Saint Andrew


14, 15

reference to flag of Great Britain

Saint Colomkil  AKA Columbkille



repeats story in Book I

Saint Columbkille



“Saint Columbkille was a contemporary with Saint Patrick. Tradition says he and Saint Patrick are buried side by side in a graveyard near to Lough Derg. He prophesied a lot of things that have come to pass. He said one day cars would run without horses, referring to our rail-way carriages. People; at one day would ride on iron horses. Float about in the air as high as the eagle which was thought to mean bal­loons. In time to come, people would be in prisons without crime, meaning the workhouse. People would talk to each other at long dis­tances in a very mysterious manner which is thought to be the telegraph.

“He made one grand mistake in saying the Protestants of Ulster would rise and murder the Roman Catholics. A host of those poor people, principally small farmers, left and went to County MAYO where they were very badly treated and a lot of them died. Some were kindly treated by men of means.”

Saint George



reference to flag of Great Britain

Saint Patrick



St. Patrick is alleged to be buried in many places, quite conveniently. For more on him and Columkille, see: book review of  How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. by Thomas Cahill Doubleday, New York.

Saint Patrick


13, 14, 31, 47

“I find people as a rule are quite mistaken about St. Patrick & the snakes. It is related in the earliest Irish annals (says a writer in Lippincots Magazine) that when the Milesians first landed in Ireland about 1000 B.C. the standard which they bore was a serpent on a crossed staff. This was plased over the entrance of their dwellings, like the later White Horse of the Saxons and the Green Dragon of Wales.

“When St. Patrick come to convert Pagan Ireland all other religions of the country had in a great measure yielded to or become merged in Druidism. The Serpent  worshipers were at that time a disadent sect. The good Saint did his mission boldly. He traversed the island preaching the gospel and destroying the pagan idols. He overturned the Druid altars & converted the sacred oaks into fuel. He extinguished the perpetual fires, & used the water of the holy wells for ablution. He overthrew the great idol, Cron, & with his staff he smote & broke to pieces the serpent images before which the people had bowed, forcing them to take refuge in remote & uninhabited places, where they might practise their sacred rites undisturbed. Many who were thus driven out resorted to the desert islands off the western coast. Here we discern the true signifcance of that marvellous story of St. Patrick & the snakes. It was not serpents but serpent worshipers whom St. Patrick drove out of Ireland. The people who live out of West port on the islands are some of the representatives of the snake worshipers refered to. To this day those people can only speak Irish & believe in, misterious things. Strange to say in the 15 centurys which have lapsed since then & in the various disputes & controversies upon the subject, this simple explanation has never presented itself that it was snake worshipers he drove out of Ireland & not the reptile snake at all.

“A Bishop called Patricious who come to Ireland some centuries after St. Patrick devoted himself to eradicating the last traces of pagan worship, & blotting out its very memory by burning every bock & manuscript relating thereto, and even forbidding mention of the subject — a deplorable thing by which so much of historic value & interest has been lost to the world. To this is probably owing our ignorance not only of Serpent-worship in Ireland, but of the round towers & those underground cells or cripts which despite the researches of the antiquary, remain still an impenetrable mystery - their origin, their builders, and their very uses unknown.

“Now that St. Patrick's day is at hand, I find but few know he died the 17th. of March 463 & was burried at DOWNPATRICK. He come first as a slave to Ireland, for six years he herded swine on Mount Blemish BALLYMENA. Then he made his escape & returned to Scotland, but come back in answer to a vision in which he believed he was called by the men of Ireland to teach them the way of Salvation.”
 “St. Patrick taught the three persons in the Godhead by the three leaves in the shamrock being one & again the burning candle producing life, light and heat still only one candle.”

Saint Paul



SEE: Swift, Dean

Salsbury, Earl of AKA Wm. Montrose



Owned Isle of Man at one point




Old Testament character




“Now I will tell you of the famous SANCY diamond. Charles the Bold Duke of Burgundy was the first owner; it was captured from him by the Swiss at the battle of Granson in the year 1476.This diamond afterwards belonged to a gentleman called SANCY who called it after his own name Henry III of France enjoined it on him to send the diamond to pledge it, but the servant entrusted with it, being attacked by robbers, swallowed it & was murdered. It was recovered again by SANCY ordering the corpse to be opened, & it was found in his stomach. James the II possessed this diamond when he fled to France & Louis XV wore it at his coronation.”

Schomberg, Duke of

25, 85,


Frederick SCHOMBERG, a Huguenot general,  was William IIIs second in command at the Battle of the BOYNE in July 1690 and died in battle.
“I will take notice of some old customs quite abolished in Ulster and still to be seen South and West. The wren's race is one below contempt. A pack of boys would gather and hunt a wren with sticks and stones till it was killed. Then it was gibbeted on the top of a stick. The stick was then decorated with white and green ribbons. This fandango was exhibited from door to door in the town where money was expected. All went to a whiskey house in the evening to drink the health of James II and curse the wren. Tradition says the wren leaped on the drum in Duke SCHOMBERG's camp at the BOYNE and wakened his men, so that they were ready for a deadly attack of James II, when Duke SCHOMBERG fell and James ran for his life. After my brother Robert retired from business and went to LUCAN, County DUBLIN to live, I was cleaning the flower beds in front of the house, when a pack of outlaws come to the door with a wren on a stick. To get rid of them and not knowing what it meant at the time, I offered them money. "No," said a fellow, "That is Orange Bill from the North, a relation of Schoenberg, let him put his money where Lanty put the pepper."
”William D. BREAKEY was present at the death of Duke SCHOMBERG and was one of those who did not let his body touch the ground in the moment of death, but like the monks with Cardinal WOOLSIE supported him as a mark of great respect.”
” "As Sure as a Gun" was a pet song of Duke SCHOMBERG and was always sung by the BREAKEYs in honour of his memory at every house warm­ing. All hands on their feet.”




The pianoforte was invented about the year 1717 by a German organist named Schroctor.

Scofel, Peggy



died of a “palatic” stroke close to time of Colonel KER’s death. SEE: KER, Colonel Book II

Scott, Jane

5, 15


d. 11 Feb 1844; wife of John SCOTT, née BREAKEY, aunt of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY

Scott, John  (of AGHAHIST)



husband of Jane BREAKEY of DRUMSKELT HOUSE; elder in First BALLYBAY Presbyterian Church

Scott, John



“John Scott who lived between MONAGHAN & BALLYBAY was the last linen merchant to sit at a bench & buy webs of green linen in BALLYBAY & COOTEHILL.”

Scott, Mary



1735-1811, Married Billy bon BREAKEY

Seedman Clark



“I saw Seedman CLARK impose a falsehood on the late James LISTER and while you would cross yourself, we had "who killed cock robin." I could see' with half an-eye that Lister was "the blood of the blue hen that fought nine rounds without the bill" and if Clark hadn't hoisted the flag of truce and skulked into a corner Lister would have had pistols for two and a coffin for one.”

Selkirk, Alexander



“Very few know that Alexander SELKIRK who was rendered famous by DE FOE under the name of Robinson Cruses was born in LARGO in 1676. He went to sea in his youth & in the year 1703 Captain Straglin put him on shore on the island of Juan Fernandez as a punishment for mutiny; I think that solitude he remained four years & four months. His gun is now to be seen in the British Museum.”

Sephinson, George



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




Hornes oak is “immortalized in the Merry Wives of Windsor” Act IV, Scene 4:
”There is an old tale goes that Herne the Hunter,
Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest,
Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,
Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns;
And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,
And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain
In a most hideous and dreadful manner.
You have heard of such a spirit, and well you know
The superstitious idle-headed eld
Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age,
This tale of Herne the Hunter for a truth.”




of MUHLEY – one of the old gentry families of MONAGHAN

Shepherd, Tom

17, 20


“Father, Jack WIGGINS, Tom SHEPHERD, and John WRIGHT each carried 10 st. (stones) of potatoes in sacks from the old MARKET HOUSE to the last house in the MEETINGHOUSE LANE on a bet for who would be first. WIGGINS was first and never let the pipe out. Father was second.”
Pat Gaviny had a big cotcher man called Tom SHEPHERD who had bad blood veins in his legs. One morning when he was not coming to work I went over to see about him and found a vein had burst in his leg and he dead and all his blood about him in bed. A melancholy sight for a boy of 17 like me when I thought to waken him.”

Shirley, Mr. Evelyn Philip



author of “The History of the County of MONAGHAN”, London, PicKERing & Co., 1879
“In the book written by Mr. Shirley of CARRICKMACROSS, he says the Barony of Farney has over 100 forts. The largest fort in County MONAGHAN is on the farm of Robert BEGLY. It is said to have three rings or trenches. That farm belonged to my Grandfather in my Father's early day and was only 1/11 (1 pound, 11 shillings) per acre.”

Sloan, Davy

16, 70


son of Jack SLOAN
“Father in his early day saw the father of long Davy Sloan manure one of his steep hills with manure carried on horse's backs in sacks. That looks to people of the present day to be a cram, but it is quite true.”
Long Davy Sloan, as we call him, was the first to sell grass seed at our MARKET HOUSE and so it can be said he estab­lished that market for us.”

Sloan, Jack



“Jack Sloan, prior to the birth of his son, Long Davy, reared the first white oats that were ever seen in BALLYBAY. The produce of one stone he brought from Liverpool. Two years after, he had 3 bags of white oats at the old MARKET HOUSE. They were the first oats of any colour that had been seen for sale and so it can be honestly said he established the first oat market in BALLYBAY. He, and the father of the late Hugh KARNS of TULLYCORBET, brought over each shorthorned roan heifers from Liverpool and they were the first to produce that breed about BALLYBAY and to their death they kept the lead for splendid milk cows. After the death of the late Hugh KARNS of TULLYCORBET, I saw one of his two year old springing heifers sold in the open market for ₤22 (pounds sterling).”

Small, Elizabeth



daughter of Robert SMALL; married merchant William MAXWELL of  COOTEHILL (he died early)

Small, Elizabeth AKA BREAKEY, Elizabeth



(1793-1866).; married John BREAKEY (1780-1878) on 1812; of BAILIEBOROUGH; d 1866

Small, Grandmother  AKA  KING, Elizabeth



d. 1845; mother of Elizabeth SMALL wife of James SMALL, d. 1845

Small, Great-Grandfather



father of James SMALL; married unnamed STEWART

“Great grand-father SMALL was married to a girl called Stewart. At her wedding she was presented with a set of hand guilt china sage cups and pot. That set was given to my grandmother SMALL on her wedding occasion and again to my Mother at her wedding. Those of them not smashed are preserved by me and looked on as a treasure.”

Small, James



son of James SMALL; uncle of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; had several girls, but one son James SMALL who works at Pimms in DUBLIN and Jane SMALL who married Tom CHRISTIAN

Small, James aka “Grandfather”



d. 1 839; father of Elizabeth SMALL; had first shop and first tannery in BAILIEBOROUGH, Co. CAVAN ; married Elizabeth KING.

Small, Jane



sister of Elizabeth SMALL; married William STEWART; married Dr. CLARKE

Small, Jane



daughter of Robert SMALL; married DUBLIN business man and had no family

Small, Martha



daughter of Robert SMALL; died early in life

Small, Mary



daughter of Robert SMALL, unmarried lived in DUBLIN.

Small, Mary



daughter of James SMALL; sister of Elizabeth SMALL; married Robert JOHNSTONE of COOTEHILL (uncle to Rev’d William JOHNSTONE of BELFAST.)

Small, Robert



brother of Elizabeth SMALL of BAILIEBOROUGH; uncle of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; had a tannery and was wealthy; had 4 daughters and one son.

Smyth, John Gordon Rev.

12, 36, 37


“He [John MORAN] was succeeded by Mr. John Gordon SMYTH, who was ordained here on the 28th of September, 1847, and who died in this charge on the 14th day of August, 1895. Mr. SMYTH. resigned, through ill health, in 1888, and Mr. J. F. GRAHAM was ordained as his assistant and successor on October 9th, 1890. He still survives Rev'd John Gordon SMYTH* married me in CREEVE Meetinghouse to Elizabeth MOORE. He was a fast friend of mine, my only confident and temporal advisor. He was a man of fine taste as any one could see about his residence. There were large windows in his house. The con­servatory and garden were got up by him. All shrubs about his house were planted by him, except a double pink thorn which I put in for him, which stands near to the back ditch. He was a very large man and had a happy expression on his face, even through ill health. He planted some of the shrubs in front of the manse.”
SOURCE: Full Circle p. 72 ordained 28 Sept 1847 “had a long ministry. Coming from BELFAST at a time when the Famine was at its worst, and still with some years to be endured, he ministered in BALLYBAY until his retirement in June 1880, living on in active retirement to his death on Sunday evening 4 August 1895 after 48 years as a minister and senior (retired) minister.” Buried at First BALLYBAY.
SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p. 124 First BALLYBAY Graveyard inscription: “Erected by Agnes SMYTH i.l.m.o. her husband, Revd John Gordon SMYTH, Minister of First BALLYBAY, 1847-1895, d. 4th Aug. 1895, a 70 years; Agnes SMYTH d.13th May 1909

Smyth, Mrs.



“The road out to Mrs. SMYTHs was not in ex­istence in that day, an old road or lane passed from the toll to Mrs. SMYTHs and on to COOTEHILL. In my early day said lane was called the ropemaKERs lane and was used for that business for a long term of years.”

Smyth, Peter



Also SEE story under JACKSON, Wm

Spear, John

11, 12


at time of Memoir he lived in the house that had been that of Colonel ROSS of LACARNEY’s daughter’s. This house was built by John BREAKEY.

Speers, John



SEE: CUNNINGHAM, Mr. Book II, p46 of CORDUFFLESS, house built by BREAKEY

Speirs, John



horses were kept at his house during the wedding of Margaret WRIGHT to David MAHAFFY




Bakery firm “Spires & Pond” employed DODDS as head baKER.

St. Macarton



“The foundation of the Cathedral of St. Macarton was laid on 21st. of June, 1861.”

Stavely, William Rev.,

38, 39


challenged the writing of Thomas PAINE;
One time, Rev'd. William Stavely was preaching at Fort near Bally-bay prior to 1798, when a man called WIGGINS from MULLANGORE, a Yeoman rose up in the congregation and shouted "Treason", and threat­ened to inform the authorities on the preacher. WIGGINS was so excited he brought a fit of apoplexy on himself, from which he died that same night.”
SOURCE: PRONI: STAVELY, William: War Proclaimed and Victory Ensured, or the Lamb's Conquests lllustrated, BELFAST 1795

Steel, Norman

24, 65, 66, 84


“Father brought the first damson quicks (cuttings), snowdrops, and orange lilies in this parish from Norman STEEL's. Till Orangemen started at the Dian, County ARMAGH, no party feeling existed in respect of that flower. Father had a very big bed of them at one time.”
“I am frequently asked, “Who was Norman STEEL?" He was a man of very high rank who lived in a splendid mansion in the parish of DUNAMIN. He discounted bills for all linen merchants. People as far from home as Grandfather were kept all night for fear of highwaymen. Mr. STEEL had military protection at his house and when going and coming from the Bank of Ireland in DUBLIN. That was the first thing like a bank in this county.”
The songbook belonging to father of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY had songs transcribed from old manuscripts belonging to Norman STEEL;

Steel, Norman



“No Bank in this county but one kept by Norman STEEL of CARICKACROSS [alternative spelling: CARICKMACROSS]. Had a Government protection at his house & an escort once a week to & from the Bank of Ireland DUBLIN. STEEL discounted all the bills for linen merechants and others.”




old gentry of the parish of DUNAMINE
SOURCE: Full Circle p 23-4: Mary STEEL of INNISKEEN married James JACKSON 1768, had 12 children and died aged 35.




“One time GRAY went to collect a 10th stook (shock) in every field of oats in ENAGH in the late evening. GRAY's men cooped cart and oats and had to leave all as a shaft was smashed. During the night, two fools, STEWART and STENSIN, got word of the smash and were encouraged by people to remove the oats and in the morning not one sheaf was left for GRAY.”

Stevenson, George



“the first Railway train carrying passengers & drawn by a locomotive steam-engine was completed by George STEVENSON”




“One time GRAY went to collect a 10th stook (shock) in every field of oats in ENAGH in the late evening. GRAY's men cooped cart and oats and had to leave all as a shaft was smashed. During the night, two fools, STEWART and STENSIN, got word of the smash and were encouraged by people to remove the oats and in the morning not one sheaf was left for GRAY.”

Stewart Bradford AKA Stuart



“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.”

Stewart Jeannie

1, 74


The Assistant Secretary to the Presbyterian Historical Society who transcribed the BREAKEY Memoirs for Major Frank Keam BREAKEY from Napinka, Manitoba, Canada during WWII. A carbon copy of her transcription was photocopied by Edward P. BREAKEY of Washington, USA in 1961 and subsequently made available to many family members. The handwritten document presented difficulties as did unfamiliar place names, accounting for some of the errors in the text (although the idiosyncratic spelling of BREAKEY was his alone).

Stewart William



first husband of Jane SMALL, an aunt of Thomas Caathcart BREAKEY

Stewart, Bradford



of CLONTIBRET, nephew of Moses BRADFORD. (Any relation to the Miss STEWART who typed this manuscript?)

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p 22: Bradford STUART is mentioned as holding most of EDENANEANE in 1860.

Straglin Captain



SEE also SELKIRK, Alexander.

Strickland, Miss



author of histories of British Kings during Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s time


52, 53


See also “Earl of Pembrooke”
”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. Dermot was installed by Strongbow who married Eva, the daughter of Dermot. King Dermot only lived one year and Strongbow thought to get the kingdom of Leinster by his wife but fearing Henry's displeasure he came over to Henry and gave up all he had gained in Ireland. Henry allowed him Leinster and went over himself in 1171 with a fleet of four hundred vessels to take 'possession of his new dominions.”

Stuart, Bradford  AKA Stewart



nephew of Re. Moses BRADFORD. SEE STEWART

Stuart, Thompson



met Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY on road. SEE KILPATRICK, William

Summer, Bishop



SEE: BLENFIELD, Bishp – to do with wearing wigs.

Swan, Elizabeth



“[Hugh BREAKEY] married Elizabeth SWAN, a Scotch girl, one of 7 sisters who were all in Melbourne. His father-in-law, being a builder and contractor, employed Hugh as a joiner at big pay.”

Swanzy, Hugh



after the Sherriff’s bailiffs refused to execute a writ on Sam GRAY, SWANZY, who was sub-sheriff, attempted to execute it himself and GRAY shot at him, but his gun misfired and he then barricaded himself in the house.

Swift, Jonathon (Dean )



“One of the men directed my attention to the life, wit & humour of Dean Swift which pleased me to a turn. I saw where he had been at Willibly on the London road about 5 miles from Rugby where stood the four cross Inn. The name is not much but its history is curious. Originally it was, Three Cross Inn Dean Swift once called at the house & misliking his reception by the hostess he scratched this couplet on the windowpane You have three crosses at your door, Hang up your wife, & you'll have four. That pun is preserved in the British Museum.
“Three young men were walking out of Leeds one day, when Dean Swift was seen in the distance. The boys said to each other we will take a hand at Swift when he comes up. One said good morning father Abraham. The second good morning father Isaac. The third good morning father Jacob. No said Dean Swift I am neither Abraham, Isaac nor Jacob, but I an Saul the son of Kish who went out to seek his father's asses and lo I have found them. Dean Swift died the 19th of October 1784.

Talmedge, Dr.



lectured on the Fifth Commandment in DUBLIN, a lecture attended by Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY




see: Book II, Thakombau

Tardy, Elias Rev


25, 27

renovated AUGHNAMULLEN Church; see Earl of DARTRY; SEE: McLEAN, Mrs

Tardy, Elias Rev.



after his death, the gong used by the monks was sold.

Tardy, James


9, 10

Also SEE story under JACKSON, Wm

Tardy, Mr.




Templeton, Mrs.



occupies a house “of great antiquity, being the first house of a CARSON”

Tennison, Capt.



“This townland of DRUMSKELT, SHANTNA, and the half of LISGORN, were bought from old Captain TENNISON.”

Thakombau & 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.”

Thompson, Colonel




Thompson, Dr.



of the LISBURN infirmary supervisiong Dr. John BREAKEY, brother of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY.

Thompson, Frith



“Not knowing how to pray reminds me of a story I heard of Frith THOMPSON & two other young men who were out in a small boat on LOUGH ERIN a dash of wind wet come off the high hills about PUTORA school that nearly swamped the boat. Seeing nothing for it but a watery grave, Pray for us Frith was the shout, I do not know how was the answer, no excuse would do so THOMPSON put himself into position & then come, how doth the little busy bee, the boys called out that is no prayer. Frith THOMPSON answered them exactly as the drum man answered his priest. It is not the words we use in prayer it is the intention does the work. By this time they all saw a pleasure steam boat called the Devenish that run from ENNISKILLEN to BELEEK, Frith THOMPSON put up a red hankerchief. The captain saw it at once & put on full steam & was in time to save all. When all were safe on the steam boat, now said Frith you see what my prayer & the red hancherchief done. One of the boys said I will keep to my amusement the horses back where I will require no prayer. Strange to say that very fellow was killed off a horses back in a moment of time.”

Thompson, Humphery Rev.



SOURCE: Full Circle p. 5 likely preached in Scottish Gaelic and English.

Thompson, John

9, 56, 57


” The father of John THOMPSON of SHANTONAGH had a fine big dog with a lot of a thing like wool on him of auburn colour. Squire Corry said to THOMPSON, "You should clip your dog to represent a lion and he would look grand." THOMPSON did so, and Mrs. THOMPSON thought it would do well to make stockings out of the wool of the dog. So she left that coat by. The next year the dog was again shorn when she had quite enough to make a pair of stockings for her man. The colour was lovely and the stockings much admired by every one. When THOMPSON would put on the stockings on state occasions, dogs would go behind him lift their legs and make water on them. THOMPSON would not feel what was going on as the water was warm but when he would move his position he found his low heeled shoes full of water. People were sure to have, "who killed cock robin?" on the spot. One day THOMPSON was leaning on Frank HORNER's counter when a big dog came into the shop with a man and on the spot filled THOMPSON's shoes. When he stood up, he found his shoes in a so so state. THOMPSON got into a fearful rage and, for fear the dog would be killed, the man left with his dog in quick time. THOMPSON pulled the stockings off and threw them out on the street.” SEE LEWIS & LATIMER for more of this tale.

Thompson, Miss



“My children tell me a good thing that brings me back to early boyhood such a person was out of another. Lately the two Miss THOMPSONS of SHANTNA were passing the school, the little girls gathered round them to have a bit of fun. One of the sisters said to the other who is this noisy gisha, the answer come she is out of white Tam BREAKEY.”

Thompson, Robert



“I am frequently asked if I remember seeing Mr. Robert THOMPSON's horse, "Poor Pat". I remember quite well, he was a chesnut (sic) with white legs and a stripe in his face. His presence was not good nor was he like blood. We had a foal from him that was every thing. "Pat" had to run three years after each other (in succession) and win each year before he could lift the cup worth ₤180. It was in the August of 1839 he lifted the cup. I was about 6 years of age at the time. Colonel THOMPSON and I are about an age. The cup is to be seen in BUSHFORD HOUSE at present. "Pat" stands on the lid and the cup is like an urn in shape. "Poor Pat" was not buried in all honours like "Crazy Jane" with her hide and shoes on and fife and drum”

Thornton, General



Also see LAWLESS, John;
” 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.”

Todd, William



“My Father and William TODD were coming from Sam GREY's funeral when Father said to William:, ''What did you think of the Rector saying this our brother is gone to .Heaven." "That man," said William, "The Devil is amusing himself these days blowing his bladder on his promises."”

Todd, William


28, 29

“Wm. TODD our neighbour had an abrupt, kant, amusing way of expressing himself. One time he went to see a neighbour woman who was thought to be on her deathbed When leaving she said Wm. dear I will be in Heaven before night, come Betty, said Wm. quit your bouncing to you, get out of purgatory first

“Father got Wm. to be a Covenanter & to come to Society in this house; when it came Wm's turn to reed sing & pray Wm. was like a lot of men in his day did not go to church & was as ignorant of prayer as preaching, when he was asked to pray he thought when he was in Rome he would do as Rome did. It was a very wet late harvest & people felt vary sad at heart over the prospect of bad meal, Wm. thought he would remind the Powers above of his premise and said you have promised us seed time & harvest & why do you not do it before all is lost. A jury was called over Wm's prayer & the verdict was like that writing on the wall. Thou art weighed in the balance & found wanting. The next time be stood up in the Society he was met with a rebuke somewhat similar to that an old lady met with in the Quaker meeting house in LISBURN. When the Spirit moved her to speak she made the grave mistake of saying shun the good & do the evil. An old rabbi across the house said by way of rebuke sit thee down sister Abigale thou hast said quite enough. Father took in hand to learn TODD to pray & in a short time he regained the stripes & was reckoned to be rather handy at prayer among them.

“Father was talking to Wm. after the murder of Owen MURPHY, Father said the Devil met with GRAY that evening, no such thing said Wm. I was at a preaching in Rock that evening & the Devil was surely there for he made the preacher tell a lie and a hundred times worse than that he impeached God with telling a lie, for he said he had lived 20 years without sin. God says in the Bible no man liveth & sinneth not, and again he who saith he hath no sin calleth God a liar & the truth is not in him & in another place we are born in sin & shapers in iniquity Now said Wm. to father you are not giving the Devil common fare play, you know the Devil is not omnipresent he could not be in ROCK [ROCKCORRY or BLACK ROCK, DUNDALK?] & BALLYBAY at the one & the same time, you are floared I think I have put the box on the hackles said Wm.”
” Wm. was death on drinking whiskey, one time he said to an habitual drunk and I wonder at you destroying your means, health, happiness and family drink­ing whiskey, well said the man I am allays cowl & I take whiskey to make me warm, a woman told me lately she took whiskey to keep her cool now said Wm. which of you am I to believe. One thing I know said Wm. it makes some people do mean things, tell lies, laugh, sing, curse, steal, murder, commit suicide, delirium, adultery, cry, insane, tremulous, blind and what I detest religious, piety on a foundation of whiskey is unpardonable.”

Tolby, Margaret



“Now I think I will tell you about as strange a story as ever you heard of a woman who is dead lately & who was born on the battlefield of Waterloo. At Kirkalby Abbey Margaret Tolby was burried at the age of 86, had the unique distinction of being born on the battle field of Waterloo the day after the great battle. Margarets mother was the daughter of a corporal in the Scots GREYs & her father was a trooper in the same regiment. On the day after the battle, the corporals daughter &,other daughters of the regiment went out from Brussels to seek for the living amongst the dead. The wounded had already been removed & there only remained only what was considered heaps of slain. After long search she came on the body of her husband, identifying him by the initials on his clothing which she had worked in worsted with her own hands. She discovered that he still lived, and with the aid of two women she carried him to a place of succour. Overcome by the excitement & anguish of the day, & while still on the field of battle she gave birth to the infant, whose death is now recorded as an octogenarian.”

Tooley, Mrs.



TOOLEY (Sarah A): Royal Palaces and Their Memories. [on major British palaces, illustrated] Hutchinson. 1902.
“Young people should see a book written by a lady Mrs. TOOLEY, Royal Palaces & their Memoirs. This lady tells a lot of interesting storys, among some of them is Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace. The former was a favourite residence of King John. The reign of John forms the blackest history of the Castle. Of the many foul deeds which he committed therein, the diabolical murder of Maud de BRAUSE & her son stands out in lurid light. This lady was the wife of Wm. Dr BRAUSE, a powerful baron who had incured the Kings displeasure. John sent his emisarys to her demanding that she should yield her son as hostage for her husband; but the replied with more spirit than discretion that she would intrust her child to the person. who would slay his nephew. The unfortunate mother afterwards tried to propitiate. the King by sending to Windsor as a present to the Queen a herd of 600 cows all as white as milk exept the ears which was red, 400 was a big present. The herd lowed in the Royal pasture, but the donor was brought a prisoner to the castle & with her young son was cast into a vault of the Normon Keep, bricked up &left to starve. Like all the Plantagents John had a fearful temper. In fits of ill humour he would throw himself on the ground & eat the dust. Henry VIII was an emisary of the Devil too. Some Earl in England has the breed of DeBRAUSE's cattle still in a wild state & very dangerous to come in contact with.”

Toy, Tommy Rev.



“I heard the Revd. Tommy TOY of BELFAST lecture on the word pluck when I was a very wee boy. He said a lot of the old scrip­tural characters were men of fine pluck.”




Oak tree & Robin Hood;