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Section Eight


Succession of Clergy 

Note: It appears that the Prebends of LannRonain and Lann are identical. S. RonainFionn of LannRonain, circa 600 A.D. PREBENDARIES OF LANN RONAIN 

Bricius, the Official 1306

ChristopherMacfirmoir 1407

PatrickMacFinn (Maginn), Vicar of the Parish 1407 Church of S. Ronan of Land, provided to the Prebend and Canonry of same in Dromore Cathedral by Gregory XII.

MarkMacBridyn, provided by Martin V., Canon of Dromore1429

JohnUaRunadha (O'Rooney) — "OdoOranaga" 1440

JohnMacFhinn (Maginn) 1442 


Nemeas 0 Bryn 1439 Patrick UaRuanadha (O'Rooney), Coll. By Archbishop of Armagh,

 Sed. Vac. still Preb. 1464. Deprived by Archbishop of Armagh,

Sed. Vac 1440 Donnell MacFhinn (Maginn), Prov. (Johannes McGynd, "Canon

andPrebendary" — Bishop Reeves 1442 Donnell MacFhinn (Maginn), required to resign by Pope. Rehabilitated and Prov. 1480-1477 

ArthurMacFhinn (Maginn), Archdeacon and Prebendary 1884 

1526 Thomas William Clarendon, B.D., appointed Precentor by Bishop, 1908


Rev. T. William Clarendon January 1884—May 1931

Rev. C. J. McLeod May 1931 — April 1940

Rev. R. Adams April 1940 — May 1943

Rev. G. A. Quin August 1943 — March 1951

Rev. A. J. Douglas July 1951 — July 1963

Rev. P. J. Synnott October 1963 — March 1974

Canon R. L. Hutchinson . July 1974 1994 


Robert Lowe 1700

Richards 1713

James Edmondson 1724

Michael Smith1729

John Standish 1730

James Brush 1733

Redmon Smith 1736

John Standish 1739

Henry Reynell1766

Patrick Bennet1768

Samuel Rankin 1774

Edward Radcliffe 1790

Thomas Radcliffe1792

John Stott 1803

D. W. McMullan 1803

Matthew Jellett 1815

John Penrice1823

Robert Forde 1825

Isaac Marcus Corry1830

John E. White 1832

Annesley P. Hughes 1835

Wm. P. Hughes1838

T. H. Montgomery1839

Wm. Edw. Mulgan1848

John Allen Johnson1861

Thomas Whaley 1869

William Murdock1879

Wm. Dudley Saul FletcherJuly 1892

Thomas G. G. Collins July 1896 — March 1902

Joseph Henry KiddOctober 1902 — March 1906

Douglas L. C. Dunlop December 1906 — March 1910

Francis Wm. Cole 1910 — 1912

Wm. Randal Slacke Clarendon1913 — 1931

Rev. J. Douglas August 1933 — February 1938

Rev. T. H. Frizelle July 1938 — May 1940

Rev. D. F. SimmonsAugust 1940 — October 1942

Rev. R. E. Conn N ovember 1942 — June 1945

Rev. V. H. Forster October 1945 — August 1947

Rev. J. D. Caldwell September 1947 — March 1950

Rev. J. Shearer June 1950 — July 1952

Rev. J. Weaver September 1953 — May 1955

Rev. G. L. Justin, M.A October 1955 — November 1957

Rev. S. Brennan December 1957 — November 1960

Rev. T. McAuley April 1961 — February 1964 June 1965

Rev. J. Pickering November 1967 May 1968 — May 1971

Rev. B. McGonagle—June 1972 — October 1975

Rev. K. Clarke July 1976 — October 1978

Rev. N. Jardine June 1979 — November 1982

Rev. R. Adams June 1984 — November 1986

Rev. T. Allen April 1987 ——

Rev. D. McClay

Rev. T. Stevenson February 1990 June 1991  


Seated one day at the organ I was weary and ill at ease, And my fingers wandered idly over the noisy keys,

I know not what I was playing or what I was dreaming then,But I struck one chord of music like the sound of a great Amen.

It flooded the crimson twilight like the close of an Angels' Psalm, And it lay on my fever'd spirit with a touch of infinite calm, It quieted pain and sorrow like love overcoming strife, It seemed the harmonious echo from our discordant life.

It linked all perplexed meetings into one perfect peace,

And trembled away into silence as if it were loath to cease, I have sought but I Seek it vainly that one lost chord divine, which came from the soul of the organ and entered into mine.

It may be that deaths bright Angel will speak in that chord again, It may be that only in Heaven, I shall hear that grand Amen.

Adelaide A. Procter A. S. Sullivan 

Organists — Maralin 

 Mrs. Clarendon/ Mr.Livock (Relief 1895-1902)

1900-1915 Miss Clarendon

1916-1924Miss Kirkwood 1920-1931Miss Greer 1924-1926Miss Hanna 1925-1931Mrs Thompson (nee Kirkwood)

Miss Mabel Dennison, Mrs Thomspon John Maguire,

 Mr S. Wethers Mr Brown,

Mr T. J. Kennedy, Mr Frank Richardson, Mr T. Morwood,

Mrs A. Lyttle, (Temp) Mr A. Hall,

Mrs A. Lyttle, (Temp) Mr E. McNally, Mr Carl McCambley. 


Miss Greer, Miss.E. Waddell, Miss F. Gregson ,Miss Greer

Mrs. Douglas, Miss M. Bateman, Mr. John Irwin, Miss M. Bateman, Mr T. J. Kennedy Mr S. Maguire, Mrs M. McConville, Mr W. McGeown, Mr S. McCormick, Mrs M. Sloan, Mrs W. Richardson, Mrs M. Sloan Miss R. Metcalfe, Miss N. Wickie  


Mr James Mawhinney 1892-1900

Mr Samuel Dawson (Snr) 1900-1940

Mr Samuel Dawson (Jnr) C1922

Mr James Wright 1940-1943

Mr. John Douglas 1944-1948

Mr. J. McClurg 1948-1949

Mr Nesbitt (Temp) 1949

       Mr. J. McClurg1952-1953

Mr. J. Dennison 1953-1954

Mr Gardiner 1954-1957

Mr. J. Dennison 1957-1960

Mr. S. Walker 1960-1962

Mr. J. McKee 1962-1965

Mr Smyth 1965-1985

Mr Eric Cousins 1985-1989

Mrs I. Banks (Hutchinson Suite)

      Mrs J. Derby (Caretaker) 1986-1987      

       Mr L. Hobson 1987-1988

Mr G. Adamson 1989- 


Mr. Charles Douglas, Mr. James Wright, Mr. James Douglas, Miss M. Watters ,Mr C. A. Bateman, Mr T. McConville, Mrs H. Mawhinney, Miss M. Mawhinney, Mrs H. Mawhinney, Mr. W. Dalzell,Mr D. Mawhinney.  

The Way Forward 

      (By The Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon McMullan) 

I have read with great enjoyment and education Eileen Cousins' detailed history of Magheralin'sParishChurch. This is an extensive as well as an intensive work of research and writing for which the author is to be congratulated and thanked. Personally and as Bishop of Down and Dromore I welcome this opportunity to express warm appreciation to Mrs. Cousins for the time and patience involved in producing such a detailed and insightful work for publication. A parish possessing such a painstaking researcher and sensitive interpreter is indeed fortunate, as is the diocese in obtaining the printed history of one of its ancient and interesting parishes.

    Christianity is a religion rooted in history. The Apostles' Creed brings this to mind every time the words are read or spoken - "Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate." Jesus was born into a particular family, in a definite geographical location, at a specific time : his death on the cross, that for us opened the door to life eternal, is firmly dated "Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea." The events of time and place are also significant in Christian understanding as God's love was expressed and communicated incarnationally through a human life.

    If history is the setting and human life the form in which God's love comes to us in Jesus Christ then to be disciples of Jesus Christ is to be communicators of that love to others in our lives and in our time and place. Within the preceding pages there have been recorded many examples of that quality of self-giving love to God and neighbour in the Name of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Occasionally too there are recorded the fears and prejudices of people and these are also part of the story with the lessons that God would teach us.

    The past is indeed important but it is past and our call from God is to honour Him in the present and the future. That honouring requires obedience and faithfulness. Understanding of the nature of divine love revealed in Jesus comes through human experience, reflection, scripture, prayer, sacrament, compassionate openness to people regardless of colour, class, creed or status. Communicating that love happens when people not only hear it talked about in words but experience it as a reality in the lives of those who do the talking.

   It is a love that has to take seriously the wholeness of life Monday to Saturday as well as Sunday; has to take seriously providing fair opportunities for people to work as well as sing hymns. It is a love that celebrates life as well as consoles bereavement, a love that unites clergy and laity in the fellowship of the Church as a servant community in which individualistic Christianity is a contradiction in terms for we are brothers and sisters of Christ.  As this Decade of Evangelism progresses through the 1990's may it be a time of renewal personally and collectively for all of us. As in 1991 the parish of Magheralin reflects on the past, thanks God for His guidance and blessing, and dedicates the endeavours of the present there opens up the strength and assurance of walking in the companionship of Jesus Christ as friend, Lord and Saviour and there is offered the joy of serving God and neighbour with the gifts entrusted to our stewardship.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. 



In the course of my research I have received help from countless sources. I am most grateful to all those who have assisted in the compliation of this history. The following deserve special mention:

Most Rev. Dr. Robin Eames; Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon McMullan.Canon and Mrs. R. L. Hutchinson for all their guidance, support and encouragement throughout the writing of this history.

Mr. J. W. O. MacArthur, for his enthusiasm and assistance in researching material and preparing articles for inclusion in this book. Thanks are also due to Mr. MacArthur for taking photographs.

Mr. Barry Cousins, for giving me access to material researched by the late Mr. Bob Clarke. Mr. Clarke had a keen interest in local history and a great love for his church. His painstaking research was an invaluable source of help.

Mr. Ian Williams, Principal of North Antrim College of Further Education for his assistance and willingness to help. The high standard of work of the following students, who typed the manuscript, is much appreciated: Oona Hill, Karen Hill, Christie Laverty, John Leacock, Elaine McConaghy, Oona McAfee.

In addition, I would like to thank all those who so willingly gave information and lent photographs or documents. I particularly wish to thank:

Mrs. Joy Anderson, Mrs. Edna Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs.G. Cousins, Mrs. Quin, wife of the late Bishop Quin. Christie-Miller family  Mr. B. Roberts, Mrs. Marjorie McConvill, Canon and Mrs. P. J. Synnott, Mr. and Mrs. Holt McCullough, Miss Doreen Waddell,

 A word of appreciation is also extended to parishioners Mr. Ken Abraham and Mrs. Sharon Copeland for their help in typing the manuscript.

I wish also to record my gratitude to the following people:‑Mr. George Baxter, for taking official photographs;

Mr. Dick Cronin, for his assistance with place names;

The Deputy Keeper and Staff at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, especially Dr. Brian Follis;

The Director of the National Archives, Dublin;

The Librarian and Staff of RoyalIrishAcademy,Dublin;

The Staff at Library Headquarters S.E.L.B. Armagh, especially Mr. Canning; The Staff at H.M.S.O. Belfast, especially Mr. Stracoum;

The Staff at Central Library, Belfast;

The Staff at Diocesan Office, Belfast;

The Staff at R.C.B. Dublin;

The Staff at Lurgan Mail Office;

The staff at Banbridge Chronicle, especially Mr. David Hodgett, Mr. Stephen Adair and Mr. Rodney Sands, for all their help and advice. 

A Special Thank You 

I wish to record my appreciation to Mr. Andrew Doloughan for his very

considerable help, encouragement and assistance in correcting proofs.  



The book “Like An Evening Gone” was digitally scanned and formatted by Brian Costley with permission from the books compiler Mrs Eileen Cousins, B.A.

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