Maghera Past and present – A view of Maghera in 1913

Lower Main Street, Maghera circa 1903 400x254

Maghera Past and present – A view of Maghera in 1913The Larne Times & Weekly Telegraph covered the town of Maghera in an interesting and wonderfully detailed article featured in their 8th November 1913 edition. This was part of their ‘In Ulster towns and villages’ series of articles and gives a wonderfully informative  zeitgeist of Maghera on the eve of World War I:





Progressing to Maghera in continuation of our series of articles on Ulster towns and village the ancient town of St. Lurach is the next natural stopping place after Castledawson and Magherafelt, the outlines of whose history we reviewed last week. If instead of the sequence of geographical situations we had consulted the interests of cultural precedence, Maghera should be given premier place in Derry by way of its rank and standing as the oldest town in the county.

The authority of Lewis, without whose topographical records the country would be much [poorer?] it is not necessary to establish the fact that Maghera is a place of great antiquity. The town to this day bears silent but indisputable testimony, not merely to its existence, but also its great importance, in early epochs of Ireland’s history, when many centres have grown up in the intervening centuries had not taken form from out the forest that covered wide tracts of what is now [ ] pasture land. The Plantation [period marks] the beginning of quite a large [  ] in the northern towns of Ireland. Not such Maghera. Three hundred years have passed into history since first settlers under King James’s scheme of colonisation [mov]ed to the regions watered by the Lower Bann. Twice or thrice three hundred years would not carry us back to the times when Maghera first assumed prominence as a centre of.


 St. Lurach’s Old Church.

Although we are told there is no precise account of the original foundation of an abbey for Canons Regular, believed to have been established there at a very early period, yet it is beyond controversy that at so remote a time as 537 the ancient see of Ardstra or Ardstrath was removed to the town. In the olden times the place was called Machaire Ratha Luraigh- Machaire meaning a plain (as in Magherafelt, the plain of the rushes). Gradually the name changed to its present form, Ratha Luraigh means the fort of Lurach, St. Lurach being the patron saint of the parish. This eminent ecclesiastical, of whom the town has more than one memorial, substantial as well as legendary, throws the mind back to the days of St. Patrick himself. Lurach, like many another Irish saint, was of Royal Lineage, and had close family ties with the patron saint of Ireland. One has but to turn to the ruins of St. Lurach’s Church, happily in an excellent state of preservation, to find abundant confirmation as to Maghera’s importance in the era in which Ireland won its first fame as the home of saints and scholars. The old church and grounds have been the hunting ground of the antiquarian and archaeologist who have written and lectured upon some of its features which have a distinctiveness of their own among Irish ecclesiastical remains. Some portions bear marks of very remote antiquity. The square-headed western doorway, with its representation of the Crucifixion, rudely sculptured in high relief with the company of the apostles, has long fascinated the attention of those who find a delight in the study of these memorials of an age, of which relics are but too few. It has been estimated that the date of this interesting piece of sculptury is between the years 960 and 1,000 A.D.. Lewis, in his indispensible Topographical Dictionary (1837) mentioned not only the fact that in the churchyard are the tomb and pillar of Leuri (or Lurach, but added that the grave of the patron saint was opened early in the last century, when a silver crucifix was found in it, and was carefully replaced. It has been placed on record that this addendum had been better suppressed, as it is related that a couple of thieves came afterwards, opened the grave, and


An information was sworn by the late Alexander Hipson, of Maghera, describing the thieves, and the late Rev. Spencer Knox had them followed to Magherafelt and Moneymore, but unfortunately all traces of them was lost. Readers of the “Ulster Journal of Archaeology” were indebted over ten years ago to the late Mr. A. K. Morrison and to Mr. S. D. Lytle for a copy of the deposition of Hipson, describing the disgraceful act of vandalism, and we take leave to reproduce it here. MADGHS

It was sworn and signed on January 20, 1865, before Mr. J. J. Clarke J.P., at Largantogher, as follows:-

I Alexander Hipson of Maghera in the county of Londonderry carpenter do solemnly & sincerely declare that in or about the year 1839 I think in the month of March I was in the employment of the Rev. James Spencer Knox rector, of the parish of Maghera, when one morning having to pass through the old graveyard on my way from the glebe house to the town of Maghera to buy nails I met two persons dressed like gentlemen in the graveyard, one had a paper in his hand, on which there was writing. He asked was I a native of the town I said I was. He then enquired if there was a long grave in the churchyard in which Saint Lorny was buried. I said I had often heard of it. He again asked if it had a black whin stone for a head stone I told him it had. He looked at the paper and bid the other gentleman to come along. We went together to the grave which I pointed out. He took a rule out of his pocket & measured the grave which he compared with the writing on the paper with it and the headstone. At his request I got him a spade from James Cassidy who was planting potatoes. On giving him the spade he gave me a half crown piece & said to me & Thomas Quinn who had just come up that we might go and have a glass. We went to Billy Crocketts had a glass & divided what was left of the half-crown between us. I then went to Harry Porters the nailer, got the nails & returned  through the graveyard, and there found the two gentlemen filling up the hole in the grave that appeared about 2½ feet long & about 2 ft broad. I don’t know the depth. On the grass was a handkerchief spread out the wind raising it up I saw underneath a cross which might be about 18 inches long. They then left taking the cross with them. I began to think I should tell Mr. Knox & went to the hall door, but he was not in the house. Half an hour after I returned I found him in his study and told what had occurred.  He sent me immediately to the hotel kept by Mr Falls to make enquiry who said, they had been gone for some time, but whether to Moneymore or Magherafelt he could not say. Mr Knox & myself then drove in his gig to Magherafelt but could not find any trace of them there but got a fresh horse & proceeded to Moneymore, with no better success-  came back by Desertmartin to Magherafelt hoping to meet with them Mr Knox having left instructions in Magherafelt to have them detained should they make their appearance there. Mr Knox told me afterwards he had reason to believe they had gone to Dungannon & was greatly displeased with Mr Falls as he blamed him for misleading him.

This is the story which, in point of detail, certainly seems very circumstantial. The resting-place of St. Lurach is marked by a rude whinstone, which is evidently the remains of a cross. The hope has been more than once expressed that some suitable monument should mark the resting-place of Maghera’s patron saint, but this natural and commending desire has not yet been realised. There is a local tradition that an underground passage existed between the old church and the church of Mullagh Hill, about a mile distant. No one, however, has been industrious enough to test the accuracy of tradition by any extensive excavation.


Another reminder of St. Lurach is the well which perpetuates his name to the present day. It is in the centre of the town not far from the principal street, at the entrance of Mr. John Marker’s yard. The well was for a considerable time the principal source of the water supply for the town, but was closed in recent years by the district authorities, and a pump erected over it. The legends concerning the efficacy of the waters of the well, as may well be conceived, are numerous.

Reverting to the earlier times we recall that for nearly 600 years Maghera continued to be the seat of the diocese but in 1158 it was united to the See of Derry and the cathedral church was established in that city. The transference meant more than a mere loss of prestige to the ancient town, for it appears to have declined rapidly in importance after that period, and a few events of historical interest occurred, except occasional depredations during the insurrections of the O’Nials, to whom the surrounding territory belonged. On the plantation of Ulster the lands of the ancient See of Maghera were confirmed to the Bishop of Derry, and other parts of the parish were also assigned by James I to the Mercers’, Vintners’, Salters’, and Drapers’ companies of London, who retained possession till their disposal under the Land Acts of the last few decades. In the war of 1641 Maghera suffered very heavily, being burned by the insurgents under Macdonnell. It was in that terrible period that the ironworks which were established at Drumconready in the reign of Charles I, were destroyed. In 1688 the town, which had scarcely recovered from its former devastation, was assaulted by the Irish adherents of James II, and the inhabitants were compelled to abandon their houses and seek refuge in the city of Derry. 1641 and 1688 are outstanding dates, but much could be written of long periods during which hardships tried the people of Maghera, as well as the country’s inhabitants generally. We must hasten on, however, and come to


Which not unnaturally had its influence upon the folk in and around Maghera. Times were different then, and the general discontent, which was generated by causes which should have been removed, found expression in the well-known incidents of the period. In our reference to the history of Presbyterianism we touch incidentally upon ’98. Suffice here briefly to relate that in Maghera a corps was formed called the Maghera National Guards, which was composed principally of Presbyterians, and a number of Roman Catholics and even a few Episcopalians joined the ranks. The corps was about 5,000, but only a tenth of them had firearms, the remainder carrying pikes, pitchforks, spades, and bludgeons. They assembled at Crewe Hill on the 7th June, 1798, but owing to the defeat of the other corps of United Irishmen in the neighbourhood when the soldiers put in an appearance they disbanded. Some of the leaders escaped to America. Walter or “Watty” Graham was not so fortunate. He found shelter in Limavady, but was betrayed, and brought back to Maghera, where he was hanged, the place of his execution in the Square being pointed out to the present day. His servant man, reputed to be dull-witted, was ordered to proclaim at intervals as his master’s head was carried on the top of the pole through the streets- “Behold the head of a traitor”. The man, whether intentionally or not is not known, cried out,


Many of the people emigrated to America at these times. England had cause to regret her misrule of the country afterwards. In America the Ulster people proved England’s most bitter enemies when that country was wrested from the British. It is a well-known fact that the Declaration of Independence was principally signed by Irish Presbyterians. Two of the signatories on that historic roll are Charles Thompson and a man named Hawthorne, two Maghera Presbyterians. Only two of the signatories added any address, and one was Thompson, who was proud to place Maghera after his name.


It is a long skip from 1798 to 1913, but in the interests of space we are compelled to make it. As we have said, Maghera is a town which can boast an historic continuity that none of its neighbours can eclipse. While proud of its almost unique record in this respect, the town by no means lives in the past, its inhabitants being animated by a spirit of progressiveness that has left its impress in many directions. It enjoys the reputation of being the most progressive market town in South Derry. Modern Maghera is improving materially both as regards size and importance. The installation of electric light is one of the indications of its up-to-dateness.


By far the most important event in recent times was the establishment of the new handkerchief embroidery works in Hall Street by Messrs. Glendinning, McLeish & Co., Belfast, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction. The advent of this industry as thus introduced holds encouraging potentialities for the future, and will be destined to mark a new era in the history of the town. The splendid structure in fine modern style means more than an ornate addition to Maghera’s buildings, but will prove a boon to the people around, as the prosperity of the works will reflect its influence on the town in an altogether gratifying way. The number of hands employed at present s necessarily somewhat limited, but larger schemes are in the air, including the erection of a large factory, into which the girls, after training in the embroidery works, will be qualified to pass. We trust, with every well-wisher of the town, that nothing will stand in the way of expansion and development. Our illustrations include one or two representations of machine embroidery as carried on in the interior of the well-lighted and pleasantly-ventilated works. The Juxtaposition on the same page of such widely differing views as that of the old Abbey Church and of those depicting his recent industrial development may seem to savour of the incongruous. And yet is there not in them a faithful reflex of Maghera- the one representing the glory of its storied past and the other pointing to the hopes of a brightening future?

A word or two must be said in regard to the churches. The present parish church, of which the respected incumbent is Rev. A. H. Maturin, dates back to 1820. The exact date upon which the last services were held in the old church is not known, but it is likely that the devotions of the church people were conducted there up to the consecration of the present church. The inscription on a stone above the doorway of the modern parish church reads:








Colonel Clark has recalled the fact that his late father, who was born over a century ago, worshiped in the old church. Compared with its venerable predecessor, the “new” parish church is but an “infant”, and yet in a few short years the centenary of its consecration will be celebrated!


Columns could be written, and indeed, have been written, of the history of Presbyterianism in Maghera. To the researches of Mr. S. Lytle, a leading merchant of the town, the community owes much for the information which from time to time he has brought to light concerning former times not alone in regard to the Church of which he is an honoured member, but in regard to the general history of the town. As Mr. Lytle pointed out on a public occasion over five years ago, the Presbyterian Church in Maghera has a history in many respects unique. The church was on two occasions closed by a partial Government, once it was burned, and in 1798 it was used as temporary quarters by the Tipperary Militia. The first mention that can be found of the Maghera congregation was in 1665, when a Mr. Anthony Kennedy, of Templepatrick was sent to supply the pulpit for two Sabbaths. The first minister appointed was Robert Rowan, who was placed in charge in 1658, but, after the restoration, which occurred a short time after his appointment, he went over to the Episcopalian Church and became rector of Maghera. The Presbyterian Church was closed, but the congregation continued their worship in a building accommodating 500 people provided by Major Montgomery, a member of the Established Church. For his catholicity of spirit the major was arrested- such was the spirit of tolerance in those early times. The succession of ministers till the famous Dr. Glendy was- Rev. James Kirkpatrick, Rev. John Tomb, Rev. Archibald Boyd, Rev. James Dykes, and Rev. David Smylie. In 1785 the church was removed to its present site from Fair Hill, where one of the foundation stones of the former building is to be seen. The name of Rev. Dr. Glendy, who was a man of outstanding abilities, stands out conspicuously on account of the prominent position he took in the rebellion of 1798. Upon the disabilities of the Presbyterians and all religious bodies except the Established Church and the causes of the ’98 rising it is happily not for us to dwell here, as they are common history. There is no evidence to show that Dr. John Glendy was not a United Irishman, but there is not the slightest doubt that he was in thorough sympathy with their principles. He was, accordingly, a marked man. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and when the soldiers arrived at his house, which occupied the site of Mr. Henry Shiver’s house, they found Dr. Glendy had escaped. Hs house and property was burned, and the doctor found refuge in “The Grove”, where Mr. Wilson now resides. He eventually made good his escape in feminine garb, and in Baltimore, America, founded a church, over which he presided for many years. He became acquainted with Thomas Jefferson, then


Who became his friend, and in 1805 Glendy was appointed chaplain of the House of Representatives, and in 1815 served the Senate in the same capacity. Dr. John Glendy’s successors in the pastorate of Maghera were Rev. Charles Kennedy, ordained 29th July, 1801 ; Rev. Smylie Robson, 16th June, 1843 ; Rev. Dr. Witherow (afterwards professor in Magee College), 1st October, 1845 ; Rev. Dr. Leitch (now President of Assembly College, Belfast), 2nd October, 1866; Rev. R.H.F. Dickey, B.D. (now Professor in Magee College), 26th January, 1880 ; Rev. Dr. Hall (who afterwards took up duty in Colbrooke Row, London, and Coleraine), 16th September, 1891 ; and Rev. Dr. Magill, 4th February, 1900, who resigned in 1903, when he was appointed professor in Toronto, and is now Minister of Agriculture in Canada. The present minister is Rev. Wm. McMurray, who was ordained on March 3, 1904. It is not out of place to add that during Mr. McMurray’s pastorate many improvements have been effected. What is practically a new entrance to the church has been made, at a cost of about £400, while there has been purchased an acre of ground adjoining for a graveyard. A wall has been built all around, and stabling and coach-houses, for the use of country members, have been provided, while electric light has been installed in the church. Among many others, the following may be mentioned as having been at one time members of Maghera Presbyterian Church- The Rev. Dr. Cooke, who was baptised by the Rev. Dr. Glendy in the Presbyterian Church; Rev. Jackson Graham, Rev. William McCullaugh, Rev. Joseph Barkley, Cormany ; Rev. Thomas Lyttle, Sandymount, Dublin ; and the Rev. Robert G. Milling, Ballinahinch ; also Judge Barkley, all of whom have passed away. Rev. John Macmillan, late Moderator of Assembly ; the Rev. Dr. Patterson, of May Street, Belfast; Professor Woodburn, of Magee College ; and Rev. James Woodburn, of Castlerock, were also members of the church in former days.


Amongst the men of wide renown who claimed the neighbourhood of Maghera as the place of their nativity and upbringing, foremost place will be given to the late Rev. Henry Cooke, D.D., L.L.D., the eminent Presbyterian orator and theological controversialist. Dr. Cooke was born on the 11th may, 1788, in a cottage, traces of which no longer remain, in the townland of Grillagh, about a mile and a half north of the town. His father’s house stood on the declivity of a hill. The road to Coleraine then passed over the summit of the hill ; now the new road winds around the base, and on the sloping ground between the old road and the new road was placed the mansion. Like almost every other great leader of men, Cooke was of humble origin. The stock from which he sprang, though poor as the world estimates wealth, was rich in independence and industry. His father was a farmer and his mother had been a farmer’s daughter. By fidelity to their common task they were enabled to transmit to their children, of whom Henry was the youngest, the priceless inheritance of a stainless and honoured name. Much of his stock-in-trade as an orator was inherited, his attractive appearance and his marvellous powers of memory. His speeches were word pictures that dazzled the eyes of all with their beauty. His mind was a galaxy, not of old masters, but of original works of art, whose colour and technique nevertheless revealed an intimate acquaintance with all the best. Neither as a lad at school nor as a youth at college did Cooke display any evidence of the great powers that lay slumbering in his soul, yet, though uncapped with academic honours, he did not go empty away, but carried with him a taste for reading, combined with a knowledge of how to read, which were the highest accomplishments in the gift of a university. As a boy Cooke had witnessed the horrors of the ’98 times, and they left a deep impress on his young mind. Thus he became the confirmed antagonist of every liberal sentiment and the consistent supporter of the powers that were. His college days having drawn to a close, he was ordained, though only in his twentieth year, as assistant and successor to the Rev. Robert Scott at Duneane, a settlement which turned out anything but happily. It could hardly have been otherwise, the two men being as far removed as the poles from one another in temperament and ability. Scott not only held Arian views, but discharged his duties with apathy. Cooke was evangelical and deeply interested in his mission and in his message. He deemed it wise to resign, and after a short interval, occupied as a tutor, he was installed in Donegore, a large and important congregation of about 500 families. The spheres of his subsequent labours were Killyleagh to Belfast. His reply to the Rev. J. Smithurst, which was the beginning of the struggle between Arianism and orthodoxy, culminated in the great debate that took place in Lurgan on the 30thof June, 1829. The one political act of Dr. Cooke’s life , which gave most satisfaction to his brethren, was the bold stand which in 1841 he made against the Repeal of the Union, his challenge of Daniel O’Connell to a public discussion of the whole subject, a challenge which the “Liberaltor” deemed prudent to decline, enhanced his already great popularity. Had Dr. Cooke been guided by no higher motive than the ambition of worldly success he would have sought some more conspicuous field than a remote province in Ireland for the exercise of his great and varied powers. A Scottish parish, a London congregation, a seat in the House of Commons were positions quite within his reach at an early period of his career. But on principle he shut out all such suggestions, and gave his undivided strength to the Church in whose membership he was born, and to the community among whom his lot had been cast. For the last 40 years of his life he was the most conspicuous personage not only in Belfast, but in Ulster. When at the close of a long and laborious life death called him away (13th December, 1868), the whole province did him honour in a manner such as was never shown to any man who hitherto died in Ulster. Belfast buried him with the burial of a king.

Rev. Dr. Adam Clarke, the famous Biblical commentator, was a native of Maghera district, having been born at Moybeg in 1760. Although as a lad he received a very sparse education he blossomed forth into one of the most learned divines of the Wesleyan connexion, a man distinguished for the remarkable variety of his gifts, especially as a linguist. He was president of the Conference three times, an almost unique record. His great work was his commentary, the first volume of which appeared in 1810, and the last in 1826. By special request of the British and Foreign Bible Society, he prepared their Arabic Bible. Dr. Clark was offered a bishopric in England, but declined it. He died of cholera in London in 1832.

Hall Street (Wth RIC baracks)    Hall Street National School


We approach the end of our review with a brief allusion to some spots of interest in the neighbourhood. About an English mile from Maghera, at Tirnoney, there is a very fine cromleac, near to which Lewis says there is an artificial cave formed of field stones and covered with flags; but that there is a souterrain there is doubtful. To the northwest of the cromleac, about 200 yards distant, there are the ruins of Killelagh old church, a very ancient structure, but unfortunately no reliable record can be found regarding its erection. The building, like so many others, is stated to have been destroyed in the wars of 1641 by the Earl of Tyrone and subsequently rebuilt. Lying close to the wall of the churchyard is a large flat stone, 3ft. by 4ft., and about 6in. thick, with two basin-shaped cavities. Close to this old church is a very fine rath, with one circumvallation. About two miles farther there is a sweathouse in Tirkane, with a well a few yards distant from its entrance. The favourite explanation of this sweathouse is that it was used to perform the purpose of Turkish baths, and as a cure for rheumatism and kindred complaints. A fire was lighted on its flagged floor, and when well heated, the fire was cleared out, and after the patient had dipped himself in the well, he was closed up in the house until he perspired profusely, with beneficial results. There are several other places in the neighbourhood of traditional interest, such as giant’s graves- one in Slaghtnail and one in Corlecky, also the remains of what is said to be one of the places of some of the Irish kings in Granaghan. At there is a very large and perfect rath at Dunglady. It is encompassed by treble walls and a trench, but unfortunately, there are no records regarding its occupation. It is said to be one of the most perfect in Ireland, and commands a most extensive view of the surrounding country. There are several other raths and forts in the parish. Numerous celts, swords, spear heads, and ornaments of bronze and brass have been found in the parish and vicinity.

In a sketch like the foregoing much has necessarily been omitted, but we trust we have indicated, even in a general way, sufficient to show that if Maghera had been excluded a prominent place in our present series the omission would have been grave and unpardonable.

St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland Baptisms (1786-1838)

St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland Baptisms (1786-1838). Please bear in mind that this information was taken from microfilm which was extremely difficult to read, due in part to the hap hazard way the original rectors recorded the information and partly due to the microfilming itself. The best tanscription possible has been attempted, but errors may (and probably have) occurred.

Date of BaptismName of ChildFather's ForeameFather's SurnameMother's ForenameMother's SurnameResidenceFather's OccupationMinister's CommentTranscriber Comments
7 Apr 1786James William PhillipsEstherBallinahone
25 Sep 1787WilliamWilliamReadMargaretKnocknakielt
30 Sep 1787JosephFrancisLoudenJaneMaghera
2 Oct 1787JaneAudkly?Magill??JaneHoustonTamneymullan
7 Oct 1787EleanorThomasPettigrewMaryMaghera
18 Oct 1787Sarah ThomasMulhollandOlivia?Maghera
1? Nov 1787ArthurAbrahamDuganAgnesMaghera
4 Nov 1787JaneRobertWalkers?SarahMaghera
4? Nov 1787Andrew John ClarkSarahGooladuff Gulladuff
22 Nov 1787WilliamJamesElliotMaryCrigadickCraigadick
25 Nov 1787MargaretWilliamGlenholmeSarahBeagh
28 Nov 1787Thomas JohnHughCahanEstherMaghera
10 Dec 1787Richardson?W. JohnAverilEstherBarclayFather: Lurganagoose / Mother: Maghera
3? Jan 1788ElizabethMatthewLoganAnneUpperlane
20 Jan 1788????hAlexanderMcKenna?Mary?Maghera
26 Jan 1788WilliamRichardBroal?SarahTamneymullan
6 Feb 1788JohnAndrewMary?Travillenit does look like 'Travillen' but I am unaware of this place
12 Feb 1788PatrickBLANKBLANKCatherineMcShaneMoneysharvin
12? Feb 1788JamesJames?AnneMaghera
24 Feb 1788SamuelWilliamThompsonMaryClarkFather: Castledawson / Mother: Belly..??
1 Mar 1788ElizabethJohn MitchellFrancesMaghera
21 Mar 1788ElizabethBLANKBLANKMaryMcSarlan??manger???
30 Mar 1788IsabellaWilliamChurchMaryMaghera
18 Apr 1788GreggJamesSheil?JaneDrummuck
19 Apr 1788HenryEdwardLoganMaryCrew
2 May 1788ElizabethThomasVance?ElizabethGooladuff
3 May 1788RobertRobertBroxton?AnneYoungHillhead
18 May 1788Rowley ThomasScottMargaretBeagh Spiritual
24 May 1788Sarah Robert ClarkSarah StewartMaghera
1 Jun 1788ThomasWilliamBrookesCatharionMaghera
4 Jul 1788JaneRichardCreightonAnneMaghera
5 Jul 1788ArchibaldHughScottElizabethSwatragh
12 Jul 1788JohnJohnKemphillMaryMoneymoreHemphill is a name around Garvagh, but this is written like 'Kemphill'
18 Jul 1788JamesWilliamBoydMaryTirnoney
23 Jul 1788SamuelJohnBrownAgnesKnocknakielt
27 Jul 1788EleanorGeorgeBuchanonEleanorMaghera
27? Jul 1788ElizabethJamesBrananMargaretMagheraNo date recorded. I assume it's the same date as the one above
10 Aug 1788JaneJohnKemphillMaryMoneymoreLooks even more like 'Kemphill' than the one above (12th July 1788)
24 Aug 1788MaryJohnMcGuichanEleanorMaghera
2 Sep 1788SarahJames McKennaMaryGrahamFather: Aghagaskin / Mother: Crew
10 Sep 1788ThomasJohn NorrisMarthaSwatragh
14 Sep 1788MargaretWilliamMcMullinMaryGooladuff Gulladuff
5 Oct 1788MaryHenryMackrilMaryBallinahone
12 Oct 1788JohnRobertMcMullinMaryBallynacrush?Ballinacross?
12? Oct 1788David JohnAveril?AnneMcCarrol?LurganagoosNo date recorded. I assume it's the same date as the one above
26 Oct 1788Jane ElizabethWilliamRiceJaneCrigadickCraigadick
9 Nov 1788SamuelSamuelLoganCampbellTamneymullan
21 Nov 1788MaryJosephLoganCatherineApportaneAmportaine
23 Nov? 1788RebeccaCharlesMcGuichanElizabethMaghera
7? Dec 1788JamesFrancisStuartMaryGooladuff
19 Dec 1788RobertJohnMcCagheyMarthaBallinacruck?Not sure - perhaps Ballinacross?
31 Dec 1788WilliamJamesMartinAnneBallinacruck?Not sure - perhaps Ballinacross?
15 Jan 1789WilliamJohnWalkinshawElizabethFallahery? ?????
21 Jan 1789RachelRobertCampbellMargaretUpperlane
25 Jan 1789MarthaJamesCrawfordJaneBroagh, Termonene
13 Feb 1789ElizabethJohnDowningCatherineLemnaroy?, Termonene
15 Feb 1789RachelRichard?BrookeSarahTamneymullan
15? Feb 1789ElizabethJohnMillerMargaret?McMullin?Father: Ballin???? / Mother: Ballinahone?
19 Feb 1789SusannaHughKaneEsther?Maghera
21 Feb 1789MargaretAlexanderCowanMaryCrew
1 Mar 1789MosesMoses???MarianMillikenBallin????
21 Ma 1789GeorgeGeorgeLappinJaneBallinacrum???Not a townland in this or any surrounding parish!! Maybe Ballinacross??
22 Mar 1789RobertRobertWorkmanAgnes?Maghera
26 Mar 1789JohnJohnGordonJane???aghGrillagh??? It's unclear
2 Apr 1789??? (son of)James????AgnesDreenanlooks a bit like Munro??
4 Apr 1789EstherDowningDreenan
14 Apr 1789AnneAlex?ElizabethA black line runs through this entry. I don't know if it's on the microfilm or on the original ledger page..
7 May 1789David JamesPaulSarahMullagh, Termonene
20 May 1789JamesBLANKBLANKCatherineBLANK???
24 May 1789MaryWilliam?Torens???ElizabethTobberideToberhead?
24? May 1789MaryAlexanderMontgomuryJaneBallinacarush?Ballinacross?
31 May 1789MaryHugh????Anne?Maghera
4 Jun 1789Mary AnnHenryMcHenry?MargaretMaghera
17 Jun 1789Elizabeth JamesNorrisMarySwatragh
21 Jun 1789ElizabethFrancisLoudenJaneMaghera
26 Jun 1789SarahAdamKatherinMary???? ?????It LOOKS like 'Katherin'!! Maybe a misheard 'Caugherin'
3 Aug 1789MarthaRobert???Mary???
11 Aug 1789JohnGeorge???MargaretUpperlane
14 Aug 1789RoseJamesHipson?AnneMaghera
23 Aug 1789MargaretJames ShepherdMaryDrumuckA black line runs through this entry. I don't know if it's on the microfilm or on the original ledger page..
8 Sep 1789JamesAndrewDunbarJaneTamneymullan??
10 Sep 1789SarahJohnBracken??CatherineMagheraHard to discern.. It looks like 'Bracken'.. Not sure
1? Oct 1789JaneThomasMcWhirterMaryGorteade
13 Oct 1789CatharinePhilipKening?MagaretMaghera
21 Oct 1789JohnGeorgeDowningElizabethDreenan
26 Oct 1789MaryJamesDonell??MaryBallinahoneSurname is hard to make out..A black line runs through this entry. I don't know if it's on the microfilm or on the original ledger page..
15 Nov 1789Robert?WilliamWalshJaneMaghera
15? Nov 1789JamesThomasRichardson?MargaretMaghera
2? Dec 1789DanielDaniel?????aghSarahConnorBoth of Maghera
15 Dec 1789IsabellDavidPoole??MargaretTamneymullin?
22 Dec 1789JaneDanielMackrelElizabethBallinahone
27 Dec 1789Robert Hugh KainMaryMaghera
3 Jan 1790AnneThomasMulholland?Olivia?MagheraInk blot on start of surname.. 'Mulholland' fits (from previous entry.. Right parents firstnames)
7 Feb 1790SarahRobert??Jane????Can't make it out
27 Feb 1790MarthaJohnSmithMaryBallinihone
18 Mar 1790EstherJamesMarlinMaryBallincrush
25 Mar 1790MaryJamesSteelJaneDrummuck
6 Apr 1790AgnesWilliamBrookesCatherineMoneymore
11 Apr 1790Mary Ann Andrew SearightMaryMaghera
10 May 1790SarahEdwardLoganMaryCrew
22 May 1790SusannaJamesLeichElizabethSwatragh
6 Jun 1790MaryPatrickMaguire?MaryGorteadeor could be Maguin
7 Jun 1790Thomas John ClarkSarahGooladuff Gulladuff
20 Jun 1790HughFrederickMulhollandElizabethMaghera
25 Jun 1790FrancisFrancisStewartMaryGooladuff
27 Jun 1790WilliamWilliamNorrisElizabethSwatragh
30 Jun 1790Elizabeth James NorrisMarthaSwatragh
17 Jul 1790RobertJohnStinsonJamesBallinahoneNo, NOT an error! Entry says "July 17 Robert...Son of John & James Stinson of Ballinahone'.. Someone as got confused SOMEWHERE along the way!!!
13 Aug 1790StuartWilliamReadMaryKnocknikiltKnocknakielt
15 Aug 1790Alexander Hugh ScottElizabethSwatragh
22 Aug 1790MaryArchibaldMcIlpatrickMargaretMcIlpatrickCraigm...Craigmore
10 Sep 1790SamuelAlexanderLawrenceElizabethTullykeerinAlmost looks like 'Samial'
13 Sep 1790MaryJamesShielMaryCrigadickCraigadick
22 Sep 1790Henry?JamesBrannonMargaretMaghera
28 Sep 1790JamesJamesHipson?Anne?Maghera
6? Oct 1790JaneThomasCampbellElizabethMaghera
21 Oct 1790JohnJohnMcGuiganMarthaBallinahone
5 Nov 1790ThomasJamesHughesSarahBallymackilcurr
12? Nov 1790JamesPaulWhiteMary?CrigadickCraigadick
?? Nov 1790WilliamAbrahamDougalAnnMaghera
30? Nov 1790CharlesEdwardChurchJaneGuthryCrew
26 Dec 1790JohnWilliamWalkinshawAnneMagawBoth of Ballinock
31 Dec 1790Thomas Nathaniel MackrelElizabethBallinahone
25 Jan 1791Hannah Henry MackerillMaryBallinahone
6 Feb 1790JamesThomasNeillyMargaretCarricknakielt
10 Feb 1791John John Graham Mary McElhoneFather: Slaghtybogie / Mother: Curragh
13 Feb 1791IsaacWilliamMcReadyMarthaBoone als SmithFather: America / Mother: Ballinahone
14 Feb 1791JohnJohnHaysJaneDoheryFather: Knocknakielt / Mother: Mullagh
14 Feb 1791JaneJohnHaysJaneDoheryFather: Knocknakielt / Mother: Mullagh
15 Feb 1791ElizabethJosephShannonLillyMaghera
15? Feb 1791Anne JaneWilliamDavisonMarthaMaghera
27 Feb 1791AdamDavidRiddleMargaretKnocknakielt
24 Mar 1791David William BoydMaryTirnoney
7 Apr 1791JaneThomasAtkinsSarahMaghera
10 Apr 1791MarthaSamCassidyMargaretMcRlaneFather: Maghera? / Mother: BallinahoneWritten as Caϸidy
13 Apr 1791JaneGeorgeDowningElizabethDreenan
16 Apr 1791John Robert ClarkSarahMaghera
19 Apr 1791??? (son of)DavidBradleyMarySlattybogy
19? Apr 1791WilliamRobertCarsonMaryBallina???k
23 Apr 1791MathewBLANKBLANKMaryMooreCraigmore
10 May 1791DanielHenryMcReadySarahTircane
22 May 1791Esther William PhillipsEstherBallinahone
27 May 1791MaryJohnHolmesMargaretMooreFather: Garvagh / Mother: Craigmore
1 Jun 1791FrancisHugh KainMaryMaghera
5 Jun 1791SarahWilliamBrannonMaryMaghera
5? Jun 1791MarthaThomasSmirlAnneGrillagh
9 Jun 1791SamuelSamuelStuartSarahConnorFather: Termoneny / Mother: Slatybogy
12? Jun 1791NealJohnMcKeownMargeryUpperlane
12? Jun 1791MaryWilliamHazlett?CharlotteDrumballyhagan
12? Jun 1791CatharineFrancisLoudonJaneMaghera
13 Jun 1791MargaretWilliamWilliamsonIsabell????
9 Aug 1791WilliamRobertClarkMary????
11 Aug 1791ElizabethThomasJohnstonElizabethCrew
14 Sep 1791ElizabethJohnBookisle??Sarah????
22 Sep 1791JohnAlexanderCowan?MaryBallymackilcurr
15 Oct 1791WilliamJohnMillerEphy??Knocknakielt
6 Nov 1791RalphGeorgeLapsley?JaneBallynacross
12 Nov 1791GeorgeGeorgeDobbinJaneMcGuiganFather: Randalstown Mother: Maghera
24 Nov 1791CatherineRobert KainEleanor GallagherMullagh
27 Nov 1791MaryAndrewGalbraithMaryMaghera (at ???)
9 Dec 1791SarahCharlesMaddenMargaret?Maghera
11 Dec 1791Alexander HughMcKeowenMaryCurragh
16? Dec 1791Alexander ??Mark??????RebeccaMullagh
16? Dec 1791JohnJohnMcCordAnneMaghera
22 Dec 1791ElizabethJohnDunbarCatherineTamneymullan
4 Jan 1792MarthaWilliamGiven?Jane?Ballinacross?
22 Jan 1792MargaretJamesWhiteMary Drips???
23 Jan 1792JamesJohnBarry?AnneMaghera?
11 Feb 1792AnneWilliamReedJane????
26 Feb 1792ElizabethRobertDorking?AnneMaghera
4? Mar 1792AnneJamesMeek?JaneDrummuck?
4? Mar 1792JosephThomasVance?Elizabeth???
14 Mar 1792MaryJamesMartinJane?????
2 Apr 1792ThomasJohnNeilsonCatherine????
14 Apr 1792MargaretPhilip?????Tamara????????
15 May 1792AnneThomas??????????
27 May 1792JamesHughBarclayAnneMaghera
30 May 1792MarySamuelStewart????????
10 Jun 1792WilliamAndrewDunbarJaneTamneymullan??
1 Jul 1792MaryThomasCarsonMary???????
1? July 1792AnneWilliamKidd??MargaretL??????
15 Jul 1792GeorgeThomas ScottMargaretsl?????
15? Jul 1792MaryBLANKBLANKAnn?Right?Maghera
22? Jul 1792WilliamWilliamGlenholmeSarahCarricknakielt
24 Jul 1792ArchibaldJamesMorran????CatherineCrueCrew
25 Jul 1792SusanJamesHughesSarahCrue ???? ???? ???Crew
30 Jul 1792JaneJohnJohnstonAgnesMaghera?
1 Aug 1792EleanorJohnGarran?????AnneGrillagh
5 Aug 1792EleanorWilliamSinclairAnne RocksFather: Molyshanare / Mother: Maghera
9 Aug 1792James GlenholmeJohnMcTullyRachelMaghera
11 Aug 1792RobertRobertMagawAgnesWilsonFather: Maghera / Mother: Crue (Crew)
26 Aug 1792WilliamJohnMcTool? (McTod?)MaryDunglady
30 Aug 1792ClothworthyJamesMillikenJaneCourtneyFather: Knock-cloghran / Mother: BallintoyKnockloughrim & Ballintoy (must be County Antrim)
5 Sep 1792GeorgeThomasNeelyMargaretCarricknakielt
6 Sep 1792JohnBenjaminCrocketSarahCrueCrew
21 Sep 1792JaneWilliamMcReadyMaryMaghera
22 Sep 1792JamesPeterBen (or Beri)MaryLurganagoose
28 Sep 1792MaryEdwardLoganMaryCrue
1 Oct 1792Jane Hugh MontgomeryLillyCarricknakielt
1? Oct 1792WilliamMatthew S?HarnMaryAllen" Co. Cash lampl "It LOOKS like that.. Perhaps " cocash, lampl " it doesn't make sense to me (at this moment in time!)
2? Oct 1792JohnThomasMawhurterMaryBallynacrush?Ballinacross?
14 Oct 1792Hannah JamesKennedyRoll?CrueHer name LOOKS like 'Roll' perhaps ' Ron' .. Neither of which seem like a ladies' name.. Hmmm...
21 Oct 1792Thomas William PhillipsEstherBallinahone
1 Nov 1792LetitiaJamesAndersonBLANKGuager? Of Maghera
4 Nov 1792HenryHenryMcHenryMargaretMaghera
11 Nov 1792JaneRobertHemphillMargaretMullagh
14 Nov 1792ThomasFrancisHansert?MaryGooladuff A black line runs through this entry. I don't know if it's on the microfilm or on the original ledger page..
18 Nov 1792JaneWilliamBrookeCatharineMonymore
2 Dec 1792WilliamGeorgeDowningElizabethDreenan?
18 Dec 1792KiverKiverArmstrongMaryCounty of TyroneBoth the son and father SEEM to be KIVER, a name unknown to me.. But that's what it LOOKS like!
6 Jan 1793MaryDavidBurnsSarahBallinacrush
6? Jan 1793MaryAbrahamDougalAnneMaghera
12 Jan 1793ElizabethJamesThomsonMaryBallynacrush
12? Jan 1793ArchibaldArchibaldLoganAnne? Upperlane
14 Jan 1793JonathanJamesBrannonMargaretMullagh
14 Jan 1793Andrew JamesBrannonMargaretMullagh
20 Jan 1793NeillA foundling
27 Jan 1793HughAndrewHenryMaryKnocknakielt
27? Jan 1793MaryDavidEarlMargaretTamneymullin
7 Feb 1793EdwardJamesBaxterMaryDerganagh
10 Feb 1793GraceJohnScalesMaryTamneymullin
22 Feb 1793Hannah William BoydMaryTirnoney
9 Mar 1793WilliamJamesNorrisMarySwatragh
21 Mar 1793JamesJohnDoghertySarahFalgarevy
21? Mar 1793AnneJohnArrellMargaretMillikenFather: Cabragh / Mother: Derganagh?
25 Mar 1793WilliamMatthewElliotAnneBallinacrush
7 Apr 1793Margaret RobertJas.McCoskeyMargaretBLANKMargaret was first written, then struck through and 'Robert son of' inserted
7? Apr 1793RobertFrancisLoudenJaneMaghera
14 Apr 1793AnneRobertMcCauslandMaryCraigmore
19 Apr 1793AlicePatrickMcGuinJaneGorteade
25 Apr 1793SarahHenryRaineyMargaretDrummuck
25? Apr 1793JohnMatthewLoganJaneUpperllane
12 May 1793JohnHenryMcReadyJaneKillelagh
14? May 1793JamesFrancisMarshJaneMaghera
19 May 1793MaryRobertCarsonMaryBallinacrush
29 May 1793MargaretPaulWhiteMaryApportlane
29? May 1793FrancisFrancisLoaneMargaretCarlanFather: Tullykeeran / Mother: of the same place
2 Jun 1793ElizabethAdamMcMilins?MaryDerganaghor Mothilins... But McMilins seems more plausable
5 Jun 1793ElizabethHenryJenkinsonAliceMcTaneBallymackillcurrLooks like ' MTane '
11 Jun 1793Eleanor JaneWilliamGibsonJaneApportlane
16 Jun 1793Nathaniel Nathaniel MackrelElizabethBallinahone
20 Jun 1793JohnJohnMon?MaryCullnadyThe name LOOKS like 'Mon' .. Maybe 'More'.. Hard to decide
22 Jun 1793StewartJamesWisnerRachelBallinahone
22 Jun 1793WilliamJamesWisnerRachelBallinahone
22? Jun 1793ArchibaldArchibaldHawMarthaBallynacrush
24 Jun 1793JohnThomasLeckerBridgetCarrownenagh
1 Jul 1793JohnSamuelRaineyJaneRocktown, Ballinacraig
3 Jul 1793BernardCharlesDuffinMargeryBallydollaghan, near Garvagh
6 Jul 1793SarahArthurO' DonaghyHonora??nger??Daught of Arthur & Honora o Donaghy'.. I am ASSUMING it is O' Donaghy.. Could just be Donaghy
17 Jul 1793John James PaulMaryMoneymore
19 Jul 1793JohnWilliamMcMullanJaneCrue
19 Aug 1793CharlesJohnDawsonA. H. Maghera
19? Aug 1793EstherCharlesLaddon?MargaretMaghera
31 Aug 1793AgnesRobertElliotHannahFarrilFather:Slatybogy / Mother: Carricknakielt
31? Aug 1793MaryWilliamCourtneyMaryBallinahone
2? Sep 1793WilliamBernardMcConailtyCatharineMullagh
The foregoing persons were baptised by the Rev'd ????? Downing curate of Maghera
The following persons were baptised by the Rev'd ........
20 Oct 1793Tracy John ClarkSarahGulladuff
20 Nov 1793MargaretRobertCampbellMargaretTirkane?
29 Nov 1793AliciaJamesSteel?JaneDrummuck
25 Dec 1793AbrahamAbrahamBarberElizabethBLANK
12 Jan 1794DanielDanielLowryEleanorSoldier in 38th Reg.
25 Jan 1794ElizabethArchibald???MaryBallinacrush
13 Feb 1794GeorgeRobert????ane (Jane? / Anne?)A black line runs through this entry. I don't know if it's on the microfilm or on the original ledger page..
23 Feb 1794WilliamJohn AverillAnne?????Father: Lurganagoose / Mother: ????
15 Mar 1794AgnesThomasScottMargaretBeagh Spr
19 Mar 1794WilliamWilliam?????MargaretBeagh SprA black line runs through this entry. I don't know if it's on the microfilm or on the original ledger page..
6 Apr 1794HenryHenryMackrelMaryBallinahone
29 Apr 1794CatharineThomasStewartAnne?????
3 May 1794ElizabethAlexDempseyHannahLike??Of Tirnageerah?? and of CurraghThe first townland is hard to make out.. Could be 'Tirmmcoosrah'.. But that makes no sense.. So I am making an educated guess at Tirnageeragh
8 May 1794ThomasAlister?RaffertyBLANKApportlane(his wife died in Child)
11 May 1794MaryMichaelMc????AnneMagheraDoctor?Daughtr of Dr. Michael....McColais???
13 May 1794AnneWilliamClarkWilliam Cark sen?Writing too faint to read from microfilm photocopy.. Need to check original to see if any clearer
15 May 1794DanielWilliamMcReadyMarthaKillilagh
15? May 1794RobertHughKain?Mary?Tamneymullan
30 May 1794ElizabethMatthew??MarthaMaghera
9 Jun 1794RobertPerterBeor??MaryCurrin
13 Jun 1794MaryAdamMcDade?AnneMaghera
13? Jun 1794JamesJohnWilson???Catharine?Crue
19 Jun 1794HenryHenryEdwardsBridgetLate of Maghera
29 Jun 1794JamesJamesNeillJaneLate of Strabane
1 Jul 1794IsabellaA foundling from Coleraine on the way to DublinThere is a word after Isabella.. 'Moore' perhaps??
14 Jul 1794JaneHughMcConomyElizabethMaghera
19 Jul 1794GeorgeThomasRodgersMaryLurganagoose
24 Jul 1794Margaret Daniel McConaghtyCatherine GillespyFather: Milltown / Mother: Maghera
17 Aug 1794ThomasRobertMcMathElizabethMoneyservin
20 Aug 1794MaryDavidMcMullinMaryGibsonBoth of Crue
23 Aug 1794CharlesJohnClarkeMaryDreenan
25 Aug 1794JohnDennisMcCormacAnneMaghera
6 Sep 1794StaffordGeorgeDowningElizabethDreenan
7 Sep 1794JaneFrancisLoudonJaneMaghera
7? Sep 1794MarthaWilliamWatsonAgnesCrue
8 Sep 1794ThomasJohnOttersonMargaretBallynacrush
8? Sep 1794William EdwardWilliamRiceJaneMaghera
8? Sep 1794Hannah JamesMagawMargaretMaghera
30 Sep 1794JohnJohnDowningCathGrahamFather: Derganagh / Mother: Ballinacrush
30 Sep 1794JaneJohnDowningCathGrahamFather: Derganagh / Mother: Ballinacrush
12 Oct 1794ElizabethJohnMcKowenAnneKnocknakielt
11? Nov 1794ElizabelleFrancisMadden??JaneMagherait LOOKS like 'Elizabelle' or maybe 'Elizabette' it is DEFINETLY DIFFERENT from the Elizabeth above this one
14 Dec 1794JohnNealMcFaddenUnityMagheraJohn McFadden, son of Neal & Unity McFaddenThis is the first time I've noted that the surname of the child is recorded as well as the parent's surname.. Even though BOTH are the SAME
14? Dec 1794EstherHegirtyDoghertyAnneDungiven
14? Dec 1794JaneThos.MulhollandBLANKMaghera
20 Dec 1794OliviaAndrewMulhollandIsabellaMayogol
20? Dec 1794GeorgeJamesHeneryCatherine Crew
24 Dec 1794MarthaAlfred???eich?MargaretTirnow__Tirnoney?
24 Dec 1794MaryAlfred???eich?MargaretTirnow__Tirnoney?
28 Dec 1794MaryannThos.VanceElizabethGooladuff
20 Jan 1795MaryJohn McNullaRachelMaghera
28 Jan 1795HenryJamesKenedyRoseCrew
19 Mar 1795JamesWilliamCunninghamMary??bane
16 May 1795Jane?BLANKBLANKAnneTr[ ]noly???FallagloonThe g of the entry above 'Cunningham' falls over her surname making it difficult to interpret
17 May 1795JohnDavidArmstrongAnneMillikenBallinacross
June 1795AnneJasMooreMaryMacray???The Three Moore baptisms are recorded together.. Almost as though someone had copied them from somewhere else...
4 Jun 1797?Arch.JasMooreMaryMacray???The Three Moore baptisms are recorded together.. Almost as though someone had copied them from somewhere else...
2 Jul 1798RobrThos.M'hindryMagttMaghera
3 Jul 1798PaulPaulWhiteMaryApportland
20 Jul 1798Eliz.LawsonEwingJaneCarrick, TermoninyCarricknakielt
24 July 1798JohnWm.AndersonElinorBallinacross
5 Aug 1798JamesThos.MckowenRachl.BLANK
15 Aug 1798AnneRobtDickeyJaneAberdeenshire Regt.
15 Aug 1798Wm. M'CrackenWm.M'CrackenMarySlatabogy
21 Aug 1798Margt.Joh:GordonJaneAberdeenshire
5 Sep 1798Thos. ?ThomasHamiltonM.Swatragh
9 Sep 1798JohnThos.Gordon??SarahAberdeenshire
18 Sep 1798JohnJoh:Mills??MaryAberdeenshire
25 Sep 1798Margt.Jas.Berry?AnneBay
30 Sep 1798Eliz.???Too faint to read
7 Oct 1798Esther?Thos?Too faint to read
7? Oct 1798Too faint to read
9 Oct 1798Roseanna?JamesHenry?AgnesBallina????
9? Oct 1798JohnWmKane???MarthaCarrickakielt
25 Oct 1798ElizabethWmM'WiganHannahMaghera
15 Nov 1798Eliz.?Jas. ?Hipson???
26 Nov 1798Thos. Jos ??PatersonMargt.Beagh
22 Dec 1798NancySaml.McKergan??MaryTamneymullan
23 Dec 1798MattyWm.Lappins?BettyApportlane
8 Jan 1799DavidGeo.ScottMaryBallys (=gairet (amkBallys' is written after the details, then on a second line ' (=gairet ' and on the third line ' (amk '. At least that is what it looks like!! Not sure!!!
8 Jan 1799ElizGeo.ScottMaryBallys (=gairet (amk
20 Jan 1799SarahBenjn. ??PatersonSarah
20? Jan 1799EstherJos.FlemingSarah?Macknagh
22 Jan 1799Andw.Jn.M'Curdy??BLANKBallyin????
3 Feb 1799AnneDavidBradleyMaryCurragh
13 Feb 1799Eliz.BLANKBLANKMarthaDrips?CulnadyEliz. Bastard daughter to Martha Drips? Culnady Would not declare the father's nameMaybe Drips.. Could be Doyle perhaps??
10 Feb 1799MaryHughDougalJaneTamneymullan
19 Feb 1799Mary AnneJohnMitchelFannydo (Tamneymullan)Place of residence is recorded as 'Do'.. With Tamneymullan being the place mentioned above this entry
19 Feb 1799JaneWm.Akinson?MarthaSlatabogythe initial letter appears (from comparison to other capital 'A''s to be A..
20 Feb 1799JohnRobt.?Carton?MaryBallynacrossor could be Carron
24 Feb 1799MaryWm.M'KowenElinorCurragh
24? Feb 1799John LindsayJas.LindsaySallyGulladuff
3 Mar 1799Abrahm.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownAbrahm. Father and Mother unknown
7 Mar 1799MargtWm.Shiels Margt.Falgortrevy
22 Mar 1799Robt.BLANKBLANKEliz.Mham?Robt. Son to Eliz. Mham? A foundlingElizabeth's surname LOOKS like 'M ham' or 'M harn'
26 Mar 1799MaryRobt.?ShawMaryCulnady
8 Apr 1799Saml.Jn.AvarallAnneKellyLurganagoose
30 Apr 1799MaryJam.AllenMaryMoniesharvinJam: could also be Sam: depending on whether it's a styalised S or J!!
5 May 1799Jn. ClaudiusSaml.MitchelCatherineGardiner Jn. Claudius son to Saml. Mitchel Gardiner to Rev. Clotworthy Snodden Catharine the mother same?the last word could be 'same'.. Although it actually doesnt look like an 'S'.. More like an 'A'. But if it ISN'T 'same' not sure what else it could be..
5? May 1799AnnePeterM'CahanBLANKBroagh
7 May 1799Thos. ?Jos:NeilyAnneSwatragh
15 May 1799SarahSam:McConnellEliz.Culnady
25 May 1799JohnJohnSloss?Margt.Sloss?A Bastardok. Lots going on here! The entry is recorded in a fine ink . '25 John son to John & Margt Sloss [unreadable]. Then what appears an after thought the Sloss (or perhaps Scott) after Margaret's name appear crossed out and it's inserted after John's name. The words 'A Bastard' are written below in the same fine ink (whereas the entry below that is in heavy smudged ink, leading me to believe that the words 'A Bastard' are associated with the John & Margaret entry.
3 Jun 1799Sam:Sam:BrannonElinorMoneymore
5 Jun 1799Wm.JasMooreMaryMacray???The Three Moore baptisms are recorded together.. Almost as though someone had copied them from somewhere else...
6 Jun 1799EzekillEzekielWilsonMarthaBLANK
7 Jul 1799JohnSamArmstrongElinCrew
14 Jul 1799HughJohnRow?Cathr.Derganagh
30 Jul 1799GeorgeWilliamMillsSallyMoneymore
31 Jul 1799AnneWm.NeilsonMargt.Crewthe surname looks like 'Seilson'
1 Aug 1799Wm.JohnShawMaryTyrnageeragh
27 Aug 1799Robt.Wm.GibsonBLANKMunisharvan
5 Sep 1799Sam:Mr.PatersonMrs.Grillagh
8 Sep 1799Margt.Wm.Robison?MaryDunleady
18 Sep 1799Chas.Wm.RaineyEstherMardien???A black line runs through this entry. I don't know if it's on the microfilm or on the original ledger page..
22 Sep 1799Thos.J???M'AllisterMaryCarrick____
26 Sep 1799JohnJohnHillJaneMonimore?The townland isn't clear.. It looks like 'Monulmore' with the 'l' in the middle resembling a long s or an f without the cross bar.. Neither of which maks any sense..
1 Oct 1799IsabellaWmPurdy?SarahDarginah
7 Oct 1799Robr.Robr.PatersonSarahGrillagh
20 Oct 1799AgnesSam:KenedyRoseCrew
21 Oct 1799Josph.JosephShannonLillyMaghera
27 Oct 1799JohnJas.MurphyMaryMaghera
3 Nov 1799AgnesFrans.MarsJaneGon???in Frans name, it is recorded like this 'Fran.l' with what looks like a small raised l at the end.. This MUST be a styalised S.. What name other than Francis could it be??
4 Nov 1799MaryTerenceM'CristalEliz.Maghera
5 Nov 1799Eliz.Saml.Deen?Margt.ColeraineThere is a small stroke in front of the 5, making it look like 15 but upon thought, it must be 5th
7 Nov 1799WilliamDr. Saml.McDowellSarahMagheraThere is a small curved stroke in front of the 7, making it look like 27 but upon thought, it must be 7th as the next numbered entry is the 22nd!
7? Nov 1799Thos.Thos.ArmstrongLetitiado (Maghera)
22 Nov 1799JaneSaml.BrannonRacheldo (Maghera)
26? Nov 1799Eliz.Robt. ?Bear?Eliz.Culnady
26? Nov 1799RebeccaJos.McDowellKittyMaghera
1 Dec 1799Eliz.Tho?McConomyEstherMaghera
4 Dec 1799Robt.Danl.Andw.RachelKillyl???
6 Dec 1799Eliz.Wm.M'Voy??MarthaMagheraActually looks like 'M Yoy'
8 Dec 1799AnneJosh:PaulMaryCulnady
8 Dec 1799Frans.Tho.?M'GomeryNancyMackna
14 Dec 1799Eliz.Andw.MulhollandIsabellado (Mackna)
15 Dec 1799JamesWm.Lappins?AnneApportlane
18 Dec 1799SamuelRobtLittle?Maryillegible (smudged)
19 Dec 1799IsaacMr IsaacWilliamsMargt.Maghera
22 Dec 1799EstherChas?CanningAnneApportlane
24 Dec 1799Sam:Alexr.Morgan M'Millin?Cathr.DrumuckThe name 'Morgan' is crossed out and what looks like M'Milliy' written instead.. Could it be M'Millin???
4 Jan 1800JaneWmBoyleJaneCulnady
14 Jan 1800Sam:Jn.HickisonMaryMaghera
15 Jan 1800JohnJn.StevensonJaneCurragh
15? Jan 1800FlorindaMr.LoudonMrs.Maghera
24 Jan 1800JaneAndyDunbarGilisTamneymullan
27 Jan 1800JaneSaml:ShawPeggyMadiganBarlandIt LOOKS like 'Barland'..the 'g' or Madigan overlaps the 'r' of 'Barland'. Maybe it's 'r' or 's'.
31 Jan 1800MaryRich'd.LewisAgnesCulnadythe writer tends to write his 'R's' like 'M's'
2 Feb 1800AnneGeo.HunterEliz.Maghera
5 Feb 1800MaryThos.WhiteAbbeyTyrnageeragh
9 Feb 1800Thos.Thos.MulhollandAgnes?Maghera
16 Feb 1800MarthaHeny.McGradySarahBallylagal???
18 Feb 1800LetitiaJas.NeilsonCath.CulnadyThis entry is on 2 lines (due to the way the previous entry was recorded). It's hard to work out if the townland beside Jas. Name relates to HIM or the entry above. I am ASSUMING it's the entry above.. But there appears to be a word written above the townland name.. it LOOKS like Scott (well a styalised version). Hmmm.. not sure
19 Feb 1800WmWm.HutchinsonJaneKnockcloug[ran?]The last 2 letters of the twnland are smudged together
21 Feb 1800WmWm.M'KowenElinorCurragh
5 Mar 1800MargtAndyShawJaneMaghera
6 Mar 1800Geo.Wm.NeillyEstherTyrgarvil
17 Mar 1800ElizSaml.MaddenMargt.Maghera
25 Mar 1800Wm.Will:WilliamsonBellTraveller
30 Mar 1800Sam:Thos.MilikenMargt.Ballynacross??
2 May 1800Agnes Jn.ScalesMaryTamneymullanTwins
2 May 1800RebeccaJn.ScalesMaryTamneymullanTwins
6 May 1800Margt.JohnAkinsonHannahKnockcloughrim
6? May 1800ElizSam.MooreAgnesTamneymullan
15 May 1800Cathr.Jn.DowningCath:Dreenan
16 May 1800Jane Nathl. MackarallEliz.?Ballinahone
16? May 1800AnneMattElliotAnneBallyna[ ]Townland in crease of page
25 May 1800HughSaml.ArmorRoseCurragh
30 May 1800Robt.Alexr.MooreSarahCalbemIt LOOKS like Calbem.. But, if correct, there is no local townland of that name..
2 Jun 1800HughHughM'CauslandMaryAntrim
12 Jun 1800MargtJohnAllenCathr.Ternony
13 Jun 1800AnneEdwd.LoganMargt.Crew
15 Jun 1800JohThosVanceBettyGooladuff
15? Jun 1800JaneJohnCas?????Margt.MagheraThe surname was written in heavy ink and is smudged (plus has ink bleed through from the previous page)
15? Jun 1800Margt.David?Trow?AnneMagherait LOOKS like 'Trow'
22 Jun 1800Cathr.Saml.CampbellCathr.Tamnymullan
16 Jul 1800Arthr.Abrahm.DougleAnneMaghera
28 Jul 1800JamesSam: WillMcCreadyMarthaKillylaghTwins
28 Jul 1800Thos.??Sam: WillMcCreadyMarthaKillylaghTwins
1 Aug 1800Sam:Wm.McKeeRoseTernony
7 Aug 1800MarySam:DowningSarahDreenan
20 Aug 1800Wm.JohnPatersonSallySlatabogy
27 Aug 1800AnneSam:DicksonMaryEden???it looks like 'Gdcky'!!
31 Aug 1800WmJohnMooreSarahCraigmore
3 Sep 1800JaneEzek:WilsonMarthaMoneymore
5 Sep 1800Alexr.Danl.SutherlandFannyTamneymullan
6 Sep 1800AnnieJo:McCrackenMyBay
6 Sep 1800Eliz.Jo:McCrackenMyBay
6? Sep 1800SarahJn.AllenEliz.Bay
16 Sep 1800ElizTho.BoyleMattyTyrnageeragh
13 Oct 1800MaryWmClarkeMargt.Craigmore
17 Oct 1800Andw.Andw.MulhollandIsabellaCraigmore
9 Nov 1800Robt.Andw.FlemingEstherMacknaghAlmost looks like 'Mosn' or 'Mobn'.. The writer makes his 'R' look like an 'M'
18 Nov 1800PatrickThos.HamiltonRoseSwatragh
24 Nov 1800JohnWm.GarlandMargt.Lisnagroat
26 Nov 1800Cathr.Mr.PatersonMrs.Grillagh
12 Dec 1800MaryHu:Guthry?Margt.Crew
24 Dec 1800JaneAndw.NeelyJaneTyrgarvil
25 Dec 1800JaneJn.MulhollandMaryMaghera?
31 Dec 1800MaryJos:ElliotSarahMacknagh
13 Jan 1801MaryUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownMary daughter to persons unknown
9 Feb 1801MarthaUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownMartha a foundling
11? Feb 1801Matt?HughMulhollandAnneThe family name is off the bottom of the page (and it LOOKS like 'M'E_______'), but Mulholland is written above this. Mulholland OBVIOUSLY can't relate to the foundling, Martha.. So it's hard to decide WHAT is going on here
1 Mar 1801LetitiaJohnBarryAnneBay
3 Apr 1801JohnWmBrookes?athr???Moneymore
5 Apr 1801MaryWmM'CoyMarthaMaghera
3 May 1801WmPat:Maskernan?MargtDrumard
3? May 1801Thos.JamesLindsaySarahGooladuff
10 May 1801AgnesHeny.McHenryMargt.Maghera
17 May 1801Robt.Saml.McWiganMaryTamneymullan
9 Jun 1801ShawDavidShawAnneMaghera
23 Jun 1801MarthaHenryFlemingAnneCrew
25 Jun 1801Wm.M'CleanA soldier stationed? At Maghera?
28 Jun 1801JaneSam:McIlreeMargaretDrumuck
1 Jul 1801PhelisPhelisConvreyMargt.Ballynock?Phelis son to Phelis & Margt Conrey..
1? Jul 1801HannahWm.McWiganHannahMaghera
Jul 1801Geo:Chas.YoungEliz.Drumuck
7 Aug 1801JohnRich.LewisRoseTamnmartin?
8 Aug 1801JohnChas.M'CahyJane
24 Aug 1801AnneFras.LoudonMrs.Maghera
27 Aug 1801JohnJamesHenry?SarahMaghera
26 Sep 1801MaryJohnGalagherJaneBallynchr????
2[ ]Oct 1801Geo:Wm.AndersonElinor[ ]illy[ ]The entry is in heavy ink and sumdged in many places, including the townland
15 Nov 1801CharlotteJohnAverileAnneLurganagoose
17 Dec 1801MariaUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownMaria a foundling parents unknown
15 Jan 1802SarahJamesAndersonMaryBallinahone
22 Jan 1802AnneRobt.PatersonJaneCraigmore
22? Jan 1802ThomasThos.MulhollandOliviaMaghera
7 Feb 1802Eliz.JohnCaulfieldMary RachelCraigmore
24 Feb 1802BarbaraJohnShawMaryTyrnageeragh
Mar 1802Robt??CharlesHasan??MaryConolly?A bastard
Mar 1802AnneJohnMahonCatherineMoyag[ ]Doesn't look like Mayogall.. More like Moyagoney (near Kilrea)
Apr 1802James??JamesMcDowellMaryTobbermoreApr John??? Son to James & Mary McDowell Tobberm_____Very dark and hard to read. Perhaps name is James and not John?? Could even be Samuel
6 Apr 1802JohnBarnardMcShaneJane???WintonA bastard
15 Apr 1802CharlotteGeo.ScottMary AnnBallynacross
16 Apr 1802MaryWm.MillerEliz.Maghera
14 May 1802DavidSaml.McCleland?BellStuartMagheraA bastard
6 Jun 1802OliverJohnCampbellAnneTraveller
6 Jun 1802JamesRobt.Carson?MaryBallynacross
6 Jun 1802JamesSaml.ElliotRoseSlatabogy
10 Jun 1802Tamneymullan10 Wm. & Kitty Dunbar Wm Shilds name Tamneymullan'This entry is hard to understand, not because of the handwriting which is clear, but because of what it appears to say. It is worded in the opposite way to every other baptism entry. Are Wm & Kitty Dunbar the parents.. Or 2 children of Wm Shilds??
26 Jun 1802SarahAlexr.GrayEliz.YoungBallynardin?A bastard
13 Jul 1802MaryJohn?Carrick?Maryis Carrick the residence.. Or the surname??
22 Jul 1802Eliz.Jn.HepburnMargt.Drumballyhagan
5 Aug 1802JamesThos.JacksonMaryPlattMagheraA bastard
17 Aug 1802Jam:Patt:PorterMargttThere is a bit of confusion here. Between the entry of 17th &22nd, in a heavy ink is written 'Porter' and below that what looks like 'Marksmgh'. It doesn't look like Macknagh.. More like Marksman. Beside that in a lighter ink is 'Crew' (which resembles the entry of the 22nd..but that entry says Slatabogy and this has NOT been crossed out.. so WHICH entry do these two inserts belong to??
22 Aug 1802MaryJohnPatersonSarahSlatabogy
27 Aug 1802AnneDavidEarle?Margt.Tamneymullan
3 Sep 1802JohnJos.NeillyAnneSwatragh
5 Sep 1802Jn.JohnShilesMaryShiles?Tann[smudge]
14 Sep 1802Margt.JamesM??elop??MaryDrummuck
19 Sep 1802Rose AnnaThos.LorimerEliz.Maghera
20 Sep 1802JohnRobn.LoveMaryMaghera
24 Sep 1802JaneJamesM'ArrallEstherBallynahone
26 Sep 1802Anne AgnesWm.CrocketMore??Gooladuff
3? Nov 1802MaryJohnNielsonCatherineCulnady
3? Nov 1802ElizJno:?DevelinAbbeyDrumuck
7 Nov 1802JohnAndr.DunbarGilisTamneymullan
8 Nov 1802MarthaWm.Mardy??MarthaKillylagh
17 Nov 1802Jn.?Chas.Downing?AnneKenningUpperland
20 Nov 1802Mossn.?Jas:Flieming?SarahMaghera
18 Dec 1802JohnPaulWhiteMaryUpperland
21? Dec 1802MarthaRichd.Lewis??Rose?Tamneymartin
30 Dec 1802SarahHenryMcCreadySarahKillylagh
5 Jan 1803JohnJamesNeilMaryCoyleCrewA bastard
24 Jan 1803Thos.Thos.LeckyBridgetCrew
24 Feb 1803JohnWm.AkinsonMargt.Norahill???
8 Mar 1803AgnesJamesAndersonMaryMunishi???
9 Mar 1803HannahHarryMcNeileFannyLara
11 Mar 1803HenryHenryReynoldsMargt.Tamnymullan
24 Mar 1803HenryWilliamTollanMargt.Bay
27 Mar 1803IsaacJohnCrocketAnnCoolagh??
30 Mar 1803Robt.Wm.ClarkeMargt.Maghera
3 Apr 1803JamesGeorgeGivenMatt.?Slatabogy
10? Apr 1803Andw.Andw.MulhollandIsabellaMaghera
16? Apr 1803Frans.Mr.PatersonMrs.Gracefield
22 Apr 1803ElinorJamesBrannonRachelMilltown22 Elinor & Agnes twin daughters to James & Rachel Brannon Milltown'
22 Apr 1803AgnesJamesBrannonRachelMilltown
28 Apr 1803Robt.Robt.Getty?EstherCraigmore
13 May 1803Saml.Saml.ConnorMarySlatabogy
15 May 1803HannahAbrahamDougleAnneMoneymore
20 May 1803Eliz.Wm.CanningAnneApportlane
25? May 1803MarySaml.CampbellMaryMagheraThe second digit is a '5' with a 'I' tight in front of it. This date was either 26 over written by 25, or vice aversa.
30 May 1803ElinorJn.McArrallJaneBallynahone
6 Jun 1803AgnesAndw.NeelyJaneTyrgarvill
11 Jun 1803Eliz.Saml.Milligan?MaryMaghera
12 Jun 1803JohnJamesLindsaySarahGooladuff
23 Jun 1803Saml.Jam:ClarkeElizabethCulnady
6 Jul 1803AnneHen:FlemingAnneCulnady
21 Jul 1803Geo:Hen:McArrallJaneCraigmore
22 Jul 1803JohnJohnReid?ElizKennedyKnockakiltA Bastard
27 Jul 1803IsabellaJoh:HarrisonElizBLANKA soldier
6 Sep 1803AnneArchyBradleyMaryCullackeythe first 'l' of the place name almost looks like a 'T'.. Perhaps he wrote 'l' an tried to change it to 'r'
6 Sep 1803JamesJam:McIlreeMargt.DrumackThe father's name could be 'Jam:' or 'Sam:' the writer makes his S and J very similar
29 Sep 1803CharlesThos.MulhollandOliviaMaghera
2 Oct 1803AnneJohnScalesMaryTamneymullan
3 Oct 1803RobertCharlesWilliamsJennyMayBLANKA Foundling
24 Oct 1803Margt.Edwd.LoganMaryCrew
1 Nov 1803DavidGeo.NelsonMaryTyrnageeragh
7 Nov 1803Eliz.Will.ChartresMaryBallynahone
7? Nov 1803Mary Cath.JohnMcArrallJanedo (Ballynahone)
8? Nov 1803AnneDavidWintonSarahDrumballyhagan
26 Dec 1803FannyHarryMulhollandMary GibsonA Bastard
30 Dec 1803JaneRobt.M'GomeryAnneDrumuck
2 Jan 1804JohnMichl.DonohyMaryMaghera
7 Jan 1804Jam:Robt.PatersonJaneCraigmorecould also be Sam:
21 Jan 1804Mary AnneJoh.Rany?AnneBayName LOOKS like 'Many'.. Since this writer has on occasions before turned the letter 'R' sideways to look like a 'M' GUESS is 'Rany' (i.e. Rainey)
15 Mar 1804Eliz. AnneSaml.ElliotRose?SlatabogyAgain it LOOKS like 'Mose'.. But MUST be Rose!!
23 Mar 1804MaryAndr.ShawJaneMaghera
8? April 1804Wm.Robt.ShaneJaneMagheraThe '8' of the date (if that is what it is!) LOOKS like a 'S' on it's side!! Again, the 'R' of Robert looks like a 'M'
9 April 1804Anne"Anne daughter to persons unknown - A foundling"
15 Apr 1804MaryJam:PorterMaryCrewI think it's Jam[es] but could be Sam[uel]
2 May 1804Esther????ClydeMaryCarrick
6 May 1804JamesDanl.StuartMaryCurran
BLANKJames??Thos.Off PageOff PageCrewThis entry is on the very bottom of the page and the microfilm doesn't record it all (IF it still exists!!)
13 May 1804HughHn:TonorMaryBallynah[in crease]
13? May 1804EstherAndw.FlemingEstherCur[in crease]The townland looks like 'Curg' Perhaps 'Curragh'??? Uncertain
29 May 1804SarahWm.MillarEliz.LindsayA Foundling
3 Jun 1804CharlesAndw.MulhollandBellMaghera
9 Jun 1804Charles John BoonAnneTirna-geeraghLast part of townland witten sandwiched up to the Maghera of the next baptism entry
9 Jun 1804Jane John BoonAnneTirna-geeraghLast part of townland witten sandwiched up to the Maghera of the next baptism entry
14? Jun 1804Chas.Chas?MadiganMargt.Maghera
18 Jun 1804Eliz.BLANKBLANKMargt.Dalrymple?A Foundling
29 Jun 1804Margt.Robt.?MooreMarthaTamneymullan
8 Jul 1804Robt.?Andw.Kelsy?AnneDrumulish Tamlaght
11 Jul 1804MaryWm.KaneElinorMcWiganMagheraA Ba[stard] (rest of word in crease of book]
20 Jul 1804GeorgeRobt.CarsonMaryBallinacross
27 Jul 1804Alexr.Thos.Hips?EstherMaghera
28 Jul 1804WilliamJoh:DallaghanCatherineCrew basinit APPEARS to say 'Basin' after the townland of crew.. I am unaware of this term in connection with this townland &can offer no clue to what it means
18 Aug 1804SallyWoods"Sally Woods a foundling left in Drumlamph by person unknown"
7 Sep 1804Joh:HenryMcWiganSallyMaghera
11 Sep 1804NancyRobt.WalkerAnneTmneymullan
11? Oct 1804Thos.WalterCollinsMargt.CrewThe date is impossible to read.. It COULD be '11'th or '5'th.. Or.. Anything else!!
11? Oct 1804Joh:Joh:NeilsonCathr.Culnady
18 Nov 1804BridgetJohn AtkinsonBLANKCrew
18 Nov 1804MargaretJohn AtkinsonBLANKCrew
11 Dec 1804Anne JaneSaml.McGuiganMaryMagh[in crease]The date is impossible to read.. It COULD be '11'th or '5'th.. Or.. Anything else!!
12 Jan 1805Margt.Fras.MurphyMaryMay The townland looks like 'Ħay' (imagine an M superimposed on an H'..) Maybe it represents Mag[hera] or Bay (Beagh).. Hard to say
16? Jan 1805Elizabeth Joh:PhillipsNancy McWigan?BallinahoneA bastard
20 Jan 1805JaneJohn PetticrewJaneMaghera
13 Feb 1805Margt.BLANKBLANKMargt.McKeeA traveller
16 Feb 1805Robt.JamesLindsaySallySlatabogyThe R of Robert is the ministers usual 'm'
17 Feb 1805MaryAnty?PaulMattyPattersonMullaghThe name is very unclear.. Maybe 'anty'.. Further work required to identify exactly what it is. The word 'Foundling' is written below this entry, but has a dark line aparently 'walling' it off from the next entry.. Is it part of this entry?? If the 'parents' are known, how is the child a foundling? Or did they find the child and have 'adopted' it?? This is very unclear!
26 Feb 1805JamesPatt:?Marksman?Margt.CrewThe word 'Foundling' is written beside this entry, but has a dark line aparently 'walling' it off from this entry.. Is it part of the above entry??
27 Feb 1805Jam:Sam:KenedyEliz.Culnady
3 Mar 1805RoseJamesKenedyRoseCrew
3? Mar 1805WilliamJoh:ClarkeIsabellaDarganagh
11? Mar? 1805Eliz.HughDougleJennyMcCooke?Tamneymartin?A foundling
13 Mar? 1805MarthaDavidB/Rin??ElinorMcArrellA foundling
17 Mar? 1805Eliz:DavidWintonSarahDrumballyhagan
8? May 1805Wm.Thos.LorimerLetitiaMaghera
14 May 1805Agnes William ClarkeMargaretMaghera
10 Jun 1805Robert?Jos:Fleming?SarahBallynacross
14 Jun 1805ElizaThos.DobbinHannahGooladuff
14? Jun 1805Margt.ArchyGrahamAnneDrumuck
16 Jun 1805Eliz:HenryMcHeneryMaryBLANK
19 Jun 1805ElizaJohnHughesEliz.thBri??dMaghera
12 Jul 1805Alexr.?Jos:WalshMary?Craigmore
27 Jul 1805HughTho.LeckeyBridgetCrew
3 Aug 1805Jane Louden PatersonPatesonGreenfield3 Aug 1805 Jane Louden Pateson daughter to Mr & Mrs Paterson Greenfield
3? Aug 1805JohnAlex.r McMullanMargt.Ballinahone
?? Aug 1805Jne?Heny?MulhollandSarah?Todd?BallinahoneFoundling
19 Aug 1805John Clark?John Clark??Moore??DrumoolishFoundling The words 'Returned to visitation? 23rd' are written below this entry.. Is this a statement or part of this entry??
Returned to visitation? 23rd
11 Sep 1805PatrickJoh:?O'Hara??Mary[smudged]
22 Sep? 1805DavidJosephCatherineSwatraghLitle? Mills??? Unclear on microfilm
11 Nov 1805LiviaThos.MulhollandBellMaghera
4 Dec 1805JohnHenryO'NeillAlleyMaghera
4? Dec 1805Maria JanePeterHasn?Cath.eA Foundling
15 Dec 1805Mary AnneJos:NeelyAnnSwatagh
2 Feb 1806JeanWm.Kane?ElinorMcWiganMagheraA foundling
17 Feb 1806Sarah JanePatrickM/Bunlow?BarbaraCanar????CraigmoreA foundlingCraigmore seems to be inserted below this entry.. It appears to have the same 'hand presure' as this entry.. (The next one is heavier and smudged)
20 Feb 1806Eliz.Geo.JamisonMargt.?????Fallagloon?
9 Mar 1806Robt.Robt. ?McKowenAnneCurragh
16 Mar 1806Agnes Robert KaneJane Maghera
20 Mar 1806CharlotteThos.BullionMargt.L?????A foundling
21 Mar 1806PaulPaulDividsonRoseMcKeown?Tamneymartin
10 April 1806Chas.??Wm.DougleMarthaga[ ]g[ ]A foundling
11 May 1806Wm.Saml.ElliotRoseSlatabogy
26 May 1806MaryWillLeckeyBellArdson?????
2 Jun 1806Robt.Robt.WalkerJaneMaghera
9 Jun 1806Jebuand????at foot of page and microfilm not the easiest to seeif it just wasn't filimed or if it has beenn lost off the page bottom
10? Jun 1806Eliz.[Ke]nedyCrossNancyTamneym[artin?]There is a smudge at the beginning of the father's name.. But 'Kenedy' seems to fit.
15 Jun 1806Joh??JamesLynnSarahGooladuffin Church15 [Joh?? ] son to James & Sarah Lynn Gooladuff in Church'
20 Jun 1806IsaacHenyClydeMaryCarrick
23 Jun 1806AnneJohnHustonFannyDrum[lamph?]The townland falls into the crease, but seems to be Drumlamph
8 Aug 1806Joh:Robt.WorkmanElinorDr[??????]
19 Aug 1806NancyJosephMontgomeryBettyCulnady?? Son to to Nancy daughter to Joseph & Betty Montgomery Culnady _______' A boys (unreadable)name was incorrectly wrote & then crossed through
2 Sept 1806Robt.Robt.StuartAnne ParkMullaghA foundling
9 Sep 1806Anne Robt.Withrale?Anne ColraineIt LOOKS like'Withrale'..
16? Sep 1806ElizaChas.Campbell?Feedam?TamlaghtDate is blotted.. The last digit LOOKS like 6.. And since 9 preceeds it and 21 comes after.. Seems like 16. The mother's name is unclear.. It LOOKS like 'Feed am'.. Of 'feed am' or 'jeed me'
21 Sep 1806WilliamRobt.OrrMargt.MagheraSurgeon
26 Sep 1806JamesWm.ChartresMaryBallynahone
28 Sep 1806ElizaRobt.PatersonJean?Maghera
30 Sep 1806Thos.Rich.Silly?Eliz.Tamneym[ullan?]The end of the townland is in the crease, but it LOOKS like Tamneymullan!
2 Oct 1806SusannahWm.Dougle?No name just 'Mrs.'MagheraThe surname is unclear.. It LOOKS like ' Dougle' or 'Boujde' .. Probable Dougle but (less likely) could be Boyd or Boyle too
16? Oct 1806JeremiahJohnJohnstonA travelling womanBLANK16 Oct Jeremiah son to John Johnston & a travelling woman'
4 Nov 1806Wm.Joh:CampbleAnneTamnym[ ]The end of the townland is in the crease, could be Tamneymartin or Tamneymullan!
6 Nov 1806MarthaRobt.StoneEllenHawBallynahoneA foundling
11 Nov 1806MaryJoseph????MaryCraigmoreThe surname is unclear.. It falls into the crease.. It LOOKS like it begins with 'W' or 'H'
12 Nov 1806Thos.James????AnneThe surname is unclear.. It LOOKS like ' Bere Jyan' with perhaps 'of' and a word lost in the crease!!
12 Nov 1806SarahJoh:HipsonSallyCurragh
1? Dec 1806Eliz.Saml.McLynn??MaryTamneymullan
6 Dec 1806MargeryHenyHepburnMaryDrumballyhagan
7 Dec 1806Thos..Joh:PettigrewJaneMaghera
9 Dec 1806Wm.Harry?McHenryNo name just 'Mrs.'Maghera
29 Jan 1807PattPatt:NoherMargt.A traveller
31 Jan 1807RobertRobertMooreEstherGettyGrillaghThis baptism entry is NOT recorded with the rest of the baptisms for 1807… it was recorded between two marriages!!
11 Feb 1807Mary AnneAndr.MulhollandIsabellaMaghera
1 Mar 1807AnneJamesMcWiganSarahBallynahone
10 Mar 1807James James McLeanMaryBallinahone
11 Mar 1807Wm.JohnSlevan?SallySlevan?ToberheadA foundlingThere is another word written above Esther in the lower entry but beside 'Toberhead'.. It LOOS like 'Hglly'.. Unclear
20 Mar 1807Eliz.Chas.HipsonEstherMaghera
31 Mar 1807Mary AnneJohElliotLettieMagheraor Ellis
13 Apr 1807MaryGeoWilsonSarahToberheadApl 13 Mary daughter to Geo Wilson Tobberhead & Sarah marriage"...Geo Wilson Tobberhead & Sarah marriage'. Yes, it APPEARS to say 'marriage' after Sarah's name!!
16 Apr 1807ThomasThos.CorrMary CorrCrewA Foundling
24 Apr 1807Wm.Rogr.CorrKittyBallynahone
11? May 1807MargarettJoh:ReidMaryMilikanDrumuckA Foundling
16 May 1807CharlesEdwd.McKready??Eliza.SlatabogyThe surname has an inkblot.. I THINK the name is McKready
21 May 1807Joh:Joh:McGillAlley?BadgerCurrinA Foundling
31 May 1807JosephHughFleming?SarahBallinacross
2 Jun 1807Wm.WilliamArmerRose?CourtnayA Foundling
4 Jun 1807MarthaWm.McCoyMarthaMagee?A Foundling
9 Jun 1807CharlesOwenCarletonJettyGalaherMagheraA Foundling
30 Jun 1807Isabella?Wm ?Clark???Hard to tell. It LOOKS like there is a very faint 'crew' above what appears to say 'Macross'.. Very unclear
22 Jul 1807PeterMichl.McKennaCathr.McGennisTamneymullanA Foundling
22? July 1807HenyJoh: Mathe.NeilsonCulnady
22? July 1807JohnJames????ElizabethBallynahonevery difficult to read.. LOOKS a bit like 'Janet' or 'Jinet' neither of which are surnames…
31 Jul 1807Eliz.Sam:KenedyRoseCulnady
19 Aug 1807JamesJacksonGrayJaneTobbermore
3 Oct 1807Thos.Saml.BlackMarySwattragh
12 Nov 1807DavidJoh:PeadyMaryHany?A Foundling
?? Nov 1807AnneRobertJenningsLucy?McGuigan???A FoundlingThe mother's name LOOKS a bit like 'Lucy' and the surname could be 'McGahan'.. Both unclear
28 Nov 1807MaryFrancisMcNameeIsabellaStewartMagheraA Foundling
29 Nov 1807EstherHenryName off page bottomMar[ ]tSurname is off page bottom…
23 Dec 1807William Robert ShieldsMarthaDrumballyhaganDrumbelly___
20 Feb 1808John Henry PorterJane Maghera
26 Jul 1808William William NorrisElizabethSwatragh
29 Sep 1808Rose? John StewartMary AnneSwatragh
6 Aug 1809George William ClarkeMargaretMaghera
18 Oct 1809Robert James McCleanMaryBallinahone
12 Nov 1809William William ChartersMaryBallinahone
6 Dec 1809Samuel William BlackCatherineTobermore
23 Dec 1809William Robert ShieldsMarthaDrumballyhagan
2 Feb 1810John John ScalesMaryTamneymullan
9 Mar 1810Alex Robert ShieldsCatherineFallagloon
24 Jun 1810Margaret Thomas ScottJane Beagh Spiritual
22 Jul 1810Esther Henry PorterJane Maghera
1 Sep 1810Jane Bryan ShielLydiaTamneymullan
16 Dec 1810James Isaac TaylorMaryMilltown
24 Apr? 1811Charles William ScottMargaretSwatragh
12 Jun 1811WilliamWilliamMcreadyMargaretBallinahone
18 Aug 1811John Joseph MackerillElizabethBallinahone
7 Mar 1812Jane Robert ShieldsMarthaDrumballyhagan
7 Jul 1812Anne John GrahamElizabethMinister
11 Aug 1814John JohnGrahamElizabethTamneymullanMinister
17 Apr 1815John John ScottMaryKnocknakielt17 Apr 1814??
29 Aug 1817Mary Thomas Scott
19 Aug 1818Robert James MackerillBallinahone
27 Dec 1819John John StewartSwatragh
14 Mar 1819Robert James HunterFalgortrevey
21 Nov 1819Bernard Edward KaneCatherineTamneymullan
30 Jan 1820Robert RobertMcClainBallinahone
30 Jan 1820Eleanor RobertMcClainBallinahone
30 Jan 1820Thomas RobertMcClainBallinahone
5 Mar 1820ThomasThomasScottBeagh
26 Mar 1820James Joseph MackerillMargaret WisenerBallinahone
27 Aug 1820Anne FrancisJohnstonElizabethSlattybogie
10 Nov 1820Martha Samuel StewartElizabeth WorkmanMullagh
21 Oct 1820James Thomas ClarkeGulladuff
24 Oct 1820James James NorrisSwatragh
3 Feb 1821James James NorrisSwatragh
5 Feb 1821Jane JamesAdamsElizabethHunterMullagh
9 Apr 1821Margaret John TailorMargaretMaghera
21 Jun 1821David Robert Porter???
10 Jul 1821Jane ____FlemingIsabella PattersonGrillagh
12 Jul 1821William John CrockettL? OttersonMother: Maghera Surgeon in Royal Navy
27 Jul 1821John JamesHunterJane BlackFalgortrevey
2 Sep 1821James James ShieldsIsabella MooreFalgortreveyAn Illegitimate Child
21 Oct 1821James Thomas ClarkGulladuff
4 Nov 1821Ellen James PorterNancy MeenanBallinahone
18 Nov 1821Esther Edward KaneCatherine BlackTamneymullan
29 Dec 1821MayWm.GrahamHannahHarbidonThe Bay Beagh Spiritual
16 Mar 1822Margaret JaneJames AdamsElizabeth HunterMullaghOr 10th Mar 1821
25 Mar 1822ElizabethWilliam Shiels Elizabeth JohnstonFather: Drumballyhagan / Mother: CoolaghAn Illegitimate Child
27 Mar 1822Adam Henry PorterBallinahone
4 Aug 1822Elizabeth Joseph MackerillMargaret WisenerBallinahone
10 Aug 1822James Thomas ScottJane HenryThe Bay Beagh Spiritual
12 Aug 1822John Robert LittleJane BendermanFalgortrevey
25 Sep 1822William Alexander GrahamAgnes KiddBeagh Beagh Spiritual
24 Nov 1822SusannaWilliamBarclayElizabethCaldwellMaghera
2 Jan 1823EleanorIsaac FlemingIsabella PattersonGrillagh
19 Jan 1823John James GrahamElizabeth MaddenBeagh An Illegitimate ChildBeagh Spiritual
25 May 1823Robert Robert PorterJane FultonCurragh
2 Jul 1823Nancy Samuel KennedyMary ScottUpperland alias Amportaine
12 Jul 1823Henry William ClarkSarah Johnston
25 Jan 1824MariaJames ScottMarianneMaghera
29 Jan 1824David JamesBowmanMayMcKeeToberhead
23 Feb 1824Jane James PorterNancy MeenanBallinahone
30 Apr 1824Mary George ScottMaryHenryBeaghBeagh Spiritual
30 Apr 1824Nancy George ScottMaryHenryBeaghBeagh Spiritual
13 Jul 1824John John TailorElizabeth McGuiganMaghera
29 Sep 1824Roseanne Saml PhillipsMargaret NicholBall____Place in crease.. Probably Ballinahone
26 Oct 1824John John CrockettL? Otterson Mother: Maghera Surgeon in Royal Navy
25 Jan 1825Isabella Isaac FlemingIsabella PattersonGracefield, Parish of Maghera
12 Feb 1825Catherine JohnNeelyMary AnneMcKinneyTirgarvil
10 May 1825Alexander George NeilyJaneKissockTirgarvil
12 Feb 1825Thomas James NorrisSarah McKeefryCulnagrew
14 Sep 1825ThomasAndrew LamontMaryMoffitCrew
24 Oct 1825Sarah Jane James ScottMarianneMaghera
6 Jan 1826Peggy Jane Thomas Clark? Hickman?Gulladuff
14 Jul 1826Jane Patrick ShieldsJane GallagherBallinahone
23 Aug 1826Joseph Thomas ScottJane HenryBeagh Beagh Spiritual
25 Aug 1826Matty James NorrisSarah McKeefrySwatragh
28 Nov 1826David James KaneNancy NeelyGorteadeAn Illegi____Remainder lost in crease
26 Aug 1827Mary William JudgePeggy CampbellTamneym__Place in crease.. Tamneymullan / Tamneymartin.. Unclear
26 Aug 1827BettyWilliam JudgePeggy CampbellTamneym__Place in crease.. Tamneymullan / Tamneymartin.. Unclear
17 Sep 1827Hugh Edward KaneCatherineBlakeTamneymullan
11 Mar 1828Robert RobertKaneJane McGuiganAn Illegitimate Child
18 Apr 1828David JohnNeelyCatherineMcKinneySwatragh
13 Jul 1828Samuel JohnClarkSarahAllenDrumuckLabourerNo, 26
18 Aug 1828John Matthew ClarkeEllen KearneyDrumballyhaganNo. 33
3 Dec 1828WilliamWatty GrahamEllenBruceCurragh?An Illegitimate Child
13 Dec 1828John John Clark Madge HayburnFather: Rockfield / Mother: DrumballyhaganAn Illegitimate Child
28 Dec 1828Jane Thomas ScottJane HenryBeaghBeagh Spiritual
? 1828JohnJohn ClarkJane FoxBeagh LabourerNo. 39
21 Mar 1829Alex Stewart William PorterAnne DeighanFather: Beagh / Mother: his wife of Maghera
22 Apr 1829Nancy Robin McConaghtyJane ConveryTullyheron
19 May 1829George George GivenKnocknakielt
28 Jan 1829Jane Thomas ScottJane HenryBeaghFarmerNo. 50
6 Jan 1829JohnJohnNeelyCatherineMcKinneySwatraghFarmerNo. 51
? 1829MaryPatrick Shiels JaneGallagherBallinahoneLabourerNo. 63
17 Feb 1830WilliamShoe??HunterBallinahoneLabourer
5 Jun 1830JohnJohnEldonMary AnneNeelySwatragh(An Illegitimate)
5 Oct 1831Jane PeterMcCormickJaneBeagh?????
16 Oct 1831ElizaMichRouall?Cay?CarricknakieltLabourer
23 Oct 1831John Roney?MaryBalaghy?Weaver
30? Oct 1831NancyJas.EarlJaneT. MullenLabourer
30 Oct 1831???ElizthCurraWeaver
6 Nov 1831BarbaraJohn Moore??Margt.CoolaghLabourer
13 Nov 1831Jane Thos.Palmer?Anna?TullyheronFarmer?
14 Nov 1831GeorgeJamesShannonBLANKMagheraShoemaker??Page 12
21 Nov 1831JohnRobt?Roney?PeggyBellaghy?Farmer?Microfilm has many MANY lines across it at this point making reading next to impossible!!
1 Dec 1831SusannaSaml.?Downing??B. M????Farmer?
4 Dec 1831JohnPat.Farmer?
10 Dec 1831????Robt?C????Agnes?Curragh
1 Jan 1832???AndwMarlinCurrin
1 Jan 1832???JamesMarlinCurrin
8 Jan 1832ArchyJohn McDonnellAnneCurrinFarmer
8 Jan 1832JamesJas.Humphris?Hesy?B. McilcurrFarmer
15 Jan 1832Henry Jas.Robt.Slevin?Mary?CurranFarmer
29 Jan 1832DavidRobt.BruceHesy?CurraghFarmer
29 Jan 1832Boyde???Jas.OrrNancyCurraghLabourer
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St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland

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The Church of St. Lurach and associated religious sites in the Maghera area can be said to be the foundation stone that the town was built on. In fact, the name Maghera is derived from the Irish Machaire Rátha meaning “plain of the fort”. However this is itself derived from the older name for the parish, Ráth Lúraigh, meaning “Lúrach’s fort”. One manuscript states that Lúrach was from Ráith, which hints at an even earlier name for the parish before Lúrach’s name was suffixed to it. A Rath or fortified homestead would make sense when you consider that Lurach was of the family of Colla Uais, King of Ireland and they were local chieftains and held a degree of political importance in the area, with seven descendants of Lúrach’s father Cuanu being kings of Airgíalla. There is circumstantial evidence to place their seat of power at Ráth Lúraigh.

Lúrach mac Cuanach was himself the 6th-century patron of the eccesliastical parish, with the local parish church which he is credited with founding, St. Lurachs, named after him. His connection with early Christianity is most probably gained from his Uncle (his mother’s brother) St. Patrick himself. Lurach was nicknamed “Lurach of the poems” and was bishop of Derrygloran, County Derry. St’ Lurach’s church is the centre of a monastic settlement which also includes the monastery (later church) on the Mullagh hill and the convent at the Grillagh.

St. Lurach’s church was plundered by Vikings in 832 according to the Annals of Ulster, and in 1135 was one of several churches burnt down during a period of internecine wars. The ruins of the medieval church still stand in the town of Maghera in the townland of Largantogher, with the earliest remaining sections dating to between the 10th and 12th centuries. Within the old church there is a beautiful carving of the crucifixion, which is thought to date from the 10th Century, but the church is of varying ages of construction; the tower, for example, dates to the 17th or 18th Century. The east end was built about the year 1790 at the expense of the parish of Killelagh, which at that time was united with Maghera. This is therefore a very ancient and historically colourful site.

In 1111, the parish of Maghera was incorporated into the diocese of the Cinéal Eoghain, the seat of which was located at Ardstraw. In 1150 however the seat was transferred to Maghera, until 1254 when after complaints of its isolation from the “mainstream of civilisation” it was removed to Derry.

As a result of the Plantation of Ulster in 1606, the lands of the parish of Maghera were divided among three of the London livery companies, namely, the Drapers, Mercers, and Vintners and a large portion of land around the modern settlement of Maghera was given over to the Established Church.[

The Old church continued in use until 1819 when it was dismantled and part of the stones used to build the new church just across the road. It has always been speculated that there were tunnels emanating from the old church to various parts including the Mullagh hill, St. Lurach’s well etc. The Presbyterian church is close to old St. Lurach’s and when the foundations were being dug for the new Presbyterian church, a workman’s shovel fell down into a cavity. This hole was then investigated and a subterranean room was found in which wsas discovered a wooden watering can, a book and the remnants of an old turf fire. Clearly the room has been occupied at some time unknown.

St. Lurach’s Baptism records 1786-1838

St. Lurach’s Baptism records 1840-1867

St. Lurach Marriage records 1845 to 1918

St. Lurach’s funeral records


Some Notes on the Parish of Maghera and Neighbourhood


Published in the Ulster Journal of Archeology Vol. VIII, McCaw, Stevenson & Orr, The Linenhall Press, 1902.

THE town and parish of Maghera are situated in the barony of Loughinshollin and the county of Derry. The parish is bounded on the north by Killyleagh, on the west by Ballinascreen and Kilcronaghan, on the south-east by Ballyscullion and Termoneeny, and on the east by Tamlaght-o’-Crilly, all in the diocese of Derry.

The town is of great antiquity. It is recorded that the see of Ardstra, or Ardstragh, was removed to Maghera in 597 ; it continued as a separate diocese until 1158, when it was united to the see of Derry. In 1641 it was burnt by the Irish, under Macdonnell. In 1688 it was assaulted by the army of James II, the inhabitants seeking refuge in the city of Derry.

It was anciently called Machaire Ratha Luraigh Machaire means a plain this was changed into its present name, Maghera. Ratha Luraigh means the fort of Lurach. St. Lurach was the patron saint of this parish, and his festival was formerly celebrated on the 17 February. Like many Irish saints, Lurach was of royal lineage. Lurach of the Poems, son of Griana uais, monarch of Ireland, who married Davorca, sister of Saint Patrick.

The ruins of St. Lurach’s church adjoin the town, and are in a good state of preservation. They are now under the charge of the Board of Works, and so are well looked after.

Samuel Lewis, in his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), says about this church :

“The ruins of the old church are highly interesting, and some portions bear marks of very remote antiquity. Over the west entrance is a representation of the Crucifixion, rudely sculptured in high relief, with ten of the apostles ; and in the churchyard are the tomb and pillar of Leuri, the patron saint, whose grave was opened some time since, when a silver crucifix was found in it, which was carefully replaced.”

It would have been much better to have suppressed this information, as a couple of thieves came afterwards and opened this grave and stole the sacred relics. An information was sworn by the late Alexander Hipson of Maghera, describing these thieves ; and the late Rev. Spencer Knox had them followed to Magherafelt and Moneymore, but unfortunately all trace of them was lost.

On the 4 January, 1881, a paper was read before the Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club by F. W. Lockwood, on “The Crucifixion and other Sculptures of the Ruined Church at Maghera, Co. Derry,” in which he stated :

“The ruined church at Maghera presents features perfectly unique amongst Irish ecclesiastical remains in its square-headed west doorway, above which is carved in relief, according to Lord Dunraven, the Crucifixion, the figures of the eleven disciples, and the two soldiers with spear and sponge. In Miss Stokes’s work it is described as ‘the Crucifixion, with lance and sponge, the figure of the Saviour draped to the hands and wrists, the three disciples and the woman standing near.’ A full-sized drawing explained that the decay of the stone rendered it difficult to identify some of the figures, but the two Roman soldiers, the blessed Virgin, and probably nine disciples, with the position of the tenth, are clearly to be made out ; angels are also to be seen hovering above the cross. Several similar features are also to be seen in the sculptured crosses of the ninth and tenth centuries at Monasterboice and elsewhere. The probable date of this interesting relic is between the years 960 to 1000 A.D.”

Local tradition has it that an underground passage existed between this church and the church on Mullagh Hill, about a mile distant.

St. Lurach’s grave is in the churchyard, and is marked by a rude stone, which is so decayed that no trace of anything can be made out of it. It is hoped that some suitable monument will soon mark the resting-place of our patron saint.

St. Lurach’s well is in the centre of the down [sic], at the gateway of A. K. Morrison. It was for a considerable time the principal source of the water supply for the town, but is now threatened with closure by the district authorities, and a pump erected over it; and though from a sanitary point of view this might be an improvement, yet it is a pity to obliterate such an ancient and celebrated landmark.

About an English mile from Maghera, at Tirnony, there is a very fine cromleac, near to which Lewis says there is an artificial cave formed of field stones and covered with flags; but the oldest inhabitant never heard of this souterrain, and if it exists its precise whereabouts is unknown. To the north west of this cromleac, about 200 yards distant, we have the ruins of Killelagh old church, a very ancient structure, but unfortunately no reliable record can be found regarding its erection. Lewis says it was destroyed in the wars of 1641 by the Earl of Tyrone, and subsequently rebuilt. Lying close to the wall of the churchyard is a large Flat stone, 3 feet by 4½ feet, and about 6 inches thick, with two basin-shaped cavities in it. Close to this old church there is a very fine rath, with one circumvallation. MADGHS

About two miles farther there is a sweat house in Tirkane, with a well a few yards distant from its entrance. The favourite explanation of this sweat-house is that it was used something like our Turkish baths, and as a cure for rheumatism and such-like complaints. A fire was lighted inside on its jagged floor, and when well heated the fire was cleared out, and after the patient had dipped himself in the well he was closed up in the house until he perspired profusely, with beneficial results.

There are a number of other places in this neighbourhood of traditional interest, such as giants’ graves one in Slaghtnail and one in Corlecky ; also the remains of what is said to be one of the palaces of some of the Irish kings in Granaghan.

At Culnady, about three miles distant from Maghera, there is a very large and perfect rath at Dunglady. It is compassed by treble walls and a trench, but unfortunately there are no records regarding its occupation. It is said to be one of the most perfect in Ireland, and commands a most extensive view of the surrounding country.


The following is a copy of a deposition made by Alexr. Hipson regarding

the rifling of Saint Lurach’s grave, before J. J. Clarke, 20 January, 1865 :

CITY & COUNTY OF LONDONDERRY TO WIT.} I Alexander Hipson of Maghera in the county of Londonderry  carpenter do solemly & sincerely declare that in or about the year 1829 I think in the month of March I was in the employment of the Rev. Jas. Spencer Knox rector of the parish of Maghera, when one morning having to pass through the old graveyard on my way from the glebe house to the town of Maghera to buy nails I met two persons dressd like gentlemen in the graveyard, one had a paper in his hand, on which there was writing. He askd was I a native of the town I said I was- He then enquird [sic] if there was a long grave in the churchyard in which Saint Lorny was buried. I said I had often heard of it. He again askd if it had a black whin stone for a head stone I told him it had. He lookd at the paper and bid the other gentleman to come along. We went together to the grave which I pointed out. He took a rule out of his pocket & measurd [sic} the grave which he compard [sic]with the writing on the paper with it and the headstone. At his request I got him a spade from James Cassidy who was planting potatoes. On giving him the spade he gave me a half crown piece & said to me & Thomas Quinn who had just come up that we might go and have a glass. We went to Billy Crocketts had a glass & divided what was left of the half crown between us. I then went to Harry Porters the nailer, got the nails & retd  through the graveyard, and there found the two gentlemen filling up the hole in the grave that appeared about 2½ feet long & about 2 ft broad. I don’t know the depth. On the grass was a handkerchief spread out the wind raising it up I saw underneath a cross which might be about 18 inches long. They then left taking the cross with them. I began to think I should tell Mr. Knox & went to the hall door, but he was not in the house. Half an hour after I ret d1 found him in his study and told what had occurrd [sic]. He sent me immediately to the hotel kept by Mr Falls to make enquiry who said, they had been gone for some time, but whether to Moneymore or Magherafelt he could not say. Mr Knox & myself then drove in his gig to Magherafelt but could not find any trace of them there but got a fresh horse & proceeded to Moneymore, with no better success-  came back by Desertmartin to Magherafelt hoping to meet with them Mr Knox having left instructions in Magherafelt to have them detaind shd they make their appearance there.

Mr Knox told me afterwards he had reason to believe they had gone to Dungannon & was greatly displeased with Mr Falls as he blamd him for misleading him.

I make this solemn deposition conscientously believing same to be true, and by virtue of an act passd in the 6 year of his late Magesty King Wm. the Fourth chapt 62 for the abolition of unnecessary oaths. Alexander Hipson.  {Made and subscribed before me this 20 day of January, 1865 (sixty-five), at Largantogher. Jas. J. Clarke, J.P. for Co. Londonderry.