Seagoe Archives

October 1909


October 1909

Seagoe Parish Magazine

October 1909.


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

without delay.


MR. JAMES ALBIN, Rector's Churchwarden.

MR, JOHN G. GRACEY, People's Churchwarden.

Select Vestry:













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,

Bridge Street.

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

5 years.

,, 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."

Morning. Evening.

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

Public Lecture

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.

The Rectory.

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,

September 29th.


The Dean of Belfast has kindly consented to

address a meeting of Railwaymen in the Parish at an

early date.


Hacknahay Day School has had a record attendance

this month.


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.


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