Islandkelly Townland, Stoneyford

"Ecclesia de Kenles"

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

"Ecclesia de Kenles" is valued in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas at the comparatively large sum of 4 ½ marks, yet the site cannot now be identified. The name Kenles assumes in modern terms the form of Kells. As it occurs in the taxtion between "Talarusk" and "Karryn" it is to be presumed that it I in the vicinity. Perhaps it may be discovered about Islandkelly or Drumankelly. Colgan, in a note to the Life of St. Olcan, among the various places supposed to be named from that saint, mentions – "Boith-Bolcain (the hut of Olcan), near Vonnere (Connor), in the barony of Cill-Ultach (Kilultagh)," which is the town land of Bovolcan, near Stoneyford. No ecclesiastical remains have, however, been discovered in that town land ; but Archdall, following Colgan, describes Boithbolcain as a "Church near Connor, founded by St. Bolcan, a disciple of St. Patrick."

Bogs

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
Bogs

In Bovolcan and Islandkelly there is bout 40 acres of bog, which is now from 2 to 5 feet deep. It was originally much larger and from 2 to 20 feet in depth, and a large quantity of fir and oak timber found imbedded in it; but at present it is cut out to a great extent and no timber found, unless roots of the above description.

Emigration

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.

Emigration

The following is a list of the number of persons that have emigrated to America during the years 1835 and 1836. It will show the name, age and religion of each person, the townland in which they resided and the ports to which the different persons have gone, as enumerated from 10th August to 15th September 1837 (all in 1835, to New York except the first named)

James Stewart, 24, from island Kelly to Quebec, Established Church.

James Clark, 28, from Bovolcan, Mark Clark 17, from Bovolcan (both) Established Church.

Rebecca Miller, 25, from Bovolcan, Established Church

John Gallaway, 18, from Bolvolcan, Thomas Gallaway, 18, from Bovolcan, (both) Presbyterian.

Elizabeth Crossen, 20, from Turnagrough, Cathrine Crossen, 18 from Turnagrough (both) Roman Catholic.

Information obtained from William McClure, John Walker and many others. Finished 15th September 1837.

Markets

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
Markets

Island Kelly: markets Lisburn and Belfast; conveyance: cars and carts: prices: potatoes 1s 2d per cwt, oats 5s 6d per cwt; charges for conveyance; to Belfast 6d per cwt, to Lisburn 2s per load; produce: potatoes, oats, flax; soil clay and moorish ; manures: stable and cowhouse manure; surface: flat; flax: very little ; spinning: a good deal, 1d ha‘penny per day can be earned at it; weaving: some fine linen and calico; pasture land: three quarters of pasture; average produce: potatoes from 150 to 200 bushels per acre and oats from 10 to 12 cwt; Stoneyford village in this town land.

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.

John Megarity

Date of Death 08 10 1855
Date of Grant 06 05 1859
Effects under £100
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration of the Personal estate of John Megarity late of Island Kelly in the County of Antrim Farmer deceased who died 8 October 1855 at same place were granted at Belfast to Mary Jane Megarity of Island Kelly aforesaid the Widow of said deceased.

James Orr

Date of Death 17 04 1858
Date of Grant 15 12 1858
Effects under £200
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) of the Personal estate of James Orr late of Island Kelly in the County of Antrim Farmer deceased who died 17 April 1858 at same place were granted at Belfast to William Orr of Island Kelly aforesaid Farmer the Residuary Legatee.

John  Philips

Date of Death: 22/10/1865
Date of Grant 24/01/1877
Effects under £200
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Philips late of Mullyglass County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 22 October 1865 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Abraham Philips of Stoneyford Lisburn same County Farmer one of the Executors.

Robert Kane

Date of Death 08 09 1869
Date of Grant 23 06 1871
Effects under £100
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Robert Kane late of Islandkelly County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 8 September 1869 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Margaret Kane of Islandkelly (Lisburn) aforesaid the Widow and one of the Executors.

John Robinson Chapman

Date of Death: 07/01/1870
Date of Grant: 20/05/1870
Effects under £450
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Robinson Chapman late of Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 7 January 1870 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Maria Chapman of Stoneyford aforesaid the Widow and one of the Executors.

George Connor

Date of Death: 07/03/1873
Date of Grant: 16/05/1873
Effects under £200
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of George Connor late of Magheragall County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 7 March 1873 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of John Connor of Stoneyford (Lisburn) County Antrim Farmer one of the Executors.

Andrew McIlwrath

Date of Death: 19/01/1874
Date of Grant: 01/03/1875
Effects under £100
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Andrew M’Ilwrath late of Islandkelly County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 19 January 1874 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of James M’Ilrath of Islandkelly and James Lackey of Bovolgan both in (Stoneyford) same County Farmers the Executors.

Eliza Connor

Date of Death 01 01 1876 approx
Date of Grant 06 02 1880
Effects under £50
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Eliza Connor late of Stoneyford County Antrim Widow deceased who died in January 1876 at same place were granted at Belfast to John Connor of Stoneyford Farmer a Child of said deceased.

David Crowe

Date of Death 11 04 1876
Date of Grant 24 06 1879
Effects under £50
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of David Crowe late of Island Kelly County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 11 April 1876 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of William Lewis of Bovolgan and James M’Ilwrath of Island Kelly both in said County Farmers the Executors.

Mary Jane Megarity

Date of Death: 15/06/1876
Date of Grant: 16/02/1877
Effects under £450
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Mary Jane Megarity late of Islandkelly County Antrim Widow deceased who died 15 June 1876 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of John Megarity of Stoneyford (Lisburn) Same County Farmer one of the Executors.

William McClure

Date of Death: 17/06/1877
Date of Grant: 25/07/1877
Effects under £2000
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William M’Clure late of Budore County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 17 June 1877 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of John Connor of Stoneyford and William M’Clure of Budore (Dundrod) both in same County Farmer the Executors.

James Morrow

Date of Death 02 10 1877
Date of grant 05 03 1880
Effects under £200
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will (with two Codicils) of James Morrow late of Drummondkelly County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 2 October 1877 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Joseph Lewis of Magheragall and William Lewis of Stoneyford both in same County Farmers the Executors.

John Lavery

Date of Death 25/05/1879
Date of Grant 03 10 1879
Effects under £1500
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Lavery late of Whitehall County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 25 May 1879 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Patrick Close of Stoneyford and James Lavery of Boghead both in (Lisburn) said County Farmers the Executors.

William Connor

Date of Death 30/08/1879
Date of Grant 03/10/1879
Effects under £600
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William Connor late of Stoneyford near Lisburn County Antrim Gentleman deceased who died 30 August 1879 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of John Connor of Stoneyford near Lisburn Farmer the sole Executor.

George McKnight

Date of Death 06 02 1880
Date of Grant 14 04 1882
Effects £318 15s 6d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of George M’Knight late of Ballypitmave County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 6 February 1880 at same place was proved at Belfast by John Connor of Stoneyford and Joseph Hyland of Ballypitmave both in said County Farmers the Executors.

Patrick Connor

Date of Death 09 07 1882
Date of Grant 28 08 1882
Effects £2637 8s 6d
Registry: Armagh

Full Abstract:

The Will of Patrick Connor late of 3 Bridge-street Newry County Armagh M.D. deceased who died 9 July 1882 at same place was proved at Armagh by James Fegan of Glanrye Cottage Newry County Down House and Land Agent Joseph Fisher of Bridge-street Newry County Armagh Shipbroker and John Connor of Stoneyford near Lisburn County Antrim Farmer the Executors.

Andrew Annett

Date of Death 26 08 1887
Date of Grant 17 01 1890
Effects £35
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Andrew Annett late of Stoneyford County Antrim Labourer who died 26 August 1887 at same place was proved at Belfast by Philip Magee of Tullyrusk in said County Farmer one of the Executors.

William Wheeler

Date of Death 21 07 1889
Date of Grant 06 09 1889
Effects £721 8s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William Wheeler late of Tullyrusk County Antrim Farmer who died 21 July 1889 at same place was proved at Belfast by William Chapman of Stoneyford and Philip Chapman of Derriaghy both in said County Farmers two of the Executors.

John Connor

Date of Death 19 01 1892
Date of Grant 08 06 1892
Effects £11, 603 18s 8d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Connor late of Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 19 January 1892 at Belfast was proved at Belfast by Joseph Connor Accountant and George Connor Farmer both of Stoneyford two of the Executors.

William Morrow

Date of Death 15 01 1893
Date of Grant 17 02 1893
Effects £4661 9s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will (with one Codicil) of William Morrow late of Holywood County Down Gentleman who died 15 January 1893 at same place was proved at Belfast by George M’Ildowie of Belfast Solicitor James Munce of Holywood Civil Engineer Robert Morrow of Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer and Andrew Osborough of Swatragh County Londonderry Police Constable the Executors.

John Lattimore

Date of Death 23 12 1893
Date of Grant 04 04 1894
Effects £169 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration of the personal estate of John Lattimore late of Stoneyford County Antrim Manager of Waterworks who died 23 December 1893 at same place were granted at Belfast to Jane Lattimore of Cave Hill-road Belfast the Widow.

Robert Christie

Date of Death 01 12 1894
Date of Grant 24 12 1894
Effects £287 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Robert Christie late of Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 1 December 1894 at same place was proved at Belfast by James Wells of Legmore House Moira County Down Farmer one of the Executors.

Mary Grogan

Date of Death 06 01 1897
Date of Grant 13 12 1897
Effects £49 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the estate of Mary Grogan late of Stoneyford County Antrim Widow who died 6 January 1897 granted at Belfast to Margaret Richardson of Stoneyford (Wife of W. Richardson) the Sister

Robert Elliott

Date of Death 26 09 1897
Date of Grant 15 12 1897
Effects £1
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Robert Elliott late of Bovolgan Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 26 September 1897 granted at Belfast to William Lewis and Robert J. Lewis both of Bovolgan Farmers and William Elliott of Islandkelly County Antrim Postman.

David Hunter

Date of Death 04 07 1904
Date of Grant 03 08 1904
Effects £228 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the estate of David Hunter late of Islandkelly Stoneyford County Antrim Retired Farmer who died 4 July 1904 granted at Belfast to Samuel Hunter Farmer

Patrick Close

Date of Death 10 08 1905
Date of Grant 13 09 1905
Effects £630
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the estate of Patrick Close late of Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 10 August 1905 granted at Belfast to William Close Breadserver.

Eliza Jane Magee

Date of Death 06 04 1908
Date of Grant 25 11 1908
Effects £25 13s 0d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the Estate of Eliza Jane Magee late of Islandkelly Stoneyford County Antrim Widow who died 6 April 1908 granted at Belfast to Alexander Hassard Farmer.

Arthur Clarke

Date of Death 08 12 1909
Date of Grant 04 01 1910
Effects £191
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Arthur Clarke late of Aghacarnan Magheragall County Antrim Farmer who died 8 December 1909 at Islandkelly Stoneyford County Antrim granted at Belfast to James McIlwrath and Robert David Lewis Farmers.

Edward Megarrity

Date of Death 22 10 1910
Date of Grant 13 01 1911
Effects £255 15s 0d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Edward Megarrity late of Islandkelly County Antrim Farmer who died 22 October 1910 granted at Belfast to Patrick Megarrity (Junior) and John Tolland Farmers.

Sarah Anne McCleery

Date of Death 14 04 1912
Date of Grant 12 06 1912
Effects £121 5s 2d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Administration of the Estate of Sarah Anne McCleery late of Stoneyford Lisburn County Antrim who died 14 April 1912 at The Belfast Lunatic Asylum granted at Belfast to Robert McCleery Farmer the Husband.

Valuable fee-simple grazing farms

The following is an extract from The Lisburn Herald dated Saturday 21st January 1911.

Important sale of valuable fee-simple grazing farms at Islandkelly and Lower Ballymacward, near Stoneyford.

We have received instructions from Mr. Geo. Connor to sell by auction at our property mart, 24 Arthur Street, Belfast, on Friday, 10th February, 1911 at one o’clock, the following farms of land :-

Lot 1. Farm situate in the townland of Knockcairn, County Antrim, containing 152 acres 1 rood 2 perches, statute measure or thereabouts held in fee simple, subject to a terminable annuity to the Irish Land Commission, reduced as from 1st May, 1908, to £50 15s 0d, and further reducible.

On this farm there is a good, recently erected dwelling house, containing 2 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, bathroom (H&C), 2 pantries, kitchen, dairy, &c.; the office houses comprise:- byres for 24 cows, stables for 6 horses, coach-house, boiling house, harness room, stores, fowl-house, and a large Iron hay shed.

Lot 2 farm situate in Knockcairn (adjoining lot 1) containing 97 acres 2 roods 10 perches, statute measure or thereabouts, held in fee-simple, subject to a like terminable annuity, reduced as from 1st November, 1908, to £34 9s 9d, and further reducible. On this farm there is a recently erected Dwelling-house, with extensive office-houses, comprising byres for 53 cows, 6 loose boxes, barn, storehouses, &c.

Lot 3 farm situate in the townland of Ballymoneymore (adjoining lots 1&2) containing 128 acres 2 perches, statute measure or thereabouts, held in fee-simple, subject to the small terminable annuity of £7 8s 10d, reduced from 1st November 1910, by £12 18s 1d per cent, and further reducible.

Lot 4 farm situate in the townland of Islandkelly, containing 78 acres 1 rood 33 perches, statute measure or thereabouts, held in fee-simple, subject to a terminable annuity to the Irish Land Commission, reduced as from 1st November, 1908, to £30, and further reducible.

Lot 5 farm situate in the townlands of Islandkelly and Lower Ballymacward, containing 49 acres, 3 roods and 7 perches, statute measure or thereabouts held in fee-simple subject to a termiable annuity to the Irish Land Commission, reduced as from 1st November, 1903, to £17 4s 8d and further educible.

Lot 6 farm situate in the townland of Lower Ballymacward, containing 30 acres 1 rood, statute measure or thereabouts, held in fee-simple, subject to a payment of a terminable annuity to the Irish Land Commission, reduced as from 1st November, 1903, to £11 4s 4d, and further reducible.

the foregoing lands are of superior quality, extra well watered, drained and fenced. The fields are large and there is easy access from the County Roads.

The lands have been in grass for upwards of 50 years, and are well known as among the best grazing lands in the North of Ireland.

All the buildings are slated, substantially built and in good repair.

The Knockcairn farms are situate 9 miles from Belfast, 8 from Antrim, and 3 from Crumlin and Glenavy, and the Stoneyford farms are situate 8 miles from Belfast, and 5 from Lisburn.

Terms – £20 per cent deposit on each lot, and Auction Commission to be paid at time of sale.

For title and conditions of Slae & 2., apply to
Wheeler & McCutcheon, solicitors, Wellington Place, Belfast.

Ferguson & Harvey, auctioneers and valuers, Belfast; Lisburn and Ballyclare.

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