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The History of the Two Ulster Manors of Finagh, Co. Tyrone and Coole, otherwise Manor Atkinson, Co. Fermanagh, and of their owners.

Author - Lord Belmore, pub.Longmans, Green & Co London 1881
Transcribed by Marilyn P.

 

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CHAPTER III -Robert LOWRY  The Younger, 1729 to 1764


His marriage settlement - He divides the advowson of Termonmaguirk with Viscount Tyrone.-
His second marriage.- Elected M.P. for Strabane.-His will-and death.

ROBERT LOWRY having divided his estates amongst his surviving sons, the eldest by virtue of a settlement at the time of his marriage took Fynagh. He had a power of jointuring a wife to the extent of 200 pounds a year, and settling portions for younger children to the extent of 2,000 pounds. Failing his issue male, the property was to pass, and eventually did pass, to Galbraith his next brother. The following is an abstract of the:


MARRIAGE SETTLEMENT OF ROBT. LOWRY THE YOUNGER.

"This Indenture quadripartite made this 10th day of September, in the year of our Lord 1724, between Robert LOWRY the elder of Aghenis, in the co. Tyrone, esq., and Robert LOWRY the younger, Esq., eldest son and heir apparent of the said Robert LOWRY the elder, of the first part; Hugh HOWARD, of the citty of London, esq., and Alex. McCLINTOCK of the citty of Dublin, gent., of the second part; Arthur WELDON, of Raghin, in the Queen's county esq., and David ECCLES, of Fintonagh, in the county of Tyrone, Esq., of the third part; the Rev. Anthony DOPPING, Dean of Clonmacnois, and Katherine DOPPING, eldest daughter of the said Anthony DOPPING of the fourth part. . . . ."


Vests in Hugh HOWARD and Alex. McCLINTOCK, in trust for the uses and purposes afterwards
specified, the following towns,&c.,&c.:*Aghneglea, Anny, *Cully, Corballytacken, *Cavanreagh, Cullisker, Cornecammon, *Braghy, *Ballintrane, *Bencrane, Bearagh, Ballyhallaghan, *Drumlister,
*Cullagh, being part of Drumlister, *Dirrore, *Dirroren Upper, *Dirroren Lower, Duggery, *Drumduffe, Derveraghroy, Killcam, Laragh, Lisboy, *Liskincon, *Ramaken, Radergan, Clonenure, Roscavy, Ranelly, Raw, *Toneragee, Tullyherim, Tattykiran, Ushnagh, *Tullyneel, *Drumshenny, and *the town of Ftinagh, alias Sixmilecross, with their and every of their appurtenances, together with all courts leet, courts baron, view of ffrank-pledge, and all that to them or either of them doth any way belong which are to be held and kept within and for the said manor, and also all dutys and customs of ffairs and markets to be kept within the said mannor and premisses or any part thereof, and also all lands, tenements, and hereditaments reputed and taken to be part of the said manor, except the lands of Upper Cloghfin, Lower Cloghfin, Ballykeel, Aghnagarr, Eskermore, Racarssan, and Killydrow, being part or or reputed part of the said manor, but are to remain subject to the jurisdiction thereof in the said manner as they are at present, and also all right of presentation of him the said Robert Lowry the elder, to the moyety of the advowson of Termonmaguirk, &c." [All the towns north of the Beragh river are marked (*), except five tenements in trust (four on the north side of said town, and one on the south side) and 24 acres English in Tullyneale and Drumshenny, left with Robert LOWRY the elder, for his life, the rest with Robert LOWRY the younger, for his life, with various remainders.]

 

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In 1731 Mr. Robert LOWRY and Lord Tyrone, who had succeeded to the moiety of his mother, Nicola Sophia Lady Beresford (who, after Sir Tristram's death, remarried Colonel Georges, and died on a certain  birthday as foretold by Lord Delapeor's ghost), agreed to divide the advowson of Termonmaquirk into two equal parishes. This was of course effected by an Order in Council. The agreement is a curious one, and I subjoin it.

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ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT indented, had, made and concluded on between The Rt. Hon. Marcus Lord Viscount Tyrone of the one part and Robert LOWRY of Loughmacnab, in the county of Tyrone, Esq., of the other part.

Whereas, the said Marcus Lord Viscount Tyrone is seized in tail as tenant in common of one moiety of the advowson of the rectory and vicarage of Termonmaquirk, in the dioceses of Ardmagh, and county of Tyrone, aforesaid, now vacant by the death of Dr. Richard CRUMP, the late Incombent thereof, and the said Robert LOWRY is by virtue of a settlement made upon his marriage by Robert LOWRY, Esq., his father since deceased, seized for life in common of and in the other moiety thereof, with remainder to his first and every other son in tail male with other remainder soever, now it is consented, concluded and agreed by and between the said parties for them, their heirs, executors and administrators respectively, that the said rectory and vicarage, and all the tythes, glebes, profits and emoluments, thereunto belonging shall be divided, into two equal separate and distinct parishes, and that the advowson of one of the said parishes from and after the said division shall and may remain to the said Marcus Lord Viscount Tyrone, and his heirs and assigns for ever in severalty, and the advowson of the other to the said Robert LOWRY and his issue male and the several other persons in remainder, by and under the said settlement according to such uses and estates as are thereby limited to them of the said undivided moiety. And it is further consented, concluded and agreed by and between the said partys to these presents, and they the said Marcus Lord Viscount Tyrone and Robert LOWRY do for themselves respectively and for their several and respective heirs, executors and administrators, covenant, promise and grant to and with each other and their respective heirs executors and administrators of the other, by these presents, that in the meantime and until such division shall be accomplished, they the said Marcus Viscount Tyrone and Robert LOWRY shall and will on or before the tenth day of this instant April, joyntly and in due form of law by a proper instrument in writing, to be by them executed for that purpose, present the Rev. Charles ESTE, Archdeacon of Ardmagh, to the said rectory and vicarrage, to the end that he may be admitted and instituted thereto by His Grace the Lord Archbishop of Ardmagh, Primate and Metropolitan of all Ireland, and inducted therein, and that they the said Marcus Lord Viscount Tyrone, and Robert LOWRY, shall and will on or before the first day of Decembeer next, execute such deed or other instrument in writing under their hands and seals, in due form of law, and do and execute all other acts and things necessary for them and each of them to do, for further declaring and manifesting their consent and agreement to have the said rectory and vicarrage divided into two equal and distinct parishes, or rectories, and for making such division effectual in such manner as the same can or may be done, and that when the said parish of Termonmaquirk is so divided, the said Marcus Lord Viscount Tyrone shall and may hold and enjoy the advowson, and right of patronage and presentation of one of the said new erected parishes, and the said Robert LOWRY and his issue male, and all others claiming or deriving under the said settlement, shall have, hold and enjoy the advowson, right of patronage and presentation of the other of the said new erected parishes in severalty, according to his and theire several respective estates, rights and interests of,in and to the said undivided moiety, by virtue of the said settlement, in liew and full satisfaction of all his and their right and title to the said undivided moiety, and that after the said division shall be made in manner aforesaid, the said Robert Viscount Tyrone and Robert LOWRY shall cast lotts for the same in manner following, (that is to say). The name of each of the new erected parishes shall be wrote on a seperate scrole of parchment, roll'd up and put into a hatt, to be held by an indifferent person, to be chosen between the partys to these presents for that purpose; and that the said Marcus, Lord Viscount Tyrone and Robert LOWRY shall each put his hand into the said hatt, and take thereout one of the said scroles, and that the advowson of that parish which shall be mentioned in the said scrole of parchment to be drawn or taken out of the said hatt, by the said Lord Viscount Tyrone, shall stand and be the advowson of the said Lord Viscount Tyrone, his heirs and assigns, for ever; and that the advowson of that parish mentioned in the said scrole of parchment which shall be drawn or taken out of the said hatt by the said Robert LOWRY, shall stand and be the advowson of the said Robert LOWRY, and his issue, and of such other person or persons as shall be entitled thereto claiming by, from, or under them, or under the said Lord Viscount Tyrone and Robert LOWRY, and their several heirs and assigns, and all other persons claiming by, from, or under them, or under the said Robert LOWRY deceased, shall and will for ever abide and stand by such lott as aforesaid, and that within six calendar months after such determination made by lott as aforesaid, all and every such assurances and conveyances shall be punctually executed by the said partys for establishing and confirming the said division, and the said several new erected advowsons to each of them respectively according to such lott, at the joint expences and charges of the said Marcus Lord Viscount Tyrone and Robert LOWRY, as by the learned council of the said partys shall be advised.

 

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And the said Lord Viscount Tyrone and Robert LOWRY do for themselves and for their several heirs, executors, and administrators, respectively covenant, grant, and agree to and with each other, that if either of them shall, within the space of seven years after the said division shall be made and the said lotts drawn, request any further assurance for further securing and affirming his title to the said advowson so fallen to his lott as aforesaid, then the other party shall and will, at the cost and charges in the law, of such party so requesting the same, make, do, and execute, or cause or procure to be made, done, or executed, all and every such further and other lawful and reasonable act and acts, thing and things, assurance and assurances in the law whatsoever, for the further better and more effectural and perfect assuring of the said part or advowson so fallen by lott to such party requesting the same, as shall by such party or his or their council in the law be reasonably devised or advised. And further that the party to whose lott the new erected parish shall fall within which the church now being in the said parish of Termomaquirk stands, he, his heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns shall and will, within one year from and after the division made and lotts drawn, pay or cause to be paid to the other party, his heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns, the sum of Twenty Pounds sterling towards erecting and building a church in some part of the new erected parish wherein no church shall then be. Provided, nevertheless, and it is hereby further declared, covenanted, concluded, and agreed, before such division is completed, that in case the title of the said MARCUS, Lord Viscount Tyrone to the moiety of the said advowson shall be evicted by Richard GORGES, Esq., or any other person, then and in such case the said presentation of the said Charles Este shall not be deemed, taken, or mentioned to be the turn of the said Robert LOWRY, or that his turn to presentation to the said rectory or vicarage was or is thereby satisfied, but that (notwithstanding the same) the said Robert LOWRY, and his issue, and all and every other person and persons deriving under the said settlement shall have and enjoy his and their turn of presenting to the said rectory and vicarage, as if the said presentation of the said Charles ESTE had never been made or joined in by the said Robert LOWRY, anything hereinbefore mentioned to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding. In witness whereof the partys aforesaid have hereunto put their hands and seals, this second day of April, in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty one.
Signed, TYRONE ROBERT LOWRY
And sealed with their respective arms.

The portion of the parish now known as Clogherny, from the name of the townland on which the church - one of the oldest in that part of the country, - where no churches are really old in the English sense is situate, - fell to Mr. LOWRY's share.


In 1732 he presented his brother James to the advowson; who held it until 1745, when he exchanged with Dr. DOBBS for Desertcreight, situate near his own property. From the Rev. James LOWRY are descended Robert LOWRY esq., of Pomeroy House, and his brother, John LOWRY Esq., of Eccles-street Dublin; Major-General LOWRY C.B., and Lieutenant-Colonel LOWRY of Rochdale, Commanding the Donegal Militia Artillery, and late Captain R.A.; and many others.
In 1775 James' son John was presented to Clogherny by Armar Lowry CORRY, and held it till 1794, when he resigned and was succeeded by his son James, who was presented by the same person, then become Lord Belmore. This Rev. James LOWRY, greatly enlarged the glebe house which he called "Somerset," and which had been commenced by his father.


In 1828 the advowson of Clogherny was sold by my grandfather to Trinity College for 14,000 Pounds, more than double the purchase-money of the manor and moiety of the advowson. Mr. LOWRY, however, lived till 1852, and in 1853 the College made their sole presentation to it, in the person of the Rev. R. V. DIXON, D.D., Ex-Fellow T.C.D., the present Rector, to whose valuable assistance I am so much indebted in collecting information for this part of my work.
The College received 11,701 Pounds 2s. 8d. from the Church Temporalities Commissioners, for the loss of their advowson owing to the passing of the Irish Church Act.
Lord Tyrones's share was the parish still called Termonmaquirk. In 1870 the income was not so large as that of Clogherny, and the compensation was consequently less. The late Lord Primate, Lord John Beresford, was for a time Rector of Termonmaquirk, and during part of the time also Dean of Clogher. He used occasionally in 1802 to ride over from Clogher to Six-mile-cross church to perform the service. Dr. Dixon's commuted annuity 1,563 Pounds 14s. 7d. was the largest awarded to any clergyman in Ireland.


Mr. Robert LOWRY married secondly a daughter of Archdeacon HAMILTON. He represented the borough of Strabane in the Irish Parliament for some time (from 1761 to 1764), and died without issue Aug. 31st 1764 aged sixty-one, having been born 3rd Feb., 1702. On the 16th April 1764 it was ordered by the House of Commons, that Robert LOWRY Esq., a member of this House, have leave to go into the country for a month for the recovery of his health. The session was prorogued in May, 1764, A new writ was issued for the borough of Strabane in his room, the 22nd Oct., 1765. He was succeeded by George MONTGOMERY, Esq. By his will dated 24th February 1764, he desired that his body might be buried privately in any churchyard most contiguous to the place where he should happen to die, and that not more that 20 Pounds should be expended on his funeral. He left 300 Pounds to his sister Isabella CRAWFORD, free from the disposal of her husband, with power to leave it by will to such of her children as she should then think proper. He left to his brother the Rev. James LOWRY, the town and lands of Aghaghmore, purchased from Francis CRAWFORD, also Aughnamoy, Tattakeel, Botairy, Tamlaght, and Cornabracken, purchased from the late Henry MERVYN, and also one moiety and three-fifth parts of the other moiety of *Bracky with the corn-mill and the grist toll, mulcture or succon thereof, purchased from the Kyles by John McCLINTOCK and John PERRY in trust for him, also his interest in Loughmacnab otherwise +Melbury, Derrycantone, and Knockaginny, with all their rights &c. for ever. He made his brother James his sole executor and residuary legatee of all his goods, chattels, plate, jewels, and all other his real and personal estate whatsoever.

*Bracky pays a head-rent to the Manor of Finagh. It is now owned by Colonel Lowry.

 + Where he resided, near Caledon

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The following is a list of the Rectors and Curates of the two parishes of Termonmaquirk and Clogherny, and of the Incuments of the district parishes of Cooley (now Sixmilecross) and Drumakilly:-

FIRST PERIOD-From Formation of Parish to Reformation

PARISH OF TERMONMAQUIRK

Date of Avoidance / Date of by Death or By whom Presented Authority
PAROCHIAL CLERGY Appointment Resignation or Collated

Rectors and Prebendaries

Neale M'Camul - 1367 died *Reg. Sweteman
Maurice O'Cassidy 1367 - Archbishop of Armagh Do
John M'Cathmayle In or before 1440 After 1455 - Reg. Swayne and Mey (or M'Camul.)
Bernd Negwynsynan - 1544 died - Reg. Dowdall
William Sloddan 1544 - Archbishop of Armagh Do

Vicars

Dermot M'Gwyrke - 1435 died - Reg. Octavian
Denis O'Luchran 1435 - Archbishop of Armagh Do
John M'Girre In or before 1440 - - Reg. Swayne
Rory M'Conulton In or before 1451 - - Reg. Mey

*Reg. Sweteman, Reg. Octavian, &c., denote the Registries of Primate Sweteman, Octavian, &c., preserved in the Diocesan Registry Office, Armagh.

The following is a list of the Rectors and Curates of the two parishes of Termonmaguirk and Clogherny, and of the Incombents of the district parishes of Cooley (now Sixmilecross) and Drumakilly:=

SECOND PERIOD
From the Reformation to the Division of the Parish

PARISH OF TERMONMAGUIRK

Rectors and Vicars

Daniel Clarke, A.B. 1614 - Crown Patent Rolls

Roger Blythe, A.M. 1617 (1644 Hanged by) Archbishop of Armagh *Vistn. Bk. Prerog.Off.
( the Rebels ) State of Church, T.C.D.
B. Brammond Before 1666 - - Reg. Off.

Elias De Vassal De Rignae 1667 - - F. Fruits Off.

Adam Ussher, A.M. Before 1679 1695 resnd. - Visn. Book Reg. Off.

Richard Crump 1695 1730 died (Sir Tristr. Beresford) Reg. Off (and Sr. John Magill )

Charles D'Este, A.M. 1734 1732 resnd. (Marcus Lord Visct. ) Reg. Off. and F.
(Archdeacon of Armagh) (Tyrone & Robert Lowry) Fruits Off. (Esq. )

Licensed Curates Assistant

Daniel Hyckes, Before 1622 - - State of Church, T.C.D.
James Boyke, Before 1628 - - Visn. Bk. Prerog. Off.
John Forbes, Before 1679 - - Visn. Bk. Reg. Off.
Archibald Wilson, 1697 - - Reg. Off.

* Visn. Bk. denotes a Visitation Book, or Record of a Visitation of the Diocese, preserved either in
Prerog. Off., that is, the Registry Office of the Prerogative Court, Dublin, or in Reg. Off., that is
in the Diocesan Registry Office, Armagh.

THIRD PERIOD
From the Division of the Parish to Disestablishment (1871)

PARISH OF TERMONMAGUIRK

Date of Avoidance
Date of by Death or By whom Presented Authority
PAROCHIAL CLERGY Appointment Resignation or Collated

Rectors and Vicars

James Howell, A.M. 1732 1740 died Marcus Lord Visct. Reg. Off. and Tyrone F. Fruits Off.
Cutts Harman, A.M. 1740 1767 resnd. Do Do
Honble. Wm. Beresford A.M. 1767 1780 resnd. Cath. Countess Dow Do (Son of Marcus, Lord Visct. of Tyrone
Tyrone, afterwards Abp. of Tuam, & Baron Decies)
Alexander Staples 1780 1791 resnd. - Do
Hugh Stewart 1791 1800 died George De La Poer, Do Marquis of Waterford
Lord John George Beresford 1801 1805 resnd. Marquis of Waterford Do (Afterwards Primate)
Henry Stewart 1805 1809 resnd. - Do
Chas. Cobbe Beresford 1809 1850 died Marquis of Waterford Do
Samuel Alexander, A.M. 1851 In Office 1871 Do Reg. Off

Licensed Curates Assistant

Galbraith Richardson 1738 - - Reg. Off
Anketell Auchinleck 1783 1821 died - Do
Andrew Christie, A.M. 1821 1833 resnd. - Do
Samuel Alexander 1833 1850 resnd. - Do

Incumbents DISTRICT OF COOLEY

Andrew Christie, A.M. 1837 1867 died Rev. C.C. Beresford Reg. Off
Edward Bell, A.M. 1867 In Office 1871 Rev. S. Alexander Do

Incumbents PERPETUAL CURACY OF DRUMNAKILLY

Robt. George Dickson 1844 1851 rsnd. Rev. C. C. Beresford Reg. Off
Edward Moore, A.B. 1851 In Office 1871 Rev. S. Alexander Do

PARISH OF CLOGHRNY

Rectors and Vicars

James Lowry 1732 1745 resnd. Robert Lowry, Esq., Reg. Off. and F.
(Exchanged with Dr. Dobbs for Fruits Off. Tullahog or Desertereight.)
Richard Doaas, D.D. 1745 1775 died Do Reg. Off. (Previously Fellow, T.C.D.)
John Lowry 1775 1794 resnd. Armar Lowry Corry, Esq. Do (Son of first Rector)
James Lowry, A.M. 1794 1852 died Armar Lord Visct. Belmore Do (Son of preceeding Rector)
Robert V. Dixon, A.M. 1853 In Office 1871 Provost and Senior Fellows, Do Trin. Coll., Dublin

Licensed Curates Assistant

Alexander Colhoun - - - -
Alexander Colhoun - About 1780 resnd. - Mrs. Barclay, (Son of preceding.) Granddaughter of the last Mr.Colhoun
George Wright About 1780 About 1786 resnd. - - (Afterwards Missionary to the German Immigrants at Halifax, N. Scotia)
Daniel Lucas About 1786 1815 resnd. - Reg. Off.
George Buchanan 1815 1817 resnd. - Do
Michael Burke 1817 1822 died - Do
Thomas C. Wade 1822 1824 resnd. - Do
Arthur Young 1824 1870 died - Do
Richard Smyth 1870 In Office 1871 - Do

THIRD PERIOD From Disestablishment to the present time

PARISH OF TERMONMAGUIRK
Date of Avoidance Date of by Death or
INCUMBENTS Appointment Resignation By whom Appointed Authority

Samuel Alexander, A.M. In office 1871 1880 resnd. - Reg. Off.
W.J.F. Whelan, A.B. 1880 - Board of Nomination Do (The present Incumbent)

PARISH OF SIXMILECROSS

Edward Bell, A.M. In Office 1871 1871 resnd. - Reg. Off.
William Weir, A.M. 1871 1877 died Board of Nomination Do
R.S. O'Loughlin, A.B. 1877 - - Do (The present Incumbent)

PARISH OF DRUMNAKILLY

Edward Moore, A.M. In Office 1871 1874 died - Reg. Off.
S.H. Simpson 1874 1879 resnd. Board of Nomination Do
James Porter 1879 - - Do (The present Incumbent)

PARISH OF CLOGHERNY

Robert V. Dixon, D.D. In Office 1871 - - - (The present Incumbent)