William Higgins, Sergeant R.I.C. Millstreet 1890s-1900s

Sergeant William Higgins


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Besides posting the proclamation in the conspicuous parts of the ‘town, Head-constable McEntee and Sergeants Higgins were occupied /during Saturday in visiting prominent members of the Millstreet Branch and members of the band with the view of officially notifying them that the meeting to held ten miles away would be suppressed. Although it was not the intention of the branch, to be represented, as an answer to such impertinent interference a large contingent left for Duhallow. [Cork Examiner – Tuesday 01 May 1900]


 lined Is and costs. Sergeant William Higgins summoned Timothy O’Keeffe for having persons his licensed premises at Milletreet, the night 30th July. Mr Barry, solicitor, pleaded guilty on behalf of the defendant; he slated that two young men came into his premises after 10 o’clock for tobacco, and he gave them a drink thinking it was no harm. There was no conviction against the licensed premises since IS9O, and Mr O’Keeffe was never convicted and not under any circumstances could the licence interfered with. The magistrates fined O’Keeffe and costs. Nenagh Floral and Uokticultiral SOCIETY.—The



Millstreet Petty Sessions:
Sergeant W Higgins, Inspector Weights and Measures, summoned Jeremiah Herlihy tor having two unstamped weights; they were otherwise correct. Mrs Herlihy explained that they got the weights but the day before from Cork.
Cork Examiner – Thursday 04 October 1900


Lynch, X>r R R Leader.) District Inspector Beirne charged Mrs Buckley, publican, living at Millstrect, for supplying drink to a woman of the tramp class, Mary Foley, on the Ist of March (fair day). fine of 5s was imposed, which was further reduced to 6d in view 11s costs. Daniel Rahilly, publican, Millstreet, was also prosecuted for a siimilar offence the same date. From the evidence adduced, the Chairman, said the case was not serious; but being the second conviction they could not impose a lesser penalty than £l. Sergeant William Higgins proved the offence. Mr W Keller, solr, Kanturk, defended. Sergeant William Higgins, Inspector Food and Drugs, prosecuted Timothy Murphy, contractor for milk to the MtHstreet Union. The case was adjourned since last petty sessions. the Bench being divided. Mr E A Beytagh, solr, said had a preliminary objection to make. His client asked for a sample of the milk and was refused. Sergeant Higgins—l cannot leave that go uncontradicted. He never asked for a sample which was denied except on a case which has been already decided, when he had neither name nor address on the cart or tankards. Prosecutor deposed that in pursuance of his duty he one pint of milk from the defendant’s servant, Tom Shine tho iVuilstreet Workhouse, on the 15th of January. The analyst’s certificate (produced) showed that the milk was below the…
[Cork Examiner – Friday 19 April 1901]


RIC INSPECTORS APPOINTED The “London Gazette” of last week publishes an order of the Home Secretary, appointing with the concurrence of the Lord Lieutenant, and on the recommendation of the Inspector-General) 30 sergeants of the R I C, to act as Inspectors of Explosives in Ireland. The following are appointed in the south—Sergeants West. Ballincollig ; Collins- Charleville ; Dennehr, Castletownbere: Higgins, Millstreet • Brosnan, Tralee; Owens, Limerick, and Quinn, Clonakilty.. Colonel
[Cork Examiner – Monday 08 October 1900]


Higgins is mentioned in 1896 in the aftermath of the burning of the Mill, giving a donation


Marriage of William Higgins and Eleanor Savage on July 19th 1897 at St. Michael’s Church Cork City by A.J Nicholson (?). He a sergeant in the RIC in Millstreet, son of Edmund Higgins a school teacher. She from Norhbins’head (??) Cork, daughter of John Savage a shopkeeper, in the presence of John Savage, Lizzie Savage and Richard Savage

Birth of Edward James Savage Higgins in Millstreet on September 2nd 1898 to Eleanor Higgins (Savage) and William Higgins, Sergeant Royal Irish Constabulary

Birth of Eleanor Savage Higgins at the Barrack Millstreet no November 11th 1899, to Eleanor Higgins (Savage) and William Higgins, Sergeant Royal Irish Constabulary

Death of Eleanor Higgins at the Barracks Millstreet November 19th 1999, married, 28 yrs old, wife of William Higgins a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary, child birth 8 days puerperal septicaemia 5 days (register of this child?)

1901 census: for the Millstreet Barrack:
William is the only Church of Ireland member listed in Millstreet Barrack, all the others are Catholic.

H (Higgins) W (William) 43 Male Sergeant
Commercial Clerk-Leather
Church of Ireland

1901 census: Residents of a house 44 in Fisher Street (Kinsale Urban, Cork)
William’s two children, Eleanor and Edward,  are staying with (TODO: possibly) his wife’s parents in Kinsale. (Eleanor died 16 month previously)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Savage John 66 Male Head of Family
Merchant and Boat Owner
Savage Helena 61 Female Wife Wesleyan
Savage Frances Emma 20 Female Daughter Church Ireland
Higgins Eleanor Savage 1 Female Grand Daughter Church Ireland
Higgins Edward Jas Savage 2 Male Grand Son Church Ireland
Mc Carthy Mary 30 Female Gen Servant-Domestic Roman Catholic
Holland James 32 Male Baker Roman Catholic
Holland Cain 20 Male Baker Roman Catholic

1911 census: Residents of a house 52 in Fisher Street (Kinsale Urban, Cork)
The children stayed in Kinsale

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Savage Helena 71 Female Head of Family
Church of Ireland
Savage Frances Emma 30 Female Daughter Church of Ireland
Higgins Eleanor Savage 11 Female Grand Daughter Church of Ireland
Higgins Edward Jas Savage 12 Male Grand Son Church of Ireland

TODO: Where is William in 1911? did he remarry? did he die?

1901 census: Residents of a house 3 in O’Connor Ville (Cork No. 5 Urban (part of), Cork)
widower living with sister and niece; reader; 2 children, 2 living.
TODO: what is the family connection savage-higgins, what is a reader?

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Savage Charlotte 50 Female Head of Family
married 21 yrs
2 children
1 living
Church of Ireland
Savage Helena 18 Female Daughter
Church of Ireland
Higgins William 53 Male Brother
2 children
2 alive
Church of Ireland

1901 census: Residents of a house 52 in Newbridge Street (Birr Urban, King’s Co.)
TODO: cross reference -surely this isn’t him? probably not, but a relation of some kind

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Higgins William 54 Male Head of Family
Superannuated Serg R.I.C.
born in Cork
Roman Catholic
Higgins Agnis Francis 17 Female Daughter
born in King’s county
Roman Catholic
Higgins Anna Mary 14 Female Daughter
born in King’s county
Roman Catholic
Higgins Eleanor 13 Female Daughter
born in King’s county
Roman Catholic

Death of William Higgins of 4 Gillabbey Terrace, at the South Infirmary, widower 65 yrs, ex Sergeant RIC, Cerebral haemorrhage coma

TODO: add sons details to his WWI profile

TODO: add details of Eleanor Savage


[William Higgins on ancestry (DMacCabe19)]

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