LISBURN CATHEDRAL AND ITS PAST RECTORS WITH AN APPENDIX.

BY
THE Very REV. W. P. CARMODY, M.A.,
DEAN OF DOWN.

Published by
R. CARSWELL & SON, Ltd., BELFAST. 1926.

 

The following are the inscriptions on the tablets in the Cathedral:

NAVE-SOUTH.

"Well done thou god and faithful servant;
Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
Near this stone is deposited the body
of Mrs. Alice Smyth,
Daughter of Capt. Brent Smyth, of Dublin,
Who died in the 45th year of her age,
To the world a loss, to herself an infinite gain;
A superior understanding
And a most sweet and generous temper.
Always employed in the practise of religion
Both to God and man,
And improved by the purest influences of it,
Made her such an amiable pattern of virtue
As we never knew to be excelled.
Such was her whole life
And her death was equal to it.
Go reader and do thou likewise
That thy soul may be happy with her's,
When like her's thy body shall moulder in the grave
And this world be nothing to thee.
Her only sister and her husband,
In return for numberless favours
And that so much virtue may not be forgotten,
Have with the deepest sorrow for her death
Erected this monument to her memory,
Well knowing the meanwhile that it is more criminal
To write and publish than to speak a lie.
She was born February the 13th, 1706.
Died May 31, 1751.

Sacred
To the memory of the
Rev. Ralph Bridge, A.B.,
Curate of Lisburn.
Ob 15 Jan., 1838, 31
From Typhus Fever
Contracted in the performance
Of his duties.

"The friend, the son, the Christian, the Divine;
Let those who knew him, those who loved him, speak,
" Thus speaks the Rector And certain of the parishioners
"Who knew and loved him."
And
Who have, caused this tablet
To be erected.
1838


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NAVE-NORTH.

In sacred and ever-loving
Memory of
Oswald Ross Swanzy, D.I.,
Royal Irish Constabulary,
Who gave his life in Lisburn,
Sunday, 22nd August, 1920.

And of all his Gallant Comrades who
Like him have been killed in the
Unfaltering discharge of their duty
And in the service of their country.

"Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a
Crown of Life."

Erected by his mother and Irene his sister.

Pro Patria
To commemorate the self-sacrifice
Of Garratt Primrose Jenkins,
Second Lieutenant, R.F.A.,
Who gave up his young life in his
Country's defence in the Great War.

This tablet is erected as a mark of sympathy with his Father,
Major A. P. Jenkins,
11th, Battalion Royal Irish Rifles,
Who suffered wounds and imprisonment in the same Cause,

By his colleagues o f the Lisburn Urban District Council, 1917


VESTIBULE.

Sacred to the Memory
Of
Annie, born August 6th, 1851, died April 26th, 1852
John William Lake,
Born July 25, 1851, died August 10th, 1854.
The infant children of John Henry Mercer, Esq.,
Captain Royal Marines, and Annie, his wife.
The daughter of William Lake, Esq.,
O f "Woodstreet House," near Sittingbourne, Kent.

S.M. also of Elizabeth Frances,
The infant daughter of Capt. Arthur Hill Hasted Mercer
And Elizabeth Ann, his wife,
Daughter of Major R. N. Ord, K.H.,
Deputy-Lieutenant for the County of Essex,
Who died June 5th, 1849.

S.M. also of Captain Henry Mercer, second son of
Colonel Edward Smyth Mercer, R.M., late Commandant
Of the Plymouth Division, who died July, 22nd, 1855,
Leaving a wife and daughter to lament his loss.

Sacred to the Memory also of
Captain Henry Mercer, Royal Artillery,
Youngest son of Colonel Edward Smyth Mercer,
Who fell in action
At Rangiriri, New Zealand,
On the 20th Nov., 1868, while leading in forlorn hope
His escort o f Artillerymen
To retrieve the losses of that disastrous day.
Aged 38 years.

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"I deeply deplore, in common with, all under my command the loss the Service has sustained in the death of Captain Mercer, commanding Royal Artillery in this Colony, who died from the effects of the wound he received whilst gallantly leading his men to the assault on the Redoubt. I regard it as a serious misfortune that the force should be deprived at such a moment of the services of so able and energetic an officer. "

Extract from Despatch, dated camp, Rangiriri, Nov. 26, 1868, of Major-General Sir Duncan Cameron, K.C.B., To the Right Honourable the Secretary of State for War.


NAVE-NORTH.

" Go thou and do likewise."
Erected
To the memory of Rowley F. Hall, Esq.,
Attorney at Law,
By personal friends in Lisburn,
In testimony of their affection and of his worth.
In the discharge of the laborious duties
Of his profession
He was more studious to prevent litigation
Than to derive emolument.
He exemplified the conduct, of the Good Samaritan
In visiting and relieving the sick and afflicted
In seasons of epidemic and infectious disease.
He was indefatigable in promoting
The education of the poor
And the charitable institutions of this parish
Of the practice of religion and virtue.
The uniform tenor of his life
Afforded a bright, example.
Died September 22nd, 1826,
In the 39th year of his age.


NAVE-NORTH.

In ever loving memory
of
Colonel Theophilus Higginson,
Companion of the Bath,
Fourth son of H. T. Higginson, M.A., J.P.,
Of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, and Carnalea House,
Co. Down, who died at Farnham, Surrey,
30th August,, 1903,
Aged 64.
" The gift of God is Eternal Life through
Jesus Christ our Lord "


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NAVE-NORTH.

In Loving memory of Marianne,
The dearly beloved and devoted wife of the
Rev. Samuel Clarke.
She departed to be with Christ On 30th September, 1888, Aged 61 years.
" For ever with the Lord."


VESTIBULE.

Sacred
To the memory of
Edward Smyth Mercer,
Lieutenant 94th Regiment,
Who died at Umballa, East Indies,
On the 25th April, 1867,
Aged 23 years.
Erected by his brother officers,
In token of their esteem.


NAVE-NORTH.

Perseverance.
To the Glory of God,
Sacred to the memory of
Eleanor Frances Hawkshaw,
Daughter of the late Lieut.-Col. John Stewart Hawkshaw,
31st (Huntingdonshire) Regt. and 91st (Argyllshire)
Highlanders,
Of Divernagh, Co. Armagh, and Blaris Lodge,
Co. Antrim.
She died in Dublin, Feb. 7, 1907, in her 93rd year.
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day and for ever."


NAVE--NORTH.

In loving memory of
William Graham, of Lisburn,
Who died on the 23rd August, 1850,
N'oubziez Aged 66 years.

His wife,
Elizabeth Graham,
Who died on the 19th Feb., 1865, aged 77 years,

And their children, William Graham, who
Died on the 27th July, 1889, aged 62 years,
And Anne Graham, who died on the
19th October, 1892, aged 72 years.

"Until the day break and the shadows flee away."


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NAVE-NORTH.

MEMORI∆ ,SACRUM. REVDI VIRI GUY ATKINSON, D.D.
Per nmltos annos Parochiae de Ahoghill
Rectoris,
Obiit vicessimo quarto die Octobris, 1804,
nonaginta et Septem annos natus,
Nec non
Uxoris ejus observantissimae
JAN E ATKINSON,
Quae obiit tricessimo die Decembris, 1798,
anno aetatis suae sexagessimo secundo
et
Mariae filice eorum unicae,
uxoris Revdi Georgii Golding
quae hanc vitam reliquit,
Novembris vicessimo sexto die, 1793,
novendecim annos nata,
Reliquae earum mortales
in Cemeterio vicino conquiescunt.


NAVE-NORTH.

Sacred
To the
Memory
Of
Major Robert Bell Fulton.
of the Bengal Artillery,
Who died at, Futteyghur, in Hindoostan, on the 11th
May, 1836, aged 47 ,years.

As a soldier, keenly alive to the honour of his profession, he filled several high and responsible staff appointments
with acknowledged zeal, talent, and integrity. As a friend he was generous, affectionate, and constant; as a Christian, humble, devout, and sincere.

To record, in his native town, the high character he established in that distant land
 

THIS CENOTAPH
is inscribed by his Brother Officers and Friends,
Who have also erected a suitable monument over his grave in the
FORT OF FUTTEYGHUR.


NAVE-SOUTH.

In Loving Memory of
Major Thomas Roger Johnson-Smyth,
Of the 68th Regt. Durham Light, Infantry, age 42.
Who was killed whilst gallantly leading
his men at the action of Vaal Kranz.
Natal, South Africa, on the 5th Feb. 1900.

"They that, sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him."


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NAVE-SOUTH.

HUGH M'CALL, 1805-1897.
One who was given to Philanthropy,
Justice and Truth,
A Journalist without fear.
An Accurate Historian,
A Painstaking Chronicler.
This Tablet
Is Placed Where He Worshipped
To His Remembrance By His Friends.
This, above all, to thine own self be true,
and it must follow, as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man.


NAVE-NORTH.

Malo Mori Quam Foedari.
Erected
In Memory of Henry T. Higginson, Esq.,
A.M., T.C.D., and J.P. for Counties of Antrim
and Down., formerly of this Parish, and for
50 years Registrar of the Diocese of Down
and Connor, who died at Carnalea House,
County Down, 20th June, 1869, aged 71 years.
And
Of His Wife, Charlotte, who died at Carnalea
House, 15th June, 1875, aged 75 years.
And
Of their children, Thomas E. Higginson, Lieut.
39th Regiment Bengal Infantry, who died in
India, 20th January, 1850, aged 22 years.
Charles H. Higginson, C.E., who died at Trenton.,
U.S. America, 7th April, 1869, Aged 39 years.


NAVE-NORTH.

Erected by Personal Friends, To The Memory of
Thomas Johnson Smyth, R.N.,
Lieutenant of Her Majesty's Frigate Juno,
who lost his life in a heroic attempt to save
the lives of a boat's crew, upset in the surf
off the coast of California, 16th May, 1846,
Aged 29 years.
He was an honour to the service, esteemed by
His Captain and beloved by his
Shipmates and Friends.


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NAVE-NORTH.

To the Glory of God,
and In Memory of
Colonel James Graham,
Son of
William and Elizabeth, Graham,
of Lisburn,
Who Died at, Wimbledon, Surrey,
On April 26th, 1905,
Late H.E.I.C., 14th N .I. Regiment,
and Bengal Staff Corps, 1849-1879,
Served in the Indian Mutiny Campaign, Including
The Seige and Capture of Lucknow, 1857-1858.
Erected by His Widow and Children,
1905.


NAVE-NORTH.

Sacred
To The Memory of
 

George Whitla Died 1831 aged 66
Margaret, His Wife " 1842 " 74
William, Their Son " 1861 " 69
Elizabeth, His Wife " 1886 " 75

Their Children:

     
John " 1842 " 7
Sydney Herbert " 1853 " 10
Seymour Conway " 1853 " 8
Elizabeth Clarke, wife of T. P. Carr, R.I.C " 1871 " 34
Eleanor Margaret, wife of Col. L. M. Buchanan, C.B. " 1877 " 39
Emma Hardcastle Haldane, wife of Major H. Lucas " 1899 " 58

"If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus, will God bring with Him" :- Thess. iv., 14.

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VIVE UT VIVAS.

NAVE-NORTH.


ET. VI. ET. VIRTUTE.
Sacred
To The Memory
Of Thomas Robert Stannus, B.A., J.P.,
Of Magheraleave, Lisburn,
Eldest son of The Late Very Reverend James Stannus.
Dean of Ross and Rector of Lisburn.
Born 21st September, 1818,
Died 8th November, 1907.

The Memory Of The Just Is Blessed."


NAVE-NORTH.

In memory of One who lived a life of Faith in the Son of God,
Blessed herself in blessing others. It was her
High privilege to spend and be spent in the service
Of Him "Who loved her and gave Himself for her."
TO
JANE DEBORAH,
Eldest daughter of the late Hugh Moore, of Eglantine
And Mount Panther, in the County of Down, Esquire,
Formerly Captain in the 5th Dragoon Guards,
And of Priscilla Cecilia, his wife.
This tablet

Is erected by those who knew her worth and mourn her loss.
She died "looking unto Jesus,"
December 6, 1863, at Warren Cottage, Lisburn.
"Be thou Faithful unto Death."


To the
Glory of God,
And
In brotherly and loving memory
Of one whose name in this parish will be
Held in loving remembrance,
REVD. HARTLEY HODSON, D.D.,
Canon of Cairncastle,
And for seven years Rector of Lisburn,
Who died February 3rd, 1884, aged 66 years.


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THIS TABLET
Was erected by the Orangemen of the District of
Lisburn, in testimony of the regard felt by
Them towards one who for many years was
Identified with their Institution, and who in.
The most critical times of their history, when
Ministering in Christ Church, Lisburn, held the
Office of District Master.


CHANCEL-NORTH.

To the Glory of God, and to Commemorate
The 60 years faithful Ministry in the Diocese, of
THE REVD. WILLIAM DAWSON POUNDEN, B.A.,
Rector of Lisburn, and Treasurer of Connor.
This Brass has been placed here by
The Primate of All Ireland, and The Bishop of the Diocese
And His Brother Clergy,
In whole-hearted Affection and Admiration,
For a Brother greatly beloved in the Lord,
September, 1915.


NAVE-NORTH.

This tablet is erected
To the memory of
Major Charles Johnson Nicholson,
Of the Bengal Staff Corps,
And brother of Brigadier-General Nicholson.
At Doomaee,
On his way to join his station he died,
On the 18th. December, 1832,
From the effects of a wound received at Delhi,

Also to the memory
Of his wife, Lizzie Nicholson,
Who died of decline, at Cheltenham. One, the 17th May, 1833,
Surviving her husband only five months.
" They were lovely and pleasant in their Lives,
And in their death they were not Divided."
2nd Samuel, 1-23.


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VESTIBULE.

S.M. John .Mercer, Esq., from Scotland, died about ............... A.D., 1636
Captain John, son of the above, died ........................................A.D., 1650
John, of Castle Robin, Derryaghy, son of the above, died ... .....A.D., 1726
John Mercer, Esqr., o f Hillhall Court, son of the above, died .. A.D., 1731
John, son of the above, also of Hillhall Court, died .................. A.D., 1814
Samuel, eldest son of the above, died ......................................A. D., 1839
John, 3rd, son of the above, died ........................................... A. D., 1843
Waring, 5th. son of the above, died .........................................A.D., 1810
 

also

Edward Smyth Mercer, Esq., youngest son of the above,
Died Decr. 24th, 1847. He entered the Royal Marines
1797, and for upwards of half-a-century, and during
the Wars of that period, served his King and country with
Zeal, gallantry and honour. He died while Colonel,
Commandant of the Plymouth Division. His parting
Advice to his four sons, also engaged in the service of
Their country, was to live honourable, as soldiers, united
As brothers, and sincere as Christians. His last, days
Were those of the Christian soldier, and his best epitaph
Is engraved on the sorrowing hearts of his widow and his
Children.

Arthur Hill, ,2nd son of the above, died
A.D., 1848, aged 86.

Henry Beauchamp, fourth son of the above,
Who died May 26th, 1852.

S.M., also of Nelly, the lovely, amiable and affectionate
Wife of Edward Smyth Mercer, Esquire, Captain
H.M. 34th Regiment, and daughter of Thomas
Turner, Esquire, of Arcot and Palmanair, in the
East Indies, who died June the 1st, 1852, aged 26
Years.

Also three of her children,
Edward Smyth, Arthur Hill Hastedd, Henry Beauchamp,
Who died in infancy..


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REREDOS.

To the Glory o f God
And in loving memory of
Walter Charter Boomer, M.C.,
Captain 12th Batt. R.I.R.,
Ulster Division,
Who died of wounds
On the 2nd October, 1918.
Aged 27 years
Buried in
Molenhoek Military Cemetery,
Becelaere, Belgium.

[Below this is a smaller tablet on which is inscribed]:
Re-Initerred Dadizeele
New British Cemetery,
August, 1920.


CHANCEL-NORTH,

To the Glory of God
And in ever-loving memory of
Rev. Edward P. Riddall, M.A.,
For 10 years
Honorary Curate Assistant of this Parish
He died 30th June, 1922.
Erected by the Parishioners
As a mark of their affection and esteem.
"A servant of Jesus Christ."
                                       Rom. i., 1.


FLOOR OF OLD CHANCEL.

Beneath this place is buried
Sir George Rawdon, Bart., 1684,
Who defeated the Rebels at Lisburn
In the Great Rebellion, 1611.

Also is buried here his son,
Sir Arthur Rawdon.
1695


CHANCEL-NORTH.

Thomas Ross, O.B. 1756, t 74.
Wife; three sons; three daughters.
Edward Ross, O.B. 1768, t. 46.
Mary Ross, O.B. 1765, t. 36.
Elinor, wife of Snowdon Cupples,
D.D., Rector Lisburn, Vicar General
Down and Connor, O.B. 1828, t. 57.
Elinor Cupples., O.B. 1803, t. 3.
Charles Cupples, M.D.R.A., O.B. 1848, t. 57.
Rest beneath this Chancel.
1889.

[Finis.]


 

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