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The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory for 1858-59: James Alexander Henderson

The Belfast And Province Of Ulster Directory For 1858-59.

(James Alexander Henderson, Publisher, News-Letter Office, Belfast, 1858.)
Volume IV.



The Fourth Volume of the “Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory is now presented to the Public, in the hope that the Work will be found useful as a guide to the increasing town of Belfast, and the counties and principal towns in the Province of Ulster.

News-Letter Office,
21st July, 1858.


Lurgan is a thriving market town, in County Armagh, 17 miles S.W. from Belfast, and on the line of the Ulster railway, for which the town is a station. The principal part of the town extends, for nearly a mile, along the Belfast and Armagh road, and is spacious, airy, well built, and remarkably clean. That which may be considered the suburban part of Lurgan is extensive, and has extended very much since 1851, principally on account of the increase and extension of the linen and cambric manufacturing, and also the granting of leases in perpetuity by Lord Lurgan. Several new streets are now laid off, and are rapidly filling up with buildings; there is also a very marked improvement in the old part of the town, particularly since the introduction of the Towns’ Improvement (Ireland) Act 1854.
Lurgan Castle Demesne, the seat of Lord Lurgan, proprietor of the town, extends along the north east of it, and the entrance is by an elegant lodge from near the centre of the street. The mansion was some years ago rebuilt in the Elizabethan style, with beautiful freestone brought from Scotland. The grounds, which are generally thrown open to the public, are richly embellished with thriving plantations, reflected in a fine sheet of water, and encompassed by a well kept gravel walk. The Court-house is a stone building, and the Diaper hall is a spacious building, erected in 1825.
The linen and cambric manufacture is the staple trade of Lurgan, and in producing the variety of fabrics, as lawns, diapers, damasks, (and of late years a large number of persons are employed in the manufacture of cambric handkerchiefs), &c., a large proportion of the population of the town and its vicinity are employed; while some of the establishments of the yarn and linen merchants are extensive. Two noted breweries, and the hotels, are the other principal establishments. The Belfast Banking Company, the Northern Banking Company, and the Ulster Bank have each a branch in operation here. A facility of intercourse with Belfast is afforded by Lough Neagh and the Lagan navigation.
The General Quarter Sessions of the county are held in Lurgan; and Petty Sessions every alternate Tuesday. A section of the constabulary police is stationed in the town, which has lately been made a first class station. The parish church of Shankill is a handsome structure, with a finely-proportioned octagonal spire, containing a good clock; the interior of the church is neatly fitted up, and furnished with a fine-toned organ. There are places of worship for Presbyterians, the Society of Friends, and Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists. The Roman Catholic parochial chapel is a gothic building.¬†The free-educational establishments are – a school supported by Erasmus Smiths’ charity, and an infant school solely supported by Lady Lurgan.
A Mechanic’s Institute is about to be established in the town. It was originated by William Watson, Esq., of New York, who, while on a visit to his native town, generously offered the princely sum of 1,000 guineas as a commencement.¬†His brothers, Francis and Hugh Watson, Esq., most liberally seconded his views, and subscribed ¬£500. The whole ¬£1,500 was to be paid on a similar sum being raised by the inhabitants. Lord Lurgan met this generous offer in a kindred spirit, and the sum of ¬£1,500¬†has also been subscribed by his lordship and the other inhabitants.¬†Arrangements have therefore been commenced for organizing the Mechanic’s Institute.
The other charities are a dispensary and a Union Workhouse. The market, which is held on Thursday, is abundantly supplied with provisions, and is, besides, a considerable one for the manufacturers of the town and district. Fairs, 5th August and 22nd November. Population in 1858, 6,800. 

POST OFFICE, Main Street ‚Äď Letters from Dublin, the south of Ireland, and England, arrive every morning at 3, and are despatched every evening at 9.15. Letters from Belfast, the north of Ireland, and Scotland, arrive every day at 12.36, and are despatched every day at 12.44. Letters from Antrim, and other parts of the north, arrive every evening at 8.40, and are despatched every morning at 9.15. Letters from Enniskillen, and the West, arrive every morning at 7.55, and are despatched every evening at 8.18.¬†¬†

COVEYANCES ‚Äď Railway trains (see Ulster Railway Company‚Äôs time tables). To Antrim, a mail car, from Post Office, every morning at 3.10. To Banbridge, a mail car, from Post office, every evening, at 9.15; and two cars from the train leaving Belfast at half-past four, which cars also arrive in Lurgan from Banbridge, in time for train leaving Lurgan for Belfast at 10.15 a.m.

LurganLordChairman - Town Commission
MalcolmJamesTown Commissioner
DonnellyArthurTown Commissioner
PaulW. W.Town Commissioner
MageeCharlesTown Commissioner
RossJohnTown Commissioner
LockhartGeorgeTown Commissioner
RodgersSamuelTown Commissioner
MurrayWilliamTown Commissioner
HancockJohn (J.P.)Town Commissioner
ArmstrongJamesTown Commissioner
DouglassJohnTown Commissioner
HazletonJohnTown Commissioner
McCroryJamesTown Commissioner
TOWN OFFICERS (Treasurer - Northern Banking Company)
GreerH. (Solicitor)Auditor
PentlandT. (Bank Manager)Auditor
RankinH. (C.E.)Surveyor and Town Clerk
RuddellJamesCollector of Rates
MaloneBryanInspector of Nuisances, Town Sergeant, &c.
MorrisWilliam B.Postmaster, Post Office - Main Street
FergusonJaneKeeper, Courthouse - Market Street
NeillWilliamKeeper, Bridewell - William Street
McElveyWilliamMaster - Union Workhouse
McCloskieHarrietMistress - Union Workhouse
HunterThomasClerk and Returning Officer - Union Workhouse
McCarronNealHead Constable - Constabulary Station
HannayRobert S.Surgeon, Dispensary - Market Street
MorrisW. B.Sub-distributor, Stamp Office - William Street
MinesW. J.Manager, Belfast Banking Company - Market Street
KinganR. W. D.Accountant and Cashier, Belfast Banking Company - Market Street
MontgomeryWilliam H. M.Assistant, Belfast Banking Company - Market Street
OultonCharlesManager, Northern Banking Company - Market Street
McFeeArthurAccountant and Cashier, Northern Banking Company - Market Street
PentlandThomasManager, Ulster Banking Company - Market Street
CardwellJohn A.Accountant and Cashier, Ulster Banking Company - Market Street
FlemingWilliam WeirAssistant, Ulster Banking Company - Market Street
WilkinsonJamesHead Clerk, Railway Station - William Street
NeillSamuelManager, Gas Works - William Street
KnoxRev. ThomasRector - Parish Church
CosgraveRev. Thomas (A.B.)Curate - Parish Church
--Vacant - High Street
HughesRev. MrWesleyan Methodist Chapel - High Street
WilsonMrMinister, Primitive Methodist Chapel - Castle Lane
O'BrienRev. Dr. (P.P.)Parish Priest, Roman Catholic Chapel - Back Lane
GribbenV. G.Curate, Roman Catholic Chapel - Back Lane
MurphyM. H.President - Young Mens Christian Association
DouglasN.Vice President - Young Mens Christian Association
MehaffyW.Vice President - Young Mens Christian Association
MathersH.Treasurer and Secretary - Young Mens Christian Association
MurphyMrCommittee - Young Mens Christian Association
DouglasMrCommittee - Young Mens Christian Association
MathersMrCommittee - Young Mens Christian Association
CherryA.Committee - Young Mens Christian Association
CourtenayMrCommittee - Young Mens Christian Association
RuddellJ.Committee - Young Mens Christian Association
RuddellJ.Librarian - Young Mens Christian Association
LURGAN MECHANIC'S INSTITUTE (in course of being funded)
WatsonFrancis, Esq.Trustee - Lurgan Mechanic's Institute
HancockJohn, Esq.Trustee - Lurgan Mechanic's Institute
ShawWilliam (M.D.)Treasurer and Secretary - Lurgan Literary Institute
BrennianW. H.Librarian in News Room - Public Subscription Library
ShawW. (M.D.)Secretary - Reading Room over Market-House
FRIENDLY SOCIETY (Established 1845)
KnoxRev. ThomasPresident - Friendly Society
ArmstrongJamesTreasurer - Friendly Society
BrennianW. H. N.Secretary - Friendly Society
FREE SCHOOL (Founded by Erasmus Smith's Charity)
ClarkeH.Male Teacher, Free School - North Street
AndersonAnnFemale Teacher, Free School - North Street
INFANT SCHOOL (Founded by the Dowager Lady Lurgan)
BullickMrs. WilliamTeacher, Infant School - Antrim Road
LURGAN DEMESNE CRICKET CLUB (Contains upwards of 30 members and meets for play three times weekly)
LurganLordPresident - Lurgan Demesne Cricket Club
CardwellJohn ArthurTreasurer - Lurgan Demesne Cricket Club
BairdWilliamSecretary - Lurgan Demesne Cricket Club
ArmstrongJamesMarket Street
ArmstrongThomasHigh Street
ArmstrongWilliamHigh Street
BoydJoseph HallChurch Square
BoydMrs. M.High Street
DouglasCharles (D.L, J.P)Gracehall
GreerJohn Waite (J.P)Woodvale
GreerMissHigh Street
GreerMiss CatherineWilderness
GreerMiss EdithWilderness
GirdwoodJohnHigh Street
HallMissHigh Street
HallMiss JaneHigh Street
HancockJohn (J.P)Market Street
HazlettMiss D.Market Street
HenningJohnCountry House, Waringstown
JohnstoneJohnHigh Street
LurganLord (Right Hon.)Brownlow House
MacounJohn AshfieldKilmore
MalcolmJamesHigh Street
MinesWilliam JamesHigh Street
MorrissWilliam B.Market Street
OverendMissChurch Square
OultonCharlesMarket Street
PaulWilliam W.Market Street
PentlandThomasMarket Street
WilsonJosephDerry Lodge
CosgraveThomas (A.B.)Curate - High Street
GilbertJonathanSurgeon and Apothecary - Church Square
GirdwoodWilliamSolicitor - High Street
GreerHenrySolicitor - High Street
HazlettJohnSolicitor - Church Square
HannyR. S.Surgeon and Apothecary - Market Street
KnoxRev. Thomas (A.M.)Rural Dean - Glebe House
MaclaughlinWilliam RossSurgeon and Physician to the Lurgan Workhouse - Market Street
MorrisRobertSolicitor - Market Street
O'BrienRev. Dr (P.P.)Vicar General - Chapel House, North Street
PentlandThomasManager of Ulster Bank - Market Street
RodgersSamuelSurgeon, &c, - Market Street
RankinHamiltonCivil Engineer, Town Clerk and Town Surveyor - William Street
ShawWilliamSurgeon, &c, - Market Street
WilsonRev. MrPrimitive Minister - William Street
AgnewEliziaPublican - Corner of Castle Lane
AlderdiceWilliamBuilder - Hill Street
AndersonJamesYarn Merchant, of Joseph Wilson & Co. - Church Square
AndersonJohn E.Seedsman - Market Street
AndersonRobertDamask and Dapier Manufacturer - Lawn Mount
AndersonWilliamCartwright - William Street
AndersonWilliamClerk - William Street
AndersonWilliamCabinet Maker - North Street
Armstrong and Mathers-Haberdashers, Silk Mercers, Woolen Drapers, Hosiers, &c. - Market Street
ArmstrongJamesArmstrong & Co., Timber, Coal, Iron, Meal and Flour Stores - Market Street
ArmstrongJamesArmstrong and Mathers - Market Street
ArmstrongRobertWholesale and Retail Grocer and Hardware Merchant - Market Street
ArmstrongThomasWatson, Armstrong & Co. - High Street
AtkinsonAnthonyBailiff for the Lurgan Estates - Kilmain Street
BellJohnDruggist - High Street
Bell & Co.ThomasCambric Handkerchief Manufacturers - Bellview
BerwickAnthonySaddler - William Street
BerwickJamesBaker - Queen Street
BlackJohnBoot and Shoemaker - Market Street
BlaneyJamesPublican - Market Street
BinghamClementsBoot and Shoemaker - Market Street
BrennianWilliamTeacher of English Classes - North Street
BrownWilliamQueen Street
BrownriggeJ.Professor of the French and Continental Languages, Civil Engineering, &c. - North Street
BullickJohnWheelwright - Market Street
BullickMosesWheelwright - High Street
BullickWilliamWarren, Bullick & Co. - High Street
BurnsJohnGrocer - Market Street
ByrneEllenLinen Hall Hotel - Church Square
CapperHannahMillinery and Bonnet Shop - Market Street
CapperJohnLinen Yarn Merchant - Market Street
Carlisle Bros.-Plumbers and Lead Merchants - Church Square
CarlisleWilliamMcCaw and Carlisle - Tagnavin
Clarke-Officer of Inland Revenue - Brownlow Arms Hotel
Clarkston-Foreman Cutter - Union Street
ChapmanJohnCoach Builder and Jobbing Smith - High Street
CherryAndrewWatch and Clock Maker, Jeweller, &c. - Market Street
Cherry Bros.-Cabinet Makers, &c. - Market Street
ClendinningJamesCambric Handkerchief Manufacturer - Union Lodge, Union Street
CochraneHughHall, Watch and Clock Maker - Frederick Place
ColvinHenryBuilder - Castle Lane
ColvinJamesCarpenter - North Street
ConnJosephGrocer and Provision Dealer - Market Street
CordnerJohnPainter and Glaizer - North Street
DinesJamesOld Clothes Dealer - Market Street
DonnellyArthurPublican, Grocer &c. - Market Street
DonnellyWilliamCarpenter - High Street
DornanJohnTailor - Castle Lane
DouganJamesReplevinger for Co. Armagh, Rent Agent and Proctor - North Street
DouglassJohnCambric Handkerchief Manufacturer - Market Street
DouglassGeorgeCambric Handkerchief Manufacturer - William Street
DouglassThomasGrocer - Queen Street
DowneyJohnBlacksmith - Black's Court
DuffyJamesBaker - Castle Lane
ElliottJohnLinen, Lawn and Diaper Manufacturer - High Street
EllisMrsPublican - Market Street
EllisonJohnWhitesmith, Bellhanger, &c. - Middle Row
EmersonThomasPublican - Market Street
EvansR. J.Printer and Stationer - Market Street
FalloonJohnChandler and Delf Dealer - High Street
FlemmingJohnSaddler - Market Street
FrenchJohnTinsmith - Middle Row
GaddissAndrewPublican - Market Street
GaffneyPeterTailor - High Street
GaskinJohnPublican - Market Street
GallagherJamesBlacksmith - Castle Lane
GilbertJohnGrocer, Flint and China Warehouse - Market Street
GilbertThomasGrocer - Market Street
GormanThomasLawn and Cambric Manufacturer - Knocknashane
GormanWilliamCarpenter - Charles Street
GreenM.Milliner - Market Street
GreerSamuelInspector of Weights and Measures for Lurgan District - North Street
HalfpennyHughTinsmith and Gasfitter - Castle Lane
HalfpennyWilliamTinsmith and General Gasfitter - Queen Street
HallJoseph HenryGeneral Grocer, &c. - High Street
HamiltonJamesButcher and Cow Jobber - Queen Street
HannaWilliamGrocer - High Street
HannayR. S.Surgeon and Apothecary - Market Street
HarbinsonMrs.Publican - William Street
HarkinCharlesMason - William Street
HartJamesManufacturing Agent for R. and J. Bell & Co. - Belfast
HarperJamesCabinet Maker - William Street
Hazelton and Sheppard-Cambric Handkerchief Manufacturers - Market Street
HazletonJohnPawnbroker - Market Street
HigginsWilliamHaberdasher, &c. - Market Street
HolmesEdwardMason - Castle Lane
HunterThomasClerk to Lurgan Union - Union Street
HussianPatrickBlacksmith - Church Square
IrwinRobertBrownlow Arms Hotel - Market Street
JenkinsonJ. B.Professor of Music - Queen Street
JohnstoneDavidLapper - William Street
JohnstonJohnBrewer and Tobacco and Snuff Manufacturer - High Street
KennedyJamesBaker and Grocer - High Street
KerrAndrew ThomasChandler - Market Street
KernsHughPublican - Market Street
KilpatrickMrs.Publican - Market Street
LaveryCharlesPublican - Portadown Street
LaveryThomasGrocer and Manufacturing Agent - Queen Street
LawsonAlexanderCambric Manufacturer - Queen Street
LockhartGeorgeDiaper Manufacturer - Queen Street
Lockhart-Linen Yarn Merchant, Diaper and Drill Manufacturer - Queen Street
MacounWilliamCambric Handkerchief Manufacturer - Brownlow Terrace and Mary Street - Residence, William Street
Magee, Brown & Co.-Damask, Linen and Cambric Manufacturers - Queen Street
MageeCharlesVictuallor, Wine and Spirit Merchant - High Street and Union Street
MalcolmJamesLurgan Power Loom Factory, Manufacturer of Lawns and Cambric Handkerchiefs, &c.
Malcolmnson and Bullick-Grocers and Wine and Spirit Merchants - Market Street
MathersRobertArmstrong and Mathers - Willaim Street
MayGeorgeWatch and Clock Maker - Market Street
Matier & Co.HenryLinen and Cambric Handkerchief Manufacturer - High Street
MehaffyWilliamBoot and Shoemaker - High Street
MercerHenryPublican - High Street
MidgleyJamesReedmaker - Queen Street
MontgomeryWilliamCoach Builder and Jobbing Smith - Market Street
MooreDunlopSaddler and Harness Maker - Main Street
MorganMaryStationer - William Street
MorrisW. B.Postmaster and Stamp Distributor, Clerk of the Petty Sessions - Market Street
MunroWilliamSaddler - High Street
MurchieArchibaldTailor - High Street
MurphyJosephLinen Yarn Merchant - William Street
MurphyMatthewPrincipal of Lurgan Academy - High Street
MurrayEdwardUlster Railway Hotel, Posting Establishment and Livery Stables - William Street
MurrayWilliamPublican, Grocer and Butter Merchant - Market Street
MorrowR. L.Organist of Lurgan Church - Union Street
McCabeEdwardPublican - Church Square
McCaw and Carlisle-Linen Manufacturers - Tegnavin
McCawRobertMcCaw and Carlisle - Tegnavin
McClureWilliamWholesale and Retail Grocery and Ironmongery Warehouse - High Street
McConnellRobertBuilder and General Contractor - North Street
McCorryCharlesLinen, Lawn and Cambric Manufacturer - Kilmore
McCorryJamesProvision Merchant - Market Street
McCorryJohnPublican - Market Street
McCroryJaneBonnet Maker - Frederick Place
McCroryJohnPublic Weightmaster - Frederick Place
McCullaghWilliamBaker - High Street
McDowe-Grocer - Middle Row
McFarlandWilliamTailor - High Street
McGeownPatrickPublican - Church Square
McKeeJamesLeather Seller and Old Clothes Dealer - Market Street
McKeownAlexanderStucco and Ornamental Plasterer - William Street
McKeownEdwardPublican - Church Square
McKeownHughGrocer and Leather Seller - Market Street
McKeownThomasStucco and Ornamental Plasterer - North Street
McKernanHughButcher - Market Street
McKernanRichardButcher - Market Street
McMullanJohnTinsmith and China and Delf Shop - Market Street
McNallCharlesPlumber - Antrim Street
McVeighJosephBlacksmith - Taffe's Yard
NeillWilliamBridewell Keeper - William Street
NettletonThe MissesDressmakers, &c. - High Street
NicholsonJamesManufacturing Agent for Hazelton and Sheppard - William Street
NicholsonRobertPublican - Church Square
NicholsonThomasGrocer - High Street
O'BrienEdwardGrocer and Publican - Church Square
O'BrienCharlesPublican - William Street
O'HareAndrewPublican - Church Square
Paul & Co.-Woollendrapers, Haberdashers, Hosiers, Hatters, &c. - Market Street
PentlandAllen JohnCambric Handkerchief Manufacturer - William Street
PentlandWilliamRegister of Marriages - Queen Street
RankinMrs.Dressmaker - William Street
RidgewayJohnBoot and Shoemaker - Market Street
ReillyFrankButcher - Middle Row
RichardsonT. and C.Cambric Handkerchief Manufacturers and Bleacher - Springfield
RobinsonJohnPainter and Glazier - Market Street
RogersSamuelSurgeon and Apothecary - Market Street; Residence - Hill Street
RoneyJohnChandler and Soap Boiler - William Street
RossJohnLinen and Cotton Yarn, and Grain Merchant - High Street
RossWilliamPublican - Market Street
RuddellGeorgeWine and Spirit Merchant, and General Grocer - Market Street
RuddellJamesPoor-rate and Income Tax Collector - Market Street
RuddellSamuelSpirit Grocer - Market Street
RussellE.Milliner - Market Street
ScottJohnGrain Merchant - North Street
ShawWilliamSurgeon and Apothecary - Market Street
SmithAlexanderGrocer and Publican - Church Square
SmythMrsPublican - Market Street
SmythWilliamGrocer - Market Street
StanleyT. D.Publican - Market Street
StarkeyCharlesSaddler - Market Street
StewartWilliamDamask Manufacturer - Queen Street and High Street
SummervilleJanePublican - Castle Lane
TaaffeWilliamCabinet Maker - Market Street
TaylorElizabethDressmaker - High Street
TaylorJamesWholesale and Retail Grocer and Wine and Spirit Merchant - Market Street
ThompsonThomasReedmaker - Church Square
ThompsonJohnReedmaker - Church Square
TonerBernardWoollendraper and Haberdasher - Market Street
TurkingtonDavidCambric and Lawn Manufacturer - Calfornia House
TurnerAbrahamManager of the Lurgan Power Loom Factory - Factory lane
UpritchardJamesLawn Manufacturer - Church Square
VanceJohnPublican - Queen Street
VernerJosephTailor - High Street
WaiteJohnPublican - Market Street
Warren, Bullick & Co.-Linen Yarn Merchants - High Street
WarrenJohnSexton and Letter Carrier - Portadown Street
WarrenThomasWarren, Bullick & Co. - High Street
Watson and SonsRobertCambric Handkerchief and Damask Manufacturers - Flush
WellsDavidLand Stewart to Lord Lurgan - Lake Street
WellsMatthewCambric and Linen Manufacturer and Pawnbroker - Market Street
WikinsonJamesHead Clerk and Manager of the Ulster Railway Station - William Street
WilleyMissAcademy for Young Ladies - Hoop Hill House
Wilson & Co.JosephLinen Yarn Merchants and Manufacturers - Market Street
WilsonJosephWilson & Co. - Derrylodge
YoungJamesPainter and Glazier - Church Square
Young & Co.S.Grocers, Wine and Spirit Merchants - Market Street

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