The 3rd or Secession Presbyterian
Church in Boardmills
In Carrickmaddyroe townland.
A break away group from 1st Boardmills Presbyterian. The Church
was opened in 1846 on a site given by Mr John Dunwoody of Carrickmadyroe
and the first Minister, the Rev Thomas Clugston was ordained on
11 March 1846. the inscription over the door reading " Boardmills
Secession Meeting House, Anno Domini 1846. Gloria Deo, Pax Hominibus".
The second minister was Rev John Moody from 8 July 1886.The congregation
became reunited with 2nd Boardmills in 1926 with Rev Robert Kelso
as the minister. (2 Jun 1925DR*)
Small graveyard attached with oldest stone 1848. Only 8 headstones
prior to 1865. Email me for a gravestone look-up or pay
per view gravestone inscriptons on www.irishgenealogy.ie
The Sexton's job at Boardmills Presbyterian Secession Church
Memorandum of Agreement made and entered into this Tenth Day of
February in the Year of Our Lord 1911 between the Session and
Committee of Boardmills Session Church in the County of Down of
the one part and William Johnston of Lisbane in the County
of Down, labourer, of the other part.
Whereas the said congregation required the services of a sexton
and such notice was duly given out in the said congregation and
whereas the said William Johnston made application and was duly
elected and appointed by the said before- mentioned Session and
Committee to the position of sexton in the said Church, now this
agreement witnessed that the said congregation the use and occupation
of the dwelling house situate in the grounds of the said church,
also ten shillings at each communion , also a special collection
to be taken up on his behalf every year and also the grass of
the grounds of the said congregation. The said William Johnston
is to pay to the Session and Committee the sum of one shilling
per year as rent for the before mentioned dwelling house.
The said William Johnston is to keep the Meeting House and premises
in good order, that is to say he is to wash the seats, floor,
windows and doors of the said church at least twice a year; to
clean and sweep said church once a week; to open the windows of
said church once a week; to light lamps and fires in both church
and adjoining hall when required so to do by Session and Committee;
to dress the hedges belonging to the church; to assist the people
to unyoke and yoke their horses when coming to public worship
and to do all further and necessary work which may appertain or
belong to the duty of a sexton when ordered to do so by Session
and Committee and also to keep the stable and graveyard clear
of fowl at all times.
The said William Johnston is to leave the said dwelling house
and to give up the position of sexton of the said church on receiving
three months' notice from the Session and Committee of the said
church and if the said William Johnston desires to leave he must
give three months' notice to the said Sessions and Committee.
Now the said William Johnston hereby agrees with the said Session
and Committee of said congregation that he will perform all the
above mentioned work.
William Johnston (X signed his mark,) Sexton
James Foreman, Member of Session, Member of Committee
Witnesses present at time of signing;