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From: Alison Causton <>
Subject: [ARMAGH] Drumcree Parish - Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary (1837)
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 11:28:54 -0500


DRUMCREE, a parish , in the barony of O’NEILLAND WEST, county of
ARMAGH, and province of ULSTER; containing, with the post-town and
district parish of Portadown, 12,355 inhabitants. According to the
Ordnance survey, it comprises 13,385_ statute acres: there is a very
large tract of bog, most of which is valuable. The weaving of linen and
cotton is carried on to a great extent. The living is a rectory, in the
diocese of Armagh, and in the patronage of the Lord-Primate: the tithes
amount to £650. A large and handsome glebe-house was erected by the
Rev. C. Alexander, in 1828, aided by a gift of £100 from the late board
of First Fruits: the glebe comprises 567 acres, of which 93 are bog.
The parish church is a large ancient building, with a tower and spire;
and a chapel of ease was built at Portadown, in 1826. The R. C. parish
is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and has a small
chapel at Drumcree. There are places of worship for Wesleyan Methodists
at Portadown and Scotch-street, and for Primitive Methodists at
Derryanville, Scotch-street, and Drumnakelly. Two large and handsome
schools have been erected and endowed by the Rev. C. Alexander, who also
principally supports three others. The school at Mullantine was built
and is supported by Lady Mandeville; and at Ballyworken, Sir F. W.
Macnaghten, Bart., has endowed one with a house and four acres of land
for the master. In these schools about 370 children are educated, and
about 60 are educated in two private schools. Roger Marley, Esq.,
bequeathed £30 per annum to the poor, payable out of a farm at
Drumanally; and Mrs. Johnston, in 1809, left for their use the interest
of £100. At Battentaggart are considerable remains of an extensive
mansion, erected by the Bolton family, in the reign of James I. A very
ancient bell was found some years since in the church-yard at Drumcree.
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>From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, Comprising the Several
Counties, Cities, Boroughs, Corporate, Market, and Post Towns, Parishes
and Villages, by Samuel Lewis.
Two Volumes, 675 + 738 pages. Originally published 1837 at London,
England. This excerpt from Vol. I, p 514.


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