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2010

July 2010


 

(Above) Letter dated 14 July 1821 from Church of Ireland rector Reverend Andrew Thomas Hamilton, Earlsgift, Dunnamanagh, county Tyrone, to the Chief Secretary’s Office, Dublin Castle, as follows:

“Sir, I take the liberty of informing you that on the 12th inst[ant] an officers party arrived at Dunnamana from the 13th regiment; The Orange Lodges amounted to eighteen, from the distance of twenty miles; no person unconnected remained at the Fair, nor was any business done; the procession ended, and all dispersed, without the least appearance of riot;

I am informed that three Lodges who were coming here, were met by the opposite party, who obliged them to return, after firing several shots, I have not heard of any material accident; many of the people assembled here had Guns, which they often discharged, a bullet fell in my garden; very near my gardiner.

There is a Lodge held in this village every

(Above) Letter dated 14 July 1821 from Church of Ireland rector Reverend Andrew Thomas Hamilton, Earlsgift, Dunnamanagh, county Tyrone, to the Chief Secretary’s Office, Dublin Castle, continued from the previous page as follows:

month, which very much contributes, to the keeping alive party spirit, and they are a very great annoyance to the neighbourhood, as they seldom separate until very late, and continue firing almost every half hour.

Having now, and formerly, presumed to offer my opinion, and to declare my inability to preserve the peace of this district, which in my younger days, I did for many years, before the Minds of Men were heated by religious dispute.

I have the Honour to remain Sir your very obedient humble Ser[vant]

Earlsgift, July 14th 1821

And[rew] Tho[ma]s Hamilton

(NAI, CSORP/SC/1821/715)