By Ian Budge, Cornelius O'Leary
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See Rep. Comm. Mun. Corp. P. 1835, XXVIII, 257-9. The Borough Court of Record had jurisdiction up to £20. By I835 it was 'long since neglected'. The Manor Court, however, met once a year to appoint The Early Years: 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33· 34· 35. 36. 37· 38. 35 constables, appraisers and applotters for the following year. It survived the municipal overhaul of 1840 and in 1847 Bernard Lennon (a Liberal solicitor) was brought before it for refusing to pay £5 to an agent who had thoughtfully paid rates to that amount for some Liberal electors to make them eligible to vote in the annual municipal elections.
He claimed while dying that John McCann, a muslin manufacturer, had shot him; but McCann was acquitted. After the depression of I825 the cotton industry declined. Wages in all levels of the industry fell by about a third. Worse still, the abolition of protection meant that the finer English muslins and cottons could outsell the coarser Irish fabrics. g. providing them with food at half-price) and ultimately to help them to emigrate. 7° By 1861 the families of the remaining weavers in Belfast were 'subsisting on a type of food that a careful farmer would not have given his stock'.
The dissolution was much more effective in Great Britain than in Ireland. Just as the Irish lodges (during the six years since 1828) had persistently ignored the annual warnings from Cumberland against parading, so they now went underground, but only just. In the report of the Select Committee, 88 the name of Belfast hardly occurs. The processions there were small and poorly attended, and the Belfast lodges generally joined those of Lisburn and several adjoining towns in a procession to Hillsborough (Co.
Belfast: Approach to Crisis: A Study of Belfast Politics 1613–1970 by Ian Budge, Cornelius O'Leary