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An Account of the Arrest of Lord Edward Fitzgerald

Foreword by Frederick Fitzgerald:


“The Irish National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann (The Soldier’s Song) has been the subject of much comment in recent years. I am reliably informed by the ‘educated’ types who listen to the Irish national airways: that to make serious and profound pronouncements to the effect that it is time to change our national anthem is considered trendy and that it now enhances one’s Irishness or perhaps I should say ‘Oirishness’. Indeed I read that Dublin 4 types who express this idea and promote it in the best bistros and lounges also find it possible to describe themselves as republicans, albeit Post Paschal Republicans 1998 vintage. I have coined this title or appendage for these types who apparently believe that following the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ the Irish nation should now proceed to throw out the baby with the bathwater as it were. These people are confident that the tune is a major cause of division between north and south, it being to militaristic it it’s sentiment.

Perhaps these people should read or better still This extract is taken from the original narrative written by Mr. Nicholas Murphy, at whose house (now 151 Thomas Street, Dublin) Lord Edward Fitzgerald was arrested. The narrative is dated 29th November 1831, and is now in the possession of the Duke of Leinster at Carton.

Murphy was confined in Newgate as a state prisoner, without being brought to trial, for fifty-five weeks. During this time his house was occupied as a barrack, and all his goods were looted or destroyed.”

Contributed by Lord Frederick Fitzgerald to the Journal of the Kildare Archaeological & Historical Society.

“Arrest of the Late Lord Edward Fitzgerald”

“On the night of Friday, the 18th of May 1798, Lord Edward Fitzgerald came to my house, No. 153 Thomas Street, in company with a lady, (A Mrs. Moore, in whose husband’s house, No. 119 Thomas street, Lord Edward had been previously concealed) about the hour of ten or eleven o’clock at night. I did expect him the previous evening, and the reason I state this is, that a friend of his came to me, and requested that I would receive him, as he wished to move from where he was at present.. I was getting the house cleaned down and scoured, and I brought his friend in, and he saw the persons employed as I told him; he mentioned that it was not intended to remove him immediately, but said, “I think a week or ten days would answer.” I assented, and indeed with reluctance. However, I made no mention of that. In a few days previous to Lord Edward’s coming the Government had offered One Thousand Pounds Reward for his apprehension. I certainly felt very uneasy at this circumstance, and I wished very much to see Lord Edward’s friend, and where to see him I did not know. As a man of honour I wished to keep my word, and I could not think of refusing him admittance when he came. Unfortunately for him and myself, I did so. I expected him on Thursday, but he did not come till Friday, 18th May’98. I perceived he looked very bad from what he appeared when I saw him before. The lady that came with him did not stay long, and I made a tender of my services to go home with her as she lived in the neighbourhood. There was a person we met on our way that I believe was waiting for her. I had some knowledge of him myself, so I returned to the house with a troubled mind.

Lord Edward told me he was very bad with a cold, and it was easy to perceive it. I had procured for him some whey, and put some sherry wine in it. At this time he appeared quite tranquil, and went up to the room intended for him; the back room in the attic story. In the morning, he came down to breakfast, and appeared better than the night before. The friend that spoke to me concerning him came, I believe, about eleven o’clock; then it came out for the first time an account of the ‘recontre’ that took place the night before between Lord Edward’s party and Major Sirr’s (The Town Major). It is perfectly clear in my humble judgement that Major Sirr had known of his removal and the direction he intended to take ; for his part and Lord Edward’s party came in contact in a place called Island Street, the lower end of Watling street; they there met, and a skirmish took place, and in the confusion Lord Edward got off. However, one of the party (William McCabe) was taken, but could not, I believe, be identified. I found my situation now very painful, but nothing to what it was afterwards.

In the course of the day (Saturday 19th) a guard of soldiers, and I believe Major Swan, Major Sirr, a Mr. Medlicot, and another, were making a search at a Mr. Moore, Yellow Lion, in Thomas Street. A friend came and mentioned the circumstance to me. I immediately mentioned it to Lord E., and had him conveyed out of the house in a valley to one of the warehouses. While I was doing this, Mr. N. (i.e. Samuel Neilson) came and inquired of the girl if I was at home. I belive she said not. ‘Bid him be cautious,’ I think was what she told me that he said. I considered that conduct very ill-timed ; however, I am led to believe it was well-intended. On Saturday morning, the day of the arrest, there came a single rap on the door. I opened it myself, and a woman with a bundle appeared, and inquired if that was Mr. M (Murphy) and I said it was ; she informed me that she came from Mrs. M (Moore) and was desired to leave that bundle there. I knew not what it contained, but to my surprise, when I opened it, I found it to be a uniform of a very beautiful green colour, gimpt or braided down the front, with crimson or rose-colour cuffs, and a cape. There were two dresses – one a long-skirted coat, vest and pantaloons : the other, a short jacket that came round quite close, and braided in front; there was also a pair of overalls that buttoned from the hip to the ankle, with, I think, black Spanish leather inside; I suppose they were intended for riding. The bundle contained a cap of a very fanciful description, extremely attractive, formed exactly like a sugar-loaf, or, as Mr. Moore says, conically ; that part that went round the forehead green, the upper part crimson, with a large silk tassel, and would incline one side or the other occasionally when on the head. After placing Lord. E in the valley of the warehouse, I came down in a little time, and stood at the gate; the soldiers still at Mr. Ms (Moores) I perceived four persons walking in the middle of the street, some of them in uniform; I believe Yeomen. I believe Major Swan, Captain Medlicot, (of the City of Dublin Militia) &c., was of the party. Toward four o’clock Lord E. came down to dinner. Everything was supposed to be still now at this time. S. N. (Samuel Neilson) came to see us; dinner nearly ready; I asked S.N. to stay and dine, which he accepted. Nothing particular occurred, except speaking on a variety of subjects, when Mr. N., as if something struck him, immediately leaving us together. There was very little wine taken ; Lord E. was very abstemious ; in a short time I went out. Now the tragedy commenced. I wished to leave Lord E. to himself. I was absent, I suppose, about an hour ; I came to the room where we dined, being the back drawing room. He was not there. I went to the sleeping room. He was in bed. It was, at this time, about seven o’clock. I asked him to come down to tea. I was not in the room three minutes when in came Major Swan and a person following him with a soldier’s jacket, and a sword in his hand; he wore a round cap. When I saw Major Swan, I was thunderstruck. I put myself before him, and asked his business. He looked over me and saw Lord E. in the bed. He pushed by me quickly, and Lord E., seeing him, sprang up instantly and drew a dagger which he carried about him, and wounded Major Swan slightly, I believe. Major Swan had a pistol which he fired without effect; he immediately turned to me and gave me a severe thrust of the pistol under the left eye, at the same time desiring the person that came in with him to take me into custody. I was immediately taken away to the yard ; there I saw Major Sirr and about six soldiers of the Dumbarton Fencibles. Major Swan thought proper to run as fast as he could to the street, and I think he never looked behind him till he got out of danger, and he was the parading the flags, exhibiting his linen, which was stained with blood. Mr. Ryan supplied Major Swan’s place and came in contact with Lord E., and was wounded seriously. Major Sirr at that time came upstairs and keeping a respectful distance, fired a pistol shot at Lord E., in a very deliberate manner, and wounded him in the upper part of the shoulder. Reinforcements coming in, Lord E., surrendered after a very hard struggle. Lord Edward was imprisoned in Newgate.

Two surgeons attended daily on Lord E. Fitzgerald. It was supposed, the evening of the day before he died, he was delirious, as we could hear him with a very strong voice cry out ‘Come on! Come on! Damn you! Come on!’ He spoke so loud that the people in the street gathered to listen to him. He died the next day, early in the morning on the 3rd of June. The surgeon attended and opened the body. Then he was seen for the first time by the prisoners. He had about his neck a gold chain suspending a locket with hair in it. Thus died one of the bravest of men, from a conviction, I believe, that he wished to ameliorate the condition of his country. I shall endeavour to describe his person. I believe he was about 5 feet 7 inches in height, and a very interesting countenance ; beautiful arched eyebrows, fine grey eyes, a beautiful nose and high forehead, thick dark-coloured hair, brown or inclining to black. I think he was very like the late Lady Louisa Connolly about the nose and eyes. Any person he addressed must admire his manner, it was so candid, so good-natured, and so impregnated with good feeling; as playful and humble as a child, as mild and timid as a lady, and when necessary as brave as a lion. He was altogether a very nice and elegant formed man. Peace be to him ‘manes’.”

Note by Lord Walter FitzGerald

The two informers implicated in the betrayal of Lord Edward were Francis Higgins (proprietor of ‘The Freeman’s Journal’, at that time a paper in the interest of the Government), and Francis Magan, M.A., Barrister at Law. On the 20th of June 1798, Francis Higgins was paid the Government reward of £1,000 for Lord Edward’s capture (Fitzpatrick’s “Secret Service under Pitt”)
Lord Edward’s remains were placed in a vault under the East end of St. Werburgh’s Church in Dublin; and, owing to the damp state of these vaults, it became necessary to renew the coffin three times, viz.: – In February, 1844, by the orders of Lord Edward’s daughter, Lady Campbell ; again in 1874, by the 4th Duke of Leinster ; and lastly, in May, 1896, by the Trustees of the Leinster Estates.

Fair Towns of Ireland, 1834

The Fair towns were very important towns and people walked for miles on a fair day to go to sell their produce. Until the Fair Day people would have no money and so once the produce or the animals were sold then the bills would be paid. The Fair towns in any county were major towns, places the population concentrated on, those that were important because of their fairs in the past may no longer be of any importance in a county today. Listed below are the names of the fair towns in each county as per Wilson’s Directory of Ireland, 1834. This list is also important in that it not only gives us the name sof the towns, but we can see variations on the way they were spelled in 1834 compared to the present spelling.


ANTRIM
Ahogill Antrim Ardmoy Ballyclare Ballinagobogh Bridge Ballintoy Ballycarry Ballycastle Ballymena Ballymoney Ballymure Belfast Bernice Broughshane Bushmills Carrickfergus Carmony Clough Connor Craigbilly Crumlin Cushendall Dervock Drimbar Drumadoon Dunloy Dunluce Glenarm Glenavy Kells Larne Lisburn Loughgill Mosside Mounthill Newtowncrommelin Oldstone Parkgate Portglenone Randalstown Rasharkan Roughfort Shanecastle Straid Stranocum Templepatrick Toome Tullamore

ARMAGH
Acton Armagh Ballibought Balnaglera Blackwatertown Camlough Charlemont Clare Crosmaglin Cullyhanna Culloville Forkhill Hamilton’s-bawn Jonesborough Johnstown’s bridge Keady Killileagh Loughgall Lurgan Mahery Markethill Middleton Newtownhamilton Pointzpass Portadown Portnorris Richhill Surgowny Tanderagee Tuskinpass

CARLOW
Ballon Borris Carlow town Hacketstown Kiledmond Knockan Knockmill Leighlinbridge Milford Myshall Nurney Orchard Palatinetown Rathvilly Sherwood Slyguff Staplestown St. Mullins Tennehinch Tullow Wells

CAVAN
Arvagh Bailieborough Ballinagh Ballinacarrig Ballyconnell Ballyhaise Ballyhighland Ballyjamesduff Bawn Belturbet Butlersbridge Cavan town Cootehill Crossdoney Crosskeys Doobally Kilcoguy Killeshandra Kilgola Kilnaleck Kilsub Kingscourt Largy Mountnugent Muff Mullogh Redhill Scraby Shircock Stradone Swadlinbar Tullyvin Virginia

CLARE
Annacarriga Ardsallas Ballindreat Ballyket Ballyludan Banroe Bodike Bridgetown Broadford Brodagh Bunratty Callaghans Mills Clare town Clonroad Cooreclare Corofin Cratilow Donass Doonbeg Doonmore Enagh Ennis Ennistimon Holyisland Jasper’s pound Jeverstown Killanteel Kilclaren Kildysart Kilfenora Kilkeshen Killaloe Kilmichael Kilrush Kilmurrybricken Kilmurrymacmahon Lisdeen Miltownmalbay Moyarta Moynoe (Ballyglass) Moynoe (Read’s cross) Newmarket O’Brien’s bridge Quin Rosmanaher Scariff Sixmilebridge Spancelhill St. John’s Well Tomgrany Tulla Turloughmore

CORK
Ahacross Annegrove Aughadown Ballinakelly Ballinamona Ballinavar Ballinhassig Ballinphellie Ballinspidale Ballybuy Ballnacarrig castle Ballyclough Ballydehob Balligurteen Ballyhooly Ballyheene Ballymacody Ballyvolane Ballyvorney Bandon Banlahan Bantry Barnagrove Bartholomew’s well Blarney Brigown Buttevant Cahirmee Cardriney Carrigalane Carrigtowhill Castlelyons Castlemartyr Castletown Castletownroche Cecilstown Charleville Clonakilty Cloyne Connagh Coolaguragh Cooldorky Coolymurrahoe (Cork city) Cork city Cottersborough Crookstown Currabegland Curras and Maun Dangan Donaghmore Doneraile Downderry Drimoleague Dromagh Dromdeer Droumalagree Duhallow Dunmanway Eirkmacody Enniskeane Fermoy Fivemilebridge Glangowra Glanworth Glenville Gooseberryhill Greenoghs Innishannon Insegeela Kanturk Kilbritton Kilcummer Kildorery Killacounty Killieagh Kilmurrahan Kilmacleran Kilmurry Kiworth Kinsale Knocknacroghery Knucknamariff Lepp Liscarroll Lisgoold Lisnacon Lough of Cork Macroom Magilla Mallow Maslacanlands Masseytown Milford Middleton Millstreet Mitchelsfort Mitchelstown Mogeely Monkstown Mossgrove Mountbeamish Nadrid Newcestown Newmarket Newmill Newtown Oldabbey Oldcastle Oldmillstreet Passage west Rathclare Rathcormuck Rockhill Ross Rostellan Rugsboro’ Shanballymore Shandrum Sixmilewater Skibbereen Timoleague Tracton Transtown Tullilease Youghal

DONEGAL
Aghygaults Ardara Ballintra Ballybofey Ballynass Ballyshannon Bonnyfobble Buncrana Burnfoot Cloghanbeg Carrigart Carndonagh Castlefinn Church-hill Convoy Culdaff Donegal town Dunfanaghy Dunkanally Fintown Glenties Killybegs Killigordan Laghey Letterkenny Machremore Malin Manorcunningham Mountcharles Muff Newbridgeglen Newtowncunningham Oldtown Port Pettigo Ramullen Raphoe Rashedog Rathmelton Redcastle Rosnakill St. Johnston’s Stranorlar Tullyodonald

DOWN
Annadoyne Ardara Ballinahinch Balamagarry Ballow Ballywalter Banbridge Bangor Bryansford Carrowdore Castlereagh Castlewellan Clough Comber Crossgar Donaghadee Donaghmore Down Downpatrick Dromore Dundrum Gilford Grayabbey Greencastle Hillsborough Hilltown Kilkeel Killileagh Killough Kilmore Kircubbin Loughbrickland Narrowwater Newry Newtownards Portaferry Rostrevor Rathfriland Saintfield Scarvaghpass Seaford Sheepbridge Strangford Warrenpoint

DUBLIN
Balriggan Ballymore Eustace Balrothery Carrickmines Donnybrook Fieldstown Garristown Kilsallaghan Lusk Newcastle Palmerstown Rathmichael Rathfarnham Rush Saggard Skerries St. Margaret’s Swords Tallaght

FERMANAGH
Ballinamallard Belcoo Belleek Brookborough Calaghane Callowhill Churchhill Clubboy Derralin Derrygonnelly Donagh Ederneybridge Enniskillen town Garrison Irvinestown Kesh Lisbellaw Lisnacarrick Lisnakea Maguiresbridge Magheravooly Monea Newtownbutler Roslea Stragowna Tempo Wheathill

GALWAY
Abbeynockmoy Aghrimlands Ahascragh Ardrahin Athenry Ballinakill Ballinamore Ballinasloe Ballymoate Ballymoe Barna Caltragh Cappatogel Castleblakeney Castelhackett Claddagh Claranbridge Claregalway Claremore Clifden Clonbur Clonfert Creggs Derry Mcoughy Drumgriffin Doonmore Dunloe Eyrecourt Fairhill Galway square (East gate) Galway town Gort Headfort Isserkelly Kilconnell Kilcorban Kilcreest Killimore Kilnelag Kiltartan Kiltormerkelly Kinvara Laurencetown Loughrea Meelick Monivea Moylough Mount Bellew bridge Mount shannon Newtowneyre Newtownbellew Oranmore Portumna Renville Tuam Tubberbracken Tuberindonny Tubberpadder Tullindally Turlaghmore Tynagh Whitegate Woodford

KERRY
Ardfert Ballinclare Ballincleave Ballyheige Beale Beenmore Blenerville Cahirsiveen Castleisland Castelamine Currans Dromkeen Dromoroirk Gleneragh Granshaw Kilfin Kilgobnet Killarney Killorglin Lackeen Listowel Mallahuff Miltown Montanagee Mullahish Nantenane nedeen Rougtybridge Scortaglinny Tarbert Tralee

KILDARE
Athy Ballimaney Ballyonan Ballytore Calvertstown Castledermot Castle Carberry Celbridge Clane French-furs Hortland Johnston’s bridge Killballinerin Kilcock Kilcullen Kilcullenbridge Kildangan Kildare town Kilgowan Kildroughill Kilmeague Kilteel Leixlip Maynooth Monasterevan Moone Naas Narraghmore Newbridge Rathangan Rathbride Redlion inn Russelwood Timolin Tully

KILKENNY
Ballylinch Ballynamara Ballicallen Ballyhall Ballyhibbuck Ballyragget Ballytrisna Barrowmount Bawn Bennet’s-bridge Burnchurch Callan Castlecomer Castlemorris Churchland Rower Cloga Coolianta Durrow Fertagh Fiddown Freshford Gore’s-bridge Gowran Graig Graigstown Grayney Innistiogue Johnstown Kells Kilkenny Killiboy Kilmaganny Kilmurry Knockmoyland Knocktopher Listerlin Mullinahow Mullinavat Powerstown Rathbeagh Rathkerran Rosberkon St. John’s Well St. Canice Stroan Templemartin Thomastown Tullaroan Urlingford

KINGS COUNTY (OFFALY)
Ballyboy Ballicowan Banagher Bernagrotty Birr Ballycumber Brosney Charlestown Claranbridge Cloghan Clonbullock Conegown Clonony Creggan Cullenwayne Dunkerrin Edenderry Ferbane Frankfort Gallen Gleashill Kilcommon Killyon Killeagh Kinety Moneygall Phillipstown Rahillane Shannon Shinrone Tullamore

LEITRIM
Ballinamore Carrick-on-Shannon Carrigallen Cashcarrigan Cloone Drumahaire Drumkerran Drumod Drumshanbo Druinsna Jamestown Leitrim Longfield Lurganbridge or Lurganbuy Lurganby Manorhamilton Mohill Newtown Newtowngore Tullaghan Turagh

LIMERICK
Abbeyfeale Abbington Adare Almer Anglesborough Ardagh Ardpattrick Askeaton Ballingarry Ballingarrycramer Ballinvreeny Ballymagarrydown Ballybrood Ballyscanlan Bilboa Bruff Brury Caherconlish Cahirellywest Castleconnell Castletown Cluggin Court and Curraheen Croaghburgess Croome Drumcollogher Dromon Fedemore Galbally Glanogra Glin Herbertstown Hospital Kilfennycommon Kilfinan Kilmallock Kilmiddy Kilmore Kilteely Knockaderry Knockany Knocktoran Knocklong Limerick city Lismullane Mountpelier Murroe Nantenant Newcastle Pallasgreen Patrick’s well Portrenard Racahill Rathkeale Shanagolden Singland Spurreboy Stonehall Tubbermurry Tullow Turagh

LONDONDERRY
Bellaghy Castledawson Churchtown Clady Coleraine Cross Curran Desertmartn Dungiven Feeny Figivee Garvagh Killowen Kilrea Lisane Londonderry Moneymore Magherafelt Mahera Mahoolan Muff Newtown-Limavady Parke Portglenone Swatteragh Tubbermore Tryadd

LONGFORD**
Ardagh Ballymahon Barry Bonlahy Cullyvore Drumlish Edgesworthstown Granard Killashee Lanesboro’ Newt. Forbes Shanmulla St. Johnstons St. Johnstown Tashiny

LOUTH**
Annagassan Ardee Castletown Collon Drumcashel Dundalk Dunleer Foggart Lurgangreen Mulaghcrew Rochdale

MAYO
Aglare Ardnaree Aughagown Ball Ballaghaderin Ballina Ballincostello Ballindangan Ballinrobe Ballively Ballyhane Ballyhaunis Ballivary Bangorerris Bauceysbarn Belcarra Belmullet Binghamstownerris Bionneconlan Brize Bunfinglass Cappakerrane Caracastle Castleaken Castlebar Castletownlands Clare Classagh Crossmolina Donamona Fortfield Foxford Gallowshill Glarn Hollymount Keelogues Killala Kilmain Kilternagh Lisloughery Louisburgh Loughmask Melcomberegis Minola Moyne Neale Newtowngrove Newportpratt Rakestreet Rathfran Rues Shrule Straid Swineford Tallagherris Tulrahan Turlogh Westport

MEATH
Ardeath Armabrega Ashbourne Athboy Balliver Ballybogan Bectivebridge Belgree Carlanstownbridge Crossakeale Culmullen Drumconra Duleek Dunboyne Dunshaughlin Garretstown Grenanstown Kells Kildalky Kilmainham Wood Longwood Mulpheddar Navan Nobber Oldcastle Rathmolion Ratoath Skreen Slane Summerhill Trim Warrenstown

MONAGHAN
Ballinode Ballitrain Ballibay Carrickmacross Castleblayney Castleshane Clones Drum Emyvale Glasslough Knockboy Monaghan town Newbliss Rockcorry Scotstown Smithsboro’ Tedounet

QUEEN’S COUNTY (Laois)
Abbeyleix Aghaboe Ballicmoyler Ballinakill Ballybrittas Ballylinan Ballyroan Birchwood Borris-in-Ossory Castlebrack Castletown Clonaslee Castle Cuff Cullenagh Cullihill Donaghmore Dysart Errill Garindinny Graigue Maryboro’ Mayo Mountmellick Mountrath Pike of Rushall Portarlington Rathdowney Stradbally Timohoe Tinnehinch

ROSCOMMON
Ardsallagh Athleague Ballinagrave Ballimurry Ballinafad Ballinlough Ballintubber Ballyfarnon Ballylegue Belonlagh Boyle Brideswell Castleplunkett Castlerea Castlesampson Cootehall Croghan Dangan Elphin Frenchpark Fuerty Glinsk Grevisk Keadne Kilcorky Knockacroghery Leckcarrow Loughlin Miltownpass Mount-talbot Newmarket Rockfield Roscommon town St. John’s Well Strokestown Tarmonbarry Tulsk

SLIGO
Ardnaglass Ballasodare Ballinacarrow Ballinahatty Ballintogher Ballymoate Banada Bellaghy Beltra Bunnidane Bunninaden Carney Carricknagat Castlebaldwin Cliffony Collooney Curry Drinaghanbeg Dromore Easky Enniscrone Farinaharpy Jameswell Newtown Quiguboy Roslee Sligo town Templehouse Tobbercorry Tubberscanavan

TIPPERARY
Ardfinan Ballingarry Ballyclerihan Ballyporeen Ballysheehane Borrisoleigh Burrisokane Cahir Cappagh Clanoulty Cashel Castleotway Carrick-on-suir Clogheen Cloughjordan Cloneen Clonmel Cullen Drum Dundrum Dunhill Emly Feathard Glynn Golden Gormanstown Grange Grangemockler Graystown Holycross Kilcash Kilcooly Killenaule Kilfeacle Killenaule Kilnockin Knockharding Lisinisky Mulinahone Mullough Nenagh New Bermingham Newinn Newport Pallis Roscrea Roesgreen Silvermines Templemore Templetoohy Thurles Tipperary town Toomavara Tubberhaney Tyrone Williamstown

TYRONE
Altmore Ardstranbridge Augher Aughnacloy Ballygawley Ballinmagorey Ballinscally Balnakety Benburbe Beragh Caledon Carland Carnteel Carrickmore Castlecaulfield Castledergh Clady Cookstown Clogher Coagh Dergbridge Donelong Donoughmore Dromore Drumquin Dunaghy Dungannon Dunymana Fintona Fivemiletown Frederickstown Gorten Grange Killeter Killen Machrecregan Mounthamilton Moyne Newtownsaville Newtownstewart Omagh Orrator Pomeroy Seskinore Sixmilecross Stewartstown Strabane Trillic

WATERFORD
Affane Annestown Ballinamultina Ballyduff Ballygunner Ballykeerogue Cappoquin Carrickbeg Clashmore Clonagam Conna Drumana Drumcannon Dungarvan Faithleg Ferrypoint Gardenmorris Kilcomragh Kilgobnet Kilmacthomas Kilstownlaurence Knuckboy Lismore Modiligo Mountaincastle Newton at Silvermines Passage Stradbally Tallow Tramore Two-mile-bridge Waterford city Whitechurch Windygap

WESTMEATH
Athlone Ballinahown Ballymore Ballynacargy Balbarna Balnalack Castlepollard Castletowndelvin Castletowngeoghan Churchtown Clonmallon Collinstown Coole Coolnahay Dunower Empor Finea Fore Freemarket Glasson Grangemore Keney Kilbeggan Kilgarvan Kilkennywest Killear Killucan Kinnegad Killvalley Multifarnham Miltown Moate Moyvore Mullingar Noughwell Rathconrath Rathowen Rathwire Scartanpatrick Tyrellspass

WEXFORD
Adamstown Ballycannow Ballyhack Banoge Birchgrove Blackwatertown Broadway Camolin Cairn Castlebridge Clahaman Clonegall Clonroach Coolgrenny Couracloe Croshue Crosstown Curragraige Enniscorthy Ferns Fethard Gorey Harrow Killinick Killuran Kilmuckbrifge Kilener Lady’s Island Limric Mocorry Monamullin Moneyhore Nash Newross Newtownbarry Oulart Oylegate Ragorey Ramsgrange Scar Scarawalsh Scarvagh Taghmon Tintrin Tomhaggard Wexford town

WICKLOW
Aghrim Arklow Ashford Ballinacor Ballinderry Baltinglass Blessington Bray Calary Carnew Coolkenno Coolattin Coolboy Cronroe Donard Downs Dunlavin Hollywood Kilcoole Kilranelagh Kiltegan Macreddin Newcastle Newtownmountkennedy Rathdrum Rathsallagh Redcross Sevenchurches Shillelagh Stradford-on-Slaney Tinahely Togher Wicklow town

Members of the Kildare Archaeological Society, 1895

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNTY KILDARE ARCHAELOLOGICAL SOCIETY


LIST OF HONORARY OFFICERS AND MEMBERS.
(Corrected to January 24, 1895)
President: THE EARL OF MAYO.

Vice-President : THE MOST REV. MICHAEL COMERFORD, D. D.,
Coadjutor Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Council: (in order of Election)
THOMAS COOKE TRENCH, ESQ., D.L.
GEORGE MANSFIELD, ESQ., D.L.
THE REV. CANON SHERLOCK, M.A .
THE REV. DENIS MURPHY, S.J., LL.D., M.R.I.A.
THE REV. EDWARD O’LEARY, P.P. THOMAS J. DE . BURGH, ESQ., D.L .

Hon-Treasurer: HANS HENDRICK-AYLMER, ESQ., Kerdiffstown, Naas, (Co. Kildare)

Hon Secretaries:
LORD WALTER FITZGERALD, M.R.LA., Kilkea Castle, Mageney.
ARTHlJR VICARS, ESQ., F.S.A., Ulster, Clyde Road, Dublin.

Hon-Editor : THE REV. DENIS MURPHY, S.J., University College, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

MEMBERS
[Officers are indicated by heavy type; Life Members by an asterisk (*).]

Article: Adams, Rev. James, Kill Rectory, Straffan.
Archbold, Miss, Davidstown, Castledermot.
Aylmer, Miss, Donadea Castle, Co. Kildare.
Aylmer, Algernon, Rathmore, Naas.
AYLMER, H. HENDRICK-, Hon. Treasurer, Kerdiffstown, Naas.

*Barton, Major H. L., D.L., Straffan House. Straffan.
Bonham, Colonel J., Ballintaggart, Colbinstown, Co. Kildare.
Bird, Rev. John T., Curragh Camp.
Brooke, J. T., St. David’s, Naas.
Brown, Stephen J., Naas.
Browne, Rev. Hawtrey, Victoria Cottage, Fermoy. (Co. Cork)
Burke, Very Rev. E., P.P., Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow.
Burtchaell, G. D., M.A., 7, St. Stephen’s-green, Dublin.

Cane, Major Claude, St. Wolstan’s, Celbridge.
Carberry, Rev. Thomas, P.P., The Presbytery, Ballitore.

Carroll, Frederick, Moone Abbey, Moone.
Carroll, Rev. James, C.C., Howth, Co. Dublin.
*Clements, Colonel, Killadoon, Celbridge.
Clements, Mrs., Killadoon, Celbridge.
*Clements, Henry J. B., D.L., Killadoon, Celbridge.
Coady, D. P., M.D., Johnstown, Straffan.
Cochrane, Robert, F.S.A., M.R.I.A., Hon. Secretary R.S.A.I., 17, Highfield-road, Rathgar.
Cole, Rev. J. F., The Rectory, Portarlington (Queen’s County (aka Laois or Leix)
COMERFORD, Most Rev. M., D. D.,. Coadjutor Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Vice.President, Braganza, Carlow.
Conmee, Rev. J. F., S.J. , University College, Dublin.
Coote, Stanley, Arden, Dulwich, Surrey. (Great Britain)
Cowell, Very Rev. G. Y., Dean of Kildare, The Deanery, Kildare.
Crosby, Rev. E. Lewis, 36, Rutland-square, Dublin.

Dames, R. S. Longworth, 21, Herbert.street, Dublin.
Dane, J. Whiteside, Osberstown Hill, Naas.
Darby, M., M.D., Monasterevan.
Day, Robert, F.S.A., M.R.LA., 3, Sydney-place, Cork.
Dease, Colonel G., .Celbridge Abbey, Celbridge.
DE BURGH, THOMAS J., D.L., Oldtown, Naas.
Devitt, Rev. Mathew, S.J. , Clongowes Wood College, Sallins.
Doyle, Rev. J. J., Derrycappagh, Mountmellick, Queen’s County (aka Laois or Leix)
Drew, Thomas, R.H.A., M.R.I.A., P.R.S.A.I., Gortnadrew, Monkstown. (Co. Dublin)
Duncan, J. A., Athy.
Dunne, Rev. John, Clane.
Dunne, Laurence, J.P.,, Dollardstown House, Athy.

Elliott, Rev. William, The Manse, Naas.

Falkiner, F. J., M.D., Spring Gardens, Naas.
Ffrench, Rev. J. F. M., M.R.I. A., Ballyredmond House, Clonegal.
*FitzGerald, Lady Eva, Kilkea Castle, Mageney, Co. Kildare.
*FitzGerald, Lord Frederick, Kilkea Castle, Mageney, Co. Kildare.
*FitzGerald, Lord George, King’s House, Kingston, Jamaica.
*FITZ GERALD, LORD WALTER, M.R.I.A., Hon. Secretary, Kilkea Castle, Mageney, Co. Kildare.
FitzGerald, Rev. W., The Vicarage, Grange Con, Co. Wicklow.
Fogarty, Rev. M., Professor, Maynooth College.
Follis, Rev. C. W., Emily-square, Athy.

Ganly, Rev. C. W., Kilkea Rectory, Mageney, Co. Kildare.
Garrett, Rev. George, Kilmeague, Co. Kildare.
Garstin, J. Ribton, D.L., F.S.A., M.R.I.A., Braganstown, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth.
Glover, Edward, 19, Prince Patrick.terrace, North Circular.road, Dublin.
Greene, Thomas, LL.D., Millbrook, Mageney.

Hade, Arthur, O.E., Carlow.
Hannon, Thomas J., Millview House, Athy.
Higginson, Lady, Connellmore, Newbridge.
Hoguet, Madame Henry L., 48, West Twenty-eighth-street, New York .
Houston, Rev. B. C. Davidson, St. John’s Vicarage, Sydney Parade, Dublin.

Jessen, Rev. J. L., Castledermot, Co. Kildare.
Johnson, Miss, Prumplestown House, Castledermot, Co. Kildare.

Kennedy, Rev. H., St. David’s Rectory, Naas.
Kennedy, Robert R., R.M., Carlow.
Keogh, Surgeon-Major T. R., Castleroe, Mageney, Co. Kildare.
Kirkpatrick, William, Donacomper, Celbridge. (Co. Kildare)

Large, Rev. W. Somerville-, Carnalway Rectory, Kilcullen.
La Touche,.Mrs. John, Harristown, Brannoxtown.
Loch, J., C.I.R.I.C.., The Firs, Naas.
Long, Miss A. F., Woodfield, Kilcavan, Geashill.

McMahon, General, Craddockstown, Naas.
McMahon, Mrs., Craddockstown, Naas.
McSweeny, J. G., 18, Claremount-road, Sandymount, Dublin.
Maguire, Rev. E., D.D., Professor, Maynooth College.
Maguire, P. A. 2, Oldtown-terrace, Naas.
Mahony, David, D.L., Grange Con, Co. Wicklow.
Mahony, George.Gun, Grange Con, Co. Wicklow.
MANSFIELD, GEORGE, Morristown Lattin, Naas.
Mayo, Dowager Countess of, 20, Eaton.square, London, S.W.
MAYO, . The EARL OF, President, Palmerstown, Straffan.
Molloy, E., Abbeyfield, Naas.
Molloy, William R., M.R.I.A., 17, Brookfield-terrace, Donnybrook, Dublin.
Moran, His Eminence Cardinal, Sydney, N. S. Wales.
Morrin, Rev. Thomas, P.P., Naas.
MURPHY, Rev. DENIS, S.J., LL.D., M.R.I.A., Hon. Editor, University College, St. Stephen’s green, Dublin.
Murphy, Very Rev. Michael, P.P., St. Brigid’s, Kildare.

O’Ferrall, Ambrose More, D.L., Ballyna, Moyvalley.
O’Hanlon, Very Rev. Canon, 3, Leahy’s-terrace, Sandymount, Dublin.
O’LEARY, Rev. E., P.P., Ballyna, Moyvalley.
O’Leary, Rev. Patrick, Maynooth College.
O’Meagher, J. Casimir, M.R.I.A., 45, Mountjoy-square, S., Dublin.
Owen, Arthur, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

Palmer, Charles Colley, D.L., Rahan, Edenderry.
Ponsonby, Hon. Gerald, Palmerstown, Straffan.
Ponsonby, Lady Maria, Pal~erstown, Straffan.

Pratt, Mrs., Glenheste, Manor Kilbride, Co. Dublin.

Rynd, Major R. F., mackhall, Naas.

Saunders, Colonel R., D.L., Saunders’ Grove, Stratford-on-Slaney.
Seaton, Lord, Bert House, Athy.
SHERLOCK, Rev. Canon, Sherlockstown, Naas.
Skuse, Rev. Richard D., Ballykean Rectory, Portarlington.
Steede, J., LL.D., Dundalk.
Stoney, Colonel, The Downs, Delgany.
Supple, K., D.i’R.I.C., Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow.
Sutcliffe, J. R.; Hibernian Bank, Naas.
Sweetman, E., Longtown, Naas.
Sweetman, Mrs., I,ongtown, Naas.
Synnott, Nicholas, 14, Herbert-crescent, Hans-place, London, S. W.

Taylor, Mark, Golden Fort, Baltinglass.
Thornhill, F. Evelyn, RathanganHouse, Rathangan.
TRENCH, THOMAS COOKE, D.L., Millicent, Naas.
Trench, Mrs. Cooke, Millicent, Naas.
Tynan, Rev. W., P.P., Newbridge.

VICARS, ARTHUR, F. S. A., Ulster King-of.Arms, Hon. Secretary, Clyde road, Dublin.
Vigors, Colonel P. D., Holloden, Bagenalstown. (Co. Carlow)

Wall, Colonel J., Knockareagh, Grange Con.
Wall, Mrs., Knockareagh, Grange Con.
Walsh, Rev. Martin, P.P., Castledermot, Co. Kildare.
Watt, David, 8tackallan, Navan.
Welch, Robert J., 49, Lonsdale-street, Belfast.
Weldon, General, Forenaughts, Naas.
Weldon, Captain A. A., Kilmorony, Athy.
Weldon, Lady, Kilmorony, Athy.
Wheeler, W. I., M..D., F.R.C.S.I., 32, Merrion-square, N., Dublin.
White, W. Grove, 13, Upper Ormond-quay, Dublin.
Willis, G. de L., 4, Kildare-street, Dublin.
Wilson, Colonel W. F., The Vicarage, Clane.
Wilson, Robert M., Coolcarrigan, Kilcock.
Wilson, Mrs. R. M., Coolcarrigan, Kilcock.
Wilson, Miss R. Dupre, Coolcarrigan, Kilcock.
Wolfe, George, Bishopsland, Ballymore-Eustace, Naas.
Woollcombe, Robert L., LL.D., M.R.I.A., 14, Waterloo-road, Dublin.
*Wright, Professor E. Perceval, M.D., Hon. Secretary R.I.A., 5, Trinity College, Dublin.

Hon. Member
Miss Margaret Stokes.

Tone’s Grave by Thomas Osborne Davis

In Bodenstown churchyard there is a green grave,
And wildly along it the winter winds rave;
Small shelter, I ween, are the ruined walls there,
When the storm sweeps down on the plains of Kildare.


Once I lay on that sod – it lies over Wolfe Tone –
and thought how he perished in prison alone,
his friends unavenged, and his country unfreed –
“Oh, bitter,” I said, “is the patriot’s meed!”

“For in him the heart of a woman combined
With a heroic life and a governing mind:
A martyr for Ireland – his grave has no stone,
his name seldom named, and his virtues unknown.”

I was woke from my dream by the voices and tread
Of a band who came into the home of the dead;
They carried no corpse, and they carried no stone,
And they stopped when they came to the grave of Wolfe Tone.

There were students and peasants, the wise and the brave,
And an old man who knew him from cradle to grave;
And children who thought me hard hearted – for they
On that sanctified sod, were forbidden to play.

But the old man, who saw I was mourning there, said:
“We come, sir, to weep where young Wolfe Tone is laid;
And we’re going to raise him a monument too –
A plain one, yet fit for the simple and true.”

My heart overflowed, and I clasped his old hand,
And I blessed him, and blessed every one of his band:
“Sweet, sweet ’tis to find that such faith can remain
To the cause, and the man so long vanquished and slain!”

In Bodenstown churchyard, there is a green grave,
And freely around it, let the winter winds rave;
Far better thay suit him – the ruin and the gloom -~
Till Ireland, a nationa, can buld him a tomb

Donnelly and Cooper

Come all you true bred Irishmen I hope you will draw near,
And likewise pay attention to those few lines I have here,
It is as true a story a ever you did here,
Of how Donnelly fought Cooper on the Curragh of Kildare.


It was on the third of June, brave boys, the challenge was sent o’er,
From Britannia to old Grania for to raise her son once more
To renew the satisfaction and the credit to record,
They are all in deep distraction since Daniel conquered all.

Old Grania read the challenge and received it with a smile,
‘You’d better haste unto Kildare my well-beloved child,
It is there you’d reign victorious as you often did before;
And your deeds will sine most glorious around sweet Erin’s shore.’

The challenge was accepted and those heroes did prepare
To meet brave Captain Kelly on the Curragh of Kildare,
Those Englishmen bet ten to one on each other’s blood to spill,
From six to nine they parried that time till Donnelly knocked him down
Here Grania smiled, ‘Well done my child, that is ten thousand pounds.’

The second round that Cooper fought he knocked down Donnelly
And Dan likewise being of true game, he rose most furiously,
Right active then was Cooper he knocked Donnelly down again,
Those Englishmen they gave three cheers saying ‘ The battle is all in vain.’
Long life to Miss Kelly ‘tis recorded on the plain,
She boldly stepped into the ring saying, ‘Dan, what do you mean?’
‘Well done,’ says she, ‘brave Donnelly, my Irish boy,’ said she
‘My whole estate I have laid out on you, brave Donnelly.’

The Donnelly rose up again and meeting with great might,
For to stagnate those nobles all, he continued on the fight.
Tho’ Cooper stood in his own defence exertion proved in vain,
For he soon received a temple blow that hurled him o’er the rails.

You sons of proud Britannia, your boasting now recall,
Since Cooper by Dan Donnelly has met his sad downfall,
In eleven rounds he got nine knock-downs likewise a broke jaw-bone,
‘Shake hands,’ said she, ‘brave Donnelly, the battle is all our own.