1800-1900, — September 15, 2011 8:56 — 0 Comments

1830s Catholic electors

The list of names of Catholic Newry electors (2/2) of 1832 reproduced here is more interesting in a variety of ways to us 180 years later, than was its original intent (which was to intimidate Catholic electors who had failed to vote for the Catholic Dennis Maguire).

George Johnston

Queen Street

Flax Dresser

Thomas Kelly

Doran’s Hill

Farmer

George King

Cowan Street

Tailor

Arthur Kildare

Market Street

Gardener

David Loughran

Chapel Street

Jaunting Car Owner

Daniel Lavery

Dromalane

Labourer

Thomas Lowry

Canal Street

Publican

Patrick Magee

Lower Commons

Farmer

James Magennity

Kiln Street

Lath Splitter

Michael Markey

Canal Street

Lath Splitter

Joseph Malone

Barrack Street

Servant

Daniel Morgan

High Street

Flax Dresser

Marty McAteer

Upper Commons

Farmer

William McAteer

Upper Commons

Farmer

Joe McAnulty

Ballinacraig

Farmer

John McNeal

Ballinacraig

Farmer

John McNamara

Stream Street

Cooper

David McKay

Queen Street

Weaver

James McCartney

Mall

Labourer

Terence McCambley

Lower Commons

Farmer

Patrick McAvoy

Water Street

Metal Founder

John McCaffrey

Queen Street

Labourer

James McCrudden

Canal Street

Publican

John McAteer

Needham Street

Labourer

Patrick Hanlon

Lower Water St

Jaunting Car Owner

Daniel Quinn

Kiln St

Mariner

Miles Russell

Castle Square

Baker

John Ryan

Pound Street

Pipe Maker

Mark Savage

Lower Commons

Labourer

James Smith

Lower Commons

Quarryman

James Savage

North St

Mariner/Delf Dealer

James Teggart

Drumalane

Mason

Owen Trainor

Mill Lane

Huxter

Patrick Treanor (Sen)

Hill Street

Huxter

Daniel Turley

Lower Margaret St

Blacksmith

Peter Turley

Canal Street

Labourer

John McConville

Needham Street

Cooper

Herbard Feran

Water Street

Innkeeper

John&Charles O’Hagan

Market St

Wool/Hat Vendors

 We examine the list from the point of view of who won the franchise in this ‘reform’ period, what profession or jobs the average man held, what names and addresses are similar to those of today, what was the geographical and economic spread of these voters, whether any of them were our forebears, and a host of other queries that may occur to us.

Of course women did not win the franchise for many generations to come. Some may be surprised to learn there was no apparent property qualification: or that no one is declared unemployed. The list of occupations is clearly radically different from today’s occupations: some indeed need explanation.

The occupation of huxter is not to be found in the dictionary: indeed it is unknown today, but in 19th century Ireland the word described a lowly dealer of no shop or stall but who tried to trade in whatever bits and bobs that came his way (an early Ebay trader!): later it was applied to the meanest of market traders. A cooper made or repaired barrels. A flax dresser prepared that yarn for the spinning/weaving trade. 

 

 

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