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Sharon Oddie Brown. November 6, 2008


Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Saturday, March 27, 1847; Issue N/A.

Some 15 or 18 years ago the widow[1] of Oliver Bond[2], the city of Dublin, highly respected for his probity (and more pitied by the opponents of his political principles for his misfortunes and their fatal issue then I'm charitably dealt with for the errors imputed to him) erected in St. Michan's churchyard, in the city, at considerable expense, a tombstone to the memory of her husband.

There was nothing in the inscription to offend the loyalty or the piety of any person, however outrageously loyal or pious he might be. It stated that Oliver Bond died in 1798, in its 39th year; and in reference to his well-known character for integrity ferry to be said –

            “an honest man is the noblest work of God”

some names the Jackson family were also inscribed on the stone. Mrs. Bond was a daughter of Henry Jackson[3], of Church Street, an opulent citizen of Dublin, and the part where the remains of Bond were interred was in fact liberal place of the Jackson family. The tombstone over it was on the left-hand side of the church by the ball and nearly opposite the entrance to the vaults on that side. There I saw it in 1841 in 1842, but there exists no longer. On visiting the spot last Monday it was only after a long search that I found this too much injured one large piece entirely broken off in a corner at the other end of the churchyard adjoining Bow Street, and in the same place the tombstone of the Rev. William Jackson[4], who died in the court of King's bench, in the city, in 1795.

This fog towards the tombstone of Bond has been removed, is now separated from the churchyard by an iron grating, and now forms a kind of courtyard and playground for the new schoolhouse that has been erected there.

Why would write has this removal been made? By what authority has his act been done? One of the injustice the Jackson family, of outrage to the memory of Bond. Is this active in piety and of profanity to pass unnoticed? Is this insult to the memory of her respected citizen of this city, a man of high character as a merchant, greatly honored for his integrity to be endured without a murmer?

Is it come to this pass in Ireland, that we cannot ever have a stone left standing over the grave of a man whose memory is dear to his country and man. I am Sir, &c. Richard Robert Madden[5]


[1] Eleanor BOND nèe JACKSON (1772-1843) AKA Ellen daughter of Henry JACKSON & Elizabeth McGRATH.

[2] Oliver BOND was born abt 1759 at St. Johnston, outside of Derry. He apprenticed as a haberdasher in company with a Mr. Armstrong who became known as Napper Tandy Jackson in 1791. He was a wealthy woollen draper. He married Eleanor JACKSON, daughter of Henry JACKSON (another activist in the United Irishmen with connections to Ballybay). He died in suddenly and in somewhat mysterious circumstances in Newgate Prison in 1798 after his arrest for his role in supporting the cause of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. SOURCE: Maura Maher. Oliver Bond published in the Dublin Historical Record, Vol. XI, No. 4. Sept-Nov 1950.

[3] Henry JACKSON (1750-1818) , son of Hugh JACKSON of Lisnaboe & Eleanor GAULT of Carrickmacross. He married Elizabeth McGRATH and they had four known children. After being arrested in 1798 and charged under the Banishment Act, he emigrated to America in 1804. SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches James H. Murnane & Peadar Murnane.

[4] Rev. William JACKSON. He was born of an Irish family, possibly in England. It is possible that there is a family connection to our JACKSONs, but this cannot be verified. He was active in the United Irishmen and was charged with high treason in 1794. . He succeeded in swallowing poison with the intention of committing suicide and died in court. SOURCE: http://www.libraryireland.com/biography/biographyJ.php

[5] Richard Robert MADDEN, 1798-1866. He published the 7 volume The United Irishmen, their Lives and Times.  Richard Madden studied medicine and was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons in 1828. In 1833, “He travelled to Jamaica where he was appointed as a magistrate to judge disputes between black apprentices and their white masters in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery there. He published an account of his experiences in 1835. Madden then spent four years in Cuba as a Superintendent of the liberated Africans, and published a number of works on slavery.” SOURCE: http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp02911



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