Private papers, letters and diaries: Bowman, Lismore, to Heaton, Old Burlington, 1797


Bowman, Lismore, to Heaton, Old Burlington

Dates : 26 July 1797

Bowman, Lismore, to Heaton, Old Burlington Street, about the Lismore, Tallow and Dungarvan elections.

'... I have since received yours of 13th accompanying the two appointments of seneschals. It has not become necessary to put in force that of Mr Kirby for Lismore. The election was last Monday, when Sir Richard Musgrave and Mr Ponsonby's younger son, George, were returned without opposition, but not without evident marks of rancour and [?inepossession sic-indisposition?] for the Musgrave family. Possibly their poverty may have saved this town from the bad effects of a contested election. However, the present storm is over. ...

Mr Ponsonby had a meeting and consultation with his Tallow friends at the house [of] Capt. Gumbleton in this parish. It was the unanimous opinion of that meeting that the present was the most favourable opportunity to oppose Mr Egan and secure the borough of Tallow in future. But to the great astonishment of everyone (except those in the plot), Mr Woodley offered himself a candidate, and began to canvass that afternoon. This Mr Woodley married a daughter of Mr George Bowles, near Tallow, who has many valuable holdings under the duke of Devonshire. Mr Bowles was of the party at Capt. Gumbleton's, has hitherto been a steady friend to the duke's interest, and no suspicion was entertained of him at that time. He acted with the utmost duplicity, and there is too much reason to suppose he communicated to his son-in-law all that had passed. ... Mr Ponsonby thought it prudent to coalesce with Egan in order to secure one seat at Tallow. ...

Mr Garde remained in Dublin twelve days after the dissolution of parliament, and during that time did not desire either Mr Knowlton or me to act for him in any of the elections. He came to Lismore on Monday, and went to Dungarvan yesterday. ...'

Public Record Office for Northern Ireland, Ref: T3158/1745
26 Jul 1797



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