Ireland Family History Research Site
Rosalind Davies 2001
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Village & Townland
which is half in Comber &
half in Killinchy Parishes.
This postcard of Ballygowan c. 1900 was kindly sent to me by Wendy
Ballygowan was originally owned by the monastery
on Mahee Island. The part proprietor in 1837 was Mr. Mussenden,
of Larchfield whose agents were Rev. Cleland & Mr. Orr &
Mr Ralf of Comber. In 1836 the land quality was described as middling.
The farms were from 6-20 acres, with 2 being of 90 acres. The average
rent was 25 shillings an acre. There were 79 males & 77 females.There
was a flax mill & tuck mill and a mill for washing woollen
clothes here in 1833 and a corn mill in 1859.
Saintfield Catholic Parochial House and a railway station were in
this town in 1863. The population in 1910 was 241 people.
Newspaper articles from Down Recorder;
article 26 Aug 1837; Illicit Distillation 23 Feb 1861;at
O'Neills crossing, young man threw himself under train near Ballygowan
station 13 Apr 1872; Amateur Dramatic Society
presented 2 plays at Orange Hall 9 Apr 1928*; Ballygowan Agricultrual
Society annual show 7 May 1928 *
Newspaper articles from Northern Independent;
a Tale of Comber & Ballygowan 14 Sep 1872+
Newspaper articles from Newtownards Chronicle;
experiments with dynamite 1 Apr 1876; steeple chasing 6 Jan 1883
p 37, 40, 42 OSM: SMH '86 p26; DR; NI; NC; V7
p 86,91 OSM; DR; NWAG p 37 map; GIC; SHM '86 p 32; O'L V1 p 365
;GV ; POD
Presbyterian Church, Ballygowan
on Church Hill
In 1837 the upper part of a barn was fitted up as a place of worship.
It could hold 200 people. The foundation stone for the Trinitarian
or Unitarian meeting-house was laid by Lord Dufferin on Monday,
14th Aug 1837 and the church competed in 1838 by Rev. John Gamble,
minister, in the present traditional style. Although the exterior
is very plain, the interior is "beautifully furnished with
the best timber that the Empire could provide, finely joinered and
producing a sense of solidarity and well-being".
Rev. Thomas S.Woods,was minister from 1854 - 1893 & 1898.(MSch)
& Rev. W.K. McLernon in 1910. The Manse was in Ravara House
c. 1865- 1980.
Records from 1860, gravestone inscriptions available UHF Vol 5;
oldest stone 1839; email me for a gravestone look-up
North of Ireland FHS http://www.nifhs.org
has Baptisms 1856-1922; Marriages 1845-1925
V7 p 28 OSM; V5 MI; GIPR; GIC; HCPCI p35;
BWN; DR 28/11/2001; POD ; PE
Ballygowan Flute Band 1880
Back Row: Thomas Mills; George Hinds; Thomas Curragh;
Willie Reid; John Gourley; Alfred Kinghan; Henry Carse; James Murray;
Robert Bennett; John Simpson
Middle Row; John Dempster; William John Bowman; William Carse;
Robert Carse; Samuel Simpson; George McVeigh; David Boyce; Robert
Front Row; John Heron; William McDowell; Willie Bennett;
This photo was kindly sent to me by Geoff Carse firstname.lastname@example.org
-researching Carse & Gourley, Magherascouse Co Down