Legatirriff Townland, Ballinderry

Freehold Registration

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated Tuesday 30th June, 1829 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast News Letter.

County of Antrim

List of persons applying to Register their Freeholds at the next General Quarter Session of the Peace, to be held at Belfast, for the Division of Carrickfergus, in the said County pursuant to the Act of 10th George the Fourth, Cap.8, entered by the Clerk of the Peace.

No: 25

Name and Residence of Applicant: Michael Peel, Legateriff
Description of Freehold: House and land Legateriff
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

No: 63

Name and Residence of Applicant: William Antwhistle, Legateriff
Description of Freehold: House and lands Legateriff
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

Board of Guardians election

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

Lisburn Board of Guardians, held on Tuesday last at 12 o’clock. The following was elected:

Legatirriff – Crawford Sefton, Ballykelly, Ballinderry

Poem — The Maiden District of Legaterriff

The following appeared in The Lisburn Standard – Saturday 18th March 1899

The Maiden District of Legaterriff. (Legatirriff)

– By "Johannes."

Where Pound its swelling waters –
Rolls westward to the main;
Here Queen of Erin’s daughters
Legaterriff fixed her reign.
A Holy Temple crowns her.
And commerce grace her street;
A rampart wall is round her –
The river at her feet.

Chorus – And here she sits alone, boys;
And looking from the hill,
Vows the maiden on her throne, boys,
Will be a maiden still.

From Ballyscolly crossing over,
I famous Ninety-eight,
A plumed and belted lover
Came to the ferry gate.
She summoned to defend her
Our boys, a beardless race;
They shouted: "We won’t have him."
And slammed it in his face.

Chorus – Then in a quiet tone, boys;
They told him ’twas their will,
That the maiden on her throne, boys,
Should be a maiden still.

Next crushing all before him,
A pompous wooer came;
The royal banner o’er him
Blushed crimson deep for shame.
He showed her his commission –
Nor dreamed to be refused;
She pitied his condition,
But begged to stand excused.

Chorus – In short the fact is known, boys;
She chased him from the hill,
For the maiden on her throne, boys,
Would be a maiden still.

On our poor selves descending,
‘Twas then the tempest broke –
Our peaceful dwellings rending
Mid blood, and flame, and smoke.
That hallowed graveyard yonder,
Could scarcely hold our dead;
But ratepayers, pause and ponder,
And do not be mislead.

Chorus – The compliment we own, boys;
By the fame that tops our hill,
The maiden on her throne, boys,
Will be a maiden still.

Not wily tongue shall move us,
Nor foreign finger fright
We look to other help, boys,
To keep us in the right.
Who will may crouch and tender
To tyrants such as they
But voters stand together –
No compromise for me.

Chorus – We want no barrier stones, boys;
No gates to guard the hill,
The maiden on her throne, boys,
Will be a maiden still.

Legatirriff House

The following can be found in the book "Buildings of County Antrim by C.E.B. Brett published in 1996." page 221, no 193. Includes a photograph by M. O’Connell.

Legatirriff House, Ballinderry. Situated at 17 Lough Road, Ballinderry. Town land – Legatirriff.

Swine Fever

The following is an extract from the Lisburn Standard Saturday 16th June 1894.

Lisburn Board of Guardians
Swine-fever

The Assistant – Clerk read the report of Mr. James Gregg, V.S. which stated that the veterinary department say that swine fever exists at Harriet Geddis’s, Pitmave; Mark Bell’s Legateriff; Sam McBrides, Ballymacbrennan; Goe. Fleeton’s, Crewe; Mary J English’s, Bridge Street, Lisburn; John E. Dickson’s, Ballyscolly; Josiah Archer’s, Toughblane; and it does not exist at Robert Connelly’s and Thomas Walsh’s.

Wounded – Joseph Peel

The following extract is from The Lisburn Herald, Saturday, April 8 1916.

Signaller Joseph Peel

Who has been wounded in action by shrapnel. The eldest son of Mr. Joseph Peel, farmer, Legaterriff, Upper Ballinderry, he joined Lord Kitchener’s Army at the beginning of the war, and belongs to the Royal Irish Rifles. He was a member of the Ballinderry ("Black Reds") LOL no 148; also the RBP no 367, and is the Masonic Order. A younger brother is serving at the front with the Scottish Rifles. We wish the gallant "son of the soil" a speedy recovery.

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