Statistical Account of Ardclinis and Laid by The Rev. Richard Stewart Dobbs, Curate

(This article first appeared in Volume 2 of The Glynns in 1974; it is presented here with added photographs and hyperlinks)   Having previously published the Ordnance Survey Memoirs for both the above parishes, the Society now presents a reprint of a survey made in 1817, some fifteen years by their curate.  The survey is … Read more


  “This ends the Broth Shop. God save the King. And we pray the like calamitous time never again to see.”   Thus closed the financial accounts of the Glenarm Broth Shop on 28th August, 1817. The poignant supplication however, was not granted: exactly thirty years later Ireland was again in the grip of famine, … Read more

Kelp Burning In The Glens of Antrim by Douglas Harper

By Douglas Harper   The burning of seaweed to make kelp was one of the oldest traditional industries to flourish round the coasts of Ireland.  For some it was their only livelihood; to most it was a seasonal occupation which brought them those little extras to make life more comfortable.  A new suit or frock … Read more

Some Place Names In The Parish Of Ballintoy

    Coolmaghery The corner of the plain. Knocksoghey The hill of the vessel (ship). Ballintoy The northern town. Larrybane The White site (of the fort). Carrickarede The rock of the passage (of the salmon). Portareevy The port of the dwarf. Magheracastle The plain of the Cashel (or stone fort). Lagavar The hollow of the … Read more


With the destruction of buildings used for Catholic public worship during the sixteenth century Mass had to be celebrated in strange places, in private homes and huts, in sheds and stables or in the open air. Lest the situation should become unseemly, a Synod of the province of Armagh, which included North Antrim, decreed as … Read more

Dean William Henry’s Topographical Description of the Coast of County Antrim and North Down

This article originally appeared in “The Glynns” Volume 2 (1974) CO. ANTRIM The County Town: Carrickergus Towns: Belfast, Antrim, Ballymenagh, Lisburn, Ballimoney, Ballycastle, Randalstown1, Larne. Fair Head Point: In describing this county I shall begin with the Fair Head Point in the north-east most remote part of Ireland, situated in the barony of Cary, which … Read more