Seagoe parish Magazine.
CLERGY :Rev. Chancellor Archer, B .D ., The Rectory, Seagoe.
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower Seagoe, Portadown.
CHURCHWARDENS :Rector’s------Mr. H. MURRAY GIBSON.People’s—Mr. THOMAS MARTIN.
Our annual Sunday School Excursion is
always a great and notable event in the Parish.
It is looked forward to with great expectation
for m any weeks beforehand. This year it took
place on Thursday, Jun e 27th, and its destination was Bangor, Co. Down. A short service
was held at 8 a.m . in the Parish Church. We
sang the nice Children’s Hymn, 612, and joined
in the Collects for Morning Prayer. The Rector, in a brief address, welcomed the children
; and gave some useful advice about the Excursion. Our splendid Seagoe C .L .B . Pipe Band
played the procession to the station. A large
Union Jack, vigorously waved, led the way. At
the Parochial Hall many from the outlying
Sunday Schools fell in with the others, and a
large number of the residents of Edenderry
crowded their doors and windows to watch the
children pass. The special train left at 9.5 a.m.
and was crowded with eager and excited passengers. The Rector and the Rev. W . F. H ayes
accompanied the Excursion. The weather was
fine but dull. However, as the rain kept away
no one minded the clouds. An hour’s run
brought us to beautiful Bangor. The sea looked
lovely and the air was very fresh and bracing.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Matchett were at the station to meet us and we were very glad to see
them. The band struck up a lively tune, and all
marched through the main street and round to
the fine Dufferin Hall, where Messrs. Davison
had a great supply of sandwiches, pastry and
excellent tea. We never remember seeing so
many “ prams” at an excursion, and each contained a fine Seagoe baby. A pair of Edenderry
twins were in great form. One baby of a few
months old achieved a record by consuming a
whole sandwich. After the first refreshment
this excursionists wandered in all directions.
Most of them went to or into the water. A
photographer who claimed to be a Portadown
man did a good business in the photographic
line. Some took buses to Donaghadee, but we
heard of one excursionist who did not go on the
"Mystery” Tour because she was afraid. At
5 p.m. all returned to the Hall for the Second
Refreshment, and then had time to get back for
a couple of hours to the water. The return
train, in charge of Guard Simpson, made a quick
journey back to Portadown. A great crowd
awaited our return . The band again headed the
procession back to the Parish Church, where the
Rector thanked the band for their great help.
The National Anthem was then sung and hearty
cheers given for the King and Queen. Altogether
our 1935 Excursion was a great success.
The Somme Anniversary.
On Sunday, June 30th, Special Services in
commemoration of the Battle of the Somme will
be held in the Parish Church, both at Morning
and Evening Service. The Portadown Branch
of the British Legion will be present at the 11.30
a.m Service. The Seagoe C .L .B . band, with
Cadets and Training Corps, will also parade at
this Service. The collection at both Services
will be on behalf of the County Armagh Protestant Orphan Society.
July Anniversary Service.
An Anniversary Service will be held (D .V .) in
the Parish Church on Sunday, July 7th, at 7
p.m . Special places will be reserved for the
Lodges which attend. The Rev. J . I . Lea; M.A.,
Rector of Mullavilly, will preach. The collection will be in aid of the Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orphan Fund.
Protestant Orphan Society.
This Society has ever since its foundation in
1869, given most useful and valuable help to the
Widows and Orphans of Seagoe Parish. The
Society had its origin largely in the efforts of
the late Major Stewart Blacker, who also in
many ways assisted the Parish in the dark days
of Disestablshment and Disendowment. We
ask for a liberal offering on next Sunday, June
30th, for this great Society. An effort is being
made to increase its funds so that a larger allowance may be given to the Widows and Orphans.
Grants are only made to the most deserving cases. Widows who receive the State
Pension are not eligible for grants. Those who
receive help are those who receive no help from
any pension fund.
Lightning in Seagoe.
Seagoe did not altogether escape damage
in the recent severe storm . The new Church
Hall at Bocombra was struck and slates strip ped from the roof. Fortunately , the felt-covered
rafters did not catch fire, otherwise the Hall
might have been burned. The people in the
neighbourhood heard the loud crashing sound
when the Hall was struck. The lightning also
struck and wrecked the fountain lamp in Edenderry, to which a fine streamer advertisement of
our C .L .B . Sports Rally had been attached just
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
C. L.B Sports Rally.
Remember Friday, July 5th. It is the day
of the C .L .B . Sports Rally, to be held at 5 p.m .,
in Mrs. Best’s field a t Church Lane, which she
has most kindly lent for the occasion. The
charge for admission will be Sixpence. All
kinds of events have been arranged for and they
are open to all comers. The field is beautifully
situated and at this time of the year the countryside looks perfect. Full particulars as to the
Sports can be seen on the posters throughout
the Parish. The proceeds are in aid of the Brigade Funds. A giant stream line advertisement
spans Bridge Street to remind everybody of the
A very violent storm of thunder and rain
broke over Seagoe about 10 p.m . on June 25th.
The lightning was continuous and very vivid.
Towards the close of the storm, about 11 p.m .,
rain fell like a waterspout. At Upper Seagoe
it flowed from the roadway and flooded the
houses. No such rain has fallen in Seagoe for
many years. The atmosphere has been very
close and heavy for some days. Similar storms
have occurred all over the United Kingdom.
In Edenderry the central road lamp collapsed.
Many hedges at dangerous corners in the
Parish remain uncut. This adds greatly to the
danger of motor accidents, of which we have recently been reminded by some sad cases. The
risk of such neglect is very serious and ought to
The splendid road to Lurgan through the
Parish has been in the hands of the road repairers. We are sure it will all come right but
it is at present in a very rough and dangerous
condition. A cement passage-way has been
laid at each side of the road. There is such
great traffic on this road that any obstruction
becomes very inconvenient.
Death of Captain Dobson.
We record with great regret the death of
Captain J . J . Dobson, who for some years up
to the outbreak of the Great War acted as a
Lay Helper in Seagoe Parish. His death occurred w ith great suddenness on Sunday morning, June 2nd, at Nairobi, in Kenya, East
Africa, where he had resided with his wife and
son for the past ten years. He had taken a
very active part in the organisation of Ex-servicemen in Nairobi, and had done much for
those in that district who had been unemployed.
He founded and was secretary of a flourishing
organisation known as “ The Nairobi Association ." At the time, of his death lie was a candidate for the Nairobi Council for the district of
Ngong, and the election was to have been held
on June 20th. Much regret was felt at his
death at a comparatively early age. He had
felt slightly unwell on Saturday, June 1st, and
passed away suddenly on the following morning.
The medical report was that his death was due
to haemorrhage from an old war wound. There
was a large attendance at his funeral to the
Forest Cemetery at Nairobi. Captain Dobson
was a very keen and active member of the
Ulster Volunteers when in Seagoe, and at the
outbreak of War joined the Young Citizen Volunteers and served through the War, being severely wounded.
He was always greatly interested in the Parish of Seagoe, and in his
letters to the Rector often referred to it. Our
sympathy goes out to Mrs. Dobson and her son
in their sad and sudden bereavement. In a
letter to the Rector Mrs. Dobson says “ He
loved Kenya. ’ ’
During last month, on June 13th, there were
two excursions in the Parish. They both left
the Parochial Hall at the same hour, 1.30. and
both travelled by special 'buses. The Mothers’
Union travelled to Bangor and had a most enjoyable time. The weather was dull but fine,
and the mothers enjoyed to the full the bracing
air of the seaside. The other excursion was for
the Seagoe C .L .B .. who journeyed to Tyrella,
in the Co. Down. The lovely and extensive
strand at Tyrella provided a splendid playground
for the lads, and the drive there and back
through lovely scenery, added greatly to the pleasure of the excursion. The Rev. W. F. Hayes
and Captain Mitchell accompanied the lads.
Our Sunday Schools.
It has been arranged with the Superintendents and Teachers of our Sunday Schools, both
Morning and Afternoon, to close them for the
four Sundays in July and the first two Sundays
in August, so that all the Sunday Schools will
(D .V .) re-open and resume work on Sunday.
August 18th. This closing of the Schools has
become necessary owing to the extension of the
holiday system. So many of our Teachers and
young people now go on holiday that it has been
found difficult to provide Teachers for the
classes. We hope to see our people in large
numbers at the Services in the Parish Church.
Sunday is God’s Day of Worship. With the
Psalmist of old we can say “ A day in Thy
Courts is better than a thousand .”
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
Parish Register for June.
The following were Baptized in the Parish
Church on June 1st, 1935: —Richardson—Dorothy, daughter of Robert and Jane Richardson, of Upper Seagoe.
Sponsors — E m m a Richardson, Dorothy McNally.
Johnston —Joseph Bell, son of Robert and Helen Clow Johnston, of Lower Seagoe.
Sponsors—Eva White, Helen Clow Johnston.
M'Mullan—Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Herbert and Amelia McMullan, of Lylo.
Sponsors Evelyn Carlisle, Amelia McMullan.
Livingston and Shields—June 13th, in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, by the Very
Rev. the Dean of Belfast, John George Livingston, of Portadown, to Irene Doris Shields, of Edenderry.
Kirkpatrick and Bradshaw—June 18th, at Gilford, Parish Church, Cecil Beresford
Kirkpatrick, Upper Seagoe, to Selina Bradshaw, of Breagh.
Armstrong—June 6th, William John Armstrong of Balteagh, aged 89.
Dowd—June 6th, Thomas J . Dowd, of Edenderry, aged 7 months.
Abraham—June 10th, David Abraham , of Kilvergan, aged 90.
We record with regret the death of three of
our Parishioners during the past month. One
a little infant of only a few months, the other
two of a great age. David Abraham was resident in the Parish for many years. He was a
great worker and engaged in field work on his
son's farm up to within a short time of his
death. He could plough and harrow when over
80 years of age. His death leaves a great blank
in the home circle. The death of William John
Armstrong cam e very soon after the death of his
sister-in-law, Mrs. McDonald. He has passed
away at a great age. In middle life when a collier in Scotland he had been seriously injured in
a mine accident. He was a man of high and independent principle and was much respected by
all who knew him. To all those who have been
bereaved we offer our sincere sympathy.
A Curious Coin.
Mr. John Gordon, when digging last month
in his garden at Ballinacor, turned up a curious
and ancient coin. It is of copper and about the
Slze of a penny. It contains on both sides in scriptions in Hebrew. On one side “ Jerusalem
the Holy ,” and on the other “ Shekel of Israel. "
Until the exile the Hebrews did not use coins.
The Shekel was then only a standard of weight
(see I. Sam. ix., 8). On their return from the
Babylonian exile the Priests introduced “ The
Shekel of the Sanctuary ,” and in this all the
Temple dues were paid. On the coin found by
Mr. Gordon at Ballinacor are to be seen the
same symbols as were represented on the
Shekels of the Sanctuary, on one side a chalice,
cup, or vase, and on the other a Lily or the
Rose of Sharon. Mr. Gordon, who dug up the
coin, is still active at 78 years of age. We wonder how a Shekel of the Sanctuary found a
resting place in the townland of Ballinacor.
There is no trace of any Jewish family having
resided there in past days.
We heartily congratulate two of our Parishioners who have been married during the past
month. Miss Selina Bradshaw, now Mrs. Kirkpatrick, has been a great helper in all Parish
work and has taught twice each Sunday in our
Sunday Schools, in the Morning at Seagoe, and
in the afternoon at Levaghery. We are glad to
know she will be residing in the Parish. Miss
Doris Shields, now Mrs. Livingston, has lived
all her life amongst us and is well known to
many. We wish both couples God’s blessing
and a very happy future.
Seagoe P.E School.
At the annual Examination in Religious
Knowledge held in Seagoe P .E . School on Friday, June 7th, by the Diocesan Inspector, the
Rev. J . Armstrong, the following children obtained certificates: —
Senior Certificates—Myrtle Caddell, Emma Morrison, Chris. Fiddes, Edna Grey, Olive Vennard, Sam McCabe, Robert Ruddell, Robert
Abraham, James Clayton.
Junior Certificates—Betty Metcalf, Edna Montgomery, Isa Abraham, Bella Magee, Isobel
Ruddell, Dorothy Ruddell, Viola Morrison, W. White, Robert McM inn, Harry Girvan, Alfred
Magee, Wm. Caddell, James Whiteside, Joseph
Liggett, Helen M ‘Murray, Alfred Guy, Cecil McLoughlin.
The above list of names is not in the order of
merit. The Certificates were publicly presented
to the successful children by the Rector at the
School on the morning of Wednesday, June 12th.
Twenty five Years Ago.
This old number of the Magazine contains a
list of the names of those who had been confirmed in June, 1910. It was a large Confirmation, men and boys 50 and girls 58. Bishop
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
Crozier Confirmed them . The excursion was to
Warrenpoint that year. George Calvert and
John Montgomery had made everything ready
at Warrenpoint. 5 Baptism s are recorded, the
marriage, and two Burials. At the Religious
Knowledge examination in Seagoe School Margaret Irwin had got full marks. Measles had
been prevalent in the Parish. Nature notes are
given. The wayside Plantain and the Knap-weed or Hard-head are specially noted as very
common weeds. The Old Seagoe Notes deal
with ancient maps of Seagoe.
Old Seagoe Notes.
“ The Long Eleventh of June.”—This expression has been heard in the Parish and is familiar,
to many. It is of great interest and carries us
back as far as the year 1752, when 11 days were
dropped out of the Calendar. People said then
that eleven days had been stolen out of their
life. The loss of these days caused many
changes, and among them was the fact that the
21st of June became the eleventh of June. But
the 21st of June was the Summer Solstice and
the longest day, so when it became the eleventh
people began to speak of the long ’leventh of
June. The 11th June is and always was St.
Barnabas Day. And a rhyme runs—
“ Barnaby bright,
The longest day and the shortest nigh
SEAGOE, 1822.— (Records, Vol. IV. p. 1 .)—
Annaloist. Aughacommon, Ballydonaghv, Ballvgargin, Ballyhannon, Ballymacrandle,
Ballinacorr, Ballynaghy, Ballynamoney, Balteagh, Bocomra, Boconnell, Breagh, Caine, Carrick, Clanroll,
Crossmacaughly, Drumgask, Drumgorr,
Drumlisnagrilly, Drumnacanway, Druminagoon,
Drumnakelly, Derryvore, Edenderry, Backnahay, Killicomane, Kilvergan, Kinnigo, Kirnon,
Knock, Knockmena, Knocknamuckly, Knockrammer, Levaghry, Lisnamintry, Lylo,
Moyraverty, Seago Lower, Seago Upper, Silverwood,
Tannaghmore, Tamniffacarbett, Tamniffaglasin,
Tarson, Turmoyra. Total 47 Townlands.
The foregoing Townlands are grouped in the
three Manors of Brownlow’s Derry, Blacker and
Harrison, and Kernan, as follows: —
Manor of Brownlowderry—Annaloist, Aughacommon, Ballynamonev, Boconnell, Drumnakelly, Kilvergan, Kinnigo, Knockrammer,
Silverwood. Tannaghmore, Turmoyra. Total 11 Townlands.
Manor of Blacker and Harrison—Ballydonaghv, Bajllygargin, Ballyhannon, Ballymacrandle,
Ballynaghy, Breagh, Carrick, Derryvore, Drum lisnagrilly, 'Drumnacanway, Edenderry,
Hacknahay, Killicomain. Knock. Knocknamuckly, Levaghry. 16 Townlands.
Manor of K ernan—Ballinacorr, Balteagli. Bocomra, Cairn, Clanroll, Crossmacaughly, Drumgask,
Drumgorr, Druminagoon, Kirnan. Knockmena. Lisnamintry, Lisniskv, Lylo, Moyraverty.
Seago Lower, Seago Upper, Tamniffacarbett.
Tamniffaglassin, Tarson. 20 Townlands.
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMM UNION 1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief
HOLY BAPTISM— 1st Saturday of each Month at 3
p m and during any Service in the Parish Church,
notice be given ; Two Sponsers at least are required
and they must be Confirmed Members of the Church.
Churchings are held at each Baptism. Mothers are
expected to bring a thankoffering.
(See Book of Common Prayer.)
MORNING PRAYER- Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m
Hacknahay—Last Sunday : of Month at 3-30pm.
Drumgor—second Sunday of Month at 4 pm
Edenderry—Wednedays at 8 p.m.
BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on
Sundays at 10 a m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 10 a m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne, Drumgor, Bocombra.
MOTHERS' UNION—2nd Tuesday of each month
at 7 30 p.m.
CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall
on Tuesdays and Fridays.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on
Mondays at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL , 9-15 a.m. Principal—Mr.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p m. Licenses are issued by Rev. Canon Hannon,
Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) must be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES—BY License—
Labourers 5/- Tradesmen 10/—, Merchants and Farmers 15/-, Professional, By Banns 5/-. FUNERALS will be
attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given. SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy without delay,
FEES FOR CERTIFICATES BAPTISM 3/7, Children (Factory) 1/- and 2/- (non-residents); MARRAGE 3/7.
An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases
It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the
arrival of new Church families in the Parish.
A copy of the Magazine will be sent post free to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.
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