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Eviction involving Hugh NOLAN, Bailiff & the BRYAN family.
Sharon Oddie Brown. February 25, 2013


1881 June 16 Newry Reporter.


An eviction scene in County Armagh. -- referring to the evictions executed last week near Crossmaglen, a correspondent writes: -- the country is bleak and desolate looking in the last degree. The land is divided with stone ditches. No signs of labor are visible, but the country swarms with goats. The police came across a flock of about 500 driven by a number of people, who hooted and jeered the former to their hearts’ content. The bailiff who has the carrying out of the evictions is called Hugh Nolan[1]. His son was found guilty at the last Belfast Assizes of murdering a man named Bryan[2], and was sentenced to death, but was subsequently reprieved. He was foppishly attired, with rose in buttonhole and [stari?g] check tie. He is about 45 years of age, wears a heavy mustache, and is a most determined looking man. The widow[3] of the man who was murdered by Nolan lives with her four children close to the scene of the evictions, and upon the approach of Nolan she came out and cursed him with terrible bitterness. Nolan and his assistants proceeded unmoved to evict the four families. They threw out the furniture on the street, and then watered out the fires[4]. In one case there were 14 children in the family. No resistance was offered. The poor people cursed the bailiff bitterly but resigned themselves to their fate.


The heaviest crops of Carrot, Mangle [beets], and Turnip can only be secured by using the very best seeds and manure. Such are sure to be got at RODGER, MCCLELLAND, & CO.’S, Newry[5].


[1] Hugh NOLAN


[3] Widow of BRYAN

[4] Watering out the fires would result in the place becoming damp enough, that in a short period of time the thatched roof would fall in. This was a one of the ways to end tenancy in a building.




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