Taughboyne Jottings, Co Donegal

Extracted from the Strabane Morning Post

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August 21 1827



On Wednesday evening last, about 3 o’clock, two men, in the employment of MR. ALEXANDER, at Trentaugh Slate Quarries, when in the act of charging a hole, in order to remove a portion of a rock, and fire having been communicated from an uncharged needle to the powder, it suddenly exploded, in consequence of which an extensive comminuted fracture was caused by the charge needle, on the head of JOHN LATTA of Park Bog, Lismoughry, extending from the superciliary ridges of the frontal bone to the posterior part of the head. He survived only a few hours. GEORGE McADOO of  Momeen who used the sledge for beating down the charge, was nearly struck blind by the explosion, and is somewhat bruised. The tools used by the two men have not yet been found. This, with many similar accidents, ought to be a warning to those engaged in working quarries, when powder is about to be used. Latta has left a wife and four small children to bewail his loss, and in a great measure, destitute of the means of support. He was 35 years of age, and bore an excellent character


March 16 1830



JAMES ALEXANDER begs to inform his customers, that he is well supplied with superior SLATES, at the Trentaugh Quarries, and that he has lowered the price very considerably.  He offers the best blue Slates, at 30s per thousand at the quarry, or at St Johnstown free on board, and the second quality at 22s 6d. per thousand, at the quarry. Terms, cash

Sandville, March 15, 1830


May 25 1830


On Friday last, a young man named GOURLEY, the son of a farmer of Listanagh, in the Parish of Taughboyne, while driving a horse and cart along the road, the horse took fright at some sheep which were on the road, and the young man was thrown into the ditch, by the shaft of the cart striking him violently on the back, opposite the heart. He was taken up lifeless


October 14 1834


The house of a man named SHANNON, a shoemaker, in the neighbourhood of St. Johnston, was set on fire at an early hour last Sunday morning and totally consumed. It was without inmates at the time, the owner, Shannon, having slept at a neighbour’s on the preceding night. It is supposed that the outrage was perpetrated by some individuals with whom Shannon had previously quarrelled, in the hope that he might thereby have been destroyed. An investigation of the circumstance was made by CAPTAIN TAYLOR, on Thursday last, the result of which we have not learned.


February 14 1837



As a poor man named McKIVER, who lived in Dromore, parish of Taughboyne, was returning home from the fair of this town, on Wednesday se’nnight, he fell, in a state of exhaustion, on the road, about half a mile from his own house. A little boy passed about ten o’clock, P.M., when the poor man extended his hand to him for help, but the boy was afraid of him and proceeded. He, however, informed a person of the name of PORTER, who keeps a public house within 300 yards of the spot of the circumstance, but he neglected to render any assistance to McKiver. Two men, who were his neighbours, named RODEN and TINNY, likewise passed by about two o’clock, A.M., and though he was then speechless, they, instead of carrying him to a house or place of shelter, in an unfeeling manner left him after setting his back to the ditch. In the morning he was found dead on the same spot. He has left a wife and five helpless orphans to deplore his loss. An inquest was held on the body before JAMES TAYLOR, ESQ., J.P. and the following verdict returned - “Died from exhaustion and the inclemency of the night.” No man in his station bore a higher character than the deceased.


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