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1770–1779: News transcripts for Kilrea & environs

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Belfast News-Letter, 6 February 1770:
   BELFAST.—On Wednesday the 31st January Neale Mc Peake the younger, of Kilrea in the County of Londonderry, Gent. was admitted and sworn an Attorney of his Majesty’s Court of Common Pleas.

Belfast News-Letter, 9 April 1771:
   DESERTED from the fourth or King’s own Regiment of Foot, EDWARD M’QUOAN, by Trade a Flax-Dresser, about 5 Feet 10 Inches high, strong made, full faced, round shouldered, and about 20 Years of Age, born in the Parish of Bleriss, County of Antrim, between the Turnpike of Lisburn and the Maze; he had on when he [ran] away a brown Coat, old blue Waistcoat, Leather Breeches, and white ribb’d Thread Stockings.—PATRICK BROWN, Flax-Dresser, 5 Feet 8 Inches high, well made, a little marked with the Small-pox, and has a remarkable Cut across his Nose and left Cheek; he had on a blue Coat, red double-breasted Waistcoat, and Leather Breeches; he comes from near Garvagh in the County of Londonderry.—JOHN CLARK, Labourer, about 5 Feet 7 Inches and a half, 17 Years of Age, mark’d with the Small-pox, light limbed; had on a whiteish Coat, blue Waistcoat with white Metal Buttons, and Leather Breeches; he comes from the Parish of Ardtrea near Moneymore, County of Derry.—THOMAS QUIN, Labourer, about 5 Feet 7 Inches and a half high, smooth faced, slender made, about 17 Years of Age; had on a Wig and a b—[?] Hat, a whiteish Coat and light coloured Waistcoat, and Leather Breeches; he comes from near Killrea in the County of Derry. Whoever apprehends any of the above Deserters, and brings them before a Magistrate, so that they may be lodged in any of his Majesty’s Gaols in this Kingdom, shall receive for each a Guinea Reward over and above the Allowance for taking Deserters, by applying to Lieut. Evelyn of the fourth Regiment at Portglenone, near Ballymena, or to the Revd. Mr. Humphrey Babington at said Place, one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said County of Antrim.
   N.B. The above-mentioned M’Quoan and Brown are very drunken quarrelsome Fellows, and there is Reason to think have been guilty of many Villainies.

Belfast News-Letter, 14 April 1772:
   WE the undernamed Subscribers being Inhabitants of the Parish of Tamlaght O’Crilly, in the County of Londonderry, think it incumbent on us at this Time of lawless Confusion, to contribute every Thing in our Power to promote the Peace and Welfare of this Country. In order, therefore, to shew our Submission to Government, we have, as the surest Pledge of our peaceable Intentions, surrendered our Arms to Henry Ellis of Innishrush, Esq; and implicitly rely on the Protection of the Laws against such, as by Threats or otherwise, have endeavoured to prevent our Submission.
   Wm. Willson, senr,. Bernard Johnson,
   Thos. M’Fadin, John Taylor, senr., John M’Caghy,
   James Greer, Hugh Glasgow, Wm. Row,
   Thos. Row, Sam. Taylor, John Smith,
   John Row, Wm. French, Robt. Smyth, senr.,
   James Gibson, James Stuart, Robt. Smyth, junr.,
   Arch. Campbell, John Stuart, Robt. Shields,
   George Marks, Wm. Orr, Mat. Gibson,
   Alex. Brattan, John Mc. Connel, James Reed,
   Wm. Davison, Wm. Moor, John Johnson,
   John Davison, John Moor, John Gilmore,
   Wm. Purse, Arthur Henery, John Hynds,
   Hercules Huey, James Taylor, David Clements,
   David Macullah, Geo. M’Mullan, Henry Keenan,
   James Purse, Hugh Maguigin, Dan. Murphy,
   Arch. Shaw, Geo Evans, Thos. Neel,
   Sam. Laughlin, David Clements,
   Thos. Mulhollan,
   Sam. Murphy, Andrew Clements, James Kelso,
   John Murphy, James Berkley, James Bay, senr.,
   John Hasty, Wm. Richy, James Bay, junr.,
   Sam. Calwell, Joseph Brown, John Laughlin,
   Joseph Laughlin, John Campbell, Sam. Greer,
   James Hamilton, Richard Shaw, Alex. M’Clellan,
   Arch. Caghy, Robt. Gilmore, John Walkinshaw,
   Nath. M’Caghy, Hugh Walkinshaw.
Several of the above Subscribers surrendered their Arms on the 11th Day of March last, and also voluntarily swore (as they all did) never to associate with the Hearts of Steel, nor with any such misled Set of People. It is therefore to be hoped that if any of them have been unwarily drawn in to join with the Hearts of Steel, their early and voluntary Submission will merit the Mercy and Favour of Government.
   Innisrush, 6th April, 1772.
   Henry Ellis.

Belfast News-Letter, 23 April 1773:
   WE hear that the tenants of the proportion of Kilrea, in the county of Londonderry, as also of the estate of Killyquinn, county Antrim, have been supplied with flaxseed for this season by their respective Landlords. A good example, to other proprietors of estates in these distressing times!

Belfast News-Letter, 30 April 1773:
   The Tenants of the Estate of Kilrea, in the County of Londonderry, seeing that the Goodness of other Landlords, in helping their distressed Tenants, has been taken Notice of in this Paper, should think themselves highly deficient in Point of Gratitude, did they not acknowledge in this public Manner, the many Acts of Benevolence exercised towards them by their worthy Landlord Alexander Stewart, Esq; of Newtown-Ards.—Besides being indulgent in their Payments of Rent, he has for this Season’s Sowing given them a Quantity of Flaxseed, and Yarn to fill their empty Looms, &c—In short, were it not for his Assistance, it would be impossible even for the most industrious Weaver to make a Livelihood for himself and Family in these distressing Times.
   This worthy Example, if followed by other Landlords, would put an entire Stop to Emigrations from this Country, which of late Years have become so frequent; for which wise and good Plans that have been laid to keep us as one Body under him and his, we sincerely return him our Blessing, and our best Wishes for his long Life and Prosperity.

Belfast News-Letter, 26–30 August 1774:
To the Printers of the BELFAST NEWS-LETTER.
   OBSERVATIONS on lowering LOUGH NEAGH, from the late Mr. FORDE’s Pamphlet on that Subject.
   It may justly be wondered that so many inconveniences and damages, for several years, were inadvertently pass’d over, as have been, and are yearly felt by the high and increasing floods of Lough-Neagh and its rivers.
   The causes of these mischiefs were little known, tho’ the evils themselves have been often complained of; Mr. Forde’s pamphlet shews that these floods have been occasioned by the eel-wears, and, especially, by the rocks of Portna, in the Lower Bann, obstructing the passage of the water from the lake to the sea.
   In time of a flood, the water, in passing over the rocks of Portna, rises to the height of four feet—-by making a cut through the dry part of the rock on each side of the river, four feet deep, and five feet wide, there would be a great addition to the force of the current; it would widen the river, which in that place is narrow, and by turning the water into these cuts, the rocks in the bed of the river might be removed to the land on each side or carried lower down the river.
   By this method, the lake would be four feet lower every summer than it has hitherto been, and so empty and free in its passage through the Lower Bann, that a flood would seldom continue longer than three or four days, and certainly the obstruction of the eel-wears, by the quicker motion of the stream, would be considerably less than at present.
   The consequence of thus lowering the lake, would be the recovering, for the whole year, ten or twelve, and in the highest floods, fifteen thousand acres of profitable land, with several thousand acres more on the shore about the lake, which might soon be rendered pasturable ground, and all the low marshy lands and bogs on the sides of the rivers, the expence whereof would be found to be very small, when balanced with the advantages arising from it; and there is no room to doubt, but a skilful honest man, with so little a sum as a shilling an acre yearly for four years, of all the lands flooded for six or seven months in twelve, would finish that work compleatly, in two summers at most, without the least injury to the navigation or fisheries, but rather a real advantage to both.
   Consider the benefits; many thousand acres of land yielding full crops of good grass and hay; much rich corn ground under tillage; large tracts of bog reclaimed; mills for corn and trade set a-going and erected; roads to markets rendered safe to travellers; sail-boats steering their proper course, avoiding the shallows.
   Consider the damages; cattle unprofitable, or lost by unwholesome herbage, and bad weedy hay, often full of sand; fine lands uncultivated and become unbarren; bogs remaining useless, and even for firing of little value; falls for mills lost, some stopped by backwater, and few encouraged to be made; much land washed down by the beating of the waves against the high grounds; roads unpassable to yarn and cloth markets, always dangerous, and some lives lost; sail-boats going out of their way, fastened on the shallows, and delayed in their passage, in short, all the low grounds about the lake and its rivers like a sea, with the appearance and effects of desolation.
   When these things are duly weighted, it may be presumed, that the proprietors and renters of land, and every well-wisher to the publick, will give their attention to so useful a work as has now fallen under their view.
   The landed gentlemen, on whom the publick depends for such an undertaking, have frequent occasion of seeing each other, and can easily form a method of carrying into execution so long wished for an improvement, of so common a concern, and at so little expence.
   Mr. Forde’s pamphlet on lowering Lough-Neagh may be seen at Edward Obre, Esqr’s. Lisburn; Messrs. Eustace and Greer, Lurgan; and Mr. Walker’s, Portadown.

Belfast News-Letter, 24–28 October 1777:
WHEREAS on the Night of the 11th of October, 1777, Daniel Mullaghan of Killrea, in the County of Derry, was most inhumanly assaulted in the Street of Killrea, by several Persons armed with Sticks and Stones, of which Assault he died on the 14th of said Month, and Examinations having been lodged with the Revd. John Haughton, charging Patrick Brizle and James Collins, both of Killrea aforesaid, with the Murder of said Mullaghan, for which they fled.—Now, to bring such notorious offenders to condign Punishment, the Sum of Ten Guineas will be paid by Mr. James Henry of Killrea aforesaid, to any Person or Persons who shall apprehend the said Patrick Brizle and James Collins, or either of them, within three Calendar Months from the Date hereof, and lodge him or them in any of his Majesty’s Gaols in this Kingdom, so as that they may be prosecuted to Conviction for said Assault.
   Brizle is a Blacksmith, about 63 Years of Age, about 5 Feet 10 Inches high, strong made, stoop shouldered, thick Lips, bleared Eyes, and rough Face; wore brown Cloaths, Leather Breeches, and a dark grey Wig.
   Collins is about 22 Years of Age, about 5 Feet 4 Inches high, small Eyes, and squints, has a Swelling in one of his Legs, brown Hair, and Lisps.
   This Advertisement to be continued six Times.

Belfast News-Letter, 16–19 February 1779:
AS the inclosed hints may be productive of public good, I request you will be kind enough to publish them in your paper whenever there is room,—which will much oblige,
    Your humble Servant,
    [— —].
The lowering Lough Neagh, has been an object of some attention with those persons, who, for above fifty years past, have suffered the effects of its rising floods spreading over the low grounds adjacent to it, and remaining upon them for five, six, or seven months in the year, whereby the pasture and meadows of ten thousand acres are of little use, and no corn ground thereof occupied:—Several thousand acres more on the shores of the lake might be recovered to the proprietors about it, and many thousand acres of bog either reclaimed, or made more profitable for firing.
   The lake receives vast quantities of water from its great and small rivers, and has only one river (the Lower Bann) which conveys it to the sea, with a fall of thirty-two feet: One great obstruction to its passage is the rock of Portna, lying cross the river, about eleven miles from the lake, and has a fall of fourteen feet.—To lower the lake four feet only, will be sufficient for that useful work, by making a cut in the dry part of the rock on each side of the river, four feet deep and five feet broad; and, by turning the water into these cuts, the rocks in the bed of the river, to that depth, may be removed. A tax of one shilling an acre on all the flooded lands, for three or four years, (which the present land-holders would all chearfully agree to and contribute,) will be equal to the execution of this scheme: and when the waters of the Lake and Lower Bann are reduced four feet, the navigation will have a constant tract-way on the sides of the river, and a safe course free from shallows in the deep water of the Lake. The Eel fisheries must also then be easier managed, as both water and fish will be confined within the banks.
   The amazing advantages which would hereby accrue to this kingdom in general, but particularly to the four counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down and Derry, make it appear astonishing that no one step has ever yet been taken towards the performance of so practicable and so profitable a work.
Whoever wishes for information in this matter, may get the fullest satisfaction, by perusing the late Rev. Arthur Forde’s pamphlet on lowering Lough Neagh, which may be got at Edw. Obré’s, Esq; Lisburn; Mr. Richard Eustace’s, Lurgan; or the Rev. Dean Blacker’s, at Carrick.

Belfast News-Letter, 2 August 1770:
   ADVERTISEMENT, THAT on the Night of the 8th of July last, there was feloniously stolen one Horse and one Colt, the Property of Joseph Read of Munoke, Parish of Kilrea and County of Londonderry, Farmer, by one Robert Steenson an old Dragoon, and found in said Steenson’s Custody, and for want of proper Assistance said Steenson made his Escape; He wore a red Coat and a grey Jockey Coat over it, with his Hair tied behind. Now I promise a Reward of one Guinea to any Person or Persons that shall apprehend said Steenson, and lodge him in any of his Majesty’s Gaols in this Kingdom.
   Dated this 2d of August, 1770. JOSEPH READ.

Belfast News-Letter, 9 April 1771:
   We hear from Killrea, that the inhabitants of that town met at the house of Mr. James Henry, where he plentifully supplied the whole with liquor, on account of Mr. Robert Stewart being unanimously elected Knight of the Shire for the county of Down, and that the night concluded with bonfires, illuminations, and the greatest demonstrations of joy.

Belfast News-Letter, 16 August 1771:
   TO be set, for twenty-one Years from the first of January next the Eel Fisheries of Toome and Portnau, either jointly or separately. Proposals, sealed up, to be directed to the Earl of Donegall, St. James’s-Square, London.
   Sept. 13, 1770.

Belfast News-Letter, 22 October 1771
   STOLEN from Rowley Heyland, Esq; from off the Lands of Drumalish [Drumoolish], in the Parish of Tamlaught and County of Derry, on Wednesday Night the 10th Instant, a fat Heifer of five Years old, and never had a Calf, dark banded, with a rigged Back, smooth and fine in the Hair, without any Mark in her Horn.
   Now I the said Rowley Heyland, do hereby promise a Reward of Twenty Guineas to any Person that shall discover and prosecute to Conviction (in six Months from the Date hereof) the Person or Persons that stole said Heifer.
   Langford-Lodge, 17th October, 1771.

Belfast News-Letter, 21 April 1772:
   WE the Inhabitants of the Parishes of Tamlaght O’Crilly and Kilrea, in the Diocese of Derry, being deeply sensible of the Duty we owe to the gracious Government under which we live, and heartily affected and concerned for the lawless and unruly Behaviour of those deluded Persons, called Hearts of Steel, do hereby associate and unite, and plight our Faith to each other and the Publick, that we will to the utmost of our Power, discourage and oppose all such wicked and lawless Practices as have of late disturbed the Publick Peace, and in many instances destroyed private Property; and that we will pursue every possible Method, by our future most dutiful Conduct to shew ourselves the most loyal Subjects to our good and gracious Sovereign, and faithful Friends to the Constitution and Laws of our Country. If any of our fellow Parishioners have been unhappily misled, we hope, nay we are fully persuaded (as this Association is universal) that they have upon Reflection the most penitent Sense of their Misconduct, and will by their future loyalty and submission merit the Protection of a merciful Government, which they will never more offend.
   Dated at Tamlaght and Kilrea, April 8, 1772.
   (To this Association Three Hundred and Two Names are subscribed.)

Belfast News-Letter, 10 July 1772:
   NOTICE is hereby given, that there will be held at Kilrea, a monthly Market for brown Linens, on the last Wednesday of every Month, to commence on Wednesday the 29th Instant; and there is the greatest Reason to believe, from the Quality and Quantity of the Cloth manufactured in its Neighbourhood, that it will prove a convenient and advantageous Situation for the above Purpose to both Buyer and Seller.
   Killrea, July the 9th, 1772.

Belfast News-Letter, 4 December 1772:
This Day were published,
   PROPOSALS for printing by SUBSCRIPTION, in one neat Pocket Volume,
   THE LIFE of the Rev. Montague Roe O’Lavery, late Priest of the Parishes of Magheralin, Moira, and Dromore:
An Account of his Birth, Parentage and Education; his humorous Stories, witty Sayings, Pilgrimage, &c.; together with all the most remarkable Transactions of his Life, founded on Facts.
That the Price to Subscribers be 2s. 2d. Half to be advanced at subscribing, and the Remainder on the Delivery of the Book, in blue Paper.
   Subscriptions are taken in by Robert Harrison, Postmaster in Banbridge; Adam Hewitt, of Moira; Thos. Tipping, Surgeon, in Lurgan; Alex Mc. Key, in Ballynahinch; Alex. Mc. Pherson in Hillsborough; Joshua Shepherd, in Lisburn; Neal Mc Peake, Merchant, in Kilrea; Wm. Holmes, Merchant, in Antrim; Wm. Gihon, Innkeeper, in Ballymena; and by the Booksellers in Belfast.

Belfast News-Letter, 31 Dec. 1773 – 4 Jan. 1774:
   WHEREAS Mr. James Mc. Peak, of Monastaghan, in the Parish of Tamlaghtocrilly, and County of Londonderry, at the Request of the Revd. Walter Lindsay, and other Gentlemen, thinks proper, for publick Good, to undertake to reclaim to green Pasture or Meadow, and prepare for Tillage, any Kind of Moor, Moss or Bog, without breaking the Surface thereof, and without any further Expence than by ditching it in, like any other Field; which he will do upon very reasonable Terms for any Gentleman that will be pleased to come or send to view the Improvements he has done on his own Farm.
   N.B. Mr. Mc. Peak has long experienced that Bog-Ashes and Bog is better Manure for up Land than any other than can be put thereon. He hereby gives Notice that any who shall trespass on his Nurseries or Hedges for the future will be punished as the Law directs. This Advertisement to continue four times. Dated Nov. 22d, 1773.

Belfast News-Letter, 30 Sept. – 4 Oct. 1774:
   This is to give Notice, THAT any Person or Persons who will be found shooting or destroying the Game on my Estate, in the County of Antrim, known by the Name of Kiloquin, will be proceeded against according to Law.
   David Bateson.
   Kilrea, October 4th, 1774.

Belfast News-Letter, 22–25 November 1774:
   Sunday last the Revd. Mr. Diamond, a clergyman of the Church of Rome, renounced the errors of popery, and embraced the protestant religion, in the parish church of Kilrea, before the Revd. Mr. Waddy.

Belfast News-Letter, 7–10 March 1775:
   We whose Names are hereunto subscribed, being fully sensible of the many Advantages that must arise to the Buyer and Seller from the Establishment of a Linen Market at Kilrea, both on Account of its Situation, and the Quality of the Cloth manufactured in its Neighbourhood, do hereby give Notice to the Manufacturers, that we will either in Person, or by those we employ to buy Linen, regularly attend said Market, on the last Wednesday of every Month; to begin on Wednesday the 29th Inst.
   Given under our Hands, this 7th March, 1775.
   Samuel Strean, Hugh and John Glenholm, junr.,
   Kennedy Henderson, James Young,
   Hugh Dicky, John Allan, John Crawford,
   Benjamin Greer, John Andrews,
   Samuel Crawford, James Lennox, Alex. Clark,
   Thomas Trouton, Abraham Brown,
   Thomas Stott [or, Stost?], George Taylor,
   Samuel & John Orr, John Mc Kenny,
   Wm. Orr, junr., John O’Neil, Edward Sturgeon,
   William Clark, John Caldwell, Henry Spence,
   William Moore, junr., Wm. Smith,
   Archibald Chalmers, Robert Given,
   Joseph Courtney.

Belfast News-Letter, 18–21 April 1775:
FROM the large Quantity of Cloth that appeared on the last Wednesday of March, and the agreeable Accommodation we received, we do assure the Manufacturers that we will give due Attendance on the last Wednesday of every Month in said Town.
   Dated this 15th of April, 1775.

Belfast News-Letter, 20–24 October 1775:
   A few days ago, Cathrine Powell and Bridget Powell, read their recantation from the errors of the Church of Rome, and embraced the Protestant Religion, before the Revd. John Graves, in the parish of Duntrileague, near Limerick; as did James Henry, in the parish of Tamlaghtocrilly, in the Diocese of Derry, before the Revd. John Torrens, jun.

Belfast News-Letter, 8–12 March 1776:
   WHEREAS Sarah Black, otherwise Jameson, Wife of Robert Jameson of Movanagher, in the Parish of Kilrea and County of Londonderry, Farmer, hath lately separated from her said Husband, and continues to live separate from him.—This Notice is therefor given, that no Person whatever may credit the said Sarah in Expectations of being paid by me, as I am determined not to pay any Debts she hath contracted or may contract in my Name, or otherwise. Given under my Hand, this 28th Feb. 1776. ROBERT JAMESON.

Belfast News-Letter, 25–29 October 1776:
   WHEREAS Mary Clements, alias Boyd, eloped from her Husband David Clements, near Portglenone, without any lawful Provocation, upon the 18th Instant. These are to caution all Persons not to credit said Mary Boyd of Killrea upon my Account, as I am determined not to pay the same. Given under my Hand, this 22d Oct. 1776.

Belfast News-Letter, 7–10 April 1778:
   Boyd and Patterson, HAVE for Sale at Ballymoney and Portna, a Parcel of New Dutch, Ostend, and English Flaxseed; it appears very fine, and they have no Doubt but it will prove equal to what they sold last Year, which yielded the Farmer the most pleasing Return.
   They are also well supplied with Dantzick and Barilla Ashes, Dutch Starch, Smalts, Iron, Teas, English and Irish Roll Tobacco, and a Variety of Groceries, with which they will supply those Friends that are pleased to favour them with their Orders, on very moderate Terms.
   Ballymoney, 8th April, 1778.

Belfast News-Letter, 22 May 1778:
   ADVERTISEMENT.—WHEREAS my Wife Mary Poleek, otherwise Hunter, hath eloped from me without any Cause: I now give this publick Notice, that no Person shall credit her upon my Account, as I will pay no Debt she may contract after this Date. Given under my Hand this 22d of May, 1778.
   Robert Poleek – his Mark.
   Tamlaught, Co. Derry.

Belfast News-Letter, 22–25 December 1778:
   WHEREAS on the Night of the 8th of November last, the Work-shop of John Adams of Ballyweney, in the Parish of Loughgeel, County of Antrim, was burglariously broke open, and thereout feloniously taken, Part of three Webs of checkered Linen, (cut out of the Looms) one Piece of blue Linen, and four Weavers Shuttles, with several other Articles.
   Thomas Cassedy, Weaver, who dwelt lately near Kilrea, County of Londonderry, is suspected for the above Theft. Said Cassedy is about 5 Feet 10 Inches high, fair haired, heavy Eye-brows, sallow Complexion, and had on when last seen in the Country a green Coat.
   Now we the Subscribers, in Order to bring the Aggressor to condign Punishment, do severally promise to pay the Sums annexed to our Names, to any Person who will, within the Space of six calendar Months from the Date hereof, discover and prosecute to Conviction the said Cassedy, or any Person or Persons guilty of the above Felony.
   Dated the 8th Dec. 1778.
W. Moore, Esq; 5l. 15s. 9d.
J. Allen, junr. 1l. 2s. 9d.
S. Rowan, Esq; 2l. 5s. 6d.
S. M’Naghten, 1l. 2s. 9d.
Joseph Brady, 1l. 2s. 9d.
Edward Hopes, 1l. 2s. 9d.
J. Macay, Esq; 1l. 2s. 9d.
A. M’Collum [or M’Cullum], Esq; 1l. 2s. 9d.
Alex. Kindell, 1l. 2s. 9d.
Jas. Stewart, 1l. 2s. 9d.
John Given, 1l. 2s. 9d.
G. Saunderson, 1l. 2s. 9d.
Jas. Alexander, 1l. 2s. 9d.
Jas. Moore, 11s. 4hd.
Robt. Ewing, 11s. 4hd.
James Neill, 11s. 4hd.
Thos. Adams, 2l. 5s. 6d.
Wm. Adams, 2l. 5s. 6d.
John Adams, 3l. 8s. 3d.

Belfast News-Letter, 9–12 March 1779:
   THE Collector of Coleraine District, has appointed the following Offices to be held, for the Receipt of Licences for the Year 1779.
At Coleraine, on Friday 2d April.
Ballycastle, on Monday the 5th.
Ballymoney, on Tuesday the 6th.
At Magherafelt, on Wednesday the 7th.
Maghera, on Thursday the 8th.
Garvagh, on Friday the 9th.
Coleraine, 9th March, 1779.
James Leslie, Collector.

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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).

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