Letter from the Earl of Moira to a Member of the Irish Parliament
Oct 19. 1796
The Newspapers mention you as having said in your speech on the first day of the Session that the violences suffered by his Majesties Catholic Subjects in the County of Armagh had been much exaggerated. Lest false information should have been designedly given to you upon so serious a point I cannot but feel it incumbent to inform you Sir (which from my vicinty to the scene I am enabled to do with confidence) that the outrages have gone to a much greater extent than I ever heard stated in Dublin and the persecution is even now continuing with unabated activity. I have a detached estate bordering upon the County of Armagh which tho' in an inferior degree has felt the effects of that licentious barbarity.
Upon reading your speech, I deemed it adviseable to procure an authenticated account of the number of my tenantry who have been driven within the last year from only four townlands within the parish of Tullylish I have the honour to enclose a list of ninety one persons who have been expelled that manner from their possessions and I have to add that most of them have had their little property either destroyed or taken, many of them have been cruelly wounded. To leave no doubt as to the accuracy of the statement, I have solicited the resident minister of the Parish, who is likewise a Justice of the peace, to certify the list as far as his general knowledge of the case may enable him.
Should this not be sufficient, I am ready at any time to substantiate the facts before Parliament. The place where this has happened is in the heart of the Linen Manufactories and is one of the most industrious parts of Ireland. It will not escape your observation, Sir, that Catholics of the lower class (such as these sufferers are) are not permitted by law to have arms for their own defence; and it must occur that they thence have a peculiar claim upon government for protection against lawless depredation.
I have the Honour to be Sir
with much respect
Your obedi: & very humble Servt.
Names of the Roman Catholic Inhabitants on the Earl of Moira's estate, who were obliged to fly from the persecution which has raged with unrelenting fury in this neighbourhood since Sept 1795.
Townland of Bleary.
|Edwd. McConwell Sr||Edwd Magnigin|
|Edwd. McConwell Jr||John Cunningham|
|Edw. Burnes||Williem Obins|
|John Doran||James Drainy|
|Arthur Toman||James Coyle|
|Phi Toman||William Frazer|
|Laughlin Hanlon||John Kearney|
|John Magannon||Thomas Kearney|
|David Magannon||Widow Drainy|
|Meredith Orson||John Divers|
|Pat Orson||James McConvill|
|James Mackle||Nicholas Doud|
|John Macanerny||Hugh Dowd|
|Murtagh Brannon||John Kennedy|
|Henry Brannon||Meredith McCosker|
|John Collins||Berd McCosker|
Preparing to go
Townland of Ballydugan.
|James Dowd||Widow Maguigin|
|John Dowd||Owen McManus|
|Francis Gillen||Felix Coyle|
|Dan. Gillen||Pat Tagart|
|James McAlinden||Terence Crossy|
|Henry McAlinden||Chs McConvill|
|Owen Sheeky||Phelimy McConvill|
|John Sheeky||Arthur McConvill|
|Thos. McAnerney||Hugh McConvill|
|Widow McAnerney||Phil McCosker|
|Thos. McAnerney White||Dan McCosker|
|William Moor||Pat. McConvill|
Townland of Clare.
|James McConvill||John Dullaghan|
|Pat McConvill||Henry Dullaghan|
|Meredith McConvill||Henry Dullaghan Jr.|
|Anthony McConvill||Francis Magone|
|Pat. B. McConvill||John Brannon|
|John Farrell||Pat. McMullan|
|Thos. Kearney||Terence 0'Hare|
|Dan. Mooney||Roger Kearney|
|Neal McElvanna||Owen McConville|
|Jas. Macann||Hugh Campbell|
|James Gorman||Meridith McManus|
|Widow Devlin||John Devlin|
|Walter McDonnel||Phelemy Divers|
The number of inhabitants who have left this neighborhood cannot be easily ascertained, but by the most moderate computation may be rated at 150 many more are preparing to go.
The above list of the names of the persons (many of them land-holders but all of them house-holders) who have removed from the Earl of Moira's estate, in the parish of Tullyish in the course of the present year was returned to me by Mr. Kelly the parish Priest and from every information I have been able to procure I believe it to be correct.
Vicar of Tullyish and
a Magistrate for the
County of Down.