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1780–1789: News transcripts for Kilrea & environs

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Belfast News-Letter, 10–14 March 1780:
   STOLEN out of the Stable of John Alexander of Moneydig, County of Derry, on the Night of the 27th of February last, a black Horse with a small Star, a white Spot under the Saddle on the right Side, three white Feet, the far hind Foot white up to the Pastern, a Clift in the tar [?] sore Hoof; the Person or Persons that returns said Horse to the Owner thereof, or to Mr. James Henry of Killrea, shall receive one Guinea Reward; and whoever returns Horse and Thief, shall have two Guineas.
   Moneydig, March 8, 1780.

Belfast News-Letter, 25–28 April 1780:
   A Mare Stolen.
A Black Mare with a large Reach in her Face, the near fore Foot white, about 13 and a half Hands high, worth about four Guineas, feloniously stolen out of the Townland of Moynock, Parish of Kilrea and County of L.Derry, the Property of a poor Man and six small Children, on the Night of the 5th of April instant, supposed to be taken by one Joseph Watson, a strolling Tinker. Whoever secures said Mare and Thief, shall be paid one Guinea, or twenty Shillings for said Mare, by either Mr. James Henry, or James Mc. Alester of said Parish and County. April 25th, 1780.

Belfast News-Letter, 13–16 June 1780:
   DESERTED from a Recruiting Party of the Royal Jamaica Volunteers, commanded by Capt. Moore, [amongst a long list of persons listed, were included the following with connections to Kilrea:]
   THOs. BILLINGHAM, aged 18 Years, 5 Feet 6 Inches and half high, born in the Parish of Killrea, in the County of Derry, fair Hair, black Eyes, black Complexion, by Trade a Weaver.
   ROBt. DAVEY, aged 24 Years, 5 Feet 6 Inches and half high, born in the Parish of Killrea, in the County of Derry, black Hair, black Eyes, black Complexion, by Trade a Weaver.
   THOs. JAMESON, aged 19 Years, 5 Feet 4 Inches and half high, born in the Parish of Killray [Kilrea], in the County of Derry, fair Hair, grey Eyes, fair Complexion, by Trade a Weaver.
   JAs. YOUNG, aged [—] Years, 5 Feet 7 Inches and half high, born in the Parish of Kilrea, in the County of Derry, mark’d with the Small-pox, by Trade a Weaver.
   I do hereby promise to pay unto any Person or Persons who will apprehend, or cause to be apprehended, any of the abovementioned Deserters, so that he or they may be lodged in any of his Majesty’s Gaols, (to be forwarded to the Savoy in London) for the first ten, five Guineas each; for the second, three Guineas each; and for the remaining Part, two Guineas each, provided such Deserter is then fit for his Majesty’s Service, if taken before my Party leaves this Kingdom, to be paid by
   P. Moore, Capt. Jamaica Regiment.
   Belfast, May 20th, 1780.
If any of the abovementioned Deserters are taken after Capt. Moore leaves this Kingdom, I do hereby promise to pay the aforementioned Rewards.
   Ham. Moore.
   Castlehill, May 20th, 1780.
Capt. Moore begs Leave to present his Compliments to the Volunteers of Ireland, (particularly to those in the Neighbourhood of the abovementioned Deserters) hopes for their Assistance on this Occasion, and for their Exertion in being instrumental in restoring to his Majesty his Soldiers, to him his Property, ridding the Country of a Set of Villains, and wipeing off an Odium, and that must remain on any Country that will give Protection to such atrocious perjured Rascals.
   AS I have not yet compleated my Number for the Jamaica Regiment; all spirited young Lads, who will produce proper Certificates, and apply without loss of Time, shall receive FIVE GUINEAS Bounty from my Party at Belfast: The Deserters from Captain Moore’s Party, who joins me will meet with Protection; those apprehended according to the above Advertisement, will be paid by me, during my Stay in Ireland.
   Belfast, June 10th, 1780.

Belfast News-Letter, 20 October 1780:
Edward Brice, Esq; Plaintiff.
Arthur Church, Esq; and another, Defendants.
   PURSUANT to a Decree of his Majesty’s Court of Exchequer in Ireland made in this Cause, bearing Date the 24th Day of February last, I will, on Monday the 19th Day of June instant, at two o’Clock in the Afternoon, at the Exchequer-Office in Kennedy’s-Lane, set up and sell by publick Cant, to the highest and fairest Bidder, the Defendant Church’s Interest in all that Part or Parcel of Land, commonly called and known by the Name of upper and lower Pullans, containing by Estimation 90 Acres, more or less, together with the Corn-Mill, known by the Name of the new Mill, thereon built, with the Turf-Bog or Moss thereunto belonging, containing by Estimation 15 Acres more or less; and commonly called the Mayor’s Lands, situate in the Liberties of Colerain, in the County of Londonderry; and also the Defendant Church’s Interest in all that the Towns and Land, [illegible]nfadd, Willy’s-hill, Loobgarry, Gilmores Lands, James Stewart’s Lands, and the Mansion-house and Demesne of Tyanee, commonly called the South Division of Tyanee, in the County of Londonderry aforesaid; and also all that Messuage or Tenement and Water Corn-mill near the Town of Colerain, marked No. (60) in the Map of the Acres, with the Lands thereunto belonging and therewith let or held, containing 14 Acres more or less, in the Liberties of Colerain, in the County of Londonderry Aforesaid, or a competent Part thereof, for the Purposes of the said Decree mentioned.
   Dated this 1st Day of June, 1780.
N.B. One fourth of the purchase Money to be deposited at the Time of the Sale. For Information apply to James and William Hamilton, Attornies, Stafford-street, Dublin.
Brice a Church & another. THE Sale in this Cause is adjourned to Saturday the 11th Day of November next, at the Exchequer Office in Kennedy’s-Lane, at two o’Clock in the Afternoon.
   Dated this 19th Day of June, 1780.

Belfast News-Letter, 7 June 1782:
   ADVERTISEMENT.—LORD BRISTOL has been pleased to permit a Patent to be taken out to hold four fairs annually, and a monthly market, in the village of Church-town, parish of Tamlought, and county Londonderry, for the greater convenience of the inhabitants, and encouragement of the linen manufacture in that part of the country.

Belfast News-Letter, 6–10 September 1782:
   ALL Persons who wish to contract for building a Bridge over the River Bann at Portneil, are desired to be at Kilrea, or some Person for them, with their Plans and Estimates, on Tuesday the 1st of October next; as the Trustees intend to meet there on that day, in order finally to determine, who is to be employed to build it. Good Security will be expected for the proper Execution of the Work.

Belfast News-Letter, 15–18 April 1783:
   Boyd and Patterson,
HAVE now for sale, at the reduced Prices:
   Lump and Brown Sugars,
   Congo and Green Teas,
   Alicant and Sicilian Barilla,
   Swedish and Rod Iron,
   Dantzick and Pearl Ashes,
   Black and White Soap,
   Smalts and Starch,
   Iron Shovels and Spades.
They have also some superfine hull’d Barley, English Peas whole and split, Oatmeal, red Clover Seed, and their usual assortment of Groceries, which they will sell on as reasonable terms as possible.
   They daily expect at Portna and Colerain, New Dutch and Ostend Flaxseed, wherewith they hope to give content as usual (both in quality and price) to such as are pleased to purchase from them.
   Ballymoney, 16th April, 1783.

Belfast News-Letter, 11 July 1783:
NOTICE is hereby given to the Gentlemen Linen Drapers and Weavers of the counties Londonderry and Antrim, that my Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to grant a Patent for holding four yearly fairs and a monthly market in the town of Church-town, parish of Tamlagh and county Londonderry, for ever: One fair on every twelfth of Februry [sic]; one on every fifteenth of May; one on every twenty-fourth day of August; and one on every first day of November; and the market to be held on the first Monday of every month.
   There will be premiums adjudged to those who sell the greatest quantity of Cloth and yarn in said markets or Fairs, according to the quality.
   July 14th, 1783.

Belfast News-Letter, 4–7 November 1783:
   AT a very numerous Meeting of the Protestant Inhabitants of the parishes of Tamlagh, Killrea, Desarttoghel [Desertoghill], and part of Aughedowey, in the county of Derry, convened by publick notice, at the Meeting-house of Killrea, on Sunday the 2d of November, 1783,
   The Revd. John Smyth in the Chair.
The following Resolutions were unanimously agreed to: Resolved, That the Resolutions of the Delegates assembled at Dungannon on the 8th day of September, 1783, have our strongest approbation; that we accede to them and adopt them as our own; and that we will, by every constitutional mode, of our utmost endeavours towards their being carried into effect.
   Signed by Order,
   Revd. John Smyth, Chairman.
These Resolutions to be published three times in the Dublin Evening-Post, and in the Belfast and Derry Journal.
Transcriber’s note: The meeting of the 8th September, 1783, held at Dungannon, was reported in the 9-12 September 1783 edition of the Belfast News-Letter. That article runs to two columns, conmprises many resolutions, and is headed by the following title and opening paragraph: “Ulster Volunteer Association. At a Meeting of Delegates of Volunteer Corps held at Dungannon, 8th September, 1783, Colonel James Stewart, of the Tyrone Regiment, in the Chair, …”

Belfast News-Letter, 13–17 August 1784:
[† See also the extract from The Belfast Mercury, below.]
   Extract of a letter from Ballymoney, to a Friend in Belfast, dated 13th Aug. 1784.
   “Dear Sir,
   “Conscious that every accession of strength to our glorious cause, and every addition of honor to the Volunteer character, must give you real pleasure; I cannot, without offering violence to my own feelings, withhold from you some outlines of the proceedings of yesterday at this place;—the particulars I do not pretend to give; that would be above my capacity.
   “About two miles from town, on a most elegant sheet of ground, twenty-one corps of Volunteers were reviewed by James Leslie, Esq.
   “At the present period of military light and improvement, it would be needless to trouble you with a particular description of the review; it is sufficient to say, that the whole of the brigade passed the General with the utmost steadiness and good discipline, and performed the several firings, manoeuvres, and evolutions, with a promptitude and exactness worthy the most veteran troops in real action.
   “The plan was simple but elegant; equally adapted to ornament and use; and the execution of it did honor both to the exercising officer who framed it, and to the army for whose improvement it was intended.
   “The spectators had formed high expectations from the exhibition of a mock-fight, the plan of which, like those of real ones, consisted in a few general outlines, communicated to the opposing commanders, to be improved by them as the revolutions of the engagement might require;—but their curiosity was woefully disappointed, by an excessive fall of rain, which immediately succeeded the close of the review; and it was with reluctance they quitted the field, or separated from those friendly bands, whose praises dwelt on every tongue.
   “Go, ye minions of corruption, who dare to deny that Volunteers speak the mind of the nation;—go, attend the several fields, where those sons of virtue and of freedom are reviewed, and there learn, that the spirit of liberty, like an electrical fluid, pervades the great mass of the people!–I am happy to inform you, my friend, that this temper, seems daily to gain ground here,–and like a mighty torrent in its course, sweeps along with it, all those selfish principles, and narrow prejudices, which are the bane of civil and religious improvement.
   “I am, &c. yours.”

The brigade was formed of three battalions, viz. on the right, Coleraine battalion, commanded by Major Lyle, consisting of
  Coleraine company, Capt. Lyle, 30 rk. & file
  Ballywillen, [Capt.] Cromie, 44
  Balderashane, [Capt.] Lyle, 42
  Parish of Coleraine, [Capt.] Church, 38
  Dunboe, [Capt.] Hazlet, 46

On the left, Glorious Memory battalion, commanded by Col. Jones, consisting of
  the grenadier co. Capt. Dick, 32
  Light Infantry, [Capt.] Rogers, 32
  Ballymena, [Capt.] Lendrick, 52
  Moneyglass, [Capt.] Brady, 50
  Clogh, [Capt.] Douglass, 46
  Ballygarvey, [Capt.] Campbell, 46
  Portglenone, [Capt.] Simpson, 40
  Springmount, [Capt.] Allen, 48
  Killraghter, and Loughgeel, [Capt.] Allen, 72
  Rasharkin, [Capt.] Boyd, 34
  Armoy, [Capt.] Clark, 36

Bill of Rights Battalion, Dervock and Kilrea companies, commanded by Lieut. Col. Boyd
  Ballymoney co. Capt. Caldwell, 66
  Ballycastle, [Capt.] Boyd, 44
  Darvock, [Capt.] Moore, 32
  Kilrea, [Capt.] Torrancs [† Torrens], 48

The General’s Aides du Camp were Mr. O’Hara, and Mr. Hardy.
   After the review, the battalions formed separate circles, in which the General expressed his sentiments on the conduct of the troops. This review afforded another proof how much superior the discipline of the privates is to that of officers;–a fault, which it is to be hoped will be amended in every corps in the North before the reviews of the next summer.
The exertions of the Billetting [sic] Committee could only be equalled by the politeness and true hospitality which were universally shewn by the worthy inhabitants of Ballymoney and its neighbourhood to the whole body reviewed.

Belfast Mercury, 17 August 1784:
… Two delegates were sent from each company, who met in the Town House at eight o’clock that evening to enter into such Resolutions, and prepare an address to their worthy General, as were becoming men possessed of their sentiments; whereupon, a number of spirited and well digested resolutions were unanimously agreed on, together with an address to the General—the next day by the following delegation—Colonel Jones, Lieut. Col. Boyd, and Capt. Allen.
  The new-fashioned business, of wishing to extend the right of suffrage to all descriptions of men, totally overlooked at this meeting.
  Another Gentleman who also favoured us with an accurate and animated account of Ballymoney Review, states the total number of Volunteers Reviewed to be 878.
[Transcriber’s note: — Per this newspaper, the Captain from Kilrea was Torrens.†]

Belfast News-Letter, 4 July 1786:
   Thursday se’nnight, at Ballymackpeak, near Portglenone, a farmer was killed in a moss by lightning. Two men were standing within twenty yards of him at the time. It is more than probable that a long iron searcher, about seven feet long, with which he had been probing for bog timber, was a great mean [sic] of attracting the lightning to him and bringing it to a point—which proves that our advice two papers ago, to keep at a distance from pieces of iron during a thunder-storm, was well founded.

Belfast News-Letter, 25–29 January 1788:
   Advertisement.—ON Sunday the 20th instant, in the parish of Tamlaught O’Crilly and County of Londonderry, was stopp’d and deemed stolen, a Dark Grey MARE, rising four years old, with a star and reach, a hind and a fore foot white, rumped, not quite whole; the Thief got off with a pretence to bring a voucher, but did not return. The Mare is now in possession of James Johnston of Drumard, Pounder. The owner of said Mare, proving his property, may have her, paying the expence of keeping and advertising.—Application to be made to James Mc. Cartney of Tamlaught.
   January 25th, 1788.

Belfast News-Letter, 2–6 May 1788:
ON Friday night the 2d May inst. out of the House of Patrick Henrey, of Lisnegrat, near Killrea. A Horse, jet black, with a broad retch in his face mixed with black and white, the far hind foot white to above the pasture, about 13 & 1/2 hands high, set in the tail with some white hairs in it, seven years old. If offered for sale it is hoped he will be stopped until notice is given to the proprietor, who will pay reasonable expences.
   Patrick Henrey.
   Linegrat [sic], 3d May, 1788.

Belfast News-Letter, 11–14 November 1788:
   Wanted immediately.
   AN APPRENTICE to the Apothecary Business, by Alexander Dowglass.
   Kilrea, 10th Nov. 1788.

Belfast News-Letter, 4–7 April 1780:
   DESERTED from a Party of his Majesty’s Jamaica Regiment, [amongst several persons listed, were included the following with connections to Kilrea:] THO. BILLINGHAM, a Weaver, born in Killrea, County of Derry, 5 Feet 7 Inches, fair Hair, well made;—ROBt. DAVEY, born in Kilrea, County of Derry, a Labourer, 5 Feet 4 Inches high, black curl’d Hair, well made, deserted in Rags;—JAs. YOUNG, born in Killrea, County of Derry, a Weaver, 5 Feet 3 Inches and half high, stout made, pitted with the Small-pox;–ROBt. HENDERSON, born in Killrea, County of Derry, a Labourer, 5 Feet 3 Inches and half high, short brown Hair;—Wm. WALLACE, born in Killrea, County of Derry, a Weaver, 5 Feet 6 Inches high, fair Hair; … It is supposed that the aforementioned Deserters are now lurking at or near their respective Homes. Whoever will apprehend and lodge them, or any of them, in any of his Majesty’s Gaols, shall receive for the apprehending of each two Guineas, besides his Majesty’s Bounty of 20s.; and whoever will give information of any Persons harbouring any of the abovementioned Deserters shall, on the Harbourer’s being convicted thereof, receive 50s. Reward; the above Rewards to be paid at any Time the Deserter is taken, while the Jamaica Regiment exists, provided such Deserter is then fit for Service; if taken before the Parties leave this Kingdom, by P. Moore, Captain; if after that Period, by Hamilton Moore, Esq; Castle hill.
   April 7th, 1780.

Belfast News-Letter, 8 August 1780:
   AT a Meeting of the Innisrush Volunteers, it was unanimously resolved, that the following Address be presented to Rowley Heyland, Esq; and published in the Belfast News-Letter.
PERMIT us in this publick Manner to return you our most hearty Thanks for your generous Donation to our Corps of ten Guineas; and to assure you, that we retain the most grateful Sense of your Favour, and will ever study to merit a Continuance of your Regard.
   Signed by Order,
   Parade, 3d Aug. 1780.

Belfast News-Letter, 22–25 August 1780:
   Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1780.
EARLY this morning, a Captain’s guard was mounted by the Londonderry Battalion. From the arrival of the first corps, nothing was heard this day but the drums of the different battalions and companies marching into town. Each corps on their arrival drew up in the Diamond, in order to receive their billets; after which they went to their respective parades, from whence they were dismissed to their quarters.
   At four o’clock in the afternoon, General Lord Charlemont, accompanied by his aids-de-camp and a numerous retinue, escorted by the Londonderry troop of light dragoons (who marched out in the morning to meet his Lordship) arrived at Colonel Bateson’s, which was head-quarters during Lord Charlemont’s stay in town.
   Col. Stewart, Commanding Officer of the Volunteer line, marched into town at the head of the Strabane battalion; Lord Erne, at the head of the Donegall battalion; Col. Knox, at the head of the Tyrone battalion; Lieut. Col. Nesbit, at head of the Raphoe battalion; Col. Robert Stewart, at the head of the Kilrea and Magherafelt companies, and the other corps were led by their respective Commanding Officers.
Transcriber’s note: The remainder of the article runs to two columns, describing the review, parades, &c., of the battalions.

Belfast News-Letter, 29 Sept. – 4 Oct. 1780:
   FROM Serjeant Hammond’s Recruiting Party of his Majesty’s Royal Regiment of British [?] Artillery at Magherafelt, [amongst several persons listed, was included the following person with connections to Kilrea:]
   David Watson, aged 23 Years, 5 Feet 8 Inches and half high, born at Ballymoney, in the County of Antrim, by Trade a Weaver, black Hair, fair Complexion, and brown Eyes; supposed to be lurking about Killrea, in the County of Londonderry.
    Any Person apprehending and lodging any of the above Deserters in any of his Majesty’s Gaols in this Kingdom, shall receive one Guinea over and above his Majesty’s Bounty, for each and every of them so apprehended, by giving proper Notice to the above Serjeant Hammond.
   The Officers of the Royal Artillery hope the Gentlemen Volunteers will be assiduous in assisting and securing any of the above Deserters that may be found skulking in or about their different Neighbourhoods.
   Magherafelt, 22d Sept. 1780.

Saunders’s News-Letter, 12 March 1781:
   The right hon. the earl of Bristol, lord bishop of Derry, has been pleased to present the rev. Charles Colthurst, his lordship’s domestic chaplain, to the living of Kilrea, in the county and diocese of Derry, void by the death of the late incumbent.

Belfast News-Letter, 10–13 April 1781:
   SOME time ago there was a Silver Watch found off the road between Garvagh and Swatragh, in the county of Derry. Whoever lost the same, by giving the proper Mark and Number, and paying the cost of this advertisement, may apply to James Henry in Killrea.—To be continued three times.
   April 13th, 1781.

Belfast News-Letter, 15 January 1782:
   JOHN SMYTH, of Monestaghan, near Portglenone, Nursery-Man, has for sale a large quantity of Spruce, Silver,and Scotch Firr Trees, from three to five years old; which with Sycamore, Birch, Ash, Beech, and Elm Trees, Apple and Pear Trees, all fit for planting, he will sell, for ready money only, on the most reasonable terms. Particular attention will be paid to gentlemen who take quantities, and their early orders will be most agreeable.—To be continued six times.
   14th Jan. 1782.

Belfast News-Letter, 12 April 1782:
   City and County of London-Derry.
AT the last Assizes held for held for [sic] said City and County, the following persons were appointed High Constables for the present year. It is requested that the said High Constables will attend at the city of L:Derry on Wednesday the 24th inst. to give in their respective securities to the Treasurer, at an adjournment of the Quarter Sessions to be held that day for said purpose.
   City and Liberties of L:Derry, Samuel M’Clure.
   Half Barony of Tirkeerin, Andrew Bond.
   Barony of Keenaught, Thos. Strawbridge.
   Town & Liberties of Coleraine, James Black.
   Half Barony of Coleraine, James Patterson.
   Barony of Loughinsholin, Gabriel Eakin.
AND. FERGUSON, Treasurer.
L:Derry, April 4, 1782.

Belfast News-Letter, 20–24 September 1782:
   AT a meeting of the representatives of thirty Volunteer corps, reviewed at Ballymoney on the 18th day of September, 1782,
   Lieut. Col. Boyd Chairman:

  1. Resolved unanimously, That the annexed address by presented to JAMES LESLIE, Esq; the Reviewing General.
  2. Resolved unanimously, That we are decidedly of opinion, that it will be necessary to invite a meeting of delegates from the several corps composing the Volunteer Army of Ulster at Dungannon, previous to the next session of our Parliament, in order to consider of the most proper mode of making an application to Parliament to pass A BILL OF RIGHTS, for the more effectually declaring and securing THE PERFECT FREEDOM OF OUR CONSTITUTION.
  3. Resolved, That our Chairman, Col. Richardson, Col. Jones, Lieut. Col. Canning, Major Lyle, Capt. Cunningham, and Mr. Robert Thomson, be, and they hereby are appointed a committee, and instructed to invite a provincial meeting of delegates, agreeable to our second resolution; any four of said committee to be a quorum.
  4. Resolved, (one only dissentient, and nine declining to vote, not being instructed by their constituents on that point,) That any Volunteer officer or private, who shall enter into the Fencible Regiments, at present in agitation in this kingdom, not only forfeits (in our opinion) the confidence of the freemen of Ireland, but deserves expulsion from his corps, by aiding in a measure that seems calculated to spread dissention in the Volunteer army, and implies, that that army is inadequate to the defence of their country.
  5. Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be presented to Major M’Manus, our Exercising Officer, for his excellent plan of review and mock engagement, and for the judicious manner in which he carried the same into execution.
  6. Resolved, That our thanks be returned to Sr. John O’Neill, Esq; Commander of the Artillery of the First Royal Regiment, and to his officers and men, for the able manner in which they conducted their operations at the review, and mock engagement; and that thanks be also give to the Ahoghill, Killead and Kilrea companies, for their strict attention in guarding the lines.
  7. Resolved, That our thanks be given to Lieut. John Boyd, Secretary of the Review, also to the Billeting Committee, for their uncommon attention and assiduity; and to the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Ballymoney, for their extraordinary exertions to accommodate the Volunteer army reviewed here, and for their unbounded hospitality and marked attention to their guests.
    EZ. D. BOYD, Chairman.

    Captain Thompson having taken the Chair:
       Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be given to Lieut. Col. Boyd, for his very proper conduct in the chair.

To James Leslie, Esq. Reviewing General of the Troops assembled at Ballymoney, on the 18th of Sept., 1782.
   IT must be highly grateful to your feelings as an Irishman, to preside as Reviewing General over part of that great army of citizens, who have by constitutional and unparalleled efforts, raised their country form a state of servile subjection, and have placed the nation on so respectable a footing, that we ardently hope our benign Sovereign, with the other branches of the Irish legislature, will, at the next session of Parliament, give SUCH ADDITIONAL SECURITIES TO THE LIBERTY OF IRELAND, and to its connection with the other members of the empire, as will preserve them for ages a monument of the spirit of this country, as well as of the sound policy of Great Britain.
   On the other hand, we think ourselves highly honoured in being reviewed by a gentleman, whose zeal and activity for the peace of this country, on a most trying occasion; whose moderation, justice, and impartiality as a magistrate, whose unbiassed rectitude and integrity as a grand juror, and whose virtues as a private citizen, justly entitle him to the respect and esteem of his countrymen.
   EZ. D. BOYD, Chairman.

To the Representatives of the Volunteer Corps reviewed at Ballymoney, the 18th of September, 1782.
The honour which I have derived from your kindness, of presiding as Reviewing General over a part of an army so composed and so distinguished by its unparalleled and successful efforts, was indeed the highest gratification to me; and I am highly grateful to you for the situation in which you were pleased to place me.
   Most ardently, Gentlemen, do I join my hopes to yours, in expectation that our benign Sovereign, with the other branches of the Irish legislature, will, at the earliest period, give such ADDITIONAL SECURITY to the liberties of Ireland, and to its connection with the other members of the empire, as will form a perpetual monument of the spirit of Ireland, and the sound policy of Great Britain.
   I am now, Gentlemen, to express my gratitude to you, and the feelings I have and ought to have for the honourable mention you have made of me: you have so far [for?] overpaid me for any discharge of duty that I have aimed at, that my own consciousness will not allow me to consider it as a reward only for my past conduct; I must therefore view it as a bounty which your liberality has advanced to me for the most generous means of kindling and keeping it alive. I am much obliged to you for considering me an object worthy of experiment; and need not tell you that I wish the experiment success.—I have now troubled you with too many words in regard to myself, and yet not expressed half of the obligations I owe to you. I know, however, that I am in the hands of generous creditors; and I feel no weight from my debt.
   I cannot conclude, Gentlemen, without taking some notice of your military performance yesterday: and yet I am utterly at a loss how to express myself. To attempt to praise you, would be an affectation of knowledge that I have not. I shall therefore only say, that your own display spoke sufficiently for itself without affectation; and it would be impertinent in me to think that my praise could do you any honour.
   I am, Gentlemen,
   With the highest respect, and
   The strongest obligations,
   Your obedient servant,
   Jas. LESLIE.
Sept. 19th, 1782.

Belfast News-Letter, 2 November 1784:
BROWN SEALS for the undermentioned Weavers remain in my Office unclaimed: Notice is hereby given that unless the proper Bonds are lodged with me for those Seals before the 25th December next, the Seals will be returned to Dublin and defaced.
   JOHN GREER, Inspector General.
   Lurgan, 28th Oct. 1784.
[Included in a long list of names, were:]
  John Wallace, Aughadavey.
  Hugh Mulholland, Ballyscullion.
  Wm. Story, Tamlaght [Finlagan, or O’Crilly?]
  Matt. Gibson, Tamlaght a’Crilly.

Belfast News-Letter, 5–9 November 1784:
From the first of November instant, for such Term as may be agreed upon;
   THE House and Farm of Grove, situate on the great road from Garvagh to Kilrea, in the county of Derry, with a very advantageous situation for a small Bleach-green adjoining thereto; the water-course and a suitable house being thereon already made, and having several acres of excellent turf-bog very convenient to it: The house and office-houses are commodious, and the Farm, consisting of forty acres, plantation measure, will be enclosed and divided; the tenant may be accommodated with a sufficient quantity of excellent turf, hay, oats, and potatoes, and the rent fined down: There are some thousands of ash and other trees on the premises, many of them nearly full grown; they will be sold out to the tenant if eligible to him. Application to be made to Mr. John Church, in Dublin, in term-time, and in vacation at Grove aforesaid.
   Dated the 4th November, 1784.

Belfast News-Letter, 18–22 January 1788:
   A man called himself John Quin, and said he came from the parish of Tamlaghtacreely, in the co. Londonderry, was committed to jail on Friday last by the Sovereign, for attempting to utter three pieces of base metal as guineas, at the Bank of Belfast. Said Quin is about 21 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches high, has lost his right eye; when he was taken into custody wore an olive coloured coat, brown cotton breeches, a twilled fustian waistcoat, and had dark brown hair. As many pieces of base coin have been uttered in Belfast market for some weeks past, this description of Quin is published, as those that have been imposed upon by receiving any base coin lately in Belfast, or elsewhere, may possibly recollect his person.

Belfast News-Letter, 10–14 October 1788:
   Died.—At Kilrea, aged 71, the 3d inst. the Revd. John Smyth, who was exemplary in the discharge of the ministerial office for the space of 40 years—he was an indulgent parent and an affectionate husband.

Belfast News-Letter, 20–24 March 1789:
   The opposition to the payment of Tythes in the parish of Kilrea and county of London-Derry, which for some time had unfortunately prevailed, hath, through the spirit and humane disposition of Alexander Stuart Esq; the proprietor of that proportion, been happily and effectually subdued.

Belfast News-Letter, 22 May 1789:
   Married, Mr. James Wilson of this town, to Miss Ellis of Innisrush.

Belfast News-Letter, 13–17 February 1789:
THE fine new Ship St. JAMES, burthen 500 tons, Mark Collins, Commander, is daily expected, and will be ready to sail from Belfast the 15th April next for Newcastle and New-York, in America.—
   This Vessel is high and roomy between decks, sails remarkable fast, and will be fitted out in the best manner with plenty of provisions.
   Such persons as choose to embrace this favourable opportunity will meet with good treatment, Captain Collins being a man of experience and highly esteemed.
   For Freight or Passage apply to Mr. Alex. Mitchell, Ballymena; Mr. Joseph Dickson, Cullybackey; Mr. Robert Elder, Portna; Mr. Thos. Prentice, Armagh; or Jones, Tomb, Joy & Co. Belfast. Belfast, 16th February, 1789.
   N.B. As there are frequently Vessels from Newcastle not only to Philadelphia but Charlestown in South-Carolina, Persons intending for either, would do well to go by the St. James.

Belfast News-Letter, 4–8 December 1789:
   Married.—Mr. Alexander Douglas, surgeon, to Miss Jane M’Key, both of Killrea.

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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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