Ballymacward Upper Townland, Stoneyford

Freehold Registrations, 1830

The following is an extract from The Belfast News Letter 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. 43

Name and Residence of Applicant: William Collins, Upper Ballynavard
Description of Freehold, with the names of Barony and Townland in which situated: lands, Upper Massereene, Townland of Slavenacloy
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

No. 44

Name and Residence of Applicant: Thomas Collins, Upper Ballynavard
Description of Freehold, with the names of Barony and Townland in which situated: lands, Upper Massereene, Townland of Slavenacloy
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

No. 45

Name and Residence of Applicant: John Young, Upper Ballymacward
Description of Freehold, with the names of Barony and Townland in which situated: lands, Upper Massereene, Townland of Slavenacloy
Yearly Value to be registered: £10

Ordnance Survey Memoirs

The following extract is from "Diocese Of Down and Connor. Ancient and Modern" by Rev. J. O’Laverty P.P.M.R.I.A. Volume 2. 1880.

Parish of Derryaghy

Mr. William Close, writing in 1874, says "Sarah Magee, Rushy Hill, and myself were often at Mass on Colin Mountain, She also heard Mass at the end of Edward McQuillan’s House at the brown Moss, where the priest had a table for an altar. She remembers the Rock Chapel burned."

Parish of Whitehouse.

Boghill is a frequent name for mountains on which such stones stand, called so from the Irish word Brachial – a boy – because the stone presents the appearance of a boy to persons at some distance from it; for the same reason a mountain in the parish of Tullyrusk is called the Boghill, and one in the parish of Loughinisland is called Boghill Breach – the lying boy – from its deceptive appearance.

Bridges.

Gore’s bridge, on a leading road from Lisburn to Antrim by the Rock chapel and situated in the town land of Ballymacward upper, has 1 arch, span 8 feet 6 inches. Breadth of the road on bridge 24 feet 6 inches, height of parapets on bridge 2 feet, thickness of parapets 1 foot 6 inches, length of parapets on either sides of the road 21 yards. All built of whinstone and in good order at present. This bridge was rebuilt in 1830.

General Appearance and Scenery

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

Parish of Tullyrusk
General appearance and Scenery

(insert addition: The Parish of Tully Rusk has nothing picturesque in itself. It is well fenced with ditches of earth and stone. There are not many thorn hedges. It is good hunting country but from the Bouchell Stone, on a hill of the same name, a wide and beautiful view may be obtained on a clear day; Slieve Donard in county Down may be seen with the town and spire of Lurgan and Mournes or Newry mountains rising in the distance. The counties of Armagh, Tyrone and Derry are also visible and have a fine effect, contrasted with Lough Neagh and its rich shores. Looking north, Slemish and Slieve Nane are visible, also Shane’s Castle and Randallstown rising on the opposite side of Antrim bay.

Any view to the eastward is entirely shut out by Divis mountain. The Bouchell is a small green mountain 864 feet above the level of the sea. On the top there is a standing stone 3 feet high. It stands on a small platform of mason work. It is not of any antiquity, at least the building at the base. The mountain derives its name I think from the stone having the appearance of a boy on the top from a distance. Bouchell in Irish, I think, means "a boy."

On this mountain, 40 years from the standing stone, there is a cross. It is a cross at right angles so; (drawing, cross shape), 49 feet each way. The tradition is that it was used at a place of worship previous to the erection of Tullyrusk chapel, which stood about half a mile to the westward of the Bouchell. The mark of the foundation of the chapel is all that now remains (initialled). T.C. Hannyngton).

Bogs

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

Turbary

The turf bogs are nearly exhausted. The little that remains is in the town land of Budore at the eastern extremity of the parish. The principal supply of turbary is from Divis mountain and the Brown Moss in the parish of Derryaghy.

Bogs.

In Budore town land at the east of the parish, and at an elevation of from 800 to 1000 feet above the sea, is a small tract of turf bog now nearly exhausted from being used for firing. Its depth does not exceed 6 feet. The subsoil is a reddish-coloured clay. A very little fir timber, principally stumps, is found in this bog. The stumps stand, broken and sometimes burnt, at the same height. The trunks lie scattered indiscriminately.

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.

Parish of Derryaghy
Ballymacward Upper Standing Stone

In the same town land and holding of Robert Hamilton there is a standing stone 2 and a half feet broad, 2 feet high and 1 foot thick. Informants Robert hood, George Annett and others.

Markets

Upper Ballymacward: markets Lisburn and Belfast; conveyance: cars and carts: prices: 1s per cwt for potatoes, oats 5s 6d per cwt; to Belfast 4s and to Lisburn 2s per load; produce: potatoes and oats; soil clay; manures: stable and cowhouse manure; surface: gently undulating, some parts hilly; flax: a little; spinning: a good deal , 1d ha‘penny by it per diem; weaving: some fine linen and calico; pasture land: about four fifths is meadow; average produce: potatoes from 100 to 150 bushels per acre and oats from 6 to 10 cwt per acre; Roman Catholic Chapel in this townland.

Sudden Death — Bernard Rice

The following appeared in the Belfast Newsletter dated 21st April 1841 and appears with permission of The Belfast Newsletter.

Sudden death – On Friday last, as a farmer named Bernard Rice of Ballymacilward, parish of Derriaghy, aged 74 years, was returning home from Belfast market, he fell down dead on the road at Hanna’s-town Turnpike Gate. An inquest was held on the body on Saturday, by J.K. Jackson., Esq., coroner, and a jury. Dr. Planie of Dunmurry, examined the body and was of opinion that the disease of the heart was the cause of death – Verdict, visitation of God.

Swine Fever, 1899

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st January 1899 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Board of Guardians.

Lisburn.

The weekly meeting of this board was held yesterday … Mr. A.M. Crighton, veterinary inspector, reported that a suspected case of swine fever existed on the premises of Mr. Francis Edens, of Upper Ballymacward, Stoneyford.

Hay Auction

The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated 28th July 1899 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Sales by Auction –
J D Martin & Co.’s
List of Auction sales

29th July at 3 o’clock – 22 acres Hay, on foot, at Upper Ballymacward for Mrs. Scott.

Death Notices

The following newspaper cuttings are from unknown source.

Stewart – April 25 1964, at his home Rushey Hill, Stoneyford, John, dearly-loved husband of the late Agnes Stewart. Funeral on Monday at 2pm to the family burying ground, Dundrod. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing daughter Sadie and Grandchildren Mavis and John.

Smyth – January 15, 1931 (suddenly) at his residence, Upper Ballymacward, Rushyhill, Stoneyford, Robert, dearly loved husband of Matilda Smyth, late of Ballyjamesduff Co. Cavan. Funeral tomorrow (Saturday), at 2pm to Stoneyford Churchyard. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and family.

PRONI Will Calendars

The following information is taken from the will calendars in the PRONI and are reproduced with kind permission of Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

Thomas Tinsley

Date of Death 01 04 1854 (approx)
Date of Grant 17 05 1889
Effects £85 1s 8d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Thomas Tinsley late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer who died in month of April 1854 at same place was proved at Belfast by John Simpson of Quinville-terrace Holywood County Down Gentleman and Issac Tinsley of Ballymacward Farmer the surviving Executors.

Alexander Hannan

Date of Death: 07/11/1862
Date of Grant: 24/11/1862
Effects: Effects under £50
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Alexander Hannan late of Upper Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer and Pensioner deceased who died 7 November 1862 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of  Ellenor Hannan of Upper Ballymacward aforesaid Widow William Higginson and John Higginson both of Budore (Glenavy) County Antrim Farmers the Executrix and Executors.

John Magee

Date of Death: 11/03/1865
Date of Grant: 01/04/1865
Effects under £20
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Magee late of Upper Ballymacward in the County of Antrim Farmer deceased who died 11 March 1865 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Hugh Tinsley and William Magee both of Ballymacward (Lisburn) aforesaid Farmers the Executors.

Alexander Stewart

Date of Death 04 08 1865
Date of Grant 05 05 1882
Effects  £180
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Alexander Stewart late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 4 August 1865 at same place was proved at Belfast by Lucinda Stewart of Ballymacward Widow one of the Executors.

Jacob Maze

Date of Death: 21/01/1872
Date of Grant: 20/06/1879
Effects under £100
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) of the personal estate of Jacob Maze late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 21 January 1872 at same place were granted at Belfast to Edward Maze of 13 Little May-street Belfast Porter the Grandson and Principal Legatee.

John Thompson

Date of Death 17/08/1877
Date of Grant 17/02/1879
Effects under £300
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Thompson late of Dundrod County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 17 August 1877 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Hugh Tinsley of Ballymacward (Dundrod) same County Farmer one of the Executors.

John Scott

Date of Death: 15/08/1877
Date of Grant: 27/09/1878
Effects under £300
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Scott late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 15 August 1877 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of John Thompson of Rushy Hill Ballymacward and William John Galway of Bovolgan both in (Stoneyford) same County Farmers the Executors.

James Eden

Date of Death: 04/12/1877
Date of Grant 23/06/1879
Effects under £100
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of James Eden late of Upper Ballymacward County Antrim Tailor and Farmer deceased who died 4 December 1877 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Sarah Eden of Upper Ballymacward Widow one of the Executors.

William Close

Date of Death 19/03/1878
Date of Grant 20/09/1878
Effects under £200
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William Close late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 19 March 1878 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Bryan Close of Blackmountain near Dunmurry Farmer and Publican and James Close of Ballymacward Upper (Dunmurry) Farmer both in same County the Executors.

John Scott

Date of Death 01/12/1878
Date of Grant: 19/02/1879
Effects under £100
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Scott late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 1 December 1878 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Hugh Tinsley of Ballymacward and James Ellwood of Quakerfield both in (Dundrod) said County Farmers the Executors.

William Tinsley

Date of Death  03 07 1880
Date of Grant 27 01 1882
Effects £196 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William Tinsley late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 3 July 1880 at same place was proved at Belfast by William Magee and John Maxwell both of Ballymacward Farmers the Executors.

Esther McGarrity

Date of Death 24 03 1881
Date of Grant 06 01 1886
Effects £80
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Esther M’Garrity late of Sleivenacloy County Antrim (Wife of Edward M’Garrity) who died 24 March 1881 at same place were granted at Belfast to Edward M’Garrity of Ballymacward Upper in said County Farmer the Husband.

John McFarland

Date of Death  22 08 1882
Date of Grant  02 06 1886
Effects  £456 16s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John M’Farland late of Whitehill County Antrim Farmer who died 22 August 1882 at same place was proved at Belfast by James Maxwell of Sleavenacloy and James Davison of Ballymacward both in said County Farmers the Executors.

James Tinsley

Date of Death  18 07 1883
Date of Grant 01 06 1896
Effects £89
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of James Tinsley late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer who died 18 July 1883 was proved at Belfast by Hugh Tinsley of Ballymacward Farmer Executor.

James Geddis

Date of Death 19 02 1886
Date of Grant 03 09 1886
Effects £101
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration of the personal estate of James Geddis late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer who died 22 February 1886 at same place were granted at Belfast to John Geddis of Ballymacward Farmer a Child.

William Dawson

Date of Death 16 10 1887
Date of Grant 09 11 1887
Effects £1080 5s 7d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William Dawson late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 16 October 1887 at same place was proved at Belfast by Ann Jane Dawson of Ballymacward Upper Widow Patrick M’Lorinan of Boghill Farmer and James Savage of Smithfield Lisburn Innkeeper all in said County the Executors.

Everard Magee

Date of Death  03 06 1888
Date of Grant 18 07 1888
Effects £123 15s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Everard Magee late of Upper Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer who died 3 June 1888 at same place was proved at Belfast by Adare Magee of Upper Ballymacward Farmer one of the Executors.

John Maxwell

Date of Death  26 10 1889
Date of Grant 10 11 1889
Effects £262 4s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Maxwell late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 26 October 1889 at same place was proved at Belfast by William Maxwell of Lisburn Factory Manager and William John Gore of Slievenacloy Farmer both in said County the Executors.

John Close

Date of Death  10 03 1890
Date of Grant 01 06 1892
Effects £248 5s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Close late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 10 March 1890 at same place was proved at Belfast by Hugh Tinsley Farmer and William Tinsley Pensioner both of Ballymacward Upper the Executors.

Margaret McNeilly

Date of Death  15 09 1892
Date of Grant 07 10 1892
Effects £15  2s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Margaret M’Neilly late of Upper Ballymacward County Antrim Married Woman who died 15 September 1892 at same place was proved at Belfast by Samuel M’Creedy of Ballymacward Upper Teacher one of the Executors.

Robert Tinsley (Senior)

Date of Death  224 08 1893
Date of Grant 25 10 1901
Effects £67 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration (with the Will) of the personal estate of Robert Tinsley (Senior) late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 24 August 1893 granted at Belfast to William Tinsley Farmer.

James Scott

Date of Death  18 05 1895
Date of Grant 17 07 1895
Effects £317
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of James Scott late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 18 May 1895 at same place was proved at Belfast by Hugh Tinsley Farmer and Sarah Scott Spinster both of Ballymacward Upper the Executors.

Edward Megarrity

Date of Death  03 04 1898
Date of Grant 08 06 1898
Effects £163  5s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Edward Megarrity late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 3 April 1898 granted at Belfast to John Megarrity of Ballymacward and James Neeson of Budore Farmers

William Magee

Date of Death  17 02 1899
Date of Grant 10 07 1899
Effects £81 5s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the estate of William Magee late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 17 February 1899 granted at Belfast to Mary Magee of Ballymacward Upper the Widow.

Eliza King

Date of Death  01 05 1901
Date of Grant 05 12 1902
Effects £44 4s 6d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Eliza King late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Spinster who died 1 May 1901 granted at Belfast to James Tinsley and Robert Forsythe Farmers.

Rose Magee

Date of Death  20 04 1902
Date of Grant 13 06 1902
Effects £644  7s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Rose Magee late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Spinster who died 20 April 1902 granted at Belfast to Patrick M’Lornan Farmer.

William Tinsley

Date of Death  06 03 1902
Date of Grant 13 03 1912
Effects £226
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of William Tinsley late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 6 March 1902 granted at Belfast to James Tinsley Farmer.

James Close

Date of Death  04 11 1904
Date of Grant 13 01 1905
Effects £75
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the estate of James Close late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 4 November 1904 granted at Belfast to Patrick Close Farmer.

James Close

Date of Death  04 11 1904
Date of Grant 08 02 1906
Effects £75
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the unadministered estate of James Close late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 4 November 1904 granted at Belfast to Sarah Kelly Married Woman

Bernard Lavery

Date of Death  20 01 1906
Date of Grant 15 02 1906
Effects £253 3s 6d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Bernard Lavery late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Engineman who died 20 January 1906 granted at Belfast to William John Canmer Farmer.

Hugh Tinsley

Date of Death  19 12 1906
Date of Grant 27 03 1908
Effects £232 15s 7d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Hugh Tinsley late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 19 December 1906 granted at Belfast to James Tinsley and John McConnell Farmers.

James Dixon

Date of Death  21 12 1906
Date of Grant 14 01 1907
Effects £34 11s 8d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration of the personal estate of James Dixon late of Upper Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer who died 21 December 1906 at The Union Hospital Lisburn were granted at Belfast to Catherine Dixon the Widow.

James Maxwell

Date of Death  11 07 1909
Date of Grant 15 11 1909
Effects £247 7s 2d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of James Maxwell late of Upper Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer who died 11 July 1909 granted at Belfast to William Maxwell Estate Agent and Elizabeth Jane Maxwell the Widow.

John McKever

Date of Death  18 09 1909
Date of Grant 21 01 1910
Effects £184
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the Estate of John McKever late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 18 September 1909 granted at Belfast to William McKever Second Hand Clothes Dealer.

John McGarrity

Date of Death  15 10 1910
Date of Grant 12 12 1910
Effects £230 19s 8d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of John McGarrity late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 15 October 1910 granted at Belfast to Rose McGarrity Spinster and Patrick McGarrity Farmer.

John Thompson

Date of Death  03 05 1913
Date of Grant 23 07 1913
Effects £475 11s 5d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the Estate of John Thompson late of Upper Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer who died 3 May 1913 granted at Belfast to William Thompson Farmer.

John Yarr

Date of Death  05 07 1913
Date of Grant 03 12 1913
Effects £669 12s 8d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the Estate of John Yarr late of Ballymacward Upper Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 5 July 1913 granted at Belfast to John Yarr Farmer.

James Magee

Date of Death  27 11 1913
Date of Grant 04 06 1917
Effects £165 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the Estate of James Magee late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 27 November 1913 granted at Belfast to Mary J. Magee the Widow.

Henry Hunter

Date of Death  21 05 1914
Date of Grant 14 08 1914
Effects £463 6s 1d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Henry Hunter late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Farmer who died 21 May 1914 at The Mater Infirmorum Hospital Belfast granted at Belfast to William John Canmer and John Wilson Farmers

James Hogg

Date of Death  21 07 1914
Date of Grant 22 01 1915
Effects £469 15s 0d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the Estate of James Hogg late of Ballymacward Upper Budore County Antrim Farmer who died 21 July 1914 granted at Belfast to Eliza Hogg the Widow

Jane Hunter

Date of Death  18 03 1915
Date of Grant 19 05 1915
Effects £126 11s 5d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Jane Hunter late of Ballymacward Upper County Antrim Married Woman who died 18 March 1915 granted at Belfast to The Reverend James Richardson Clerk

Death Notice — Robert Smyth

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 16th January 1931 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Smyth – January 15, 1931 at his residence, Upper Ballymacward, Rushyhill, Stoneyford, Robert, dearly-loved husband of Matilda Smyth, late of Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan. Funeral to-morrow (Saturday), at 2pm., to Stoneyford Churchyard.

For Lease – grazing and gutting land

The following extract is from a Lisburn newspaper dated 25th Feb 1944

Ballymacward, Upper Stoneyford

I have received instructions from Mrs. F Portis to let by auction on the premises on Wednesday, the 1st March 1944 at 2.30pm

11 ½ acres for grazing and gutting. Usual credit.

W.I. Bailie, Auctioneer, 5 Smithfield Square, Lisburn.

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