Napoleon Bonaparte AKA Napolian


23, 56

“Napoleon Bonaparte made Emperor of the French 1804.”

Nelson, John

62, 63


“A man called John NELSON came from LISBURN to manufacture and b1each linen. He took a farm called of late days, COOPER’S FARM. NELSON brought a man with him, CUNNINGHAM by name, the ancestor of the late John and Sam CUNNINGHAM. NELSON cut an acre off his farm on which a mud cabin stood. It is now the Manse for CREEVE Meetinghouse and very renovated in my day. The LISBURN CUNNINGHAM tired of the cabin and left it. NELSON sent to LISBURN for a head bleacher and a man of some means, called JOHNSTON, who lived in the manse to his death and his daughter after him.”

Nelson, Joseph

23, 62, 64


He had the bleach green before the JACKSONs

“When John NELSON died his son Joseph succeeded. He had a sister, who was married to the Rev'd. William ARNOLD of First BALLYBAY Pres­byterian Church. Revd. ARNOLD had to leave the country by night for being a United Irishman.' He had a big family and his wife was dead. Joseph NELSON took the two youngest. children and reared them, William and Sophia.”

“Mr. NELSON went astray in his mind and died soon after.”

Nelson, Joseph



“To return to the subject of the messenger pigeon, when letters cost 2/‑ by hand post to DUBLIN my ancestors used pigeons at times to bring messages from the Linen Hall DUBLIN & long after that Joseph NELSON in CRIEVE used them with his bleaching friends in LISBURN & BELFAST.” [More on pigeions follows]

Nelson, Lord



“Death of Lord NELSON”

Nelson, Mr.



NELSON’s house was later known as COOPERs

Nesbett, George



“George NESBITT, of LOIST lived to have a fair rent fixed, a judicial rent under the Land Law (Ireland) Act of 1881.” (This was after ol LEWIS refused to take his rent “for daring to come into his presence with a beard on him”.

Nicholson, Gilbert



his family had been granted land in 1666 by Charles II. This land in “NEWBLISS or MULLAGHNESUNNAR in the parish of KILLEVAN” was purchased by Andrew KER.

Nicholson, Gilbert




Nightingale, Miss



“I heard the story of a young boy who went as a soldier to the Russian war. He was brought into a hospital where the great phil­anthropist, Miss Nightingale, was a nurse. She knew the boy quite well and said to him, "Billy darling, you have got a deadly shot and I fear you will die." "No madam," said the boy, "The last words my mother said to me on leaving Southampton, 'Billy, you are a duti­ful boy to me. You anticipated my every want. God says in the Fifth Commandment, 'You will live long.' Be not afraid, a Russian never made the shot that will kilt you. I will see you again'." Miss Nightingale took quite an interest in the boy and treated him like a baby. He lived to return to England and to be a blessing and comfort to his mother and to see his grandchildren.”

Nightingale, Miss Florence


32, 33

[Story told by BREAKEY relating to NIGHTINGALE] “Before I go into ether things I think I will mention a story in full very much admired in my first book for its Morals. It teaches a lesson to us all never to be forgotten. An artizan in Southhamton killed himself with whiskey when his family were very SMALL. The eldest boy took a temperance ticket when very young & never violated it. When a strong boy he said to his mother I would like to be a Soldier, well my boy please yourself you will have luck go at what you will. After that he was ordered out to the Crimean war, when he was on the big troopship at Southamton with 1700 on board his mother saw him look very on the ship before leaving. In presence of all hands his mother clapped him on the back & said do not be afraid Billy you were a dutiful good boy to me & helped me to rear the family. God says in the 5th command—went that you are to live long. Now boy you have Gods word for it not mine I defy the Russian to make the shot that will kill you. If I heard you were put in a gun & fired five miles off you would drop on your feet like the cats & not be one bit the worse. The boy was at the deadly engagement of Balaclava where he got a rifle shot & was brought into the Dr's. tent Miss NIGHTINGALE was under the sheets she being a Southhamton lady recognised the young soldier, she got off his uniform at once, seeing a bullet had entered in at the front of his cHEST & passed out at his back she said my dear boy you have got a deadly shot & will be alive no time, no such thing said he I am to live long. In the face of common sense said she what makes you say that. Mother said to me leaving her I had Gods word for it to live long. The Dr. who was dressing a mans rist who had got the hand shot off hearing the answer of the young soldier turned round & looked at the boys wound. No fear of this shot killing you said the Dr. the ball has passed in between the rib & skin & ran round to your back & then out you will have a black mark half round you shortly but in the end it will do you no harm. What was the fact he come home & lived to see his grand children & to be a farther blessing to his mother. Were it not that he got no education he would have been promoted, as it was he got a grand easy situation at Aldershot. He was 6ft. 4in. & 16 st. weight when 30 years of age. When Miss NIGHTINGALE come home at the order of Queen Victoria she was brought into her presence. When speaking of what she had come through she mentioned the young soldier Billy. The Queen said she must see that soldier. When he was leaving her Royal presence she paid him the very high compliment of saying she wished her ranks were made up of such men who were ballproof - - - Now I think that story is a gem of the first waters never to be forgotten that by doing our duty we are bound to do well. Now my youthful reeders I wish you all to learn a lesson from this story & others in my books that by doing parental duties in particular you will inherit two of the greatest blessings on earth long life & good health.           

“I am frequently asked who was Miss NIGHTINGALE. She was a Southamton young lady who volunteered to go out to the Russian was to help Dr's. to dress the wounds of soldiers. She was the great philanthropist of woman who gave so many respectable girls of slender means the idea of being independent & to go cut as hospital nurses & various situations too numerous to mention in the civil service.

“Queen Victoria presented a beautiful jewel to Miss Florence NIGHTINGALE as a token. of Her Majesty's gratitude to this excellent lady for her patriotic exertions in alleviating the sufferings of our brave soldiers during the Crimean war. The jewel mentioned bears the beautiful & appropriate inscription "Blessed are the merciful."

Nixon, Sarah



wife of James BREAKEY (abt 1760  - 1835)

Northumberland, Earl of



“The first glass windows ever seen in England were in Hexham Abbey in Northumberland. When the Earl of Northumberland, in the reign of Elizabeth, in 1573 left Alnwick Castle, the windows were taken out of their frames and carefully put past.”

Northumberland, Earl of



Owned Isle of Man at one point

O’Conell, Dan

45, 46, 53, 54, 74


a lawyer; employed as counsel by David GILLANDERS

“Dan O’CONNEL had a client along with GRAY for manslaughter too. Dan O’CONNEL put it before the Government, would it not be better for to enlist his client, as he was going for life, than send him abroad for life? The Government thought well of it. Found him a sound man and enlisted him. Sam GRAY passed the Doctor and was enlisted too. When he and his comrade stood drill for a time and were ordered abroad, O’CONNEL and GRAY's counsel paid the smart (as it is called) for them and to the no SMALL astonishment of the people of BALLYBAY, Sam GRAY was heard shouting home again and safe yet. The smart was £22 a man that time.”

“I think I will narrate the story of my Father's appearance before Dan O’CONNEL as a witness in a will case. In those days, we had neither quarterly or petty Cessions. All was done at the Assizes and it would take sometimes three weeks to get through them. When Counselor O’CONNEL got up to introduce his case that was to be contested against his client by an unlettered countryman who had the audacity to plead in his presence without a Counsel or even a Solicitor, he said, since he came into court he found the early ancestor of the witness was a Huguenot and his wife a Puritan and, between those two warriors, they produced a race of men only to be equaled in blood to the blue hen who could fight 9 rounds without the beak. Father got up and he was a very distinguished looking man of 6 feet 3 inches in height with a mass of auburn curls and the pink complection (sic) that goes with that colour of hair. He was dressed in the then fashion, brass buttons and buck-skin breeches. The laugh went round the house when someone shouted the blue hen was up. My Father said to the Judges, "Mr. O’CONNEL has stated a falsehood that I am an unlettered man. Now I can prove a sum by four rules algebra, euclid, mensuration, and trigonometry. Now," said Father, "Can you do that, I stake one pound to a penny you are not able to do it." "I cannot," said O’CONNEL. "Then why call me an un­lettered man when you are not a common arithmetician? Now," said Father, "I can translate Latin or Greek into English as quickly as a school boy would read 'Sinbad the Sailor'." So the case went on, the Judges asking the widow, "Do you take John BREAKEY for your witness in this case?" She said, "By all means." Then my Father proved Mr. O’CONNEL had only got the one side of the case, but he would show him the dark side and won the case in a few moments, when the Judges dismissed the case on the merits." Then the Judges asked Father, "Were you educated in the military garrison in MONAGHAN and CHARLIMOUNT garrison, County ARMAGH? I tell you what you should do, turn your attention to the law and we will help you. We see you have a powerful use of eloquent language, and explana­tion and illustration with discretion." "I endorse all you say," said O’CONNEL, "And will help him too." Father thanked them respectfully and said the law and a red coat would not be to his taste. The Church would be to his taste. One of them said, "Scolding the Devil, putting up a man of straw and firing shot and shell at him." Father, knowing one of the Judges was a retired officer, left the bench, giving the military salute to their Worships amid shouts of, "The blood of the blue hen has the stripes!" This caused a queer laugh all over the house.”

O’Connel, Daniel


57, 58

SEE: Breaky, John of DRUMSKELT




“The return of O’CONNELL at the famous Clare election of 1828 caused great excitement all over Ireland. Amongst O’CONNELL's support­ers was a newspaper proprietor from BELFAST named John LAWLESS”

O’Connell, Daniel  AKA Dan



“The rise of the great champion Daniel O’CONNELL an Irish barrister of extraordinary eloquence & abilitys. The catholics society come with him which was supported by a weekly tax on the Irish pesentry. O’CONNELL returned as member for Clare. Being a Roman catholic he was not permitted to take his seat, 1828. The Catholic Relief Bill was passed in 1829. Dan O’CONNELL was re–elected & took his seat in Parliament under the new law.”

O’Day, Peep



The Enlightenment had a strong influence on Ireland and there was a general increase in tolerance, reflected in the repeal of most of the Penal Laws against Catholics in 1778, 1782 and 1792-93. The new ideas had a particularly strong impact on the overwhelmingly Presbyterian populations of Antrim and Down.
Further west, in mid-Ulster, the ancient rivalries remained very much alive. Here Catholics and Protestants were roughly equal in number and the dense population of weavers competed with each other to rent scraps of land close to the linen markets. From the early 1780s there were affrays in county ARMAGH between gangs which rapidly became sectarian. The Protestants called themselves the Peep o' Day Boys and the Catholics formed themselves into the Defenders.
At first the Protestants were the aggressors, smashing looms, burning homes and maiming their victims. In south ARMAGH Catholics were the aggressors. This developed into a general sectarian warfare in the 1790s and reached a climax when a party of Defenders raided north ARMAGH in search of Volunteer arms.”

O’Driskil, Terry



“Mrs. Partington, above mentioned,. was the best comic writer of her day. She would frequently write paragraphs in a big paper called the Warder when I was a wee boy. Her pieces were called Terry O'Driskil's letters and they were thought to be the very essence of fun. That paper cost 5d. (pence).”

O’Hanlen, Redman



had his head cut off by Mrs. BRALAGHAN as he came in through her window at night; was found in barn by ancestor of Anthony DALEY, but left undisturbed and in gratitude he  left several pounds of tobacco and a lump of beef.

O’Lanagan, Lawrence



occupied one of first two whiskey houses in BALLYBAY

O’Mally, Rev. Father



“a priest, Rev'd. Father O'Mally, who was afterwards at his [father of Thomas Cathcat BREAKEY’s parents] wedding in 1812 and asked the bless­ing over the wedding dinner. "Thou that blessed the loaves and fishes bless the contents of these platters and dishes."”




“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”

Paine, Tom



“Paine had a checkered career. He was in succession staysmaker, seaman, student, merchant, exciseman, usher at an academy, astronomer, grocer, editor, clerk to a committee of congress in America, historiographer to the United States, member of the French Convention, inventor, and author of infidel writings. Clearly, he was a man of great but misguided genius, but at the same time of depraved character, and the companion of the lowest members of society, utterly unreliable as "guide" and "friend" to any who regarded him as such. His book, "The Age of Reason", was extensively read, and bore evil fruits wherever it was accepted. On his deathbed, he said he would give any money to see all his books in one fire.”

SOURCE: Wikpedia:  has a different take on his legacy. (1737-1809) he is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the United States. His publication “Common Sense” advocated independence from Great Britain. He outlined his philosophy in The Rights of Man and supported “deism” in The Age of Reason. His eye witness accounts of both the French and American Revolutions ar read to this day.

Paog the Outfitter



If Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY had been able to enlist in the Navy, Dr. BREAKEY would have ordered his officer’s uniform through this company.

Parnell, Charles Stewart



“Birth of Chs. Stewart Parnell 1846, Co. Wicklow man, the great philanthropist of the tenant farmer in Ireland.”

Parr, Charles



in 1900 occupied the manse that John PARR had occupied

Parr, John



pastor of CORLEA (see also ADAMS)

Partington, Mrs.

74, 75


“Mrs. Partington, above mentioned,. was the best comic writer of her day. She would frequently write paragraphs in a big paper called the Warder when I was a wee boy. Her pieces were called Terry O'Driskil's letters and they were thought to be the very essence of fun. That paper cost 5d. (pence).”




servant of trader who introduced coffee to England




SEE: St. Patrick

Patton, David



SEE: BREAKEY, Robert (1885-1959)




St. Paul. Included in a sermon


5, 81


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

Peel, Mr.



“Inauguration of the Police Force by Mr. PEEL. That is how police got the name of peelers.”

Pembrook, Earl of



“The Earl of Pembrook, surnamed Strongbow and a number of Knights of Norman descent accompanied Dermot and Strongbow to Ireland. The poor Kings were awed at the look of Strongbow's army and surrendered.”

Perry, John Sir




Philpot, Stephen



“I see the last of the old stage-coach drivers with the mail from Kent to London has died at Dover 89 years of age, Mr. Stephen Philpot. His last rout was from London to Hern Bay where ha had five horses to drive at times. It was this man drove the carriage that conveyed the Prince Consort, who had landed at Dover and was proceeding to London for his marriage with Queen Victoria. Mr. Philpot also drove the first carriage in the Duke of Wellington’s funeral procession from Walmer Castle.”

Phitzpatrick, Mr. see also Fitzpatrick



of CORMEEN, lived in the house that James BREAKEY received as a wedding present.




Part of the bakery “Spies & Pond”

Porter, Mr.



rector at AGHNAMULLEN;

Portland, Duke of



“This tree stands in Clifton Park, belonging to the Duke of Portland, it is the most ancient park in all England having existence before the Conquest.”

Powell Mr.



he lived in the house once occupied by Edward BREAKEY at LISMAGON way

Power, William, Sir



took over the property of the LEEs of LEESBORO near NEWBLISS,

Primrose, John

11, 35


of DRUMLIN, living in the house where Sarah GIBSON once resided.

Queen Dido



SEE: KER, Colonel, Book II

Queen Elenor



SEE: Edward I

Queen Elizabeth


42, 49

“In Queen Elizabeths time, gloves were perfumed & "called Frangipanni gloves from the Italian Marquis of that name who invented that art as well as the special perfume employed. Those sweet gloves were dangerous sometimes, for poison was conveyed in them; & gifts of gloves were common among friends & enemies. To take up the glove was to. accept a challenge so late as George III. in speaking of George III it reminds me of an old custom started in London n his day & one I find no one can tell thing about.”
”In the reign of Queen Elisabeth a true bill was found against 16 men for playing the unlawful game of football Chs. I. Oliver CROMWELL & Chs. II., denounced it, James II, Wm. III. Anne too. The four Georges were not friendly to it. Wm. IV. overlooked boys at school playing it & in the reign of queen Victoria, our law took no notice of it. It was taught at all good schools even military schools. Any person looking over these lines can see I was by no means cornered in answering the question.”

Queen of Scots, Mary



SEE: Mary, Queen of Scots.

Queen Victoria


1, 11, 19, 24, 26, 32, 33, 36, 38, 43, 45, 47, 48, 49

SEE also: VANILIEUR, NIGHTINGALE; the DODDS family baked buns for her coronation; cost of her coronoation: ₤69,401; dropped charity donation into bag of dog called “Tim”; permitted football
”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.”
” The cock bird brought the news of Queen Victoria's death in the Isle of Wight to London & travelled at a rate of near 100 miles an hour.”
“Queen Victoria was married in 1840, to her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxacoburg & Gotha. The first particular event in her reign was the repeal of the corn law in 1846. The Great Exhibition of 1851 was got up by Prince Albert in Hyde Park. The building was 1,851 feet long 450 ft. wide & covered over 8 acres oft ground. On the 11th of October 1851, 110,000 people were admitted. The Great Exhibition building was taken down & erected on a large scale at Sydenham where it is still called the Crystal Palace. I was in it of a very big day.”
”Since the late beloved Queen Victoria showed her sympathy towards the Irish soldiers who fell in the South African war & gave instructions for the wearing of the shamrock it has increased very much in respect.”

Quinn, Frank

85, 86


of the CORNER

“Of a fair morning, Father was speaking to Quinn when Father Mathews come forward and said he wanted Quinn to put his hand on his heart and his hand across and swear by the 10 crosses of Christ he would never drink whiskey except as medicine. Father said to Frank, "You are an old schoolfellow

of mine I wish well. You are not safe company in whiskey, be advised by me and do as your spiritual adviser requires of you." He treated all remarks with silent contempt. Oh the moment, a school boy took a handful of peas out of Frank's bag. Frank gave him a kick in the private parts and the boy died on the spot in a sad fit of convulsions. Frank was arrested. Father and the priest too as witnesses. Father said to Frank, "You have done this sad deed under the influence of whiskey. Like a good fellow do as Father Mathews requires of you and he and I will bring you out of this sad misfortune, as it is purely an accident." Quinn took the medal and never violated his pledge. He became a decent man and lived toffee the day his house was free of rent.”

Raddle, Billy



his manure was of such low quality and potatoes needed so little of it that when a man was asked how his potatoes were, he said “Wonderful good… seeing that I had the bad luck to get Billy RADDLE’s manure.”

“RADDLE was a man who sold old books and papers. He was the bulk of two men, very eccentric, had very large eyes. One fine summer evening, he was here on business. SMALL flies had got entangled in his eyes. He cursed his MaKER did he mean his eyes to catch all the flies in the neighbourhood.”

Raleigh, Walter Sir AKA Raly



“I am frequently asked who was the first to introduce the use of tobacco in England. Sir Walter Raleigh in the reign of Elizabeth. Smoking come into fashion in the reign of James. I; but it was not introduced at Court. The King said he had no notion of men making a chimney of their. mouths.”

Raly, Sir Walter AKA Raleigh



“I was asked lately was Sir Walter Raly ever in Ireland. He was Lord Maor of Youghal an old fortified city in the South of Ireland a city that stood many Seiges in the old time. The old castle is still in good preservation. It has a quear projection at the roof where boiling liquids were thrown from on those who would attempt to foarse the door. It was Sir Walter Raly introduced potatoes, kale, SMALL fruits, apples & such into Ireland. I saw a paragraph some time ago in a London paper on the subject of the Silk hat being quietly but most assuredly going out of fashion in London after being the popular head dress for over one hundred years. I was sorry to see last year at morning service in the old Abby London so many men with fancy felt hats & straw too. Short coats as well.”

Reeves, Thomas



On 13 April 1613 was one of two returned to represent MONAGHAN; T.C.D. DUBLIN

Reilly, John



a neighbour of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY who built part of the wall between MULLINs & Robert MOORE”S houses in BALLYBAY

Reilly, Luke



husband of Ellen DALEY who bought the family farm when the brothers got behind in the rent;

Richard II (1388)


35, 44, 49

Crown pawned

Richardson, Miss



of TORQUAY; a celebrated graphologist

Ritchie, John



he went with John BREAKEY, brother of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY to play fiddle at the lake.

Ritchie, Mr.



Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY attended his school

Robb, Ephriam



“About 7 years ago, Ephriam Robb had a fat pig no dealer would buy. I overtook him coming home with his pig. From what I had seen and heard when a boy of measled pigs, I said to Robb, his pig was measled. Said pig had unmistakable signs of the disease. It was hollow between the shoulder blades and very short of breath. John Corry bought the pig on its coming the length of DERRYVALLEY. When killed the flesh was found to be like a mat with measle peas. Corry noticed the Sanitary Doctor who said the flesh should be buried. Robb was compelled to give Corry his money back and since 1846 to this year 1900 I never heard of measles being detected in pigs but the once with Robb.”

Roberts, Dr.



owned next oldest property in BALLYBAY; second medial man in BALLYBAY

Roberts, General



alleged to be a man of “pluck”

Roberts, Mrs.



cut away tree that had held head of robber when she built the house “of KASY the butcher”.

Robin Hood,


34, 35

“Some people tell me there was no such man, any person who has been in Nottinghamshire would be cured of that delusion. I treat such remarks with silent contempt on the ground where ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise. Robin Hoods father was Richard II. His mother was a woman of high rank but not of noble birth. Robin Hood was the illegitimate son of Richard II.
” His mother seeing he was going to be a wild reckless man asked him to make a vow to the effect he would never see a woman ill used or led astray, he did so & kept his vow faithfully, but to the disgrace of women it was an old lover was the means of his death, Robin had courted her for a number of years when she asked him one day did he mean to marry her at all, he said seeing the wild life he had led without house or home & that the King had an offer out of 100 pounds for any one who would produce his head he thought he would not marry any one. She was so riled & vexed she went into a nunnery beside Nottingham, very many years after Robin become ill. In those days it was the monks & nuns were the doctors, Robin's men brought him to the very nunnery where his old sweetheart was. She at once recognised him but Robin had quite forgotten her, behind backs she bid the monk to overbleed him, finding he was sinking he pulled his arm from the monk, took his horn from under his cloak and blew it, his men who were outside rushed in, he had strength to tell them what was done & to prop him up to he would shoot an arrow out of the house & wherever it would light that was the spot to make his grave. Little John his leading man asked him would they burn the nunnery & all the women in it. No said he my vow will not permit one of them to be injured”

Robinson, Necky

30, 31


“Once he saw a man called "Necky" Robinson hanging on said tree. In those days, the culprit was put on a logwheeled car, one end of the rope was round the culprit's neck, and the other fixed sure on the tree. The car was drawn away and the man swung like the pendulum of a clock for a given number of minutes, when the rope was cut. A doctor would be on the ground, and not infrequently recovered the unfortunate person. "Neck" Robinson was one of those unfortunate persons who lived. He had a cruk in his neck ever after, and that is why he was called "Necky".”

Roden, Earl of



“Clanbrassill Street was called after the Right Honourable Robert, Earl of Roden, Baron Clanbrassill, K.P.”

Roderick, King



“The petty princes, and even Roderick the supreme King of the island, consented to acknowledge Henry as their superior lord.”

Rodgers, Rev.



SEE also ROGERS, Rev; of CAHANS;

Rodgers, Sam



son of Rev’d ROGERS of CAHANS;
”Sam was a very highly educated man, but went to whiskey and ended
up badly. I saw him in his old days cutting inscriptions on head stones in DERRYVALLEY. He painted names of people over doors in BALLYBAY. He was painting Rodger McMAHON's name one time, when Sam GRAY gave Rodgers whiskey to put the "Last of the Mohekins" after McMAHON's name. GRAY thought he would get poor Rodgers a clout of a blackthorn. To the surprise of GRAY, McMAHON was rather pleased and did not remove it for a time.”

Rogers, Rev.


25, 26

teacher at CAHANS. SEE: Book I, Rodgers, Rev.
SOURCE: Full Circle p.240, there is a page of Rev John ROGERS and his family – the likely person indicated here

Rolland, William

14, 23


got ½ acre of meadow from “Grandfather BREAKEY”; of LISGORN; a United Irishman and contemporary of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s father




“When I was a wee boy I was sent to Davey ROPERs of SHANTNA to see if meal was ready. The old housekeeper asked me to take what she called a colation that was oatbread with plenty of butter spread with her thumb & a good shake of salt on it. I did not mind the thumb business as mother reared 12 of us her children (to her credit be it told) without a whim humour or fancy. I am a lover of salt & could use it on a salt herring. To return to the subject of the colation, during the time I was eating it a very big dog all over curls stretched himself at the fire, a singed cat & four winter chickens got upon him & were as happy as possible among the curls.

“The old woman said to me she had a very big respect for Drake he was the boy done his duty & helped her to rear the chickens, The June after father was over at ROPERs on business. The dog was asleep on the yard'& one of the winter chickens that was then a hen sitting on the dog. The old woman who was full of wit & humour said to father do not waken Drake for Susy was laying on him. When father came back the old women raised the hen & sure enough he saw an egg under the hen in the curls. The old woman said would you advise me to set the hen as you see her Father answering a fool according to her folly said by all means but be sure & insure the eggs against breakage.
”Father was telling this bit of fun to Grandfather Tom McCULLAGH (as he was called) who was a neighbour of ROPER & for years when he would hear ROPERs hens cackle he would shout Davy ROPER run Susy is after laying on Drake, be smart or you will have a smash. ROPERs displeasure on hearing the shouts had had no bounds & in the end it wound up with a blackthorn exercise. ROPER being a SMALL man had to sucumb to his inability & permit  McCULLAGH to plump his nose in John Curries trough of water in the foargo & to the no SMALL amusement of those looking on ROPER's big beard was well festooned with wet foarg dust”

Roper, Davey




Roper, Davy

17, 20, 33


“In the days when Davy ROPER had SHANTNA mill, I saw the oats, after being shelled, brought up on mans' backs to a field in the upper side of the county road where they were cleaned with the wind, then brought back and ground.”
a boy of 17 was killed by his bull, the corpse viewed by Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY
“Their lease [the MCCULLAGH’s] fell and Davy ROPER finding this, gave VAUGHAN, the agent, a very fine horse to put James McCULLAGH out of SHANTRA for nontitle. McCULLAGH had no Baris­ter KERR to stand for him, and so ROPER got all.”

Roper, Mr.



WIGGINS met ROPER at the poorhouse where ROPER gave him a good recommendation

Roper, Rev. William


18, 19

resident Rector of AUGHNAMULLEN parish at time of death of Colonel KERR. SEE: KER, Colonel.

Ross, Colonel



SEE: Ross, Richard, Book II; se also Ross, Colonel Book I

Ross, Colonel & Mrs.

11, 51, 52


of LISCARNEY; brother-in-law of George BREAKEY; brother of Rev. Richard ROSS

 “The early ancestor of Mr. MONTGOMEY, resident Rector of this parish, and the Rosses of LISCARNEY, were officers in the forces sent to the Conquest of Ulster by Queen Elizabeth. Shortly after that MONTGOMEY settled at MONAGHAN, Ross at Benburb, where he lived about one genera­tion, then moved to LISCARNEY near MONAGHAN. The late Colonel Ross was born and reared there. He was Colonel under the Duke of Wellington in the French war. He was frequently to be seen on the streets of MONAGHAN with his military costume on, which was very imposing. He was married to the daughter of a Colonel of a horse regiment called the "Cherry Bottoms", so called from the men wearing breeches of that colour.

“Colonel Ross brought his bride to hear Rev'd. Deveroux's band play on these waters. Colonel Ross had his military costume on. His hat and plumes in that day would cost £10. At the death of the Colonel, Mrs. Ross and family left to live in BELFAST. Several years after, she and family came to live in DUNRAYMOND House where I had the pleasure of making her acquaintance. She was a very distinguished looking woman. Only once in my life have I ever seen so elegant and graceful a lady in a room. Some people thought she was flashy, overlooking the fact that she was reared at a garrison called AULDERSHOT and had been taught her movements by a military man. George McCULLAGH and I never would lose the ghost of a chance of paying Mrs. Ross a compliment, and so she became our fast friend and, for a long term of years, we never saw a waver in the friendship of Mrs. Ross or one of her family. These facts were given to my Father by Colonel Hess in respect of his early ancestors.:”

Ross, Rev. Richard



“That reminds me of a story I heard of Revd. R. ROSS of DRUMKEEN who was noted for a pleasing & rather exentric way he had of expressing himself. One time he pas preaching in 1st. BALLYBAY church, the chapter he gave out to read had a good deal of the genealogys in it. Now good people said Mr. ROSS you see these names ere hard to pronounce, suffice to say they are out of other to such a verse. Then let us start at that point & reed on.

“Though Mr. ROSS was one of the old school still he very much disliked a presenter to chant a psalm line by line & then singing it. One time he was in NEWBLISS preaching, he gave out the 23rd psalm. The clerk chanted the first two lines. Mr. ROSS tapped the presenter on the head & said leave your book aside & quit y'r chanting, I take it for granted every one in the house could repeat that psalm. Begin again & I will help you. When the psalm was sung Mr. Ross said to the congregation is that not lovely & sung to a turn. Revd. Richard Ross was brother to Colonel Ross of LISCARNEY. Men of rank & distinction in this county from a very early date.

Rufus, William



“Glass windows were not known in England to the  time of William Rufus and they were considered a mark of great magnifi­cence.”

Rufus, William



killed by Tyrell’s unlucky arrow.

Rush, Mr.

45, 75


author of book on MONAGHAN; (NOTE: There is a book by Denis RUSHE published in 1921 “History of MONAGHAN for 200 years” Was there an earlier edition?)

Russell, Lord John



introduced “Reform Bill 1831”

Rutherford, Elias




Rutherford, M. M.

15, 63


agent for Mrs. MULLIN; inherited CREEVE HOUSE.
SOURCE: My family tree: (1845-1926) as well as being an agent, he farmed and had an extensive grocery and hardware business in BALLYBAY and also acted as an auctioneer. He died at LISSUE HOUSE, LISBURN, CO. ANTRIM at the home of his daughter .Marcella CAMPBELL; he
was a strong Loyalist, and on one occasion contested South MONAGHAN in the Unionist interest; he lived at: CRIEVELANDS,  then CADDAH House, BALLYBAY;
SOURCE: Full Circle p96 one of 58 men given contracts for roads in CO. MONAGHAN; p273 member of CAHANS Manse Committee

Ruttages, Andy



SEE: KER, Colonel, Book II




“How the Rutledges came to be sextons so long about AGHNAMULLEN. The ancestor of them was a monk in the old Monestry. At the expulsion of. them by CROMWELL, Rutledge turned his coat and took the situation of sexton in the then established church. The gong used by the monks was removed to the Rectory when the first belfry was built and auctioned after the death of Revd. Elias TARDY.”

Ruttledge, Andy



had a signboard painted by Isaiah BREAKEY of MILLMORE HOUSE of “Monkey shaving a goat”

Ruttledge, Andy


9, 10

Also SEE story under JACKSON, Wm; sexton of the church

Ruttledge, Molly



SEE story under JACKSON