Dale, Samuel



husband of Elizabeth BREAKEY of DRUMSKELT HOUSE.

Daley, (?) Mrs.



wife of Red Michael DALEY

Daley, Anthony



helped BREAKEY family settle in LISGILLIN; long time intergenerational friends of BREAKEY family; died within hours of his wife; and both buried in west end of AGHNAMULLEN graveyard; NOTE: in At the Ford of the Birches p.421: a later Anthony DALEY served in the IRA in 1921 and p.448 was a Republican policeman.

Daley, Anthony  AKA “Anthony Daly”

21, 55, 58,64


found part of half burnt family Bible in Mick DALEY’s dunghill; he and his brothers nicknamed “Babes of the Wood” in honour of their gentle dispositions and to distinguish them from the men behind the hill called “The Dandy DALEYs”; fortunate in the army; mentioned as ploughing neighbour’s field and victim of practical joke; of DRUMSKELT; his ancestor found the bandit O’HANLEN sleeping in his barn, but left him and 4 of his men to sleep in peace in return for promise not to be plundered

Daley, Ellen



wife of Luke REILLY who bought DALEY farm when her brothers got behind in the rent; seemingly one of the family of “Dandy DALEYs”; her father “Old DALEY” took a farm in SPORTHALL and his two sons emigrated to America and never returned.

Daley, James 



son of the Anthony DALEY who helped BREAKEY family settle in LISGILLIN

Daley, John



son of the Anthony DALEY who helped BREAKEY family settle in LISGILLIN; NOTE: in At the Ford of the Birches p.627 a John DALEY was betrayed by an informer in 1884 and arrested with allegedly three hand grenades in his possession.

Daley, Mick

52, 55, 64


son of Red Michael DALEY married a servant girl who allegedly burnt the family Bible;

Daley, Red Michael

64, 68


was to level DRUMSKELT fort with William DUNN, but deterred by superstition after their work was half done


52, 56, 58


There were two DALEY families – cousins to each other The “Dandy DALEYs” were big into theatrics, played many instruments and performed in BLACK ROCK and DUNDALK. The “Babes of the Wood” included Anthony DALEY.

Daly, Hody



of BOWELK; owned a bull

Daly, James



lives on farm that was “set to Tom MARTIN” after Richard KERR took possession as a consequence of a fraud by William KER.

Daly, James








Darnley, (?) Lord



sang “The Land of Potatoes” by Lord BELMOUNT




see story under BLACK, Paddy

Dartry, Earl of, AKA Tardy, Elias Rev.


11, 27, 58

see story under BLACK, Paddy; See TARDY, Elias Rev.
“One day the late Earl of DARTRY, Lord Lieutenant, Revd. Elais TARDY came in off the lake

Dauson, Sir Vesey



“Very few know that I [Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY] got a similar offer Sir Vesey DAUSON brother of the late Earl of DARTRY was contending a seat in Parliment with a man called GREY. The two met at the road GREY was in posession of the pass. DAUSON galloped his up the green & caught a bush between the horse & shaft. Father shouted take your time I am for you anyway. I will make that the best word ever you said in your day. Brother John was near finished as a Dr.. In three days Mr. DAUSON got him as assistant in he LISBURN Infirmary under Dr. THOMPSON, then next in the General Hospital BELFAST, & third to a man of war ship. In a short time after he saw me here & asked me if I would like to be a soldier. I said very much. Then said he I will bestow you the position of a Lieutenent & I will support you till you are able to live. Dr. BREAKEY was so pleased he gave me an order to Poag the outfitter for my officers uniform. My brother was here at the time a man of thirty. He saw my leaving would corner him. He made his box & left inside. three days for Australia. Mother & Father were very much troubled at the idea of rearing 8 boys & four girls & not one to bury them. So I had to yeald to their intreatys & sacrifice self for them & give a pound to get the uniform coat returned.”

Dave, Paul

39 .


“first rector at AUGHNAMULLEN




Biblical David of David & Goliath

Davy, Sir Humphrey



“The invention of Safety lamps by George SEPHIINSON & Sir Humphray DAVY in 1814.”

Dawson, Mr.



SEE: BLACK, Paddy story

Days, Bishop



The son of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY was his driver.

de Breakey, John & William



“that John de BREAKEY of BALLADIAN and William de BREAKEY who settled in LISGILLIN and built the house in 1690 and in 1717 built DRUMSKELT for his son William were cousins, so  their fathers must have been brothers”

de Briquet John & James William



“According to family tradition, Thomas C. BREAKEY's Huguenot ancestor was James William de Brequet. When he became a subject of William of Orange, i.e. William III, King of England, etc., he changed the spell- ing of his name from the French de Breauet to the English BREAKEY. He is said to have died in 1728. According to Thomas C. BREAKEY, he died in 1698. E.P.B.”

“Wm. D. BREAKEY of LISGILLIN = James William de Brequet. The initial "D" -as used here must have derived from the prefix "De" of the French de Brequet. The cousin who built BALLADIAN House in 1692 was named John.”

de Briquet,

1, 3


“According to family tradition, Thomas C. BREAKEY's Huguenot ancestor was James William de Brequet. When he became a subject of William of Orange, i.e. William III, King of England, etc., he changed the spell- ing of his name from the French de Breauet to the English BREAKEY. He is said to have died in 1728. According to Thomas C. BREAKEY, he died in 1698. E.P.B.”




See: TOOLEY, Mrs.

DeBrause, Maud



See: TOOLEY, Mrs.

DeBrause, William



See: TOOLEY, Mrs.



50, 53

SEE also SELKIRK, Alexander.
 Very few know it was it the manor house near Totting Junctions it was here DEFO wrote his famous Robinson Crusoe the window on the left indicates the room occupied by DEFO. He was a Norman & come to live in England for a time.”

Delaney, Elizabeth



married Obadiah BREAKEY (1783-1860) at BALLYBOY, FRANKFORT in KINGS COUNTY and had 4 sons and 7 daughters. Probably died in America




sold EDNAVEA to father of Moses BRADFORD

Dermot, Eva



daughter of King DERMOT – mid 12th Century

Dermot, King



1169 one of 5 kings driven from LEINSTER came to England to get help from Henry II

DeStanley, Sir John



Once owner of Isle of Man

Deveroux,(?) Rev . AKA Devero

27, 51


a well-off rector at KILLCROW who had a musical band

Dido, Queen



painting in BELMOUNT CASTLE Hard to say what the painting was. There is an 1815 painting by TURNER: “Dido building Carthage; or, the Rise of The Carthaginian Empire”; The story of Queen Dido is in Virgil’s Aeneid, written between 26 and 19 B.C., and tells of Aeneas’s brief sojourn there, in the arms of Queen Dido

Dignum, Tom



Dignum’s house was built by the first JACKSONs in CREEVE




A Dutch woman who taught the British how to use starch in the time of Queen Elizabeth

Dixon, Robert



built Northern Bank at BALLYBAY




“The head baker of Spires & Pond, whose name is DODDS, has been with the firm all his day. His father & grandfaher were bakers before him, his grandfather was famous for his hot cross buns in the early days of the past century. In the time of the coronation of George IV, the house of DODDS was represented in the bakery business. Buns by the thousand were made, and each bun was stamped with the Royal crown. The same custom was followed by the DODDS who baked buns for the coronation of Wm. IV, & again at the coronat­ion of Queen Victoria. The tradition of the custom has been handed down from generation to generation of the DODDS family. The largest number of hot cross buns sold by Spires & Pond was ore good Friday 1902, 300,000.”

Donaldson, George



kept the Orange Lodge

Douglas, William



lived in house built by John BREAKEY who went to America




a judge at an elocution contest in London that Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY won a chance to compete in

Downy, Jonny



labourer  living close to AUGHNAMULLEN rectory

Drury, Thomas



hired Robert BREAKEY

DUBLIN, Earl of



in 1848 the King was made Earl of DUBLIN & visited Ireland

Duke of Athol



Once owner of Isle of Man

Dunn, Bob

14, 60, 68


brother of William DUNN, took box of money, sold it and never shared with Red Michael DALEY (partner of William DUNN); in 1846 was a “cotcher man” who had the last remaining pig after a “measles” infestation; got one acre of land for use from Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s grandfather.

Dunn, William



partner of “Red Michael DALEY” in levelling DRUMSKELT fort, went mad after finding box of “old square money”




see DALE; a young man learning the linen trade who married Elizabeth BREAKEY, aunt of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY

Earl of Northumberland



Once owner of Isle of Man

Edward I



according to Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY, Lombard St was named after the Lombard Jews “whose business was to lend money on interest” and where the first banks started.

Edward I,


34, 45

“Not one of the EDWARDs was crowned with his Queen in Westminster Abbey exept the first King of that name, and it is further more remarkable that the coronation of EDWARD I., and Queen ELENOR was the first took place in the present Abbey of Westminster. King EDWARD II., was crowned alone for he was not married at the time of his succession. The third EDWARD was a boy of 14 when he was crowned. EDWARD IV. was unmarried at the time of his coronation. EDWARD V., though he was born in the abbots house at Westminster where his mother had fled for security still he was never actually crowned. EDWARD VII, was a boy of 10 when the ceremony was performed. Hence from the day Queen Elnor was crowned in Westminster Abbey with her husband until the present day no EDWARD has been crowned with his wife. I flatter myself with the idea King EDWARD VII., with his wife will soon be crowned in said Abbey. I am happy to say he is well again & crowned with his wife in said abby. People call him EDWARD VII but in reality he is EDWARD X. as ten kings of that name have reigned over England. The first three being Anglo–Saxons, the name is said to be derived from two Anglo–Saxon words which signify worthy of happiness. EDWARD the Elder ascended the throne at the beginning of the tenth century. EDWARD the VII at. the beginning of the twentieth. The coronation it is estimated will cost £125,000. When Queen Victoria was crowned the cost has £69,401. At the coron­ation of William IV. £43,159.. At the coronation of George the IV. £243,388. Englands state carriage was built in 1761 at a cost of £22,500.”

Edward II,


45, 49

SEE: Edward I

Edward III,


44, 45

Crown in pawn

Edward IV,



SEE: Edward I

Edward the Elder



SEE: Edward I

Edward V,



SEE: Edward I

Edward VI



according to Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY, “the higher classes were very uneducated in the time of Edward VI.”

Edward VI,



SEE: Edward I

Edward VII


26, 42, 45

SEE: Edward I

Edward X



SEE: Edward I

Edward, King



patronized dog called “Tim” who raised money for charity

Edwards, Daniel



a merchant from Turkey whose servant first set up sale of coffee in England

Elizebeth I

32,51,80, 81, 82, 84


Queen of England – I haven’t added all of TCBs stories.

Emmett, Robert



“A Society was formed called the United Irishmen in 1791 Rebellion of 1798. The leader Robert EMMETT was taken & 7 of his accomplices was tried & condemned to death.”

Essex, Earl of



John BREAKEY renewed pictures of his



10, 11

“In this room a student EWERT would have the sceletons of a man .& woman so called composition things standing at times & again taken down & put in a box.”
“I think I make a mistake in saying the sceletons so called in my brother James's house was belonging to EWERT.”

Faris;(?) Mrs.



of KILLESHANDRA; part of family of William BERRY

Ferguson, Bessie AKA Elizabeth Mary



(1869-1957) parents Elizabeth BREAKEY & Isaiah Jeremiah FERGUSON

Ferguson, Henry John



(1867-1949) parents Elizabeth BREAKEY & Isaiah Jeremiah FERGUSON

Ferguson, Isaiah Jeremiah



(1808-1889) husband of Elizabeth BREAKEY

Ferguson, Mrs.  -  Née Elizabeth BREAKEY (1831-1886)



She lived with Mrs. Captain VANDILEUR; sister of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY
“One time I was on a visit with my sister Mrs. FERGUSON at KILLUCAN in CO. WEST MEATH”.

Ferguson, Robert Wesley



(1865-1940) parents Elizabeth BREAKEY & Isaiah Jeremiah FERGUSON

FitsPatrick, Miss



“BREAKEY [John BREAKEY] done another sign board for the Grandfather of Misses FITSPATRICK going to a wedding in a Sedan chair carried by two horses with set tails and led by men dressed in fantastic costumes, that was in the palmy days of the McMAHONs being the owners of the MONAGHAN and CASTLEBLAYNEY estate.”




old gentry of CLONES

Fitzpatrick, (?)Mrs. Peter  see also Phitzpatrick

35, 52,.53, 75


Mr. [Peter] Fitzpatrick of CORMEEN married daughter of McMAHON; had the finest property in all of BALLYBAY

SOURCE: AT the Ford of the Birches p58 “Another generous person to aid in the furnishing of the [TULLYCORBET] Church was Mrs. Peter FITZPATRICK (alias McMAHON) of CORMEEN, AUGHNAMULLEN. She supplied the Stations of the Cross in memory of her ancestors (McMAHONs) from BALLYBAY and TERRYGEELY who are buried in the adjoining graveyard.” p.62: “Mrs Peter Fitzpatrick (nee McMAHON) of CORMEEN and a native of BALLYBAY donated the windows on either side of the sanctuary. One representing ‘The Guradian Angels’ in memory of her late husband, Peter FITZPATRICK and other portraying ‘The Sacred Heart’ and in memory of her late parents Bernard and Catherine McMAHON, her sister Anna Maria and her brothers John James and Cornelius.”

Fortiscue, William



in 1799, represented Borough of MONAGHAN in DUBLIN parliament

Francy, Sam



his land was used to hold services as Second BALLYBAY Church was being built.

Galivan (?). AKA Galivin

5, 81


GALIVAN & PEEBLES – where Robert BREAKEY, brother of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY worked as a book-keeper

Garway, Thomas



first set up selling of tea in London in 1660

Gault, Hugh



SEE: CUNNINGHAM, Mr. Book II, p46 “Apothocary”




resident medical man in BALLYBAY

Gaveny, Pat



“of the Now”

Gaviny, Pat



his 3 railway horses went without feed (1847?) for four days during famine times and he killed himself by a gun shot to his head.




got one acre of the meadow given up in 1796 by Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s  grandfather

George III,


7, 15, 23, 42, 43

“George the third had offered a round sum to any person who could produce the head of said wolf or solves.”
d. 1819; during his reign, hot cross buns and taking up the glove in challenge.

George IV,


23, 43, 45, 55

“Death of George IV1830 at Windsor at the age of 68. During his reign many valuable alterations were made in the laws of the country, one of the most important being the abolition of death for the crime of forgery & theft which with a few exceptions made punishable by transportation.”
”was unmarried at the time of his coronation”

George, King



mentioned in reference to call up for battle at Waterloo

Gibson, Miss Sarah



of DRUMLUN House, married Isaiah BREAKEY;

“Father's aunt, Mrs. Isaiah BREAKEY, was a very pretentious woman, used a Sedan chair coming to DERRYVALLEY of a Sunday, would have 8 men out of the work to carry her from MILLMORE HOUSE, where Thomas HENRY now lives in AGHNAMULLEN. She and her men would dine here on her way back. One of the shafts of her Sedan is in my kitchen. Her maiden name was Gibson of DRUMLUN House now in possession of John PRIMROSE.”

Gibson, Rev. William

36, 40


Oct 9, 1890 – ordained First BALLYBAY;

SOURCE: Full Circle p 62-65 biography: 1808-7 June 1867,only son of James GIBSON, BALLYMENA; involved in the tenant rights cause; officiated at marriage of Margaret JACKSON of CREGGAN & Daniel Gunn BROWNE.

Gilbert, Mr.



“Mr. LESLIE destroyed a grand well on Pat BANNON's hill by bringing it to the last of Mr. GILBERTs row of houses.”

Gillanders, David



had his own life insured for ₤500 payable at age 60, but had to prove his age to the court

Gillespie, Bessie



SOURCE: Full Circle p. 108 Born in Canada and died there age 6, Daughter of Rev. John GILESPIE & Mary BREAKEY.

Gillespie, John Rev.



SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p 22: David GILESPIE, son of John GILESPIE of DRUMMUCK is mentioned in lease of EDENANEANE.

SOURCE: Full Circle p. 108: d. c1890

Gillespie, Mary Breakey

7, 8


“Mary was educated at the MORAVIAN SETTLEMENT at COOTEHILL. During that time, she executed several pictures, two of which are here still, "The Beggar of Bethlam Green" represented in worsted, and the "Map of Ireland" handprinted on white satin. She was married to Rev’d John GILESPIE during his ministry in Canada, and had one child, Bessie, during their stay in that country. Bessie died in Canada at 6 years of age. After that, they removed to the State of Missouri where John GILESPIE was pastor of a church in Gallatin. He did not live long there, and died, I think, about 20 years ago. Mary GILESPIE (6) is still living in the house where her husband died. She is of medium size with brown hair and a good deal of complexion. Her hair is very much crimped and curled.” See letter written by Mary BREAKEY GILESPIE from Gallatin, Missouri, U. S. A., in 1915. In appendix. E.P.B

The love of home was more strongly developed in Mary GILESPIE and him (James Breaky) than other members of this family. Mary GILESPIE has more than once written to me that nothing this side of Heaven could give her more pleasure than to see the old house and my children.”


SOURCE: Full Circle p. 108: d. 1916 at Gallatin, Missouri, USA.




GILLOTT, Joseph (1799-1873). Sheffield inventor who perfected a process for the manufacture of STEEL pen nibs.
I find very few know any thing about when STEEL pens were invented. A man called GILLOTT going from Birmingham to Sheffield in 1822 obtained employment as a buckle maker, & saving a little money he commenced operations on his own account in a small garret in Bread St. The story goes that he finished & sold for ₤7.4.0. a gross of pens on the morning of his marriage. He died worth a million sterling, his collection alone of paintings realized £170,000. I am led to believe the Bank of England was the last to give up the quil pen. The London Times began in I would say 1785, when the quil pen was in use & a mashine was invented to make them years after so many was required.”

Gillis, David



in the time of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY, he lived in the old KER family home at CORRYHAGAN in the parish of AGHNAMULLEN

Gillis, David




Gimisom, Robert



had a loans fund bank on MONAGHAN Rd. with Andy MOORHEAD and William KERR “that robbed every man”.

Gladstone, Mr. William



1809-1898; Prime Minister of England (Liberal Party) when land reform was undertaken.

Godfrey,(?) Miss



tutor of Letitia BREAKEY; of BANBRIDGE.




Old Testament character

Goudy, John



“Miss ARNOLD would tell a quear story of a cat of Mr. John GOUDY's. This very big cat took killing hens. She had been overlooked for a time when one morning it was found she had killed a lovely white cock. Mr. GOUDY said she must be shot. Miss GOUDY said she & Miss ARNOLD were going to ARMAGH & she would put the cat in the well of the car & hand her out to some person far away. At a cross road where quite a number of cotchers lived & a lot of thorns festooned with ivy were all about. The coach man who was tired of the nonsense of how to get of the cat said to his mistress I think the cat is being smothered, Miss GOUDY said look at her. The fellow bungled lifting the lid & out leaped the cat... He was sent to catch her but it was to throw all sorts of things at behind the bushes. Miss GOUDY did not like to leave without telling some women who were about the failure of the cat had. As quick as thought one shouted to another how many hens are killed already. Two of them seaset a good rug off the car & before Miss GOUDY could get rid of them she had to hand out 10/ to get rid of them. The next morning but one strange to say the cat was home not less than 9 miles off & when some of the servants got up this terrible cat was back & had killed a gander. He had then to go to the pikes parlour as my children call it. That cat evidently went back to the tastes of her savage friends the tiger panther & others.. A cat come to us years ago. The servant girl said she was her mothers & on Sunday morning she took the cat in a thin bag home to her people who lived two miles away. At two oclock the cat was back here for dinner & lived here for her day”

Goudy, Miss







Husband of Sarah BERRY (daughter of Jane BREAKEY & John BERRY); of MOUNTMELLICK.

Graham,  Rev. James Francis



SOURCE: Full Circle p 100-102: b. 25 Feb 1864, son of James Francis GRAHAM JP of DERVOCK, near COLERAINE; married Agnes WADDELL, third daughter of John Baxter WADDELL, CORDEVLISH, BALLYBAY; had four children: Gerald Francis b. 1896; Alice Mary Agnes Ross, b.1900; Jane Ross b. 1902; Sydney Herbert, b. 1903; oprdained First BALLYBAY 9 Oct 1890.

Graham, Edith



of COOTEHILL, married Robert Wardlaw MOORE, uncle of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY.

Graham, James



see “Claverhouse”

Gray, Big Billy



of the hotel, crippled with gout, known to throw his chamber pot contents at small boys who were taunting him; an innkeeper who was either the father of the notorious Sam GRAY or else his eldest son (most likely the latter – see William GRAY).

Gray, Edward Warren



youngest son of the notorious Sam GRAY, tried for murder in 1866 at MONAGHAN and was acquitted;

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p. 479: 1825-1874; in the violent aftermath of the election of 1865, he was charged with the murder of two men - Peter SHEVLIN and a man named McARDLE;

Gray, James

29, 30


transported to Tasmania for perjury relating to one of his father’s trials;

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p. 476: twin of Rachel; 1818-1889; elected to House of Assembly in the colony 1872-77 and 1880-1882; married Mary NEWTON and had one unmarried daughter; wife and child were Catholic and it seems he likely became so.

Gray, Rachel



1818-1899; twin of James GRAY;

 The last of an old family that should have been respectable is dead, Miss Rachel GRAY, daughter of Sam GRAY, who cut a remarkable figure in this County for a long term of years. Like her father, she was utterly unreliable as a friend and those who were foolish enough to make her a confident would very soon find that confidence exposed. She was possessed of all the bad tastes of her father ex­cept that of murder which she was at all times to denounce and ignore. Like her parental progenitor, as she frequently called him, she would kick with the two feet and, like the man who said "God was good and the Devil was not a bad fellow either", she could be seen sometimes at Mass and again at Church at divine service.”

Gray, Sam  (or GREY)

18, 28, 29, 30, 35, 45; 46, 53, 57, 58, 66, 68



“Sam GRAY was for many years a remarkable figure in this County. Around him he gathered a set of desperadoes who were ever ready to commit any crime, from perjury and robbery to murder. He was appoin­ted a County Cess Collector, a tithe proctor, and by some sponsors, a rent agent. He always carried two or more pistols, which he used on every occasion when he had the slightest excuse. He was frequently returned for trial. Assizes after assizes, he was brought up charged with assaults, firing at and wounding, riots, manslaughter and murder, but the Crown could never obtain a conviction except once, when he deliberately shot two men, who had been witnesses against him in a civil case. One of them died on the spot, the other (named Corigan) survived. He was acquitted of the murder, but was convicted of the wounding. In 1840, the Sheriff's bailiffs refused to execute a writ on Sam GRAY, and the late Mr. Hugh Swanzy, who was Subsheriff that year, attempted to execute it himself. GRAY attempted to shoot him, but the pistol missed fire and GRAY threw Mr. Swanzy back and escaped into the house and shut the door, thereby excluding the Sheriff.

“About 1841, Sam GRAY was at the zenith of his power. The law of the land had no terror for him. A jury had acquitted him in March, 1841, of his last charge of the murder of Owen MURPHY. Sam GRAY had a loan bank, out of which he lent the money of a great and wealthy admirer of his named Moses BRADFORD, and through this he attained the gratitude of some and the popularity of all. During one of Sam GRAY's terms of imprisonment, awaiting trial for murder, all efforts having failed to get him out on bail; his son James GRAY, got one of his gang called William MILLER, to impersonate a Dr. Burn, and swear that Sam GRAY's health. was endangered by continual incarceration. Sam got out, but the plot was discovered, and MILLER was transported at the MONAGHAN Sumner Assizes of 1812. Several efforts were made to get James GRAY off, but the Government again packed a jury, and transported him after MILLER to Tasmania. These convictions shook Sam's power to the foundation.

“Amongst those who followed Sam GRAY blindly, was a man called Bradford STEWART of CLONTABRET, nephew of Sam's generous patron, Moses BRADFORD, and in the summer of 1841, he was tried for perjury committed to get Sam out of one of his charges. Stewart was con­sidered by all to be the heir of minister Moses BRADFORD's wealth. But, after BRADFORD's death it was found, to the astonishment of every one who had this impression, that he had left a will bequeathing all his property -- not to his nephew but to Sam GRAY. Of course, the will was disputed, and proved to be a perjury, executed after the death of the alleged testator. This base ingratitude of Sam GRAY disgusted many, and turned away from him most of his faithful followers who, up to that, believed firmly that he was above all the powers of law.

“Sam GRAY was seldom heard of outside BALLYBAY. The news of his death on 7th September, 1848, brought to memory many daring and desperate deeds of former times. Three of his sons came into notoriety. His son Edward was tried at MONAGHAN in'1866 for the murder of a Catholic at an election, and was acquitted. His son William contested the County MONAGHAN as a liberal at the Parliamentary Election of 1867, and was defeated by the landlords and Orangemen. His son James, when released from prison, did not return home, but settled in Tasmania, where he rose to a good position and became a member of the Tasmania Parliament, and a democratic leader. He died a Roman Catholic, I believe.

“Sam GRAY had a dispute at his door of a Saturday with a young man who was to be a priest. Sam turned the boy over and gave him a kick on the back of his head which killed him on the spot. When Sam would be in company with Orangemen, he would say "I spoiled a priest, boys."

 SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p.469. There are many pages in this bookdetailing the larceny, thuggery and murder trials of Sam GRAY of BALLYBAY; had six children – William, James, Rachel, Samuel, Jane and Edward Warren.

Gray, Sam (1780-1847) or (1782-1848) AKA Grey, Sam


13, 54, 56

SEE also: TODD, Wm;
“As I am speaking of old times I will take note of Sam GRAYs swinging board. People of the present day imagine the idea of heisting Wm the III originated with S. GRAY, not so at all. Sam GRAY was the great patron of minister Moses BRADFORD who had plenty of money to lend & kept a loans fund in GRAYs & had him for clark Sam said to BRADFORD you should advertise your fund Well said BRADFORD you love the lily put up a swinging board with Wm. the III to represent yourself on one side and my business on the other & I will pay all costs. The artist who executed the work was a full cousin of my father, John BREAKEY who was born & reared in the house now inherited by Thos. HENRY beside AUGHNAMULLAN Church. BREAKEY got £5 from BRADFORD for doing his part. When minister Moses BRADFORD died in 1840 GRAY put up a second horse to match the one already up & in consequence obliterated the name of BRADFORD. S. GRAY made himself possessor of all Mr. BRADFORDs wealth & with it fought the battle with BRADFORD STUART the nephew of BRADFORD. Minister Moses BRADFORDs chattels come to a round sum by auction.”
“Sam GRAY of BALLYBAY died in 1847 at the age of 67.”
”I see in Mr. James CARSONs book when speaking of Sam GREY he omited two prominent failures in his character. By practical joaks he lost the situation of Tythe Proctor and with it £200 a year and secondly that he would plagarise and say he mounted Wm. III at his own charge. No such thing. Sam GREY was agent for a loans fund for minister Moses BRADFORD. The officer was in the present big drinking room of Tom CUMMONS and the wooden bridge across the entry was put up by BRADFORD. GREY said to Mr. BRADFORD this is going to be a grand. success you had better get up a swinging signboard on the corner of my house looking two ways, Very well said BRADFORD you put my business on one side in-print and whatever you like on the other side and I will pay for all. It was a cousin of my father John BREAKEY a limner born & reared in MEALMORE HOUSE that painted it and. BRADFORD in presence of my father gave John BREAKEY £5 for painting it. The day BRADFORD died GREY obliterated the sign and got the second horse on.”

Gray, William 



contested the 1867 election in CO. MONAGHAN as a Liberal “and was defeated by the landlords and Orangemen”.

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p 480: 1821-1871; succeeded to the York Hotel property; eldest son of Sam GRAY





Greer, John



inherited original BREAKEY house at LISGILLIN




He contested a seat in Parliament with the late Earl of Dratry.

Grey, Sam



see GRAY, Sam




a joiner who had a SMALL shop in COOTEHILL who built the widows houses in ROCKCORRY; he built his coffin and used to lie in it; he died when the lid fell down and closed him in.