County Down


The Welcome
by Wilson Emerson)

We're sitting on the Welcome';
Where we meet when days are fine,
There Tam an' Dick, and 'Dan and Me;
All sitting there in line,

And for us oul' residenters;
Life holds no greater boon,
Than to sit and watch the folk go past;
On a sunny afternoon.

Some people meet in billiard halls;
Some congregate in pubs,
While others meet to gossip,
In expensive country clubs;

But we prefer the "Welcome;"
(May the stone be always warm)
And may the gods be ever kind;
And keep us from all harm.

There's times Dan wrestles with the cough;
And Tam's chest starts to wheeze,
When the wind comes up Rathfriland Street;
It can be a powerful breeze!

And the rheumatics often bother us;
But ach! the age is there,
And the joints are kin' o' rusty;
And near hand beyond repair.

But in spite of all we're sittin' here,
These trusty frien's and I,
And the crack is good, the humour rich,
As the jostling crowds go by,

And when next you cross the "Jingler's Bridge;"
And see us gathered there,
Mayhap you'll pass the time of day;
And ask us how we fare.

The Father of Modern Banbridge, Co. Down.

William Logan OBE. J.P.
(By Joan Logan Petticrew)

Looking back at my childhood and early days of youth my happiest memories are a connected with one person, William Logan of 50 Newry Street, Banbridge, Co. (Granda Logan).

William Logan was born on 29th August 1880, the son of George and Sarah Jane and the grandson of James Logan who, it is said, founded the first ropeworks in Ireland at Newry Street Banbridge, in the year 1820 when he was nineteen years old.

Logan also built a ropeworks in High Street, Newry, Co.Down and erected the building where the "Patrisse Coffee Lounge" and the Banbridge "Job Centre" are situated, the gateway between these two shop fronts, (nos. 48 and 50 Newry Street) was the entrance to the ropeworks which stretched from Newry Street to a lane-way known as "Bird Lane", later to be officially named as Townsend Street. Across the lane from the ropeworks was a row of workers cottages which belonged to Logans and behind the cottages was a large field known as "The Glen" where Granda Logan in his early days bred prize winning dogs. The Glen is now part of a large housing estate.

James Logan died on 6th February 1867 and on his death he left property in 48 and 50 Newry Street, Downshire Place, dwellings between Doctor's Lane and Porkhouse and Rathfriland Street, Banbridge, and he also left houses and a ropeworks in Newry Co.Down. He left the Banbridge ropeworks to his son George and the ropeworks and property to his son Henry who sold the Newry property and moved to Portadown where he opened the Portadown ropeworks.

Granda Logan never expected to inherit the Banbridge ropeworks from his father Logan (sen). It was expected that the eldest son, George (Jun), would follow him into the rope manufacturing business. Another brother, James, had joined th Irish Constabulary and became a District Inspector on the police force. Joseph was killed by a Hayes Mill cart at the entrance to the ropeworks when he was only five years old. Harry the youngest brother had not made up his mind what career he wanted to follow. Granda was always interested in a political career but did not get the chance pursue this idea. George Logan (jun) had no interest in the rope manufacturing business and he left home to join the army. In the Boer War, during the fighting, he was buried three days when buildings blown up by the Boers fell on him, at the "Battle of Ladysmith". By the time World War 1 broke George had risen to the rank of Major.

When George (sen) died in 1901, he left the family ropeworks to his son William (Granda) and his son Harry, who had no interest in the business and also joined the army. After World War 1 George and Harry went to Canada. George died in 1936 and Harry died aged 91 in an old soldiers' home in Canada. George and Harry's names are on the "Roll of Honour" at the Council Offices, Banbridge. In 1906 Granda Logan married my grandmother, Matilda Morrow, in Banbridge Methodist Church. This turned out to be an ideal partnership as my grandmother was a quiet person who was a first class business woman. Her personality complemented my grandfather's outgoing personality and thanks to her he was able to combine a successful business career with an interest in public affairs.

In 1909 at the age of 29 my grandfather, like his father before him, was elected as a member of Banbridge Urban Council. At his death, in 1952, he was a senior member and he had "topped the poll" for twenty five of his forty three years as a council member. He had been Chairman of the council several times. During the 1914-1918, war George and Harry Logan came home on leave from the Western Front. A concert was held in The Temperance Hall, Banbridge, to raise money for the troops. George and Harry were accomplished musicians and were asked to play at the concert. Granda, at the time was a strict "teetotaller". To his horror George and Harry forgot their surroundings and broke into such soldiers' favourites a: "Here's to the Good Old Whiskey", "Little Brown Jug", "Beer Beer, Glorious Beer'' and other songs in this vein. Granda was mortified !

I remember the ropeworks very vividly. Such names as Willie Martin (who worked in the ropeworks for fifty years and was foreman), Bertie Magill, Mickey and Barnes Trainor, Jimmie and Bobby Anderson, Jimmie Burns, Tommie Potts, (The Ulster Flyweight Boxing Champion), Frank Redpath and Sarah Gray, who was the only woman in the ropeworks, are some of the people who spring to mind. In the ropeworks and shop Granda Logan wore a dark grey shopcoat. I can remember him working alongside the men spinning the ropes in the rope walk. One day when l was dodging in and out through the ropes my hair got caught in the ropes. Willie Martin yelled at the men at the bottom of the rope walk to shut off the machines. He the shouted to my grandfather. "Hi boss take that "heart scald" out of here and give her good "scalping"!

Sarah Gray was a plump little person who worked with the bobbin machines in the "Bobbin House". Above all the noise of the machinery one could hear Sarah singing all day long. She was a very happy little person. In the "heckling house", where threads were pulled over long nails to remove all knots and dirt, I can remember Granda working alongside Mickey and Barney Trainor or some other men. I can remember dust flew everywhere. Granda could not drive and a few hours later Tommie Potts, who also acted as driver, would get the car out and Granda looking very elegant in a well dressed suit and overcoat, Anthony Eden hat and spats would head off to a meeting somewhere. It was hard to believe that earlier in the day had been covered in dust working in the "heckling house" or one of the machine buildings.

Granda was years ahead of his time as the ropeworks belonged to the "National Scheme for Disabled Men". Very few firms employed disabled people at that time. There is now the "Irish Linen Trail" for tourists. I can remember going with Granda around the various linen mills in the Lagan Valley. Such names as Mr Gough of Dunbar and McMaster Mills at Gilford and Mr Hozack of Hayes Mills Seapatrick were mills which I remember. These managers, as well as business associates, were personal friends of Granda and we often visited them at their homes. We visited many mills all along the Lagan Valley area. Unfortunately many of these great mills are now closed.

Most mornings Granda and other businessmen could be found at William Bambrick's saddler shop where events of local interest were discussed. I remember J.U.Finney always wore spotted bow ties and Panama hats in summer. He was a flamboyant figure. This morning gathering of local business men was known as "Number Ten". Every morning Granda would cross the road to Mrs Mary Kate Fitzpatrick's for "Gold Flake" cigarettes and sweets for myself. The latest events in the town were related in a most humorous fashion by Mrs Fitzpatrick. It is not surprising that her grandson, Gene Fitzpatrick, is a well known comedian and T. V. personality, as it would seem he inherited his grandmother's sense of humour.

Such shops as Proctor's furniture store, McMurray's, Johnston's, Young's and Walkers drapers were places we often visited. Croziers and Paddy Reavey's butchers shops, McCormacks and also Martins hardware shops also spring to mind. Stevensons Cycle Shop, Scott & Sterritt plumbers and Carsons the coopers lived close to Logans in Newry Street. Mr Bruce Carson is a figure well known in fishing circles at the present day. Dobbins the greengrocers, the "Home and Colonial", McCracken's chemists, Parks chemists (I remember the flight of steps leading up to this shop), Bell's publicans and Undertakers (today, about the oldest family left in Newry Street), Burnetts grocers, George Campbell, newsagents, and the "Downshire Arms Hotel" where Granda received his Belgium Honour.

Council members such as Mr Charlie Creighton, Mr Jack Harvey, Mr Willie McCormack, Mr Paddy Reavey, Mr Hale, Mr Mulligan and Mr Cruickshank were some of the names I remember calling at the house. Miss Jinny Douglas was the lady member of Banbridge Union Council. She was a little lady of under five feet who dressed in long clothes in the style of Queen Mary. She wore flowered or velvet hats and long strings of beads to her knees. She "always spoke her mind"! Granda Logan and Miss Douglas had many heated arguments, but they always remained firm friends. The list of people of "Granda's Banbridge" is endless. Mr William Bradford's home in Bridge Street was "a port of call" as Mr Bradford and his family were close friends of Granda's. Bell's shoe shop, Becks garage, Fusco's cafe and ice-cream establishment (neighbours of Granda's), Doctor Mary Copes and McGuiggans. McGaw's and Mehaffays were places I loved to visit with Granda as I always came out with a book or toy.

The old Banbridge cinema was up an entry close to the Banbridge Chronicle Office. From a tiny child I remember sitting on Granda's knee and seeing such films as "Charge of the Light Brigade", "Marie Antoinette", "Sixty Glorious Years", "Fire over England", "The Three Stooges", "Laurel and Hardy", gangster films and "goodies and baddies". When the pictures were over, we sometimes went to Scappaticcis for fish and chips. When I was staying at Newry Street, I can remember playing marbles and other games with the Stevensons, Eric Lutton, Billy Bell and Edna and Billy Beck to name a few childhood friends.

Granda was good at telling bedtime stories, and I can remember screaming with laughter at the antics of Mary Jane Japelder, Uncle Thomas, the dog chasing the cat, the cat falling into the cream, the dog skidding into the home-made butter and Uncle Thomas being chased by the bull into the duck pond. Bed time stories were always great fun. In Civil Life Granda was President or Chairman of many organizations. He was Chairman of the Banbridge and Portadown Regional Waterworks Board and officially opened the Fofanny reservoir in the Mourne Mountains. He was Chairman of the Coal Fund and local representative on the Association of Municipal Authorities and the Ulster Tourist Development Association, Chairman of West Down Unionist Association, Vice Chairman of Banbridge Silver Band, Chairman of the Burial Board, a trustee of Banbridge Methodist Church, a member of Royal Blue Lodge No.119 and Royal Arch Chapter No.124 Masonic Lodges. Granda was always deeply interested in all types of sport and as a young man played for Lilybank Football Club. He was President of Banbridge Football Club. He presented many cups to various sporting associations.


Opening of Banbridge District Hospital

Granda was on the Board of Guardians of the old workhouse system. He was one of the first to realise it had outlived its usefulness and fought "tooth and nail" to have the new hospital built. In 1933 he had the pleasure of welcoming the Duchess of Abercorn an other dignitaries to open the new hospital. I have a photograph of him standing with some dignitaries and Dr. Gibson, the surgeon of the hospital. It is sad that the hospital is to close. I remember many of the nurses who would call into the house for a chat and a cup of tea. Nurse McCullagh, Nurse McMahon, Sister Minnie Burns, Nurse McNally, Sister Rice, and Nurse O' Flynn (who later married Mr Reilly the chemist of Bridge Street). These were some of the nurses who always got a welcome when they were off duty.

Banbridge Bowling Green

I can remember the crowds gathering in the streets when the South Africian Bowlers came to Banbridge in July 1948. Granda, as President of the Northern Ireland Bowling Association, with Banbridge Brass Band to provide background music, met the South African Bowlers at the old Banbridge railway station (now long gone). They marched through the town to the bowling green, to the cheers of the crowds. That night Granda gave a dinner in their honour. Also in July, Granda met and entertained the American Bowlers. He was responsible for getting the bowling green for Banbridge, and I have photographs of him throwing the first bowl.

1939-1945 War

War broke out in September 1945 and Granda immediately handed the shop over for an A. R. P. Post and joined the A.R. P. Commonwealth countries sent crates of tins of pineapples, pears, and peaches and other fruit. Granda had to see to the distribution of these scarce commodities.

Towards the end of the war when the Belgium Brigade was stationed in Banbridge, Granda made sure that they were not lonely by arranging concerts, dances and other activities. Colonel Louppe honoured him by making him an Honorary Corporal in the Belgian army. Mr Coburn was Chairman of Banbridge Urban Council in June 1945 and arranged the festivities for V.E. Day. In August 1945 Granda was Chairman of the council when war with Japan ceased. A hurried council meeting was called and Mr Wm. Mulligan, Clerk of the Council, Granda, and the council members arranged the festivities for V.J. Day.

I can remember that Granda, resplendent in top hat, tail coat and striped trousers "rode in state" with the "Victory Queen" and her attendants in an open top Hillman car through cheering crowds to the rugby grounds. The V.J. Queen was crowned by Granda with the help of Mr Mulligan and the Head Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. A little girl carried the crown on a red velvet cushion. That night there was a huge fireworks display to round off the festivities.

In 1950 Granda received his greatest honour, the "Order of the British Empire" (O.B.E.) for services to the war effort and Northern Ireland. In 1952 he suffered a massive stroke and died in December of that year, bringing to end an active, varied and useful life.

I shall always remember Granda Logan as a man who lived for Banbridge, and who had time to listen to people and, whether as a businessman, Councillor or Justice of the Peace, never turned anyone who needed help away from his door. Appointments were unheard of and it did not matter what time of day or night it was, Granda had always time to sign forms and listen. I loved the Banbridge of my grandfather's day and that is perhaps why the stories and people of that time shall always remain evergreen in my memory and affection. sometimes i meet members of the older generation of Banbridge and they always refer my Grandfather as "The Mayor" or "The Father of Banbridge", a man who was Banbridge.

Old Banbridge Town
( By Doreen-Diamond Feeney.)

In dreams, I still return to Banbridge Town
To visit childhood haunts and walk around
I stand upon the bridge across the Bann
To see the river path where once I ran
And jumped and played and gathered blackberries,
Then rested in the shade beneath the trees.

The Big Church stands sedately in the Square
The Masonic Hall and Crozier are still there,
I walk along Dromore Street and I see
The little houses as they used to be,
The Crystal Bar and Murray's friendly pub
The Big Hall where we danced The Hucklebuck.

Joe Allister's shop, Drew Preston's grocery store
McMeekin's barber shop, with open door
St. Patrick's Church where-in I knelt to pray
looks the same as on my wedding day
The heart-shaped lawn surrounded by spring flowers
The old school where I spent such happy hours.

I wander back and look along Bridge Street
To where "The Cut" joins it and Newry Street,
Along the Downshire Road, I wend my way
And see the old library of yesterday
At Dunbar School I pause beside the wall
I know each stone, I used to walk them all.

The Wee Arch where we sheltered from the rain
And did our courting as the old steam train
Thundered overhead and made its way
Into the station at the close of day.
In Railway Street I see in days of yore
The half-moon on the pavement round each door.

My Granny's house was Number Forty-Eight
A friend to all her neighbours in the street,
The Railway Hotel, then into Reilly Street
The houses on each side so trim and neat
I stand before my home, my dream is done
The window-panes reflect the rising sun.

History of Scarva St. Presbyterian Church

BANBRIDGE : Bannside

The revival of 1859 resulted in a considerable increase in the number of families connected with Scarva St. congregation in Banbridge. A congregational meeting was called "to take into consideration the best means to be adopted for getting increased accommodation". The outcome of this was a unanimous decision to form a second Presbyterian congregation in connection with the General Assembly. The Presbytery approved the Memorial. The Synod recommended that its prayer be granted and the General Assembly agreed. So Bannside congregation came into existence.

The first minister was Mr. George Wilson (lic. Ballymena 1866) and he was ordained on 28 Mar. 1867. On 22 June 1880 he accepted a call to Trinity Church, Canonbury, London, and later became Literary Superintendent of the British and Foreign Bible Society, a post which he held from 1889-1897.

The second minister was Rev. James Scott, formerly minister of Glenavy. He was installed on 12 Oct. 1880, had a long ministry, and died on 10 Mar. 1918.

The third minister had an even longer stay and a memorable one too. Mr. John Thomas Anderson (lic. Coleraine 1917) was ordained on 12 Sept. 1918, and all through his ministry, although physically handicapped, he was a consistent student and a faithful pastor. The Presbyterian Theological Faculty, Ireland conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1957. He retired on 30 Sept. 1960 and died on 25th Mar. 1979. His son, Rev. Samuel Anderson, became minister of Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal.

The Rev. Eric George McAuley, who had been ordained in Newtowncunningham and Crossroads, was installed here on 2 Mar. 1961. He had qualifications in architecture and was appointed a lecturer in that subject at Queen's University, Belfast. He resigned here on 30 Sept. 1973 to be followed by Rev. Ernest Rea (lic. Belfast South 1971) who had been ordained (5 Jan. 1972) assistant in Woodvale Park congregation, Belfast. Mr. Rea developed an interest in Religious Broadcasting and after being Religious Adviser to the Downtown Radio Station (part-time) he accepted a full-time appointment with the British Broadcasting Company. He resigned his charge here on 6 Feb. 1979.

The Rev. Samuel Alexander Matthews of Lissara was installed as Mr. Rea's successor on 1 June 1979.

BANBRIDGE : Scarva St.

Prior to 1716 Banbridge Presbyterians were part of Magherally congregation. With the development of the new town "on the banks of the Bann" the need for a new church there was raised at the Synod in 1716. The Synod directed that the Rev. S. Young of Magherally should preach in the newly-built meeting-house in Banbridge, and that he should do so "alternately in the two meeting-houses". Mr. Young resigned in the following year and in the vacancy the Banbridge folk applied for and received permission to call a minister of their own.

Mr. Archibald Maclaine (lic. Armagh 1719), son of the minister of Markethill, was ordained on 26 Apr. 1720. He died here on 23 Feb. 1740 to be followed by Mr. Henry Jackson (lic. Bangor). He was said to be a elative of General Jackson, President of the United States, and was ordained here on 8 Nov. 1743 by the Presbytery of Armagh. After a very long ministry he retired on 6 Jan. 1790 and died on 26 Feb. 1795. Mr. Jackson was the grandfather of Rev. Dr. H. J. Dobbin of Ballymena.

Mr. Nathaniel Shaw (lic. Bangor 1782) was ordained on 6 Jan. 1790, the same day as his predecessor retired. He died on 4 Jul. 1812. Mr. Shaw's successor was Mr. James Davis (lic. Strabane 1815) under whom the congregation split because he adhered to the New-Light side in the Arian controversy. He was ordained on 23 Mar. 1814 and on 5 Aug. 1828 the orthodox section of the congregation asked the orthodox Presbytery of Dromore to take them over as a congregation.

A new church building was being erected in Scarva Street at the time and the new minister, Mr. Robert Anderson (lic. Letterkenny 1829) was ordained in the partly completed church on 22 June 1830. The congregation grew steadily in strength and in 1859 a school was built in the church grounds. Its first use was to house the over-flow meetings of the great Revival of 1859, and soon the need for yet another Presbyterian Church in Banbridge became obvious (Bannside q.v.). Mr. Anderson continued here till his death on 29 Feb. 1872. His daughter became the wife of Rev. John Waddell of Newington, Belfast.

Mr. John Sinclair Hamilton (lic. Belfast 1870) followed, being ordained on 3 July 1872. He saw a new manse purchased in the same year, and a gallery erected in 1878. He accepted a call to Rutland Square congregation, Dublin, on 10 Feb. 1884. The congregation then called its first placed man, the Rev. Thomas Boyd of Magheramason. He was installed on 7 Aug. 1884. He married Isabella, daughter of Rev. James Knowles of Castleton, Belfast. He had the first organ installed in the church (not without protest). He retired on 31 Dec. 1921 and died on 9 May 1938.

Another gracious ministry followed, that of Rev. William Moore, formerly minister of Sligo, who was installed on 2 May 1922. During his ministry the congregation grew noticeably, the Church Hall was extended and a new vestry provided. Mr. Moore died on 6 Oct. 1959 and was followed by Rev. Eric Paul Gardner, formerly of Lucan and Naas, who was installed on 18 Feb. 1960. The growth of the congregation continued. Mr. Gardner was in demand for special evangelistic services throughout the Church. He was called to First Ballymena and resigned here on 31 Aug. 1969.

The Rev. Thomas James Hagan of Adelaide Road, Dublin, was the congregation's next choice. He was installed on 2 July 1970 and during his short stay the front facade of the Church building was restored. He resigned on 31 Aug. 1974 when he was appointed by the General Assembly as Superintendent of the Irish Mission. He was followed by Rev. James Briggs (lic. Dromore 1974) who had been formerly assistant in Railway St.,Lisburn (student), and in Fitzroy Avenue Belfast, (Ordained 5 Jan.1975). He was installed here on 29 Jan. 1975

Estate of Solomon Whyte Esq.1728, Ballyvally Townland

In the Downshire Office is a survey and map of the Estate of Solomon Whyte, Esq., 1728. It concerns Ballyvally townland. The names of the tenants are Alexr. Gordon (72 acres), Henry Parker, Bryce Smyth, Thomas M'Kneight, James Bell, John M'Bryde, Adham Murray, Christopher Bell, Frances Bell (48a.), James Porter, Nathanell Speer, Widow Dunn, Joseph Campbell, Robert Campbell, Dittos Medow, James Barber, Joseph Patterson, Andrew Preston, Widow Dick, John Griffin, James Barber, Charles Smyth, James Donaldson, Robert Blackard, James Majore, Frances Thornton, Danl. Richy, Hugh Bell, Gilbert Seawright (54a.), John Seawright (52a.), Samuel Porter, Alexander Porter. There is also a " common moss " of 9 acres, a " mill seatt and tenements " on the south side of the river and a " meeting house and tenement " at what is now Church Square.

A similar survey for 1771 shows several new names and smaller buildings

James Whitlow 15 0 20
Philip Graham 4 0 12
George Parker 11 1 12
John Morton 23 0 22
James Bell 22 3 24
William Gourly 11 2 12
Edward Campbell 9 1 28
John Preston 14 1 22
John H Corbitt 4 2 30
Ditto 4 8 0
Joseph Black 4 1 0
William Bradfort 4 0 0
Martha Barber 7 3 30
Robt.Templeton 5 3 20
Widow Robinson 8 2 5
Williams 3 2 0
Wilm.Williams Garden 1 2 0
Joseph Black 1 0 0
John Dunbar 4 0 34
Thomas Knox 6 0 16
John Dunbar 4 0 0
William dickson 9 0 5
Joseph Black 5 0 0
John Price 3 1 10
Robert Templeton 4 1 0
Archd. Heron 3 2 0
" 2 2 25
Francis Bell 2 2 25
Robert McKnight 18 0 0
John McWilliams 6 0 24
Wm.& Henry Parker 12 2 0
Bryan Hughes 8 1 5
John McKnight 16 0 20
George Wilson 6 3 12
James McKnight 7 3 34
John Hamil 8 0 22
John McWilliams 6 0 36
William Dale 8 2 10
Adam Cairns 6 0 0
Hugh McBride 6 0 0
William Matchet 2 0 0
William Oughterson 2 0 0
Widow Spear 2 0 0
Samuel McBride 13 1 10
Williams 9 2 10
Alex. Templeton 6 0 0
Joseph Black 3 0 20
Archd. Heron 3 0 20
Williams 4 0 0
Robert Ardery 4 0 0
Williams 4 0 0
Adam Cairns 4 0 0
Robert Ardery 5 1 32
Joseph Hopkins 4 0 0
Philip McWilliam 4 0 0
Robert Pardy 1 2 26
James Armour 1 2 26
William Oughterson 1 2 26
Philip Graham 4 0 0

Residents in Banbridge according to Pigot's Directory, 1824
(many in this Directory are mentioned in Chapter on Linen.)

Post Master-Mr. William Merrin.

Gentry and Clergy

Akinson A
Burrowes, Rev. Francis., rector.
Beattie, the Rev. Thos., Tullylish.
Byrne, P. C., Ardbrin.
Crawford, Mrs., Milltown.
Crawford, Lieutenant John, Rosetta Cottage.
Davis, Rev. James
Johnston, Rev. John, Tullylish.
M'Gennis, Rev. Edmund, P.P.
M'Cance, Mrs., May E., Lenaderg.
Montgomery, Hugh Lyons, Esq., Lawrencetown.
Rutherford, Rev. John, Eliza-ville.
Sampson, Rev. Wm., Magherally.
Sampson, Lieutenant Wm., Magherally Glebe.
Scriven, Captain John, Ballymoney Lodge.


Crozier, George and Son
Frazer, Hugh
Law, George Wilm.

Surgeons & Apothecaries

Chain, Robert
Saunderson, George
Malcomson, James
Tyrrell, George


Atkinson, Miss (ladies boarding and day)
Davis,Rev.James (gents classical and commercial, boarding and day)

Inn and Hotels

Downshire Arms (posting)-Margaret Boyle

Shopkeeper, Traders ,&c.

Ball, Prudence, baker
Blizard, John, Linen draper
Chambers, Alexander, grocer
Finlay, John, grocer
Gardiner, Thomas, linen draper.
Henry, Euphemia, Mary and Margaret, linen drapers.
Herron, David, woollen draper.
Hutchinson, Thomas, dyer and cotton printer.
Kelly, James, shuttle maker.
Kinear, John, grocer and leather seller.
Love, John, grocer.
M'Carrison, John, wheelright.
M'Clelland, Andrew, woollen draper and linen & cotton manufacturer.
M'Clelland, John, hosier.
M'Clelland, Robert, baker.
M'Clelland, Thomas, hardware man.
M'Clelland, Wm., linen draper and haberdasher.
M` William, Wm., woollen draper.
Main, John, woollen draper.
Martin, Andrew, grocer.
Meek, Thomas, baker
Nelson, Joseph, watch and clock maker.
Porter, John, butter merchant, Kates-bridge.
Quin, Daniel, tailor, chandler and soap boiler, grocer and tanner.
Ross, Richard, watch and clock maker.
Scott, John, woollen draper.
Scott, Robert, grocer and ironmonger.
Sloan, James, leather seller.
Smith, Wm., boot and shoe maker.
Sprott, Henry, tailor, chandler, soap boiler and grocer.
Stewart, David, flax merchant, Rose-hall.
Weir, Henry, grocer.
Woods, John, grocer.

Other Traders

Anderson, Samuel
Anderson, Thomas
Ardery, Robert
Ardery, James
Bell, James
Blain, John
Burn, Daniel
Campbell, John
Downs, Robert
Moore, Gilmer, John
Glass, Samuel
Hamilton, Maxwell
Joyce, Esther
M`Alenan, Hugh
M'Clelland, Samuel
'Conville, Charles
M'Dowell, James
M` Gill, John
M'Grath, James
M'Ilvain, George
M` Williams, James
Mercer, Robert
Moore, John
Morton, Joseph
Scott, James
Reid, John
Smyth, Jane
Stokes, Thomas
Weir, James
Worrall, James

( Addendum)

In the Belfast Directory of 1843 many new residents in Banbridge occur of whom the following may be mentioned:-John and James Bodel, merchants; Nat. Brownlow, surgeon; Titus Burgess, Downshire Arms ; Robert Cathcart, James Cherry, watchmaker; Alex. Crothers, draper; John Davison, proprietor of the Belfast and Banbridge coach; James Edgar, auctioneer; Thomas Erwin, draper; S. Frackelton, merchant; Wm. Freeman, coach agent; Wm. Fryar, merchant'; S. Glass, baker; Joseph Halliday, merchant; Robert Hamilton, do.; Isaac Harvey, do.; Wm. Hawthorn, surgeon; Hugh Herron, draper; Samuel Hill, merchant; Robert Kelso, surgeon; Rev. Edw. Leslie, Edenderry House; John Lindsay, J.P. Tullyhinna (sic), George Linn, merchant; S. Malcomson, surgeon; Rev. Wm. Metge, curate; John Mitchell, solicitor; Margaret Mitchell, postmistress; George Morton, merchant; John M'Cormick, Clerk of Petty Sessions; Fr. O'Flagherty, merchant ; Robert Shaw, watchmaker; Thomas Sheridan, Workhouse Master; John Welsh, J.P., Chinawley.-EDITOR.


The celebrated young Irelander, John Mitchel, author of the Jail journal lived for some years in Banbridge. His family were Covenanters, who left Scotland and took refuge in Tory Island, Co. Donegal. A John Mitchell became Presbyterian Minister 1810, and after ministries elsewhere came to Newry. He joined the Remonstrant (Unitarian) party and died in 1840. He bore a high character. His son, John, born 1815, obtained a T.C.D. degree, 1834. He was examined by the Armagh Presbytery as a candidate for Holy Orders and proceeded satisfactorily until set to write a sermon. He wrote no sermon and abandoned his clerical aspirations. Then he tried banking but gave that up too. In 1836 he entered Mr. Quin's office, a Solicitor, at Newry. He was arrested for eloping with a school girl of 15 years. The pair rowed out from Warrenpoint and caught the Liverpool ship. She was sent away, but he found her out and was married in Drumcree Parish Church. Becoming a partner with Mr. Fraser, a Newry Solicitor, he took charge of the Banbridge branch of the firm. He lived here from 1840 to 1845. He took an active part in the social and political life of the town, adopting the Repeal policy of Daniel O'Connell. He wrote (1844) to his friend, John Martin of Kilbroney, a glowing account of a meeting of Repealers he took part in at Tullylish, " of the people of the three parishes (sic) of Tullylish, Seapatrick and Clare." The chair was taken by James Fivey of Woodbank, near Gilford. Fivey, like Martin, was a graduate of T.C.D. " The Protestant public hereabouts, I assure you, look on with alarm at these doings. The police of Banbridge and Gilford were concentrated upon us at the meeting." Next year we have him voicing the old vain hope of his party. " Indeed I agree with you that Orangedom will come round; that is the' lower orders ' of it. After which the better classes may go to blazes unless they repent and do penance." In the same year (1845) he was offered by Charles Gavan Duffy a post on the editorial staff of the Nation. He was moved to Dublin, a stage on his public and unhappy career. He quarrelled violently in turn with Duffy, O'Connell and Wm. Smith O'Brien. He was sentenced to fourteen years' transportation in 1848. The Banbridge Post-mistress, Miss Margaret Mitchell was his sister.


List of Residents in Houses in Banbridge and surrounding District 1935

Ballymoney Lodge

W. J. Mulligan


Major I. Heslip


Reginald H. Morton

Daisy Hill

T. J.Allen


Mrs. Burnett


Thomas S. Ferguson


T. N. Anderson


R.& J. Morton & the Misses Morton


Walter Lindsay, J.P.


Mrs Price


Mrs. T.Wakefield Richardson




John D.Barbour,J.P.

Gilford Castle

James F.Wright


Fredrick B.Sinton



Tullylish House

N. Carswell


Joseph Porter


David Carswell


A.C.Davies, J.P.


Norman Dickson


J.Douglas Smyth


Robert Martin


S.G.Fenton, J.P.,M.B.E.


F.C.Cowdy, J.P.


Lloyd Cowdy


Howard Ferguson, J.P.

Edenderry Cottage

The Misses C.A.and R.Smyth


Norman D. Ferguson, D.L.


Dr. Robert Martin

Crozier House

W. Stevenson


Miss. Crothers


T.D. Ferguson

Mutton Hill

F. W. Crothers

The Rock

Mrs. J. Walsh


F.M. McCaw


T. Hagan


C. H. Mulligan


J. U. Finney


C. McCartan, Jun.


S. Ardery

The Lodge

Mrs Glass

Loughbrickland House

Mrs Whyte


J. D. Ferguson

Edenderry Lodge

J. J. Cowdy


R. J. Hale

Lisnagade House

William Teggart

Mills on the Bann, 1837


(1)=Perfect ruin

(2)=Almost a ruin

(3)=First erected 1744


Proprietor of soil


Date of Erection

Fall of water



R. Hayes







3 feet





3 feet


Fred Hayes

2 feet


Lord Dungannon

Abraham Russell


2 feet



J.& G Mulligan


1 foot




Not Known

1 foot

Ballery (sic)


T.& G.Crawford


3 feet



Hans McMurdy


1 foot





1 foot



T.& G.Crawford

1740 rebuilt in 1812

4 feet




Partly in 1800

4 feet



Jn & G.Mulligan

Not known

1 foot





3 feet


W. Reilly

T. Clibborn


1 foot




Upwards of 60years

2 feet





2 feet



Rich. Hayes


1 foot


Seapatrick Parish

Key        Townland                      County          Division                           O.S.Map Ref




Banbridge Rural

27 & 34




Banbridge Rural

27 & 34





26 & 27









Banbridge Rural





Banbridge Rural





Banbridge Rural

26 & 27





20 & 27










26 & 27




Banbridge Rural

27 & 34




Banbridge Rural

27 & 34




Banbridge Rural

27 & 34

Flax Growers in the Parish of Dromore 1796

1796 - As part of a government initiative to encourage the linen trade, free spinning wheels or looms were granted to individuals planting a certain area of land with flax. The lists of those entitled to the awards were published in 1796 and a copy of the list with a surname index of the spinning wheel entitlement is available at the Public Record Office Northern Ireland

Adams Samuel Marstown Thomas
Berry John Mitchell James
Biggane Thomas Mitchell Widow
Crothers Anne M'Mordie Hans
Crothers Samuel M'Niece James
Dick John Moore William
Dunn John Mulligan George
Ewart Robert Mulligan Joseph
Forsythe George Mulligan James
Grahame William Mulligan Joseph, Jun.
Greer John Mulligan Mary
Grahane John Orr Samuel
Hamilton Andrew Percy Gilbert
Hamilton James Pilson Samuel
Hendron Widow Shield John
Herron Robert Smyth Andrew
Hook William Stevenson John
Kane James Stevenson Widow
Lowry Elizabeth Vage William
Lyon John Wilson Robert
M'Alinden James


Parish of Seapatrick and Townland


DR. JOYCE says-" This great name system began thousands of years ago by the first great wave of population that reached our Island, it was continued unceasingly from age to age, till it embraced the minutest features of the country in its intricate network ; and such as it sprang forth from the, minds of our ancestors, it exists almost unchanged till this day."

The Parish of Seapatrick is called in Trias. Thaum. Suidhe-Padruic, St. Patrick's sitting place. Suidhe (see). This word means a seat or sitting place. We find it variously written. In the Magennis Patent, 1610, it is Sipatrick. In map of Down (Harriss'), 1743, Sea-Patrick. Williamson's map of Down, 1810, it is Seapatrick.


BALLYVALLY-Baile an Bhealaigh, THE TOWN OF BEALACH-ROAD OR PASS. In the grant by James I. (1611) made to John Maguiness and others this townland is given Ballinvally, alias Ballaynahnahare. On a map of the estate of the Whyte family in 1727 it is Ballyvaly:

BALLYDOWN-Baile an duin, THE TOWN OF THE DUN OR FORT. In the James I. grant it is Ballndowne ; on a map of Whyte estate, made in 1727, it is. Ballydowne, and Ballydown on Williamson's map, 1810.

DUHERY-Dubhchaire, BLACK WEIR. The Whyte estate map of 1727, it is Duchery; on Williamson's map it is Doughary, in the Freehold Registry,,1830, it is Dughery.

LISNAREE-Lis-na-Righ FORT OF KINGS. In the Book of Survey-and Distribution (1661-1665) it is Lisnery, on the Subsidy Roll (1663) it is Lisineare.

TULLYEAR-Tullach fheir, HILLOCK OF THE GRASS OR GRASSY HILL. In the James I. grant it is Tullycrie, on the 1727 Whyte estate map it is Tullyear; and Williamson's map Tullyears.

TULLYCONNAUGHT-Tulach Conchonnacht, CUCHONNACHT'S HILL. (This personal name Cuchonnacht is now anglicised Constantine). In the Patent of James I, it is Ballitullyconnagh, on Williamson's map it is Tullyconaght.