INDEX of the Memoirs of Thomas Cathcart Breakey: Section I - ADAM-BRAY


Breakey Manuscript

Book 1 Pages

Book 2 Pages

Notes (Birth, death, parents, marriage)




“I was asked some time ago a question I could not answer or even make an offer at. Was ADAM a presbyterian. I was directed to look at a paragraph in the Irish Presbyterian for the answer, It was no ADAM was a Methodist in the garden. He was trying to save himself by works, believing in sinless per­fection, and didn't believe in the perseverance of the saints & overlooked the words not of works least any man should boast, so he fell from grace, "when he learned that in him dwelt no good thing." He become a Pauline Presbyterian, saved through faith & not of works.”

Adams, .(?)



pastor in CORLEA

“A man called ADAMS was pastor in CORLEA. He gathered money and built the house now occupied by Charles PARR for a manse. Some leaders in the congregation had him expelled for drunkeness. He lived in and kept possession of the church till he was paid what some believed to be an undue demand. After John PARR was ordained pastor of that church, ADAMS turned about and sold the manse over the head of the congregation. Revd. PARR was the buyer. ADAMS went from bad to worse and, in the end, died in the workhouse. Very strange to say, God visited those who mixed lies and truth together to the ruin of said minister, with abject poverty”

Aikin, (?) Rev. Samuel

38, 39


appointed CREEVAGH congregation minister in 1798 – died on the way there and buried there.

Albert, Prince



“of Saxacoburg & Gotha”, husband of Queen Victoria, arranged Great Exhibition of 1851.

Alwell, Dominick



ALWELLs of ENAGH moved to Co. MAYO and then one of their descendants Dominick ALWELL returned to CO. MONAGHAN

Aretine, Guido



“inventor of musical notes”

Armstrong, (?) Mrs.



“of MULLINAGORE” part of family of William BERRY

Armstrong, Alex



hit in the nose with a five pound note in church (thrown by CUNNINGHAMs)

“They put up seats in First BALLYBAY Church, like dress boxes in a theatre, with four steps up. Father saw Sam and John CUNNINGHAM fly bank notes on bid against each other and again he saw them auctioned out of all. One five pound note hit big Alex ARMSTRONG on the nose which he captured and never gave up. Boys were employed to gather them up but this one went out of reach of them.”

Armstrong, John



lives in first house in BALLYBAY covered in flat stones covered in mortar – not a mud hut.

“In that day, BALLYBAY was called BELBUCK and until my Father was a lump of a boy. That is the Irish of BALLYBAY. In that day BALLYBAY was all mud cabins. Father saw the first house covered with flat stones set in morter (sic). Said house is now occupied by John ARMSTRONG. This house (DRUMSKELT) was first covered in that way. Then after that with thatch and in 1842 with slates.”

Arnold, (?) Mrs.



William ARNOLD’s wife from DUBLIN

“William married a DUBLIN woman who squandered and spent all she could get her hand on. Mr. Nelsen went astray in his mind in his old day and died soon after. After that, Mrs. ARNOLD drew quits with William and left him for life and he spent the rest of his day playing the violin for his food.”

Arnold, John

23, 36


“Revd John ARNOLD of First BALLYBAY was a United Irishman in the most strict sense of the term. He was informed on for addressing a meeting after night, and had to run to America in 1798. Father and William ROLLAND of LISGORN were passing a big pool of water over near where Mr. ARNOLD lived, when a sod fell into the water.. Father was then about 14 years of age. The sod caused him to look in the pool and, to the no SMALL surprise of Father and ROLLAND, they saw poor ARNOLD up to his chin in the water. ROLLAND was United too, and said, "God bless us Mr. ARNOLD what has you in the water." "Keep quiet," said he, "A company of mounted soldiers are after riding round the pool locking for me." "Where is your clothes?" "In William McMcMULLIN's and my purse is in David McCAUL's." "when night comes I will try and get away." It was a very warm day in June. He lived where James LOCKHART now lives, and all he possessed was confiscated to the Crown and sold on the cross road. My Grandfather got his drawers at 8d (pence), good value that time for ₤5 (pounds sterling). In the private drawers was hid the stamp that left the impression on the belts of the united men:

                "A good time coming boys."            

“Mr. ARNOLD got safe to America and sent for his children, except two, William and Sofia who were reared by an uncle, Joseph NELSON, a man who had the bleach green in CREEVE before the JACKSONs. Father was the first child Rev'd William ARNOLD baptized.”

Mr. ARNOLD removed to America in 1797. He was a United Irishman in the very most strict sense of the term. He was the great Presbyter­ian philanthropist of his day. He would go through fire and water for a Presbyterian. My Father was the first child he baptized.”

SOURCE: Full Circle p27:1782 John ARNOLD of MAGHERALLY, CO. DOWN was ordained and served as minister of 1st BALLYBAY. He was educated in Scotland and lived in house at FAIRVIEW later occupied by James MORELL. In 1792 he signed a petition supporting William WILBERFORCE in his efforts to end slavery; p32 “John ARNOLD having gone on the run in 1797 was one of five Presbyterian clergymen who stood with the rebels at the Battle of Rebel Hill [at BAILIEBOROUGH] on 27 August 1798”.; p33 after he moved to America in 1797 “We know nothing of his career in the western world but several of his children returned to this country after his death, and resided near BALLYBAY. His son, William ARNOLD, had a bleach green at CRIEVE, and emigrated to America about the year 1834. A daughter of his, Sophia ARNOLD, died near BALLYBAY on 11 November 1860 … Sophia was aged 62 … John ARNOLD married a sister of Joseph NELSON and she died before John ARNOLD fled. All we know of John ARNOLD in America is that he died there on 26 December, 1801.”

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches. p332 A brief biography.

Arnold, Miss



SEE: GOUDY, John for story about a cat

Arnold, Rev.



Elderly cleric in time of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY

Arnold, Sofia

23, 62, 63


Sophia and William (the two youngest children of Rev William ARNOLD) were raised by their uncle, Joseph NELSON, after their mother died and their father fled to America. Later, Sophia lived with Miss JOHNSTON at the CREEVE Manse. Also see: John ARNOLD sources.

Arnold, William

11, 23,.62 63


a son of Rev William ARNOLD. Sophia and William were raised by Joseph NELSON after their mother died and fled to America. He married a woman from DUBLIN who ran through his money and then left him (See: ARNOLD, Mrs.). He finished his days playing violin for money. He and John BREAKEY got ₤50 for renovating a painting at BELMOUNT CASTLE. Also see: John ARNOLD sources.

Arnold, William Rev.          

23, 34, 37, 62, 74, 84


NOTE: I sense some confusion between “Rev. William ARNOLD” and Rev. John ARNOLD in terms of descriptions in the Memoir. Although it describes William ARNOLD as: “of First BALLYBAY Church – left country at night – United Irishman” this is more correctly the story of his father Rev. John ARNOLD.


Arundel, Earl of



-coaches introduced to England in 1580

Athol, Duke of



owned Isle of Man

Bagley, Robert



“the largest fort on CO. MONAGHAN is in the EIGHT TATES behind the house of Robert BAGLEY”

Bannon, Pat & BANNONs



“Mr. LESLIE destroyed a grand well on Pat BANNON's hill by bringing it to the last of Mr. GILBERTs row of houses. The BANNONs were joiners of a superior class & one of the very old stock of people in BALLYBAY. Had all the hill from M’MAURICEs the blacksmith to the bridge at a mear trifle. The last work done by a BANNON is a door on Mr. Franc BOYLS front house. Joinery was a fine business when the plank had to be put on a sawpit & cut into all shapes required, now that is all done by steam power. A joiner has only to put work together.”

Barmen, (?)



lived where Catholic school now stands – had a stone in their mud wall that predated the arrival of the first LESLIE

Barns, (?) Dr



resident medical man in BALLYBAY

Bartley, (?) Dr.



lived in house that had belonged to James MURRAY and been a bank

Bartly, George



Henry BREAKEY apprenticed to him for 6 ½ years




of the parish of DUNAMINE, old gentry family

Beaty, Dr.  AKA Beety



Resident doctor in the RICHMOND lunatic asylum

Beaty, Robert



of BALLYBAY, built part of wall between MULLINs and MOOREs

Becket, Thomas A.



“He was a highly educated London man who got into the good graces of Henry II and was promoted by him to Lord Chanselor (sic) and again to be Bishop of Canterbury. He neglected Henry and took to the Church and he and Henry had bad bickerings. One night in the presence of four of his Knights Henry said, in a fit of passion, "Is there no one to rid me of that troublesome low born priest?" The four knights went and murdered Thomas A. BECKET. When I was a boy, I stood on the blood stains of Thomas A. BECKET in the old historical Cathedral of Canterbury and from the mouth of an old clerical looking man in charge of the building, I heard the very sad and tragic story of the good and illustrious Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Thomas A. BECKET, told in the most expressive and eloquent manner I ever heard.”

Beety, Dr.



“Dr BEETY was 45 years resident Dr. in the RICHMOND lunatic Asylum & he was telling me he saw fools well ghosted inside the grounds & as a rule it only would make them curious to see what it really was. He was telling me father a good thing of a young inspector who was looking over the Asylum. Dr. BEATY said you had better come back it the evening our fools who are harmless are to get a large party & plenty of dancing as the officials & outsiders will be admitted to help these poor people through dances you will pass for one of our friends. You were telling me you were particularly good at detecting the weak points in lunatics. Now we have taken in a young lady yesterday do you look her up through the night & see wherein she is astray. The Inspector did not know that any one but lunatics were present so he got a young lass for partner in cadrills that he imagined was the insane one so lately taken in. When it would come his turn to stand he said to his partner I am so sorry to hear you are the young lady the Prince of Wails gilted. You make a sad mistake I never saw the man. I beg your pardon you are the lady lost your fortune in the silver mires in Perue. She said she had no fortune to lose. Then said he it is Queen Victoria I have the pleasure of dancing with. I am the daughter of an artisan it the city, The Inspector went over a lot of things but was still out at the elbows. When the dance was over the girl went over to one of the keepers & said have you seen our new lunatic he is the most astray of any one in the house In fact said she, he is astray on every point. When the Dr. heard-this from the keeper & knowing the girl to be one of the servants in the female wards he left the Inspector to feel very small beer. I make a mistake Dr. BEATY did not tell the Inspector no one but fools would be in the dances. Did you see our new lunatic was rather good.”

Begly, Robert



the largest fort in CO. MONAGHAN was on his farm

Belamount, Lord



owned picture of Queen Dido; of BELMOUNT CASTLE.

Belmount,, Lord



of COOTEHILL; would sing “The Land of Potatoes”

Berry, Anne



wife of Robert MOORE (father-in-law of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY), daughter of linen manufacturer at KILLESHANDRA, sister of Mary MULLIN, CURRY, and John BERRY of FAIRMONT.

Berry, James



brother of William BERRY

Berry, John

6, 13


husband of Jane BREAKEY ( -1894), manufactured linen; from KILLESHANDRA.

Berry, John (Abt 1815-bef 1915)



brother-in-law of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; last in CO. CAVAN to employ a weaver.

Berry, Sarah



daughter of Jane BREAKEY & John BERRY; married firstly GRAHAM, secondly COOKS.

Berry, Thomas



brother of William BERRY

There is reference to a legal case in Anglo-Celt, Friday, May 25, 1849:

IN CHANCERY. Robert ERSKINE, Esq., and another,
Plaintiffs. Thomas BERRY, Esq., Susanna, his wife, George John WILSON, Robert LANAUZE, John MAGRATH, Thomas M'CABE, William SHERIDAN, Charles HOUGHTON, and William HAIGUE, junior,
Defendants. PURSUANT to the Decree bearing date the 19th day of April, 1849, made in this cause, I hereby require all persons having charges or incumbrances affecting ALL THAT AND THOSE, the Towns and Lands of ROCKVILLE, CORRYMACHEN, otherwise CORRYMAHON, and LOUGHNAFIN, situate in the Parish of KILLESHANDRA, Barony of TULLYHUNCO, and County of CAVAN; and also all That annuity, yearly rent-charge, or sum of £50 sterling, of the late currency of Ireland equivalent to £46 3s. 1d. of the present currency, charged upon and arising out of the Towns and Lands of AUGHAVORABEG, AUGHAVORE, and CROCKABEA, situate in the Barony of CARRIGALLEN and County of LEITRIM, being the mortgaged lands and premises in the bill in this cause mentioned, and all other lands of which the said THOMAS BERRY of ROCKVILLE, in the County of CAVAN, Esquire, was seized, possessed of, or entitled to, or over which he head a disposing power, for his own benefit, at the time of the execution of said mortgage to the plaintiffs in this cause, or at any other time since, to come in before me at my chambers on the Inn's-quay, DUBLIN, on or before the 1st day of JULY next, and proceed to prove the same, otherwise they will be precluded from the benefit of said Decree.
Dated the 22nd day of May, 1849. WILLIAM BROOKE.
Further information may be obtained by application to Robert STORY, Solicitor for the Plaintiffs, 47, Mountjoy-street, Rutland-square, DUBLIN.”

Berry, Thomas



of KILLESHANDRA;  Isaiah BREAKEY had to take his linen webs to him for finishing; SEE: KER, Colonel

Berry, William



brother-in-law of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; owner of bleach greens near KILLESHANDRA and BALLYRUN near COOTEHILL.




when their residence was built at CAVAN “over 30 joiners were employed for a long time. Every bit of wood was out & cleaned by hand.”

Black, Paddy


11, 12, 18

I find no one of the present day known the origin of y'r'late like Paddy BLACK & the ghost. Paddy was a fool who never got the length of wearing shoes, Trowsers or of cap Like fool JOHNSTON at CORMEAM cross only had a big overall of rough linen. Paddy was the son of a cotcher of an old respectable family called MACKNALLY who lived near EDERGUL. One day the father of the late Earl of DARTRY when a boy was out with a friend who steed 6ft 3in. Seeing the fool was coming up to the giants grave, the DARTRY boys thought they would frighten Paddy. The long fellow turned his coat & buttoned it behind, put a handKERchief over his face, got Mr. Dawson on his back with a foot in each hand raising him up as high as possible, then put his back to a tree near the Giants grave. When the fool come up the pretended ghost gave a sad groan. Paddy looked at it said who are you boy. The young fellow said he was the ghost of M’COOL the giant. Then said the fool you are but a trollop of a fellow. I was towl you threw the big stone on a hill near Rock from this to kill the windmill. Now I see it was a humbug you could not threw a goose egg to ROCK. By this time the fool saw a bag of birds on the road side which he lifted & ran off. Stop said the ghost that is mine.  y’r late Mr ghost said Paddy BLACK & so it become a byword. One of old fairs was coming round in ROCKCORRY when it got wing how the fool tree treated the gentlemen & was much laughed at.”

Blayney, (?) Lord



b. before 1580, d. 11 February 1629/30 Edward BLAYNEY, 1st Lord BLAYNEY, Baron of MONAGHAN; son of David Lloyd BLAYNEY and Elizabeth JONES; married Anne LOFTUS daughter of Adam LOFTUS and Jane PURDON before 13 June 1605. He was buried on 23 February 1629/30 at MONAGHAN Church, MONAGHAN, CO. MONAGHAN, Ireland. His will (dated 20 October 1627) was probated on 12 May 1630. In 1598 he accompanied the Earl of Essex to Ireland, as a Colonel. He held the office of Governor of MOUNT NORRIS in 1601. He was invested as a Knight on 29 May 1603 at DUBLIN Castle, DUBLIN, County DUBLIN, Ireland.  He held the office of Seneschal of County MONAGHAN in 1604. He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of County MONAGHAN. He held the office of M.P. for County MONAGHAN between 1613 and 1615. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Ireland] in 1615.2 He was created 1st Lord BLAYNEY, Baron of MONAGHAN, CO. MONAGHAN [Ireland] on 29 July 1621. SOURCE:

Blayney, F. Sir



Possibly Sir Edward BLAYNEY(a typographical error?)  – same as above.

“When O'Neill took MONAGHAN, he hanged Lord BLAYNEY's son in retaliation for McMAHON's execution. The pear tree on which he was hanged grew in the garden where the old Castle in the Diamond stood. Father saw the tree frequently when a wee boy at school.”

Blenfield, Bishop



“About the time trousers come into fashion ministers left off wearing the big wigs to the great comfort in each case Bishop BLENFIELD was about the first to give up the clerical wig or episcopal wig. Early in the reign of George IV, but as late as 1858 Bishop Summer appeared at the wedding of the Princess Royal of England in a wig.”

Bonaparte, Napolean



SEE: Napoleon Bonaparte

Boyd, Sandy



“When father to the late Sandy BOYD was extensive in the tanning of leather in BALLYBAY. Hearing the pack of hounds were to be shot in CRIEVE for eating the keeper one night when drunk, BOYD gave Mr. Hugh JACKSON 4/- for each dogs hide of over 50. Father went up to see the dogs shot & it was one of the ugly sights of his life the skinned dogs carted off to the pit dug for them. To protect the hides from being injured from shot marks BOYD put up a thing like a pillory, the dogs head was put up through it then the table was planked to the ground then the gentlemen stood at a distance & shot at the head of the dogs. That was the last pack in CRIEVE.”

Boyd, Sandy.



bought a bulls hide from Hugh BREAKEY

Boyl, ‘Squinty’



“would give you a stick for a bad offer”

Boyl, Francis AKA Franc



his front door was the last work done by a BANNON

Boyle, Francis



son of Thomas BOYLE

Boyle, Thomas



father of Francis BOYLE; Jane SCOTT nee BREAKEY lived in his rooms after her husband’s death “who anticipated her every want and treated her like a baby”

Bradford, (?)  Mr.



father of Moses BRADFORD who chased away a cotcher child that his wife had taken in and cared for who subsequently died.

Bradford, (?) Mrs.



took in a sick cotcher child and cared for her; mother of Moses BRADFORD

Bradford, Bob aka Robert

28, 65, 69


NOTE: This manuscript claims “Bob BRADFORD” to be the father of Moses BRADFORD, but he was the brother of Moses’ father, hence his uncle.

- of EDNAVEA; made counterfeit money with Jack BRIMS.

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p. 22: Brother John and Robert BRADFORD had a lease of part of EDENANEANE for three lives from TENISON in 1785.

Bradford, Moses Rev


13, 56

SEE: GRAY, Sam for story of sign and treachery.

Bradford, Moses. Rev

18, 19, 29, 59, 65, 66



SOURCE: Full Circle p.19: Of EDNANAE (is this the same as EDNAVEA?); grandson of James JACKSON (third minister in BALLYBAY)

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p. 22: His father was John BRADFORD. He was named in lease of EDENANEANE in 1785 as being age 18 – hence b. 1767.

At the Ford of the Birches p.165 “Here lieth the remains of Moses BRADFORD, senior, EDENANEA died 7 February 1819 a 76 years

At the Ford of the Birches p.235: d. 1840

At the Ford of the Birches p.469: A wealthy man of EDENANEANE  who had a loans fund managed by Sam GRAY.

At the Ford of the Birches p.471: left considerable property to his nephew BRADFORD STUART

Bradshaw, James



SOURCE:  At the Ford of the Birches p 256. James BRADSHAW was a sealmaster in the BALLYBAY linen market.

Bradshaw, James


46, 47

James BRADSHAW was the last man to employ a weaver in the neighbourhood of BALLYBAY.”

Bralaghan, (?) Mrs.



cut off the head of a noted robber Redman O’HANLEN as he came through the window. She was carried around BALLYBAY on a chair after this and the phrase “You are the blood of the BRALAGHANs” came into use.

Bray, Vicar of



minister in Co. Wicklow