Seagoe Parish Magazine.
J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Carrickblacker Ave.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
Rector's—JOHN H. TWINEM.
CLERGY WILL ESTEEM IT A FAVOUR IF
IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE INFORMED
CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY.
February 1st—Service in Bocombra at 8 p.m.
2nd—Mid-week Service in Edenderry at 8 p.m.
3rd—Levaghery Sunday School Prize-giving.
6th—5th Sunday after Epiphany.
8th—Mothers' Union Meeting.
9th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry at 8 p.m.
10th—Prize-giving for Edenderry Morning and
Afternoon Sunday Schools.
Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.
16th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry at 8 p.m.
17th—Drumgor Sunday School.
23rd—Mid-week Service, Edenderry, at 8 p.m.
24th—Bocombra Sunday School prize-giving.
Service in Hacknahay at 3.30 p.m.
On January 4th, 1938, Seagoe Rectory and lands
were sold by public auction for £l,105. Seagoe Rectory had a long history; according to the late Chancellor Archer, the Vicars and Rectors of Seagoe resided
on or near the present site for about 800 years.
There is, in the present Rector's possession, a notebook composed by Archdeacon Saurin, in his own handwriting, dated 9th September, 1868. In this interesting composition there is a note referring to the ' Glebe Houses" which reads :—" The first notice on
record of a Glebe House is found in a fragment preserved by a man named Richd. McCaghly, and was found amongst old papers, of his father's, who
tho' a Roman Catholic was Parochial Schoolmaster
and Vestry Clerk, during which time he professed
Protestantism, he died a Roman Catholic, and brought
up his children as such.
[Dean Dawson here has written in an explanatory
note, which reads This fragment is a Terrier of
Glebe lands, House, etc., and is in the handwriting of
Rev. Arthur Forde, Vicar of Seagoe, 1730-1748. It is
dated, i.e., this fragment, 1742]. In this fragment
referred to above we read: "A Glebe House, part of
which is built with lime and stone, part with brick
and a part with clay and straw wrought into a kind of
mortar called ' mud.' That part which is built with
stone and brick is in good repair, the other part is
mostly in a ruinous way, both timber and walls being
almost .rotten and decayed, some part of said house
is covered with shingles, but the greater part is
thatched with straw, an out-house of lime and stone,
covered with shingles, which was the ancient Glebe
House, but is now of little use, being a long time much
out of repair. A cow-house of brick and lime, three
stables and a barn, the walls thereof are of mud, and
all thatched. A kitchen garden containing about two
acres of ground, well enclosed and planted.
" This House is supposed to have been built about
1660 (i.e. the ancient Glebe House mentioned in the
above extract) upon a site near the graveyard. The
walls of the present Glebe House were built about
1760 (?) by the Rev. Arthur Forde, by whom the
site was changed to its present position (?) [Dean
Dawson has inserted a question mark at the end of
the preceding sentence and adds this note
Rev. Arthur Forde was Vicar of Seagoe 1730-1748; if
the present Glebe House was built by him it must.
have been at an earlier date. Probably the house
built by Mr. Forde is that described in the extract
The house has been thoroughly overhauled by the
present Incumbent (i.e., by Archdeacon Saurin) under
memorial and a certificate signed by the Lord Bishop
for £l,160. The cost was borne by the Incumbent, it is
at present (A.D. 1868) an excellent House and in perfect repair."
The capital sum paid off on the Rectory some years.
ago by the parish did not mean that the parish had
bought it out for themselves; it meant that they paid
down a capital sum to wipe out a yearly charge for
repairs or renovations, and very likely this charge
was for the repairs carried out by Archdeacon
Saurin, which were never cleared off but remained
on the parish as an annual charge.
The above historical note is interesting and enlightening. It shows that the parishioners of Seagoe
were not responsible for either the building or its
reconditioning, but the march of time has brought
many changes. Two years after Archdeacon Saurin
wrote the above-mentioned note the Church of Ireland was dis-established and disendowed, i.e., the
Church lost all state grants, and the Church people
had to shoulder the burden of financing their Church
—a burden which both laity and clergy alike shouldered with courage, foresight and success. At
disestablishment in 1870 all Church property was vested
in the Representative Church Body—the newly-formed corporation to hold and manage all Church
property and finance, and so since 1870 Seagoe
Rectory has been the Property of the Rep. Church
The Select Vestry of Seagoe ever since 1870 have
been simply the Trustees. The income of the Rectors
of Seagoe before 1870 was £927 12s 2d per annum.
The dilapidated state of the Rectory and gardens in
1937 surely was an eloquent reminder, that things
could not go on as they had done during the last sixty
seven years. At the beginning of last year the task
of tackling the problem was forced upon the Select
Vestry, when at the Vacancy Commission held by the
Diocesan Glebes' Committee it was recommended that
steps should be taken to acquire or build a modern
Rectory as the old one was unsuitable owing to the
size and state of repair. Naturally this recommendation came as a surprise and the Select Vestry explored the present site. It was no pleasure to the members
of the Vestry to take the step they did, but realising
their responsibility as Trustees and their duty to the
parish and future incumbents they saw that the only
practical solution was to sell it if an economic price
was secured. This they have done in accordance
with the wishes of the owners, i.e., the Rep. Church
Body, on the recommendation of the Diocesan Architect and Glebes Committee and all the right thinking parishioners of Seagoe are confident that this was the
only solution, while at the same time every parishioner
naturally regrets that modern conditions and altered
circumstances necessitated the change, but after all
to be guided solely by it. Nothing in this world is
permanent, even our own bodies cease to be useful
to us and we abandon them. To expect a Rectory to
last for ever in a transitory and changing world would
be madness. Seagoe Rectory served its purpose for
centuries, but the time has come, when it could no
longer be used as such, and so it passes into the hands
of an old Seagoe man whom we are glad to welcome
back again amongst us, and we wish Mr. Best and his
family prosperity and happiness in their new home,
NEW RECTORY FUND.
We acknowledge below, with thanks, amounts
already received. Will all those who have promised
yearly or half-yearly subscriptions kindly send them
to the Hon. Treasurer, Mr. Murray Gibson, solicitor,
Church Place, as soon as possible.
AMOUNT RECEIVED TO DATE.
Adams, Mrs. J. £ 1 0 0
Binks, D. £ 0 5 0
Bradshaw, Mrs. £ 3 0 0
Campbell, Mrs. £ 0 5 0
Daunt, Rev. G. H. £ 1 0 0
Duke, Mrs. G. £ 1 0 0
England, John £ 5 0 0
Gracey, Miss E. £ 1 0 0
Montgomery, T. £ 0 2 6
Montgomery, Miss S. £ 5 0 0
Mitchell, J. £ 0 2 6
Mayes, J. H. £ 1 0 0
Marks, Mrs., Levaghery £ 0 10 0
M'Kerr, S. M. and family £ 0 10 0
M'Loughlin, Joseph £ 0 2 6
M'Kane, Mrs. Margaret £ 0 2 6
M'Murray, Robert, Levaghery £ 0 2 6
Neill, Miss E. and Robert £ 1 0 0
Preston, E. £ 1 0 0
Preston, Mrs. E. and P. £ 1 0 0
Porter, Mrs. M., Seagoe £ 5 0 0
Richardson, Mrs. £ 0 2 0
Sinnamon, H. £ 1 0 0
Stephens, J., Levaghery £ 1 0 0
Stephens, Miss D. £ 0 10 0
Sale of Cakes at Rectory £ 1 0 0
Twinem, J. H.
(Mrs. Campbell & Mrs. Allen) £0 8 0
Walker, S. £ 5 0 0
Quinn,James S. Levaghery Gardens£0 2 6
£37 5 0
DRUMGOR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
SOCIAL AND GAMES EVENING.
A very enjoyable social evening was spent by the
teachers, senior pupils and friends of above School
on Wednesday, 5th February. There was a very
large party present and one wondered how games
were going to be possible in such a crowded throng.
The first item was tea, gracefully served by the
teachers and senior girls, who were indeed responsible
for the entire catering. Ample justice was done
to the good things provided, after which the Superintendent
took the chair, and in a brief speech explained the object for which the social was held.
Having purchased a new organ for the use of the
school and its Services. it was hoped that the proceeds of the social might help to defray the cost. The Rector. being present, stated his pleasure at meeting
such a large family party; he congratulated the
Superintendent and teachers on their venture of
be successful; he wished them all a very enjoyable
evening. A short but very enjoyable programme was
then submitted, to which the following contributed:
—Songs, Messrs. W. D. Morrow, Wesley McCoy, and
Norman Lyttle; recitations, Master Sam Crabb. Last,
but not least, Mr. Joe Hynes was heard to advantage
in several humorous items, and he was also a tower
of strength to the Superintendent in the conduct of
the games. A notable feature of the evening was the
decoration of the School. Seldom has it been 'seen
to better advantage, and it was greatly admired by
all the visitors.
In the games which occupied the
major part of the evening the fun waxed fast and
furious, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
The proceedings finally terminated with the
singing of the National Anthem. The new organ Till
be dedicated (D.v.) on Sunday, 13th February, at 3
p.m. A further announcement will be made in the
Parish Church - ( W. H. )
DRUMGOR SUNDAY SCHOOL. PARISH OF
Statement of Income and Expenditure, Jan. to December, 1937.
To Balance, Jan. 1936 £1 14 8 ½
Church Services £2 4 3
Special Services £7 5 10
S. School Collections £7 2 7 ½
Collection for Missions £0 16 0
Subscriptions to wreath £1 2 1
Sales at Social £0 1 6
1 Book of Notes £0 1 0
Cash Received (Excursion) £0 12 8
Total £21 0 8
To Balance on hands, Jan. 1938 £3 14 5
By S. School Prizes £4 12 9
S. School Excursion £4 4 9
Printing Expenses £1 18 6
Postage Expenses £0 14 0
S. School Social £0 19 6
Coal and Light £0 10 9
Missions £0 16 0
School Rent £2 10 0
Caretaker £1 0 0
Balance on hands £3 14 5
Total £21 0 8
Amount subscribed by Sunday School to
S. A. Missionary Society £1 15 0
" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
Jan. 2nd—Albert Nicholas, son of James Henry and
Emma England, Ballyhannon.
" Those whom God hath joined together let no man
Jan. 27th—A1exander Quinn, Ballynaghy, and Adeline
" Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
Jan. 15th—Mary Anne Abraham, Lower Seagoe. aged
90 years, in Milltown.
Jan. 25th—Wi11iam Brown, Kernan, aged 76 years
Jan. 28th—Sarah Anne Gillespie, 12, Florence Court
Portadown, aged 54 years.
THE MOTHERS' UNION.
A general meeting of Seagoe Branch of the above
gas held on Tuesday, 11th January. in Seagoe P.E.
school. The Rev. W. F. Hayes presided in the unavoidable
absence of the Rector through illness. The
outgoing officers and committee were re-elected, with
the addition of Mrs. Appelbe to the committee.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February
8th, at 7.30 p.m., when an address will be given
by Mrs. McClure, of Tartaraghan.
Will the subscriber to W.F.O. for 1937, who returned
envelopes numbered 595 kindly put his or her name
on a piece of paper and drop it into the box in the
church porch or communicate directly with Mr. Moses
Gilpin, Secretary, immediately, as he cannot trace the
name of subscriber who used envelopes with the above
number. The name is needed immediately so that it
may appear in the Parish Financial Report, which
will be printed early next month.
ENTERTAINMENT IN EDENDERRY.
On Thursday, January 6th. there was a dramatic
entertainment in Edenderry Parochial Hall, at 8 p.m.,
when a play written and produced by Miss D.
Ashdown was performed, entitled " Gray Matter."
It was a great success, the acting was good,
and the clever plot kept up the interest of
the large audience to the finish. At the end
the Rector conveyed an informal vote of thanks to
Miss Ashdown, the stage manager. Mr. Mitchell, and
the artistes and orchestra for a splendid performance.
The proceeds will be divided between the British and
Foreign Bible Society and Parochial equipment
(probably a lantern for parochial purposes )
We print below a statement of the financial result:—
Gross Receipts £11 1 0
Printing of tickets; Sundries—Hire of
piano £1 15 6
Hire of Hall £0 15 6
Printing of play £2 0 0
Nett Receipts £6 10 0
Bocombra—Tuesday. February 1st, at 8 p.m.
Drumgor—Sunday, February 13th, at 3 p.m. Preacher, The Ven. A. G. Hannon, M.A., Archdeacon
of Dromore. The recently acquired musical instrument will be dedicated at this service.
Hacknahay—Sunday, February 27th, at 3.30 p.m.
Edenderry—Each Wednesday at 8 p.m.
This month we regret to record the passing from
among us of three old parishioners. Mrs. Abraham
belonged to the Parish of Milltown. but latterly she
resided with her daughter, Mrs. Ballantyne; William
Brown had passed the allotted span; Mrs. Gillespie
had been in failing health for some time. To all the
bereaved we offer our sincere sympathy. and pray
that. our Heavenly Father may comfort and strengthen
them in their sorrow.
Reprinted from the Cathedral of St. Anne Parish
Magazine. January, 1938.
THE HUGUENOT ANCESTRY OF THE REV.
JAMES SAURIN, VICAR OF BELFAST, 1747-1772.
By Professor Savorys M.A.
The Rev. James Saurin was of distinguished
Huguenot ancestry on both sides, as his father, Louis
Saurin, was descended from an ancient noble family
of Languedoc, while his mother, Mademoiselle
Henriette Cornel de la Bretonniere, was the daughter
of a nobleman of Normandy, who belonged to one
of the leading Protestant families of that Province.
The Saurins had taken a distinguished part on the
Protestant side in the Wars of Religion in the 16th
and 17th centuries. We find that one of them, Jean
Saurin, took part in the taking of the town of St.
George in 1622, and was killed in the attack on the
Bridge of Verune shortly after, while his brother was
sent by the Duke of Rohan, the leader of the Huguenots,
as his envoy to England in 1625, and returned to
France in 1628 bearing letters from King Charles i.
in which he exhorted the Duke of Rohan not to accept
any terms, and promised him the help of a third fleet
stronger even than the two first which he had already
sent to his aid. The son of the first of these brothers
was also called Jean. He became a distinguished
barrister at Nimes where he acquired a great reputation
and for three or four years was secretary to the
Academy in that town. He married a Protestant lady
named Hippolyte Tournier and had three sons. The
first, Jacques. who was born at Nimes on the 6th
January, 1677, was the great Protestant minister and
famous preacher, of whom we shall speak later. The
second was a captain in the English Army, and the
third, Louis Saurin, was the father of the Vicar of
Belfast. The latter's grandfather, Jean Saurin, to
whom we have already referred, escaped to Geneva
with his three sons after the Revocation of the Edict
of Nantes. He spent his time in Geneva in working
with La Bastide at a new metrical version of the
Psalms, and we learn from the Registers of the Council
of Geneva, under the date 1695, that " This work
was terminated by Monsieur Saurin, Barrister of
Nimes, who is endowed with great wisdom, honesty
and learning, possesses the French language in great
perfection, and is well-versed in poetry."
Louis Saurin, the father of the Vicar of Belfast,
was ordained as minister at Basle on the 17th May,
1705, as we learn from the archives of the French
church there. He then received a call to England and
became minister of the famous French church of the
Savoy. He was also one of the first Governors of the
French Hospital. In the spring of 1727 he was re-
commended to Dr. Boulter, Archbishop of Armagh, by
the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of
London, and the Irish Primate wrote to the Arch-
bishop of Canterbury
On Monday last Monsieur Saurin came to me
with your Grace's letter. I recommended him to
the Bishop of Kildare who installed him on Thurs-
day in the Chantership of Christ Church, and is
ready to do him what service lies in his power. I
am glad to hear so good a character of this gentle-
man from your Grace, and hope he may be of
service in this church. I shall very readily show
him all the favour I can."
We find his name mentioned very frequently in the
Registers of the French churches in Dublin as having
taken part in several Baptismal ceremonies. At the
date of his death in 1749 he was Dean of St. Patrick's,
He left four daughters and a son, James, who became
Vicar of Belfast in June: 1747, and subsequently
Prebendary of Connor. The latter married in 1754
Johnston, of -New Forge, County Antrim. He was
Vicar of Belfast till his death in 177'2. He had four
sons, all of whom were educated at the celebrated
French School of the Rev. Saumarez du Bourdieu,
minister for many years of the French church at Lisburn.
Vicar of Belfast, where he was baptized on the 18th
December, 1759. He entered Trinity College, Dublin,
at the early age of 14, on 8th July, 1774, became a
scholar in 1777 and took his B.A. degree in 1779. He
was ordained Deacon of Downpatrick in 1781. and
after being Curate of St. Doulough's. Dublin, became
Vicar of Rosenallis, Diocese of Kildare, in 1801, Rector
of Donaghmore, in the Diocese of Ossory, in 1807,
Dean of Cork in 1812, Archdeacon of Dublin in 1813,
Dean of Derry in 1818. He became Bishop of Dromore
in 1819, being consecrated at Armagh by the Primate
on the 19th December of that year. He was an
ardent Protestant, went on a deputation to King
George I V. against Roman Catholic emancipation,
and voted in the House of Lords against that measure
in 1829. He occupied the See of Dromore for 22 gears,
and died at Kingstown, County Dublin, on the 9th
April. 1842. He was the last Bishop of the separate
Diocese of Dromore, because at his death it was united
with Down and Connor under the provisions of the
Church Temporalities Act.
Of his two sons, James, the elder, became Fellow
Commoner of Trinity College, Dublin, in 1815, and took
his degree of B.A. in 1820. He became Vicar of
Aghaderg in 1822, and after holding various other livings,
including Seagoe, became Archdeacon of Dromore
in 1832. He died at Warrenpoint on the 11th
May, 1879. The second son of the Bishop, Mark
Antony, resided at Orielton, Pembrokeshire, and became
High Sheriff of that County in 1867.
Let us now go back to the second son of the Vicar
of Belfast, William, who was born in 1758, and was
also educated at the school of the Rev. Saumarez du
Bordieu at Lisburn. He entered Trinity College, Dublin,
in 1775, and was called to the Irish Bar in 1780.
He made a great reputation for himself as agent for
Mr. Ward . in the famous County Down Election of
1790. He was offered by the Government in 1798 the
post of Solicitor-General for Ireland, but refused to
accept this office as he was opposed to the union of
the British and Irish Parliaments. After the union,
however, the British Government was anxious to secure
his services, and in 1807 he accepted the position
of Attorney-General for Ireland, which post he held
for fourteen years. He acquired a great reputation as
an orator in the House of Commons, but he refused
both promotion to the Bench and a Peerage, and lived
to be Father of the Irish Bar. In " Public Characters"
for the year 1799-1800 it is stated that:—
" Mr. Saurin is low in stature; his countenance
is characteristic of French origin; it bespeaks
strongly a cool and sound judgment, a sagacious
understanding and a good heart. He is said to make
considerably more in his profession than any other
man at the Irish Bar. There appears, however, no
obvious or shining excellence in his manner of discharging
his forensic duties. His great merit as a
bar orator consists in the ingenuity of his statements,
his colouring, his selection of facts, and his
judicious arrangement of matter. He possesses
great legal knowledge, the result of laborious and
early reading; and he is characterised by a degree
of attention to business to which even a young and
poor man is seldom found to submit."
He died in 1839, revered and loved by all.
The Right Hon. William Saurin married on January
21st, 1786, Lady Mary O'Bryen, sister of William and
James, Second and Third Marquises of Thomond. His
eldest son, Admiral Edward Saurin, married on July
15th, 1828, Lady Mary Ryder, daughter of the First
Earl of Harrowby. His third son, Louis, maintained
the clerical tradition of the family became a Fellow
Commoner of Trinity College, Dublin, in July, 1809,
at the age of 17, took his B.A. degree in 1813, and became
Rector of Moira in 1821. He died suddenly at
his father's house in Stephen's Green, Dublin, on the
12th July, 1829.
We must now return to the most distinguished
member of the family. the Rev. Jacques Saurin, uncle
of the Vicar of Belfast. He was born at Nimes on the
6th January, 1677, and escaped with his father to
Geneva at the time of the Revocation of the Edict of
Nantes. Scarcely had he attained the age of 16 when
he was enrolled as a Cadet in the Regiment of the
Marquis of Ruvigny, who became Earl of Galway and
founder of the Huguenot Colony at Portarlington,
Queen's County. He took part in the campaign in
Piedmont where he fought with the Regiment on behalf
of the Duke of Savoy and against the King of
France, being anxious to avenge the terrible massacres
of Protestants carried out by the Dragoons of Louis
XIV. of which we have the most appalling
tions given us by eye-witnesses. I have before me as I
write the manuscript of one of these, who relates the
outrageous atrocities committed by these Dragoons
innocent and unocending Protestants at Montauban.
After the Duke of Savoy had deserted the Protestant
cause and made a treaty with France, young Saurin
returned to Geneva to continue the studies which had
been interrupted by the campaign. He completed his
course of Theology in 1699 and was ordained in 1700.
He accepted a call to the French Protestant church in
Threadneedle Street, London. in 1701, and married two
years later another Huguenot refugee named Catherine
Boitout. His health, however, had suffered from
the rigorous campaign in Piedmont, and as he could
not endure the damp of the London climate he was
recommended by his doctors to accept a call to the
Hague where, for twenty-five years, he was minister
to one of the French churches. He had already acquired
a great reputation as a preacher in London. and
Abbadie, the French Protestant Divine, who was no
mean judge, stated in all sincerity that it was hard to
say whether it was a man or an angel who was
speaking. His reputation at the Hague was extraordinary.
His church was so crowded that there was
not found standing room, and people stood outside at
the doors and even climbed the windows in the hope
of hearing the great preacher. The extempore prayer
which he made before the sermon deeply moved his
congregation, and another prayer at the close completed
the impression that was produced. Even today
when we read his sermons we cannot help being
deeply affected by their evident sincerity, their profound
spirituality and marvellous knowledge of the
Holy Scriptures. During his lifetime he published at
the Hague five volumes of his sermons, and their
success was so great that scarcely had an edition
appeared before it had to be reprinted. After his death
his son Philip published four more volumes of the sermons
of which several editions are known. That of
the Hague, published in 1749, is considered to be the
best, but we also have the editions published in
Lausanne in 1761 and in Paris in 1835. Even Roman
Catholic priests such as the Abbe Pichon and the Abbe
Gauchet published extracts from his sermons, the
former in 1768 and the latter in the following year.
An English translation of his principal sermons in Six
volumes appeared at Cambridge in 1796, copies Of
which are still to be found in many a country Rectory,
He is universally recognised as having been by far
the greatest of all the French Protestant preachers
and his eloquence has often been compared with that
of Bossuet. His epitaph at the Hague will form
fitting conclusion to this article:—
Saurin n'est plus! par lui l'eloquence chretienne
Brisait, attendrissait, desarmait tous les coeurs
11 prechait comme Paul, il mourut comme Etienne
Sans fiel, en pardonnant a ses persecuteurs.
D. L. SAVORY.
Download and save the “February 1938” seagoe parish Magazine:Download PDF
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.