SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 1910.
LARGE Classes are now being held through
the Parish in preparation for the approaching
Confirmation. Those in Edenderry and
Seagoe are especially well attended. We are glad to
notice the earnest spirit in which our young Church
people are preparing for the solemn rite. Decision
for Christ should be the keynote of all our classes.
The youth of the Parish stands at the parting of the
ways. We trust and pray that this Confirmation
season may be the turning point in many a young
life, and that the call of God will sound with
irresistible pleading in the hearts of our Candidates,
My son—My daughter, give me thine heart."
Some are still holding back from joining the Classes,
and notwithstanding the invitation of the Clergy and
the rule of the Church, they have not yet joined the
happy band of Candidates who are looking forward
with joy and hope to Confirmation. The lists will
close next week, and the names of those who have
joined will be sent forward to the Bishop for his
approval. It will be a sad thing if any of those who
might have joined will be missing from that list.
Will parents please press upon their children who
have not yet joined the Classes the necessity
of joining at once. We hope no one will be
deterred from coming, through any mistaken
ideas as to dress or such things. There
are many poor in the Parish, and we hope they will
understand that nothing special is needed in this way.
The plainer and simpler the clothing is, the more
suitable will it be in a service where the thoughts
and intents of the heart are the matters of utmost
importance. We are very anxious that adults who
have not yet been confirmed should come forward.
The Clergy will be glad if such will send in their
names to them without delay. There are good
many through the Parish who have joined the
Church through marriage or from other causes, and
who have been brought up in other denominations.
It is most necessary that they should obtain the
rights and privileges of full Church membership in
The attention of who have not yet
joined the Confirmation Classes is directed to the
following list :—
Tuesdays—Carne Hall at 8 0'clock.
Drumgor Hall at 8 0'clock.
Wednesdays—Special Services in Church at 8.
Thursdays—Edenderry Hall 7.30 (girls), 8.15 (boys).
Hacknahay School at 7-30.
Fridays—Seagoe School at 8.
Sundays—Adult Class in Church at 4.15.
Offertories for April.
Thy prayers and thine alms have come up for a memorial
before God. "—Acts x. , 4.
April 3rd.—1st S. aft. Easter £l 5 10 0 6 1
10th.—2nd 1 4 10 0 10 6
17th. —3rd 1 6 7 0 11 9
24th. —4th 0 19 0 0 10 8
Week-Days 0 8 4
Total, £4 16 3 £2 7 4
A solemn vow, promise, and profession " (Baptismal Service).
April 2nd. —Florence, daughter of Alexander and Jane Eliza Hewitt.
„ —Eveline, daughter of Alexander and Annie Thornton.
Them also which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with Him."
April 8th.—Florence Hewitt, Tamnificarbet, aged 6 weeks.
April 10th.—Martha Allen, Balteagh, aged 79 years.
April 16th.—William John Gracey, Edenderry, aged 50 years.
April 29th—David Forde, Edenderry, aged 16 years.
A Sad Accident.
A very sad accident occurred on the evening of
Friday, April 1st, by which one of the most promising
and popular of our Seagoe lads lost his life.
Wilson Guy, of Seagoe, had joined the navy some
years ago, and had risen to the position of Chief
Stoker. He was serving on H.M.S. Black Prince,
stationed at Sheerness. The evening of April 1st
was stormy, and through some accident the poor
boy slipped off the boom, and in falling struck the
launch which was anchored beside the ship. He fell
into the rapidly flowing tide, and although every
effort was made to save him he disappeared and was
drowned. There was great grief on board the ship
when it became known, and for four hours all hands
tried to find the poor body, but without avail.
Captain Barton, the Captain of the ship, himself an
Irishman, wrote very touchingly regretting the loss
of so popular a member of his crew. The deepest
sympathy has been expressed for his sorrowing
parents and sisters. The Misses Guy are foremost
amongst our Church helpers, and their many friends
have felt deeply for them in their sad loss. We pray
that God may comfort and sustain the bereaved ones
in their great affliction. Thy way is in the sea, and
thy paths in the great waters, and Thy footsteps are
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Band of Hope.
This month we have to draw our readers attention
to the Closing Temperance Meeting of the Session.
It was held in Edenderry Parochial Hall on April
8th, commencing at 8 p.m. A pleasing feature of
the occasion was the good attendance of members of
all ages, shewing that enthusiasm is not flagging.
When all had joined in the opening prayer, the
chairman proceeded to call attention to recent
statistics which prove that 55 per cent. of the population
are drinkers, and that the amount spent on an
average per head is £6 5s per annum, a sum which
would probably be found useful in most homes for
providing some of its necessaries of life. After this,
we enjoyed songs sweetly rendered by some of our
juniors, songs and duets by Miss Armstrong, and Mr.
David Murray, a recitation by James Killow, and a
dialogue by Charlie Killow and George Watson.
Next we had a dialogue called " Paddy's Pledge "
which evoked loud and prolonged applause, and
provided admirable instruction. It lasted at least 30
minutes. Our thanks are due to Misses Irwin
Preston, and Martin, and to Messrs. R. Montgomery,
and McKittrick, who represented the various
An address having been given by Rev. J. W.
Johnston, in which he alluded to the influence of
children, and their ability to aid Temperance Work,
votes of thanks were passed to Miss Armstrong and
all who had assisted at all our meetings, and a most
enjoyable meeting was closed by the chairman
pronouncing the Benediction.
Thursday, May 5th, will be Ascension Day. On
that day we call to mind one of the greatest facts in
our Lord's life, His ascension into Heaven.
We hope that many will spare time on that occasion to come
to the House of Prayer. The East Window in
Seagoe Church ought to impress upon all our
worshippers the reality of that solemn event. Services
will be held in the Church as follows on Ascension
9.50, Service for the Church Children attending
Seagoe Day School.
11.30, Morning Prayer, Sermon and Holy Communion.
8, Evening Prayer and Sermon.
The three days preceding Ascension Day are called
Rogation Days or Days of Asking. It is the time of
the year specially set apart for asking a, blessing from
God on the seed sown in the fields. Our farmers,
and others as well, should on these days offer up
special petitions to God that He will bless their sown
fields. They will find a special prayer in the Prayer
Book to be used on Rogation Days. It is near the
f' Prayer for all sorts and conditions of men."
Whit Sunday falls this year on May 15th. It is
one of the great Festivals of the Church, and on it
we commemorate the gift of the Holy Spirit on the
Day of Pentecost. This festival should be very
specially observed in the Parish this year owing to
the near approach of Confirmation. The parents and
sponsors of those who are preparing for Confirmation
should not fail to be present at Public Worship and
to join in Holy Communion, preparing especially for
the gift of the Spirit on those who will be confirmed.
Services on Whitsunday—8 a.m. Holy Communion,
11-30 a.m., Morning Prayer, Sermon, and Holy
Communion, 7 p.m., Evening Prayer and Sermon.
It is proposed to start a branch of the newly
formed Church of Ireland Men's Society in the
Parish immediately. The rule of membership is
Prayer and Service ; Members must be Communicants
and over the age of 21, and there are Associates
as well, who are not entitled to full membership by
reason of age or otherwise. The rules of the
Society have been drawn up by the Bishops of the
Church of Ireland.
Hacknahay Day School,
This School is going ahead. It is most efficient as
an educational instrument in the District. The
Principal Teacher of Moyallon School having resigned,
the National Board have agreed to consider its
claims. When the case of Hacknahay comes
consideration in Dublin we shall have the satisfaction
of feeling that the residents of the district are
unanimous in their desire that this School should
receive a grant from the Board.
CHURCH ATTENDANCE AND EFFICIENCY CARDS.
PRIZES (FULL MARKS).
Ethel Ruddell, Joseph Ruddell, James Ruddell.
FIRST RANK (60—65 pts).
Sarah Dawson 63 ; Jemima England 62 ; Jemima
Allen 61 ; Sophia Webb 61 ; Bessie Dawson 61,
SECOND RANK (55—60 pts.)
Isabella Magee 59; Arthur Allen 58; William
J. Wilson 56; Sophia, Bradshaw 55.
THIRD RANK (50—55 pts.)
Minnie Allen 53; Maggie Magee 52 ; Adelaide
Murray 52 ; Thomas England 52 ; Joseph Wilson 52 ;
Maggie Bradshaw 52; Maggie Smith 52 ; Maggie
Lewie 51 ; Theresa Ramsey 50 ; Minnie Lewie 50 ;
Jennie Dawson 50; Leonard Haire 50; Henry
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
Penny Collecting Cards,
The following have been received since last issue of
Rachel Stevenson 1/-; Ethel Preston 1/- ; K.
Blakely 6d; R. McKerr ; M. Hopps 1/2; Alice
Best 1/-; Maggie Maxwell 4d ; Hettie Wright 6d ;
Ethel Reid 1/-; T. Reid 4d; L. Guy 1/-; W.
McMullan 1/-; L. Gracey 1/-; K. Moore 1/; May
Best 1/3; Margt. J. Best 1/3 ; J. Chambers 8d; L.
Lewie 7d; M. Johnston 1/3; Minnie Lewie 1/- ;
Maggie Lewie 1/- ; Ja;s. Lewie 1/- ; John McDowell
1/-; Susan McDowell 1/-. Some names from
Hacknahay Sunday School are omitted from this list
but will be acknowledged in our next issue.
A Clothing Fund,
A great deal of good could bc done in the Parish if
some of the Parishioners who are blessed with this
world's goods would from time to time entrust sums
of money to the Parish Clergy for the part purchase
of Clothing for the poor. In the course of Parish
visitation the Clergy continually come across cases
where children in large families have to remain away
from Sunday School or Church for considerable
periods because their clothes have got worn out and
the parents cannot afford to get them a new suit or a
new dress. Some help given at such a time is a great
advantage. It is only necessary to give part of the
sum required, and of course great care is necessary
that such help should only be given in really deserving
cases. We commend this matter to those who are
anxious to help their poorer brethren in a practical way.
Children's Flower Show,
Nearly one hundred pots of Seed and Plants have
been purchased by the Parish Children for competition at the Flower Show in August.
It was a pretty sight to see the children hugging their flower pots on
the day they were distributed. They must take great care
not to water the seeds too much or to leave them in
an unsheltered place, and they must be careful not to
let the baby or the pussy cat knock the flowers over.
They are very bad gardeners. Already we have heard
of one of the flower pots being knocked down and
broken by a household cat who wasn't fond of flowers.
We wonder are the seeds coming up yet. The
geraniums are sure to blossom before long. Nice
prizes have been offered for the children who send in
the best flowers to the show.
A great deal of interest was taken in the Parish
last month to see who would be the first to hear the
Corncrake and Cuckoo, or to see the Swallows and
Butterflies. Here is the result as far as we can
ascertain it. April 13th, Corncrake first heard by
April 14th, Swallow first seen by James Killow,
April 26th, Cuckoo first heard at Seagoe.
Butterflies have been seen in many places since
The Rev. T. W. E. Drury, Rector of Rostrevor,
preached in the Parish Church on Wednesday, 27th
The Lurgan Choral Festival takes place in Ban-
bridge Parish Church, on Saturday, May 14th.
Seagoe Choir is taking part in it.
On Friday, April 22nd, a " black shower " fell in
Portadown and Seagoe District. The sky was very
dark and heavily laden with Lancashire smoke.
The roads in Seagoe Parish have been recently
very much cut up by heavy traction engine traffic
It is time the owners were made to pay for the
Miss Maude Dickson has been appointed Organist
at Tamnificarbet. It will be a great improvement to
have music in the services there.
Several new members have joined the Sunday
Morning Bible Classes. Mr. Chambers' class has
recently largely increased in numbers.
Flowering plants have been placed in the windows
of Seagoe Day School.
Seagoe Sunday School Excursion is fixed for
Thursday, June 16th. Warrenpoint, the ever
popular resort, is our destination. We hope for
" Seagoe " weather.
The Rector has received several newspapers and
postcards recently from Seagoe folk across the ocean.
We hope some of our people will attend the Special
Week of May Meetings in Belfast, beginning on
Monday, May 9th. An attractive programme has
A Belfast gentleman flew across Lough Neagh last
week in an Aeroplane.
Our new Churchwardens have got to work. Mr.
Collins is a son of a very faithful Churchman of past
days, Mr. James Collins, of Kernan. The People's
Churchwarden, Mr. Thos. Reid, is also the son of a
great supporter of Seagoe Church in a past
generation, Mr. Reid, of Tarson. It is a good thing to see
the sons following faithfully in their fathers' steps.
The hedge around Seagoe School has been put
into good order by two members of the Select Vestry
Messrs. Calvert and Gracey.
When will we have an Infirmary in Portadown
instead of having to send all our sick people miles
away to Lurgan? The money expended on the care
of the Portadown sick people in Lurgan could be
much better spent in Portadown and would benefit
We are glad to notice a, movement for providing
more and better house accommodation for the working
classes in Portadown. There is at present a
great deal of most unhealthy overcrowding in the
working men's houses. Large families frequently
occupy small unventilated dwellings.
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Now that business is booming in Portadown and
neighbourhood, workers should open an account in
the Post Office Savings Bank. A small sum put by
each week would soon mount up to a substantial
amount. We know of a labouring man in Belfast
who has built a street of houses through the exercise
Two of the girls in Seagoe School Cookery Class
are now able to bake all the bread required for use
in their homes. Others can make rice puddings,
bread puddings, scones, and soda bread. This proves
how useful it is for our girls to attend the Day School
The Archdeacon of Dromore (Ven. E. D.
Atkinson, LL.B.), who is Rural Dean of Shankill,
inspected Seagoe Church, its furnishings, Service
Books, Communion Plate, and also the fabric of the
Church last week. It is the duty of the Rural Dean
to send in each year to the Bishop a statement of
the condition of each Parish Church in his Deanery.
The offce of Rural Dean is one of the most ancient
in the Church of Ireland. They succeeded the old
tribal and Village Bishops when Diocesan Bishops
were established in Ireland in the twelfth century.
Old Seagoe Notes.
Seagoe Infantry, 1809.—We continue our
extracts from the standing orders for 1809.—The hair
is to be worn neatly cropped agreeable to his Majesty's
orders, the cap well put on and the tuft clean. Each
man is to be provided with a black stock and the
neck of the shirt is not to appear above it, being
contrary to his Majesty's orders. Talking in the
ranks is expressly forbid, any man guilty of this will
have his pay for that day stopped. The Cloathing is
to be kept as clean as possible. The cape, cuffs, and
breeches may be made a good colour by dusting them
well with pipe-clay and whiting and a small addition
of powder-blue. The Commanding Officer hopes
that an unanimous zeal for duty will pervade the
whole corps, and that every member will give his
utmost exertions towards bringing the Seagoe
Infantry as near perfection as the nature of the
Yeomanry Service will admit.
Seagoe in 1804.—It is interesting to recall in
connection with the one hundredth anniversary of the
death of the Rev. George Blacker, the first mention
made in Seagoe Records of the building of the
present Church. The first record of an intention to
build a new Church occurs in the Vestry Minutes of
April 30th, 1801.
It runs as follows :—" A balance
of €40 5s 3d being in the hands of the Rev. George
Blacker, Vicar, it was agreed that this sum shall be
laid out along with other money for the repairs of,
of building a new Church, as may hereafter be
approved of and appear necessary to the Parishioners,
At a, Vestry held on September 3rd, 1805, it was
agreed that the sum of Twopence per acre be levied
and collected off the Inhabitants by Mr. William
Overend and Mr. Samuel Huddle, Churchwardens of
said Parish, and by them when collected given into
the hands of the Rev. George Blacker to be laid out
in building a new Church or repairing the present
Church of Sego as the Parishioners hereafter shall
think proper, and the Cross Roads for this year shall
lye over as they are.
The Rev. George Blacker.—Next Sunday, May
1st, will be the one hundredth anniversary of the
death of the Rev. George Blacker who passed away
to the deep regret of the people of Sego on May 1st,
1810, at the early age of 46. He was appointed
Vicar of Sego by Faculty, May 20th, 1796, so had
been Vicar just sixteen years at his death. He had
been educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and obtained
his degree of Bachelor of Arts in the year 1785. He
held the united Parishes of Banagher and Dungiven
along with the Vicarage of Sego, but resided here in
the Rectory. He was the son of William Blacker,
Esq., of Carrick. His mother was Letitia, daughter
of Henry Cary, Esq., of Dungiven Castle, Co. Derry.
He was one of a family of twenty-one children. His
eldest brother was the Very Rev. Stewart Blacker, of
Carrick, Dean of Leighlin, and later Rector of Seagoee
The Rev. Canon Blacker is a nephew of the late Rev.
George Blacker. The Rev. Richard Olpherts who
was Curate of Seagoe under the Rev. George Blacker
was his nephew, being his sister's son. Mr. Olpherts
initials 'c R.O." are inscribed on the stone let into tho
side wall of the Church tower.
CHURCHWARDENS OF SEAGOE (Continued) :—
1701—William Corner, of Mointoghs.
Ralph Wilson, of Levaghery.
1702—John Mathers, of Drumgor.
Thomas Workman, of Killykomaine.
17()3—Antony Metcalf, of Sego.
Henry Ogle, of Drumgask.
1704—Robert Wilson, of Derryenvir.
Valentine Dines, of Tanafyglasny.
1705—Valentine Harrison, of Moyraverty.
John McKnight, of Knockramer.
Townlands of Seagoe.—Balteagh means the
town of the habitation of the Ford or adjoining the
Bocombra is said to mean The Hut of Companionship,
or according to Dr. Todd, The Hut at the
Meeting of Streams. Dr. Joyce, the famous Irish
scholar, says the prefix ' Bo ' means a cow.
Breagh according to Lt. Col. Blacker means an
eminence or hill with level top, but Joyce derives it
from Bre-ach, a Wolf.
Carne is name of frequent occurrence and means
a heap of stones.
Carrickblacker.—The prefix Carrick is Irish for
a ford or weir as e.g. Carrick-on-Shannon the ford or
weir on the Shannon. The name therefore means
Blacker's ford or weir.
Clanrolla is one of the prettiest of our townland
names and has also a pretty meaning—the Meadow
Recess or more literally The Hollow of the Swathe.' ,
This latter is the meaning assigned to it in Lt. Col.
Blacker's MS. Notes on Seagoe.
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