Schools – Stoneyford Parish

Ordnance Survey Memoirs

The following extract is from "Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim II 1832 – 1838". Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.

School statistics

Stonyford private school, situated in the village of Stoneyford and 4 miles from Lisburn. The house is thatched, stands 1 story high, has 1 door and 6 oblong windows and floor boarded. It measures 40 feet by 17 and a half feet inside and all requisites in good order. It was built for the school, 1834, cost about 100 pounds, partly defrayed by Lord Hertford and partly by subscription and partly from the proceeds of sermons preached in aid of its erection; established 1834. Income: from the proceeds of an annual sermon preached in the church in aid of the schools in the parish last year, 4 pounds, from pupils 12 pounds. Intellectual education: books published by the London Hibernian Society. Moral education: visits from the vicar of the parish, catechisms of the Churches of England and Scotland on Saturdays. Number of pupils: males , 25 under 10 years of age, 5 from 10 to 15, 30 total males; females, 17 under 10 years of age , 6 from 10 to 15, 23 total females; total number of pupils 53, 39 Protestants, 10 Presbyterians, 1 Roman Catholic, 3 other denominations. Master Richard Bradshaw, a Protestant.

Stoneyford private school, situated contiguous to the village of Stoneyford, house thatched, 1 story high, 20 by 12 and a half feet inside has 1 door, 5 oblong windows, a school requisites in moderate supply, established 1787. Income from pupils 8 pounds. Intellectual education: testaments, Dublin Reading and spelling books, histories, all procured by the pupils. Moral education: visits from the vicar of the parish, all catechisms taught after school hours. Number of pupils: males 21 under 10 years of age, 2 from 10 to 15, 2 above 15, 25 total males; females, 15 under 10 years of age, 15 total females; total number of pupils 40, 23 Protestants, 3 Presbyterians, 12 Roman Catholics, 2 other denominations. Master Robert Hood, a Protestant.

Ballymackward London Hibernian Society School, situated contiguous to a leading road from Lisburn to Antrim and held in a farmer’s house. Schoolroom 16 and a half feet by 15 and a half feet inside, lighted by 3 windows and moderately furnished, established 1837. Income 6 pounds from pupils. Expenditure: annual rent for the room paid by the teacher, 16s. Intellectual education: books published by the London Hibernian Society. Moral education: no visits from the clergy as yet, all catechisms taught after school hours. Number of pupils: males, 12 under 10 years of age, 3 from 10 to 15, 15 total male; females, 12 under 10 years of age, 12 total females; total number of pupils 27, 6 Protestants, 16 Presbyterians, 5 Roman Catholics. Master James Gallaway, a Presbyterian, 23rd August 1837.

Islandkelly private school, situated on the old road from Stoneyford to Glenavy, house thatched and 1 storey high, 10 by 18 feet inside, 1 door and 2 windows, school requisites limited, established 1833. Income from pupils 6 pounds. Intellectual education: Testaments, Dublin Reading and spelling books, all procure by pupils. Moral education: no visits from clergy, church catechisms taught after school hours. Number of pupils; 17 males, 17 under 10 year of age; 1 above 15, 18 total males; females, 8 under 10 years of age, 8 total females; total number of pupils 26, 20 Protestants, 3 Presbyterians, 3 other denominations. Master Joseph Whiteside, a Protestant, 24 August 1834 (1837?)

Sunday schools

Stoneyford Sunday school, held in the day schoolhouse, established 1835, superintendent Richard Bradshaw; teachers: 5 males, 3 females, 8 total; scholars: 44 Protestants, 20 Presbyterians, 6 Roman Catholics, 45 males, 25 females, 70 total, 20 exclusively Sunday school scholars. Books read: Bible, testament and Sunday school spelling books. Hours of attendance: open from 3 to 5 pm and from 8 to 9am., connected with Sunday School Society for books, opened by prayers.

Islandkelly Sunday school, held in the day schoolhouse, established 1833, superintendent Joseph Whiteside; teachers: 1 total; scholars: 16 Protestants, 10 males, 6 females, total 16, 12 exclusively Sunday School scholars. Books read: Testaments and spelling books. Hours of attendance: open from 9am to 3pm., winter and summer; not connected with any society.

Ballymacward Sunday school, held in the day schoolhouse, established 1837, superintendent James Gallaway; teachers: 1male, total; scholars: 6 Protestants, 18 Presbyterian, 6 Roman Catholics, 12 males, 18 females, 30 total, 15 exclusively Sunday School scholars. Books read: Testaments and spelling books. Hours of attendance: open from 2 to 6pm winter and summer; not connected with any society.
These schools done from 19 to 29 August 1827, (signed) Thomas Fagan.

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