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Timeline for the parishes of Kilrea & Tamlaght O'Crilly, 1780-1789.

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The Rev. Robert Torrens, formerly rector of the parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly [i], built the Glebe House at Glenone, on the road from Kilrea to Bellaghy. Note [i]: Church of Ireland.
Ordnance Survey Memoirs.
A Horse was stolen out of the Stable of John Alexander, of Moneydig, parish of Kilrea. A reward of one Guinea was offered for the return of the Horse and Thief to either Mr Alexander, or to James Henry, of Kilrea.
Belfast News-Letter, 10 March 1780.
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Joseph Watson, a strolling Tinker, was suspected of having stolen a Mare out of Moynock, parish of Kilrea, the Property of a poor Man and six small Children. A reward of one Guinea was offered for the securing said Mare and Thief, to be paid by James Henry or James McAlester, parish of Kilrea.
Belfast News-Letter, 25 April 1780.
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Pursuant to a Decree of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer, the Mansion-house and Demesne, at Tyanee, parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly, the property of Arthur Church, was set up for sale.
Belfast News-Letter, 20 October 1780.
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At a meeting of the Inishrush Volunteers, it was unanimously resolved to present an address to Rowley Heyland, Esq. The address thanked Mr. Heyland for his donation of Ten Guineas to the Corps.
Belfast News-Letter, 8 August 1780.
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In a Review of the Volunteer corps, Colonel Stewart, Commanding Officer of the Volunteer line, marched into the town of London-Derry, at the head of Strabane, Donegall, Tyrone, Raphoe, and Kilrea and Magherafelt companies (the latter, headed by Colonel Robert Stewart), and other corps led by their Commanding Officers.
Belfast News-Letter, 22 August 1780.
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Death of the Rev. John Haughton, Protestant rector of Kilrea.
(1) John Haughton was "a weaver from Chinley End [Derbyshire] who was one of Wesley's first preachers. He entered the itinerancy as early as 1741, and was stationed in Ireland on a number of occasions. In 1749 the whole of Ireland was one circuit, and John Haughton was one of the two preachers appointed to cover the whole of the island. In 1750 he was with Wesley during the riots in Cork. In 1760 he was again sent to Ireland, but shortly afterwards sought ordination as a clergyman and in 1776 came to Kilrea as  rector, where he died some four or five years later. He remained a strong supporter of the Methodist movement all his life."
(2) "The labours of several ministers in Mr. Wesley's Connexion, particularly Messrs. Houghton, Coughlan, and Thompson, were eminently successful in reviving a spirit of true Christianity in Dublin and other parts of Ireland. At one time Mr. Shirley and Mr. Houghton preached morning and evening for a succession of Sundays to very crowded and attentive congregations. The noise attending their ministrations, and the multitudes that followed them, soon awakened the enmity of those that hated the light. … Mr. Houghton was one of the preachers against whom the grand jury of Cork made that memorable presentment, in 1750. He afterwards quitted the Methodist Connexion, and, procuring episcopal ordination, settled in the parish of Kilrea, in the county of Londonderry, where he ended the days of his pilgrimage in peace, having been many years a respectable minister and a useful justice of the peace. He occasionally visited the metropolis, and having obtained admission to some of the churches, proclaimed the Gospel of the grace of God with great boldness and fidelity."
(1) Bowmer (1968), pg. 12.
(2) Huntingdon (1839), pg. 183.
The Rev. Adam Boyle was ordained as the first minister of Boveedy as a Seceding congregation. Kernohan (1912), pg. 61.
1781–1786 The Rev. Charles Colthurst was the Protestant rector of Kilrea.
Ordnance Survey Memoirs.
In the region of Kilrea and Tamlaght O'Crilly, the principal proprietors of bleach-greens were J. Clarke, Maghera, and, J. M'Kenny, Moneygran.
Sampson (1802), pg. 358.
John Smyth, of Monestaghan, parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly, gave notice of intent to sell a large quantity of Spruce, Silver, and Scotch Firr trees, and also, Sycamore, Birch, Ash, Beech, Elm, &c. trees.
Belfast News-Letter, 15 January 1782.
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Gabriel Eakin was appointed High Constable for the barony of Loughinsholin.
Belfast News-Letter, 12 April 1782.
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Lord Bristol permitted a Patent to be taken out, to hold four fairs annually, and a monthly market, in the village of Churchtown, parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly, for the encouragement of the linen industry.
Belfast News-Letter, 7 June 1782.
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An advertisement was published, seeking Persons who wished to contract for building a Bridge over the river Bann at Portneil [Portna].
Belfast News-Letter, 6 September 1782.
Link to transcription. A previous advert had been published 7th April 1767. See also, entry under 1783, "The bridge at Portna was built..."
A meeting of thirty Volunteer corps were reviewed at Ballymoney, 18th September 1782. Several resolutions were passed, including one, to invite delegates from the meeting of the Volunteer Army of Ulster at Dungannon, "to consider the most proper mode of making an application to Parliament to pass a Bill of Rights, for the more effectually declaring and securing the Perfect Freedom of Our Constitution." The meeting composed an address to James Leslie, Esq., Reviewing General of the Troops assembled at Ballymoney, expressive of the resolutions passed at the meeting; and, Mr Leslie responded in support of an "expectation that our benign Sovereign, with the other branches of the Irish legislature, will, at the earliest period, give such Additional Security to the liberties of Ireland, and to its connection with the other members of the empire, as will form a perpetual monument of the spirit of Ireland, and the sound policy of Great Britain," &c.
Belfast News-Letter, 20 September 1782.
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See also entry under, 1783-11-02, "A meeting of the Protestant inhabitants..."
(1) "For nine years (1783-1792) the Episcopalians worshipped in the recently erected Presbyterian Church, a fire having occurred about 1780 which left the bare walls only of their own building standing."
(2) To show their gratitude for the Presbyterians' hospitality, the Episcopalians voted, at vestry, "to
afford the dissenters of the parish, i.e. the Presbyterians, a seasonable proof of the just sense they entertain of the indulgence granted to them in the use of the aforesaid place of worship and the said place should be enclosed with a wall." The cost, £10, was levied upon all of the taxable parishioners, the irony of which was, the Presbyterians thus shared the financial burden of this debt of gratitude.
(1) Kernohan (1912), pg. 36.
(2) The Fairy Thorn (1984), pg. 72.
The bridge at Portna was built at a cost of £2000 (architect, Henry Roach), borne by both counties Londonderry and Antrim. The structure was twenty-one feet broad, and encompassed seven arches, each twenty-five feet in the span, with three-foot walls.
Kernohan (1912), pg. 4.
The Fairy Thorn (1984), pg. 127.

See also entries under 1767-04-07, "An advertisement in the Belfast News-Letter...," and 1782-09-06, "An advert was published..."
The Lord Lieutenant granted a Patent for holding four yearly Fairs and a monthly market at Church-town, parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly, for the sale of Cloth and Yarn. Premiums would be adjudged to those who sold the greatest quantity of Cloth and yarn, according to quality.
Belfast News-Letter, 11 July 1783.
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A meeting of the Protestant inhabitants of the parishes of Tamlaght O'Crilly, Kilrea, and Desertoghill, and part of Aghadowey, convened at the Presbyterian Meeting-house of Kilrea, the Rev. John Smyth in the Chair. A Resolution was passed to give their "strongest approbation" to the Resolutions of the Delegates, of the Volunteer Army of Ulster, assembled at Dungannon on the 8th September 1783.
Belfast News-Letter, 4 November 1783.
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See also entry under 1782-09-18, "A meeting of thirty Volunteer corps..."
The new Presbyterian church in Kilrea "was erected in 1783 or 1784. ... It  was one of the old-fashioned type, whitewashed on the outside, and with a plain slate roof. On the outside it was 70 feet by 28 feet broad, and had 60 single pews."
Kernohan (1912), pp. 37, 42.

The Ordnance Survey Memoirs cite 1770 as the year in which a Presbyterian meeting-house was built in Kilrea (Day & McWilliams, 994, pg. 108).
Three battalions of the Volunteer Army conducted exercises near Ballymoney, reviewed by James Leslie, Esq. The corps comprised the Coleraine, Glorious Memory, and Bill of Rights battalions. Of the latter, the Kilrea company was led by Capt. Torrans.
Belfast News-Letter, 13 August 1784.
Link to transcription. The article lists the several companies comprising each battalion, their townlands of origin, and their captains.
John Greer, Inspector General, gave notice that, unless the proper Bonds were lodged by Weavers for Brown Seals, the Seals would be defaced and returned to Dublin.
Belfast News-Letter, 2 November 1784.
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John Church, of Dublin, gave notice of intent to set a lease, for such Term as could be agreed, for the House and Farm of Grove, on the road from Garvagh to Kilrea--in a very advantageous situation for a small Bleach-green, with a water-course, turf-bog, and trees.
Belfast News-Letter, 5 November 1784.
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A farmer was killed by lightning at Ballymacpeake, parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly.
Belfast News-Letter, 4 July 1786.
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Glenburn House was built by James Courtnay, Esq., in the neighbourhood of Clady, parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly, on the road from Garvagh to Portglenone.
Ordnance Survey Memoirs.
The Rev. Robert Graham was the Protestant rector of Kilrea.
Ordnance Survey Memoirs.
John Quin, parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly, was arrested for attempting to utter three pieces of base metal as guineas, at the Bank of Belfast. A public notice published a description of the accused, "as those that may have been imposed upon by receiving any base coin lately in Belfast, or elsewhere, may possibly recollect his person."
Belfast News-Letter, 18 January 1788.
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A horse was stopped, and deemed stolen, in the parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly. A public notice advised, that the "owner of said Mare, proving his property, may apply to have her, paying the expence of keeping and advertising," to James McCartney, of Tamlaght.
Belfast News-Letter, 25 January 1788.
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A Horse was stolen out of the House of Patrick Henry, of Lisnagrot, parish of Kilrea. An advert requested, that if offered for sale, the animal would be stopped until notice was given to the proprietor, who would pay reasonable expenses.
Belfast News-Letter, 2 May 1788.
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Death of the Rev. John Smyth, of Kilrea congregation.
Belfast News-Letter, 10 October 1788.
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Kernohan (1912), pg. 61, cited 1785. The Fairy Thorn (1984), pg. 69, cited 2nd October 1785.
"The opposition to the payment of Tythes in the parish of Kilrea and county of London-Derry, which for some time had unfortunately prevailed, hath, through the spirit and humane disposition of Alexander Stuart Esq: the proprietor of that proportion, been happily and effectually subdued."
Belfast News-Letter, 20 March 1789.
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An even more laudatory, notice published in the 5th Oct. 1790 edition of the BNL.
William Bunton, of Magherafelt, was appointed High Constable of the barony of Loughinsholin, by the Grand Jury, at an Assizes held at Londonderry. The sub-constables approved for the barony were William Caldwell, George Williams, John Keenan, David Tomb, Robert Simson; Thomas Armstrong, Moyesny; William Johnson, Castledawson; and, William M'Cullogh, Ballyneese.
Belfast News-Letter, 5 May 1789.
1789-12-10 Notice was published, that a Subscription had been opened "to raise the Sum of Four Thousand Pounds by Shares of One Hundred, or Fifty Pounds each, to make a navigable Canal from Lough Neagh to Lough Beg." Belfast News-Letter, 3 December 1790.
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In continuing efforts to suppress the clandestine manufacture of tobacco, Mr. O'Flagherty, Revenue Officer of Kilrea, assisted by Mr. Fitzgerald, and a party of the 39th Regiment of Foot, attended two places in Rasharkin, co. Antrim, to seize a quantity of tobacco roll, leaf, and stalk tobacco, and a tobacco press containing 35 rolls. The Manufacturers of Tobacco in the Towns of Belfast and Coleraine published notices of their sincere thanks to Messrs. O'Flagherty and Fitzgerald.
Belfast News-Letter, 29 January 1790.
Link to transcriptions. Notices from the manufacturers published on the 5th February 1790 and 16th March 1790 appear underneath the 20th March 1789 article.
(1) A few years lapsed, after the death of the Rev. John Smyth, before a new minister came to the Presbyterian congregation of Kilrea. However, instead of being called to the congregation in the usual way, the Rev. Arthur McMahon appears to have been appointed by the landlord, Alexander Stewart, and his agents. Many of the congregrants, resenting this, withdrew to Garvagh. Rev. Mr. McMahon and his wife lived at Lisnagrot. "Arthur McMahon, after residing at Kilrea for some years and establishing a character there as a most daring and pugnacious man, impatient of all defiance and opposition, was called to Holywood as minister of the (non-subscribing) congregation there.
(2) "The ministers obliged to leave the country were the Rev. Arthur M'Mahon, of Holywood, and the Rev. William Sinclair, of Newtown-
ards. Mr. M'Mahon was obliged to make his escape to France some time before the breaking out of the Rebellion. He was originally a licentiate of the Presbytery of Antrim, but in 1789, was ordained to the pastoral charge of the congregation in Kilrea. In 174, the Rev. John Beatty, minister of Holywood, in connection with the Presbytery of Antrim, died, after a pastorate of about fifty-seven years, and Mr. M'Mahon was elected his successor. He was a man of daring character, and of considerable literary attainments. In the summer of 1797, he exerted himself to the utmost to induce the United Irishmen to commence the insurrection forthwith, but having failed in this attempt, he escaped soon afterwards, with great difficulty, to France. On the Continent he embraced the military profession, and, it is said, with what truth I know not, that he became distinguished as General Mack."
(1) Kernohan (1912], pp. 37-38; and, The Fairy Thorn (1984), pg. 69.
(2) Reid (1867), pg. 392.


In The Famines of the World (Walford, 1879), the following episode of scarcity and plague in Ireland is mentioned, which episode may, or may not, have occurred in the territories comprising the modern territorial divisions of the parishes of Kilrea and Tamlaght O'Crilly:
1787: Great flood in most of the principal rivers of Ireland. (Walford)

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  • Bowmer, Rev. John C., ed. Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society. Vol. XXXVI (October, 1968).
  • Day, Angélique, and Patrick McWilliams, eds. Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland. Vol. XVIII. Parishes of County Londonderry V, 1830, 1833, 1836-7. Maghera and Tamlaght O'Crilly. Belfast: The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University of Belfast, in association with The Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 1993.
  • Day, Angélique, and Patrick McWilliams, eds. Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland. Vol. XXVII. Parishes of County Londonderry VIII, 1830, 1833-7, 1839. East Londonderry. Belfast: The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University of Belfast, in association with The Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 1994.
  • Kilrea Local History Group. The Fairy Thorn: Gleanings and Glimpses of Old Kilrea; published by The Kilrea Local History Group. Coleraine: Impact Printing, 1984.
  • Kernohan, J.W. The Parishes of Kilrea and Tamlaght O'Crilly: A Sketch of Their History, With an Account of Boveedy Congregation. Coleraine: Chronicle Office, 1912. Transcribed by Barbara Braswell and Richard Torrens; posted to Richard Torrens' Bann Valley Genealogy web site, www.torrens.org.uk/Genealogy/Bann Valley/
  • Reid, James Seaton. History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Vol. III. Belfast: William Mullan, 1867.
  • Sampson, G. Vaughan. Statistical Survey of the County of Londonderry. Dublin: Graisberry and Campbell, 1802.
  • The Life and Times of Selina Countess of Huntingdon. Vol. II. London: William Edward Painter, 1839.
  • Walford, Cornelius. The Famines of the World: Past and Present. London: Edward Stanford, 1879.
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