Phil Gibbons of Carnlough

For generations, Carnlough folk have had real affection for their harbour, together with its Low or Old Pier. The latter protected their fishing and pleasure craft from the fierce north easterly gales of winter, and indirectly the jobs of many by the security it gave those visiting vessels, which regularly called for loads of local … Read more

The Social and Political Structure of North Antrim in 1869 by J. R. B. McMinn

( This article originally appeared in Vol 10 of The Glynns and is reproduced here in full) The Social Structure North Antrim was essentially rural in character, bounded by the sea on two sides and by the river Bann to the west. The only relatively large urban centre was Ballymoney which was the natural capital … Read more

The Hearth Money Rolls for the Parishes of Ramoan and Culfeightrin

THE HEARTH MONEY TAX IN IRELAND (1662-1793) The records of the Hearth Money Tax (known as the Hearth Money Rolls) are amongst the most valuable genealogical records of the 17th century, giving us some insight into the inhabitants of the district, their location and distribution, and even a little of their social status. Indeed they … Read more

The Ordnance Survey Memoir for the Parish of Ardclinis

INTRODUCTION In June 1968, the Glens of Antrim Historical Society published the Ordnance Survey Memoirs for the Parish of Layd and the Granges of Layd and Inispollan under the title, Life in the Glens of Antrim in the 1830’s. Now, in this first number of its annual journal, the Society continues to publish the Memoirs … Read more

Place Names in Ramoan and Rathlin Island

RamoanRamoan – the fort of Modhan (the chieftain who ruled the northern portion).Ballycastle – the town of the castle (called after the castle of the Earl of Antrim which stood near the centre of the town).Knocklayde – the broad mountain. Portcalliagh – the port of the old hag or witch. Port Brittas – the speckled … Read more

An early eighteenth century attempt to establish Presbyterianism in Layde and Cushendall

The focus of Presbyterianism in the Glens from the early years of the Scottish Plantation was Glenarm.(1) That congregation consisted of people from a wide area, but many found it a difficult journey to the meeting-house there. It was particularly difficult for the handful of Presbyterians from Layde and Cushendall, and various attempts were made … Read more