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Unagh National School, Lissan Parish, Cookstown & the Lane Family

Lissan Parish, 19 Lough Fea Rd, Cookstown
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by Philip Strong
The Lane Family


My great grandmother Jane LANE lived in Unagh, Parish Lissan. Her father James’ farm is described and mapped in the 1860 Griffiths records, and the same farm probably leased by her grandfather James during the 1827 Tithe Applotments.

The Unagh National School was just down the hill from my LANE family’s Unagh farm in a southwest direction. It is highly probable that the LANE children attended the school. The family must have had a respect for learning, which resulted in Jane’s brother Joseph becoming a Marine Engineer. All the children had to do was walk down to the south end of their property to the copse of trees, then down southwest through James M’GAGH's property to the National School. The renovated school building is still on the same tiny block shown and named on the Griffith map, with an area of only 88 m2.


There are no records of this school in the PRONI National School files, however, some records of the school have been found:

My LANE children were not Presbyterian, but would have had no problem attending this National School which had 3 Presbyterian ministers from Cookstown as patrons. The school was careful to ensure that it was “open all days of the week to the public of all denominations” and that “no obstruction shall be offered to the children of such parents receiving (religious) instructions elsewhere as they may think proper.” Notwithstanding this, the date stone on the school had a Co. Tyrone crest on its top left modified to an education logo, featuring a book, and on top right the logo of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland… the burning bush and the motto “Ardens sed virens”.


Please see my website for details of all the references cited, photos of the renovated school and its date stone, maps, tables and acknowledgements.