Lisburn Standard - Friday, 4 April, 1919


DUNN -- March 26, at Maze Manse. Hillsborough, to Rev. T. and Mrs Dunn -- a son.


BECKETT -- March 29, at Newfield, Ballinderry, Thomas Beckett, late of Aghadavey, aged 86 years.

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FULLERTON -- April 3 (suddenly), at her residence, 12 Railway Street, Lisburn, Isabella, beloved wife of Samuel Fullerton. Funeral to Lisburn Cemetery on to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, at 2-30 o'clock. Inserted by her sorrowing Husband and Family.

For King and Country

COBURN -- October 14, 1918, at War Hospital 10, Namur (from pneumonia), James, third son of David and Emma Coburn, 3 Wilson Street, Low Road, Lisburn. Deeply regretted.
     Peaceful be thy rest, dear brother,
          'Tis sweet to breathe thy name;
     In life we loved you very dear,
          In death we do the same.
Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law, EMILY and WILLIE LEWIS.





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This congregation was in existence prior to the Revolution of 1688, and was connected with the Antrim Presbytery, or "Meeting," till 1697, when it was placed under the care of the newly-formed Presbytery of Belfast. In 1725 the Presbytery of Belfast was dissolved, and the congregation became connected with the newly-formed Presbytery of Banger. In 1733 the congregation is said to have lost its confidence in the Presbytery of Bangor, and it was transferred to the care of the Presbytery of Templepatrick. Its confidence seems to have been restored in 1745, when it again became connected with the Presbytery of Bangor. It remained connected with that Presbytery till 1834, when a rearrangement of the Presbyteries was made, and it was placed under the care of the Presbytery of Belfast, which had been reorganised in 1774. In 1877 it was transferred to the care of the Presbytery of Dromore, with which it has since been connected.

The first minister was

Alexander M'Cracken.

He is said to have been a native of Scotland, but more probably he was an Irishman. He was educated at Edinburgh University, where he graduated M.A. in 1673, licensed by the Antrim Presbytery in August, 1684, and ordained here on 3rd July, 1688. He warmly espoused the cause of William Prince of Orange, and attended, with eight other Presbyterian ministers, the General Council, or Consult as it was sometimes called, at Hillsborough on 14th March, 1689, to advise the Protestant leaders "as they valued their lives and liberties not to put confidence in Lord Tyrconnell or any of his promises, but, if they possibly could, to defend themselves to the utmost. Soon afterwards he retired to Glasgow, and officiated there till May, 1690, when he returned to his church in Lisburn. The church, which was a humble thatched structure in the south end of the town, and in which King William is said to have worshipped when on his way to the Boyne, was reduced to ashes in the great fire which broke out on Sunday, 20th April, 1707, and totally destroyed the town. The records of the church, which date from about 1688, and which have recently been restored and rebound through the kindness of Sir Theodore Cracraft Hope, K.C.S.I, London, evidently escaped the conflagration, and are of great historical value. The church was rebuilt (1707) on the present site (Market Square), the congregation being aided in defraying the cost (£400) by a general collection ordered by the Synod of Ulster, and by contributions from Scotland.

About this time an Act was passed requiring all persons holding civil, military, or ecclesiastical office to swear an oath that the son of James II., or the Pretender as he was called, had no right or title to the Crown, and towards the close of the reign of Queen Anne the Act was vigorously put in force. This Abjuration Oath Mr. M'Cracken refused to take, not because he was in favour of the Pretender and opposed to Queen Anne, but because he thought that the oath committed him to a declaration that the Pretender was not the son of James II. A warrant was issued for his arrest by two Episcopalian magistrates, and Mr. M'Cracken was obliged to flee for safety to Scotland. On his return he was arrested, sentenced to a fine of £500, and six months' imprisonment, and at the end of his imprisonment he was still held bound to take the oath. He still refused, and was in consequence kept in prison for two and a half years (1713-16). After his release he continued his ministry in Lisburn till his death (14th November, 1730), and published a work (1726) entitled "The Confession of Faith Reduced to Question and Answer." "He was," says Wodrow, the well-known Scottish ecclesiastical historian, "my father's friend, and I had the advantage of his letters more than twenty years. He was a firm, honest Scots Presbyterian, and though he has served his God and his generation long, it's really a loss when such are removed."

The second minister was

Gilbert Kennedy,

son of Rev. Gilbert Kennedy, M.A. (Edin. 1697), Tullylish (1703-45), grandson of Rev. Gilbert Kennedy, M.A. (Glasgow, 1647), Girvan (1651-62), and Dundonald (1670-88), and Rev. George Lang, M.A. (Glasgow, 1656), Newry, (1665-1702). He was born at Tullylish in 1706, educated at Glasgow University, where he graduated (M.A., 1724), licensed by Armagh Presbytery in 1728, and ordained here on 7th June, 1732. His ministry in Lisburn was brief, as he accepted a call in 1733 to Killyleagh, where he ministered for eleven years. He became minister of 2nd (now All Souls') Belfast in 1744, where he remained till his death on 12th March, 1773. He was Moderator of the General Synod of Ulster, 1763-4. His sermon as outgoing Moderator and other sermons of his have been published, and we may infer from them that bis religious views were what were known as "New Light." Certainly they were very different from those held by his father, who was an enthusiastic advocate of Subscription, and by his paternal grandfather, who was ejected from his church in Girvan and compelled to flee from Scotland because of his Puritanism. His wife was a daughter of Rev. Robert Trail, rector of Killinchy, and a granddaughter of his was wife of the Primate of All Ireland (Right Rev. George Beresford).

The third minister was

William Patten,

a native of Ireland, a graduate (M.A., 1708) of Glasgow University, and a licentiate of Dalkeith Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, who had joined the General Synod of Ulster (Route Presbytery) in 1718, and been minister of Ervey and Carrickmacklin, Co. Cavan, for fifteen years (1721-36). He was installed here after considerable opposition owing to his "New Light" principles, on 7th July, 1736. About 280 heads of families in the congregation then memorialised the Associate Presbytery in Scotland, praying "that one might be sent them who would preach the Gospel not in the wisdom of men's words, but in the purity and simplicity thereof."

The prayer of this memorial was not granted, owing to the circumstances of the Associate Presbytery, but it contributed in no small degree to the introduction soon afterwards of the original Secession Church of Scotland into Ireland. Mr. Patton, after a ministry of about nine years, during which the opposition continued, accepted a call (1745) to Plunket Street, Dublin. He was Moderator of the General Synod of Ulster, 1751-2, and died on 22nd April, 1759, leaving two sons -- one a physician in Dublin, and the other Rev. J. Patton, Clonmel. His will was proved in the Irish Prerogative Court, 1759.

The fourth minister was

Patrick Buchanan,

a native of Co. Tyrone, a graduate (M.A., 1736) of Edinburgh University, and a licentiate of Strabane Presbytery (1745). He was ordained here on 29th July, 1745, and ministered till his death on 1st November, 1763. Little is known of his history, but it is probable that he held "New Light" principles.

The fifth minister was

James Bryson,

son of John Bryson, Holywood, and cousin of Rev. Wm. Bryson, Antrim, U.S. (1764-1815). He was born about 1730, educated, probably, at one of the Scottish universities, licensed by Armagh Presbyter in 1762, and ordained here on 6th June, [--?--] (at this point it was obvious a piece of tape had been placed on the original and when removed had taken the text below it away.) During his ministry of nine years the membership of the congregation [--?--] considerably, and the church [--?--?--] enlarged (1768) at a [--?--?--] £120 of which was subs[--?--] [--?--]iers of the Episcopal Church [--?--]

Mr. Bryson accepted [--?--?--] 2nd (now All Souls') Belfast [--?--] [--?--]nistered till 1791, when a [--?--] [--?--] his congregation affecting [--?--] [--?--]ich led to his resignation a[--?--] [--?--]ion of a new congregation [--?--] [--?--] (now Cliftonville), Belfast, of which he became pastor, and where he officiated till his death on 3rd October, 1796.

He was Moderator of the General Synod of Ulster, 1778-9, and held "New Light" principles. A volume of his sermons was published in 1788, and twelve manuscript volumes of his sermons are in the library of the Belfast Queen's University. He was twice married, and was father of Surgeon Samuel Bryson, High Street, Belfast, and Rev. Andrew Bryson, M.A. (Glasgow, 1783), Dundalk (1786-97), who was an authority on the Irish language.

The sixth minister was,

George Kennedy,

eldest son of Rev. Andrew Kennedy, Mourne (1741-81), and grandson by his mother of Rev. Gilbert Kennedy, M.A. (Edin. 1697), Tullylish (1703-45). He was born at Mourne in 1750, educated at Glasgow University 1767, licensed by Armagh Presbytery in March, 1773, and ordained here on 15th February, 1775. He died, after a brief ministry of little over four years, on 5th April, 1779, at the age of 28. His funeral sermon, which was published at the desire of the congregation, was preached by Rev. James Stouppe, M.A. (Glasgow, 1767), Dunmurry (1772-80), and his principles were probably "New Light."

The seventh minister was

William Bruce,

second son of Rev. Samuel Bruce, M.A. (Glasgow, 1740), Wood Street, and Strand, Street, Dublin (1747-67), grandson of Rev. Michael Bruce, Holywood (1711-35), great grandson of Rev. James Bruce, M.A. (Edin. 1678), Killyleagh (1685-1730), and great great grandson of Rev. Michael Bruce, M.A. (Edin. 1654), Killinchy (1657-89). He was born in Dublin on 30th July, 1757, educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated (B.A.) in 1776, and Warrington Theological Academy, licensed by the Dublin Presbytery of the Southern Association, and ordained here on 4th November, 1779. After a ministry of about three years he accepted a call to Strand Street (now Stephen's Green), Dublin, where he officiated till 1790, when he became minister of 1st Belfast N.S. He received the honorary degree of D.D. from Glasgow University in 1786. During his ministry in Belfast he was Principal of the Academy (1790-1822), President of the Linenhall Library (1798-1817) and of the Belfast Literary Society, and took a leading part in all the benevolent institutions of the town. He retired from the active duties of the ministry owing to blindness in 1831, and died at Dublin on 27th February, 1841. Although his principles, which were Arian, and which were openly avowed and defended by him in several publications, were not at all popular, he was throughout a lengthened ministry universally respected.

The eighth minister was

Andrew Craig,

son of Andrew Craig, farmer, Dehomed, Drumgooland. He was born on 4th March, 1754, educated at Glasgow University, 1771, licensed by Dromore Presbytery in September, 1777, and, after a ministry of four years (1778-82) in Moira, was installed here in June, 1782. His ministry was a lengthened one, and his principles, like those of his predecessors, were "New Light." He retired from active duty in 1824, subscribed the Remonstrance presented to the Synod in 1829, died on 9th June, 1833, and was interred in Kilrush.

His assistant and successor (James Morgan) writes:-- "Mr. Craig was a most agreeable man. It was said he held some opinions not the same as mine, but, if so, he did not express them. He was silent on the subject of religious doctrines. He was a man of the old school -- a thorough gentleman, well informed, meditative, reasonable, kind. In many ways he was highly useful to me. He was the best reader I ever heard, except James Sheridan Knowles. He told me he never read a chapter in the pulpit without first studying it, and preparing himself to read it as it ought to be read. When he noticed anything wrong in my reading, or speaking, or pronunciation, he took me aside in the vestry, and taught me how to speak. When he approved of my public appearance he commended me. He never spoke to me about any of my doctrines, on which he might differ, holding that I was free to preach what I believed to be true."

(To be Continued.)



Mr. Arthur Mussen, J.P., coroner, and a jury of Lisburn me had the unpleasant and painful duty to perform this forenoon of investigating the circumstances attending the tragic death of Mrs. Fullerton, Railway Street, the news of which came as a great shock to all who knew her, and created quite a sensation in town.

Samuel Fullerton, husband of the deceased, who was suffering distressful emotion, said his wife was 44 years of age. For about three weeks she had been suffering from depression. On Wednesday he visited Belfast with her on business matters. They came home by the 1.30 o'clock train. His wife was in an excited and nervous state, and she did not sleep at all on Wednesday night. She was still in a nervous way on Thursday morning, and did not get up as usual. Shortly before eleven o'clock he left her -- their younger daughter with her -- and went down the street a message. He came back about twenty minutes later, and his wife got up to go to the bathroom. He followed her almost immediately, and when he got in she was dropping the razor, and swooned; another second and he could have saved her. He called for help, and at the same time laid her down on the floor and tried to close the wound with his fingers. Doctors Murphy and Mackenzie came at once and attended to deceased. The razor belonged to the boy, who kept it in the bathroom for shaving. The whole thing was like the striking of a match.

The Coroner -- I need not tell you, Mr. Fullerton, that you have our sincere sympathy in your affliction.

Dr. H. S. Murphy said he attended at once in response to a message he got shortly before eleven o'clock. Mrs. Fullerton was still alive. He examined her, and found an incised wound on her throat. The wound laid open the windpipe and the main blood-vessels, with the exception of the carotid artery. The case was hopeless from the first, and she died in about twelve minutes, cause of death being haemorrhage and shock. The wound was a clean, incised one, such as could be made by a razor, and could be self-inflicted.

The jury found that deceased died from haemorrhage and shock caused by wounds to the throat, self-inflicted while she was in an unsound state of mind.

The Coroner and the jury subsequently expressed deep sympathy with the bereaved husband and children.

Mr. Thomas Lecky was foreman of the jury, while Sergeant Rourke watched the proceedings on the part of the Crown.

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The funeral takes place to Lisburn Cemetery to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, at 2.30 o'clock.



2,410 Awards for Gallantry.

The following, compiled from official sources, is the record of decorations won by officers, warrant officers, N.C.O.'s and men of the 36th (Ulster) Division for gallantry in the field between October, 1915, and November, 1918:--

Victoria Cross 8
Distinguished Service Order 71
Military Cross 459
Distinguished Conduct Medal 173
Military Medal 1,294
Meritorious Service Medal 118
Foreign (French, Belgian, &c.) 287
Total      2,410

To the total has to be added the mentions in despatches, numbering a couple of hundred, and the award of the C.B. and C.M.G, to a number of the senior officers in various Birthday and New War Honour lists.



This Court was held yesterday, before Messrs. W. J. M'Murray, J.P. (presiding); William Davis, J.P.; and Augustus Turtle, J.P.

District-Inspector Gregory, R.I.C., and Mr. T. J. English, C.P.S., were in attendance.

Police Cases.

Constable Mullen summoned John Green for drunkenness while in charge of a horse and cart in Lisburn on market day. First offence. Fined 10s and costs.

Constable M'Laughlin summoned Elizabeth M'Ilwrath for drunkenness on the 23rd ult. First offence. Fined 5s and costs.

Unjust Weights.

Sergeant Duffy prosecuted Robert J. Chambers, Hillhall Road, for using in his shop two unjust weights.

The Sergeant said that he found a 4-oz. weight that was 1½ drachms light, and a 2-oz. weight that was a drachm and a quarter light.

Chambers said he was ill for some time, and the weights had been neglected. He did not know they were light, as he had them adjusted in August.

A nominal fine of 2s 6d and costs was imposed.

No "Light" Fine.

Constable Bradshaw summoned Richard Belshaw for driving a springcart through Lisburn without a light on the night of the 28th ult. The Constable said it was an hour and a half after lighting-up time. Defendant gave a wrong name and address.

Mr. Turtle, J.P. -- Was he sober?

Constable Bradshaw -- I would not say he was sober.

Defendant was fined 10s and costs.

Trespass in Pursuit of Game.

Edward Morrow summoned James M'Carthy for trespassing on his lands on 2nd March is pursuit of game, and also for injuring a collie dog, his property, on the 11th March. M'Carthy counter-summoned Morrow for allowing a dangerous dog to be at large on the public road.

Mr. W. G. Maginess appeared for Morrow, and Mr. Joseph Lockhart for M'Carthy.

After short evidence, their Worships fined M'Carthy 20s and costs in the trespass charge, and dismissed the other two cases.

Out-of-work Donation Case.

William Gillen, Bradbury Buildings, an ex-soldier, was prosecuted at the instance of the Crown by District-Inspector Gregory for that, on 9th January, he did obtain from Edward Ker, an official of the Ministry of Labour, the sum of 9s 8d of the moneys of the Minister of Labour as for out-of-work donation at the rate of 4s 10d per day in respect of the 4th and 6th days of January, 1919, by fraud and false pretences, to wit, that he was on the said days out of work and unemployed, which representation was false, as he well knew; and by like fraud and false pretences did, on the 2nd January, obtain from the said Edward Ker a further sum of 19s 4d, being at the said rate in respect of the 27th, 28th, 30th, and 31st December, 1918.

District-Inspector Gregory conducted the prosecution, and Mr. W. G. Maginess, solicitor, was for the defence.

Edward Patrick Ker was called. He deposed he was a clerk in the Lisburn Labour Exchange. He knew the defendant, who, on the 2nd January, drew £1 9s for the week ending 31st December last, which was at the rate of 4s 10d per day, and included the 27th, 28th, 30th, and 31st December. On the 9th January he was paid 19s 4d which included the 4th and 6th January.

Witness, under Mr. Maginess' cross-examination, said he knew defendant well, and was aware that he could neither read nor write. He knew defendant was an old soldier, and had served during the war. When defendant came for out-of-work money witness did not ask him if he was working, as it was not his business to do so. The unemployment money was paid by the week, and not each day.

Mr. Alexander Patterson, publican, was called as a witness.

District-Inspector Gregory said it was only right to mention that Mr. Patterson came to Court very reluctantly, but he (the inspector) could not leave him out.

Mr. Patterson said he knew defendant for over twenty-five years. Defendant, worked for him on and off for twenty years. Defendant worked for him on the 27th, 28th, 30th, and 31st December, 1918,, and on the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th January of this year. He was paid at the rate of 24s a week, and given his dinner and tea.

Mr. Maginess said he would reserve his defence, and defendant was returned for trial to the Belfast Quarter Sessions in June.

District-Inspector Gregory said he had no objection to defendant being allowed out on bail on his own recognisances, and said he was sure that the County Court Judge would take into account Gillen's military services.

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There was only one case in the Town Court, John Smythe being prosecuted by Sergeant Duffy for drunkenness on the 26th March. Defendant was fined 5s and costs. Mr. Wellington Young prosecuted.



A V.A.D. in a large London military hospital writes that after four years' work she has many gray hairs, although only 22.

"There is hardly a nurse here without gray hairs, and after we leave not one will be able to take up other work without rest free from worry. Why should we not have a gratuity the same as officers and men?


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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 11 July, 1919


ALISTER -- April 8th, at Northern Bank House, Lurgan, Tillie, the beloved wife of George A. Alister.

BOYD -- April 9th, at her parents' residence, 41 Seymour Street, Lisburn, Ina, dearly-loved daughter of Thomas L. and Eleanor Boyd. Funeral to Lisburn Cemetery (this day) Friday, at 3 p.m.

GREENFIELD -- April 11, 1919 (suddenly), at his residence, Prospect Cottage, Magherleave Road, Lisburn, David, dearly-beloved husband of Agnes Greenfield. Funeral to Lisburn Cemetery on Sunday, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.

LEWIS -- April 10th, 1919 at his father's residence, 18 Victoria Crescent, Lisburn, Henry Johnston, youngest and dearly beloved son of Johnston and Ellen Lewis. Funeral to Lisburn Cemetery on to-morrow, Saturday, at 3 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

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GREENFIELD -- Companions of above Encampment and other Companions are requested to attend the funeral of our late respected Companion, David Greenfield. JAMES FRAZER, S.K.C.; FRED CLARKE, Recorder.





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The ninth minister was

James Morgan,

second son of Thomas Morgan, merchant, Cookstown. He was born on 15th June, 1799, educated at Glasgow University (1814-15), and the old Belfast College, where he graduated (G.C. 1817), licensed by Tyrone Presbytery in 1820, and, after a ministry of four years (1820-4) in Carlow, was installed here as assistant and successor to Mr. Craig on 23rd June, 1824. After an earnest ministry of four years he accepted a call (1828) to be the first minister of Fisherwick Place, Belfast, where he proved himself a model pastor of what soon came to be a model congregation. He was a leader in every good work. Immediately after his installation in "Fisherwick" he established a day and a Sabbath school in connection with his congregation -- the first of the kind in Belfast. He aided in establishing the first Temperance Society, in Europe, and preached the second temperance sermon ever delivered in Belfast, the first having been delivered by Rev. John Edgar.

When the Foreign Mission was inaugurated after the union of the two Synods in 1840, Mr. Morgan was appointed its first convener, and for 33 years he discharged the duties of that convenership with rare devotion and signal success. By his missionary zeal, pastoral fidelity, saintly life, and works of practical piety, he contributed more to raise the spiritual tone of the Church daring his ministry than any other man.

He was Moderator of the Synod of Ulster 1831-2, and of the General Assembly 1846-7. Dr. Morgan (for Glasgow University conferred on him the honorary degree of D.D. in 1847) retired from the active duties of the ministry in 1870, and died on 5th August, 1873.

The tenth minister was

Alexander Henderson,

a native of Belfast and member of a family long identified with the Press. His brother (James Henderson, Newry) was proprietor of the "Newry Telegraph." Another brother (Rev. Henry Henderson, Holywood) contributed letters for many years to the "Belfast Weekly News" under the signature of "Ulster Scot." His nephew (James Alexander Henderson, Norwood Tower, Belfast) was proprietor of the "Belfast News-Letter." Another nephew (Rev. Wm. Henderson) was proprietor and editor of "The Monthly Messenger," 1856-67. He himself was intended for the Press, but at the age of 17 he decided to enter the ministry. He studied at the Old Belfast College, where he graduated (G.C. 1826), during which time he acted as librarian of the Linen Hall Library (1823-9) and interested himself deeply in Sabbath schools and missions to the poor of Belfast. He was licensed by the Belfast Presbytery (1828), and ordained here on 29th June, 1829. After ministering with much diligence and acceptance for about 26 years he accepted a military chaplaincy, and became the first Irish Presbyterian chaplain appointed to the British Army. He died at Warley in Essex on 23rd July, 1868, and was buried, as he himself requested, "in a plain grave and without any monument."

"Mr. Henderson was always distinguished by his great beneficence, exercised mostly in the most private and unostentatious manner. He was a singularly modest and worthy man, and most catholic in his sympathies."

The eleventh minister was

William Breakey,

son of John Breakey, farmer, Drumskelt, Ballybay. He was born about 1819, educated at the Old Belfast College, where he graduated (G.C. 1838), and Free Church College, Edinburgh, licensed by the Belfast Presbytery in 1840, and after a ministry of over 14 years in Loughbrickland, installed here on 3rd September, 1856. He died of consumption on 6th April, 1872, and was buried in Loughbrickland.

"Mr. Breakey had very considerable gifts as a popular preacher, and having been well instructed in the great saving truths of the Gospel, he proclaimed the Gospel in all its fulness and freeness to those committed to his care, and took an active interest in the religious culture of the young and rising generation. Whilst firmly attached to the distinctive principles of his own Church, Mr. Breakey cultivated and maintained the most friendly intercourse with the ministers and members of other communions, and preferred the statement of evangelical truth to the exposition of polemical theology. He did not take an active and prominent part in the business of the Church Courts, but rather he devoted his time and attention to the pastoral work of his own congregation."

The twelfth minister was

John Laurence Rentoul,

son of Rev. John Laurence Rentoul (G.C. 1829), Ballymoney (1837-69), grandson of Rev. JAmes Rentoul, Ray (now 2nd) (1791-1839), great grandson of Rev. Robert Reid, Ray (now 2nd) (1752-88). He was born about 1851, educated at Magee College, Derry, where he graduated (G.C. 1871), and Assembly's College, Belfast, licensed by Route Presbytery in 1872, ordained here on 17th October, 1872.

Soon afterwards (1873) the church building, which had undergone no change since 1768, was enlarged and remodelled to provide accommodation for the membership, which greatly increased. Mr. Rentoul, who was endowed with great oratorical power and popular gifts, received a call to a U.P. congregation in Perth, which he intended to accept, and was released from his congregation on 12th June, 1876, but, on reconsideration, he accepted a call back to Lisburn, where he was installed on 20th December, 1876, and where he remained for ten more years. In 1886 he became minister of St. George's, Sunderland, and afterwards (1893) of the Parish of Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, where he died on 13th July, 1900.

The thirteenth minister is

J. J. Carlyle Breakey,

son of James Breakey, principal of Ballinasloe Academy. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated (B.A. 1878), and Assembly's College, Belfast, where he was awarded the first Magill Bursary for Pulpit Eloquence (1886), licensed by Athlone Presbytery, 1886, and ordained here on 11th November, 1886. Under his able, earnest, and devoted ministry the congregation continues to prosper. The church building has recently been renovated and beautified, and a handsome pipe organ, the gift of Mr. Henry Musgrave, whose family has for long been identified with the congregation, has been introduced.

The following elders represented the congregation at the annual meetings of the General Synod prior to the Union of 1840:--

Edward Adamson, 1691; Edward M'Comphy, 1692; John Clark, 1694; Matthew Rosbotham, 1697; John Smith 1703; John Martin, 1705; Robert Charters, 1706; Thomas Bryson, 1707; Samuel Herron, 1708; Daniel Kinly, 1710; Alexr. Taylor, 1718; Jo. M'Clure, 1719; Wm. Townsend, 1720; Thos. Small, 1721; Richard Colston, 1721; Jas Fulton 1737; Wm. Mitchell, 1738; Wm. Carlile, 1739; Richard Coldstone, 1744; Matt. M'Creery, 1750; John Carlile, 1753; Alexr. Cuthbert, 1754; John Henan, 1755; Jas. M'Kye, 1756; Robt. Nicol, 1757; Jas. Fulton, 1764; Fras. Patten, 1766; Wm. Stitt, 1768; -- Macoghtry, 1769; Alexr. Mercer, 1770; John Dobbin, 1783; Jas. Porter, 1786; Geo. Tandy, 1787; Thos. Potts, 1796; Robt. Smyth, 1797; Jas. Fulton, 1798, Jas. Fulton, 1805; Jas. Ward, 1815; Wm. Wightman, 1816; Henderson Wightman, 1818; -- Thompson, M.D., 1835; Hamilton M'Cay, 1837; Jas. Ward, 1840.

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This congregation had its origin the religious awakening known as the Revival of 1859. About the year 1860, the late Rev. John Powell, who had come from Carlow to take charge of a classical school in Lisburn, carried on Evangelistic services in his spare time, chiefly amongst the non-churchgoers. The result was, that a band of earnest working people gathered around him, and expressed the desire to be formed into a congregation with him as their minister. After encountering many difficulties, and much discouragement, and after being considerably weakened by the withdrawal of some of their number of the recently-formed congregation of Second Lisburn, the party that adhered to Mr. Powell were at length organised into a congregation, with him as minister, by one of the presbyteries of the Secession Synod. A house of worship then became necessary. Here again great difficulties presented themselves. The then landlord of the Lisburn Estate was an absentee, and sites for additional churches were hard to be got. The best, and indeed the only site that could be procured was a building in Sloan Street, that had been erected for a carpenter's shop, and which was held under a temporary lease. But for the influence of the late Mr. John Sloan, Plantation House, and the active interest he took in the matter, even this modest building could not have been obtained. Funds were raised for the purchasing of the carpenter's shop, and for converting it into a house of worship for One who had Himself been called "The Carpenter's Son."

On the resignation, through failing health, of Mr. Powell, the Rev. J. W. Gamble, the present minister, was called to take charge of the congregation. Mr. Gamble declined to accept the call, but being urged by his Presbytery, he at length consented to give the place a trial. While the congregation improved considerably under Mr. Gamble's ministry, it soon became clear that important changes would have to be made if the Church was to be of any permanent advantage to the district. Accordingly, the important step was taken of transferring the congregation from the Secession Synod to the jurisdiction of the General Assembly. Minister and people were cordially received, and placed under the care of the Presbytery of Dromore. Mr. Gamble handed over to the Trustees of the General Assembly, for the permanent endowment of the congregation of Sloan Street, a sum of about £800 of his commutation capital. As the old house of worship was small and obscure, expansion was out of the question. With the consent of the Presbytery, a new site was procured, and a new sanctuary erected, at a cost, including the purchase of the site, of nearly £3,000.

On the 31st July, 1899, the memorial stones in the new church were laid by Mrs. J. D. Barbour, Conway House; Miss Sloan, Plantation House; Sir James Musgrave, Bart; and Rev. D. A. Taylor, M.A. Moderator of the General Assembly. The building was opened for public worship in October, 1900, by the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, of Dublin, the Moderator of Assembly that year. Other services connected with the occasion, were conducted by the Rev. Andrew Benvie, B.D., Edinburgh; Rev. Dr. Lynd, Belfast; and Rev. Dr. Anderson, West Calder. The Rev. Mr. Gamble celebrated his semi-jubilee, as minister of this church in 1905.

Session 1906:-- Rev. J. W. Gamble, B.A.; H. Thompson, R. Diamond, John Coulter, Wm. Erskine, D. Greenfield, Thomas Leinster, John Campbell. Committee:-- James Alister, Samuel Blakley, Constable Bains, Thos. Campbell, Samuel Carson, Isaac Creighton, senr.; Isaac Creighton, jun.; John Cargin, W. A. Gamble, Samuel Giffen, J. D. Gamble, Thomas Hayes, Andrew Kennedy, M. B. MacKenzie, M.D., J.P.; Alex. M'Clure, Wm. M'Master, H. M'Callum, John Small.

(To be continued.)



Two little clouds one summer's day
     Went flying through the sky.
They went so fast they bumped their heads,
     And both began to cry.

Old Father Sun looked out and said:
     "Oh, never mind, my dears,
I'll send my little fairy folks
     To dry your falling tears.

On fairy came in violet,
     And one in indigo--
In blue, green, yellow, orange, red,
     They made a pretty row.

They wiped the cloud-tears all away,
     And then, out from the sky,
Upon a line the sunbeams made
     They hung their gowns to dry.

Sent in by Doris May Baulf, aged 6 years.



I have a little shadow
     That goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him
     Is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me,
     From the heels up to the head,
And I see him jump before me
     When I jump into my bed.

The funiest thing about him
     Is the way he likes to grow.
Not at all like proper children,
     Which is always very slow.

For he sometimes shoots up taller,
     Like an indiarubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little
     That there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion
     Of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me
     In every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me--
     He's a coward, you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie
     As that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very-early,
     Before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew
     On every buttercup.

But my lazy little shadow,
     Like an arrant sleepy-head.
Had stayed at home behind me,
     And was fast asleep in bed.

R. L. Stevenson.

Sent in by Eric Baulf, aged 9 years.



The monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday, Mr. William Davis, J.P , presiding. The other members in attendance were:-- Messrs. H. A. Barbour, J. A. Hanna, G. H. Clarke, J.P.; W. J. M'Murray, J.P.; Robert Griffith, J.P.; George StGeorge, M.D.; John. G. Ferguson, Alexander Patterson, James E. Pelan, and Charles Scott.

Mr. T. M. Wilson, Town Clerk; Wellington Young, Town Solicitor; D. C. Campbell, Medical Officer of Health; A. S. Brook, Gas Manager; and Mr. James Shortt, Surveyor, were also present.

Late Mr. Wilson.

At the sitting of the Council,

Dr. StGeorge referred to the death of Mr. George Wilson, who had been a very highly respected member of the Board for many years, and while able attended the meetings regularly, giving them the benefit of his valuable advice. They all deeply regretted his death, which was a loss to both the Council and the town, in the affairs of which he was so interested. He (the doctor) moved that a letter of condolence he sent to the bereaved widow and family.

Mr. H. M. Barbour seconded the motion.

The Chairman said that the late Mr. Wilson was a member of an old and much respected Lisburn family. As a member of that Council for years he always did his duty fearlessly, and was looked upon as a ratepayers' man, for he always studied economy and practised it.

The resolution was passed in silence, the members standing.

Military Honours.

Dr. StGeorge said it was his pleasing duty to call attention to three more Lisburn soldiers who had been awarded military honours. First there was Captain Coombe (son of Mr. Coombe, Clonevin Park), who was "mentioned" for his war service. Then Private R. S. Greenfield and Corporal D. Harding had been presented with the Belgian Military Medal by his Majesty the King of the Belgians for their bravery. He was sure the Council would join in congratulating these brave men. (Hear, hear.)

The Chairman remarked that the distinctions won in the war by Lisburn soldiers was something to be proud of. (Hear, hear.)

(Report continued with other routine matters.)


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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 18 April, 1919

Roll of Honour

WILSON -- April 6, at Nairobi, British East Africa (of malaria, Lieutenant W. A. Wilson, King's African Rifles, eldest son of W. R. Wilson, Tintern, Lisburn.

In Memoriam

COWAN -- In loving memory of our youngest and dearly-loved son, Lance-Corporal Albert W. Cowan, 12th Batt. R.I. Rifles, killed in action on 15th April, 1918. Ever remembered by his Father, Mother, and Sister, 3 Wallace Avenue, Lisburn, also his brothers overseas.

In ever loving remembrance of William Boomer Waring, Royal Irish Rifles, who fell in action, Kemmel Hill, on 16th April, 1918. Interred near La Clytte, Kemmel Road. Youngest son of late James Waring, Smithfield.


Mrs. D. GREENFIELD and SON desire to return their sincere thanks to the Session and Congregation of Sloan Street Presbyterian Church, to the Officers and Members of L.O.L. 152, Lisburn and District L.O.L. No.6, and R.A.P. Chapter, also to all those who sent floral tributes and messages of sympathy in their recent sad bereavement. Trusting this will be accepted by all. AGNES GREENFIELD. JAMES GREENFIELD. Prospect Cottage, Magheraleave Road, Lisburn.





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If antiquity lends distinction, then First Lisburn may justly claim such, as it is one of the oldest congregations in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The year in which the congregation was founded cannot now be ascertained, but it is known that it existed in 1687, and from the session records, which are practically intact from the year following, it is evident the congregation had a much earlier existence. These records, with baptismal and marriage registers, form a valuable link with the past, and reveal the quaint methods of church management by our forefathers, as well as the strict discipline exercised towards wrongdoers.

The marriage and baptismal registers have proved of great value in establishing the genealogical trees of families of distinction whose ancestors were formerly worshippers, and in many instances have been the means of determining the rightful heirs to valuable inheritances. Letters are occasionally received from different quarters of the globe requesting extracts for various purposes. It is worthy of note that a gentleman now resident in London, Sir Theodore C. Hope, recently visited Lisburn to glean some information regarding his forebears from these old records, and was so struck with their great historical value that he kindly proffered to have them restored and rebound. Through his influence they were placed in the hands of experts in the British Museum, and the result has been eminently satisfactory, as they are now preserved in a number of richly-bound volumes.

The exact site of the original Church or Meeting-House is uncertain, but it was in that part of the town now known as the Longstone, the building being of primitive design, with thatched roof. It is said King William worshipped in it while his troops were encamped at Blaris. This building is believed to have been burnt down in the great fire which broke out on Sunday, the 20th April, 1707, and destroyed the town. The church was rebuilt on the present site at a cost of £400, and in 1768, sixty-one years later, it was again rebuilt on a larger scale, the accommodation having proved insufficient for the membership. The new edifice cost above £600, and it is on record that the members of the Established Church subscribed £120 to the building fund, which is abundant testimony to the high estimation in which the Presbyterians of Lisburn were held by the members of the sister Church. It speaks volumes for the Christian brotherliness existing between different denominations at this period. No further change appears to have been made in the church buildings until the year 1873, when they were enlarged and remodelled.

From 1688 until the present time thirteen ministers have occupied the pulpit of First Lisburn, some of whom took a leading part in the affairs of the Synod and Assembly. The names are as follows:-- Alexander M'Cracken, 1688; Gilbert Kennedy, 1732; William Patton, 1736; Patrick Buchanan, 1747; James Bryson, 1764; George Kennedy, 1775; William Bruce, 1779; Andrew Craig, 1783; James Morgan, 1824; Alexander Henderson, 1829; William Breakey, 1856; John L. Rentoul, 1872; J. J. C. Breakey, 1886. The Rev. Alexander M'Cracken, 1688, was one of the deputation to King William III. at Hillsborough, which was successful in securing an increase to the Regium Donum. It will therefore be seen that this congregation holds a very unique position in the history of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in relation to this National Fund through the personality of one of its ministers.

Session, 1906:-- Rev. J. J. C. Breakey, B.A., T.C.D.; Geo. Wilson, Patrick Gardner, Geo. A. Wilson; Wm. H. Johnston. Committee:-- Jas. Simpson, Geo. A. Duncan, David M'Clements, Joseph Kinkead, W. J. M'Murray, H. Mulholland, T. L. Boyd, J. Kenmuir, T. Malcomson, W. R. Wilson, Jas. Coulter, W. J. Gillespie, S. Coulter, Richard S. Fisher, W. Croskery, H. Kirkwood, M. B. Mackenzie, M.D., J.P.; Jas. Brown, William Patterson.

The Organ.

In 1918 an organ chamber, opening up to the rere of the pulpit through a fine arch, was constructed to receive the "Musgrave Organ," presented to the congregation by Mr. Henry Musgrave, only surviving son of the late Samuel Musgrave, M.D., Lisburn. At the same time a new pulpit was erected and other extensive repairs and improvements in connection with the church carried out at a cost of some £1,700.

Memorial Windows.

There are fourteen windows in the church. The two large ones in south gable, situate on either side of the pulpit, occupy a commanding position. One represents "The Good Samaritan," presented by Henry and Edgar Musgrave, Belfast, in memory of their parents, Samuel Musgrave, of Lisburn, physician and surgeon, who died in 1834, and his wife, Mary Riddell, who died in 1802.

The other represents "Job being comforted by his friends," and was presented by Mrs. J. D. Barbour and Mr. J. Milne Barbour in loving memory pf William Barbour, Esq., J.P., born at Plantation 1797, died at Hilden 1875; also Eliza Kennedy, his wife, born 1800, died 1873.

The window next in order bears the words "The God of Peace," and was presented by Mrs. Houston in memory of her husband, John Houston. Four windows represent "Fortitude," presented by Mrs. M'Afee in memory of Richard and Anne Foote, A.D. 1906; "Faith," presented by John D. Finlay in memory of Eliza Dickson, Anna Isabella, Maria Euphemia, and Frederick Finlay; "Hope," presented by John D. Finlay in memory of John and Christian Finlay; "Charity," presented by Miss Brownlee in memory of Alexander and Elizabeth Brownlee, A.D. 1906. Then follow "The Open Book -- God is Love," presented by Annie and Mary Davis in memory of Mary Davis and Jane Johnston, of Troopersfield. "The Rose of Sharon," presented by Miss Kenmuir, Mrs. Agnes Wilson, and Mr. John Kenmuir in memory of Alexander Kenmuir, 1825-1886, and Susannah Kenmuir, 1826-1885; "The Burning Bush," presented by Lambeg friends; "The Rose of Sharon," presented by Mrs. S. J. Pelan; "One of the Wise Virgins," presented by her daughter, Mrs. MacHarg, in memory of Elizabeth Edgar, 1812-1898. The remaining two windows, the end windows right and left of the pulpit, were presented by James Simpson and Robert Alister, of Lisburn.

In the vestibule of the church is a memorial tablet to the Rev. John Laurence Rentoul, fourteen years minister of the congregation, ordained 1872, called to Sunderland, 1886, died at Wishaw, Scotland, 1900, aged 48 years.

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Notes on Two Old Leases in Existence Relating to the Church Property.

Indenture made in 1751, between the Marquis of Hertford and Henry Bell and Francis Burden, both of Lisburn, gents. It recites a previous lease, 1741, between Baron Conway and William Fairlie, of Lisburn:-- "All that piece or parcel of ground lying on the south side of the Market Place -- the holding heretofore Levingstons -- 70 feet front -- depth backwards 216 feet, adjoining to the last passage leading to the Meeting House, and to the west to the Shambles, together with the front tenement now standing thereon, with backside and gardens and office, houses and holdings thereon, in trust for the sole use and benefit of the Dissenting Congregation of Lisburn."

Indenture dated 1827 between the Marquis of Hertford -- same holding as above -- and Alexander Williamson, Lambeg; George Whitla, and James Ward, Lisburn.

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After over two and a half years of continuous publication in the columns of this paper, "The Records," edited by Mr. James Carson, Parkmount, draw to a close. They commenced in October, 1916, and April, 1919, witnesses their termination. In the process of the work an immense amount of valuable and interesting information regarding the history of the town and district has been collected and collated and presented to our readers by Mr. Carson. Indeed there are few towns in the province, thanks to Mr. Carson's ability and industry, that have so complete a record of their past as that of which Lisburn can now boast.

Concurrently with the closing of "The Records," it came upon us as a shock, and a nasty shock at that, to learn that Mr. Carson was removing from Lisburn and going to reside in Belfast, in order that he might be near his son, Captain J. C. Carson, of the Indian Army, who served in the earlier years of the war with the Ulster Division in France, who has now returned home to resume his medical studies.

Since Mr Carson first came to reside in Lisburn some twenty-five years ago as manager of the Ulster Bank, Ltd., he has been very closely identified with everything that pertained to the advancement and welfare of the town. He was so thorough and practical, that his connection with any movement made for success.

In the later years hie interest in the Technical School was well known. He acted as chairman of committee during the most critical year of the school's career, and to his tact and ability at that time the school owes much.

Only those closely connected with him, for he is inclined to hide his light under a bushel, know the work be has done from the very commencement of the war for the wives and families of the men at the front. For the past two years he has acted as chairman of the local Pensions Committee, and it is enough to say that his idea of chairmanship consists in a great deal more than simply being an ornamental, figurehead. He found the committee possibly one of the most inefficient in all Ireland, and now he leaves it, with the assistance of the secretary, Mr. Woods, one of the most efficient and well managed in the country.

Somehow we do not like to think of Lisburn without James Carson, but we cannot consider him as having gone away, and will look forward with confidence to often in the future seeing his familiar figure in the streets of our town.



This Court was held yesterday before Messrs. Thomas Sinclair, J.P. (presiding); W. J. M'Murray, J.P.; Wm. Davis, J.P.; Augustus Turtle, J.P.; and John M'Connell, J.P. District-Inspector Gregory, R.I.C., and Mr. T. J. English, C.P.S., were in attendance.

Husband and Wife Case.

George Frazer sought to have his wife, Margaret Frazer, bound to the peace, and Mrs. Frazer charged her husband and also his brother, Robert Frazer, with assault.

Mr. Joseph Allen, solicitor, appeared for George and Robert Frazer, Mrs. Frazer not being professionally represented.

Mr. Allen said that George Frazer had served in the army until recently. During the time he was in France his eight children were very badly neglected, and Inspector Smith, N.S.P.C.C., had to prosecute Mrs. Frazer, and she was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, and a relative was given custody on the children, who still had them. Mrs. Fraser subsequently was sentenced to another period of six months by the magistrates, while in Belfast she was sentenced to a still further period of six months. He regretted to say that it did not seem to do her any good, and she was still drinking. All her husband wanted was peace to move about and work to provide for his children.

George Frazer said he served in France for over four years. On the 10th inst., he was in Longstone Street, Lisburn, in company with his brother. His wife met them, and commenced to use filthy language towards them. Witness's sister-in-law had charge of the children, and she, too, came in for filthy abuse. His wife's conduct was so bad that a crowd soon collected, and witness and his brother sought refuge in a public house yard. His children were being well cared for by his sister-in-law. He wanted a stop put to his wife's conduct. He gave her no provocation.

Robert Frazer corroborated his brother's evidence. His brother's children were in charge of his (witness's wife) for three and a half years.. They were being well looked after, and Inspector Smith called to visit occasionally. Mrs. Frazer complained that witness's wife was keeping the children from her.

Constable M'Laughlin, said defendant was a drinking woman, but that night in question was the only time he saw her creating any disturbance.

Defendant (to Constable) -- Did you see anything wrong with me at the time?

The Constable -- You were causing trouble. (To the Bench) -- She complained to me that Robert Frazer had her children and she wanted them.

Mrs. Fraser told the Court that she had nothing to say against her husband and was always a good man to her, but Robt. Frazer had her "wee family of children" and she wanted them back, Robert Frazer insulted her, and on the night in question he struck her.

In cross-examination by Mr. Allen witness admitted that she had been sent to prison three times, and that she had been fined in Lisburn Court about a month ago.

Mr. Allen said that if Mrs. Frazer behaved herself she could have the children back, but not until then.

Their Worships ordered Mrs. Frazer to find bail for her good behaviour in £10 and two sureties of £5 each. The cross-cases were dismissed,

A Volunteer Witness.

Constable Newman summoned James Moore for drunkenness on the public street on the 2nd inst. The Constable said that defendant was shouting in Market Square and when spoken too had used filthy language, and said he would be as well in the barracks as in lodgings. He had to arrest him. At the police office Moore used very bad language.

Defendant in a rambling statement said he was a returned soldier, and that the policeman abused him badly both on the street and after he was taken to the lockup. He alleged that the policeman kicked him after he got him to the cell.

Patrick Lavery, who figured earlier in the Town Court, came down and volunteered evidence. He said he saw the incident on the street, and that the policeman abused defendant very badly. He also saw the police abusing Moore very badly in the barracks.

Constable Newman -- This man was not there at all your Worships. He never was near the police office.

District Inspector Gregory ordered Lavery's testimony to be taken on oath and added that if it were not correct he would prosecute him for perjury.

Lavery on being sworn changed his tune some. He said he saw Constable hit Moore on the throat.

The Chairman -- Where did that happen?

Witness -- On the street, about Martin's corner.

Did you interfere? -- No.

Did you just stand and watch it? -- No; I walked away, the abuse was so bad I could not watch it.

On being further questioned Lavery said he was not at or in the barracks, He supposed they would have kept him to if he had gone there.

District Inspector Gregory -- I thought he would give a different story on oath, your Worships.

Lavery was severely ordered to get out of the witness box

Constable Mullen, orderly Constable, said he was in the office when Moore was brought in. He helped to put him in the cell. Moore, who used vile language, was not interfered with in any way.

Defendant was fined 5s. and costs.

Cycling without a light.

For cycling without a light on the night of the 3rd inst., John M'Cloy was fined 5s. and coats.

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In the Town Court

The same Magistrates were on the Bench, but Mr. Davis presided.

William Kidd and Patrick Lavery, two discharged soldiers, were summoned by Constable Ruddy, for drunkenness and fighting on the street.

The men said they were pals and had soldiered together in France. They were only recently demobilised and had taken some drink. They remembered nothing about incident, and were the best of friends.

The cases were adjourned for three months.

Another discharged soldier, Richard M'Mannus, was summoned by Sergeant Duffy, for indecent behaviour. Defendant was drunk and challenged the police to fight.

The Chairman said that the police must not be interfered with or annoyed, the Magistrates were letting Defendant off lightly in imposing a fine of 5s and costs.

Alice Bingham was fined 2s 6d for drunkenness. Constable Newman who proved the charge, said he found Defendant lying helplessly drunk on the street at 11 p.m.

Mr. Wellington Young prosecuted in the Town Court.



The above lodge held its monthly meeting on the 14th inst., Bro. E. Mateer, W.M., presiding, and Bro. W. Robinson in the vice-chair. There was a very large attendance. Five candidates were initiated.

A vote of condolence was passed to the relatives of the late Bro. D. Greenfield, and the secretary was instructed to convey this expression of sympathy to Mrs. Greenfield and her son.

Seventeen candidates were proposed for initiation. After some routine business the lodge closed according to ritual.


Crumlin to welcome War Heroes.

At a specially convened meeting of the residents of Crumlin on Friday evening, it was decided to give all soldiers from Crumlin and District who served in the war a rousing welcome home. A guarantee fund was immediately opened, and then and there £93 was subscribed. Lieut. Colonel Pakenham, who was present, not only subscribed £20 but announced his intention of entertaining the men personally at Langford Lodge. Mr. R. S Scott presided over Friday's evening's proceedings, and Mr. J. A. Armstrong was appointed Secretary of the Town Entertainment Committee. Few places for their size have a better war record than Crumlin. The honours won include the D.S.O. (Col. Stanley M'Clinton, who was in addition mentioned three times in despatches), the M.C. and an equivalent Italian decoration (Major M'Connell) and the M.M. and bar (Sapper Lindsay).



On Eve of Coming Home.

Lisburn people have learned with much sorrow of the death, which took place at Nairobi, British East Africa, on the 6th inst., of Lieut. William A. Wilson, King's African Rifles, eldest son of Mr. William Richard Wilson and Mrs. Wilson, Tintern, Lisburn.

Just a few days ago Lieut. Wilson's parents received a letter from their son telling them not to write any more, as he was about to leave for home. They were, as a matter of fact, expecting his arrival when the telegraph messenger brought instead news of his death.

It appears that the deceased officer was actually on his way to port prior to embarking for home when he was stricken down with malaria and succumbed from the attack of that dreaded fever.

The late Lieut. Wilson served his apprenticeship to the flax-buying with the firm of Messrs. Wm. Barbour & Sons, at Hilden, and for five years prior to the outbreak of war he was the firm's representative at the important centre of the Belgian flax industry, Courtrai.

He returned home following the opening of hostilities, and in 8th January, 1916, he received his commission in the Royal Irish Rifles through the Queen's University Training Corps. In June of the same year he went out to join the 14th Battalion (Y.C.V.'s) in Flanders. Subsequently he was invalided home, and was posted to a reserve battalion for a time at Newtownards. Following his complete restoration to health he was gazetted on transfer to the King's African Rifles on the 8th July, 1917, his promotion to the rank of lieutenant coinciding with his new appointment. He proceeded shortly afterwards to British East Africa.

Lieut. Wilson took a keen interest in the sporting side of service life, and was popular alike with both officers and men with whom he came in contact.

Very keen sympathy is felt for his parents and brothers and sisters in their bereavement.




On Sunday afternoon the remains of the late Mr. David Greenfield, boot and shoe merchant, who died suddenly on the morning of the 11th inst., at his residence, Prospect Cottage, Magheraleave, were removed for interment in the Lisburn Cemetery, the funeral cortege being one of the largest ever witnessed in the town. It embraced a big turnout of the members of the Orange, Black, and Archpurple Orders, deceased being district master of the latter and P.M. of L.O.L. No. 152, the brethren of which wore crepe rosettes, while the warrant of the lodge was draped and carried by the W.M. and D.M., Brs. Johnston and Harvey.

The district lodges preceded the hearse, which was followed by deceased's Orange, Black, and Archpurple lodges. The oak coffin was draped with the blue silk banner of No. 152, and on the lid were placed deceased's regalia. A large number of beautiful floral tributes were received.

The coffin was carried all the way to the place of burial, the route thereto being lined with hundreds of sympathisers. At the graveside the service was conducted by the Rev. J. W. Gamble, pastor of Sloan Street Presbyterian Church, of which deceased was an elder and warm supporter.

Rev. Mr. Gamble said:-- One of the most familiar meeting-places of friends and neighbours in these days is at the newly-made grave in God's acre. Most of you have frequently travelled, within the last few weeks, to this and similar cemeteries; and these processions and meetings are not likely to be suspended soon. Death reigns -- reigns on every side -- on young and old, rich and poor, the useful and the useless. And we are sometimes disposed to think that the reign of death is absolute and despotic -- that it reigns uncontrolled by reason and without due consideration of, or regard to, the fitness of things. We need to be reminded that while it is true that death reigns, it does not reign alone. It does not reign an independent monarch, but as the subject and servant of another. God reigns, and death is under his control. To the movements of death God says as to the waves of the sea, "Hitherto shalt thou come and no further." As Job states "Man's days are determined, the number of his months are with Thee, Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass." There is a mind and a will behind all the apparently reckless and cruel movements of death, and that will is the will of one who is both wiser and kinder than we. It is the will of One "who doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men."

Were it not for this assurance the hearts of the best of people would rise in rebellion against what they would regard as death's reckless and ruthless and unjustifiable proceedings, selecting as its victims the young and the useful, and passing by the old and worthless, taking away in the prime of life those that neither the world nor the church, the family nor society, can afford to lose, and leaving behind those who can neither help themselves or anybody else. The explanation of perplexing providences is to be found where Jesus Christ found it when He said, "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight" And there, if we are wise to understand these things, we shall find the only explanation that will bring to sorrowing hearts any real comfort in view of the bewildering providence that has brought us here to-day. If we realise that sparrow cannot fall to the ground without our heavenly Father, then may each of up say, "I was dumb, I opened not my month; because Thou didst it." And if God is in this event we knew that God is love, and has promised to make all things work together for good to them that love Him.

I need not attempt to speak at length on the character and estimable qualities of David Greenfield in the presence of such a cloud of witnesses as stand around. He lived in the open, and his life like a book could be known and read of all men. As a business man be was straight and true to the core -- a man who would scorn to take advantage of another's weakness or inexperience, and consequently with little to start with he built up a business by shear industry and honest dealing that had become almost too big for him to manage. And you know how unselfish he was, and with what a liberal hand he was ever ready to help every good cause. I know how he did good by stealth and blushed to find it fame.

As a member and office-bearer of the Orange Institution he deservedly held a high place in the esteem of all the brethren. His great aim was to elevate the tone of the society and make it worthy of the Unionist and Protestant principles it professed to maintain. In addition, he aimed at making it a fraternal benefit society with funds enough to befriend a brother when sick and care for his children when he had passed away. To every effort set on foot in these directions he gave liberally of his means. He will be sorely missed by the brethren, who shall sorrow most that they shall see his face no more.

I can scarcely suffer myself to refer to his connection with the church. He was a whole-hearted supporter of Sloan Street congregation -- never absent from public worship except under urgent necessity. If he were absent from a single service, weak-day or Sabbath-day, people would be inclined to ask, "Is there anything wrong?" On last Thursday night he was present at our pre Communion service, which he seemed to take more than usual pleasure. From that service he went straight home, and ere morning dawned his spirit, we believe, had joined the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. His gain is our loss. Of him, as of another David, it may be said: "After he had served his own generation by the will of God he fell on sleep." He rests from his labours and his works do follow him

     "Servant of God, well done,
          Cease from thy loved employ,
          The battle fought, the victory won,
     Enter the Master's joy."

The funeral arrangements were carried out by the firm of William Ramsey, under the supervision of Mr. R. Ramsey.


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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 25 April, 1919


CROTHERS -- April 19th. To Mr. and Mrs. James Crothers, "The Hill," Cabra, Hillsborough -- a daughter.


COPELAND--CLARKE -- April 17, 1919, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Belfast, by the Rev. F. W. W. Warren, M.A., Rector of St. Silas' Church, Henry, youngest son of the late Thomas Copeland and Mrs. Copeland, 6 Albertville Drive, to Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clarke, Magheraleave Road, Lisburn.


McMURRAY -- April 24, at his father's residence, Sylvan Hill, Lisburn, Robert Cecil (Cecil), much-loved son of W. J. McMurray. Funeral to Lisburn Cemetery on Saturday afternoon at 3-30. No flowers.

HARVEY -- April 19 1919, at her residence, Stannus Place, Lisburn, Agnes M'Farlane Denholm, the dearly-beloved wife of Thomas James Harvey. Interred in the family burying-ground, Hillhall.



Three Months Old Baby Found Dead on Railway.

At a special Court at Newcastle, County Down on Tuesday evening, Sarah Skillen, daughter of James Skillen, farmer, Ballyveaghmore, near Kilkeel, was charged with the murder of her infant male child, James Skillen, whose body was found on the railway line between Castlewellan and Newcastle on the 27th ult.

Mrs. Minnie Harper, Clarkhill, Castlewellan, deposed to having entered the compartment in which the accused was travelling by the 6.20 Belfast to Newcastle train on the evening of the 26th ult., and journeyed with her from Leitrim to Castlewellan. Accused carried a child, in regard to whose nursing deponent thought she seemed inexperienced. At her instance accused changed her position, and sat with her back towards the engine to avow the draught on the child, and put up the carriage window.

Sergeant M'Govern deposed to having effected the arrest at her father's house about six o'clock on Monday morning. When cautioned she said, "Hush, speak easy; don't tell my father or he would kill me. Don't let my father know." The accused had been in employment in Belfast. Witness gave details of the finding of the body, and handed in a certificate of the Coroner's jury, who found that infant, who was two or three months old, died from fracture of the skull and effusion of blood on the brain.

Mr. Duff, R.M., remanded the accused till Monday next to permit of further inquiries.



It is with feelings of deep regret that we record the death pf Mr. Robert Cecil (Cecil) M'Murray, youngest son of Mr. W. J. M'Murray, Sylvan Hill, Lisburn, and brother of Mr. Victor M'Murray, proprietor of the "Lisburn Standard," which took place at his father's home yesterday afternoon.

Young Mr. M'Murray had suffered from a lingering illness for a considerable time, and, although, several medical men pronounced the disease incurable, the most skilled specialists were consulted, and under their direction he made a great fight for life. He went across the Channel for two long periods of special treatment, and for a time it did seem as if the upper hand had been got of the disease. It had only been checked, however, and it soon reasserted itself again, and all medical efforts proving unavailing Mr. M 'Murray gradually grew weaker and weaker, until an all-wise Providence relieved him of further suffering and called him to Himself.

The deceased was a fine, upstanding big fellow, who outgrew his strength, and he was as big-hearted as he was physically big. To meet him was to like him, to know him was to love him. He had one great regret, and that was that he was unable to join the army when the call for volunteers came. He offered himself at once, but was turned down as medically unfit, and, later on, was met with the same cold, discouraging report when he endeavoured to get on the motor transport, a service for which he was from every point but that of health fit and capable. This preyed on his mind a good deal, but only to his nearest and dearest friends was this apparent.

During the Irish rebellion he did get a chance of doing something for his King and country, and he drove one of the motor cars that carried the police to the midlands of Ireland. That danger and excitement did not do his health any good, but he felt satisfied that he had been able to render some service, however small, in a time of serious trouble and danger to his country. He was subsequently cordially thanked for his good services on that occasion by high army and police officers.

Always thoughtful of others, it was his wish that his passing to a happier land should not grieve others, and that it would as far as possible not interfere with the ordinary daily routine of his relatives and friends. His death is regretted by all who knew him, and his father and other members of the bereaved family are sincerely thankful to all who have consoled with them in their great loss.

The funeral takes place to Lisburn Cemetery to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon at 3-30 o'clock.




Biography it one of the most interesting departments connected with the republic of literature. The life of Lord Byron, by Thos. Moore, which came out in 1830, and the first edition of which appeared in two quarto volumes at two guineas each, became very popular, and the extracts from it, as given in the newspaper press, were read with an interest that had never before been equalled. Sir Walter Scott's biography, written by his son-in-law, J. Gibson Lockhart, was published in seven monthly volumes in 1837-38, at half-a-guinea each, and was hailed with acclamation throughout the literary world.

Similar works, regarding the lives and labours of lesser lights in the firmament of authorship, have since been published, but how rarely do we meet with any biography of the school Teacher? Yet, who should have a higher seat in the social synagogue than the man or woman that sows the seed of mental thought and general education in the minds of juveniles? A very distinguished member of the old race of schoolmasters was John Gough, the sturdy Quaker, who spent the last sixteen years of his busy life as head teacher of the Friends' School, at the handsome range of buildings situate on the picturesque mound in the immediate vicinity of Lisburn, and known as Prospect Hill.

He was descended from an English family, all of whom for some generations were followers of the creed of George Fox, and first saw the light in the town of Kendal, County of Westmoreland, on the 21st of March, 1721. His father, who was a very well-to-do business man, but not overburthened with brain power, went on his way rejoicing, and as if he considered the turning of a shilling into eighteen pence was an act worthy the special blessing of Providence.

On the other hand, the lady of the house held very different opinions. Possessed of considerable intelligence -- natural and acquired -- she entertained very extended views on mental culture, and determined that her son should have the best education to be had in her locality and, until eight summers had passed over the head of the lad, Mrs. Gough taught him herself. He was then sent to school, where he continued as one of the pupils until he was half-way through his teens. She was very forward in her idea about the dignity of a school teacher, but considered that as her son had all the advantages of a preliminary education he should do the finishing work by careful study.

Young Gough did not forget his home lessons; he was still under twenty when he got an engagement as assistant at a Friends' School in Wiltshire, where he continued till 1750, and had gained a high name, not only as a superior scholar, but for the ability of being able to impart to others all he knew himself. About the close of that year he was induced to cross over to Dublin, and became head master of the Chief School in Dame Street.

The Irish capital was then, as it has continued to be since, the home of sterling hospitality. Its kind-hearted and pleasure-loving citizens delighted in carrying out the National Ceade Mille Failthe in a spirit which the colder blooded denizens of the northern province rarely value its full estimate. For some weeks after having settled in the city watered by the Liffey, the staid sober-minded English Quaker seemed as much at sea as if he had migrated to Timbuctoo.

There was a ray of social sunshine over every face he met, and the musical ring of the Celtic brogue that fell on his ear as he passed through street or square charmed, while puzzling him as that of an unknown tongue. Widely, however, as the society into which he had been thrown differed from any he had ever before encountered, his genial disposition soon led him to value the hearty welcomes he had received, and in some months caused him to feel fairly at home.

At one period of the four-and-twenty years John Gough spent in Dublin, the Earl of Hertford, who had been appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, delighted the gay citizen by the number of entertainments given at the Castle. To one of these the Head Teacher of the Dame Street School was invited. As a man, he felt honoured by the kindness of His Excellency, yet, with his peculiar opinions of society, he could not avail himself of it, but he wrote a reply to the Chief Secretary, requesting that high official to convey his thanks to the Vice-Regal-ruler for his kind attention, but added that the tenets of his Church did not admit of Quakers attending entertainments.

Very peculiar were the ideas of John Gough on the administration of the school room. Corporal punishment was then considered as necessary for the furtherance of education as the reading book or the grammar, but he taught and ruled without the exercise of the rod. Stranger still was his request to the parents of his pupils to let the young people get their lesson at home without coaching, and thus to cause them to depend on self-study and self-reliance.

In the spring of 1774 he accepted the offer of Teacher-in-Chief of the Friends' School at Prospect Hill. We may here state that there was then considerable numbers of Quakers resident in and around Lisburn. George Gregson, a native of Lancashire, had settled there about a century before, and carried on the manufacture of linen in a two-storey thatched house, situate on the site now occupied by the local branch of the Northern Bank. A great many Quaker families that had suffered from persecution in England were living in Lisburn in June, 1690, when William the Third received the troops there, and parsed on to Hillsborough.

John Gough's fame as Teacher-in-Chief at Prospect Hill brought many new scholars to the institute; several of these were from the South of Ireland and a few from England. It was while there that he published his "Teacher of Arithmetic," a work that went through numerous editions, and was the most popular school book that had ever appeared on that subject in Ireland. It was, however, by his final effort in authorship, entitled a "History of the People called Quakers," that John Gough rose to eminence in the literary world.

The work appeared in 1784 in four large octavo volumes, and was hailed with enthusiasm not only by the quiet and worthy people whose annals form its subject but by hosts of readers far outside that sect. It has long been out of print. So far back as 1825 the late John Rogers, who was an extensive grocer, and had a great love of collecting scarce literature, paid two guineas for a copy of the history.

John Gough, in breadth of opinion, and the ability to take extended views on public questions, was considered by some stereotyped members of his church as being rather inclined to heterodoxy in certain subjects outside the Quaker creed. He held a town park, situate on the lands that lay below the schoolhouse, and that field he lent to Captain Ward, of the Second Company of Lisburn Volunteers, where, during the summer season, the men were paraded on Saturday afternoons. For that act of liberality he was severely censured by many of his brethren, who maintained that Quakers should not recognise soldiers, all of whom were only to be looked upon as human instruments of war.

John Gough defended himself by stating that the Volunteers were military citizens, enrolled not as aggressive troops, but as the local power of defence in case of foreign invasion, and in this argument John Hancock, Thomas Lamb, and other Friends joined with him. The field alluded to, now a portion of the Wallace Park, was long known as "Gough's Hill."

About the end of December, 1790, it became evident to the friends of the famous teacher that his end was not far off. Seventy summers had then passed over his head, and illness set in, against which he battled for several months; during that period he continued attending his pupils, as well as to speak at the Society's meetings. In some time, however, he became unable to move about, and in the third quarter of the following year he was attended by Dr. Crawford, the far-famed medical practitioner who resided at the pretty villa near Millbrook. Professional skill, however potent, could not prevail against the fatal disease, and on the 25th of October, 1791, John Gough passed peacefully into the world of spirits.

Three days afterwards a general meeting of the local and many distant members of the Society was held, and the interment took place, in the burial-ground attached to the Meeting-house. Considerable numbers of the inhabitants of Lisburn who were not connected with the people called Quakers attended the funeral; but, as no monumental stone marks where the ashes of the great teacher mingle with their kindred dust, no one at this day knows aught of the spot in the little cemetery sacred to the memory of John Gough.

[Reprinted from the "Lisburn Standard" of thirty years ago. A memorial stone has since been erected in the Friends' burying-ground, Railway Street. -- Editor.]


Bank Manager's Grave Position.

At Skibbereen Mr. Wolfe, late manager, Provincial Bank, Schull, was remanded on a charge of stealing, destroying, or cancelling 15 promissory notes, the property of the bank, and making false entries in a report relating to them. For the Crown it was stated that a further charge might be made relating to 21 similar notes; and Mr. Bradshaw, bank inspector, deposed that the 15 bills represented £957.

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Mysterious Shooting Case.

At Tottenham, Arthur Park, 36, of Bermondsey, a sergeant of M.F. Police, was remanded charged with the murder of his sister-in-law, Beatrice Park, by shooting her with a revolver. Prisoner told a constable he had just shot a woman, and produced a revolver and 3 cartridges. On going to the house indicated the woman was found dead lying across a be. The motive for the deed is not known.

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Frenchman's Winged Aeroplane.

Jules Vedrines, who was killed on Monday is said to have been engaged for some time past in perfecting a winged type of machine without engine or propeller. In the course of flight trials with it he succeeded in leaving the ground several times, and in travelling 72 metres through the air.



Captain John A. Sinton, V.C., Indian Medical Service, is home on leave and has been heartily welcomed by his numerous friends in Lisburn and Belfast.

Captain Sinton was awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Orah Ruins, Mesopotamia, on 21st January, 1916. Although shot through both arms and through the side, he refused to go to the hospital, and remained as long as daylight lasted attending to his duties under very heavy fire. In three previous actions Captain Sinton displayed the utmost bravery.




The following list of people in County Antrim who lived for 100 years or more is taken from an old document published in 1835, and re-published from the "Ballymena Observer":--

1811, Eliz. Moore, Ahoghill, 103
1813, John Barron, Ballylinny,
(In January in this year there were alive in Lisburn one person of 90 years of age, one of 92, one 93, one 96, one 98, and one 99.)
1812, Jane Jordan, Ballymoney, 100
1812, William Shiel, Ramoan, 101
1812, Mat. Thompson, Lisburn, 102
18--, Wm. Lennon, Glenavy, 100
1813, George M'Ceg, Killead, 109
1814, Sar. Jamison, Ballymoney, 109
1814, And. Kinard, Carnmoney, 104
1816, A Woman, Ballintoy, 104
1816, Jane Barron, Ballylinny, 106
1817, Dorothy Frazer, Lisburn, 100
1817, Edward Neeson, Dunean, 106
1818, J. Montgomery, Killead, 105
1818, Edwd. M'Givern, Lisburn, 114
1819, A. Moorehead, Crumlin, 110
1819, David Adams, Cairncastle, 103
1819, Patrick Mooney, Drumaul, 108
1819, Jane M'Givern, Lisburn, 109
1819, Elis. Dundee, Ballylinny, 104
1821, Margt. Shannon, Antrim, 103
1821, Prudence Hare, Drumaul, 118
1822, Jane Irvine, Skirry, 103
1823, Angus M'Kinley, B'money, 104
1824, Dan M'Neill, Derrykeighan, 110
1824, Catharine Magee, Dunean,
(When 100 years of age she could sing and dance.)
1824, William Rice, Belfast, 104
-----, O. M'Mullan, Rasharkin, 101
-----, William Logan, Skirry, 100
1826, Samuel M'Crory, Doagh, 104
-----, Margery Smith, Rathcavan,
(Alive in 1826.)
1826, Malcolm M'Afee, Antrim, 108
-----, Alex. M'Cay, Rasharkin, 102
-----, Ann Crawford, Belfast, 105
1828, D. M'Quitty, Glenwhirry, 104
-----, Eleanor Tate, Killead,
(Alive in Liverpool in 1828.)
1829, Patrick Irvine, Skirry, 105
1829, G. Graham, Connor, 107
1829, Arthur O'Harra, Ahoghill, 103
1829, Hugh Magill, Ahoghill, 101
1829, E. Maxwell, Drumaul, 106
1829, M. M'Meekin, Ballyeaston, 100
1830, M. Horner, Killead, 103
1830, Nancy Molloy, Finvoy, 109
1830, H. Mateer, Islandmagee, 100
-----, John Whitley, Ahoghill,
(alive in 1830)
-----, Donald M'Auley, D'keighan,
(alive in 1831)
-----, Robert M'Clave, T'patrick,
(alive in 1831)
1832, John M'Cambridge, Layde, 104
18--, E. M'Gill, Tickmacrevan, 116
1832, Ann Boyle, Belfast, 108
1832, Ann Esler, Belfast, 105
1832, A. M'Cambridge, Layde, 123
1833, James Foster, Drumaul, 110


Drowned on their Honeymoon.

The popular Dutch actress, Emily Vrede, and her husband were lost by the sinking of a steamer after striking a mine in the North Sea.

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Honouring the Dead.

The body of Vedrines has been brought to Paris by the military authorities, who intend to give him a public funeral.

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Mrs. Bernard Duffin, Moneyglass, Toomebridge, has given birth to 2 girls, and a boy. All are doing well.

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Strange Case of Beer Drowning.

Wm. O'Connor, 53,, a Pimlico labourer, collapsed and died after drinking a quantity of beer on Good Friday, and at the inquest a doctor said the man must have taken a deep breath, as there was beer in his lungs, and so drowned himself.

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Death while Salmon Fishing.

Heart failure is stated to have been the cause of death of Mr, G. Goodeve, of Hawksworth, Cheltenham, aged about 70, who, while playing a salmon in the Lower Lake, Killarney, fell forward in the boat and expired immediately.

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Another Airman Killed.

Lieut. Hunt, R.A.F., whose home is at Richmond Valley, was killed as the result of a fly-accident yesterday at Ford, Sussex. He had only just left the aerodrome when, as a consequence of engine trouble, his machine crashed in a field.


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