Seagoe Parish Magazine.
On Thursday, August 26th, the Summer Fete
and Variety Sale was held at Hacknahay School.
We were favoured with fine weather and the
surroundings of the school looked their very best,
Inside the building stalls had been erected, gaily
decorated with the colours of the rainbow and the
recess at the end of the school had been transformed
into a most inviting Tea Room. No trouble had
been spared by the indefatigable ladies who had
charge of the stalls to make the school as nice as
possible for the occasion and everyone who visited
the Sale was astonished at the completeness and
attractiveness of the preparations. At 3 o'clock the
chair was taken by the Rev. J. E. Archer, who in a
short speech explained to those present the object of
the Sale. He described the events which led up to the
re-opening of the School last year and congratulated
the residents of the District on the generous support
which they had given to the venture. The School
had succeeded well both in numbers and efficiency
and there were at present 74 children on the roll.
The Chairman then called on Miss Armstrong to
declare the Sale open. In an eloquent and graceful
speech Miss Armstrong expressed the great pleasure
it gave her to be present on that occasion and
referred to the importance of Education, and to the
need of the school in that district. Having formally
declared the Sale open, Miss Armstrong was presented
by Miss Helen Calvert, on behalf of the Sale
Committee, with a beautiful Bouquet. Major
Blacker, J.P., proposed a vote of thanks to Miss
Armstrong, and in the course of an interesting speech
remarked that though at the beginning he had not
been altogether in favour of opening the School, he
had come to see that it was necessary and would
prove a great advantage to the neighbourhood. He
apologised for Mrs. Blacker's absence and hoped the
Sale would be a great success. The vote of thanks
was seconded by Mr Wolsey Atkinson, who said it
gave him much pleasure to be present and to support
the vote of thanks to Miss Armstrong, who had in so
many ways helped Seagoe Parish. Mr. George
Calvert also said a few words, and thanked all who
had assisted in making the sale a success. The vote
was passed by acclamation.
After the opening the sales proceeded briskly.
Many were present from Portadown, and also from
outlying parts of the Parish, and everyone seemed
anxious to show their sympathy and interest by
making purchases. A capital Concert was given in
one of the rooms at 4-30. The programme had been
arranged by Mr. Chambers and proved very successful.
The room was crowded. One of the items was
done by the school children. The tea tables, which
were in charge of Miss Wilson and her helpers,
could scarcely accommodate the large number who
patronised the Refreshment Stall. Miss Calvert had
a splendid collection of things on the Farm Produce
Stall, and Miss Neill's Variety Stall was also stocked
with a great supply of useful articles. The Cake
Stall presided over by Miss Templeton proved a
great attraction, and towards the end of the evening
almost all the cakes had been sold. The Toy Stall
in charge of Miss Dickson was also a great success.
Mr. James Killow acted as Phrenologist and had
many interested visitors during the day. His
character reading was very cleverly done.
The outdoor amusements were largely patronised.
Mr. Thomas Atkinson had charge of the Shooting
range and was untiring in his efforts. Mr John
England had charge of Aunt Sally and during the
afternoon and evening gave great help. Mr Jas.
Best reaped a good harvest of coppers at the sand
bag competition. The members of the Ballyhannon
Band most kindly played selections during the
evening which were much appreciated. A second
Concert was given at 8-30 and was attended by an
The announcement of the winner of the Gold
Watch was made at 8 o'clock, The fortunate
winner was Miss Fowler, of Portadown, the winning
minute being 3.33. Mr Conn, of Portadown, won
the Clock presented by Messrs Rea & Ross.
The Sale was continued on Friday evening from
7 to 10 and whatever had been left unsold on the
previous day then found purchasers. The outdoor
amusements were also well patronised.
Amongst those who were present at the opening
ceremony we noticed Miss Carleton, Rev J. Taylor,
and the Misses Taylor, Mr Bryson, Mr Acheson,
Rev J. J. O'Malley, etc.
We acknowledge with many thanks the following
subscriptions. Rev Canon Blacker, £5. Miss Armstrong,
Mr. Thos. Armstrong, Mr. W. J, Allen, Mr. W. H.
Atkinson, Rev. W. R. Crichton, £l each, Mr. J. A.
Thompson. Miss Bell (Hillsborough), and
Mr. W. M. Clow, 10/- each. Miss Henderson, 5/-.
Mr. Anderson, per Mrs Frazer, 2/6. Mr. William
Finlay, of Breagh, very generously presented a
valuable Clock, also a large Cake and Chocolates
to the Sale. Miss Georgie Atkinson gave her kind
assistance at the Bran Dip, and Master Norman Robb
brought his pony and allowed it to be used for rides
round the grounds.
We return our heartiest thanks to all who helped.
PROCEEDS OF THE SALE.
We are glad to be able to announce the full result
of the Sale.
Refreshment Stall (Miss Wilson) 10 10 11
Variety Stall (Miss Neill) 9 5 2 ½
Cake Stall (Miss Templeton) 9 0 1 ½
Farm Produce Stall (Miss Calvert) 27 5 0
Amusements 3 19 4
Subscriptions, etc. 20 11 6
Gross Receipts 80 12 1
Expenses 6 1 1
Net Receipts 74 11 0
"Jesus called a little child unto Him."
Aug. 7—Rebecca Jane, daughter of William
and Rebecca Gracey.
„ „ —David Henry, son of Robert James and
„ „ —Sarah Lavinia, daughter of Thomas and
„ „ —George, son of George and Letitia Gillespie.
„ „ —Eva, daughter of Robert and Sarah M'Kerr.
„ „ —John, son of William John and Elizabeth
„ „ —Joseph Conrad, son of Joseph and Meta
„ „ —Moses, son of James and Sarah Simpson.
„ „ —Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Mary
„ —Margaret Jane, daughter of William John
and Margaret Hara
“God is Love."
6th—Henry Forsythe, Seagoe, to Elizabeth
15th—Joseph Robinson, Edenderry, to Mary
“In the midst of Life we are in Death."
Aug. 7th— Robert Charles Browne 35.
Aug. 13th—Thomas Killow, Levaghery, 81,
Aug. 26th—John McClure, Tamnificarbet. 79.
Mr. Thomas Killow, whose death at an advanced
age we regretfully announce this month, was very
well known in the Parish, and especially in
Levaghery, where he had lived all his days. He was
never tired of telling of the old times," and his
memory was so clear that he could relate incidents
that happened sixty or seventy years ago. Although
in feeble health for some years, he still continued to
attend to the work of his farm, and actually died in
the hay-field, where he had been working. We
express our sincere sympathy with his wife and
family in their affliction.
“We give Thee but Thine own."
Aug. 1st - 8th S. after Trinity 1 19 11 0 11 6
,, 8th- 9th S. after Trinity 1 1 3 0 12 2
„ 15th -10th S after Trinity 1 4 3 0 7 1
„ 22nd -11th S. after Trinity 1 5 4 0 11 2
,, 29th -12th S. after Trinity 0 7 8 0 10 0
Wednesdays 0 8 0
£5 18 5 £2 19 11
Last month we had occasion to record an act of
bravery on the part of two residents in the Parish
and again this month it is our pleasing duty to
record two further acts of courage and presence of
mind by two parishioners. Mr. Maxwell Stoops, a
member of the Edenderry Men's Class, performed a
very smart action last month in rescuing a carter in
Bridge Street who had slipped off his load right in
front of the wheels and seemed unable to move out
of his perilous position. Mr. Stoops happened to be
riding past at the moment and seeing the man's
danger instantly dismounted and pulled the unfortunate
man out of harm's way. Had Mr. Stoops hesitated for
a moment probably the man would have been crushed
to death. The second act of bravery was performed
by Mr. Samuel Currie, of Bridge Street. While
bathing in the Bann at the dinner hour, opposite the
Foundry, a companion of his swam across the river
and on trying to swim back got into difficulties.
Mr. Currie at once swam to his assistance, and in
presence of a great number of spectators brought
the unfortunate lad safely to shore. We hope that
both these brave actions will be suitably recognised
and communications with that object in view are
being made to the proper authorities in London.
Mr. Sam Currie is also a member of Edenderry
Men's Bible Class and we think the members are
to be congratulated on having in their midst two
such plucky individuals.
Seagoe Day School.
GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR'S REPORT.
The National Board Inspector (Mr. H. Worsley)
held his annual examination in Seagoe School, on
Thursday, September 2nd. The examination was
most searching, and at the close he reported the
School as "very good," We hope parents will note
this, and we congratulate Mr. Chambers and the
teaching staff very heartily on their success.
Across the Seas.
Every month that passes deprives us of some one
or other of our people through emigration to America.
We begin to think that there are almost more Seagoe
folk in U.S.A. than in Seagoe itself. One of our
most recent losses in this way is Miss Susan Allen,
daughter of our respected parishioner Mr. James
Allen, of Joseph Street, who left for America a few
weeks ago. Susan Allen will be greatly missed from
the choir, and from Edenderry Sunday School, and
from Miss Armstrong's Bible Class. She was a great
favourite ready to assist in Christian work in every
way. She was a most regular member of the Girls'
Friendly Society and took a great interest in the
meetings. Before leaving the Parish she was
presented with a Bible, and Hymn book, and Prayer
Book, by the members of Miss Armstrong's Bible
Class. The presentation was made in Edenderry
Parochial Hall. We wish Miss Allen much blessing
and prosperity in her new home, and can assure her
that the recollection of her Christian example and
influence in Seagoe Parish will not soon be forgotten.
We have also to record the departure of Mr and
Mrs Thomas Webb, who have left our shores for
America. Mr Webb was a member of Edenderry
Men's Class, and also a regular worshipper in the
Parish Church. We wish them a prosperous
experience in the new country.
We hope that those who emigrate to America will
become regular worshippers in the Churches of the
Protestant Episcopal Church of America. In every
city and in most country places they will find the
Church and Clergy just as in our home parishes,
The Rev. W. R. Crichton is spending his holiday
in North Wales.
The Children attending Hacknahay Day School
furnished the toy stall at the recent Sale of Work.
Seagoe Choir will take part in the Choral Festival
at Gilford Church on Saturday, September 11th.
On several Sunday mornings recently the
congregation in the Parish Church has exceeded 500.
The Harvest Thanksgiving Services in Seagoe
will be held on October 29th and 31st.
The new swing at Hacknahay School is a source
of great delight to the children.
The Rev. W. Galway, Curate of Port Glasgow,
Scotland, has been spending a holiday in the Parish.
We are glad to see the Lamp and Fountain in
Edenderry back again in their place.
Portadown did so well last Saturday with closed
Public-houses, it would, we think, be a good thing
to keep them closed all the time.
The Rev J. Taylor is enjoying a holiday at his
home near the Grange. He looks well,
notwithstanding his hard work in Belfast.
Mr. A. McKegnie, of the C.I.Y.M.S., Belfast, has
conducted services in several Districts of the Parish
on Sunday evenings during the past month.
Mr. Green's garden in Edenderry is a great
improvement in the District. The grass and flower
beds are beautifully kept.
The Edenderry Sunday Morning Bible Classes
will meet in the Men's Recreation Rooms on Sunday
morning instead of in the Anchor Cafe.
The Report is issued this week. We recommend
our Parishioners to read it carefully. We are glad
to say that there is a substantial improvement in the
WASPS AND THEIR HABITS. — At this season
of the year when the fruit ripens wasps come about
us in unpleasant numbers. Were it not for their stings,
which are sometimes very freely used, their visits
would be more welcome. In many respects they are
very interesting little creatures. They are extremely
industrious. Lord Avebury (Sir John Lubbock)
has studied their habits very carefully. On one
occasion he began watching a wasp which he had
marked at 6.10 a.m. in the morning. At that hour
the wasp alighted on some honey placed in the
window, and the same wasp visited the honey at
intervals of about 10 minutes until 6 o'clock in the
evening, paying no less than 51 visits in 11 ½
hours. On another occasion another wasp paid no
less than 94 visits in the day. Wasps do not seem to
be able to hear, but they can distinguish colours,
but are less guided by them than bees are. Lord Avebury
says “I have been much struck by the industry of
wasps. They commence work early in the morning,
and do not leave off till dusk, I have several times
watched a wasp the whole day, and from morning to
evening, if not disturbed, they worked without any
interval for rest or refreshment."
THE LAST SWALLOW — Those of our readers who
are fond of observing Nature should endeavour this
month to note the last appearance of the Swallow.
They usually take flight southwards when a strong
northerly wind blows. The Seagoe Swallows
probably winter somewhere in Morocco or Algeria,
that being the land most directly south of this
Old Seagoe Notes.
Drumclogher Hill. —This hill, situated in the
townland of Ballyhannon, has always been a kind of
landmark in Seagoe Parish. It slightly exceeds in
height the highest point of Bocombra townland, being
215 feet above sea level while Bocombra hill is 213
feet, so that when you stand on Drumclogher Hill
you are at the highest point in Seagoe Parish. A
magnificent stretch of country can be seen from its
summit. The hill has an interesting history. It
usually went by the name of Standard Hill in olden
times. In the year 1816 a flagstaff was erected on
it. These were troublesome times and England had
many enemies to face at home and abroad. The
Seagoe Yeomanry were a famous force and ever
ready to obey the call of duty. An alarm post was
stationed on Drumclogher Hill and when the
standard was hoisted it was to be the signal for
the calling together of the Yeomanry to meet a sudden
In these more peaceful days the Hill provides a useful
place for the Reservoir which supplies Portadown with
water. Owing to its elevated position the water flowing
from the reservoir has sufficient force and pressure to
supply the loftiest buildings in Portadown to the top
storey. Drumclogher means Stoney-back."
In old days even before grandfather's Clocks had
been made the people of Seagoe had to know what
o'clock it was. But the familiar tick of the clock
was unknown to them, and the handy pocket watch
had not been invented. No factory syren screamed
out at 6 or 8 or 9 0'clock to summon them to work.
How then did they measure time? It was by Sundials.
On the Ordnance Survey Map of 1834, Sundials
are noted. There was a Sundial at Derryvore. On
the old Church there was a Sundial over the
entrance or South Door. There was also a Sundial
in the Rectory garden. The Rector has in his
possession a Sundial with an interesting inscription.
It is possibly the Sundial that was in the Rectory
garden in old days. The inscription is as follows
“Hora Ruit" (Time Flies) Made by Malachi
Donaldson 1767. After successive changes presented
to Jas. Saurin, A'Deacon of Dromore, 1849. The
Dial is made of slate, octagonal in shape and about
6 inches in diameter.
Edenderry — lncrease of Population.
The increase of population in Edenderry has been
one of the most remarkable features in the history
of Seagoe Parish during the past 70 years. At the
first census of 1841 the population of Edenderry
Townland was 497; in 1851, 629; in 1861, 1140;
in 1871, 1473; in 1881, 1709.
The number of houses in Edenderry in 1841 was
83, and in 1881, 364.
Seagoe Farmers in 1708.
A complete list is extant of those who held 30
acres and over in Seagoe Parish in the year 1708.
Last month we gave a detailed list of holders of land
in Lower Seagoe in 1749, and the month before, of
those who held in Kilvergan. But we now go back
40 years behind that. Here are some of the names:
EDENDERRY—Mr Francis Mathers, John Woolsey,
elder, John Woolsey, ye younger. KILLYCOMAINE—
Mrs. Elizabeth Workman, John Blake, Kellom
Kinningham. BALLINACOR—Timothy Kirk, George
Bell. TANEPHEGLASSON —Thomas Gilphen (Gilpin),
Jas. Chambers, Pat. Best. DRUMINACANVE—George
Whelly, Matthew M'Conne1,
One of the Townlands mentioned in the Return is
Killinirged. The more correct spelling would be
Killinargit, which means Silverwood. Silverwood,
the residence of Miss Cuppaige, near Lurgan, and
which up to 1878 formed part of the Parish of
Seagoe, is apparently a site of considerable antiquity,
the name being an English translation of the old
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