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1750–1759: News transcripts for Kilrea & environs

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Belfast News-Letter, 19 December 1752:
   WHEREAS it is of late a general Complaint in and throughout the North, that Servants are become so insolent and idle, that they are the greatest Plague attending Housekeeping in the Country; and by the disorderly Behaviour, Cunning and Tricks now found among them, the Pleasure and Profits of Farming are greatly lessened; insomuch that Agriculture is so expensive, and appears to be in so declining a State, that probably we shall in a very short Time be obliged to Foreigners for our Support. And inasmuch as this Misbehaviour is greatly occasioned by a false Notion of Charity taken up by those who are obliged to employ such Rogues as they oft meet with, that where a Servant misbehaves, his or her Master or Mistress too frequently annexes a good Character to their Discharge, out of their great Lenity and Charity to the Thief, Drunkard, or Idler; and that he may not starve, such Master sends him out under the Sanction of his Name, like a ravenous Wolf cover’d in a Sheep’s Skin, to impose upon all his honest Neighbours; Whereas if all bad Servants were advertised, it might be a great Means of remedying this Evil. Wherefore I hereby caution all Persons against employing one JOHN FULLERTON, otherwise Mc Cloy, who hired with me the Tenth of March last, to serve for one Year; but in my Absence, when at last Michaelmas Term, he not only behaved very disorderly, but also pilfered and stole several of my Goods, some of which were seen upon him; and on the 18th of November last when detected, he ran off out of my Service. He is a low, down-looking Fellow, about 24 Years of Age, of a swarthy Complexion, pock-mark’d, much bandy legg’d, wears his black Hair ty’d behind; he went off in a white Fustian Frock and Scarlet Waistcoat; he says he was born at or near Kilrea in the County of Londonderry; his real Name I’m told is Mc. Cloy or Mc. Clusky, tho’ he hired with me by the Name of Fullerton.
   18th December, 1752.

Belfast News-Letter, 3 May 1757:
   DESERTED from major-general Mostyn’s dragoons at the latter end of March last, JAMES BOLTON recruit, born in the parish of Tamlaght, and county of Derry, five feet eleven inches high, fair ruddy complexion, light brown hair, twenty years old, strong and well made, (a labourer) had on when he went away, a dark brown coat, red waist-coat, and ticken breeches.—Whoever secures the above deserter in any of his majesty’s gaols, and gives notice to major John Balaguire of the above regiment, at Belfast, or to Mr. William Chaigneau agent to said regiment, at his office in Dublin-Castle, shall receive forty shillings reward from the major, besides forty shillings more that will be given by the gentleman who recommended the above Bolton.–N.B. If said deserter will deliver himself up to his major in fifteen days from the date hereof at Belfast, he shall be sure of his pardon, and be as well treated as if he had not committed the offence, but on the contrary, if taken, shall be arrested with the utmost severity.–Given under my hand at Belfast, this 2d day of May, 1757.
  JOHN BALAGUIER [sic], major.

Belfast News-Letter, 28 November 1758:
   TO be set to Protestant Tenants, for the term of 31 years, or three lives, from the first of this present November, the lands of Bovedy, near Garvagh, a good market town, the lands of Ballynag[–] and C[–]mber, both situate in the parish of Desertmartin; as also the lands of Mun[–]ny, situate in the parish of Bally[—]; all which lands and premises are lying and being in the county of Londonderry; and all or [illegible] each bidding. Proposals to be received by [illegible] at [illegible] Esq; in this county of Londonderry, and George Cary at [illegible]-Argus, in the county of Donegall, Esq. November [—], 17[—].
   N.B. Mr. Fanning will shew the above Lands.
— Transcriber’s note: The microfilm copy is very blurred, rendering many of the words illegible in this article. However, the Belfast News-Letter Index provides the following abstract for this article:
   Protestant tenants lands +Bovedy near +Garvagh market town +Ballynagowan+Cullnanumber parish +Desertmartin +Munaneeny +Ballynacreen Co. +Londonderrylime stone turbarry. proposals =Fanning,Audrey [s/b Audley?] +Dungiven =Cary,George +Mount!Argus Co. +Donegall 10 Nov.
— Source: The Belfast News-Letter Index, 1737–1800, compiled by John C. Greene, hosted online by the University of Louisiana, (accessed 3rd Jan. 2015).

Belfast News-Letter, 13 January 1756:
   WHEREAS Anthony Ferran who was lately Servant with Mr John Sloane of Broomount, was taken for being found guilty of feloniously Robbing James Henry of Killrea in the County of Derry of 17 Guineas, and some Place near Coleraine on his Way to Derry Gaol made his Escape from the Constable. Said Ferran is 19 Years old, about five Feet seven Inches high, of a dark Complexion, a downward look, thick Lips and low Forehead, he wore a light coloured Cloth Coat, blue Cloth Waistcoat with white Lineing, and Doe Skin Breeches, thererefore [sic] this is to give Notice that I John Sloane of Broomount in the County of Antrim, will give a Reward of Ten Guineas to any Person or Persons who will apprehend said Anthony Ferran and lodge him in any of his Majesty’s Gaols in this Kingdom, so that he may be brought to Justice. Given under my Hand this 10th Day of January, 1756. JOHN SLOANE.

Belfast News-Letter, 6 July 1756:
   Deserted from Captain Trevor Winder, recruiting for Major General Edward Richbell’s Regiment of foot in the Countys of Londonderry and Tyrone
   JOHN CLARK, born at Maghera 16 Years of age [illegible] Feet 9 Inches and a Half high by Profession a Labourer slender body’d, well limb’d fair Complexion Short Brown Hair when he went off wore a light Coat and Leather Breeches.
   CLOTWORTHY BELLINGHAM born at Kilrea -9 [partially illegible] Years of Age 5 Feet 8 Inches and a Quarter high by Trade a Taylor fair Complexion slender body’d in every Part proportionate his chief Residence in and about Kilrea. …[several other men were listed and described, the notice concluding with:]
   Whoever apprehends any of the above Deserters and lodges them in any of his Majesty’s Gaols in this Kingdom and gives Notice of it to Capt Winder at Colerain, or to Theoph. Desbrisoy at his Office on Cork hill, Dublin or to me at Colerain shall receive 20s Reward over and above what is allowed by Act of Parliament: And if any of the above Deserters will come to me in the County of Derry and surrender they shall be pardoned except Thomas Man and Patrick Henry and for apprehending the said Henry and lodge him in the Gaol of Derry or Colerain or delivers himself to my Sergeant Corporal or myself they shall receive 40s over and above the Act of Parliament paid directly by myself upon the delivery of the said Patrick Henry. If any of the abovementioned come in before 16th of July except Thomas Man and Patrick Henry, they may be assured of their Pardon.

Belfast News-Letter, 16 July 1758:
   Thursday se’nnight was married, Henry Ellis of Innishrush in the county of Londonderry, Esq; to Mrs. Elizabeth Dobbin of this town; an agreeable lady, with a considerable fortune.

Belfast News-Letter, 22 September 1758:
   Transcriber’s note: The original text is nearly illegible on the microfilm copy. However, the Belfast News-Letter Index provides the following abstract for this article:
   let 1 Nov. lands estate =Stewart, Alexander townland +Carnroe +Ballymena +Cartballintubber corn +Kilrea +Lisnegrott +Swatteragh farm mercers Co. +Londonderry. proposals =Hamilton, Abraham +Bellaghy.
— Source: The Belfast News-Letter Index, 1737–1800, compiled by John C. Greene, hosted online by the University of Louisiana, (accessed 3rd Jan. 2015). This advertisement appears to have been republished, as the following transcriptions would seem to indicate:

Belfast News-Letter, 15 December 1758:
   To be set in parcels, as shall be agreed on, from the first day of November, 1758, for the term of twenty-one years, the following lands and mills, part of the estate of Alexander Stewart, Esq; The townland of Carnroe, the townland of Ballymena, the townland of C[–]rrallintubber, the corn mills of Kilrea and Lisnagrott, and the corn mill at Swatteragh, and several other small farms, which said lands and mills are part and parcel of the proportion of Mercers in the county of Londonderry. Proposals will be received for said lands and mills by the said Alexander Stewart, and by Abraham Hamilton of Bellaghy, in the county of Londonderry, Esq.

Belfast News-Letter, 22 December 1758:
   TO LET, FOR such term as shall be agreed on, a bleaching-green at Inishrush, with [illegible] mill, [illegible], &c. [illegible] is very [illegible] Ballymena, Magherafelt, Garvagh, [illegible]. There is also a good [illegible]. There is also a [illegible] quantity of turf to supply said house and green for the [illegible]. For further particulars enquire of Henry Ellis, Esq; of Inishrush aforesaid, who will [illegible] the same.
— Transcriber’s note: The microfilm copy is very blurred, rendering many of the words illegible in this article. However, the Belfast News-Letter Index provides the following abstract for this article:
   let bleaching-green +Inishrush wash-mill rubbing boards +Ballymena +Maghrafelt+Garvagh linen markets water dwelling house draper =Ellis,Henry.
— Source: The Belfast News-Letter Index, 1737–1800, compiled by John C. Greene, hosted online by the University of Louisiana, (accessed 3rd Jan. 2015).

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The Belfast News-Letter was viewed in The Belfast News-Letter digital archive, held online by Ancestry™ (accessible by subscription) and at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. Other newspapers cited were viewed: at university libraries in Halifax, Nova Scotia and London, Toronto, and Windsor, Ontario and at other public archives & libraries; on microfilm purchased by the transcriber (Alison Kilpatrick); and in online digital archives including The British Newspaper Archive and (both of which are accessible by subscription). Also, The Belfast Newsletter Index, 1737–1800, compiled by John C. Greene, hosted online by the University of Louisiana (accessed 2015-01-03).

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