The arms on the body of each cup are those of The City of London impaling Ulster for The Society of the New Plantation in Ulster. The arms on the cover are those of Babington, for David Babington
The inscription reads:
The GIFT of the HONORABLE SOCIETY,
of the Governor, and Assistant LONDON,
of the new Plantation in ULSTER within the REALM of IRELAND;
to DAVID BABINGTON Esquire, their Law Agent,
as a Token of the grateful, Sense they entertain
of his Services in general, and more particularly
for the Zeal and Attention, he has shewn to their Interest,
in the long depending Dispute, with the MARQUIS of DONEGAL,
respecting their Rights, in the FISHERIES of the RIVER BANN;
By Order of Court dated Irish Chamber, Guildhall LONDON
31 May 1805. Robert Slade, Secretary.
David Babington, to whom the cups were presented, was probably the barrister described in Trinity Term entry of 1781 in the King's Inn Admission Papers 1607-1867, which lists "David Babington, Attorney, Exchequer. A marriage license of 1792, in the Dublin records, lists the marriage of David Babington and Mary Bannerman in 1792. Similarly, The Memorials of the Dead in Ireland, Vol. 4. P. 406 records the death of Anne Letitia, daughter of David Babington Esq. and wife to Charles R. Elrington D.D. on April 28, 1828.
The Marquess of Donegall referred to is almost certainly George, 2nd Marquess of Donegall K.P. (1769-1844), Lord Lieutenant of Donegall, who had inherited the title and estates on the death of his father in 1799.