THE IRON MINES OF GLENRAVEL by Kevin J. O’Hagan

This article first appeared in The Glynns Volume 8 (1980), it is re-presented here with additional hyperlinks.   “Within the last two years an extensive and valuable iron mine was discovered at Glenravil about 7 miles from Ballymena by James Fisher Esq. of Cleggan Lodge near this town and of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. Under the energetic … Read more

AN OLD BALLYCASTLE ACCOUNT BOOK Trade and Commerce in the area in the Eighteenth Century by Hugh Alexander Boyd

This article first appeared in The Glynns Volume 8 and is re-presented here in it’s original format.   The late Mr. Francis Joseph Bigger, in the course of an article contributed by him to the Northern Whig of 16th March 1909, states that he has in his possession an old account book relating to trade … Read more

JAMES MACDONNELL,MD (1763-1845) by Peter Froggatt

This article first appeared in The Glynns Volume 9 (1981).  It is re-produced here with additional photographs and hyperlinks. INTRODUCTION James MacDonnell, the “father of Belfast medicine”, was a polymath, kin to the Earls of Antrim. Co-founder of the Belfast Dispensary and Fever Hospital (in 1792), the direct ancestor of the Royal Victoria Hospital; first … Read more

ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIR FOR THE PARISH OF SKERRY

The Society wishes to thank the Officers of the Royal Irish Academy for kindly permitting the publication of these Memoirs, and the Staff of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland for its assistance in transcribing the text. There are three memoirs for this parish as for those already published. The first is by Lieutenant … Read more

PRESBYTERIANISM IN GLENARM by S. Alex Blair : This article first appeared in Vol. 9 of The Glynns (1981) and is presented here with additional photographs and hyperlinks.

(Being a resume of part of a lecture on “Presbyterianism in the Glens” given by the author to the Glens of Antrim Historical Society in Cushendall on Friday, 19th September, 1980.  S. Alex. Blair )     Presbyterianism came to Ireland from Scotland, brought by the Planters of the early seventeenth century. Because of its … Read more

THE LINT-PULLING DANCE by Cahal DaIlat with additional comments by Pat Mc Cambridge

This article first appeared in 1978, in Volume 6 of The Glynns. It is reproduced here with additional photographs. Further commentary is provided by Pat McCambridge (Cushendall) in an interview he gave to the Glens of Antrim Historical Society as part of the recent Oral History Project. (The interview in full is transcribed and stored … Read more

Lady Frances Anne Vane’s County Antrim Estate: By Jimmy Irvine

(This article first appeared in The Glynns Vol. 3, 1975. It is presented here with additional hyperlinks and photographs) By the kind permission of Lord Antrim, I had been at work for some time on papers stowed away in the Estate Office at Glenarm. To go there and read, meant a run of only two … Read more