Gartree Church of Ireland

Ordnance Survey Memoirs

The following extract is from “Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim XIII 1833, 1835, 1838”. Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.

Church

The architect who built Gartree church near Langford Lodge was Mr. Edward Sands, an Englishman. Information obtained from Sir H.R. Pakenham and the Revd Andrew Todd Gilmore, chaplain.

Death Notice — Thomas Chase

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 29th March 1866 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Deaths

Chase – at 56 Bristol Street, Belfast. Thomas Chase aged 89 years. His remains will be removed to Gartree Cemetery, Crumlin, tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, at half-past eight o’clock.

Death Notice — Ann Fittis

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 21 03 1868. It is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Death

Fittis – March 20 at the residence of her son, 66 Howard Street South, Belfast, Ann Fittis, aged 70 years. Her remains will be removed for interment in Gartree Churchyard on tomorrow (Sunday) morning at ten o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

Death – Alexander Reid

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated 7th March 1877

Death: Reid – March 5, at his brother’s residence, 1 High Street, Antrim, Alex. Reid, aged 22 years. His remains will be removed for interment in Gartree, Langford Lodge, this (Wednesday) morning at eleven o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

Death – Harriett Reid

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 16th June 1876

Reid – June 15, at her late residence, Antrim, Harriett Reid. Her remains will be removed for interment in Gartree, Langford Lodge, tomorrow (Saturday) morning at eleven o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

Funeral – Frank W Knox

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated 12th May 1884

Knox – May 10, at Langford Lodge, Frank W. Knox. His remains will be removed for interment in Gartree Cemetery on to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at one o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

Funeral Notice – Rev A H Pakenham

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated Monday 1st April, 1895

Pakenham – March 29, at Rostrevor, Rev. A. H. Pakenham, M.A., of Langford Lodge, aged 70 years. Funeral will leave Langford Lodge, on Thursday, the 4th of April, at half-past ten o’clock, for Gartree Church.

Death Notice — Hannah Rankin

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 29th March 1910 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Deaths

Rankin – March 27th, 1910 at her residence, Langarve, Glenavy, Hannah, dearly-beloved wife of William Rankin. Her remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Gartree, this (Tuesday) afternoon, at tow o’clock. William Rankin.

The Late General Pakenham

The following extract is from the Ballymena Observer dated 28th February 1913

The Late General Pakenham, C.B.

Distinguished Soldier laid to rest. Impressive scenes.

On Tuesday the remains of Lieutenant-General Thomas Henry Pakenham, C.B., D.L., of Langford Lodge, Crumlin, who died in London on Thursday , were laid to rest in the picturesquely-situated church-yard at Gartree, County Antrim.

Rain was falling heavily when the train arrived at the little country station, but notwithstanding the downpour there was a large crowd waiting. A four-wheeled estate waggon, draped with purple, was in readiness, and the coffin, which was covered with a Union Jack, was placed upon the waggon. The cortege then started on its way through the village and along the road to Langford Lodge. The flag at Crumlin Police barracks was at half-mast, as were also a number of flags at shops and dwelling-houses and the blinds in nearly every house were drawn down. The melancholy procession was principally composed of tradesmen, farmers and the employees of the late General. The entrance to the beautiful demesne was reached at about a quarter to twelve, and on arrival at the house a short halt was made, and the coffin was carried indoors, where it was received by Lieutenant-Colonel Pakenham who had gone on in advance of the cortege.

Among those who attended to pay their respects to the dead were the Lord Bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore (Right Rev. Charles D’Arcy, D.D.), Rev. Canon Frizell, Rev. Canon Clarke, Rev. J. Dewing (rector of the parish), and Rev. J.H. Irwin, D.D.; Sir Robert J. Kennedy, C.M.G., D.L.; Lieutenant-Colonel McClintock, Major McCalmont, M.P.; Mr. C.C. Craig, M.P.; Mr. T.H. Torrens, D.L.; Mr. J.R. Bristow sub-sherriff of the county; and Mr. R.G. Scott. Representing the Crumlin Presbyterian Church were Rev. J. L. Canning, LL.D.; Messrs J.H. McConnell, Abraham Mackey, Alexander Nixon, Thomas Herdman, A. Parke, and Dr. Hunter. Gartree Unionist Club, of which the deceased was president, was represented by Messrs. Frank Manderson and George Rankin, and Crumlin Unionist Club was by Messrs A. Calwell, D. Melville, G. Armstrong and J. Benson.

Wreaths were sent by members of the family, and by Rev. Mr. Dewing and Mrs Dewing, Mr. Graham Molloy, Mr Briand Molloy, the minister and members of Crumlin Presbyterian Church, the members of Gartree Unionist Club, the employees at Langford Lodge, and the teachers and pupils of Gortnagallon National School.

Before the remains were brought out of the house for the last journey the General’s plumed hat, sword, and medals were placed upon the coffin. The procession was then reformed, and the body was conveyed to the church where a large number of people had assembled. A short but impressive service was held in the church the officiating clergy being the Lord Bishop, Rev. Mr Dewing, and Canon Frizell. At the conclusion of the service the Dead March in “Saul” was played by the organist and the coffin was borne out to the grave. The burial service was read by Canon Clarke, the Lord Bishop pronounced the committal sentences, and concluded the solemn proceedings with the benediction.

“Buildings of County Antrim”

The following can be found in the book “Buildings of County Antrim by C.E.B. Brett published in 1996.” page 51, no 45. Includes a photograph by M. O’Connell.

Gartree (C of I) Church, Gartree. Situated up a lane, north of the road from Crumlin to Gartree Point. Town land – Gartree.

Book – About Killead and Gartree

About Killead and Gartree

“About Killead and Gartree”
by Mrs. M.E. Irvine
published in 2003

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