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The present Rector of Lisburn is:

The Rev. John Sinclair Taylor, only son of Robert Taylor, of Diamond House, Portadown, and Harriet, daughter of Simon Sinclair, of Tullyroan House, Moy. Educated at Armagh and Trinity College, Dublin; first honours in Logic and. prize in English Literature ; Divinity Test, lst in 1st class: B.A., 1903: M.A., 1911 ; ordained 1902 for Curacy of Drumgath and Drumballyroney ; Curate of Kilkeel, 1904; Curate of Seagoe, 1905: Curate of St. Thomas's, Belfast, 1907; Rector of All Saints', Eglantine, 1915 ; Rector of St. Jude's, Belfast, 1917 ; Rector of Lisburn Cathedral, 1924 ; Prebendary of Cairncastle, 1925.

Thomas Haslam, 1661; Thomas Finlay, 1716; Thomas Johnston, 1740; John Arthur, 1743 ; Richard Dobos (jun.), 1763 ; Edward Fletcher, 1769; P. Parker, 1775 ; Philip Fletcher, 1785 ; S. Smythe, 1792 ; Hill Coulson, Thomas Thompson, Thomas Cripples, 1832; Ralph Bridge, 1834; William Reeves, 1838; E. J. Cordner, 1842: E. L. Fitzgerald, 1844; James Hall, 1854; Robert Lindsay, 1861 ; T. A. Vesey, G. G. Parkinson, 1876; J. Paterson Smyth, 1880; G. P. Mitchell, 1883: George Bell, Rev. E. P. Riddall (honorary), 1889: J. B. Bradshaw, 1914: W. Hall, 1925.

Two of the curates deserve special mention. Wm. Reeves became Bishop of the United Diocese, and is well known as a great scholar, whose contributions to the history and archaeology of the Church of Ireland, especially in his own diocese, are the most valuable we possess. J. Paterson Smyth, now Archdeacon of Toronto, is a man of world-wide reputation for his devout, scholarly, and lucid contributions to study of Holy Scripture and theology.

The earliest record of Churchwardens is to be found in 1667, and for that year only one is mentioned.
1667-Henry Godyer.
1668-Williaan Stephens and Mr. Ferne.
1669-Bryne Magee and Wm. Conway.
1670-Richard Smyth and Thomas Taylor.
1671-Ezekiel Clough and Henry Hoole.
1672-John Peers and Matthew Wolfe.
1673-Francis Garnet and John Darling.
1674-John Templeton.
1675-John Kennell and Anthony Le Roy.
1676--John Templeton and Robt. Ransom.
1677-George Rogers and Thomas Blair.
1678-James Bodkin and Richard Clough.
1679-Thomas Danby and John Hamilton.
1680-Will Crow and Thomas Granger.
1681-Joseph Burgess and Thomas Abbot.
1682-William Mastin and James Taffe.
1683-John Clarke and John Waring.
1684-John Tate and Will Beane.
1685-Richard Robison and Will Close.
1686-Richard Pitts and Richard Swinerton.
1687-Edward Peers and William McKetrick.
1688-Williain Smyth and William Barwick.
1689-Richard Fitzachery and Thomas Lassels.
1690-Robert Nixon and Richard Fitzachery.
1691-Anthony Kinning and Thomas Dixon.
1692-John Blackhall and Robert Harrison.
1693-James Martin and James Burney.
1694-Thomas Welch and Henry Conway.
1695-Mr. Arthur Brooks and Capt. Cornelius Carlton.
1696-Mr. Thomas Cornwall and Mr. Daniel Mildway.
1697-Thomas Rogers and Matthew Pailing.
1698-Mr. Edward Ellis and Mr. George Hodgeskinson.
1699-Mr. Michael Jackson and Francis Irwin.
1700-Mr. John Peers and Mr. John Cooke.
Mr. Michael Jackson was appointed on April 10th, and on June 19th Arthur Bradley was chosen Churchwarden in his place.
1701-Mr. John Cooke and Mr. William Ellis.
1702-Mr. Edward Obery and Mr. John Hamilton, jun.
1703-Mr. Edward Obery and Mr. Thos. Parkinson.
1704-Richard Hawkins and Christopher Barker.
1705-6-7-Anthony Kennen and Thos. Dixon.
1708-Walter Brerton and Christopher Whiting.
1709-Walter Abbot and Joseph Hignet.
1710-Mr. Eaver Magee and Mr. Edward Peers.
1711-Edward Peers and Ethelred Wogan.
1712-Mr. Edward Peers and Mr. Eaver Magee.
1713-Mr. Francis Obre and Philip Robinson.
1714-15-16--Mr. William Seed and Mr. John Busby.
1717-Mr. Thomas Benson and Mr. Chas. Frankelin.
1718-Mr. Thomas Welsh and Mr. Lewis Rushet.
1719-Peter Cullenan and Elisha Bodkin.
1720-21-22-Thomas Ross and John Tone.
1723-No, record for this year.
1724-Mr. Henry Close and Mr. William Wogan.
1725-Mr. Ambrose Towle and Mr. Ed. Masline.
1726-27-Mr. John Reed and Mr. Anthony Carter.
1728-29-Thomas Crawford, Esq., and Mr.. Wm. Seeds.
1730-31-Edward Masklin and James Crouch.
1732-33-Mr. Henry Close and Mr. Joseph Ellis.
1734-George Walsh and Jaques Marquis.
1735-Jeremiah Falloon and William Shaw.
1736-Mr. John Fletcher and Mr. Wm. Shaw.
1737-Arthur Johnson and John Abbot.
1738-Edward Smyth and Lieut. Frederick Porter.
1739-40-Edward Smyth and Sam Delacherois.
1741-Mr. Thomas Howell and Mr. Thomas Seeds.
1742-William Connor and John Gardon.
1743-Mr. Joseph Masklin and Mr. John McClure.
1744-Henry Bell and Richard Barnsley.
1745-William Close and Richard Roberts.
1746-47-Thomas Dixon and William Brison.
1748-John Carlton and William Nickle.
1749-Roger Hodgkinson and Abraham Crommelin.
1750-Marmaduke Dempster and James Fulton.
1751-52-Thomas Johnson and Alexander McAuley.
1753-Thomas Carlton and Henry Betty.
1754-Thomas Bingham and Robert Fulton.
1755-Cornelius Carlton and James Wightman.
1756-Thomas Mussen and Francis Burden.
1757-William Dillon and David Betty.
1758-William Johnson and Andrew Shanks.
1759-Reney Bullmer and James Kennedy.
1760-Arthur Johnson and John Whitla.
1761-Samuel Betty and John Ward.
1762-William Wheeler and John Fulton.
1763-James McBurney and John Patten.
1764--Mr. Edward Ross and Mr. Thomas Betty.
1765-John Kinley and Robert Bell.
1766-Saml. Townsend and John Stirling.
1767-Mr. Lewis Hastings and Mr. David Willson.
1768-Mr. Roger Johnson and Mr. Henry Welsh.
1769-Mr. James Higginson and Mr. George Masklin.
1770-Mr. George Tandy and Mr. Robert Murray.
1771-Robert Duncan and Edward Peers.
1772-Mr. Cornelius Carlton and Mr. Robert Brady.
1773-Mr. Edward Marsh and Mr. John Smyth.
1774-Mr. John Hunter and Mr. De Lacherois Crommelin.
1775-John Hastings and William M'Cracken.
1776-William Boyle and Henry Morrison.
1777-William Masklin and William Darby
1778-William Dillon (jun.) and Arthur Johnson.
1779-Mr. John Bolton and Mr. Thomas Ward.
1780-Mr. Henry Marmion and Mr. Archibald Mussen.
1781-82-William Rogers and Jas. Stewart.
1783-Poyntz Stewart and John Elsey.
1784-Thomas Carlton and Win. Patten.
1785-Sam de la Cherois and Joseph Chapman.
1786-Williain Hogg and John Johnson.
1787-John Crossley and Richard Greer.
1788-Mr. Joseph Garner and Mr. Thos. Hunter.
1789-90-George Morewood and Roberts Mussen.
1791-Mr. William Hogg and Mr. William Johnston.
1792-Mr. Richard Barnsley and Mr. James Townley.
1793-Mr. John M'Dowell and Mr. William Dillon, jun.
1794-Mr. George Dixon and Mr. John Bulmer.
1795-Thomas Carlton and Richard Brison.
1796-Mr. Thomas Townley and Mr. Root Sterling.
1797-Mr. Henry Mussen and Mr. Samuel Warring.
1798-Mr. James Pelan and Mr. Edward Phillips.
1799-Mr. Samuel Tucker and Mr. Wm. Wheeler.
1800-James Mussen and James Mussen.
1801-Mr. George Boomer and Mr. Richard Cohoon.
1802-Mr. William Coulson and Mr. Henry Marmion.
1803-Mr. Robert Coulson and Mr. Wm. Williams.
1804-Francis Smyth, Esq., and Captain James Cordner.
1805-Mr. John Garret and Mr. Benjamin Neely.
1806-Mr. Walter Coulson and Mr. Richard Greer.
1807-Mr. John Marshall and Mr. James Williams.
1808-Mr. Arthur Davis and Mr. James Hodgens.
1809-Mr. Matthew Mussen and Mr. Richard Pelan.
1810-Mr. James Richardson and Mr. Matthew Jordan.
1811-Mr. William Phillips and Mr. John Woods.
1812--Mr. William Calbeck and Mr. William Graham.
1813-Mr. James Stewart and Mr. William Johnson.
1814-Mr. Thomas Higginson and Mr. Henry Fisher.
1815-Mr. Thomas Johnson Smyth and Mr. Thomas Wilson.
1816-Mr. Charles Lutton and Mr. John Smith.
1817-Rowley F. Hall, Esq., and Mr. Charles Lutton.
1819-Mr. Joseph Beatty and Mr. Sam Johnson.
1820-Mr. William Higginson and Mr. George Pelan.
1821-Mr. Robert Stewart and Mr. Henry Magee.
1822-Mr. Robert M'Call and Mr. Henry Magee.
1823-Hugh Seeds and John Major.
1824-James Smyth and John Clarke.
1825-Henry Higginson and Charles Casement.
1826-George Boomer and John Moore.
1827-James Thompson and Parker Major.
1828-William Moore and David Beatty.
1829-Captain Samuel Delacherois Smyth and Robert M'Clure.
1830-David Mack and John Singleton.
1831--Thomas Weatherhead and George Emerson.
1832-Messrs. John Woods and James Ward.
1833-Mr. William Collins and Mr. John Reid.
1834-Mr. Samuel Gamble and Mr. George Major.
1835-Mr. Thomas Beckett and Mr. John Chapman.
1836-Mr. Robert Mussen and Mr. Thomas Johnston.
1837-Mr. Henry Mussen and Mr. George Duncan.
1838-Mr. William Whitla and Richard Jefferson.
1839-Mr. William Stewart and Mr. John Millar.
1840-Richard Robinson and Robert Alderdice.
1841-John Shaw Smyth and Francis Weldon.
1842-Mr. William Bullick and Mr. Henry Seeds.
1843-Messrs. James Coulson and John Jefferson.
1844-Mr. John Heron and John Campbell.
1845-John Vernon and Robert Hall.
1846-Mr. Robert Stewart and Mr. Craig Ward.
1897-Messrs. Henry J. Manley and Arthur M'Cartney.
1848-James Bolton and Thomas M'Creight.
1849-Messrs. Henry John Garrett and Richard Murray.
1850-Mr. James Mussen and Mr. Michael Woods.
1851-Messrs. Thomas Sharp and Edward Lemon.
1852-Thomas Sharp and Henry Seeds.
1853-Mr. Henry John Garrett and Mr. George Pelan.
1854-Mr. Robert Stewart and Mr. Michael Linn.
1855-Mr. James Ward and Mr. Alexander Titterington.
1856-Messrs. W. Mussen and R. G. Hill.
1857-Mr. Lucas Waring and Mr. W. Whitla.
1858-Walter T. Stanus, Esq., and Mr. Samuel Young.
1859-Mr. Manley and Mr. W. Graham.
1860-Mr. Stephenson and Mr. T. R. Stannus.
1861-Mr. James Ward and Mr. William Thompson.
1862-Mr. Robt. Barbour and Mr. James Cairns.
1863-Messrs. David Beatty and Redmond Jefferson.
1864-Mr. J. K. Green and Mr. George Thompson.
1865-Mr. H. J. Manley and Mr. Jacob Bannister.
1866-Mr. Lucas Waring and Mr. W. Taylor.
1867-Mr. John Morton and Mr. John Pennington.
1868-William Johnston and Samuel Young.
1869-H. J. Manley, Esq., and W. T. Stannus, Esq.
1870-71-Mr. James Mack and Mr. Ralph Robson.
1872-Capt. Whitla and William Johnston.
1873-W. T. Stannus, Esq., and Samuel A. Johnston, Esq.
1874-75-Claude, L. Capron, Esq., and T. R. Stannus, Esq.
1876-Claude L. Capron and J. A. Mack, Esq.
1877-78-Mr. Claude L. Capron and Mr. T. R. Stannus.
1879-80-Mr. R. H. Bland and Mr. T. R. Stannus.
1881-Mr. R. H. Bland and Mr. Garrett.
1882-88-Mr. R. H. Bland and Mr. T. R. Stannus.
1889-R. H. Bland, Esq., and Dr. George St. George.
1890-Robert Henry Bland, Esq., J.P., and Mr. Thomas J. English.
1891-Mr. R. H. Bland and John Trousdell.
1892-Mr. R. H. Bland and Mr. Hugh Smith.
1893-Mr. R. H. Bland and Mr. George B. Wilkins.
1894-Mr. Robert H. Bland, J.P., and Mr. John M. Barbour.
1895-Mr. R. H. Bland and Mr. Robert Bannister.
1896-Mr. Robert H. Bland and Mr. Robert Rice.
1897-Mr. Thomas J. English and Mr. Richard Young.
1898-Dr. George St. George and Mr. W. J. Greene.
1899-Mr. John Trousdell and Mr. W. H. Hancock.
1900-Mr. Hugh Smith and Mr. George B. Wilkins.
1901-Mr. Charles M'Gowan and Mr. George Mearns.
1902-Mr. Alexander Gardiner and Mr. Robert M'Creight.
1903-Mr. J. Alex. Woods and Mr. W. J. Wilson.
1904-Mr. Robert M'Carrison and Mr. Saml. Greene.
1905-Mr. T. J. English and Dr. St. George.
1906-Mr. Charles M'Gowan and Mr. Robert Bannister.
1907-Mr. W. H. Hancock and Mr. George Mearns.
1908-Mr. T. J. English and Mr. Robert M'Creight.
1909-Mr. Joseph Lockhart and Mr. W. J. Wilson.
1910-Mr. Robert M'Creight ,and Mr. Robert Bannister.
1911-Mr. Joseph Lockhart and Mr. T. J. English.
1912-Mr. Robert Bannister and Mr. Samuel Greenfield.
1913-Mr. H. V. Pegg and Mr. Samuel Greene.
1914-Mr. Joseph M'Kibbin and Mr. W. J. Greene.
1915-Mr. Joseph Lockhart and Mr. T. J. English.
1916-Mr. J. A. Woods and Mr. W. J. Wilson.
1917-Dr. St. George and Mr. T. J. English.
1918-Mr. T. J. English and Mr. Robert Bannister.
1919---Mr. Robert Bannister and Mr. Samuel Greenfield.
1920-Mr. Samuel Greenfield and Mr. James Shanks.
1921-Mr. James Shanks and Mr. T. J. English.
1922-Mr. Joseph Lockhart and Mr. Robert M'Creight.
1923-Mr. W. J. Greene and Mr. Frank Hewitt.
1924-Mr. James Shanks and Mr. Samuel Greenfield.
1925-Mr. Samuel Greenfield and Mr. Joseph C. M'Neice.


In this list I have given the names and titles as they are found in the Vestry books.

Very few Churches in Ireland have Registers as complete and interesting as these. I am giving here the contents of the books:


                        The exact title is

Ana 1639, Christi
Regno Caroli Decimo
The Registrie of the Church of Lisnagarvie
Called Sainct Thomas Church
For Baptisme
Beginninge September the tenth, 1639.

Yet there are three entries for 1637 - two of them quite legible. Then there are regular entries, not from September the tenth, but from the 8th January, 1639, to 22nd August, 1641and again from 2nd March, 1643, to 23rd December, 1646. The interval is accounted for by the great Rebellion which began on 23rd October, 1641. It would be: interesting to know how this document was preserved in this period when Lisburn and all it contained was burned to the ground.


The first page contains names of four persons who had certificates concerning a disease called "The King's Evill." These are dated 1684 and 1685, and two of them are initialled J.W.-no, doubt, Joseph Wilkins, who was then Rector.

The Register of Baptisms begins 3rd January, 1661, and is quite regular, though indifferent parts of the book, till 7th September, 1720.

The Register of Marriages begins 20th April, 1664, and ends 15th October, 1739.

The Register of Burials begins 1st January, 1661, and ends 28th August, 1720.

It will be observed that during the period of Cromwell's rule, when the Church was suppressed, no registers were kept, except in the case of the Rawdon family.

There is a very full account of the birth and baptism of the children of Sir George and Lady Rawdon from 1655 to 1667; the names of the god-parents are given. This page is repeated in more modern writing about the middle of the book. Amongst the marriages in 1690 there is a note about the Battle of the Boyne, written at the time by the Rev. Thomas Haslam.

When the book is reversed the first five pages contain some very interesting parish accounts for 1662-63; also the names of Churchwardens and Surveyors. It should be noted that a great many of the entries in this book are names of persons who resided in Derriaghy, Lambeg and Magheragall. This is accounted for by the fact that James Mace and Joseph Wilkins, who were Rectors of Lisburn, had also charge of these parishes. This book also contains three long confirmation lists
By Bishop Jeremy Taylor, 7th April, 1667.
"  "           Thos. Hackett, 24th May, 1675.
" "        "         "                20th May, 1678.

Also an ordination by Bishop Hackett, of Wm. Johnston, Deacon, 1715.

A close inspection of this book brings out some interesting facts. It is known that when Duke Schomberg retired from Dundalk and Newry in October, 1689, disease having spread amongst his troops, he fixed his headquarters at Lisburn. One of his first acts was to call a meeting and arrange the prices of food; he issued a proclamation that food should be sold at these prices, and thus prevented profiteering; but though his soldiers were properly fed, there were no anti-toxins in those days to prevent disease, and so we find that in the months of October, November, December and January, the Burial Register consists very largely of military funerals; amongst them we find an Army Chaplain named Gabriel Hastings an Army Surgeon named Will Williams; Thomas Mansfield, one of King William's bakers; Charles Gobbaglli, confectioner to Duke Schomberg. Upton's Regiment, which fought at the Boyne, was recruited from County Antrim, and we find from the entries that, as in 1914, so in 1689, the men of Lisburn came forward to fight in large numbers; amongst them, Henry, son of Henry Swanzy, of Blaris, received a Commission; his baptism is entered 7th October 1666. Oswald Ross Swanzy, whose loved memory will not soon die in Lisburn, was his direct descendant.

This book will also reveal the fact that many of the important families of the North, though not known here now, had a Lisburn connection-amongst them the Close family, of Drumbanagher.

The Register of Burials in this book also helps us to realize that the bodies of some great, men are resting in the old graveyard and in the Cathedral. Amongst them Moses, son of Col. Hill, of Hillhall, 1663; Lady Dorothy Rawdon, 1675; Sir Geo. Rawdon, in the Chancel, 1684; Dr. Foley, 1695, in the Quire; Dr. Hackett, 1697, between the Chancel and wall ; Dr. Walkington, 1698, in the North side of the Quire - the latter were Bishops of Down and Connor; Edward, son of the celebrated Jeremy Taylor ; others, too, of lesser note, but with their own interests. Thomas Lee, in 1695, aged 132-(The words of the Register are cautious sand contain a warning "as he himself said"). There are six others, also centenarians.
There are some with unusual names-Marino Roma is one of them; his gravestone: can be seen to-day. A note of hilt will be found elsewhere.


19th September, 1720, to 21st March, 1749.
Also-Children Baptised by the Rev. Mr. Charles Lavalade, Minister of the French Congregation in Lisburn. These entries, 23 in number, belong to the period 6th July. 1709, to 22nd January, 1736.

9th December, 1739, to 17th December, 1761.

12th September, 1720, to 23rd June, 1749. And one entry 5th October, 1752.

At the end of this book there are about twenty pages of manuscript, the writing is not by any person who made the entries. They consist of disconnected notes about Dissent, and some Sermon Notes on a few of the Commandments.


26th March, 1750, to 11th June, 1750. 11th October, 1763, to 30th December, 1786.

19th July, 1763, to 30th July, 1792.

7th October, 1763, to 5th February, 1779. 17th August, 1781, to 26th November, 1781.


1st January, 1787, to 31st December, 1.819.
Also a list about 200 names of persons baptised in Hillsborough Church, the Children of Lord Downshire's tenants of the Parish of Blaris, from a return made by the Clerk of said Church to the Rector of this Parish. These entries date from 13th September, 1807, to 26th May, 1811.

13th April, 1792, to 29th December., 1819.

No Register of Burials in this Book.

Also "an abstract of a Parochial visit of the Parish of Lisburn, otherwise Blaris, commencing the 13th November, 1820, ending the 20th of September, 1821, by Thomas Cupples, Curate." This is a very valuable survey, giving the number of houses and families ; it is a very full census, giving number of males and females, their religious denominations; also a full abstract of Day and Sunday Schools, number of children in each, &c. ;. number of persons engaged in trade and agriculture, &c. The total population he computes to be 12,026-members of the Church of Ireland, 6,383. According to the census of 1911, the number is 7,885.


2nd January, 1820, to 20th August, 1848.

REGISTER OF MARRIAGES.4th January, 1820, to 26th June, 1848.

REGISTER OF BURIALS. 2nd January, 1820, to 20th December, 1840.

This Book also contains two pages of miscellaneous facts concerning the town, from 1804 to 1862, called "Annals of Lisburn" ; also an "abstract of the Schools in the Parish of Lisburn alias Blaris, taken from the return made to His Majesty's Commissioners of Education Inquiry in August and September, 1824, by Thomas Cupples, Curate."

There are also notes of Confirmations by Bishop Mant in 1823, 1827, and 1835.

This Book contains the entry of the Marriage of General John Nicholson's father and mother, and that of the Baptisms of his brother James and his sister Lily.

In the Register of Burials from 1840 to 1848, in many cases, the disease which caused death is mentioned.


REGISTER OF BAPTISMS. 23rd August, 1848, to 21st April, 1853.

REGISTER OF BURIALS.1st January, 1849, to 11th March, 1853.

We have no REGISTER of BAPTISMS from 21st April, 1853 to 17th March, 1858, nor of BURIALS from 11th March; 1853, to 26th May, 1856, but from these dates to the present day the entries are complete.


There are two Vestry Books the earliest, 1675 to 1793, the second, 1793 to the present day is still in use. The earlier book contains also some Vestry Accounts from 1668 to 1728. It also contains a very graphic account, in manuscript, of the Battle of Lisburn in the Great Rebellion of 1641. This is probably a document written at the time; it is manifestly older than the other parts of the book. There is also a more modern transcript of it in the book.

These books contain valuable material concerning the social conditions of Lisburn, the care of the poor, the upkeep of the roads and the lighting of the town. There is also a ground plan of the Cathedral as it was 200 years ago. There are also useful lists of names of residents in the parish in those early days, and much about the history and growth of the Cathedral.

I append a few notes from the Registers:

1683-Earl of Conway dyed August 11th.
1684-Sir George Rawdon dyed August 18th, after 9 o'clock at night.
1696-Received as a fine for profane swearing, four shillings.
1700-Edward Harrison who was son-in-law to Bishop Jeremy Taylor, who, lived at Magheraleave. Died on the 12th of October, left ten pounds to the poor of Lisburn.
In the same year the north wall of the graveyard was built.
1701-Mrs. Ann Hill, of Hillsborough, having part of her estate in the Parish of Blaris, did pay to Mrs. Joanna Harrison, late of Magheraleave, the sum of three pounds nine shillings for her interest or right in the pew lined with green in the old isle of the Church of Lisburn, and next adjoining the seat of the Lord Bishop of Down and Connor.

In the list of Curates will be found the name of Thomas Haslam, 1661. He seems to have been the first Curate. During the Commonwealth period he acted as schoolmaster; his name is mentioned in the Civil List, and he received a salary of 30 a year; he must have had a distinguished school, as we find in the Alumni Dublinenses that every student from Lisburn who entered Trinity College during his time was "educated by Mr. Haslam." Under the Rev. George Wilkins will be found a note about the Haslam manuscript; it consists largely of extracts from the Bible and the Fathers; a few aphorisms, some of them hopelessly commonplace. "Change must be; everyone hath a time allotted." He was in Lisburn when King William III. passed through on his way to Dublin, and made the following entry in the marriage registers:-"God Almighty fought for King William and gave him a memorable victory over ye Irish at the Boyne, near Tredath, ye 1st of July, and in four days after Tredath, Dublin yielded without blood." The following Haslam entries are in the Registers:

October l7th, 1662.-Caleb, son of Mr. Thomas Haslome, minister, master of tihie free schoole, Baptised.
April 30th, 1678.-Alice, daughter of Thomas Haslam, of Lisburne, curate, buried.
September 2nd, 1686.-James Fladders and Anne Haslam, of Lisburne, married.
May 21st, 1691.-Margaret, wife of Thomas Haslam, reader, buried.
February 12th, 1695.-Mr. Thomas Haslam, reader in the Church of Lisburn, buried.

There is in Lisburn an old street called Haslam's Lane. Possibly he may have had his school and dwelling place there.


This charter was granted by King Charles II. in 1662. The original was for a long time in Lord Hertford's office, but is now in the Rectory safe.

The following is a, translation :

"Charles II. by the grace of God, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To all to whom these our present Letters shall come Greeting. Whereas we understand that the cathedral churches of Down and Connor, in our province of Ulster, within our kingdom of Ireland, being at present not only ruinous and laid waste, but also were founded in inconvenient places and extreme parts of the several dioceses of Down and Connor, by means whereof, not only the service of God was much neglected, but the necessary meetings and assembly of the bishops and clergy in these places obstructed and impeded. And whereas the Church of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, in our county of Antrim, and diocese of Down, being situate near the middle of the dioceses aforesaid, and now united, can more conveniently serve for a Cathedral church for the bishopricks aforesaid. Know ye, there-fore, that we being mindful of nothing more than that true religion :and the true worship of God should flourish of our royal authority and by our authority, of Supreme Heard of the Church of England and Ireland, which we enjoy of our special grace likewise with the assent and consent of our Right Trustie and Right Well-beloved Cousin and Counsellor, James, Duke or Ormond, our Lieutenant.-General of our said kingdom of Ireland, and also according to the tenor and effect of our certain letters under our privy signet and sign, Manl. dated at our court at Whitehall, the 10th day of September in the 14th year of our reign, and now inrolled in the rolls of our chancery of our said kingdom, have erected, created, founded, ordained, made, constituted, and established the said Church of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, and the place of the same church to be for ever hereafter the Cathedral church and episcopal seat of the aforesaid several bishopricks of Down and Connor, and to continue for ever in all future times, And so to be established, and for ever to be inviolably observed, we will and command by these Presents. And that :the said church of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, shall for ever hereafter be named and called by the name of the Cathedral Church of Christ, Church of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, and shall use and enjoy all jurisdictions, rights, privileges, advantages, and immunities to a cathedral church belonging, or in any manner appertaining ; and that the same church, with all and singular its rights and members, shall be the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Down and Connor, and his successors for ever. And further, of our more ample special grace, and also with the advice and consent aforesaid, have given and granted, and by these presents, for us, our heirs and successors, we do give and grant that the Dean and Chapter of Down, and their successors, and also the Dean and Chapter of Connor and their successors, from time to time, and as often as occasion shall require, can and may assemble and congregate themselves at the Cathedral Church of Christ Church aforesaid of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, and there to make and constitute from time to time, such and the like ordinances, confirmations, acts, and statutes, as in the several ancient churches of assemblies of the said Bishopricks might and ought to appertain. And that all and singular confirmations, ordinances, statutes, and other acts, to be made by the several and respective Deans and Chapters aforesaid, and their successors in the said Cathedral Church of Christ Church of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, shall be as good and valid in Law. to all intents and purposes, as if the same was made in the several assemblies or churches of Down and Connor. And further of our more ample, special grace, and also with the advice and consent, aforesaid for us, our heirs and successors, we do will and grant, that the choyr and other officers and ministers serving in the cathedral church aforesaid, may have and receive out of the several impropriations appointed and granted by us for the augmentation of the revenues of the church, such allowances, pensions, stipends, and salaries for divine service to be performed in the cathedral church aforesaid, as the Lord Primate of all Ireland for the time being, and the Bishop of the Diocese for the time being, with the consent and approbation of the Lieutenant-General, or General Governor of our said kingdom of Ireland for the time being, shall see competent and convenient for celebrating divine service there, and their proper maintenance.

And whereas we retain a sense of the many losses which the inhabitants of the said town of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, have sustained for their allegiance towards us and our royal father of glorious memory. Know ye 'therefore that we of our special grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, for us our heirs and successors, do give and grant to the dwellers and inhabitants of the said town of Lisburne., alias Lisnagarvie, that they and their successors for ever hereafter, can, and may, from time to time, elect, and choose two fit and proper persons to be Burgesses to attend and sit in every parliament hereafter to be summoned, appointed, and held within our said kingdom of Ireland. And that such persons so hereafter to be appointed to sit and attend in Parliament, as Burgesses for the said town, can, and may freely, lawfully, and without fear, treat and consult of such matters and things which to them there shall be set forth and declared, and thereupon to render their votes and suffrages as any other burgesses, of any other ancient borough within our said kingdom of Ireland, might, or could do, or heretofore was accustomed to do. And further we, will, and by these presents for us, our heirs and successors, with the advice and consent. aforesaid, and according to the tenor of our aforesaid letters, do strictly enjoin and command, that whenever a Parliament hereafter to be summoned in our said kingdom of Ireland, the sheriff of us, our heirs and successors of our county of Antrim aforesaid for the time being, by virtue of a, writ directed to him for the electing of knights, citizens, and burgesses for such Parliament, shall make and send his precept to the Seneschal of the Manor of Killultagh for the time being (within which Manor the said town is situate), for the making such election in and for the aforesaid town of Lisburne, alias Lisnagarvie, in the same form as such precept to any ancient borough, in such case, was accustomed to be sent; which Seneschal, also, we strictly enjoin and command that such precept to him to be directed, in all things to execute, and to cause such election to be made, and to return in such manner and form as in any other borough of our said kingdom of Ireland, usually, or anciently was made, or now ought to be done,, notwithstanding that the inhabitants of the said town are not Incorporated, and any law, statute act, ordinance, or any thing whatsoever made to the contrary thereof, in any wise notwithstanding. Willing, moreover, and granting that these our letters patent, or the involvement thereof, shall be in and by all things firm, good, valid, sufficient, and effectual in the law against us, our heirs and successors as well in all the courts of us as elsewhere-wheresoever within our said kingdom of Ireland, without any other confirmation, license, or tolleration from us, our heirs or successors, hereafter to be procured or obtained. Notwithstanding the ill naming, or ill reciting, or not reciting the said cathedral church, and notwithstanding any defect in the certainty of the premises, and any other thing, cause, custom, or statute, in any manner to the contrary notwithstanding. Altho' express mention of the true yearly value or certainty of the premises, or either of them, or of any other gifts or grants, by us or by any our progenitors, heretofore being made in these presents, any statute, act, ordinance, or provision; or any other thing, cause, or matter whatsoever, to the, contrary of the premises in any wise notwithstanding. In witness whereof, we have caused these our letters to be made patent, witness our aforesaid Lieutenant-General of our said kingdom of Ireland, at Dublin, the 27th day of October, in the 14th year of our reign."

It would seem that the intention of this charter was never carried out as far as the endowment for the Cathedral services were concerned. " The several impropriations appointed and granted by us for the augmentation of the revenues of the Church, such allowances, pensions, stipends, and salaries for divine services to be performed in the Cathedral Church afore said" were never made. This is the more remarkable when we remember that Bramhall was Primate, Jeremy Taylor was Bishop, and the matter was left to them, and the Governor General, who was the Duke of Ormond ; all of them great Churchmen. But the fact remains, they established a Cathedral without giving any means for its upkeep. Perhaps this is why there is so little about it in contemporary documents. The matter is not mentioned in Rawdon's letters to Conway. The parish registers and vestry books speak of the "Parish Church of Lisburn or Blaris." No Dean of Connor resided in Lisburn. George Rust and John Walsh were Deans of Connor and Rectors of Lisburn, but never resided in Lisburn. It would even appear that the members of the Chapter were installed in the old Parish Church of Connor, which was the Cathedral before 1662. The Chapter was never called the Chapter of Christ Church, Lisburn, but to this day the Chapter of St. Saviour's, Connor. Classon Porter, in his "Ulster Biographies," quotes from the register of the Consistorial Court: "The Rev. Jonathan Swift read Divine service and preached in the Parish Church of Connor in presence of Alexander Stewart, Simon Fitzpatrick, Edward Somerville, and Osborne Ketteringham ; the certificate with respect to Connor was necessary because Connor was the seat of the old Cathedral of the Diocese, and the new Prebendary required to be installed there." The part of the charter relating to the members of Parliament was acted upon; one of the earliest was Edward Harrison, son-in-law to Bishop Jeremy Taylor. Edward Harrison's son was also a member for Lisburn; the latter received a terrible (but probably unjust) castigation from Swift in "The Legion Club."