Seagoe Parish Magazine
REV. JAMES E. ARCHER, B.D., Rector, the Rectory,
REV. WALTER R. CRICHTON, B.A., Curate, Seagoe
N.B.—It is most important that in all cases of illness
notice should be given to the Clergy of the Parish
MR. JAMES ALBIN, Rector's Churchwarden.
MR, JOHN G. GRACEY, People's Churchwarden.
WOLSEY R. ATKINSON,
T. J. MONTGOMERY,
T. E. MAGINNIS.
MAJOR S. W. BLACKER,
T. J. ATKINSON,
J. H. STEVENSON,
MR. W. R. ATKINSON, Secretary and Treasurer.
In next month's issue of the Magazine a portrait of
the Rev. John Campbell, Vicar of Seagoe from 1688
to 1729, will appear. Mr. Campbell was present in
Derry with the Rev. George Walker during the
famous Seige, and brought up with him a party of
Seagoe men to man the famous walls. A full sketch
of his life will also be given. As there is likely to be
a large demand for the Magazine those who would
wish to secure extra copies of the Magazine should
leave their orders as early as possible at Mrs. Metcalf's,
The Auxiliary Fund.
Five years ago, the Parish agreed to raise a sum
of £800 in connection with the Auxiliary Fund.
We are glad to be able to announce that that sum
has now been paid in. If there are any who have
not yet sent in their subscriptions for this year we
hope they will do so without delay, as the Fund will
shortly be closed. Seagoe, by its contribution of
£800, has helped to strengthen the old Church of
Ireland in every corner of the land.
"They brought young children to Christ."
Sept. 4th—Sarah, daughter of William and Mary
Anne McClatchey, Moy.
„ —James Albert, son of Wm. Robert and
Mary Anne Coulter, Ballinary.
„ —Richard William, son of Henry and
Caroline Lavery, Kilvergan.
„ —Rachel Frances, daughter of Henry and
Caroline Lavery, Kilvergan.
„ —Albert Edward, son of Henry and
Caroline Lavery, Kilvergan.
„ —Thomas James, son of Henry and
Caroline Lavery, Kilvergan.
,, 28th —Wolsey James, son of Wolsey James
and Mary White, Bocombra.
“The Lord bless thee and keep thee."
Sept. 7th — Robert Henry Sturgeon, Drumnacanvey,
to Jane Currie, Ballymacrandle.
,, 8th — James Moffett, Aghagallon, to Mary
Eveline Gaskin, Kilvergan.
,, 24th — William James Wilson, Ballymacrandle,
to Margaret McMurray, Ballynaghy.
“In sure and certain hope."
Sept. 12th — James Henry Cassidy, Edenderry, aged
,, 20th — Mary White, Bocombra, aged 35 years.
We record with much regret the death of Mrs. White
at an early age. She had been ailing for some years,
but the end came with comparative suddenness. She
leaves three little children, the youngest only two
months old. We offer our sincere sympathy to her
husband, Mr. Wolsey White, and to Mr. Kennedy,
her father, in their sad loss.
“Of Thine own have we given Thee."
Sept. 5th—13th S. after Trinity £1 16 3 £0 9 6
„ 12th—14th S. after Trinity 0 17 7 0 11 3
„ 19th—15th S. after Trinity 1 5 10 0 8 9
,, 26th—16th S. after Trinity 3 0 0 0 12 7
Week Days 0 12 7
Total £6 19 8 £2 14 8
Week Day Classes— Winter Session, 1909-10.
Week-night Classes Drumgor “Men of the Bible” Tuesday 8 The Rector
for Men Hacknahay ,, Tuesday 7.30 Rev. W.R. Crichton
,, ,, Carne ,, Tuesday 8 ,,
Girls' Friendly Edenderry Bible Lesson & Monday 7.45 Miss
Society Missionary Lesson
,, ,, Drumgor Missionary Class Tuesday 8 Mrs.
& Sewing Class
,, ,, Hacknahay Sewing Class & Tuesday 7.30 Miss
Missionary Class (at Miss Calvert’s house)
Bible Class Thursday 7.30 Miss Wilson
“Women of the Bible” (at Hacknahay school)
G.F.S.(Candidates) Edenderry “Children of the Bible” Alternative 3 Miss S
Sat. (Oct 9) Montgomery
,, ,, Drumgor ,, ,, 3.30 Miss
,, ,, Hacknahay ,, ,, 3.30 Miss Wilson
& Miss Neill
On Thursday, September 16th, a Public Lecture
on “Life in the Far West of Canada " was given by
Mr. James M'Kenzie in Edenderry Parochial Hall.
There was a crowded attendance, and great interest
was manifested in Mr. M 'Kenzie, who is a native of
Bridge Street, Edenderry, and whose family, when they
resided in that district some years ago, were very highly
respected. The Rector presided, and after the singing
of a Hymn and Prayer called on Mr. M'Kenzie to
deliver his Lecture. We have seldom seen an audience
so interested in a Lecture. In fact, from beginning to end,
period of an hour and a half, Mr. M'Kenzie kept the
attention of his hearers rivetted to his subject. He vividly
described the difficulties and dangers which he encountered
in the Canadian snows while engaged in Evangelistic work
as a Cathechist in the Diocese of Saskatchewan. His pictures
of Prairie Church life were both interesting and amusing,
and stirred the enthusiasm of all present. At the close of the
Lecture a collection was made in aid of the Funds for
providing Catechists to work amongst the many settlers
in Western Canada. Mr. M'Kenzie exhibited Furs and
other curios which he had brought with him from Canada.
We hope the result of the Lecture will be to kindle a fresh
interest in the colonial work of the Church, which is
becoming more important every day.
At a recent meeting of the Select Vestry it was
decided to consult the parishioners through the
collectors as to whether they would be prepared to
help forward the important scheme for the purchase
of Seagoe Rectory. As there is a good deal of
misunderstanding on the subject the following
explanation may help our readers to understand why
such a scheme has been suggested: —At Disestablishment
it became necessary to purchase the Rectory from
the Government, who by the Act of Disendowment
was selling the Townland of Lower Seagoe, The
Parish could not afford the purchase money amounting
to £950, and so the Representative Church Body
paid the money to the Government. But they have
to get interest on the £950, which they paid, and so
ever since 1870 the Rectors of the Parish have to
pay £33 each year, the amount of interest on the
money. A large number of Parishes throughout
Ireland have raised the money so as to secure their
Rectory houses for the Parish, but nothing has yet
been done by Seagoe. Seagoe Rectory is an
exceptionally interesting old place, and has been a
Rectory for at least 300 years. It is only right and
proper that means should be taken to secure that it
can never be alienated from its present purpose. A
small annual sum given by the Parish each year
added to the sum now paid by the Rector would
enable a sinking fund to be formed, which, in the
course of years, would ensure that the Rectory would
become the property of the Parish. Meetings are at
present being held through the Parish, and members
of the Select Vestry are attending them for the
purpose of explaining matters to the Parishioners.
Our energetic Secretary, Mr. Wolsey Atkinson, is
sparing no effort to make the subject quite clear
to the Parishioners. He is attending and speaking
at all the meetings.
We heartily congratulate Major and Mrs. Blacker
on the birth of their second son. We are sure that
all our readers join in wishing a long, happy, and
prosperous life to the youngest member of the ancient
family of Blacker, who have for eleven centuries been
intimately associated with Seagoe Parish.
The members of Miss Mabel Smith's Sunday
School Class in Edenderry Afternoon Sunday School
have presented her with a handsomely bound
Teacher's Bible on the occasion of her departure from
Portadown. Miss Smith was a most devoted teacher,
and her class regarded her with very affectionate
feelings. We regret her departure, and wish her
much happiness in her new home in Maryborough.
Nature Notes for October.
The Swallows have taken their departure and
those swift wings which for the past six months have
been cleaving the air of Seagoe are now carrying
their owners through the balmier airs of some
southern clime far from the fogs and chills of our
high latitudes. Mr. Leonard Twinem, of Lylo, made
the latest report of their appearance on Thursday,
September 23rd. No swallows have been seen since
then. Ten days before they left, on Sunday, September
9th, the telegraph wires along the railway line were
crowded with swallows evidently gathering for their
southern flight. Mr. George Calvert, and Mr. W. J. Calvert,
counted 35 in one group on September 22nd. Mr. Jas
Davison, of Breagh, was the first to report the arrival
of the swallows this year on Sunday, April 4th, So they
have been with us for a period of six months and nineteen
An interesting observation may be made this month
on the order in which different kinds of trees shed
their leaves. Last spring the ash trees were the last
to break into leafage. Will they be the last to lose
them this autumn?
The extraordinary spell of fine dry weather this
autumn will tend to keep the leaves longer on the
trees. Dragon flies were careering about last week
on some of the days when the sun was hottest.
Harvest Thanksgiving Services.
The Annual Harvest Services have been arranged
for Friday, October 29th, and Sunday, October 31st.
The Preacher on Friday evening will be the Rev. T.
J. McEndoo, M.A., Rector of Dungannon, and on
Sunday the Rev. Bedell Stanford, B.D„ Rector of
Holy Trinity Church, Belfast. The week night
service is on Friday this year instead of Thursday,
the usual day, owing to the fact that the Diocesan
Synod meets this year on the latter day.
We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the
following additional subscriptions to the Hacknahay
Fete: —Mr. Maynard Sinton, £1; Mr John Collen,
D.L., 10/-; Miss Fowler, 5/-.
Mr. James M'Kenzie. late of Canada, addressed
the members of the Edenderry Girls' Class and also
the Men's Class on Sunday, September 12th.
The Edenderry Bible Classes now meet in the
Recreation Rooms, and find them very comfortable.
There is a rumour that the Seagoe Company of
the Church Lads' Brigade is to be re-started this
The attendance at the Sunday evening District
Services is improving. At Drumgor the numbers
are very large.
We have received the prospectus of The Portadown
Technical Institute, and heartily recommend our
young parishioners to attend the classes there. Now
is the time to join.
Our Band of Hope meetings will commence shortly.
We hope also to initiate in the Parish the Forward
Movement recently begun in connection with the
Church of Ireland Temperance Society. In England
the movement has been very successful.
The Rev. Canon Clarendon, B. D., Rector of
Maralin, preached at the Girls' Friendly Society
Festival Service in the Parish Church, on Wednesday,
The Dean of Belfast has kindly consented to
address a meeting of Railwaymen in the Parish at an
Hacknahay Day School has had a record attendance
All copies of the September Magazine were sold in
a few days.
Some of our boys and girls are taking up the work
of distributing the Magazine with great success.
Several new families have come to live in the
Parish during last month.
There is a great scarcity of workers' houses in
Portadown, especially at the Edenderry end. A few
new streets of houses would improve the appearance
of the place and supply a great need.
The Church Attendance Cards for the new quarter
will be issued on Sunday, October 3rd. Sunday School
children should return their Cards for the past quarter
without delay, and see that their names are written on them.
Old Seagoe Notes.
Ancient Vestry Signatures — ln old days before
the art of writing was as widespread as it is to-day,
the members of Seagoe Select Vestry were often
unable to write their names and so had “to make
their mark" instead of signing the vestry records.
Some of these marks are very curious and interesting.
Taking as a sample the sign-marks appended to the
Vestry Register for 1694 the first name is Henry Dynes.
Underneath the name is a figure somewhat resembling
a sword. A little lower down stands the name of Richard
Emmerson and in the middle of it his mark, which
consisted of a circle with the letter X inside it. Richard
Timmons whose name follows had as his mark two curious
figures somewhat resembling "hooks and eyes," one above
and the other below his name, Richard Black in the same list
has a large cross in the middle of his name, and Edward
Thompson has for his sign a capital E inserted between his
christian and surname. In 1695 James Walker's name appears
with a figure somewhat resembling a capital Y in the centre
In 1696 David Simpson was satisfied with a simple stroke like
a capital I, William Wait in 1698 scratches a large M opposite
his name. George Blacker, Churchwarden 1683, appends to
his signature a curious and complicated device like a number
of figures 8 interlaced. Richard Williams in 1714 makes his
mark a capital C reversed. In 1712 John Stephenson,
Churchwarden, draws three short vertical strokes and another
stroke across them. These marks do not always denote
incapacity to write as they are apparently often added even
when the signature is evidently made by the writer himself.
Offertories for July 1723 — The Offertory for Sunday, July 7th,
1723, in Old Seagoe Church was £2, on July 14th, £4, on July 21st,
£3, and on July 28th, 7s 2d. Our ancestors seem to have given more
liberally than their descendants, as our readers may see by comparing
these sums with those recorded in our pages from month to month.
Oldest Marriage Entry. —The oldest marriage entry in Seagoe
Registers is as follows William Mathers and Elizabeth Hall,
married the 28th of October, 1676."
Pews in Seagoe Church, 1725. —The following appears under
the above date—Whereas William Mathers, of Drumgor, has
suffered several Losses, Damages, by Beal and otherwise for me,
I freely give and resign my right title and clame of my seat that I
built in Sego Church which I had an Act of Vestry for and recorded,
in the Vestry book of Sego for which seat I Quitt me, my Heirs,
Executors, Administrators, and Assign all our Right, Title, Interest,
and Cleam for ever to ye sd, William Mathers, his Executors,
Administrators, and Assigns, for, and in Leaf of part of what damage
and loss he has suffered for me by Beal or otherwise, as witness
my hand this 22nd day of January, 1725. Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of Henry Fernan. Signed Francis Hopps.
Seagoe Sundials. —In last month's issue in the article on Sundials
we mentioned that there was a Sundial on the South (Entrance)
porch of the old Church. In the Registers for April 10th, 1710, we
read "for a Dyal 3s 6d." This is evidently the Dial for the Church porch.
The Dial referred to last month made by Malachy Donaldson was
purchased by Mr Henry Livingston at the auction of Archdeacon
Saurin's property after his death, and was given by him to Mr Graham
of the Wood, Kernan, from whom the Rector recently obtained it.
Download and save the “October 1909” seagoe parish Magazine:Download PDF
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.