The Times, (London Times) 27 Feb 1806, -

The following information is communicated in a private letter from Dublin.

Lord Fingal has been served with a notice, requiring him to attend at the house of the Attorney General, and to shew course why a criminal information should not be filed against his lordship, for having presided at a meeting at Navan for the election of delegates to the Catholic Committee.

The Hon. Mr. Barnwall (son of Lord Trimbelson) who attended the same meeting, was served with a similar notice, for having undertaken the office of delegate.  The Catholic Committee or Convention was determined to meet on the 19th of this month, and debate every clause of their petition, as the General Committee did last year, and the beginning of the present.


The Times, (London Times ), 24 September 1825: Robbery at Yellow Furze

The Rev. Mr. Sheridan PP of Yellow Furs, between Slane and Navan a few nights since hearing an unusual noise at the window of his bedroom, seized a stick which happened to be convenient to him, and arrived at the window just as a fellow was on the point of entering, whom he knocked down.  Three of the villain’s associates rushed to the window, and assailed the priest with clubs, having no fire arms.

The priest knocked down two of them, and was himself knocked down by the third, when he was robbed of his cash, watch and other valuables.  It was known that he had received a considerable subscription for the building of a new chapel, which however had been so concealed as to elude the researches of the robbers.  In the morning Sir Marcus Sommerville and Mr. Lambert exerted themselves to discover the villains, we regret without effect.

The Times, (London Times), 1 Oct 1828, The Catholic Association Meath Meeting:

The approaching county meeting at Navan on Tuesday next, it is expected, will present a most imposing appearance, Lord Bective and Sir Marcus Sommerville the two members, and several Protestants of rank will attend.  The amount of property possessed by the requisitionists alone, exceeds the sum of £200,000 annually.  From every extremity of the county applications pour in for tickets of admission to the dinner.


The Times, 21 Nov 1837: Accident at Navan

On Saturday last the Cavan coach, coming from Dublin was upset within a half-a mile of Navan, in consequence of one of the fore-wheels suddenly coming off.  The coach-man James Bolis, who is an excellent driver, showed great pressure of mind on the occasion, for the moment he perceived the irregular motion of the wheel he pulled up the horses, and called aloud to the passengers (two inside and ten outside) to hold fast; immediately after the vehicle overset.  Several of the passengers received severe bruises; but none, we are given to say, are of a serious nature.  The coach proprietors are not, it appears, altogether blameless, as the wheels were old and in bad order for a considerable time.



Mr. Reilly stated at a meeting of the Loyal National Repeal Association that some time since a poor man at Navan, named John Weldon, owed some rent, which he was unable to pay.  His landlord was a noble lord — an absentee.  The poor tenant was decreed for his rent, and as he was utterly without means to satisfy the demand against him, he was turned out of his little holding.  That the man was not a rogue, whose sole object was to shirk his landlord of the rent, was proved most emphatically by the fact that when he was dislodged from his former home he had to seek shelter in the workhouse.  But here, not money but revenge was the object of ambition; and, accordingly, Weldon was actually arrested within the walls of the poorhouse, upon the decree obtained against him at the suit of his landlord, and was removed to the Trim gaol. (Cries of "shame, shame.").

The Tablet, 11 Feb 1843 ~ A WHIG LANDLORD

In The TABLET of the 31st Dec. a brief account was given of a pauper who had been taken out of the workhouse at Navan, and put into gaol in Trim, for rent due to an absentee nobleman, the Earl of Essex.  The poor man's case (which was taken from his own lips in the county gaol, on the 31st ult., and which has been sent us by a correspondent) is as follows:

James Weldon held a piece of ground eight perches long and one perch wide, whereon he resided for 46 years.  He rebuilt the house 40 years since; owed one-half year's rent, viz., 125 shillings 8 pence, for which he was processed, and a decree for the above sum was obtained against him.  He is now a prisoner in goal since the 27th of July, 1842, at the suit of the Earl of Essex.  He was obliged, during the distress that prevailed last summer, to seek refuge in the workhouse, from whence he was taken by his lordship's bailiffs at the above time.  The correspondent who has furnished these details, having drawn the attention of the Earl of Essex to Weldon's case, received the following reply from his lordship:

SIR, - I am much obliged to you for the interest you take in my character as a landlord, but I cannot think it injured by the circumstance you allude to in your letter, when the facts of the case are known.  I find on inquiry that Weldon, for some time in arrears of rent, received notice to quit, and not only was offered to be excused all arrears of rent if he would do so quietly, but was actually offered ten shillings into the bargain to induce him to do so.  He, having obstinately refused this offer, has no right to find fault with any consequences which might result from his having done so.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant, ESSEX.

The Times (London Times) 16 Dec 1846: The Gun Trade

It will be seen by the following paragraph from the Meath Hearld that locksmiths and gunmakers have no reason to complain of any slackness in their trade.

“The demand for firearms is rapidly increasing!  At Navan, on Monday last, an itinerant auctioneer dispensed of a large lot of a ”handy ones” to the “boys” at various prices, from 18 shillings to 30 shillings.  The opportunity of becoming master of “an illigant gun wid a bayonet to boot” for a small charge of 1 pound was too much for the imagination of a Gael - it was perfectly irresistible."

Irish Times, 15 Jun 1860. Court of Common Pleas - Yesterday

Before the Chief Justice and a Commerce Jury. Clarke v Roberts

This was an action to recover a sum of £60, 10 shillings, which was alleged to be due, with interest, on foot of a promissory note, bearing date 17th October 1855.  Mr. John Clarke, of Farganstown, farmer, county Meath, was the plaintiff, and the defendant was Mr. Benjamin Roberts, Navan.  The defence pleaded was payment.

The jury found for the defendant.

Counsel for the plaintiff - Sejeant Fitzgibbon and W. Pallas.

For the defendant - Mr. Battersby and Mr. Hamill.


The Times, 9 Feb 1895:  Charlton Trust

A question affecting the alienation of Protestant endowments came before the judicial committee of the Privy Council today in the Council Chamber, Dublin Castle.

A scheme had been drawn up for the administration of the Charlton Trust which was an endowment made in 1792 by Thomas Charlton, of Curratown, near Navan, in the County Meath, to give marriage portions of £6-16-6 to the sons and daughters of Protestant day labourers in the counties of Meath and Longford who should marry with the consent of their parents.