1841 May 6 Newtownhamilton.
APPREHENSION OF AN ASSASSIN. We learn, with great satisfaction, that a noted infamous character, named Hugh Irwin, alias Harrison, was arrested on Friday morning last, by the police of Crossmaglen, in the townland of Loughross, Co Louth. He was discovered, concealed, in the house of a man named Callaghan. There were found, on his person, a quantity of powder, and some small pieces of iron, supposed to be intended for use as shot; and, in the room where he was arrested, a loaded pistol and a short sword, both of which he acknowledged to be his. He has also acknowledged himself to be the person who fired at and wounded Mr Hill, of Ball’s-mill; and further, that he had twice deserted from the 95th Regiment of Foot. The activity of Sub-Inspector Holmes, (who has been lately promoted from the ranks), in tracing out and arresting this daring offender, is deserving of all praise.
 Hugh IRWIN
 Loughross, Co. Louth is found in townland indices in the Parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh.
 William HILL (1770-1852) of Balls Mill in the County of Armagh gent. Initially, I had thought that his wife was Esther COULTER, and that she was probably the Esther COULTER, daughter of John COULTER and Jane BARTLEY. Recently, I found a new clue in the 1873 will of Launcelot COULTER, who names a sister, Esther COULTER. She seems to be a much better fit. The fact that she was a COULTER comes from an 1842 Deed: otherwise COULTER of Balls Mill aforesaid the wife of the said William HILL.
· He had a son: SOURCE: PRONI Will Abstracts: The Will (with one Codicil) of John William Hill late of Ballsmill County Armagh Farmer deceased who died 2 May 1875 at same place was proved at Armagh by the oath of Esther Hill of Ballsmill Widow the sole Executrix. NOTE: The Esther HILL may have been the mother of John WILLIAM - or he may have also married an Esther.
· In 1832, a William HILL had a freehold at Ednasbarrow from Charles EASTWOOD and was resident at Ballsmill.
· In 1823, a William HILL held a freehold at Tullydonnell and was resident at Ballsmill.
· William HILL is in the 1828 Tithe records.
· NOTE: An Edward HILL leased out considerable lands in the townland of Mounthill in the Parish of Creggan.
· In 1824, a William HILL held a freehold at Tullydonnell for the lives of William and Edward HILL and was resident at Ballsmill.
· See also March 23, 1841 account of the murder of William HILL.
 Balls Mill is just south of the R177, about 7km north-west of Dundalk. It is also just slightly north of a clutch of townlands where many of the COULTERs were known to reside (Cavananore, Shortstone, Annaghavackey and so on). It is on Ballsmill Road (on some maps – otherwise Glassdrumman Rd on other maps) and is in the Parish of Glassdrumman SEE: http://www.devlin-family.com/timelineglassdrummond.htm
Ballsmill (Baile na gCléireach) Armagh. Ballinaglera 1838. ‘Ball's mill’. Thomas Ball was granted land here in the 17th cent. The Irish name means ‘townland of the clerics’. SOURCE: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O40-Ballsmill.html
 Gordon S. HOLMES was stationed in Crossmaglen in 1846 (SOURCE: p 342,Vol. 11 #2 Seanchas Ardmacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society.) His wife was named Elizabeth. He was the grandfather of HSBC employee in the Far East, Gordon Holmes STITT (1866-1949).
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