Wednesday 27 April 2011

Extracts from Pigot & Cos. City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory, 1824.



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In the county of Antrim, is a borough and post town pleasantly situated on the banks of the Lagan by which it is separated from the county of Down, distant seven-three miles, north of Dublin, seven south of Belfast, fourteen south-east of Antrim, and sixteen north-north-west of Downpatrick. The parish church, which by patent from Charles II. was erected into a cathedral for the united dioceses of Down and Connor, is an extensive structure, and particularly distinguished for the architectural beauties of its fine lofty spire and steeple of cut stone. The Catholic Chapel has a plain external, hut the interior has a neat pleasing appearance. There are also here a Presbyterian Chapel, a meeting house for the Society of Friends, and two Methodist chapels. The vicinity of this town to Belfast in some measure prevents its rapidly increasing in extent; notwithstanding which the linen and corn trade are carried on with great spirit. The linen manufactured in this quarter has long obtained a decided preference in the markets. The corn market is likewise frequented as affording the best seed oats in the county. The linen-hall, where the weekly sales are made, is conveniently situated and sufficiently capacious; it was erected by the Marquis of Hertford, whose patronage the town enjoys. The inconvenience experienced for want of a suitable corn-market, will shortly be removed, it being in contemplation to erect a market-house by subscriptions, which now nearly amount to the sum requisite for its completion. The county infirmary in Castle Street contains upwards of sixty beds, and affords relief to twelve hundred out-patients; the surgical duties are ably fulfilled by Dr. Wm. Stewart, M.R.C.S. By the formation of a Philanthropic society in 1810, for the prevention of mendicity and the relief of beggars, great benefit has been derived. The industrious female, on application at the spinning institution, obtains the object of her wishes, constant employment; flax is distributed to her in small quantities upon security, rendering her independent of a supply of hucksters at the highest retail rate, and preventing the sacrifice of her labours to them, when the pressure of poverty deprives her of the power of waiting for a favourable market. A school for boys and another for girls on the Lancastrian system are supported by subscription. A Sunday school is held at the Presbyterian chapel, and by the legacy of the late John Hancock, Esq., a school has been built, which affords facilities of education to the youth of the Society of Friends. Previous to the Union Lisburn returned two members to parliament; now it sends only one; its present representative is Henry Seymour, Esq. The principal market is held on Tuesdays, and there is a minor one on Saturdays. There are two very considerable fairs on the 21st day of July and the 5th of October. The population is nearly 4,500.

Post Office, Castle Street.

Post Master, Mr. Sl. Gamble. The mail for Dublin and all by-roads is despatched at half-past five in the evening, and arrives at half-past eight in the morning. The mail for Belfast, north of England, and Scotland, is despatched at a quarter peat eight in the morning, and arrives at a quarter before six in the evening. The mail for Moira, Lurgan, etc., is despatched at six in the evening, and arrives at half-past seven in the morning.

Gentry and Clergy.

Boyes, Mrs. Jane, Bow Street.
Caldbeck, Wm., Esq., Castle Street.
Carleton, John, Esq., Bow Street.
Casement, Charles, Esq., Roseville.
Church, Miss Eleanor, Corn Market.
Clarke, Miss Eliz., Bow Street.
Cordner, Rev. Edward, Castle Street.
Craig, Rev. Andrew, Strawberry Hill.
Crawford, Miss Ann, Castle Street.
Crossley, John, Esq., Bow Street.
Cupples, Rev. Dr. Snowden, rector, Castle Street.
Cupples, Rev. Thomas, curate, Castle Street.
Delacherois, Nicholas, Esq., Castle Street.
Dempsey, Rev. Edward, P.P., Blaris.
Dubourdieu, Saumarez, Esq., Castle Street.
Fletcher, Rev. Philip, Castle Street.
Fulton, Mrs. Ann, Castle Street.
Fulton, Thomas, Esq., J.P., Castle Street.
Hancock, Mrs. Eliza, Bridge End.
Hawkshaw, Lieut-Col. John, Blaris Lodge.
Hawkshaw, William, Esq., Castle Street.
Heron, Lieut. Edward, R.N., H.P., Castle Street.
Heron, Samuel, Esq., Castle Street.
Higginson, Henry Theophilus, Esq., Registrar of Down and Connor, Castle St.
Higginson, Mrs., Bow Street.
Hogg, Wm., Esq., Castle Street.
Houghton, Major Rd. Springfield.
Jellet, Mrs. Anna Maria, Bow Street.
Johnson, Rev. Philip, Ballymacash.
Jones, Miss Mary, Castle Street.
Meade, Mrs. Ann, Castle Street.
Morewood, George, Esq., Castle Street.
Morewood, Rev. James, rector of Lambeg, Glebe.
Morgan, Rev. James, Castle Street.
Mussenden, Daniel, Esq., Larchfield.
O'Neill, Rev. High, P.C.
Richardson, Mrs. Joseph, Bow Street.
Simon, Capt. John, Corn Market.
Smyth, Miss Rose, Castle Street.
Smyth, Capt. Samuel, H.P., Castle Street.
Stannus, Rev. James, Castle Street.
Stewart, Major Wm., H.P., 30th foot Castle Street.
Trail, Rev. Archdeacon, Castle Street.
Younghushand, Mrs. Jane, Castle Street.
Warren, Mrs. Mary, Castle Street.
Watson, James. Esq., Brook Hill.
Whitla, George, Esq., Bow Street.


Hall & Legg, Castle Street.
Stephenson, George, Castle Street.

Stewart, Wm., M.R.C.S. Castle Street.
Whiteford, Hugh, Castle Street.

Musgrave, Samuel, Corn Market.
Wethered, Thomas, Corn Market.

Neely, Benj. (boarding and day) Castle St.
Rea, Jane (boarding and day), Castle St.

Stannus, Rev James (to Lord Hertford), Castle Street.

Dickson, William, Bridge Street.
Thompson, William, Castle Street.

M'Clure, James, Castle Street.
M'Clure, John, Bridge Street.
Miller, Ruth, Market Square.
Sloan, Adam, Bridge Street.
Smyth, William, Bow Street.
White, James, Bow Street.
Woods, John (and confectioner), Bridge Street.

Blanket Manufacturer.
Wolfenden, Thomas, Lambeg.

Bookseller and Stationer.
Ward, James, Market Square.

Boot and Shoe Makers.
Isdell, James, Corn Market.
O'Donnell, Hugh, Corn Market.
Thompson, James, Market Square.
Thompson, Thomas, Market Square.
Wilson, Adam, Market Square.
Wilson, George, Bow Street.

Simpson & Graham, Corn Market.

Calico Printers.
Byrne, Pat, Longstone.
Gemmil & McPherson (and cotton spinners) Lambeg.

Chemical and Vitriol Manufacturers.
M'Cance & Hancock.

Grocers and Spirit Dealers.
Allister, Robert, Bridge Street.
Brownlee, Alex (and coal dealer) Bridge Street.
Clarke, Eliza, Bridge Street.
Ferguson, John, Bridge Street.
Gillen, John, Bow Street.
Greer, Richard, Bow Street.
Griffith, Peter, Castle Street.
Johnston, Samuel, Market Square.
Lawson, Alex, Market Square.
M'Kee, Samuel, Bridge Street.
Major, James, Bow Street.
Major, John, Corn Market.
Moore, John, Bow Street.
Murney, Thomas (and tobacconist), Market Square.
Murray, William, Corn Market.
Parker, Major, Corn Market.
Philip, William, Market Square.
Rogers, John G., Corn Market.
Rogers, John, Corn Market.
Rogers, Patrick, Market Square.

Bell, Abigail and Hannah, Bow Street.
Fox. Frances. Bow Street.
Hughes, Margaret, Bow Street.
M'Alister, Eliza, Castle Street.

Inns and Livery Stables.
M'Coomb, John (Hertford Arms), Castle Street.
Moore, George (Kings Arms), Market Square

Inspector of Roads.
Hunter, Joseph (and veterinary surgeon and Registrar to the Royal Down Corporation of Horse Breeders), Heron's Folly.

Linen Merchants and Bleachers.
Barcroft, Joseph, William, and John, Bow Street.
Coulson, J. W. W. and J. (damask) Market Square.
Curtis, Edward, Glenburn.
Greg, Dominick. Castle Street.
Hill, John Christopher, Bow Street.
Hogg, James, Castle Street.
Hunter, Alex, Dunmurry.
Hunter, William (and flour-miller, Dunmurry.
Moat, Robert and John, Dunmurry.
Richardson, James and John, Lisburn and Lambeg.
Williamson, Alex. Lambeg.
Williamson and Bell, Lambeg.
Williamson, Robert, and Co., Lambeg.
Wolfenden, John, Lambeg.

Linen Thread Manufacturers.
Barbour, John, Plantation.
Barbour, William, Hilden.

Barnesley, Richard, Bridge Street.
Kennedy, Samuel (corn and miller) Market Square.
Mulholland, Henry, Bridge Street.
Mulholland, Hugh (spirit), Bridge Street.

Colville, Mary and Margaret, Bridge Street.
M'Gee, Sarah, Bridge Street.

Muslin Bleacher.
Ward, James, Hilden.

Muslin Manufacturers.
Clark, John, Market Square.
Clark, John, Bridge Street.
Clarke, Saywell, Bridge Street.
Innes, George, Market Square.
Innes, William (and grocer), Castle St.
Kennedy, Wm. James (and wollen draper) Market Square.
M'Call, Robert, Corn Market.
Stewart, Robert, Bow Street.

Painters and Glaziers.
M'Cloy, Matthew, Bow Lane.
M'Cloy, Peter, Bridge Street.

Neely, Erskine, Corn Market.
Seed, Hugh, Corn Market.
Spence, Ann Jane, Corn Market.

Proctors of Down and Connor.
Dillon, William, Castle Street.
M'Gee, Henry Bell, Bridge Street.

Bell, Henry, Bow Street.
Carroll, William, Bow Street.
Christian, Richard, Market Square.
Clark, Jonathan, Bridge Street.
Corkin, James, Market Square.
Crookshank, John, Bridge Street.
Dawson, James, Bow Street.
Dawson, Judas, Bow Street.
Frazer, Thomas, Bridge Street.
Gawley, Richardson (and grocers), Corn Market.
Hanna, James, Corn Market.
Hodgin, William, Bow Street.
Johnson, James, Bridge Street.
M'Clure, Eliz., Corn Market.
M'Gurk, Arthur, Market Square.
Mussen, Richard, Corn Market.
Scandret, Joseph, Corn Market.
Simpson, George, Bridge Street.
Singer, Jane, Bridge Street.
Waring, Richard, Corn Market.
Winchester, John, Smithfield.

M'Clure, Joseph, Corn Market.
M'Connell, Robert, Bow Street.
M'Dowell, John, Castle Street.
Murray, James, Bridge Street.
Murray, William, Corn Market.

Straw Bonnet Makers.
Kelly, Eleanor, Castle Street.
M'Caughtery, Amelia, Market Square.

Boyd, Hugh, Castle Street Street.
Yarr, William, Bow Street.

Tallow Chandlers.
Dickey, Adam, Bow Street.
Mussen, James, Market Square.
Mussen, Matthew, Corn Market.
Pelan, George, Corn Market.

Beatty, Joseph, Bow Street.
Beatty, Thomas, Bow Street.
Graham, Wm., Corn Market.

Woollen Drapers.
Bell, Ann, Market Square.
Colville, James, Bridge Street.
Fulton, Isabella, Market Square.
Kennedy, William James, Market Sq.
M'Clure, Robert, Corn Market.
Moorhead, Joseph, Corn Market.
Smith, John, Corn Market.

Anderson, Hugh, Cart-maker, Linenhall Street.
Dixon, Charles, Watch maker, Bow Street.
Dornan, James, Whitesmith, Bridge St.
Douglas, James, tobacconist, Bow Street.
Hawthorn, Moses, wheelwright, Heron's Folly.
Herron, John, cabinet-maker, Smithfield.
Kelly, Henry, shuttle maker, Bridge St.
M'Donald, William, cart maker, Bow St.
M'Donnell, William, wheelwright, Bow St.
Patterson, James, seedsman, Bridge Street.
Weldon, Christopher, whitesmith, Linenhall Street.
Wiley, Alexander, watch maker, Bow St.

Stamp Office.
Garrett, Robert (and Inspector of linens), Bow Street.

The Dublin Royal Mail, from Belfast, passes through at six in the morning, and returns at half-past eight in the evening.

The Fair Trader Day Coach passes through from Belfast to Dublin, at a quarter past six in the morning, and returns at seven in the evening.

Two coaches start from the Hertford and King's Arms, for Belfast, at half-past nine in the morning, and return at seven in the evening.

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in 1824 and 1826.


(Extract from the Introduction).

The following notes were written during the course of several journeys, undertaken for the purpose of examining the state of Education in Ireland as conducted in the various schools and seminaries supported, in whole or in part, by grants from the public revenue, and among these, a more especial manner, the elementary and common schools for the people at large, including the operations of those societies which are occupied, in that country, with the important work of popular education.


Proceeded to Lisburn; visited the free school connected with Capel Street Association for discountenancing vice; 180 on roll, of whom 99 Church of England, 65 Presbyterians, the other 16 Roman Catholics. The Scriptures read once a week by all the children. A circulating library, furnished by the Kildare Street Society, is kept in the school for the use of the pupils.

Went afterwards to the interesting establishment of the Quakers at Prospect Hill, called the Ulster Provincial School; seems excellently arranged for the health, comfort, and training of the children, particularly their moral discipline; 18 boys and same number off girls educated, boarded, and clothed; house well appointed and kept in the best manner, with garden, dairy, etc. The pupils pay £4 each on entering the school, but if the parents cannot afford to pay, the society does; annual expense of each pupil is about £21 they are received from the ages of three to fourteen; thoroughly instructed in geography, as well as reading, writing, and arithmetic, the girls taught by a governess and assistant, the boys by a master; he gives preference to Lindley Murray's books for English: uses Ruddiman's Latin Rudiments for the boys; some of the girls taught drawing as well as needlework, etc.; specimens of their reading and writing of the very best kind; some read from "Young's Night Thoughts" in the most correct manner: all capable of explaining what they read; showed also great proficiency in parsing and analysing the language: a thorough English education is the object professed. The appearance of this school is in all respects satisfactory; everything uniform, well contrived, and substantial without show; children remarkably clean, seemed healthy, animated and happy; at ease and self-possessed, with good demeanour; not forward, but ready; clothes plain, not remarkable from uniformity or studied costume; nothing, to outward appearance, seemed censurable or wanting; most of the children are apprenticed from the seminary, and in request as soon as ready. An apprentice, girl, trained in the house, assists the mistress in the care of the house. The school rooms well fitted up with all requisites suitable. The house can admit 45 in all. This society possesses some lands, and has received considerable bequests.

Lisburn is a prosperous manufacturing town, noted particularly for its fine damask: the ornamental finishing carried to great perfection, notwithstanding the defective looms, which are seemingly very old, and with much complication of the machinery.

Proceeded by the course of the Lagan, through a well cultivated country abounding with printing and bleaching establishments, and with all the marks of industry, to Belfast, within the county of Antrim, at the junction of the Lagan with Belfast Lough. The situation fine, with extensive view. This capital of the North bids fair to outstrip the towns as yet larger of the South; is more pleasing than Dublin, in the general neatness of the dwellings, and absence of the squalid crowds and idleness which there repulse. The people of this part of Ireland, Down and Antrim, are chiefly descended from Scotch settlers, and much intercourse exists between the two countries. In the features and dress, and even language of the people, little difference is discerned, and the general aspect of the country is nearly the same with that of Scotland. Oatmeal much used in the food of the people.

(This article was originally published in the Lisburn Standard on 27 April 1917 as part of a series which ran in that paper each week through 1917. The text along with other extracts can be found on my website Eddies Extracts.)

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