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The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory For 1877: News-Letter Office

The Belfast And Province Of Ulster Directory For 1877.

(Compiled at the “Belfast News-Letter” Office, Printed at the “Belfast News-Letter” Steam Book-Printing House, Nos. 55, 57, & 59 Donegall Street, Belfast, 1877.)
Volume IX.



The Ninth Volume of “The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory” is now presented to the Public in an enlarged size. Copious Alphabetical Indexes, for the convenience of enquirers, are given in the present issue, and so classified under each divisional heading, that any place, residence, institution, or business can be easily discovered. In the Appendix (pp. 571, 572) will be found a number of omissions and alterations of addresses which took place during the progress of the printing, and lists of New Streets, the houses of which were finished at the time of canvassing. Every exertion has been spared to render it worthy of Belfast and the Province of Ulster. The Publisher is confident that it will be found a useful and reliable Book for every-day reference 

News-Letter Office,
February, 1877.


Is a flourishing manufacturing town in the County Armagh. It is situated twenty miles S.W. from Belfast, on the line of the Great Northern Railway, and one and a half miles from Lough Neagh. Brownlow House, the home residence of the Right Hon. Lord Lurgan, K.P. (Lord of the manor), is a splendid castle, fronted on the east by a large and beautiful lake and surrounded by a great enclosed plantation which extends along the whole north-eastern side of the town. To this demesne there are several entrances, the principal being by an elegant lodge, which stands near the centre of the town, between High Street and Market Street. Generally speaking, the architectural character of Lurgan is plain, but fashionable. The greater portion of the town has been tastefully rebuilt within recent years and though the houses are only two-storeys high from the level of the street, there are commonly cellars beneath. Lurgan is the first town of the County Armagh in population and commercial resources, and it is a very important legal centre as well. The general Quarter Sessions of the county are held there, and the large Petty Sessions district – which extends from the Moyntagn shores of Lough Neagh to several miles into the County Down – affords ample business for that court, which is held on the first and third Tuesday in each month.

The manufacture of cambric handkerchiefs and damask goods is the staple trade of Lurgan and the country and villages surrounding, and to the success and skill of the inhabitants in the production of these fabrics may be attributed the rapid progress of the town. In 1831 the population of Lurgan was 3,700; it is now above 12,000. The annual valuation of a rateable property was then £5,578. It is now £17,000. The accumulation of private wealth must have been more than treble that of public, as a large number of manufacturers have, in the same period amassed princely fortunes. Among the principal depots of public industry in Lurgan are the extensive power-loom factories of James Malcolm, Esq., J.P., and Messrs. James Macoun & Co., and the winding factories of Messrs. John Ross & Co., Richardson, Sons & Owden, Limited, John Glass & Co., and James Clendinning; and the stitching factory of the Lurgan Hemming and Veining Co.

The Belfast, Northern and Ulster Banks have each a branch in operation there. The Parish Church, a large edifice in Gothic architecture, occupies a commanding site in the centre of the town. There are also commodious houses of worship for Presbyterians, Wesleyans, and Primitive Wesleyan Methodists, the Society of Friends, and Roman Catholics. There are, besides Lurgan College and the Model School, a good number of National Schools available for instruction, two of these being in immediate connection with St. Peter’s Church and St. Joseph’s Convent. The municipal affairs of Lurgan are managed by a Board of fifteen Commissioners, incorporated under the Towns Improvement Act of 1854. The Mechanics’ Institute is a handsome structure, situated at the corner of Market street and Union street. The Library is open on the evenings of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from seven till nine o’clock; President – The Right Hon. Lord Lurgan, K.P.; Vice-President – Francis Watson, Esq., J.P.; Trustees – Lord Lurgan, John Waite Greer, J.P., John Hancock, J.P., and Francis Watson, J.P.; Hon. Secretary – Frederick W. Magahan. There is a building at the back of and adjoining the Institute, known as the New Town-hall, containing lecture-hall, with a platform at end with footlights, Town Commissioners’ office, and a room occupied by the Masonic body. There is a well-supplied market held in Lurgan every Thursday, and fairs monthly and twice a year. 


TOWN COMMISSIONERS FOR 1877 (Board meets first Monday in each month at 12 o'clock)
HancockJohn (J.P.)Chairman of Town Commission
MalcolmJames (J.P.)Town Commissioner
BellJohn J.Town Commissioner
JohnstonJohnTown Commissioner
CordnerJosephTown Commissioner
BairdWilliamTown Commissioner
MathersRobertTown Commissioner
ReburnThomasTown Commissioner
MahaffyWilliamTown Commissioner
CrawfordWilliamTown Commissioner
BlackJohnTown Commissioner
CarrickGeorge R.Town Commissioner
McCullaghSamuelTown Commissioner
ParkinsonE. J.Town Commissioner
OlphertsJohn W. (M.D.)Town Commissioner
LuttonThomasTown Clerk
O'NeillW. J. (C.E.)Town Surveyor
RussellDr.Sanitary Officer
ShawDr.Consulting Sanitary Officer
MartinAlexanderTown Constable
HancockJohn (J.P.)Agent and Receiver, Lord Lurgan's Office
FlemingW. J.Book Keeper, Lord Lurgan's Office
MagahanFred W.Clerk of Petty Sessions, Stamp Office
CampbellRev. Theophilus (D.D.)Rector, Parish Church - Church Place
MooreRev. A. A. (A.B.)Curate, Parish Church - Church Place
PooleC. H.Organist, Parish Church - Church Place
GreerJ. W. (J.P.)Parochial Nominator, Parish Church - Church Place
MathersR.Parochial Nominator, Parish Church - Church Place
BellJ. J.Parochial Nominator, Parish Church - Church Place
MalcolmJames (J.P.)Church Warden, Parish Church - Church Place
JohnstonCourtneyChurch Warden, Parish Church - Church Place
BerkleyRev. Lowry E.First Presbyterian Church - High Street
KennedyRev. C. W.Second Presbyterian Church - Hill Street
JonesRev. J. W.Wesleyan Church - High Street
ColeRev. R.Wesleyan Church - High Street
CarsonRev. J.Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Chapel - Queen Street
--Queen Street
McKennaRev. James (P.P.)Roman Catholic Chapel - North Street
O'HareRev. James (C.C.)Roman Catholic Chapel - North Street
CampbellRev. Peter Paul (C.C.)Roman Catholic Chapel - North Street
LURGAN COLLEGE (Under Watt's endowment, stands on the Lough Neagh Road)
KirkpatrickW. T.Head Master, Lurgan College - Lough Road
HancockJ. (J.P.)Trustee, Lurgan College - Lough Road
GreerJ. W. (J.P.)Trustee, Lurgan College - Lough Road
AndersonJamesTrustee, Lurgan College - Lough Road
KennedyRev. C. W.Patron, Hill Street National School
NicholsonMrs.Teacher, Hill Street National School
CampbellRev. Dr.Patron, Free School - North Street
HowellR.Teacher, Free School - North Street
AndersonAnnTeacher, Free School - North Street
McKennaRev. J.Patron, St. Peter's National School - North Street
McCarthyF.Teacher, St. Peter's National School - North Street
GreerAlexanderHead Master, Model School
KeatleyW. J.First Assistant, Model School
RaineyJohnSecond Assistant, Model School
CollinsEliabethHead Mistress, Girls' School, Model School
GreerJuliaFirst Assistant,Girls' School, Model School
McClatchyRachelSecond Assistant,Girls' School, Model School
GrayEllenHead Mistress, Infants' School, Model School
BrownM. J.First Assistant, Infants' School, Model School
CanavanElizabethSecond Assistant, Infants' School, Model School
BerkleyRev. L. E.Patron, Lurgan National School - High Street
GibsonW.Teacher, Lurgan National School - High Street
SteeleMissTeacher, Lurgan National School - High Street
HarperE.Manager, Belfast Bank - High Street
MegarryH.Manager, Northern Bank - High Street
DillJ.Manager, Ulster Bank - High Street
BairdW.Proprietor, Lurgan Loan Bank - Hill Street
GAS WORKS (Board of Directors meet on the first Monday in each month)
TallentireT.Manager, Gas Works - William Street
BairdW.Secretary, Gas Works - William Street
WilkinsonJ.Station Master, Railway Station - William Street
McCoubreyJosephTicket Clerk, Railway Station - William Street
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE (Reading-room open from 7 a.m., till 10 p.m., every day in the week, except Sunday)
LurganLordPresident, Mechanics' Institute - Market Street
MagahanFred W.Secretary, Mechanics' Institute - Market Street
GodfreyGeorgeLibrarian, Mechanics' Institute - Market Street
UNION WORKHOUSE (Board of Guardians meet every Thursday at eleven o'clock)
DonaldsonJamesClerk, Union Workhouse
TaylorRobertMaster, Union Workhouse
AndersonS.Matron, Union Workhouse
ScilleyJohnSchool Master, Union Workhouse
CairnsE.School Mistress, Union Workhouse
JohnstonJamesPorter, Union Workhouse
ShawDr.Medical Officer, Union Workhouse
COURT-HOUSE (A commodious building, recently erected by the County Armagh at a cost of £4,000.)
MaloneMrs.Caretaker, Court-House - William Street
DavidSheppardKeeper, Bridewell - William Street
CONSTABULARY STATIONS (There are three Constabulary Stations in Lurgan, the Principal being situated in Union Street, and the others in Queen Street and Edward Street. They are occupied by a force of about twenty men)
HendersonMr.Head Constable - Constabulary Station
SmithMr.Constable - Constabulary Station
DohertyMr.Constable - Constabulary Station
EdwardsMr.Constable - Constabulary Station
AgnewSamuelM.D. and Surgeon - Market Street
BellSamuel A.J.P. - Bellview House
BellWilliamBellview House
BerkleyRev. L. E.High Street
BlackJohnHill Street
BloodMrs.Market Street
BrownMrs.Queen Street
BrownMrs.Friends' Terrace
CampbellRev. Theophilus (D.D.)The Rectory
CampbellRev. Peter Paul (C.C.)North Street
CarsonRev. JamesMinister - High Street
ColeRev. RichardHill Street
DouglasCharles (D.L.)Grace Hall
FfordeJames (J.P.)Raughlan
GreerGeorge (B.L.)Woodville
GreerHenryNorth Street
GreerJ. W. (J.P.)Woodville
HancockJohn (J.P.)Manor House
HancockJohn (jun.)Manor House
HarperJamesHigh Street
HazlettGeorgeSolicitor - Florence Villa
JonesRev. J. W.Hill Street
KennedyRev. C. W.Hill Street
LurganLord (K.P.)Brownlow House
LurganLadyBrownlow House
MalcolmJames (J.P.)Manufacturer - High Street
MooreRev. A. J.North Street
MooreW. H. D.Solicitor - High Street
MorrisMissesMarket Street
MorrisRobertSolicitor - High Street
McCabeEdwardWilliam Street
McCorryPeterM.D. and Surgeon - High Street
McKennaRev. James (P.P.)North Street
McQuillanHenryUnion Street
O'HareRev. James (C.C.)North Street
OlphertsJ. W.M.D. and Surgeon - High Street
RossMrs.High Street
RussellP. C. (M.D.)High Street
ShawWilliamM.D. and Surgeon - High Street
TraceyT. D.Solicitor - Market Street
UssherJamesSolicitor - William Street
WaringMajor (J.P.)Waringstown
WatsonFrancis (J.P.)Lakeview
WatsonHughStromore House
Traders, &c.
Allen and Johnston-Cambric Manufacturers - William Street
AllenJamesDamask Machine Maker - William Street
AndersonGeorgeSeedsman - Market Street
AndersonJamesYarn Merchant - Church Place
AndersonMrs.Milliner - High Street
AndersonRobertClerk - Union Street
AndersonRobertTailor - Edward Street
AndersonWilliamCabinet Maker - North Street
ArbuckleJames G.Draper - Market Street
ArcherJohnBuilder - High Street
ArcherThomasBuilder - North Street
Armstrong and Mathers-Woollendrapers, Haberdashers and Silk Merchants - Market Street
BairdWilliamBanker - Hill Street
BannisterJohnFarmer - Shankill
BellJohn J.Druggist - High Street
Bell & Co.T.Manufacturers - Bellview
BerwickJamesBaker - Queen Street
BlackThomasBoot and Shoe Manufacturers - Church Place
BlackHughShoemaker - Castle Lane
BlaneyJamesPublican - Church Place
BoyceSamuelDamask Machine Maker - William Street
BradyBernardTailor - Edward Street
BrayWilliam D.Veterinary Surgeon - William Street
BradshawJamesShuttlemaker - Edward Street
BrattyJohnDelf Merchant - Church Place
BrennianW. H. N.Law Clerk - Queen Street
BrownJohn S.Damask Manufacturer - Queen Street
BrownMrs.Grocer - Queen Street
BullockWilliamYarn Merchant - William Street
BullockJohnShuttlemaker - Queen Street
ByrneC.Railway Hotel - William Street
ByrneJohnLurgan Arms Hotel - Church Place
CampbellJamesGrocer - Market Street
CampbellJosephGrocer and Publican - Church Place
CapperJopsephGrocer - Union Street
CarrickGeorge R.Merchant - High Street
CarterWilliamAuctioneer - Middle Row
CaulfieldGeorgeFurniture Dealer - High Street
ChapmanJohnCoachbuilder - High Street
CherryAndrewAuctioneer - Market Street
ClarkeThomasButcher - Market Street
ClendinningJamesManufacturer - High Street
CooperJohnHardware Dealer - Market Street
CornerMosesManufacturer - Union Street
Corner and Gilbert-Cambric Manufacturers - Edward Street
CoulterCalvertClerk - Friends' Terrace
CraigRobertGrocer - Edward Street
CrawfordWilliamAerated Water Maker - Queen Street
CrozierGeorgeCardcutter - Queen Street
CumbertonJohnButcher - Market Street
CummingsJamesClerk - Queen Street
CullenanBernardDraper - Market Street
DicksonWilliamGrocer - North Street
DonaldsonJamesClerk of Union - Hill Street
DonnellyAndrewLodging-House Keeper - High Street
DonnollyArthurMerchant - Church Place
DillJohnUlster Bank - Market Street
DoweyJamesGrocer - William Street
DowneyEdwardPublican - Church Place
DuffyJamesBaker - Castle Lane
DuffyPeterPublican - Market Street
Douglas & SonsWilliamManufacturers - William Street
DoakWilliamManufacturer - Union Street
DukeWilliamShuttlemaker - High Street
EvansDavidScripture Reader - Wynne Terrace
EllisW. J.Weighmaster - Church Place
FairfieldJohnClerk - Avenue Road
FergusonRobertGrocer - Market Street
FinchJamesBaker and Grocer - North Street
FlemingW. J.Clerk - Hill Street
FlemingJohnPublican, Grocer and Newsagent - Market Street
FitzpatrickJ.Saddler - William Street
GallagherJamesSmith - Castle Lane
Gallagher Bros.-Drapers - Market Street
GambleThompsonPawnbrokers - William Street
GaddisGeorgePainter - Church Place
GilchristJohnDraper - Market Street
GouldRichardDesigner - Hill Street
GraceWilliamPublican - Church Place
GraceyHallidayGrocer - Church Place
GrahamThomasPrinter - William Street
GreenMrs.Teacher - North Street
GreerAlexanderHeadmaster - Model School
GreerJohnCoachbuilder and Smith - High Street
GreerJames D.Farmer - Greer's Court
GuthrieNathanialGrocer - Edward Street
HallJames L.Grocer - Market Street
HannaJohnClerk - Frederick Place
HannaWilliamCabinet Maker - Watson's Lane
HannaWilliamProperty Owner - Union Street
HandWilliamSpirit Grocer - William Street
Harrison Bros.-Manufacturers - Market Street
HarbinsonJohnManufacturer - Hill Street
HarkinCharlesMason - William Street
HazletonHamiltonPublican - Edward Street
HallidayEdwardGrocer - Market Street
HughesJohnButcher - Church Place
Irwin & Co.-Druggists - Church Place
Johnston and Allen-Yarn Merchants - High Street
JohnstonW. and C.Tobacco Manufacturers - Union Street
JohnstonJamesBrewer - Market Street
KearnsHughPublican - Queen Street
KennedyJamesBaker and Grocer - High Street
KennedyWilliamClothes Dealer - Church Place
KnoxThomasCutler - Church Place
LaveryJohnstonGrocer - Queen Street
LaveryMissSpirit Dealer - Edward Street
LawsonAlexanderManufacturer - Queen Street
LilburnJosephExcise Officer - Hill Street
LindsayJamesGrocer - Edward Street
LindsayMrs.Post-Office - Market Street
LongJohnPlumber and Gasfitter -William Street
LockhartJohn J.Manufacturer - High Street
LivingstoneR.Yarn Merchant - Hoophill
LonsdaleWilliamCarpenter - Union Street
LuttonAlex A.Manufacturer - William Street
LuttonThomasTown Clerk - Union Street
Macoun & Co.JamesPower-Loom Factory - North Street
MagahanFred W.Clerk of Petty Sessions - Hill Street
MageeCharlesPublican and Butcher - High Street
MageeThomas H.Damask Manufacturer - Queen Street
MahaffyJohnShoemaker - Watson's Lane
MahaffyJohn B.Shoemaker and Newsagent - High Street
MahaffyThomasShoemaker - Edward Street
MahaffySamuelCaretaker - Orange Hall
MahaffyWilliamShoemaker - High Street
MalcolmJames (J.P.)Power-Loom Factory - Queen Street
MalcolmsonDavidMerchant - Market Street
MalloyJohnClerk - William Street
MartinThomasClerk - Brown Street
MartinWilliam J.Carpenter - Clara Street
Mathers & Co.RobertMerchants - Market Street
MatthewsThomasGrocer - Edward Street
MaxwellJohnClerk - Queen Street
MaxwellWilliamManufacturer - Union Street
MegahyMrs.Servants' Registry Office - 130 Edward Street
MegarryH.Manager Northern Bank - High Street
Midgley & SonsJamesReedmakers - William Street
MoffettThomasShoemaker - William Street
MoffettMissBrownlow Arms Hotel - Market Street
MolloyMissGrocer - North Street
MonroeJames H.Manufacturer - High Street
MontgomeryWilliamCoachmaker - Rooney's Court
MooreDunlopPawnbroker - High Street
MorrisonThomasGrocer - High Street
MurchieArchibaldTailor and Clothier - High Street
MurphyJosephYarn Merchant - William Street
MurrayDanielDelf and Waste Merchant - High Street
McBrideS. and W.Manufacturers - William Street
McCannMurtaghCarpenter - William Street
McCannPatrickWatchmaker - Church Place
McCarrisonThomasBaker - Edward Street
McCarron & Reilly-Spirit Dealers - William Street
McCaugheyJamesManufacturer - Church Place
McCauleyWilliam R.Woodturner - Queen Street
McClimond & SonsJohnBakers - High Street
McClureW. W.Merchant - High Street
McConnellRobertBuilder - North Street
McConvilleThomasManufacturer - High Street
McCullaghSamuelManufacturer - High Street
McCusker and Murphy-Drapers - Market Street
McGeownPatrickPublican - Church Place
McGuiganBernardButcher - Church Place
McKaneRobertDraper - Church Place
McKeeAlexanderLeather Merchant - Marker Street
McKinstryJohnPublican - Church Place
McMullanRobertManufacturer - Union Street
McNallyJohnFactory Manager - Queen Street
McShaneHughGrocer - North Street
NelsonRobertSmith - Church Place
NelsonWilliamPublican and Grocer - Market Street
NelsonWilliam R.Manufacturer - High Street
NicholsonWilliamGrocer - Church Place
Northern Fire and Life Insurance OfficeA. A Lutton - AgentCambric Manufacturer - William Street
O'BrienMrs.Commercial Hotel - Church Place
O'CallaghanJamesGrocer - Church Place
O'HareJamesTinsmith - Castle Lane
O'NeillJamesVictualler - Middle Row
O'NeillWilliam J. (C.E.)Town Surveyor - Church Place
OlliverDavidGrocer - Hill Street
ParksJosephDealer - William Street
ParkinsonEdward J.Manufacturer - Edward Street
Patterson, White & Co.-Yarn Merchants - William Street
PedlowRobertClerk - William Street
PelanJohnBuilder - William Street
PelanSamuelPublican - Edward Street
PerrottW. E.Grocer - Edward Street
PhenixMosesGrocer - Union Street
PhenixThomasManufacturer - Ulster Street
PlenderleithPeterClothier - Market Street
PollockGeorgeMusic Teacher - High Street
PottsThomasClogmaker - Market Street
Preston, Smyth & Co.-Manufacturers - Union Street
QuinnJohnClerk - Queen Street
Reburn and Co.-Drapers - Arcade, Market Street
ReynoldsEdwardSaddler - High Street
Richardson, Sons and Owden, Limited-Manufacturers - William Street
RidgwayWilliamShoemaker - Market Street
RobertsonJoseph B.Stiching Factory - Union Street
RobinsonJamesPainter - William Street
RobinsonJohnPainter - Market Street
RocksBernardTailor - Edward Street
Ross & Co.JohnManufacturers - High Street
RuddellDavidProperty Owner - Hill Street
RuddellThomasFarmer - Queen Street
RuddellThomas E.Clerk - North Street
SampsonW. J.Railway Official - Friend's Terrace
SandesRobertHouse, Land and Insurance Agent - High Street
SheppardRobert H.Manufacturer - William Street
SingletonThomasClogmaker - Market Street
SmythAlexanderPublican - Church Street
SmythMariaPublican - Edward Street
StevensonRobertGrocer - Union Street
Stewart & SonsWilliamManufacturers - William Street
StothersThomasGrocer - Union Street
SullivanWilliamGrocer - Queen Street
SweeneyPatrickBuilder - Edward Street
TallonThomasSaddler - Church Place
TaylorS.Baker - Edward Street
ThompsonGeorgePattern-Painter - Queen Street
ThompsonJamesFarmer - Knocknashane
ThompsonJohnReedmaker - Church Place
ThompsonRobertAuctioneer - William Street
ThompsonRobertConfectioner - High Street
ThompsonW. J.Reedmaker - North Street
TonerBernardDraper - Market Street
TonerMichaelGrocer - North Street
TurkingtonGeorgeBaker - Church Place
TurkingtonSamuelCabinet Maker - William Street
TurkingtonWilliamBaker and Grocer -- High Street
VanceJohnGrocer - Queen Street
WaiteJohnPublican - Edward Street
WakeJohn G.Fowl Dealer - Queen Street
WalshPatrickCarpenter - Union Street
WardGeorgePublican - Edward Street
Watson & SonsRobertManufacturers - Queen Street
WatsonJamesMerchant - Market Street
WatsonMissesHigh Street
WatsonWalterAuctioneer - Market Street
WellsJamesGrocer - Union Street
WhiteSamuelPrinter and Stationer - William Street
WilkinsonJamesStationmaster - William Street
WilliamsThomasFarmer - Shankill
WilliamsonWilliamClerk - Hill Street
WoodsArthurPlasterer - Castle Lane
WoodsMissDraper - Market Street
WrightMissesDressmakers - Queen Street
YoungS. and W.Spirit Merchants - Market Street
YoungJohnPrinter, Stationer and Proprietor "Lurgan Weekly News" - High Street
YoungMrs.Dressmaker - High Street
YoungJamesPainter - Edward Street

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