Halim, Professor



Now I think I will try anther subject new to very many young people. The use of holly,. Professor HALIM gives very interesting about things for dochor­ations Holly, now so much associated with church dechorations, was even before the day of christianity found adorning the pagan homes, since the great feast in honour of Saturn fell in the winter season, neighbours were wont to exchange great bunches of holly & mistletoe. The druids adorned their secret places of worship with mistletoe, haunts in the deep forests of England, the mistletoe is all the plant in existence; will not strike root in the earth. In Claremont Park Surrey the largest holly tree in England grows & in the Near Forest several holly trees are to be seen with a girth of 12 ft. In the early days of the Saxons the mistletoe was hung up & lovers would test the object of their affections by seeing who the fare one would permit to kiss her. That old custom still causes a lot of fun in many of the homes in England. I saw a very pleas­ing picture in Eamton Court, the old palace of Cardinal WOOLSY in the days of Henry VIII, a child holding a bunch of mistletoe over father's head when in his arms & trying to kiss him. The missle thrush propagates the mistletoe by cleaning her bill on the bark of trees after she has been eating the BERRY's a starchy substance is round the seeds inside the BERRY & that sticks the seed to the tree. I tried the seeds of mistletoe to grow here on trees. It struck & grew well but died in winter. It will grow in Co. Cork. The mistlltoe is quite a pest in Surrey & in large orchards & gardens it costs a round sum to clean trees of said parasite. Now I think I will turn up another subject very few can answer. When did the first shoeblack on the streets of large towns in England begin. The red coated boys on the streets of London, from the Shoeblack Society, all this can be seen in a book called the Homes of Work­ing boys in London. In March 31, the day of the opening of the great Exhibition in Hyde Park 5 boys in redcoats went out & took up positions in Lecester Square & near the National Gallery. The Shoeblacks obtained a footing in London that day. The first shoe blackened was on the foot of a man who had a wooden leg & would only pay a halfpenny.”




ancestors of mountain people (who fled there when the Danes invaded DUNDALK) and who “crossed over to BLACKROCK and settled in the Square”.

Hamilton, Dacre

31, 34


agent for ROSSMORE, CASTLESHANE and several other estates, “a rabid Orange partisan”, one of “the three office tyrants of their day”.

“The principal mainstay of the Government in MONAGHAN was Dacre HAMILTON of CORNACASSA. It was through his instrumentality, most of the United Irishmen were arrested, hung, and hunted out of Ireland. He being such a willing tool, was the individual selected to fill the office of High Sheriff of the County, in 1778. He was Commander of the MONAGHAN Yeomen. Dacre HAMILTON was agent for the ROSSMORE, CASTLESHANE, and several other estates. Though a rabid Orange partisan, still his co-religionists hated and feared him. The late Dr. A. K. Young, F.R.C.S.I. attended Dacre HAMILTON on his death-bed. HAMILTON asked him, "How do all people feel about my illness." Dr. Young replied, "No person appears to take any notice of your illness, except that Catholics of a neighbouring parish say you are the life of the lease of their school-house."

Hamilton, Thomas Rev.



allegedly buried 1779 in corner of DERRYVALLEY Presbyterian Church. (NOTE: At the Ford of the Birches has no such record, but there is an unnamed HAMILTON buried  at CREEVAGH

Hanna, William



lived where present Northern Bank is in BALLYBAY; sold whiskey;




he leased the farm to John “Soople” BREAKEY, but when he died the farm lease was sold to McDOWELL and rent was raised by the VERNERs;

Harris, Jeanie



a widow with three sons and one daughter; of Plymouth who married Dr. John BREAKEY

Heatly, John



editor and proprietor of ARMAGH GAZETTE, had problems with drink so his leads were often written by Letitia BREAKEY

Henry I

82, 83


King of England, father of “Empress Matilda”

Henry III

67, 82


“The first two clocks known in England were placed one over the gateway of Westminster and the other in Canterbury in the time of Henry III.”

Henry III,


33, 44

SEE: Sauncy;

Henry V



King of England

Henry V



Crown in pawn

Henry VII



King of England See Earl of WARWICK notes

Henry VIII

81, 82


King of England “did not know the comfort of a pillow”

Henry VIII,


36, 51, 52, 53

“That was about the first nunnery Henry VIII destroyed [where Robin Hood was killed]. I stood on the top of the old ivy clad walls. The old woman in charge had a big room to entertain tourists & after I got a bit to eat the old woman took me up winding steps to I would see her feathered cats as she called them, owls in other words. She took four wee ones only unshelled & put them over on a shelf. Then she said to the old one leave your brats back. The mother flew over& took one at a time in her claw & left them in the nest. Then she took the old mother & put her on the shelf, she said to the cock bird go you & bring Susy to her nest, The cock hovered over her to he got his claws fixed in her wings & then passed across quite silently. The wee ones were lovely things like wee balls of white wool showing no claws & eyes like two black beads. The woman had me warned to not put my hand on them as they would turn on the back & sink claws in my hand.
“I saw a very big oak tree at Hampton Court Windsor the old residence of Cardinal WOLSEY in his palmy days in the reign of Henry VIII. It was a tree of very. great antiquity, a man beside it told me he would gather sacks of acorns off it and get them dried & ground & his poultry would thrive on the meal. Four of the largest beech trees in Ireland are to be seen near to the village of LUCAN seven miles from DUBLIN. Those trees grow in a common or glebe & are 100 feet high without a branch to near the top. The first time Queen Victoria visited DUBLIN she went to see those trees & other strawberry beds on an outside car. That was the time the song was got up Do you want a car your honour.

Henry, Thomas

4, 35


in 1900 lived in AGHNAMULLEN; occupied house built by Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s Great-Grandfather

Henry, Thomas



inherited and lived in house beside AUGHNAMULLEN Church that was where John BREAKEY, cousin of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s father was born and reared;

Henry, Thomas




Henry. II

2, 53, 54


King of England SEE notes on STRONGBOW & King DERMOT




Classical poet. “HOMER speaks of Laertes in his garden with gardner's gloves to protect his hands.”

Horner, Frank

13, 21, 56, 63


had a business in BALLYBAY that failed and where Robert MOORE (father-in-law of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY) worked when he was 12 years old; sold saws and hatchets; said to be proud and imperious;

“How Frank HORNER come to be in poverty. James MILLAR, the blind fiddler, lived where I see trees planted in the corner as you turn to COOTEHILL at CORRYBRANNAN. He sold whiskey without license to some people who would not tell on him. Frank HORNER said to MILLER, "If you do not stop selling whiskey, I will inform on you." "If you do that I will put you out of BALLYBAY," said MILLAR. HORNER was a very proud man and was so indignant at a poor fiddler threatening him, he sent for the Excise officer who fined MILLAR. MILLAR turned round to the bunch of Magistrates and Officer and respectfully asked them to fine Mr. Frank HORNER for having several barrels of smuggled tobacco leaf under his hay stack, delivered to him on the TIPPING MOUNTAIN at BLACKROCK, DUNDALK. The end of it was, HORNER was fined beyond all re­demption. HORNER manufactured tobacco at the time. Soap and candles too.”

Hornton, General



SEE: BREAKEY, John of DRUMSKELT; of the garrison school Chharlemount, CO. ARMAGH.

Howard, Catherine



Fifth wife of Henry VIII

Humphrys, Paddy & Peggy



of ROCKCORRY, a marriage of Catholic (Paddy) & Protestant (Peggy)

Ireland the Outfitter



where Robert BREAKEY b. 1813 worked

Irwin, John



of BALLADIAN, had a son who passed a tapeworm several feet long.

Irwin, Miss




Jackson, (?)Miss



married to Joseph CUNNINGHAM, a United Irishman

Jackson, Barney




Jackson, Dan




Jackson, Hair




Jackson, Hugh

20, 57, 63, 64


involved in the practical joke that had Wm. LATIMER wearing stockings that dogs like to pee on;

“How Hugh JACKSON came to have ."Crazy Jane". A fish man from Cooly, COUNTY LOUTH, hearing of the wealth of CREEVE brought two creels of fish to sell in CREEVE. The day after he came, he took natural small pox. During his illness, his wee mare was turned out on one of Mr. JACKSON's fields. The first day the hounds were out, the fisherman's mare raised her tail and ran with the dogs all day. In the evening, Mr. Hugh JACKSON bought the mare for ₤3.0.0. from the fisherman, who was then recovering. It took two smart men to get Mr. JACKSON on her back and when on a child could direct her. The people about the yard seeing her foolish leaps on being mounted said she should be called "Crazy Jane", "Quite so," said Mr. JACKSON, "That will be her name."

“One time Mr. JACKSON and others were hunting a stag that took in at Cumry meadows and crossed our big river.: Mr. JACKSON took directly after the stag. Jane stuck in the mud on reaching our side of the river. Father was present and helped him out with her. When Mr. JACKSON was cleaned and dried, now said he to Father, "I will have to walk home as you could not get me on." "Get you on the wall and I will throw a heavy sack on her head and draw her up to the wall and you leap on." So he did and found it quite easy to mount her ever after in that way. Mr. Hugh JACKSON was the fast friend of Father ever after. "Crazy Jane" was buried in all honours under the flag and drum of the Free-masons. Mr. JACKSON gave a grand entertainment to the Masons that evening and night. Father was the only Mason among them. Uncle James BREAKEY of Cormeen was Grand Master of the Masons at that time in this county.”

“The next ugly sight was all the dogs in the Kennel in CREEVE, 52 shot and in one pile for madness. The keeper of the next Kennel was supposed to have been drunk and went into the hounds to take a bitch out to have her puppies. In the morning nothing but his skull and some of his big bones were to be seen. Mr. Hugh JACKSON had them all shot and in a pile and that was the end of the hounds in CREEVE.”

SOURCE: Full Circle p 24b. 1782 , son of John JACKSON and Sarah BRUNKER m. Alicia BELL, rider of Crazy Jane in COOTEHILL Cup.



25, 46

“Pack of hounds shot by Mr. Hugh JACKSON & in one pile for being mad. The last pack shot for eating the huntsman.”
SEE also: BOYD, Sandy Book II




CREEVE Castle, as it is called, was the residence of Rev'd. MONTGOMERY. Said house was by "Jacky" JACKSON, so called, to distinguish him from others of his name. He was the first magistrate in South MONAGHAN.”
 “It was "Jacky" JACKSON and my Grandfather, Billy Bon BREAKEY, who pro­duced the money that built First BALLYBAY Church, till the congregation was in a position to pay it back, which was done in full. It was my Grandfather BREAKEY who had the old pulpit, canopy and presentor's seat put up at his own charge in mahogany. The dark wood in the present pulpit was taken from the old pulpit the time the house was renovated. The old one was in the side of the church. The canopy reached quite near the ceiling.”

SOURCE: Full Circle  p 28-29 with Billy Bon BREAKEY put up money for building 1st BALLYBAY [c1786], which the congregation repaid in full.

JACKSON, James Rev.

23, 36


of First BALLYBAY, informed on Rev’d Thomas CLARKE of CAHANS for being a United Irishman; ordained 21 Feb 1750.

SOURCE: Full Circle p. 17-19, son of Thomas JACKSON of DUNDONALD, educated in GLASCOW, MA in 1740, died Sept 1792; although he was active in building up the Widows fund, he had troubles making his own commitments; left his wife, Anne a widow and her children in financial need; p. 19 “came from Holywood, CO. DOWN” and was likely born there, had property at DUNDONALD when he died; nephew – Henderson BLACK of BELFAST; a son Dr. JACKSON married a granddaughter of Rev. Humphrey THOMPSON and had a son, THOMPSON JACKSON who died without issue. p. 203 informing on CLARKE








Also SEE story under JACKSON, Wm








“A minister in Leeds was telling me one Sunday he was in the pulpit, his text went so (as I - I forget it all), this part of it Jesus I know, Paul I know but who are you. He repeated the text frequently & using hand eloquence pointed to the door where a young girl & her 5 wee brothers had taken a seat. Not one of them had ever been in a church but passing & hearing fine music were tempted to go in. When the minister had repeated the words of his text four times & ended up with who are you pointing in her direction. The lass got to her feet & said I beg to be excused merry genteels I am one Nel JACKSON & these are my five brothers Barney, Hair, Dan, Timothy & Joe & we are going to see a married sister out of the city. She again escused herself & left to the no SMALL amusement of the people & minister too. A minister who saw an artizan on a seat looking to be in very ill health in Birmingham asked him about his health, the men said he had heart disease expected to drop dead any moment. The minister found he was very ignorant on the subject of a hereafter & asked him did he ever hear of Jesus Christ's death, nay was the answer. Do he be a gentleman living in the Westend. Queen Victoria could be dead for me. I did not get an Almanac or paper this three long days.

JACKSON, 'Red' John



“The wall round the upper garden [at DRUMFALDRA HOUSE] was built by 'Red' John JACKSON. 'Red' John JACKSON was the most tackless man on horseback ever was reared about BALLYBAY and thought the least of money. One time he was at a hunt. In leaping his horse over a big open well of Dan McGINS, the horse fell in. He handed James MARTIN of TASSY ₤5 for the use of his horse till night. James MARTIN had the best hunting horse in the neighbourhood. JACKSON took no farther notice of his horse in the well. When MARTIN got help, the horse was dead. That was the last horse 'Red' John JACKSON could call his own.”

JACKSON, Richard



built tower on church at start of 1800s.

“About the beginning of the 17th. century, a church was built in MONAGHAN near the site of the present church. This was a clumsy old building without a tower, until Mr. Richard JACKSON erected one at the beginning of the century. The old church was taken down, and the present one built in 1836.”

JACKSON, Timothy




JACKSON, White John



“An old custom quite done away with from Father was a wee boy till renewed by Captain WELLS and Mr White John JACKSON uncovering their heads in respect of Gods will when meeting mothers remains in the hearse [in 1866].

JACKSON, William


9, 10

“A story told by Wm JACKSON to John MILLS, “JACKSON was at a SMALL entertainment in Revd. John MORELL's Mr. James TARDY came on business & Mr. MORELl kept him for the evening. When at supper TARDY said he left his boat across the. wee river at Peter SMYTHs garden & he would go home the near way John JACKSON said for fun if you go that way you are bound to see a ghost among the shrubs. TARDY said he would like to see one nothing could frighten him. You are like brother Edward said Mr. MOREL [MORELL], TARDY in answer said he could represent a ghost was sure to put Ned in a corner, Mr. Moral said he would bet a pound to one penny he could not even surprise him. TARDY went & put on a big night shirt, oiled his feet, faces neck & hands & rists, put on a long night cap & then got one of the company to puff all the oiled parts with puffpowder. When his eyes were opened the eyelashes & brows being festooned with powder giving the face a very strange appearance. He then took a rush for a candle In his hand & went up to Neds room. The moment he saw him he got up on his elbow in bed & said do you hear me boy who are you speaking in a sepulchral tone of voice said I am the late Andy RUTTLEDGE sexton of the church coming from Heaven Yes Mr. Edward, that is not the place our John thinks at all. You are like a man was tied at meal time. Mr. Edward we neither eat, drink, marry or are given in marriage in Heaven. Ned said you are like that sure enough. Sit man & I will ring-the bell & get John up to I show him a living proof of the folly & nonsence he is at every Sunday about Heaven being such a grand place. By this time Mr. TARDY had backed near the door seeing he was regularly out at the elbow. Mr. Ned asked him what brought you to me & not to John or some else in the neighbourhood. Well you know Mr. Ned I believe you tell nothing but the truth. I give everything as I get it I neither put to or take from. Knowing this I want you to tell me how is Molly & the children doing. I can say but little about it I went a message to your house lately for John. Your wife had the black tin on as usual about the manner of eleven oclock as usual and I believe your eldest son Andy is as big a liar as ever he was. By this time Ned had got the length of calling him Andy & vas very insisting on him to stop and have a crack about his country. When Ned saw he was not likely to stop & having a taste for astronomy, as his last question he said do you hear anything about this thing called the eclipse on the moon in your country. By this time Mr. JACKSON & others rushed into Neds room to have a good laugh at Mr. TARDY. Ned seeing this covered himself head & horns & nothing more was seen of Ned. Mr J TARDY had to spend half an hour to get rid of the oil & puffpowder & feeling regularly cut at the elbows at having all his bother for nothing.”




Reference to King James being supported by GRAHAM of Claverhouse

James I,


49, 54

opposed football
“In the pretty little village Newsam in Yorkshire the stocks are near the ancient cross a significant relic of the past. Those stocks are made of iron irstead of planks of oak. The cross mentioned here in Newsham was erected in the days of James the I. when he gave a grant of land for a church & graveyard the first thing done was to erect a stone cross on the ground which often stood for years before a church was built.”

James I.

32, 81, 82, 83, 84


King of England

James II

3, 22, 25


King of England

James II (1457)


33, 49, 53

SEE : Sancy ; SEE : CROMWELL ; forbade football

James III,



forbade football

James IV,



forbade football

James VI,


14, 49

forbade football
“After the accession of James VI of Scotland to the English throne in 1603.”

Jeffers, Nathaniel



friend of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY who visited Rose Hall near DROGHEDA with him




Included in a sermon

Jesus Christ



Included in a sermon

John the Good



The Duke of Burgundy




Like fool JOHNSTON at CORMEEN cross only had a big overall of rough linen. »

Johnston,   Miss   



was unmarried and living in CREEVE house when on her deathbed donated the land to be a manse to CREEVE meetinghouse; Miss Alice CUNNINGHAM lived with her;

“When Miss JOHNSTON was on her death bed she gave the bit of ground to be a manse to CREEVE Meetinghouse and Rev'd. McDOWELL took possession at her death. Dr. MURDOCK thought to take it from the church, but found possession was all that was required as no rent was ever paid for it and his ancestor or friend was only a cotcher under John NELSON. That is how that bit of ground with the pond is a manse. Think the pond is not included. Miss Alice CUNNINGHAM lived and died in the manse with Miss JOHNSTON. Sofia ARNOLD lived in the end of her days and died with Miss JOHNSTON.”




a bleacher hired by CUNNINGHAM who lived in the manse until his death and his daughter afterwards.

Johnston, Bishop



A bishop in California for whom John BREAKEY, son of Thomas cathcart BREAKEY was the driver.

Johnston, Rev.



of NEWBLISS, wore  the old fashioned “body coat”

Johnstone, Capt.



gave  MILLMORE HOUSE its present name

Johnstone, Captain



The house of Isaiah BREAKEY was called “MEALMORE” in his time

Johnstone, James



uncle to Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; partner with brother Robert in a NY paper

Johnstone, John.




Johnstone, Robert



husband of Mary SMALL; uncle to Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; partner with brother John in a NY paper

Johnstone, William Rev. of  Philadelphia



eldest son of Robert JOHNSTONE; died on the turn of life; unmarried; a cousin of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY

“Cousin William JOHNSTONE was like brother William. He could take the text going into the pulpit and preach on it. Rev'd. J. G. SMYTH hearing this, asked him out of our seat on Sunday to preach for him. He was over from America to see us.. He was very sensational and expressive on the occasion. Mr. SMYTH was surprised as he dictated the text in presence of all round the seat, 'Johathan loved David'.”

Johnstone, William Rev. of BELFAST



nephew of Robert JOHNSTONE

SOURCE: Full Circle p.76 Son of Rev. John JOHNSTONE; minister of BERRY Street and Townsend Street, BELFAST