Ballymaclose Townland, Ballinderry

Freehold Registration, 1830

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 6th April 1830 and is used with permission of The Belfast Newsletter.

The following names are taken from a list of persons applying to register their Freeholds at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be held in Belfast.

No. 24

Name and Residence of Applicant: Joseph Patterson, Ballanderry
Description of Freehold, with the names of Barony and Townland in which situated: Houses and land, Upper Massereene, townland of Lurgile and Ballynaclose
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

Freehold Registration, 1831

The following is an extract from The Belfast Newsletter dated 30th September 1831 and is used with permission of The Belfast Newsletter.

The following names are taken from a list of persons applying to register their Freeholds at a General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be held in Belfast on the 24th October, 1831.

No. 71

Name and Residence of Applicant: Thomas Boyes, Ballymaclose
Description of Freehold, with the names of Barony and Townland in which situated: House and land, Upper Massereene, town land of Ballymaclose
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

Farm for Sale

The following is an extract from The Lisburn Standard Saturday 12th March 1887.

Valuable farm for sale

Situate in the Townland of Ballymaclose and Parish of Ballinderry, County of Antrim.

To be sold by public auction on Tuesday 22nd March, 1887 in the Auction Mart, British Workman, Bow Street, Lisburn at twelve o’clock.

All that farm of land, situate in the Townland of Ballymaclose, parish of Ballinderry, County of Antrim, lately held by Robert Wilson, under Sir Richard Wallace, and now in possession of the Landlord, the Vendor.

The farm contains 8a 2r 12 o Statute measure, or thereabouts, subject to the yearly rent of £9 10s. It is well watered, and adapted for grazing and is situated about 1 mile from Ballinderry Railway Station.

A deposit of £10 to be paid at time of Sale, and the balance at the offices of the undermentioned solicitor, on or before 1st April, 1887.

Wellington Young, Solicitor, Lisburn and Belfast
Wm. John Bailey, Auctioneer and Valuator, Lisburn
March 8, 1887.

Sale of Farms

The following is an extract from The Lisburn Standard dated 9th March 1889

Valuable Farms for sale at Ballinderry

I have received instructions from Mr James Culbert, the owner, to sell by public auction on Thursday 14th march, 1889, at the hour of one o’clock, in the Auction mart, Bow Street, Lisburn
3 farms of land adjoining each other situated in the townlands of Ballymaclose and Ballykelly.

No 1 farm contains 23a 0r 21p at the Yearly judicial rent of £20 7s 8d. It is all under grass, with the exception of 1 acre; is through drained, watered and fenced, having a small orchard and dwelling-house thereon.

No 2 contains 46a 1r 31p at the yearly judicial rent of £44 16s 5d. About 11 acres of this farm is prime meadow; remainder has been in grazing for a good many years. On this farm there is a 2 storey slated dwelling house and office houses, with kitchen gardens. It is all nearly all through drained and well fenced, having a continuous stream running through the entire farm.

No 3 contains 14a 0r 13 p at the yearly rent of £13 4s 0d. This farm is held under lease for lives, one of which is still living. It is drained, well watered and fenced, and has about 1½ acres of an orchard planted with choice fruit trees in full bearing. The remainder in grass, about 1½ acre of which could be mead owed. On the farm there is a good substantial 2 story dwelling house, barn, byre for 7 cows, stabling for 10 horses, potato house, cart sheds, &c., with large enclosed yard. The above farms are situate on the leading road from Lisburn to Lough Neagh, about 1½ mile from Ballinderry Railway Station, 8 miles from Lisburn or Lurgan, and 2 miles from Crumlin. These towns are known for their good Monthly fairs. Before being laid down in grass, these farms were cropped for many years, and noted for growing superior oats and potatoes. There is a pump and spring well on the premises, which in the driest season gives an unfailing supply of Water.

As the farms adjoin, they will be sold separately or in one lot, to suit purchasers, there being a good road running through them. A threshing machine may be had at a valuation.

Ballymaclose farm was considered one of the best on the estate in this part of the country. It is in a beautiful situation, and commands a good view of the surrounding country.

Terms 10 per cent deposit on purchase money at time of sale, with 2½ per cent auction commission.

For further particulars apply to Wellington Young, solicitor, 28 High Street, Belfast or Wm. John Bailey, Auctioneer, Lisburn

Johnston v Sefton

The following is an extract from The Lisburn Standard dated Saturday, March 9th 1889

Johnston v Sefton

This was an ejectment brought by Mr. Edward Johnston, Clontariff, against Francis Sefton, of Ballymaclose, to obtain possession of a house and premises under 23 and 24 Vic.

Mr. Williamson appeared for the complainant, and Mr. G.B. Wilkins for the defendant.

The complainant having been examined and cross examined.

Mr. Wilkins argued that the agreement produced was obtained by fraud and misrepresentation; and even if it was a genuine document, the landlord, bu his conduct toward the property mentioned in the agreement, had created a new tenancy, and put himself outside the Act. He further contended that the agreement was an illegal document, and had nor been properly stamped, and asked the magistrates to dismiss the case.

Mr. Williamson replied, and maintained that his client was properly before the Court in every respect, and pressed for a decree.

The Magistrates dismissed the case.

The following is an extract from the Lisburn Standard dated 13th April 1889

Sefton v Johnston.

Francis Sefton of Ballymaclose, sued Edward Johnston of Clontarriff, for that the defendant, on divers days and times in the years 1887 and 1888, entered upon certain lands in the possession of the plaintiff and broke the soil and surface thereof, and took possession of certain property of the plaintiff’s, and converted same to his own use.

Mr. Wilkins appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Young for the defendant. When the case was called for hearing, it was stated that the parties were having the case arbitrated upon just then, and it was afterwards announced that the action was settled by the defendant paying to the plaintiff the sum of £3 5s.

When the wail of the Banshee filled the air
The Digger recalls the superstitions that surrounded life in the country

Rev Charles Watson and wife Jane (nee Finlay)

The Rev. Charles Watson and his wife Jane (nee Finlay). He claimed in 1892 that there was "almost an entire absence of the superstitious" within his parish at Glenavy

JAMES Boyle, writing in 1838, as part of the Ordnance Survey memoirs had visited the Parish of Killead and stated the lower orders are "generally superstitious and implicitly believe in ghosts, fairies and enchantments."

Over 50 years later the then rector of Glenavy Parish Church, the Rev. Charles Watson, assured readers in his 1892 publication ‘Glenavy Past and Present’ that "there is almost an entire absence of the superstitious; fairies are never seen, the banshee never cries, and not a house is said to be haunted…"

In a book The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries’ published in 1911, and written by Walter Y. Evans-Wentz there are references to some interesting material submitted by a Mr. H. Higginson of Glenavy at the request of Major Berry in Richill Castle. I would think this was most likely Henry Higginson, one of the Rev. Watson’s parishioners, who resided in Glenville at that time. Mr. Higginson had collected several stories from the area.

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Farm Sale

The following is taken from The Lisburn Herald Saturday August 3rd 1929

Woods & McClure’s Sales
Ballymaclose, Ballinderry

Sale of Valuable farm
Also Newly erected Bungalow

We are instructed by Mr James E McDowell to sell by Auction at our Lisburn mart on Tuesday 6th August 1929 at 1 o’clock.

Lot 1 That valuable farm situate as above containing 12a 2 r 10p statue or thereabouts, under an annuity of £5 3s 2d (subject to reduction) to Ministry of Finance, NI. There is a comfortable Dwelling house with suitable offices, and the lands are practically all in pasture and meadow of good quality well watered fenced and drained. There is also a fine young Orchard in full bearing.

Lot 2 That recently erected Bungalow built of Aerocrete and slated, containing Parlour, Kitchen, 2 bedrooms &c with Half acre of Land attached, held free of rent, and will be free of rates for 5 years. Immediate possession will be given. The above are situate on the road leading from Ballinderry Station to Cockhill about a mile from Station, and having a frequent Bus Service.

For title & c. apply Hugh Mulholland, Solicitor, Lisburn
Woods & McClure, Auctioneers, Belfast and Lisburn.

Swine Fever, 1931

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter and dated 27th December 1931. It is used with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Lisburn Board of Guardians

Mr James Gregg, V.S., reported as follows – The veterinary department say that swine fever exists at the premises of J. Gilliland, Lisnatrunk; W. Hawthorn, carrycot; Wm. Magee, Ballymacward; Robert Bell, Legaterriff; George White, Lisburn; Joseph McKnight, Ballyclough; Robert Morrow, Whitemountain; John McKee, Ravarnet; William Andrews, Blaris;James McKee, Aghadalgan; Joseph O’Hara, Ballymaclose; Moses Moore, Crew Park; Isaac Matchett, Aghakilmoney; William Kelly, Lisburn; James Archer, Lisburn; and that the disease does not exist at Mary A. Caldwell’s, Crew.

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