Vandileur, Mrs. Captain AKA Mrs. Van


1, 2

“Now I will tell some storys of the benefit lower animals have received from doing their duty. One time I was on a visit with my sister Mrs. FERGUSON at KILLUCAN in CO. WEST MEATH.. Mrs. Captain VANDILEUR lived in a grand house on the march with my sister. This lady had 5 old horses in front of the house called by people the pensioners. I went over one lovely day in August to see them. Mrs. VAN as she was called come out I said I had come to see her pensioners. What do you think of them said she, seeing baskets of quids of grass thrown out by the horses I said I think you will be more in your duty if you would get your huntsman to shoot these horses seeing they are dieing of hunger in the midst of plenty for the want of teeth. Did you ever hear of a passage in the Bible where it says ingratitude is worse than the sin of witchcraft, Yes Mam, Well now said she here is Susy coming up she carried me for years & you can see by her shins she never got a fall nor did she give me one. When she was no longer able to run with me my husband put her to rear foals and to the credit of our Irish horses two of Susys foals were the reliable ones in the Royal carriage Queen Victoria uses to go to open Parli­ment and if you have been in the Royal stables the past 5 years you must have seen-two of Susys horses. I saw six for that business. What do you mean said I by reliable horses in a carriage. The answer was horses next the wheel in any carriage have the responsibility of turning the carriage where required, stopping and starting it as well. Now said she my husband got £1000 for those two young horses & the Lord Mayor of London gave £500 for the next two. Now seeing all the good deeds Susy has done for this family I think I would have the unpardonable sin of ingratitude on me if I would be the means of murdering poor Susy, by this time the old mare was up to us. I never saw so wretched looking an animal in my life, she had been 17 hands high, when she lifted her lofty head I could see she was the remains of old grandeur & fine hunting blood. A Page come out with scrap bread in a basket, when the mare buried her head to eat the bread Mrs. VANDILEUR put her arm round her neck like a lover and said Susy darling if I die before you I have provided for you and your companions & as you are treated so will those in charge of you be paid. By this time I felt regularly out at elbows. Next come out an old butler leaning on two sticks, scrupulously clear_ & dressed to represent the older time, no vest & big frills up the front of his shirt Mrs. VANDILEUR put her hand "on his head & said to me her is another of my' pensioners. I take it for granted madam said I this old man is reaping the advantage of doing his duty by you, yes said she his just reward comfort & ease in his days of infirmity. It is 90 years said she since he come to live with my people & he has earned for himself the reputation of being a dutiful servant. By this time the rest of the old horses were up. Amongst them I saw a big old cart horse. I asked the lady what had he done. She said her. husband gave £I00 for him in Flanders & that he had worked for a long term of years on the farm. After her husband retired from the army he would rear & buy flash coloured young horses this old horse would teach them to plough & harrow & run in a sceleten coach & when taught to run in it well he would advertise them in English papers & get fabulous sums for them. He tought Susys four foals & lots c_" others so he is getting his reward for doing his duty

Vaughn, Mr.



“Mr. VAUGHAN, a Catholic agent in NEWBLISS, so biased Dr. KER against my Father that he would not permit him to stand in his office. Mother had to pay the rent for some years. VAUGHAN was very much riled by being frustrated in his plots against Father's interest by Barrister KER. Shortly before VAUGHAN died, Dr. KER received a letter from Parliament that his agent was a United Irishman and to not be surprised if he would be taken on private information. Dr. KER was death on United Irishmen, and when VAUGHAN found he was like Ichabod, that his glory was departed, he soon died. Some years before his death, when Dr. KER was Landlord of SHANTRA, McCULLAGH's of DRUMMUCK lived and built the house now in possession of Tom Cumming. I should say, the ancestors of the McCULLAGHs. Their lease 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.”





Vernor, David



married Anne KER of CORRYHAGEN, AGHNAMULLEN and much of the [property passed to the VERNOR family of VERNORS BRIDGE, CO. ARMAGH]

Vernor, David



SEE: KER, Mrs MURRAY; married Annie KER early 1800s

Vernors  AKA “Verners”

4, 12, 59


VERNOR family of VERNORS BRIDGE, CO. ARMAGH; when they raised the rents, some BREAKEYs went to America; represented Co. ARMAGH in parliament. landlords who raised the rent on the farm that Rev’d McDOWELL bought  the lease for from BREAKEYs and as a consequence, “his Reverence was dispossessed for non-payment”.

Vicar of Bray



The phrase “Vicar of Bray” has come to mean a person who changes their beliefs and principles to stay popular with people above them. It is based on a popular song from the 1600s: The Vicar of Bray. For music & Lyrics, see:
“The vicar of Bray, in Berkshire, was a Papist under the reign of Henry the Eighth, and a Protestant under Edward the Sixth; he was a Papist again under Mary, and once more became a Protestant in the reign of Elizabeth. When this scandal to the gown was reproached for his versatility of religious creeds, and taxed for being a turncoat and an unconstant changeling, as Fuller expresses it, he replied, ‘Not so neither; for if I changed my religion, I am sure I kept true to my principle; which is, to live and die the vicar of Bray!’”

Vosner, Herman



married daughter of Rev. William JOHNSTONE of Philadelphia

Wadsworth, Alexander  Rev



“The next minister was Mr. Alexander WADSWORTH, who was ordained as assistant and successor to Mr. THOMPSON, January 17th, 1744. Mr. WADSWORTH died after a short ministry, on the 31st of March, 1747.”
SOURCE: Full Circle p16-17 His ministry was short as he died unmarried on  31 March 1747. His family was said to be English.

Wails, Prince of  AKA Wales, Prince of



SEE: BEETY, Dr. & story of lunatic asylum

Warwick, Earl of



“… an entertainment given by the great Earl of Warwick in the reign of Henry VII which lasted several days, at which 3500 persons were present. The provision made for the entertainment consisted of 300 quarters of wheat, 80 oxen, upwards of 1000 sheep and other things in profusion.”

Washington, George



mention of his being elected for four years

Waterhouse, Fred



husband of Edith BREAKEY

Waugh, George



m. Henrietta BREAKEY, daughter of Rev’d William BREAKEY & Jane CROTHERS; a counsellor who inherited estate of ancestors at DRUMMARA, CO. DOWN.

Webster, Alick



sexton of AUGHNAMULLEN Church in early 1900s. SEE: KER, Colonel.

Wedgeworth, William or “Wegworth”



of MILLTOWN, near ROCKCORRY; a blood relation of the MCDONALDs of GLENCOE

Wellesley, Colonel



“Colonel Wellesley afterward Duke of Wellington won his first victory at Assays in 1783.”

Wellington, Duke of 

51, 84


The late Col ROSS served under him in the “French War”; composed a song called “The Medly” which was included in the songbook of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY’s father.
SEE also : Wellesley, Colonel

Wellington, Duke of


19, 23, 55, 56

SEE also : Wellesley, Colonel
“The modern custom of wearing trousers was taken from the dress introduced for the army by the Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular war. In early days those were known as Wellington trousers after the Duke. The Methodist preachers were the last used the trousers.”
 “Gentlemen early in the nineteenth century were not permitted to wear trowsers at balls or dances. On one occasion the Duke of Wellington the hero of Waterloo presented himself at a ball room with trowsers on but a young officer intimated to him that he should not enter so attired. The Duke went away he who had defeated the great emperor Napolian was not equal to fight against fashion,.”

Wells, Captain



SEE: JACKSON, White John Book II

Wentworth, William



was frequently in the stocks and protected by United Irishmen

Wesley, Rev. John



“It displeased many of the Methodist body of christians to see the Revd. John Wesley wear the breeches & silk stockings with shoe buckles to the end of his day.”

Westenra, Henry



represented Borough of .MONAGHAN in DUBLIN parliament in 1799

Wheeler, Dr.



of BELFAST, where John BREAKEY learned “the compounding up of medicines”

Whip, Jack



occupied one of first two whiskey houses in BALLYBAY

Whip, Jack



“The first whiskey house in BALLYBAY belonged to a man called Jack WHIP who was a soldier of Oliver CROMWELLs said house was on the stand of the Bank of Ireland & was bought from Whip by my early ancestor. It was a mud cabbin & on the door was hand printed in Irish, drunk for 2d. dead drunk for 4d. No duty was on drink in those days. The house where whiskey was made in BALLYBAY is still unroofed & stands at  the meadow outside Thomas McMURRAYs garden wall.”

White, Dr.



in the navy, married Mary BREAKEY, child of John BREAKEY and Jane MILLER while they were in JAMAICA

White, John



“William WHITE of DRUMGAVNY had a son called John who was intend­ed for the ministry. He took tea and other liberties with a servant girl which caused her to "break a slat in the car" (as it is called) and so disqualified him for the ministry. He turned his attention to the stage and, making friends of the DALEYs, he and they went to Liverpool and got an idea of theatricals: They bought old costumes and armory and came home hilarious at the idea of doing plays and giving entertainments. So they set off to COUNTY DONEGAL where no one would know them. In the three months of winter they lifted £50. The DALEYs could play on three sorts of instruments. The August following, they were well received at BLACK ROCK, DUNDALK and had ₤20 for the month . White deserted the standard, and went to America. The DALEYs went behind in the rent and sold the farm to Luke REILLY who had married their sister Ellen. Old DALEY and his two boys took a farm in SPORTHALL where the old man died and his two boys went to America and never returned. Ellen died an old woman on the farm of her ancestors. Had a big family of well looking people fashioned more like Luke than a DALEY. The Dandy DALEYs were antiquarians, used the body coat, brass buttons and long stockings to the last.”

White, Mary  née Breakey



daughter of John BREAKEY & Jane MIILER who married a Dr. WHITE

White, William



father of John WHITE, of DRUMGAVNY

Whitehead  see Breakey, John

11, 12


father of John BREAKEY so named “owing to his hair being the colour of bog-water flax”.
John BREAKEY, called "Whitehead", who lived in and built the house now occupied by John SPEAR, and his brother Billy the bon, built and lived in the house now occupied by William DOUGLAS, went to America with their families when the VERNORs raised rents to ₤1-12-6.”

Wielly, Widdow




Wielly, William



SEE: CUNNINGHAM, Mr. Book II, p46 of BALLADIAN house built by BREAKEYs.




see STAVELY. WIGGINS from MULLANGORE was a yeoman who threatened to inform on STAVELY, but died that night from “apoplexy”.

Wiggins Betty



said to be a witch;
”An old woman, Betty WIGGINS, was thought to be one of that class of beings. One day she stepped over a pig feeding in the kitchen of Jack Wiggin's and from that the pig pined away. The belief was, if the like of her was cut over the eye, witchcraft, enchant­ment, or sorcery was at an end in that person. The next time Betty came into Jack Wiggin's he took a big knife he had to cut kale. He then seized Betty and gave her a big cut over the eye. Now said he, "You will not overlook a pig en any one again." Shortly after, brother Hugh was over on business with WIGGINS. "My bewitched pig is dead," said he, "And I have put Betty from doing any more of her tricks." She had to go to the Rev'd. Dr. MOORE of ROCKCORRY to get some stitches in the cut I gave her over the eye. “I do not believe in that sort of thing," said Hugh, "I will open the pig and see for myself." Hugh found a big pin that had passed through the stomach of the pig to the head. The point had caused a very bad ulcer inside the pig. "Now," said Hugh, "Jack you see the witch killed your pig." Hugh, Father, and others exposed the matter so much it put an end to witchery in this parish.”

Wiggins Jack

17, 62


“The first truck barrow to be seen at our oat market in BALLYBAY was in 1840. All sacks were carried on mans' backs '.till that date. 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.
Also see: WIGGINS, Betty

Wiggins Padna



“One of the WIGGINS of MULLANGORE and his wife Padna, got into poverty. Mr. ROPER advised them to go to the workhouse and he would speak to the Governor of the Workhouse to see and treat them well. On a day, WIGGINS and wife met Mr. ROPER at the workhouse where he said a good deal in favour of them. After showing them over the house he said to WIGGINS, "You go that way and your wife this way." "For life and forever?" said WIGGINS. "It may be forever and it may only be a while till times improve." said the Rector. "I thought," said WIGGINS, "You toul me and Padna when you married us that what God put together no man was at liberty to shinder and now you as our spiritual advisor, is the first to encour­age us to violate our vow and break our oath." WIGGINS turned to his wife and said, "Spit on your stick girl and we will make our way to John BREAKEY of DRUMSKELT and tell him all." "For your life," said Mr. ROPER, "Do not tell that man, he is a Covenantor, and between him, and MORELl, they will make the parish too hot for me."

William III,


13, 56

SEE: GRAY, Sam – story of his swinging board

William IV,


24, 43, 45, 49

“Wm. IV died on the 20th of June 1837, at the age of 72. In the-first year of reign of Wm. the IV the first Railway train carrying passengers & drawn by a locomotive steam-engine was completed by George Stevenson.”
cost of his coronation: ₤43,159; buns for coronation baked by DODDS family; overlooked law making the playing of football illegal.

William of Orange , AKA William III

1, 2, 3, 22


“Being homeless, they [BREAKEYs] joined the army of William III, Prince of Orange.”
“When William III was invited to come to England after James II was exiled, he brought the BREAKEYs with him,. During their stay in England, my ancestor was married to an English woman.
William WEGWORTH or WEDGEWORTH of MILLTOWN near ROCKCORRY was the representative of a very sad story in Scotch history and a black mark on the character of William III, the murder of the McDonalds of Glencoe.”

William Wentworth



lived where Rev. Thomas CATHCART died; Scoth man of the CAMPBELL clan, wore “kilts and blue bonnet” and “would play the pipes when in the stocks in contempt of the law”; stump orator for United men “in the 400 who left Ireland for America with Rev’d CLARKE of CAHANS”.




“In speaking of old customs quite done away with in this book, I overlooked some worthy of notice. First, people on passing where a murder was committed would throw a stone on the spot. Where WILLIAMSON was murdered on the roadside at MONAGH, quite a cairn of stones was in a pile. WILLIAMSON was thought to have been murdered by the brothers of a girl whom he jilted. Some thought it was the rejected girl herself as she was seen on the road that evening late with him. As he was to be married the next week she thought she would spoil the match.”

Williamson, Dr. David



SEE: CUNNINGHAM, Mr. Book II, p46 “of the dispensary”




family split with First BALLYBAY over dispute with Revd MCDOWELL not mentioning their ancestor’s deaths.

Wilson, Alick



had a mill where CREEVE Schoolhouse sits.

Wilson, Harry

74, 85


“Harry WILSON of  LANTOR … could tell the age of any one from a year up by looking at the palm of his hand. A man called David GILLANDERS, near MONAGHAN, had his life insured payable at sixty ₤500 (pounds sterling). The insurance company would not pay the money till he would prove his baptism or birth. The old Bible with the entry of his birth could not be found. GILLANDERS asked Harry WILSON would he swear to his age by his hand. He said he would and all in the parish except babies. GILLANDERS employed Dan O’CONNEL. The judge asked WILSON how he come by his knowledge he said he would not tell or even sell his knowledge to the Queen. "Tell my age", said the judge. "You are quite correct," was the result. "Now," said the judge, "I will take 30 jurors that know their age and will tell the truth on oath, so look at their hands and tell the age of all and I will soon come to a conclusion." Father was the first, and he said WILSON had told his age before and, he believed it correct, as he was the first child Rev'd. William ARNOLD baptized after his ordination in first BALLYBAY Congregation. As all were adult men he told their ages at once on oath. The judge ordered GILLANDERS to be paid his money and all costs.”
He gave Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY some ointment for  “a queer spot on the inside” of his thigh.

Wilson, Herbert




Wolsey, Cardinal AKA Woolsy


36, 51

“I saw a very big oak tree at Hampton Court Windsor the old residence of Cardinal WOLSEY in his palmy days in the reign of Henry VIII. It was a tree of very. great antiquity, a man beside it told me he would gather sacks of acorns off it and get them dried & ground & his poultry would thrive on the meal.”
” I saw a very pleas­ing picture in Eamton Court, the old palace of Cardinal WOOLSY in the days of Henry VIII, a child holding a bunch of mistletoe over father's head when in his arms & trying to kiss him.”

Woods, Tom

14, 34


adopted son-in law of Tom MARTIN, lived on ISLAND FARM;
The chesnut at Tom WOOD's pass was planted in the October of 1798 by my Father and in memory of the soldiers being killed in CREEVE.”

Woods, Tom



SEE: KER, Wm Book II

Wooey, George



2nd husband of Sarah BREAKEY, daughter of Rev’d William BREAKEY & Jane CROTHERS; inherited property of ancestors at Cowes in Isle of Wight.

Wooey, George



second husband of Sarah BREAKEY, daughter of Rev’d William BREAKEY; he ”inherited the property of his ancestors at Cowes in the Isle of Wight.”

Wooey, Sarah Crothers Morton



Her first husband was MORTON, her second WOOEY

Wright, John

17, 22, 50, 60, 61, 85


at the wedding of Margaret WRIGHT to David MAHAFFY, Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY loaned a SMALL GREY mare to John WRIGHT to race for a bottle of whiskey.; could carry 10 stone of potatoes on his back.

“When emptying the supper potatoes at the door of a winter night saying, "Whish" to warn fairies to step aside for fear of being scalded and by that means bring the ill wish of those imaginary creatures on the house. I have seen John WRIGHT beat one of his girls for not warning those pigmies.”

“I remember going to SHERCOCK fair with John WRIGHT when near my cotcher house we saw a weasil (sic) cross the road. WRIGHT said, "Stop, that is for bad luck to us, we will not go to the fair." I laughed him out of it and went on. When we went to the pass leading to Sam Martin's old house in the bog, we met a red haired woman barefoot. WRIGHT asked her if she was sauncy [red or sandy haired]. She said, "I hope so," but did not turn a step, or go back with us, or even look back, when she said, "I wish you good luck." WRIGHT had the money and was expected to buy a good cow, so he again insisted on me returning home, and even at MOUNTAIN LODGE he insisted on me returning. I was afraid to return as I knew quite well Father did not believe in that sort of thing. We bought a cow, the worst animal ever I saw in this farm. She had a fashion of chewing sticks, bones, leather, rags, and even stones. One day she chewed a boot of Father's that was full of dirt, next day she gave birth to a premature calf and had no milk. She was sold inside a month at a loss of ₤2.5.0 (2 pounds, 5 shillings). This convinced John WRIGHT of the folly of going to a fair after being warned as we were.”

“WRIGHT made a rash vow he never would marry a woman without seeing her in her nakedness. He had difficulty in doing so; still he surmounted the difficulty. Years after, he was in love with a handsome girl with auburn hair, pink complection (sic), and skin as white as a lily. It was the custom in those days for girls to bathe in the river. John had been mowing grass convenient through the day and bid himself in the cut grass in the late evening. As no woman used bathing dresses in those days, it was quite easy for John to see the loved one in her skin. So after that, John lost no time in asking Sally if she would stack her duds with his, which she did.”

Wright, John



“When I was a boy about 16 years of age John WRIGHT & me were sent to SHERCOCK to buy a cow Mother put the money in my pocket & secured it with a pin & started us out at 5oc. in the morning to walk 9 miles & back 18 in all. Me thinks I see people walk so far now. When we got a cow WRIGHT said we would take dinner so we went into what is usua1ly called an eating house. We were going to the lower kitchen        The mistress of the house shouted go no farther I have a pet pig in charge of my children & she would leave you ready for the hospital. I was far enough to see a big pig stretched cut on some sacks. One child was sound asleep against the belly of the pig. One astride on it & twin boys putting a muzzle on the pig with a rush. When we got up to the shop the woman locked the passage doer & said to us she had a big respect for that pig she helped her to rear the children.”

Wright, Margaret



married David MAHAFFY

Wright, Mary



daughter of John WRIGHT; she passed a tapeworm that was 9 feet long and “was put at its length on a thorn hedge at the house”.

Wright, Sally



see WRIGHT, John

Wylie, Thomas



of BALLADIAN, his house was built by the Great-great Grandfather of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY

Young, A  K., Dr.



“The late Dr. A. K. YOUNG, F.R.C.S.I. attended Dacre HAMILTON on his death-bed. HAMILTON asked him, "How do all people feel about my illness." Dr. YOUNG replied, "No person appears to take any notice of your illness, except that Catholics of a neighbouring parish say you are the life of the lease of their school-house."

Young, Augustus Rev



was the victim of lies (unspecified)
SOURCE: Full House p 37 BALLYBAY Methodist minister “1872 Augustus Blayney Riddell YOUNG”; p. 85 there is an allusion to opposition to YOUNG; 

Young, Thomas



“In 1798 the round cross was thrown off the plinth by the United Irishmen in contempt to the then existing Government. The cross was removed to one of the gardens in CLONES where it was kept safe till the late Dr. YOUNG of MONAGHAN placed it once more in position at his own charge and thereby retrieved the reputation of the town from the slur of neglecting its historical relics which, till then had been justly incurred.”




“Zenophen called the Persians effeminate because they cloathed their feet head & hands against the cold.”