The present Rector of Lisburn is:
THE REV. JOHN S. TAYLOR.
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
CURATES OF LISBURN CATHEDRAL.
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
CHURCHWARDENS OF LISBURN CATHEDRAL.
The earliest record of Churchwardens is to be found in 1667, and for that
year only one is mentioned.
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.
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
1689-Richard Fitzachery and Thomas Lassels.
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.
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.
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
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
1714-15-16--Mr. William Seed and Mr. John Busby.
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
1723-No, record for this year.
1724-Mr. Henry Close and Mr. William Wogan.
1725-Mr. Ambrose Towle and Mr.
1726-27-Mr. John Reed and Mr. Anthony Carter.
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
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
1745-William Close and Richard Roberts.
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
1754-Thomas Bingham and Robert Fulton.
1755-Cornelius Carlton and
1756-Thomas Mussen and Francis Burden.
1757-William Dillon and David Betty.
1758-William Johnson and Andrew Shanks.
1759-Reney Bullmer and James
1760-Arthur Johnson and John Whitla.
1761-Samuel Betty and John
1762-William Wheeler and John Fulton.
1763-James McBurney and John
1764--Mr. Edward Ross and Mr. Thomas Betty.
1765-John Kinley and
1766-Saml. Townsend and John Stirling.
1767-Mr. Lewis Hastings
and Mr. David Willson.
1768-Mr. Roger Johnson and Mr. Henry Welsh.
James Higginson and Mr. George Masklin.
1770-Mr. George Tandy and Mr. Robert
1771-Robert Duncan and Edward Peers.
1772-Mr. Cornelius Carlton and Mr.
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
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
1787-John Crossley and Richard Greer.
1788-Mr. Joseph Garner and
Mr. Thos. Hunter.
1789-90-George Morewood and Roberts Mussen.
William Hogg and Mr. William Johnston.
1792-Mr. Richard Barnsley and Mr.
1793-Mr. John M'Dowell and Mr. William Dillon, jun.
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.
1798-Mr. James Pelan and Mr. Edward Phillips.
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.
1807-Mr. John Marshall and Mr. James Williams.
Arthur Davis and Mr. James Hodgens.
1809-Mr. Matthew Mussen and Mr.
1810-Mr. James Richardson and Mr. Matthew Jordan.
William Phillips and Mr. John Woods.
1812--Mr. William Calbeck and Mr.
1813-Mr. James Stewart and Mr. William Johnson.
Thomas Higginson and Mr. Henry Fisher.
1815-Mr. Thomas Johnson Smyth and Mr.
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.
William Higginson and Mr. George Pelan.
1821-Mr. Robert Stewart and Mr.
1822-Mr. Robert M'Call and Mr. Henry Magee.
1823-Hugh Seeds and
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
1832-Messrs. John Woods and James Ward.
1833-Mr. William Collins
and Mr. John Reid.
1834-Mr. Samuel Gamble and Mr. George Major.
Thomas Beckett and Mr. John Chapman.
1836-Mr. Robert Mussen and Mr. Thomas
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
1842-Mr. William Bullick and Mr. Henry Seeds.
Coulson and John Jefferson.
1844-Mr. John Heron and John Campbell.
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.
Henry John Garrett and Richard Murray.
1850-Mr. James Mussen and Mr. Michael
1851-Messrs. Thomas Sharp and Edward Lemon.
1852-Thomas Sharp and
1853-Mr. Henry John Garrett and Mr. George Pelan.
1854-Mr. Robert Stewart and Mr. Michael Linn.
1855-Mr. James Ward and Mr.
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.
1862-Mr. Robt. Barbour and Mr. James Cairns.
David Beatty and Redmond Jefferson.
1864-Mr. J. K. Green and Mr. George
1865-Mr. H. J. Manley and Mr. Jacob Bannister.
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.
1870-71-Mr. James Mack and Mr. Ralph Robson.
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.
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
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.
George St. George and Mr. W. J. Greene.
1899-Mr. John Trousdell and Mr. W.
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.
Charles M'Gowan and Mr. Robert Bannister.
1907-Mr. W. H. Hancock and Mr.
1908-Mr. T. J. English and Mr. Robert M'Creight.
Joseph Lockhart and Mr. W. J. Wilson.
1910-Mr. Robert M'Creight ,and Mr.
1911-Mr. Joseph Lockhart and Mr. T. J. English.
Robert Bannister and Mr. Samuel Greenfield.
1913-Mr. H. V. Pegg and Mr.
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
1920-Mr. Samuel Greenfield and Mr. James Shanks.
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
LISBURN CATHEDRAL REGISTERS.
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
|The Registrie of the Church of Lisnagarvie
|Called Sainct Thomas Church
|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
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
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,
The Register of Burials begins 1st January, 1661, and ends 28th August,
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
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.
REGISTER OF BAPTISMS,
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
REGISTER OF MARRIAGES,
9th December, 1739, to 17th December, 1761.
REGISTER OF BURIALS,
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
REGISTER OF BAPTISMS.
26th March, 1750, to 11th June, 1750. 11th October, 1763, to 30th December,
REGISTER OF MARRIAGES.
19th July, 1763, to 30th July, 1792.
REGISTER OF BURIALS.
7th October, 1763, to 5th February, 1779. 17th August, 1781, to 26th
REGISTER OF BAPTISMS.
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.
REGISTER OF MARRIAGES.
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.
REGISTER OF BAPTISMS.
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
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
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
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
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.
THE REV. THOMAS HASLAM.
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,
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,
There is in Lisburn an old street called Haslam's Lane. Possibly he may
have had his school and dwelling place there.
THE CHARTER OF LISBURN.
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."