charts of the maritime ports of the County of Donegal. As this is a work of much consequence to the improvement of our navigation, trade, and fisheries, and as it is approved of, and patronized by, the North West Society, in furtherance of their patriotic views for the advancement of useful knowledge it is hoped that Mr. Montgomery will meet with that countenance and co-operation from the resident gentry on the coast, which are indispensably necessary for the success of his useful undertaking



FOR the use of the prisoners and lunatics, confined in Lifford Gaol and Lunatic Asylum, the following articles, which must be of the best quality, viz. oatmeal, potatoes, new milk, butter-milk, and straw: any person, wishing to contract for the supply of the above articles, will please to send in their proposals to me, on or before the first of May next, on which day the contract will commence, and terminate on the first day of the next Summer Assizes. Security will be required


Lifford, April 21, 1823


August 5 1823



Or the interest in the premises sold, from the first day of November next, ALL that excellent dwelling-house, garden, and offices, in the Town of Lifford, now occupied by MRS. MARGARET STEVENSON, and a good tenement, garden, and fields, near the hospital; an orchard and fields near Cunneborough, and some excellent fields in and about Lifford. These premises will be set up on the 1st day of November, either together or in lots; and in the interim, proposals will be received either by MRS. STEVENSON, Lifford, or SIR JOHN JAMES BURGOYNE, Strabane

Lifford, 1st August, 1823


October 7 1823


On Friday last, MICHAEL KEENAN, a mason employed in the erection of the new gaol at Lifford, fell from the scaffolding upon some stones, a height of nearly 20 feet, by which his thigh was broken, and his head bruised in a shocking manner. He was immediately removed to the County Infirmary, where he still remains in a very weak and precarious state


August 24 1824


A Coroner’s Inquest was on Wednesday held on the body of JOHN CALLAN, a private of the 2d Veteran Battalion, which was found by some fishermen in the water near Lifford. It appeared that the unfortunate man, on returning from Strabane, in a state of intoxication, fell in where there is a breach in the curtain wall, and was carried a considerable distance. The Jury, after a minute examination, found a verdict of accidental death. --- His fate is an awful instance of the effects of drunkenness


March 29 1825


DANIEL McGLINTY, on whom sentence of death was passed at the last Assizes of Lifford, for stabbing MR. JOHN WILSONHAS been respited till further orders


January 10 1826



On Thursday evening last, as JAMES McGRATH drayman to the Strabane brewery, was returning home after delivering ale at Craigadoois, and at a part of the road between Rossgeer and Burndale bridge, the horse and dray fell in, by going too near the side of the road where there is a deep drain, unprotected by a wall, and with them the unfortunate man, who was drowned before any assistance could be rendered him. He was a sober, steady man, and well liked by his employer. - It is to be hoped this event may be the means of having a protection wall built on this dangerous part of the road


March 7 1826


On Saturday last, MR. WM. WATT, Messenger at Arms, for the Shire of Stirling, in Scotland, arrived at the Gaol of Lifford, with a Warrant from the Lord Justice Clerk, for the transmission of JOHN CORRAN, formerly of Lifford, to the Tolbooth of Stirling, charged with robbing the house of the REV. MR. McCALL, of Muiravonside, in the month of December last, of a gold watch, and various other articles. CORRAN had been apprehended by the vigilance of the Raphoe Police, about a month ago


February 16 1830



The wife of a farmer named THOMPSON residing in Croghan within one mile and-half of this town, on her return from the Presbyterian Meeting-House of Raphoe, on Sunday last, was thrown from her horse, on the bye road leading to her husband’s house ~~ her foot by the fall got entangled in the stirrup, and the horse took fright, galloped off, and melancholy to relate the poor woman was taken up a corpse


May 4 1830


On Thursday last, a boy of the name of MADDEN, from Lifford, who had been engaged in one of the boats plying between this town and Derry, was by some unlucky accident, knocked overboard, and drowned, and though every exertion has been made, his body has not yet been found


May 25 1830



On Saturday evening last, a woman named COYLE the wife of a labourer in the town of Lifford, in a fit of apoplexy fell into the fire with her infant child in her arms; the cries of the infant brought the neighbours in, when the unfortunate woman was taken up lifeless.  Yesterday a Coroner’s Inquest was held on the body by JOHN HUNTER ESQ. and a verdict returned that the deceased’s death was occasioned by a fit of apoplexy


September 27 1831


On Saturday morning, the body of NEAL CROSSAN, of Red Brea, parish of Lifford, was found drowned in the river, at the race course. It is supposed, that being late at the course, and crossing the plank when no person was near him, he fell in and was drowned. He was upwards of 70 years of age


November 8 1831


A detachment of the 83d regiment, stationed for these some months in Lifford, marched from thence on Wednesday last, on their route for Castlebar. It is but justice to say that the gentlemanly conduct of their commanding officer, Lieutenant Kelly, and the good behaviour of the non-commissioned officers and privates have endeared them to the inhabitants of Lifford and Strabane


May 1 1832


J. MACILWAAN, a patient in the Infirmary at Lifford, last week, alarmed by the death of one of the inmates, slipped out unnoticed, and having with difficulty reached Ramelton, was so exhausted, that he could not even be carried home, only two miles off, and in a short time he died


July 3 1832



A Main of Cocks - (twenty-one battles,) was fought at Lifford, on the 27th and 28th of June, between Capt. Nesbitt, commanding the detachment of the King’s Royal Rifles, and MR. VERTUE, of Sandymills. WILLIAM JACKSON, of Derry, handed for the Captain, and JOHN DONNELL, of Castlefin, for Mr. Vertue. Each party had won ten battles, and the twenty-first won by Jackson, decided the main in favour of the Captain


February 10, 1835



 It is our painful duty to record the instantaneous and deplorable death of MR. JAMES STILLY, of Ballindreat, Co Donegal, on Tuesday last, by the upsetting of a loaded grain cart. The team, or hind part of the shaft, having struck him on the breast, with the weight of the load, put an immediate end to his existence. He was a man in comfortable circumstances, of the most sober and inoffensive habits, and quitted the world without having made, through life, a single enemy. An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict of accidental death returned. On Thursday last, his remains were interred in Clonleigh church yard, attended by a very numerous assemblage of persons


March 24 1835


A pensioner, of the name of CORCORAN, who lives in Lifford, attempted to put a period to his existence, on Sunday last, by cutting his throat with a razor; and although he inflicted a very severe wound, it is hoped he will recover. No possible reason can be assigned for the act, as he is a man who bears a very excellent character, and is in receipt of a considerable pension from the army. DR. GREER, in his usual kindness, rendered him every assistance


March 7 1837


In last week’s paper, we announced the death of MR JAMES PORTER, which occurred rather suddenly at Guystown, near Ballindreat. We have now to state, that, in consequence of some suspicions having arisen as to his death being caused by unfair means, the body was disinterred on Sunday morning last, and after a most minute post mortem examination, which was attended by WILLIAM STEWART, ESQ. M.D., A. LENEY, ESQ. M.D. and SURGEON McCLINTOCK, the medical gentlemen were unanimous in their opinion, that his death was a natural one, and that there does not exist the slightest foundation for the surmises that had been formed. Deceased was in his 76th year


April 11 1837


JOHN QUIGLEY, clothes dealer, was fined 5shillings for purchasing some articles of necessaries from a soldier of CAPTAIN HEWSON’S company, stationed at Lifford

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