Seagoe Parish Magazine.
Rev. W. T. Grey.
THE REV. W. T. GREY visited Seagoe the
week before last, after an absence of five
years. He left Seagoe in September,
1905, and has ever since been working as
a Missionary in Japan, under the Society for the
Propagation of the Gospel. His headquarters have
been at St. Andrew's Mission at Tokyo, the capital
city of Japan. Mr. Grey's work has been chiefly
educational in character. He Lectures classes of
Japanese Divinity Students in Christian Doctrine.
The Bishop under whom he is placed is Dr. Boutflower,
who at the time of the Pan-Anglican Conference
gave up his position as Bishop of Dorking in
the South of England, and offered himself for
missionary work in any part of the world where he
was most needed.
Mr. Grey returned from Japan by Manchuria,
Siberia, Russia, and Germany. He was three weeks
in the train crossing Siberia, which was covered with
snow. Three times the train was blocked by snowdrifts
and had to be dug out. He wag greatly interested
in the ancient Russian city of Moscow, and
in the modern city of Berlin. During his few days
stay in Seagoe as the guest of Mr. W. R. Atkinson
he visited a great many of his friends, and every-
in Seagoe Church at Morning Prayer on January
22nd. His subject was " God's family of Nations.'
He made touching reference to his former work as
Curate in Seagoe Parish, and to the changes which
had occurred since he had left especially the death of
Dean Dawson, Rector of the Parish.
Mr. Grey was also present in Seagoe Church at
Evening Prayer. At the Afternoon Sunday School
in Edenderry he gave a short address to the children
on " The work of Foreign Missions." Mr. Grey hopes
to return to Japan next September.
Five Years in Japan.
The Rev. W. T. Grey has kindly consented to
deliver a Public Lecture in Edenderry Parochial
Hall, on Thursday, February 23rd, at 8 0'clock on
" Five Years in Japan." The Lecture will be
illustrated with photographic lantern slides and will
we believe be extremely interesting. The Tickets
are now on sale. Reserved 1/-; Unreserved 6d.
The proceeds of the Lecture will be devoted to the
Improvement Fund for Seagoe School. Everyone
should be present at this Lecture.
Offertories during January.
Jan. 1st —Circumcision £1 18 10 £0 10 2
8th —1st S. aft. Ephip. 3 9 3 0 19 6
15th —2nd 1 4 2 0 10 4
„ 22nd —3rd 1 2 11 0 13 5
„ 29th —4th 1 5 5 0 12 3
Week-days 0 3 2 0 10 4
£9 3 9 £3 16 0
“He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost."
Jan 7th —Lucy Eleanor, daughter of William John and Lucy McDonald.
; , „ —Mary Jane, daughter of Frederick and Margaret Jane Freeburn,
„ —William Robert, Son of James and Elizabeth Jane Gracey.
„ —Francis, son of John and Martha Girvan.
„ —Margaret, daughter of John and Martha Girvan.
—Anne, daughter of John and Martha Girvan.
—William Webb, Edenderry, aged 67 yrs.
—Joseph Laverty, Drogheda, aged 56 yrs.
—Minnie Wilson, Lurgan, aged 32 yrs.
—Hannah J, Walker, Kernan, aged 49 yrs.
—William Graham, Lurgan, aged 72 yrs
Lent begins on March 1st. The special Wednesday evening preachers in Seagoe, as far as arranged,
will be as follows :—
March 1st (Ash Wednesday), Rev. A. J. Murray, B.A., St. Nicholas Belfast.
March 15th, Rev. T. W. E. Drury, M,A., Rector of Rostrevor.
March 22nd, Rev. J. H. Sides, M.A., Rector of Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone„
March 29th, Rev. Canon Left, M.A., Rector of Aghaderg.
April 12th, Rev. O. W. Scott, M.A„ Rector of Gilford.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
Distribution of Prizes,
This is the season of the year for Sunday School
Prize Distribution. We have had many pleasant
gatherings throughout the Parish during the last
few weeks and those children who have been regular
in attending Church and Sunday School have got
very nice prizes. There has been a great demand for
Prayer Books and Hymnals. The Prayer Books
contain the name of King George and Queen Mary
in the State Prayers. At Carne the Distribution
took place on Thursday, January 19th. The Hall
was crowded. An abundant supply of Tea and Cake
was followed by an excellent programme of Music
and Recitations. A pleasant feature of the evening
were the items performed by some of the Edenderry
children. We like to see one part of the Parish
helping another part. Wee Joe Hynes delighted all
with his patriotic songs. Ile is the youngest per-
former in Seagoe Parish. A large number received
Prizes. Mr. D. Murray, the energetic Superintendent
of Carne Sunday School, made all arrangements.
Mrs. Price, of Ballinacor, kindly distributed the
Prizes to the successful pupils Hacknahay was
the centre of interest on Monday, January 23rd.
Mr. and Miss Calvert as usual most generously
entertained the teachers and children to tea. An
attractive programme of music and recitations
was also provided, and some items were creditably
performed by the children of the Day School under
Miss Stevenson's supervision. The Rector presided
and Miss Calvert handed the books to the prize-
winners. Edenderry had its turn on Friday,
January 27th. There was a large attendance and a
great many prizes were won even though the
standard for a prize had been raised from 35 to 40
Sundays. The Morning School especially distinguished itself.
Special allowance was made for Church Attendance
which is now being more than
ever regarded as a qualification in our children for a
good Prize. A series of fine Missionary photographs
of Mid-China were shown on the Lantern by Mr. R.
J. McKittrick, and explained by the Rector. A
most enjoyable evening was spent. The Prize-
giving in Seagoe was held on Monday, January
30th, at 7-30, There was a good attendance, and
the entertainment took the form of an exhibition of
Lantern slides which were much appreciated. The
Prizes were then distributed by the Rector, assisted
by the Rev. 11.. Crichton. Mr. R. J. McKittrick,
late Superintendent of Seagoe Afternoon School,
Was presented with a handsomely bound Teachers
Bible on the occasion of his departure from the
Drumgor Distribution of Prizes takes place on
Monday. February 6th. Tea at 7-30, and
Levaghery Prize-giving will be held on Monday,
February 13th. Tea at 7-30. We hope that the
result of our Prize Distributions will be to increase
the efficiency of our Sunday Schools. Children who
did not get a Prize should be careful to attend better
so as to get a nice book next year. We believe the
standard of attendance for Prizes should be raised in
all the Sunday Schools to 40 Sundays. 45 Sundays
constituting the standard for a First Prize, and 40
for a second. We also hold that no child should get
Prize (except in the Infant Classes) unless they
attend Service in the Parish Church regularly on
Sunday mornings, and (if living at distance from
the Church) a District Service on Sunday evenings.
The Misses Dawson,
The Misses Dawson sail from Liverpool n
Saturday, February 4th, by the S.S. Beldragon for
Rio de Janeiro, South America. They will be on the
staff of the South American Missionary Society. We
are sure the thoughts and prayers of the Seagoe
people will follow them in their journey to that
For some time past it has been felt that we are not
doing our duty in regard to Missionary work. While
smaller and poorer parishes have been supporting
their Own Missionaries, we have been content with
sending in a mere pittance to support Christian
enterprise in heathen lands. Lest this parsimony
might justly be attributed to ignorance of the
conditions in the foreign field, it is purposed to hold
Missionary Meetings at various centres in the Parish.
Two of these have already been held, On January
10th, Miss Greer, formerly a Missionary in China,
addressed a large meeting in Carne Church Hall,
when she gave a vivid description of the missions to
the heathen Chinese. A most gratifying feature of
this meeting was the number of adults present,
almost all the men from Tamnificarbet Bible Class
availing themselves of the opportunity of hearing
something of a subject which permeates the Gospel.
Hacknahay was the next district visited. On
January 12th, Miss Greer again placed herself at
our disposal, and again brought before large
audience many interesting incidents of missionary
life, interspersed with facts, which showed
immeasurable misery Of those living in darkness
caused by the absence of the Light of the World.
On Friday morning, January 13th, a short visit
was paid by Miss Greer to Seagoe School. Chinese
Curios were exhibited to the children and many
customs and details of Chinese child-life graphically
After each meeting boxes and cards were given to
all who wished to do something to extend Christ's
Kingdom. We hope that there will be a marked
increase in our contributions, and that many will be
led to pray for this work. To pray intelligently we
must have knowledge. This can, be gained by
reading missionary literature much of which can be
obtained for a halfpenny or penny per month.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
We regret that some of our readers were unable to
obtain copies of last month's Magazine. Always get
your copy early in the month. The best way to
make sure of getting your Magazine is to pay your
shilling in advance for the whole year.
In next month's issue we hope to publish a photograph
of our excellent Churchwardens for this year,
Mr. Charles Collins, of Edenderry, and Mr. Thomas
Reid, of Lower Seagoe.
We congratulate Mr. T. J. Atkinson a useful
member of Seagoe Select Vestry, on obtaining the
degree of LL.B., at the recent University
Commencements in Trinity College, Dublin.
On several recent Sundays the congregations in
Seagoe Church have been very large, but the offerings
have not been as liberal as they might have been.
" Freely ye have received, freely give."
Miss Rhoda Guy, of Seagoe, has been very ill, but
we are glad to hear that she is now getting stronger.
We hope soon to welcome her back to Seagoe Sunday
School where she has done good work as a Teacher.
Miss Miriam Holmes, and Miss Nellie Best, have
been appointed Teachers in Seagoe Sunday School.
There were 76 people at the Evening
Service in Carbet on Sunday, January 29th.
This year Lent begins on March 1st (Ash
Our Protestant Orphan Collectors have done well
this year. Over £15 has been handed in.
Some people have been asking what is the colour
of our new Magazine cover. It is known to the
trade as Chrome Yellow.
Mothers who are present at the Baptism of their
children , and join in the Churching Service, are expected
to make a thank offering (see Churching Service in
Prayer Book). No matter how small the offering be
it is the gift which accompanies the Service of
Thanksgiving. A box will be placed in the Vestry
for such offerings and they will be given to the
Protestant Orphan Society.
Men's Social in Seagoe School, Tuesday, February
7th. Tea at 7-30. Address by Rev. F. W. Austin,
M.A., of St. Columba's Church, Belfast, late Rector
The Postal Arrangements in Seagoe Parish are
altogether out of date, If two letters were posted in
Portadown on Friday night at 12-30 a.m., one being
addressed to Brussels in Belgium, and the other to
someone in Seagoe Parish, the person in Brussels
would receive his letter before the person in Seagoe !
Brussels is 600 miles from Portadown, and Seagoe is
Social in Levaghery
On Monday, February 13th, a Social Meeting will
be held in Levaghery School. These Socials are
always success. Secure your Ticket at once. On
The Annual; Social for Men will take place in
Seagoe School, on Tuesday, February 7th. Tea at
7-30. We hope every member of the Bible Classes
and all others who are invited will come. We can
guarantee that they will spend most pleasant and
profitable evening. The Tickets are complimentary.
'The Rev, F. W. Austin, Rector of St. Columba's
Knock, is coming from Belfast to speak to the men.
Mr. Austin was well known to many as Rector of
Drumcree some years ago.
Mr, R. J McKittrick
We congratulate Mr. McKittrick, the Second
Assistant Teacher in Seagoe School, on appointment
as Principal of Shane's Castle School' Randalstown,
Co. Antrim. The School is a very important
one, and is an object of special interest to Lord and
Lady O'Neill who live in the neighbouring Shane's
Castle. Mr. McKittrick carries with him the good
wishes of all in Seagoe Parish where he has done
good work during the 2 ½ years of his residence in the
Parish. We wish him much success in his new
sphere of work.
This entertaining troupe of Musical Minstrels
gave an excellent entertainment in Edenderry
Parochial Hall, on Thursday, January 26th, at
8 0'clock. There was a large attendance and every
item was loudly applauded. The Matthews boys are
very clever, and their programme is so varied that
it never gets monotonous.
Some of the items were
very comical. The " Whistling Coon " was very
well done by the youngest member of the company.
A very pleasant evening was spent. Mr. Stevenson
and the Hall Committee are to be congratulated on
their enterprise in having the entertainment, and we
hope they will have a good balance in hand from the
proceeds towards extinguishing the small debt
on the up-keep Of the Hall.
The New Primates
We are sure that Seagoe will join in the general
congratulations which will be accorded to the Lord
Bishop of this Diocese (Right Rev. Dr. Crozier) on
his unanimous elevation to the place of Chief Pastor
of the Church of Ireland, the Archbishopric of
Armagh. Bishop Crozier made himself very popular
during his visits to Seagoe. Everyone was delighted
with his genial manner when he came to our
Parochial Tea in December, 1908, and his visit for the
Confirmation last June was an inspiration to all of us.
He will be sustained in his high and responsible
office by the thought that he will have the prayers
and good wishes of the members of the Church all
over Ireland, and of many also of other Denominations
who have learned to know and love him.
Old Seagoe Notes.
The Horse Block.—At a Vestry holden in ye
Parish Church of Sego, on the 9th day of August,
1708, It was agreed by ye Minister, Churchwardens,
and Parishiouers then present, that the sum of
Ib.01—s.02 d.05 together with ye sum of 04-17-04,
Be levied of ye Parishioners and Landholders of ye
said Parish for ye Repair of ye Porch and building of
a Style of Stone and Lime before the gate of the
Church-yard for a Conveniency for women to get on
horse-back, and other uses mentioned in a former
Act, and be raised by ye present Churchwardens by
Distress or otherwise according to Law, the work to
be done immediately, and accounted for at Easter
next. John Campbell, Clerk Richard Smurphett,
John Geary, Churchwardens, David Geddes,
George Ramsey, Woolsey Smurphett.
Curious. Surnames, 1710-12.—In the Registers
for 1710-12 the following unusual names occur—
Elizabeth Pew, Annie Ferclo, Jane Mack-Knabb,
Murtagh Ahamel, Daniel Kettle, Margaret Weat,
Valentine Silcock, Conn McGinis, Sarah Mettrix.
Turnpike Gates in Seagoe Parish.—ln the
Vestry Records for April 6th, 1713, we read something
about the old road gates in Seagoe Parish.
“ James Byers is appointed to oversee from Bocomra
to Portadowne Bridge and from John Binks
to Upper Seagoe Gate. John Deary and John
Fisher to oversee Ballynemony Constablewick.
Mr. Francis Mathers to oversee from the
to the Runnel that divides Great Rode
Edenderry and Upper Sego. John Gibson, of Upper
Sego, to oversee the Highway from Kilvirgan River
to Edenderry and from ye Church to Killycomaine
Churchwardens of Seagoe (continued) :—
1735 —Samue1 Robinson, of Silverwood.
William McMurray, of Ballygargin.
1736 —William Williamson, of Drumgor,
James Graham, of Kinigoe
1737 —Richard Joyce, of Ballydonaghy,
Andrew McCollum, of Kilvergan.
1738 —Thomas Newell, of Levaghery,
Ralph Dynes, of Monraverty.
1739 —Mr. Ralph Carroll, of Drumgor,
Joseph Mercer, of Kernan.
Old Seagoe Songs—Our reference last month to
an Old Seagoe Song has been the means of bringing
to light several interesting old pieces which were
very familiar to a past generation. We have to thank
Mr. John Lutton for copying out the following lines
which were repeated to him by Mr. James McCully, of
Upper Seagoe, who was one of the few who could
repeat the lines from memory.
In the Parish of Seagoe, in County Armagh,
Two boys went a-fowling it being the frost,
Each of them took with him his dog and his gun,
And along the Bann water a-fowling there're gone.
A small boat pushed out a few days ago,
The ice had been broken, the boys did not know,
They boldly stepped forward and both plunged in,
To the bottom went Robinson, but Best he could
Up comes Sloan Woolsey with the ropes in his hand„
No further he could get than the edge of the Bann,
_ " Sloan Woolsey, Sloan Woolsey, your ropes are in
We're twice at the bottom and now gone again."
Up comes his mother like a woman in despair,
Wringing her hands and tearing her hair,
Sloan Woolsey, Sloan Woolsey, where is my dear
He is gone to the bottom with his dog and his gun.
Go home, dear mother, and weep no more,
But wake him at night when you get him on shore,
And the Lord has provided him with a watery
May the angels sit round and guard him at home.
Eight hundred Orangemen all stood in the ring,
Where the Orange and the Purple from their
left breasts did hing,
They whispered round slowly, and each waved his
Adieu men for ever, Adieu to the Bann.
[Perhaps . some reader could give us the name of
the old Seagoe rhymer who wrote these lines. Next
month we hope to print another Old Seagoe Ballad
We have heard of several and would be glad to hear
of more “ The Three Maids of Seagoe," “The Ballad
of Tommy Downshire," and “Fair Mary the Pride of
Killeavey," are on our list for publication. Old
Seagoe folk should try to remember some of the
songs they heard sung in their childhood. Even if
they do not remember all the words or verses they
could get some one to write down as much as they
remember and send it on to the Rector] .
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