Karns, Hugh 

9, 16


of TULLYCORBET; “he carried 5 cwt. each in a limit of time of white seed oats from the present markethouse to GRAY's corner on a bet of a £1 (pound Sterling)”; his father brought over the shorthorned roan heifers from Liverpool and were the first to produce that breed in BALLYBAY;

Kasy, (?)



a butcher

Kent, Duke of



father of Queen Victoria

Ker, A. Murray

14, 33, 59


Esquire of NEWBLISS; “Some time after Mr. MURRAY got to be agent, married our landlady and took the name of MURRAY KER. In 1866, Mr. A. MURRAY KER sold these lands in the Incumbered Court at the Government valuation which raised this farm to £ l a year, ₤4 of a rise. We paid £51 till 1888, the year I served the orignative notice on Mr. MURRAY KER, for a fixed rent through the Land Court, where it was reduced to £33.10.0 for the term of 15 years. I did not say, prior to the fixing of my rent, Mr. MURRAY KER was kind enough to give me a temporary reduction on some years. I do believe, had he got his will in all things, he and I would have settled without any bother.

Mr. MURRAY KER was a man of the old school who would say exactly what he meant, if it would hang him. He said to me once, "I was a liar damn my soul." I respected him for saying what he thought, but I was able to convince him he was astray by producing a lease he had never heard of. Mr. MURRAY KER loved the Lily, and when he would hear of intermarriages with Catholics he would be at a loss to find words to express his indignation.”

in 1866, he bought back DRUMSKELT and half of LISGORN and then raised rents to BREAKEYs.

Ker, Alexander



“Alexander KER, grandson of Robert, was a Barrister at law and chairman of the County MONAGHAN. It was he who erected the present mansion house at NEWBLISS. He died unmarried in 1814.”

Ker, Alexander



SEE: KER, Mrs MURRAY; grandson of Robert KER – was “Barrister at law and Chairman of the County”.

Ker, Andrew



“In 1730, NEWBLISS or MULLAGNESUMMAR in the parish of KILLEVAN was purchased by Andrew KER from the representatives of Gilbert NICHOLSON to whom it had been granted by Charles II in 1666.”

Ker, Andrew




Ker, Andrew. Dr..



left his estate to his niece, Marina Foster KER; “[Alexander KER} was succeeded by his brother, Andrew KER, M.D., who built and endowed the church of NEWBLISS and died in 1816.”; collected rents from BREAKEYs and others for townlands of DRUMSKELT, SHANTNA and half of LISGORN.

Ker, Ann.



married David VERNOR of Co. ARMAGH and the KER property – “EIGHT TATES” or townlands – (CORRYHAGEN, AGHNAMULLEN?) passed to the VERNORs of VERNORS BRIDGE as a result.

Ker, Annie (m. early 1800s)




Ker, Barrister

32, 33


disgreed with his brother the landlord, Dr. KER who wanted to force BREAKEYs off their land;

Ker, Colonel

11, 19, 20, 34


Colonel KER of MOUNTAIN LODGE was reared during his minority by the Isaiah BREAKEYs of MILLMORE HOUSE. When of age he turned the water off the GREENVALE MILLS and by doing so ruined the BREAKEYs. The linen had to be taken to QUEENS COUNTY to be bleached by Obadiah. Isaiah died in two years after. Colonel KER would not renew with Andy, his son, and so put the property out of both hands. Andy went to law with Colonel KER about diverting the water course. As we had no Court of Equity in those days, Andy was beaten. Colonel KER being so eager to punish him auctioned all in and about MILLMORE HOUSE for the costs of a dismiss before the Judge left MONAGHAN. A very serious offence to this day. Andy turned about and took £300 off Colonel KER for destruction of property and contempt of the Judge and so the property was lost to our blood relations who built MILLMORE HOUSE and all the mills in GREENVALE.”;

“In 1798, a company of 10 revenue men dressed as soldiers were looking for a poteen house at CROSSDUFF. A United Irish mob thought they were soldiers looking up United Irishmen and pursued them to CREEVE when Colonel KER of MOUNTAIN LODGE met them. The leader of the mob said if he would get the men to stack their arms till the matter would be talked over he would make the mob disperse. The moment the guns were put up the rebels killed 9 of the soldiers. Colonel KER got the 10th man on his horse behind him and dashed into BALLYBAY. Next day, Grandfather was called on the jury at the inquest and Father, a boy of 14 went along. The 9 men were stretched naked on planks in the old MARKET HOUSE. Heads hanging on some, skulls open on others, the ugliest sight he ever saw. The leader of the mob with others were hung on the gallows hill in MONAGHAN.”

He said “the smell of Presbyterians would make them sick”; Colonel of the old MONAGHAN Militia before Colonel LEWIS.

Ker, Colonel


17, 18, 19, 56

“Now speaking of strange things Colonel KER of MOUNTAIN LODGE had a very out of the way funeral as ever was heard of in this county over fifty years ago. My uncle LACKY [LEAKEY] was Crown Solicitor in MONAGHAN. Knowing an order was taken out for Mr. KER’s body & would be in the hands of bailiffs to execute it in less than three days, wrote to Colonel KER to that effect & to get out of the way Mr KER had heart disease & died rather suddenly. Mrs. KER sent for the Yeomen to bury him as Mr. KER was over them. It was a COOTEHILL horse was ordered, strange to say when the coffin was put in the hearse with Colonel KER’s remains the horses refused to draw a thing they had never done before. Mrs. KER seeing this called the Yeomen together, gave them a big drink & said to take the coffin & carry it as quickly as you can to AUGHNAMULLAN Vault I expect the bailiffs every moment for the Colonels body. In those days your body could be taken dead or alive for debt provided you were not under the sod. Revd Wm. ROPER was resident Rector in the parish at the time Mr. ROPER ordered out two of his mashines for the funeral. The present sexton of AUGHNAMULLEN church was a boy of Mr. ROPERs at the time & drove the SMALL mashine & revd. ROPER used his coach. When Mr. ROPER's machines got the length of VELDONS CROSS they met the funeral about 20 yeomen not pretending to walk but running with the coffin. The illjudgment of Colonel KER was the death of the soldiers in CRIEVE doing as he was bid by the leader of the rebels in compelling the soldiers to stack their arms when the rebels rushed in & murdered them. Ever after Colonel KER stank in the eyes of all people. He & his wife were, death on presbyterians and not one or a roman catholic was at his funeral, nor did Mrs. KER wish them to be. When the funeral was over Jenny DOWNEY who was a labourer & lived convenient to the Rectory said to Revd. ROPER you said this our brother is gone to Heaven & Mrs. KER tout us to go quick she expected the bailiffs to make him pay his debt. Now who am I to believe if he has not paid people is that the way to go to Heaven. Now DOWNEY when you are so particular (said the Rector ROPER) there is no use in telling you anything, you know as well as I do if I do not read the funeral service as it is in the book I will loose the stripes. Now Mr. ROPER said DOWNEY I was not near content with you the other day when you said Peggy Scofel was gone to Heaven & you knowing God Kilt her in a bad action by a palatic stroke as he called it. The Rector thought of a much better answer. You know DOWNEY we are not to judge lest we be judged ourselves. By this time the bailiffs had reached MOUNTAIN LODGE. They asked Mrs. KER was the Colonel in the house, no said she be is at the church, When they got to the church one of them asked James M’MAHON did he see Colonel KER about lately, no said he, he was in a suit of deal & I am after helping to put him under the sod. You may kiss the hares foot for you are like Paddy Black & the ghost your late.

“Any person who questions the truth of this strange funeral has only to ask  Alick WEBSTER who is the sexton of AUGHNAMULLAN church at this present time & was a boy driving one of Revd. ROPERs mashines at the funeral of Colonel KER”
” I was asked lately how the BREAKEYs lost GREENVALE bleach greens and all. Colonel KERR when a minor was reared in my fathers uncles house Isaiah BREAKEY called in Captain JOHNSTONes time MEALMORE HOUSE and built by my Grandfather Billy Ban BREAKEY, ban is the contraction of bonny and nick names was the order of the day in those days. When Colonel KERR of the Yeomen come of age he so disliked the BREAKEYs who reared him he turned the water off the GREENVALE bleach MILLS and Isaiah BREAKEY had to take all his webs to KILLSHANDRA & get Thomas BERRY to finish them. Isaiah BREAKEY entered an action against KERR who was afterwards Colonel & lived in MOUNTAIN LODGE. The action went against KERR and he had £300 to pay & all costs for diverting the water
prior to possession. This is the point to be at.. Some time after the law about the water, the lease fell with the option of KER and Isaiah renewing it & paying the fines jointly. Before KERR would renew the lease of GREENVALE and a portion of MEALMORE with Isaiah BREAKEY he forfeited all to the loss of Isaiah BREAKEY & himself for ever and you will see in this book he died in poverty & had a very strange funeral as ever come to AUGHNAMULLAN. He was the cause of the murder of the so called soldiers murdered in CREEVE by the United Irishmen. Only still hunters murdered in mistake, United Irishmen thinking they were looking them up for high treason to have them hanged.”

Ker, Dr.

32, 33, 34, 58


landlord who attempted to force Thomas Cathcart’s father off the land in order to give it to the illegitimate son of his brother who worked in his office; he raised the rents and after he died, the townland was “put into the Incumbered Court”; “Dacre HAMILTON, Colonel LEWIS, and Dr. KER were the three office tyrants of this County in their day”; landlord of SHANTRA;

Ker, Dr. Andrew



SEE: KER, Mrs. MURRAY; built the church at NEWBLISS; brother of Alexander; grandson of Robert;

Ker, John



came from Scotland soon after the Revolution of 1688; ancestor of Mrs. MURRAY KER

Ker, John



SEE: KER, Mrs. MURRAY; came from Scotland after 1688 revolution; earliest residence was in AUGHNAMULLEN PARISH, townland of  CORRYHAGEN;

Ker, Marina Foster



niece of Andrew KER, M.D. who inherited his estate

Ker, Marina Foster




Ker, Mr.



SEE: KER, Colonel

Ker, Mrs. 

39, 58


d. Feb 1900, of NEWBLISS; descended through a family of Scotch extraction, from Mr. John KER who came from Scotland soon after the Revolution of 1688; she was the niece of the landlord, Dr. KER and after his death inherited the estate. When she married a Mr. MURRAY, he changed his name to “MURRAY KER”; her father was the rector of AGHNAMULLEN parish and died when he shot himself in the rectory;

Ker, Mrs.



wife of Colonel KER. SEE: KER, Colonel

Ker, Mrs. Murray



“Mrs. MURRAY KERR was descended through a family of Scotch extraction from Mr .John KERR who came from Scotland after the revolution of (1688). The earliest residence of the KERRs' in Ireland was in AUGHNAMULLAN Parish and townland of CORRYHAGAN quite near to the lake. In my day the house was inhabited by David GILLIS and rebuilt by him the time this railway was being built from B.BAY  to COOTEHILL. A considerable estate known as the "EIGHT TATES" or townlands passed by the marriage of Annie KERR to David Vernor of County ARMAGH early in the last century and still remains in the possession of the Vernors of. VERNORS BRIDGE a family which was long connected with the representation of the County ARMAGH in Parliament, In 1730 NEWBLISS or MULLAGNESUMMAR in the Parish of KILLEVAN was purchased by Andrew KERR, the representatives of Gilbert NICHOLSON to whom it had been granted by Chas. 2nd in (1666). Robert KERR son of Andrew removed to NEWBLISS and built the old family mansion in 1740, part of which is still standing. Alexander KERR grandson of Robert was Barrister at law and. Chairman of the County :MONAGHAN and it was he who erected the present mansion house at NEWBLISS he died unmarried in 1814. He was succeeded by his brother Andrew KERR M. D. who built the Church of NEWBLISS in 1848. He left his estate to his sisters & afterwards to nieceMarina Foster KERR.”

Ker, Richard



of NEWBLISS, brother of William KER took possession of the “Island farm” that Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s father farmed;

Ker, Richard




Ker, Robert

19, 59


“Robert KER, son of Andrew, removed to NEWBLISS and built the old family mansion in 1740, part of which is still standing.”; had grandsons, Alexander and Dr. Andrew KER; landlord of NEWBLISS estates who has to make good the “sess” after Dick CROSS stole the money and divvied it up with BRADFORD

Ker, Robert



likely a descendant of the previous Robert KER.
“Mr. Robert KER of NEWBLISS had the last funeral in this county where every tenant present got a hat, & shoulder scarf of white linen. All clerical men too.”

Ker, Robert AKA Kerr



“Robert KERR son of Andrew removed to NEWBLISS and built the old family mansion in 1740, part of which is still standing..”

Ker, William

14, 32, 33, 66


illegitimate son of Barrister KER who worked in the office of Dr. KER, the landlord; neighbour of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY and said to “rob every man”.

Ker, William  AKA KERR



“When Wm. KERR came to live in the Island farm (as it is called), he had no pass but through this yard, and as he stubbed & cleared about 18 acres every tree drawn through this yard, the pass got very bad. Wm. KERR said to my father [John BREAKEY] give me a pass round your meadown and I will give you £40 and you shall have the rite of pass to your meadows on it when required. Father said he would but like some of  old did not ask, the money to the pass was finished. By that time Wm. KERR had built a house and as he kept a loansfund & a lot of shareholders in it he began to plan how to robb all men. He gathered up all the money he could, took a moonlight flit cheated the shareholders over £2,000, Father out of £40. Went to America and never returned. His brother Richard KERR of NEWBLISS took possession of the Farm, and set it to Tom MARTIN who lived where James DALY now lives. Tom MARTIN gave the farm to his adopted son in law Tom Woods.”

Kerins, Hugh



an ancestor whose funeral was at TULLYCORBIT and the last funereal there where loud keening was heard – the tradition died out

Kerr, Colonel SEE: Ker, Colonel


50, 56, 57


Kilpatrick, John




Kilpatrick, William



an Orangeman who met Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY on the way to a march and asked if he was “a sauncy foot”. BREAKEY suggested that he take the cap off his gun to prevent an accident. KILPATRICK didn’t and it resulted in the untimely accidental death of THOMPSON STUART.

King John



See: TOOLEY, Mrs.

King Tanau



“Now I will change the subject to the death of King of the Fiji Islands Thakombau; the late cannibal King of the Fiji. This canibal began his blood- thirsty career at the tender age of six years, & inaugurated his reign by strangling his mother with his own hands. The influence of heredity was manifest in him, for his father, King Tanau was even a greater fiend than his son, which is saying a great deal. It was formerly the custom in Fiji to kill the victims destined for the ovens with clubs, but king Tanau conceived the pleasant little scheme of making the human joints arrange themselves all ready for cocking, and then roast them alive. If a bit behind his much to be feared father in inquity Thakombau far surpassed him in numbers of people he killed & ate. One of the minor chiefs whose opportunities for murder & cannibalism were presumably more limited than those of his sovereign used to keep count of his victims by means of a pile of stones. These reached a grand total of 872, and King Thakombau is known to have been considerably greater than this. All things considered it is well for the beautiful land of Fiji that King Thakombau is dead. When a wee boy I heard a traveler who had been out in those islands, deliver a lecture in BELFAST. He and his party come on a pack of natives who were cooking a girl with a stick ran through her body kept up at either end by stones once in a while turned over a fire. He had no bother in hunting them away & put the body under ground. Returning that way at the end of some days he found it had been raised & likely eaten up. Now my dear children we should thank God we have no wild animals, cannibals or even mad dogs to fear in our country.”

King Thakombau


21, 22

SEE: King Tanau

King, (?) Miss AKA Elizabeth



married James SMALL who had the first tannery in CO. CAVAN; grandmother of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY

King, A.



a strong member of the town congregation who pulled down the first Seceeders meeting house near CONVENT LAKE on account of legalities surrounding title. He then incorporated it into a brewery.

Lacky, Uncle SEE: Leakey








Latimer, Billy

25, 57, 58


“Big Billy” of CLOCIN “was the last of the yeomen and like his ancestors was unlettered and grossly ignorant”; he was tricked into wearing stockings that dogs loved to urinate on and later was  in on the joke surrounding LEWIS who had unknowingly become the next victim of the practical joke.

Latimer, John



“The week before John LATIMER of LISGORN died, he sent for Dr. YOUNG of MONAGHAN

Latimer, William

20, 60


when the potato crop failed in 1846, he had the last pig in the parish; Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s father bought this pig “and it turned out valuable”.

Lawless, Jack


12, 24

SEE: LAWLESS, John, also BRUNKER, Brabsty story; “frustrated in burning BALLYBAY

Lawless, John  AKA “Jack”



a newspaper proprietor from BELFAST; “formed a triumphal procession of Ribbonmen through MEATH, Louth, and the Southern part of MONAGHAN. What the exact meaning of this procession is not clearly known. People joined the procession believing it was the beginning of a great national rising, though they were armed with nothing but sticks. The triumphal march had reached close to BALLINTRA, south of BALLYBAY where Sam GRAY had a large number of men, principally Yeomen and Orangemen, armed to stop the procession. A large company of troops under the command of General THORNTON intercepted the processionists, and the persuasion of General THORNTON and a local priest, the people were induced to return home. When Sam GRAY heard LAWLESS was coming to BALLYBAY he sent him word to not come or he would run him and his men into the LOUGH MAJOR. Jack LAWLESS sent him word in return he would go and burn BALLYBAY. GRAY got afraid for once in his life and sent for General THORNTON and his men. It was supposed LAWLESS had 100,000 Ribbonmen in his gigantic procession.”

Laycock Matilda



“a Sheffield lady of good fame and fortune” who married James BREAKEY

Leakey, AKA Lacky



Crown solicitor in MONAGHAN.

Leakey, AKA Lacky

5, 55


solicitor & husband of Mary BREAKY, daughter of William “Billy bon” BREAKEY & Mary SCOTT

Leekey, Elias



a solicitor of MONAGHAN who married Letitia BREAKEY, part of Thomas Cathcart BREAKY’s grandfather’s family

Lees, (?)



of LEESBORO near NEWBLISS, “a grand old family, their property is now in the hands of Sir William POWER”

LeScrope, Sir William



Had title to Isle of Man

Text Box: -KText Box:  Leslie, (?)



SOURCE:  At the Ford of the Birches:  of BALLYBAY; the LESLIE family were active in the DERRYVALLEY chuch and were also mill owners in the region.

Leslie, (?) Mrs.



of BALLYBAY HOUSE; gave Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY ₤1 for preserving a peacock with its tail up and her cook gave him  ₤1 for preserving eggs “from the Jenny Wren to the Swan”.

Leslie, John. Sir



estate at PITICRUE and had John CUNNINGHAM as an agent.

Leslie, Mr.



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




“The LESLIES bought the estate in 1750 [I believe he is referring to CORNAMACKAGLASS.]

Lewis, (?) Colonel

34, 57, 58


Colonel of the old MONAGHAN Militia; refused to take a respectable .farmer's rent, and ordered him out of his office for daring to come into his presence with a beard on him; butt of joke inflicted by his friend Sam GRAY (involving stockings that a dog liked to urinate on)

Lewis, Arthur Gamble



last provost in MONAGHAN and agent for the ROSSMORE estate; Colonel of the old MONAGHAN Militia and “the last man to wear the old Yeoman’s uniform through the streets of MONAGHAN”.

Lister, (?)



of DUNDRUMOND, people of “pluck”

Lister, James



was dealt falsely by Seedman CLARK and fought back making CLARK surrender

Lister, John



of DUNRAMON “one of the most truthful men of the present day”

Lister, John


5, 6

“A setting dog come to Mr. John LISTER DUNDRUMON in rather a misterious way, for some days he would appear at the house for a short time, at length he was treated kindly by Mr. LISTER. No person ever turned up for the dog & he become very much attached to Mr. LISTER, & kept by him day & night for several years when Mr. LISTER took a serious and tedious illness. During that time for weeks the dog looked gloomy & in the end died whether from want of exercise or grief is a question to be solved.”

Little, John



SEE: Robin Hood

Lockart, James

23, 37


lives in house that had been Rev’d James MORRELL and Rev. John ARNOLD’s;

Lockart, William



“Mr. William LOCKHART took away the old mud cabins in the yard and built :a very fine barn. His son, James, a few years ago, removed the dwelling house of his father and old residence of Rev'd. William ARNOLD and Rev'd. James MORELL and, regardless of expense, built the present residence.”

Long, George

41, 42


servant of James BREAKEY raised in the family home; accompanied Edward BREAKEY to BELFAST and when it was clear he was ill, left him with his brother John BREAKEY, a doctor at the General Hospital where he died.

Long, James



at his house in BOWLK, there were large weights sunk into the ground used to chain a bull for bull fights.

Lord Camden



“In 1798 the rebels were more afraid of them [Orangemen] than the regular troops, but Lord CAMDEN refused to employ them & thereby give a sectarian character to the rebellion.”

Loren, Rev. John



told a story – SEE: MORELL

Louis XIV



King of France

Louis XV,




Low, Bruce



author of article see: Claverhouse Book II, p44

Lunney, (?)



of COOTEHILL, later there were LUNNEYs in Philadelphia who James BREAKEY met when he first emigrated.

Lyttle, William

17, 69


sexton of First BALLYBAY Church (attended by Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY), whose father was known to pack 30 stone of oats on the back of a horse 14 hands high