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St Patrick’s Bell and Shrine p 7
Ballyclog shrine commissioned by MacLochainn (1131AD) – Muhollands and Mallons, keepers of the bell – Adam McClean of Belfast- R.l.A – National Museum, Dublin.
Childhood Days at the Turn of the Century pp 8-15
Stewartstown in the early 1900’s – Street games – Shops – Public houses – economics – railway – Soldiers – policemen – trades.
The Hospital that Never was pp 16-19
Rev. Dr Edward Lill (1715-1791)-Barn Hill – Rector Clonoe – bequest for relief of ‘scrofulous complaints’- hospital to be built at Washing Bay. Dispute- money used to fund wards in Armagh County Infirmary (1843).
Stewartstown Footpath pp 20-21
Reminiscences – townlands of Killen, Drumgormal, Aghalargue, Gortatray and Mullantain – historical links.
Stewartstown Rugby Football Club pp 22-25
(1885-1892) – links With Dungannon Royal School – eclipsed rise of Dungannon RFC and by Association Football – photos.
Townland Names pp 26-30
Suggested Origins and translations – parishes of Desertctreat, Ballyclog and Donaghenry.
Stewartstown Railway Link pp 31-38
Dungannon to Cookstown – late 1870’s – names of promoters and prominent shareholders –civil engineering involved – line closed 1959.
Accounts of Local Farming practice pp 39-41
Letters of Royal Dublin Society (1800) and to N.W. Agric. Soc. (1825).
Stewarts of Castlestewart pp 48-61
Plantation of Ulster – Lord Ochiltree to plant two ‘proportions’ in east Tyrone – progress – inhabitants of town (1622) –early lease.
Stewartstown Gaelic Football Club pp 62-64
Established 1912 –account finishes 1962.
The Hermit of Ballyclog pp 65-68
Rev. Charles Wolfe (1791-1823) author ‘The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna’-curate Ballyclog and Castlecaulfield –friendship with Rev. Dr Meredith of Ardtrea.
To hunt – Not to Kill pp 5-10
Hunting of hares – Clonoe 1920’s Onward –establishment and activities of Moor Hunt Club (mid 1950’s).
Cratley Coalpits pp 12-20
Mining in Cratley and Annahone 1934 Onwards-Joe Duffy, Charlie Armour, Peter McParland, etc- Mining procedures – pit closed 1937-photos.
Stewartstown Pipe Band pp 21-25
1930’s –McKelvey Memorial pipe Band –St Mary’s pipe Band 1940’s – Rev Peter Tracy C. C.
Ballyclog Gravestone Inscriptions pp 26-39
Church of Ireland, Coagh Road – introduction, lists, index of names/places.
Cormorant pp 40-43
Champion greyhound-1928 newspaper accounts, etc.
The Kerry Militia pp 49-81
1797 –Stewartstown –Sectarian affray- deaths Soldiers and civilians – conflicting accounts – Contemporary ballads-political background.
Sunday Night at Pictures pp 5-10
Park Cinema, Stewartstown (1947-1962)- reminiscences and photos.
Sessiagh to Chicago pp 11-13
Robert Glendinning (1861-1920-industrialist and founder Vulcanite Roofing Company of Chicago.
Stewarts of Castlestewart pp 15-21
17th and early 18th century family history- 1641 rebellion - Cromwellian period- Restorration- Stewart property purchased by Houston –entry of Rev. Staples and Rev. Caulfeild (1742).
Echoes from the Great War pp 23-25
Two letters from Lt W. Mackay in East African Protectorate (1917-1918.)
What’s in a Name? pp 26-35
Townlands- derivations and suggestions - Ballyclog parish.
Donaghenry Old Graveyard pp 44-57
Stewartstown to Tullyhogue road – bounded by stone wall – plantation period gravestones of Stuarts and Baillies-in care of Cookstown Council.
Street Games and Pastimes pp 58-62
Children’s games -local-twentieth century.
Irish Coal pp66-67
Peter Mc Parland, mining engineer (1922)-Offer to supply coal of ‘much better class’ than Dungannon coal to Dublin United Tramways.
Street Lighting in Stewartstown pp 3-7
Little’s coal gas enterprise _ 1859 Onwards - Oil lamps - electricity (1934).
Major Hugh Mergaugh O’Neill pp 8-13
Died 1671 – gravestone St Michael’s, Clonoe – mentioned in contemporary letters and documents.
Lough Neagh Sailing Fishingboat pp 14-15
Fishing Vessel used on Lough up to 1940’s. Photos.
The ‘Red School’ pp 16-17
National School, West Street, Stewartstown (1897-1961).
Clonmore Shrine pp 18-22
Recovered from Blackwater dredgings 1990-91-links with Bobbio shrine ltaly c. 590 AD – ‘landmark in the history of irish art’ –Ulster Museum.
Reminiscences of the Food Office pp 25-28
Cookstown (1939-54) -part of old workhouse – distributing food rations.
Lime Kilns pp 29-32
Technology of rural lime kilns - Dunn’s Wood kiln operated until 1920’s.
Year of the Harp pp 33-36
Belfast Harpers’ Festival (1792)-accounts from visitors –Sketches of prominent harpists.
Donaghrisk Graveyard pp 37-45
On Cookstown Road just outside Tullyhogue-Lindesay of Loughry, etc.
John Canavan of Kilycolpy pp 48-69
Poet and ballad maker (1862-1921)-collection of his Surviving pieces- recollections –controversy with Macauley of Castledawson.
Collecting Local Postcards pp 70-76
Includes list of cards produced by Glasgow of Cookstown.
The Way it Was pp 78-83 Experiences of life as a Tyrone emigrant to Canada-20th century.
Surnames in the Locality pp 3-6
Anderson to Stewart.
Early Settlements around Creeve Lough pp 7-17
Exploration and examination of evidence of prehistoric structures and of crannog, plantation castle, Plantation castle, Plantation village.
The Botany of the Stewartstown Area pp 18-25
History of amateur observations and recording of plant life (1897 onwards)-shores of Lough Neagh.
Roughan Park pp 26-27
From Journal of Belfast Naturalists Field Club – field trip to district 1907.
Stewartstown Methodist Church pp 28-31
Wesleyan chapel built 1843 - extended 1878.
Ballyclog School pp 32-37
An Erasmus Smith School – ‘National School ‘1876-1906.
Clay Pipes pp 38-39
Francis McCullagh (1826-1924)-townland of Augharan.
Fishermen’s Wives p 40
Journeys from Lough Shore to Dunannon and Cookstown to sell fish.
The Donaghenry Coin Hoard pp 41-43
Silver coins (Hiberno-Norse?) found Donaghenry in 1823- preserved in collection of R.C.Anketell (d. 1859)-items from hoard may now be in British Museum and in Ulster Museum.
The Roman Catholic chapel in Drumbonaway pp 44-45
Shown on O.S.map of 1834-closed c. 1852.
The Townlands of Donaghenry pp 48-59
Suggested origins and translations-Aghalarg, etc. Urbalreagh.
There’s Something Unusual pp 60-65
Three carved stones found locally –‘Donaghenry’ stone is fragment of ’Urnes style’ from 12th century representing beast interlocking with tangle of snakes . –‘Lowe’s Stone’ was recovered from front wall of shop in the Square (1994)-possibly upright from doorway or chimney-piece-from Ochiltree’s Plantation castle? The ‘Drumgormal’ stone shows rough inscription with mention of ‘Thom Parker’ and eighteenth –century date.
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Chuurch, Stewartstown pp 66-72
First building (1797?)-renovated 1845-grave of Kerry Militia casualties (1797)-Rev. F. Gahan, Rev. P.B. Daly, Rev.P.Slane.-tradition of Daniel O’Connell’s involvement in litigation over site.
Cluntoe Aerodrome pp73-84
History of Second World War airfield in Ardboe-RAF and USAF (1942-1945)-local involvement in construction,etc.
Making Sense of the Famine pp 3-11
Autumn 1845-partial failure of the potato crop in South and West of country –Relief Commission for Ireland established-Aug. 1846: signs of potato failure –new relief scheme and more ‘public works –Autumn 1846: local Relief Committees appointed by lieutenant for each county-subscriptions collected locally would be matched by up to a half by government –some reduced for current year –harsh winter of 1846- lawlessness in Dungannon district –Cookstown workhouse filled –voluntary Soup kitchens –Soup Kitchen Act ‘- outdoor relief schemes run by poor Law Board of Guardians. Early 1847-appearance of ‘famine fever’-good crop, though small- 1848: crop fails again – reduction of almost 20% in population country between 1841 and 1851.
Cookstown Workhouse pp 12-23
Cookstown Mendicity Association (1824) –first meeting of Poor Law Board of Guardians of Cookstown Union 1839-26 members –May 1842 workhouse building complete- fitting out and furnishing, etc.-Staffing-School-Fever Hospital.
The Poor Law Rate –the Early Years pp 24-30
Cookstown Union had sixteen ‘electoral divisions’ – decision to appoint George Ledlie as ‘Valuator’ –difficulties and objections - Jan. 1824, rate struck at 10d in £ - lsaac Tener appointed Collector of Poor Law Rate – from 1845 rate was collected by for district rate collectors.
Food in the Workhouse pp 31-36
Detailed analysis of ‘dietary’ of workhouse – ingredients – nutritional value - heath implications.
Public Works during the Famine pp 37-43
Account of Extraordinary Presentment Session Nov 1846 in Cookstown Courthouse- highly charged public meeting –proposals for public works-‘land drainage’ not ‘road building‘ or ‘cutting down of hills ‘-Dublin, Belfast and Coleraine Junction Railway proposal -meeting closed by Chairmen Col. Stewart –disorder broke out –threat of serious injury to Mr Lowry-police ordered to load rifles-narrow escape in carriage through mob-at next meeting landlords agreed £4000 to be raised for public works in Barony of Upper Dungannon. Detailed list of schemes agreed is appended to article.
Two Cookstown Guardians pp 46-51
William Frecketon of Newport Trench (the Battery)-Poor Law Guardian 1845-46-critic of Dublin Poor Law Commissioners. Thomas Greer of Tullylagan (New Hambro)-Quaker-forceful critic of poor Law system - Poor Law Guardian up until late1860’s.
Local Relief Committees pp 52-60
Letters on state of district, etc. To newspapers and to Relief Commission, Dublin from Church of Ireland Clergymen who were honorary secretaries of local relief committees: Rev. W.Atwell (Rector of Clonoe);Rev. Isaac Ashe (Coalisland); Rev. J. Geraghty (Stewartstown) ; Rev. Thomas Sandels (Ardboe); Rev. A.G.Stewart (Pomeroy) and Rev. Thomas Porter (Tullyhogue)-1846 and 1847.
Soup Kitchens and Outdoor Relief pp 61-65
Appointment of relieving officers in Cookstown Union (1847)-details role of these men -photographs of buildings associated with provision of soup/outdoor relief.
Emigration from the Workhouse pp 66-78
Mach 1848 Mr Senior; Poor Law Inspector –existence of scheme for the free passage of orphans aged 16-18 to British colonies -22 females from Cookstown Union Sailed to Plymouth as part of group of 394 females from Northern Unions-3 June 1848 ‘Earl Gray’ set sail with 185 female orphans, including 11 from Cookstown- arrived Sydney, Australia 6 October – Ship’s doctor strongly criticised morals of these orphan passengers –enquiry initiated and Poor Law Commissioners were asked to respond- ‘Beflast Girls’ accused-enquiry vindicated orphans and accused matron and her assistant of poor supervision.-Details of some Cookstown Union orphans-letters sent from Australia by four orphan girls. Donaghendry C. of I. Confirmation lists - emigrant details (1860’s?)
The Famine- Local Population Changes pp 79-82
Analysis of census data and exploration of hypotheses to account for changes.
The United Irishmen in East Tyrone pp 3-45
Exhaustive account comprising events, personalities and places mentioned in contemporary sources from East Tyrone and Londonderry (1794-98).-Appendices: United Irishmen from east Tyrone; Fate of Tyrone United Irishmen; Dungannon courts martial (July 1798); Imprisonment of Thomas Walsh of Dungannon.
Stewartstown in the ‘30’s pp 48-51
Reminiscences of a bank manager’s son now resident in Canada.
General James Hewitt Ledlie pp 52-54
Disgraced U.S general in Union army during Civil War-of Utica, New York-late 17th century mention of Ledlies in Carman and Kilycolpy-jacobite reference 1745.
Albert Bleeks pp 55-61
(1901-84)-essay recalling much-quoted correspondent to local papers-boxing- Tyrone brick-‘Stewartstown Notes’ in Tyrone Courier –extracts from 1978 issue.
James Reynolds of Cookstown pp 62-68
Stewartstown links-medical doctor- Studied Edinburgh until c.1791-prominent freemason and radical – Dungannon convention (January1793)-Summoned to appear before Irish House of Lords (Mach 1793) - imprisoned Kilmainham Until August 1793- tumultuous welcome in Armagh-fled to U.S.A. (May 1794)- controversial medical and political career in Philadelphia – custodian of Wolfe Tone’s papers (1798)-novelist- d. 1808.
The Gaelic League pp 71-73
Founded 1893-cultural and historical background-local branch (1907?) -1940’s –feiseeanna –drama competitions-participants and promoters.
The McKee Story p 74
John McMKee (1787-1874) and Ellen Kells (1786-1885) -dramatic elopement –family tradition.
Mysterious Tobertern p 75
Nostalgic evocation of local Water Source.
Schooldays Recalled p 76-78
Cookstown High School (1934-39) - early experiences as newly qualified teacher in country primary schools (1940’s and 1950’s).
Freemasonry in Stewartstown pp 79-83
Lodge 479 - formed 1770 - met in Tullyhogue, Cookstown and Stewartstown -1884 opening of Masonic Hall, West Street -1888 Bachelors’ Ball - extracts from lists of members (19th century).
Cookstown 100 pp 3-30
Account of famous motorcycle road race 1921-2001 - Road Races Act 1922 - Sherrygroom circuit -Cookstown Council - local patrons - post-war revival – riders and records. Photos.
Duckart’s Canal pp 31-36
Account of revolutionary civil engineering project in scheme to ‘supply Dublin with coals’ (1760’s)-Coalisland – Daviso de Arcort, architect and civil engineer –d. 1785.
Grange Graveyard pp 37-41
‘Covenanter’ graveyard (1807-1944).
From Smyrna to Stewartstown pp 44-58
Account of origin and provenance of antiquarian notebook in possession of late Rev. David Bothwell -notebook can now be confidently ascribed to HP Borell (1795-1851)- later came into possession of Rev. James Kennedy Bailie (1793-1864), Rector of Ardtrea and classical scholar –Bailie is shown to have cunningly presented Borell’s researches into classical inscriptions in Turkey, etc. as his own work.
The Story of a Toiler’s Life pp 59-70
Biographical and historical article on early life of James Mullin of Cookstown (1846-1920)-material from his autobiography (1921)-Only son of widowed mother-schooling –manual work in Cookstown, Dungannon , Magherfafelt –appetite for reading-joined Fenian Brothood (1865)-graduated with BA from Queen’s College, Galway.
The ‘Wee School’ pp 3-11
1833 application from Rev.F. Gahan P.P. for grant aid for school already established in 1830-official data on progress of school, teaching staff, clergy associated with school – decision to built ‘red brick school’ in 1890’s-demolition of ‘Wee School’ 1966-67.
Crieve pp 12-15
English text and commentary on sixteenth-century bardic poem of Tadhg Dall O hUiginn (1550-1591) celebrating chieftain Turlogh Luinneach O Neill and his ‘hospitable castle’ at Crieve (Gaelic name of area before seventeenth – century Plantation renamed it ‘Castlestewart’ and ‘Stewartstown’).
From the Crimea to Coney lsland pp 16-38
The life and times of James Alfred Caulfeild, seventh Viscount Charlemont (1830-1913)- born Cookstown, son of Edward Houston Caulfeild – army career –Coldstream Guards-Hong Kong – Crimea – married Annette Handcock of Glasson –lived at Drumcairne house, Stewartstown –achieved rank of colonel -birth of daughter –appointed Comptroller of Viceregal Household , Dublin Castle and Phoenix Park - recurrent financial difficulties of Caulfeild family –land Sales - attitude towards tenants –marriage of daughter to Lord Ranfurly , later Governor of New Zealand - death of Charlemont and burial on Coney lsland, off Maghery- Poems of John Canavan praising Lord Charlemont and Drumcairne.
Henderon’s Tape Factory in Sherryroom pp 39-45
Cotton and linen tape factory, established pre-1832 - Matthew Henderson founder - Henderson family involvement –Sherrygroom House –Killycolp House-Methodist links- factory fire 1913 - factory life. Photos.
St Patrick’s Church, Stewartstown Gravestone Inscriptions pp 48-71
Church of Ireland, North Street, Stewartstown –Donaghendry Parish.
Lamping Rabbits pp 72-74
Recollections of trapping rabbits at night -1940’s -local places -avoiding police- camaraderie.
That Special Christmas pp 75-81
Recollections of family Christmas in mid 1930’s –visitors –midnight Mass – presents - the world seen through the eyes of a child.
Robert Cranston and the Catalpa escape pp 3-18
Fenian Rising 1867 - Stewartstown soldier Robert Cranston sentenced to transportation to Western Australia - U.S. fenians organise escape of Cranston and companions from Fremantle (1876) -Cranston settled in Philadelphia – Mulgrew links.
The ‘Thrasher’ pp 19-24
Ballooning fatality 1907 involving Lt.W.T.McClintock Caullfeild – memorial plaque in St Patricks, Donaghendry. Times report.
Parnellites and anti-Parnellites pp 28-36
Account of political meetings at Washing Bay 1891 -National Federation Opposed to Parnell’s attempts to retain leadership of Irish Parliamentary Party – verbatum report of speeches - local Catholic clergy - W.J. Reynolds, M.P. etc.
The Ballyclog Rectory Stone p37
Inscribed stone recovered from Ballyclog Rectory (2005) –inscription partly decipherable.
Birds of Drumcairne pp38-40
Ornithological report on birdlife in woodland and ornamental gardens. Bird sightings 1976-2004.
The Ghosts of Ardtrea p 41
Two strange incidents from Ardtrea Rectory.
‘Ye Riot in Colisland’ ...........A nineteenth century political ballad pp 44-54
Background and text of political poem-pastiche of Macauley’s ‘Horatius’-events of 24 June 1873 involving children’s Sunday School excursion to Drumcairne and violence in Coalisland later that evening.
‘Ye Riot in Coalisland’.............The political background. pp 55-64
Sectarian tension and violent incidents in Coalisland in early June, 1873 -police reaction - local magistrate Bell of Bellmount - Rev. William Mathews of Brackaville and Rev. John O’Neill of Clonoe- Messrs. Chambre and Kennedy of Stewartstown - Orange challenge to R.I.C. - court proceedings -appeals to Lord Lieutenant.
Crieve and the landscape of fact pp 3-4
Reflections on the passing of Gaelic Ireland by Seamus Heaney.
Ode to the O'Neill pp 5-7
New translation - Tadhg Dall O Huginn.
Stewartstown and Flight of the Earls pp 8-15
September 1607 - Hugh O Neill, Earl of Tyrone - Journey with followers from Slane to Rathmullan via An Craobh - Flight of the Earls - Political reactions and consequences.
A Geophysical survey of Tullaghogue Fort pp 16-27
Resistivity survey of The O'Neils inauguration site & surrounding fields - speculation on the interpretation of the anomalies found.
Flight of the Earls 2007 pp 28-32
Summary of local 400th anniversary commenerations - Stewartstown Festival Group at Tullaghoge Fort - Mary Ronayne-Keane's drama "Saint or Sinner" - Castle Farm commemorations - Re-enactment of walk from Craobh to Rathmullan - Photos.
Chatelaines and their families pp 33-41
Castle Stewart family - female occupants of Stuart Hall - Sarah Lil - Jemima Robinson - Emmeline Bathurst - Charlotte Thompson - Augusta Richardson-Brady - Emma Georgina Stevens - domestic and family stories.
Broughderg pp 42-43
Townlands & sites - O'Neill connections.
Bill Greer pp 46-48
Born Ballyveeney, Stewartstown - Canada - US Navy - US Secret Service - chauffeur to three US presidents - driver of presidential car during assasination of President Kennedy - Dallas - 22nd November 1963.
Echoes from World War II: an unfinished story pp 49-51
Letters re death of Sigmn. Richard David (Davy) Millar - Japanese POW.
William Beatty pp 52-53
Born Stewartstown - Emigrated to US - Butler County, Pennsylvania - Sargeant in Army - Thompson's Company - Tavern - Democratic Party - Congress.
Ardtrea Graveyard pp 54-78
Gravestone inscriptions - 17th-20th century.
The von Stieglitz family of Cookstown p 79
Gortalowry House - Baron, Holy Roman Empire - Pilsen, Bavaria - Van Dieman's Land - return to Ireland.
Planning the plantation – Background and early days pp3 -11
Background to the “plantation” of the ‘escheated’ (confiscated) estates of the northern earls, 1608 – Progress in the Precinct of Mountjoy.
Shankey School pp12-17
Shankey National School built about 1825 – Connections with Presbyterian Church – Dispute between the 1st and 2nd Stewartstown Presbyterian Churches – School-House fire 1895 – details of staff and pupils – Closure in 1911- modern photo of schoolhouse.
Mountjoy Fort and Mountjoy Castle pp18-32
History of Hugh O’Neil and Sir Arthur Chichester’s forts near Clonoe – Building of Chichester’s fort (1602) and castle (1605)- Suggested location of the lost fort – Crown Lands for the upkeep of the fort and castle.
The Home Guard in Stewartstown pp33-40
Recollections and history of the Local Defence Volunteers in Stewartstown 1940 – Renamed the Home Guard after just six weeks – Training and exercises etc. – Interaction with the American forces at Clontoe Aerodrome – Disbanded in 1944- Stewartstown Platoon photo and poem.
Sir Robert Stanton Wood pp41-42
Outline of the life and career of Robert Stanton Wood MD, FRCP (1877 – 1954) of North Street, Stewartstown; eminent physician who attended King George V.
Making of the Bodley Maps pp43-52
Description of the surveying and mapping of Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Coleraine, Donegal, Fermanagh and Cavan in 1609-1610 – Outline of the men involved, methods use and the accuracy obtained – Details of the map of Mounjoy Precinct (between modern Cookstown & Dungannon) – Examination of the territories shown on the Mountjoy map and the Scottish ‘planters’ who obtained these lands – Comparison of the plantation grants shown on the Mountjoy & modern maps.
O’Rouke’s Store pp53-56
Details of the processing and exporting of poultry, fish and game from O’Roukes store in Stewartstown.
Tullanisken Church of Ireland, Newmills, Graveyard Inscriptions pp57-91
Gravestone inscriptions - 17th-20th century.
Letter to America - George Washington and the Yankee Club of Stewartstown pp3 -22
Yankee Club of Stewartstown - radical political [Masonic?] supporters of American revolution who sent address of congratulation to Gen George Washington in late 1783 – tracing the journey of the message bearer Campbell Dick from Stewartstown to Philadelphia – Maj. John Davidson of Annapolis, Maryland to be presenter of address – Gen. Otho Williams – Gen Washington’s brief written reply published in Ulster papers by Rev. Thomas Ledlie Birch radical Presbyterian minister of Saintfield - death of Campbell Dick in Philadelphia from Yellow Fever.
A View of Stewartstown 1750 - 1800 pp 23-27
Compilation of references to the village from the pages of the Belfast News-Letter – social history, criminality, agriculture, sport, emigration, etc.
The Water Level of Lough Neagh p 30
Bartlett map of Mountjoy Fort – early 17th century – shows complex of military earthworks on shore of Lough Neagh – viewing shoreline as it would be were water level raised to between 17m and 18m contours reveals very likely position of Mountjoy Fort, now not visible – implications of this viewing of Lough Neagh for other 17th century maps and for landscape along shore.
The Townland of Curglassan pp31-35
Local townland study using readily available sources – illustrated – includes bibliography.
Building Ballyclog pp 36-45
St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Ballyclog – 1860s fundraising and planning of building to replace existing Plantation structure – Ecclesiastical Commissioners, Dublin - Rev. Henry Greene, Rector – local lay worthies - architects Welland and Gillespie – contractor James McLean - delay over spire.
The quest for Bob Williamson and Bridget McGinn pp 48-54
‘The Ould Orange Flute’ – origin in actual fact? – dating of ballad – John Nicholson, Belfast printer - search for sources – Killyman connection – Wilfred Dilworth contribution – Thomas Disney possible
The High Cross Murders pp 55-61
June 1909 murders of Margaret Holt, and her brother-in-law William at High Cross near Donaghy – suspect William Moore, otherwise Edward Stone – first trial at Cookstown Dec. 1909 – jury fails to reach verdict – second and third trials followed, all leading to discharge of accused, jury failing to agree verdict – celebration in S’town of Moore’s release in August 1910 – no on else ever charged.
Plantation Grants in Mountjoy Barony: Part 1 - The Scottish Planters pp 62-79
Illustrated article dentifying townlands granted to Scots undertakers in Montjoy Barony/Precinct in Plantation of Ulster - Andrew Stewart granted 3000 acres Revelinowtra and Revelineightra – Bernard Lindsay – Robert Lindsay granted Tulloghoge – Robert Stewart of Roberton granted Gortnaville – Robert Stewart of Hilton granted Ballyokevan – Robert Hepburn granted area of O’Carragan – George Crawford granted Tullylagan – Bodley maps – OS maps – Northern Ireland Place Name Project
The Centenary of Stewartstown Harps Gaelic Football Club pp 80-83
Gaelic Football Club established 1912 – Mullaghmoyle playing fields – Samuel Park – photographs
Folklore pp 84-85
Exploring oral tradition of alleged massacre in 1641 – Ardpatrick Lough? – Depositions in Trinity College Dublin.
Evacuees at Stuart Hall pp 4 -13
Stuart Hall, Irish seat of the Castle Stewart family, donated ‘for the duration of the War’ to Stormont government – Belfast Blitz April 1941 – erection of Nissen huts in grounds of Stuart Hall – readying the building for female evacuees and their children – energetic management of scheme by Nathan Goorwitch, successful Belfast businessman – local voluntary committees chaired by Lord Charlemont and Lady Charlemont – Ministry of Home Affairs files in PRONI – disagreement over management of hostel and scheme to occupy evacuees – Jack Beattie M.P. – running down of Stuart Hall facility following end of war – later career of Nathan Goorwitch - illustrated
Publicising the Project: the Stuart Hall Scheme in Words and Pictures pp 14-37
Illustrated article based on recently uncovered Goorwitch photographic archive – examines coverage of Stuart Hall scheme in press – enthusiastic promotion of scheme by Stormont Ministry of Home Affairs – visits by VIPs including NI premier Andrews and by Lady Abercorn – unique contemporary photographs
The Memoramdum Book of Donaghendry Parish pp 48-52
Local unofficial census of Church of Ireland parishioners in Donaghendry parish in winter 1824/5 – includes valuable details of occupations, etc. - weavers, hacklers, farmers, butchers, apothecaries, etc. - unique social document.
Ballyclog Tragedy pp 53-55
1937 road accident fatality – coverage in local press – recollected by author
Rush Lights pp 56-59
Origin and manufacture of this primitive but effective form of domestic lighting.
The Beard, the Table and the Professor pp 60-61
1912 - emergency surgery on Alex Ferguson, local farmer – Dr Burgess – ‘The Professor’ – operation on the kitchen table.
Plantation Grants Part 2; Clonagherie and the Church lands pp 62-76
Areas available for settlement of native Irish at time of Plantation of Ulster – Clonagherie – Clonoe – Mountjoy Fort and lands – School Lands of Mountjoy Free School – Manor Annesley – Church Lands in Mountjoy Barony
The Caulfeild Family in East Tyrone pp 77-82
Residences of the Caulfeild/Caulfield family in Tyrone - Castle Caulfeild – Castle Stewart - Donaghendry – Drumreagh – Mullantean/Mullantain – Drumcairne.
William John Duff Gibson pp 83-87
Reminiscences – Ballywholan House - Delamere House – poem ‘Two Oul’ Tramps’.
Joan Laverty 1936-2015 p 3
Appreciation of the Stewartstown and District Local History Society's first Hon. Sec.
The Lady of the Lake. by Frank Mayes pp 4-24
Shipwreck off Newfoundland in 1833 -- Belfast to Quebec -- Many local passengers -- Fate of passengers and crew -- Behaviour of crew -- Broadside ballads.
Over to You. Compiled by Anne Laverty pp 25-29
Belfast Blitz and Stuart Hall Evacuees -- The Dunderin' Rock -- Draughts Club -- Stewartstown Parade 1904 -- Boyd's Dairy -- Casualties on the Western Front -- Ferguson of Artrea, Clockmaker.
Belfast Naturalists' Field Club visits to Dungannon & Coalisland 1873 pp 30-32
Contempary account of a visit in 1873 -- Coalmines -- Creenagh colliery
Socks. by Eva Kee p 33
Knitting for the troups -- WW II.
Local Rhymers. by Joan Laverty p 34-35
Local poems -- Hiring at Henderson's -- Hendersons of Annaghone -- Grocery Shop.
Tyrone Men in the Thick of it: The Rebelion in Upper Canada 1837. by William McGrath pp 36-41
Irish emigrants in Brock Township, Ontario County, Upper Canada -- Quin, Corrigan, Kelly, McGuire, McGrath families -- Local connections -- Home District Reformers -- Brock Company -- Rebelion 1837 -- Battle of Montgomery's Tavern -- fate of rebels.
Killing the Pig. by Tom Gibson pp 42-43
On-farm killing of pig -- Eddie Mayne, travelling butcher -- Ross Henderson , North St., Photo.
Policing in Stewartstown 1844-48. by Anne Laverty and James Glendinning pp 46-53
Examples of law and order and other duties performed by the Constables of Stewartstown Barracks 1844-1848 -- Location of Barracks.
The Watters family and the sinking of the Lusitania. by James Glendinning pp 54-56
RMS Lusitania sunk by German U boat May 1915 -- Fate of Walter and Nettie (Jeanette) Mitchell and their baby son -- Nettie, widowed, married William David Watters, Lower Back, Stewartstown -- Lived Galvally, Stewartstown & Ballylesson nr. Lisburn.
From the Mid-Ulster Mail 1891. by John Glendinning pp 57-61
Local stories and a poem from the inaugural year of the Mid-Ulster Mail.
History in Song - the legacy of Ben Lynass, the Bard of the Bush. by Aidan Fee pp 62-72
Lynass's book 'Orange and Love: Poems and Songs on different subjects' 1842 -- Sub Constable of Police - Orangeman -- Battle of Clonoe / Black Bridge fight -- Anti-tithe protests -- Ardboe -- Scotland -- death 1865.
Ardboe Church of Ireland Graveyard inscriptions. by Frank Mayes pp 73-81
Graveyard inscriptions 18th to 21st centuries.
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