52 MINUTES OF EVIDENCE BEFORE SELECT COMMITTEE
Joczs, 26* & Jam^m, 1832.
THE RIGHT HON.
STANLEY, IN THE CHAIR.
26 January 1832.
The Reverend #iww iÂ£z??zita,
called in ; and Examined.
YOU are Rector of the Union of Knocktopher ?â€”I
What parishes does that comprise?â€”Knocktopher,
Aghaviller, Kilmagany, Donemagger, and Derrynahinch.
What is the total extent of that union ?â€”I
think it is about nine miles in one direction, and six in the other.
Is the whole of that union, or any part of it, under the Tithe Composition Ad;?â€”Two
parishes are under the composition, Donemagger and Derrynahinch.
How long have you been rector of that union ?â€”Thirty-one
years next April.
During that time have you been generally resident?â€”Yes.
What has been of late years the ordinary value of the benefice?â€”About
since the cessation of the war; before that it was 2,000 /.
Are you at present in the receipt of that income?â€”No,
I am not, nor have I been for some time.
What portion of that income have you received for the last three years?â€”
â€”-The last two years I have received very little, but before that I received it regu-larly, except the usual arrears that always occur.
Have you ever made any attempts to bring the remaining parish under composition ?â€”I
did, all of them.
To what do you attribute the failure of those attempts?â€”The
objections of some of the parishioners, persons who would perhaps suffer by it.
Do those objections principally proceed from the large graziers ?â€”
I fancy so.
Can you specify the average amount which you have been in the habit of receiving, in the shape of tithes, from the three parishes which are not com-pounded ?â€”I
could not exactly state, not having the books with me, but I can state what I offered to compound for, 300/.
for Kilmagany, 250/.
for Knocktopher, 300/.
for Aghaviller, and the other two are settled under the composition.
Was that offer of composition upon your part below or above your average receipts under the tithe system ?â€”Below.
Can you state how much below ?â€”I
could not exactly state.
What is the amount of the other two parishes under composition ?â€”Done-
magger is set for 200/.;
the other for 325/.
In the parishes which are not compounded, was any offer made by your parishioners as to the amount for which they would be willing to compound ?â€”Yes,
there was one offer made by the parish of Aghaviller; they "offered 50/.
When was that offer made?â€”On
the 14th of last November, at a vestry held for that purpose.
Had there been any previous vestries held for that parish ?-â€”There
was another during my absence, but that was the first that I attended.
When was the first attempt which you made to bring this parish under composition ?â€”In
1824 I brought Donemagger in under the Act, and I proposed that in the other parishes; but in 1825 I proposed it again.
From what period do you date the present resistance to the payment of tithes?â€”From
the time the hurlers commenced in the county of Kilkenny.
Had you, during your incumbency, known any similar instances of resist-ance ?â€”Not
one in my parish.
When was the first meeting of hurlers in your neighbourhood ?â€”They
came to me on the 27th of December 1830, two days after Christmas; they came the Monday after Christmas-day.
Did you upon that occasion seethe party yourself ?â€”No
; because I saw so large a crowd coming up to the house, that I sent down my steward to say, that if they would stay without, and send a deputation up, I would see them.
They said, they would do so; but subsequent to that, when the deputation were comincr in through the gate, there was a friar called to the mob to come on, Â«â€¢ Now boys is your time," he said, and they gave a shout and all rushed in at the