News transcripts - Huggins, 18th century

Source: Belfast News-Letter, 5 November 1776. Meeting of linen drapers at Dungannon. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2002-12-22.
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Linen Trade:
County of Tyrone.
  At a numerous Meeting of the Linen Drapers who usually attend the Markets of Dungannon, Stewartstown, Cookstown, and Moy Fair, held in Dungannon the 26th Day of January, 1775, the following Resolutions were unanimously entered into, and agreed upon:
  First, That being sensible of the great Injury done to the Linen Trade in general, and Damage sustained by Manufacturers and Drapers in particular, from the unlawful and pernicious Practice of Forestalling, Hawking, and Jobbing brown Linens, which of late has increased to an alarming Degree:  We whose Names are hereunto subscribed, think it incumbent on us and on all real Friends to our staple Manufacture, to unite in discouraging and suppressing the same.
  Second, It being evident that the general Neglect to enforce that Part of the Law relative to cording [?] brown Linens, and writing the Manufacturers or Weavers Names and Places of Residence, on each End of each Piece, has been the principal Inlet to this great Evil:  We therefore resolve, that from this Day forward, we will not knowingly buy any hawked or jobbed Linens, or any we suspect to be such, nor will we buy, or suffer to be bought for us, any Linens in said Markets or Fair, that have not the Weaver’s or Manufacturer’s Name and Place of Residence, wrote on each End, as the Law directs.
  Third, That from and after the first Day of March next, we will not knowingly buy, or suffer to be bought for us, in said Markets or Fair, any Linens that have not two coarse Threads or Cords woven in each End of each Piece, and the Weaver’s or Manufacturer’s Christian Name, Sir [sic] name, and Place of Residence written close to such Threads or Cords, agreeable to the 20th Section of the Linen Act:  And it being evident, that many Brown Seal-Masters are become jobbers, and they who are not encourage the Practice by sealing Linens otherwise than as above described, in direct Opposition to the Law and their Insructions:  We therefore resolve to put the Law in full Force against all such Seal-Masters, as do not, in future, act agreeably to their Instructions from the Linen Board.  And as the above-mentioned Space of Time for cording is allowed, in order that such Linens as are now in the Looms may be woven out and sold; it is hoped that all Weavers, Manufacturers, and Brown Seal-Masters will take due Notice.
  Fourth.  And if, after the said first Day of March next, it do appear from any Linens sold or exposed to Sale in said Markets or Fair, that any Brown Seal-Master shall seal any Linens contrary to the Law; or from hence onward any Person whatsoever shall job or sell brown Linen contrary to the Law; or any Linen Draper, or Buyer for Linen Draper, shall knowingly buy any jobbed Linens, or pay for any Linens, which after being bought, and before being paid for, shall be discovered to be jobbed Linens, without first laying the same before a Magistrate:  In all such Cases, we will endeavour to put the Law in full Force against all such offending Seal-Masters, Jobbers, Drapers, and Buyers for Drapers.
  Fifth.  And, in order to enforce this Part of the Law more effectually, it is thought necessary to have an honest, active Man to take Care of said Markets and Fair, as an Inspector, whose Business it shall be to examine all Linens brought to said Markets and Fair, and to take up all such as shall be exposed to Sale contrary to the Law, and lay the same before a Magistrate:  Therefore we the Subscribers agree to pay such Inspector the Sum of Forty Pounds a Year:  And further, that all Fines arising from the Non-observance of the Law in such Cases, and also the Produce of all forfeited and jobbed Linens, shall be given to the Poor, by a Committee chosen out of the Subscribers, and the Magistrates resident in and near said Towns.
  Sixth.  As we expect that the same or like laudable Resolutions will be entered into by our Brother Drapers, who attend the neighbouring Markets, in this and the adjacent Counties, as soon as such shall take Place, we will conform thereto in all such Markets.  In Testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our Names.
Thos. Greer, Andrew Taylor,,John Kenny, Sam. George Holmes, John Twigg, John Willcocks, Thos. Boardman, Robt. Bleakley, John Duff, Hugh Weir, Edward Shaw, Willoughby Newton, Thomas Jackson, John Christy, Adam Elliot, Isaac Humphrys, Samuel Park, John Wilson, William  Wier, John Wier, John Marshall, Teeling Cassidy, Alex. Hayse, Robt. Stewart, Michael O’Meara, Bryan M’Mahon, Samuel Holmes, John Ryan, John Williams, George Heather, Thomas Toole, Robert Greer, Robert Magill, Russel Patteson, John Cook, James Cook, James Hamilton, William Park, Hugh Little, Samuel Little, Samuel Eliot, George Anderson, John Maconchey, James Campbell, William Jackson, Tom. Simpson, Robt. Magill, junr. Wm. Magill, David Mc. Cann, Andrew Newtown, Benjamin Greer, David Duff, William Adams, Joseph Greer, James Pillar, James Hunter, Morick Bell, George Ramsey, William Vance, Robert Reed, Robert Brown.
  We approve of the above Resolutions, and shall be ready at all Times to enforce the Laws relative to the Linen Trade.
 George Hannyngton,
 Fowke Moore,
 Ed. Lill,
Justices for said County.

Source: Belfast News-Letter, 5 November 1776, re: reward for capture of person or persons responsible for breaking into the dwelling-house of James McMullan, Blackwatertown, &c. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2002-12-22.

WHEREAS on the Night of the 17th of October Inst. the Dwelling-House of James Mc.Mullan of Blackwater-town, in the County of Armagh, was burglariously broke into, and out of the Cellar thereof, sixteen Rolls of Tobacco feloniously taken, the Property of John Marshall and said Mc.Mullan.

Now, in order to bring the Perpetrators thereof to condign Punishment, We whose Names are hereunto subscribed, do promise to pay the several Sums respectively thereto annexed, to the Person or Persons who in six Calendar Months from the Date, will discover on, and prosecute to Conviction, the Person or Persons guilty of said Burglary and Felony.

And if any Person concerned will discover and prosecute to Conviction his other Accomplice or Accomplices, he or she shall not only be entitled to the said Reward, but Interest will be made to obtain his Majesty's Pardon.

Dated 21st October, 1776.
[Format: £. s. d.]
John Marshall   11   7   6
Corn. Marshall   2   5   6
Charles Norris   2   5   6
James Maxwell   2   5   6
Tom. Simpson   1   2   9
Arthur Oliver   1   2   9
Joseph Marshall   3   8   3
Geo. Linn   1   2   9
John M'Whirter   1   2   9
John Watson   1   2   9
James Holmes   3   8   3
Jas. M'Mullan   11   7   6
John Blackall   11   7   6
Art. Donnelly   3   8   3
Wm. & J. Ogle   3   8   3
James Nugent   1   2   9
Samuel Kidd   1   2   9
Bern. O'Quinn   1   2   9
John Simpson   3   8   3
James Adams   3   8   3
John Huggins   1   2   9

Source: The Belfast News-Letter, 11 January 1793. Declaration of Brigh Presbyterian Congregation. Digital copy online at (accessed 2015-12-19, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.

At a time when the ideas of mankind seem to be swallowed up in the magnitude of surrounding events, and the consequences appear to involve every neighbouring country, the spirit of party, ever awake to malice and mischief, aims it envenomed shafts at its old supposed enemies, the Presbyterians; and the causes of the ferment in this country must be fixed on that affectedly despised people. They known their own principles, and could look with silent contempt on all calumnies and their authors. But, as in all Societies there are no doubt some inconsiderate persons, and the malice of the enemies of any Society is ever ready to lay to the charge of the whole body the indiscretions of individuals, the Protestant Dissenting Congregation of Brigh, Parish of Ballyclog and County of Tyrone, think it incumbent on them, at this time, in this public manner, to express their disapprobation of all inflammatory publications and tumultuous proceedings; and to disclaim all manner of combination with any party for the purpose of proceeding by menaces to procure any privileges or redress of grievances, however they are conscious of the want of the former in some degree, and the too great prevalence of the latter; both which may be remedied, as they conceive, by restoring its primitive vigour to our excellent constitution, by an equal Representation of the People. And they hereby, when that shall take place, declare themselves ready to support it, and the succession of the House of Hanover to the throne of these realms with their lives and properties, against all foreign invaders, or more dangerous domestic enemies.
  Signed by Order,
  Robert Read.
January 5th, 1793.

Source: The Northern Star (Belfast), 30 January 1793, re: Parochial delegates of county Tyrone, meeting at Dungannon. Digital copy online at (accessed 2014-10-23, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.

County Tyrone.
  The Parochial Delegates of this County, assembled at Dungannon, Friday, Jan. 25, 1793,
  John Elliott Cairnes, in the chair;
  A Committee of eleven having been appointed to prepare Resolutions to be submitted to the consideration of the Meeting:——The Resolutions of the Parochial Delegates of the County of Antrim, and the Instructions given by them to their Provincial Representatives, were recommended by said Committee——and on being read, unanimously adopted as their own.
  James Stewart, of Killymoon, M.P. being elected viva voce:——The following 26 Persons were chosen by Ballot, to represent this County in a Provincial Meeting to be held at Dungannon, the 15th of February next.
William Stitt, Dungannon.
J. Reynolds, M.D. Cookstown
Wm. Richardson, Moy
Hu. Faulkener, Willbrooke
Rich. Armstrong, Ballygawley
Charles King, Fordras
John Twigg, Roan
Wm. Stewart, Killymoon
J. Elliott Cairnes, Dungannon
Rev. J. M’Cleland, Coagh
George Ledlie, do.
John Holbert, Cookstown
Hugh White, Belville
George Perry, Armagh
Robert Pettigrew, Crilly
Andrew Miller, -ung- [place name not fully legible]
John Huggins, Glenar-
Alex. Stewart, Dungannon
Dan. Eccles, Fintona
George Cairnes, Killyfaddy
Matthew George, Coagh
James Adams, Stewartstown
Robert Robinson, jun. do.
Wm. Park, Donarisk
Thos Richardson, Richbrooke
Jas. Cooke, Derryloran
  In addition to the Resolutions entered into by their Brethren in the County of Antrim, the following were agreed to:
  We have with pleasure, heard the seasonable language uttered on both sides of the House of Commons, on the subject of a Parliamentary Reform; and we trust, the wishes of an affectionate and loyal People will not be disappointed.
  Resolved, That we deem a revival of the Spirit of Volunteering highly necessary, and humbly recommend it to all our Fellow Subjects in every part of Ireland.
    John E. Cairnes, Chairman.
  The Chairman having left the Chair, and Dr. Reynolds being called to it——Resolved. That the thanks of this Meeting be given to our Chairman, for his liberal and proper conduct on the occasion.
    James Reynolds.
Wm. Richarson [sic], Sec.
  Note. The Declaration of the County of Antrim, that the establishment of a Militia is at present inexpedient and unncessary, fully coincided with the sentiments of Tyrone; but the three last lines of their Declaration having an allusion to the local circumstances of the former County, the following were adopted in their stead:——When Government found it necessary to withdraw the standing Army from the defence of the Nation.

Source: Belfast News-Letter, 14 September 1793, re: John Huggins and Anthony McReynolds, trustees for the late Charles Man, Moy, county Tyrone. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2002-12-22.

  The several persons who stood indebted to the late Charles Man, Moy, by Bond or otherwise, are requested to pay the same immediately to Mr. John Huggins of Glenorb, and Mr. Anthony Mc. Reynolds of Stewartstown, Trustees for that purpose, or to Mr. Edward Simpson of Moy, who is authorised to receive the same, otherwise the necessary steps (without further notice) will be taken.  14th September, 1793.

Source: The Northern Star (Belfast), 26 December 1794, re: auction of the lands of Drumakenver and Lisglin, parish of Derrynoose, county Armagh. Digital copy online at (accessed 2014-10-23, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.

  To be sold by Auction, at the Court-house of Armagh, on Wednesday, the 10th of Dec. next, all that moiety of the Lands of Drumakenver, in the co. of Armagh, now in the possession of Hamilton and John M’Call, containing by Survey, thereof, 31 Acres, Irish Plantation Measure, [or] thereabouts; also all that other part of Drumakenver, aforesaid, with part of the Lands of Lisglin, adjoining thereto, and now in the actual possession of John Huggins and his under Tenants, containing by estimation, 74 Acres and 7 Perces [sic] the like Measure, or thereabouts, all held by virtue of the several Leases thereof, formerly made by the Right Hon. Barry, Earl of Farnham, for the several terms of Years therein mentioned, at a very small acreable Rent, with Covenant, Toties Quoties, for renewal upon payment of a proportion of fines, paid by the said Hon. Barry, Earl of Farnham, to the Provost and Senior Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin; said Lands lie within eight miles of Monaghan, four of Armagh, three of Middleton, four of Caledon, and two of Keady, all general Market and Fair Towns, and have many advantages that no other Land in the neighbourhood thereof have, particularly a quantity of Turf Bog within the Lands. For further particulars apply to John Huggins of Glenarb, Co. Tyrone, or John Johnston of Armagh, who have the Title Deeds in their hands, and will give every satisfaction to those inclined to Purchase.
  One third of the Purchase Money to be deposited at the time of Sale, and the remainder on perfecting the deeds.
  Armagh, Nov. 12, 1794.
The above Sale is adjourned to Tuesday the 30th of December.

Source: The Northern Star (Belfast), 24 February 1797, re: Bleach-Green and Farm, to be let. Digital copy online at (accessed 2014-10-23, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.

Bleach-Green and Farm.
  To be Let, for any term of years that can be agreed upon, that part of Rowan, formerly in possession of Mr. John Simpson, on which there is erected Bleach-Mills, Machinery, &c. capable of finishing 8000 pieces of Linen in the season, with a never-failing supply of excellent spring water. The farm contains 48 English Acres, and is in the highest state of improvement, well laid out, ditched and quicked, with a sufficiency of Turf Bog very convenient. The above concern is within 2 ½(?) miles of Armagh, and quite convenient to all the best Linen-markets in the North of Ireland. For particulars, application to be made to John Huggins, Glenarb, near Tynan. A person will attend to shew the Premises.
  January 26, 1797.

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