Sketches of Ireland Sixty Years Ago

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J. McGlashan, 1847 - Ireland - 198 pages
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Page 53 - Mayor and Corporation observed several other ceremonies. In their progress they made various stops, and held sham consultations, which were called courts. At a court at Essex-gate it was a regular ceremony to summon Sir Michael Creagh in the following form :— " Sir Michael Creagh ! Sir Michael Creagh ! come and appear at the court of our lord the King, holden before the right honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin, or you will be outlawed.
Page 166 - The book was presented to him. He shook his head and declined to take it. It was thrust into his right hand. He hastily withdrew the hand, as if he was afraid of its being infected by the touch, and placed it out of the way behind his back. It was then presented to his left hand, which he also withdrew, and held behind his back with his right. Still the persevering book was thrust upon him, and still he refused, bowing and retreating, with his hands behind him, until he was stopped by the wall.
Page 147 - T., who attached himself to the Englishman, invited him to his house in the country, and in the display of his good nature and sense of hospitality, gave up his time and business to make the visit agreeable and instructive to his acquaintance, who left Ireland with many expressions of obligation for the kindness and attention he had received. Shortly after, T.
Page 195 - Fitzwilliam had been sent over as a popular viceroy, and, on his sudden recall, a strong feeling of disappointment prevailed. On a night when the subject was brought before the house, our gallery was full, and I remember well the irrepressible excitement that seemed to actuate us alL At length it broke out. Grattan rose to deprecate the measure as one calculated to cause the greatest disturbance in Ireland, by what was considered the perfidy of the government, first exciting the high hopes of the...
Page 163 - ... of Lords, but had previously made a communication to his excellency the Lord Lieutenant. He admitted he had visited a man who was a treasonable character, but he did so as a professional duty, as the man was very poor and sick ; and he had always brought with him a third person, to be present, lest there should be any misrepresentation of his motives. He added, that when the French invaded this country, and their fleets were lying off the shore, he went among the Roman Catholics of the city of...
Page 83 - presented himself, and claimed the prize awarded. We give this anecdote, which must go for In a! inn quantum valet ; but we have heard from old members of this society, that no doubt, at the time, existed among them that he was the author. His known celebrity in that line of composition rendered it probable, and he continued to the end of his short and eccentric career of life to claim the authorship with confidence,
Page 152 - ... taking me under the arm, led me 'up to the president's chair ; and there I stood, to await the penalty of my unauthorized intrusion. I underwent an examination ; and it was evident, from the questions, that my entrance was not accredited, but that I was suspected as a government spy. The "battalion of testimony," as it was called, was already formed, and I was supposed to be one of the corps. I, however, gave a full and true account of myself, which was fortunately confirmed by a member who knew...
Page 162 - are Orange societies, and I know some members of them." If the chancellor had been struck a violent blow, he could not have shown more surprise and indignation. He actually started on his seat at the audacious sincerity of this simpleminded man, and another murmur ran through the hall. A long examination ensued, during which Dr. Stokes answered the questions put to him in a quiet and dignified manner, and with perfect candour and simplicity. He admitted that he had been a member of the society of...
Page 20 - a dancing-master," and while the debate was going on, went from the house to fight him, and shot him through the arm. So general was the practice, and so all-pervading was the duel mania, that the peaceful shades of our university could not escape it. Not only students adopted the practice, but the principal and fellows set the example. The Honourable J. Hely Hutchinson, the Provost, introduced, among other innovations on the quiet retreats of study, dancing and the fashionable arts. Among them...
Page 92 - Mayor of the bull-ring', had a singular jurisdiction allowed to him. He was the guardian of bachelors, and it was a duty of his office to take cognizance of their conduct. After the marriage ceremony, the bridal party were commonly conducted to the ring by 'the mayor...

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