Shankill Civil Parish
County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Civil Parish Shankill
Barony Oneilland East
Poor Law Union Lurgan
Catholic Diocese Dromore
Catholic Parish Shankill (Lurgan)
Presbyterian Congregation 1st Lurgan, Hill Street


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SHANKILL, a parish, partly in the barony of LOWER IVEAGH, county of DOWN, but chiefly in that of ONEILLAND EAST, county of ARMAGH, and province of ULSTER, on the mail coach road from Belfast to Enniskillen; containing, with the post-town of Lurgan, 7758 inhabitants. This parish comprises, according to the Ordnance Survey, 6584 statute acres, of which 4931½ are in the county of Armagh, and 1652½ in Down; of these, 59½ acres are in lakes at Lurgan, and 362 in Lough Neagh. The lands are of good quality and chiefly under tillage; the system of agriculture is greatly improved, and the parish is generally in an excellent state of cultivation; there are some quarries of whinstone, which is chiefly used for building, and for repairing the roads. The principal seat is Lurgan House, the splendid residence of the Rt. Hon. Charles Brownlow (proprietor of the parish), a spacious structure in the Elizabethan style, beautifully situated in a richly wooded demesne with two fine artificial lakes, and embellished with timber of luxuriant and stately growth; the approach is by a handsome lodge and gateway of corresponding character, the whole of freestone brought from Scotland. The other seats are Woodville, the residence of G. Greer, Esq.; Silverwood, of Thomas Cuppage, Esq.; and Grace Hall, of C. Douglas, Esq.: there are also numerous handsome residences in the town of Lurgan. The linen manufacture is carried on to a great extent throughout the parish, in connection with the large establishments in the town; and diapers, lawns, and cambricks of very superior quality are made in great quantities. The Lagan navigation from Belfast joins Lough Neagh in that part of the parish which extends into the county of Down. Fairs are held at Lurgan on Aug. 5th and 6th, and Nov. 22nd and 23rd. There is a chief constabulary police station, and manorial courts and petty sessions are held in that town, as noticed in the article on Lurgan, which see.

The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Dromore, and in the patronage of the bishop: the tithes amount to £210. 16. The glebe-house, a handsome edifice, occupied by the Rev. Edward Kent, was built in 1821, at an expense of £1384. 12. 3¾, of which £92. 6. 1¾ was a gift, and £969. 14. 7½. a loan from the late Board of First Fruits; and the glebe comprises 170 statute acres, valued at £325 per annum. The church, situated in the town of Lurgan, a handsome Grecian edifice with a lofty tower and octagonal spire, was built in 1712 and enlarged and repaired in 1828, for which purpose the late Board of First Fruits granted a loan of £800, and the Rt. Hon. C. Brownlow gave £100; it has recently been further repaired by a grant of £282 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners: the congregation averages 600.

In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising also parts of the parishes of Donaghcloney and Maralin: the chapel, a handsome edifice in the later English style, is situated in the town. There are places of worship for Presbyterians in connection with the Synod of Ulster, of the second class, for the Society of Friends, and for Wesleyan and other Methodists. About 500 children are taught in five public schools, of which the parochial male and female schools are in connection with the trustees of Erasmus Smith's charity, who allow a salary of £20 to the master and £14 to the mistress; in the former are 120 boys and in the latter 100 girls, who are also clothed by a collection made at a charity sermon, and the incidental expenses of firing, &c., are defrayed by a subscription from the resident gentry. There are seven private schools, in which are about 230 children; and five Sunday schools. A mendicity society and a voluntary poor fund have been established, towards the support of which Mr. Brownlow contributes annually £100; and there are various other charities for the relief of the poor, to which Mr. Brownlow also contributes. The Rt. Hon. William Brownlow, ancestor of the present proprietor, and for more than 30 years a distinguished member of the Irish House of Commons till the Union, was a native of this place.
Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837


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  Aghnacloy Liscorran
  Ballyblagh Lurgantarry
  Clanrolla Monbrief
  Cornakinnegar Shankill
  Demesne Taghnevan
  Derry Tannaghmore North
  Dougher Tannaghmore South
  Drumnamoe Tirsogue
  Drumnykerne Toberhewny
  Killaghy Tullydagan
  Knocknashane Tullygally
  Lurgan Town Tullyronnelly


Family History Library Film Numbers

Film Title Film number(s)
Tithe Applotments, 1833 #258468
Griffith's Valuation, 1864 #258751
Catholic Church. Parish of Shankill.  Baptisms, 1822-1865 from Lurgan; baptisms, marriages and deaths, 1866-1881 from Shankill.  #926089
Society of Friends. Lurgan Monthly Meeting, Register transcripts, 1607-1862 #571396
1901 Ireland Census, Cornakinnegar D.E.D. 45/4-12 Townlands: Clanrolla, Cornakinnegar, Drumnykerne, Killaghy, Liscorran, Lurgantarry, Tannaghmore North, Tullydagan, Tullyronnelly #812092
1901 Ireland Census, Lurgan Rural D.E.D. 46/1-15 Townlands: Aghnacloy, Ballyblagh, Demesne, Derry, Dougher, Drumnamoe, Knocknashane, Legaghory, Monbrief, Shankill, Taghnevan, Tannaghmore South, Tirsogue, Toberhewny, Tullygally #812092
1901 Ireland Census, Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 47/1-18 Lurgan Town: Albert Street, Agnes Street, Arthur Street, Avenue Road, Ann Street, Black's Court, Brown Street, Brown's Lane, Brown's Court, Brownlow Terrace, Castle Lane, Church Place, Connolly's Row, Clara Stret, Charles, Street, Claytown, Church Place #812093
1901 Ireland Census,  Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 47/19-50 Lurgan Town: Dougher, Demesne, Derry, Draper Row, Dobbin's Court, Emerson's Court, Ellis's Court, Edward Street, Factory Lane, Francis Street, Frederick Place, Flush Place, Fleming's Court, George's Street Gilbert's Court, Gilford Road, Greer's Court, Garland Avenue, Harkin's Court, Hamilton Street, High Street, Hazelton's Court, Hoop Hill, Hill Street (1-103), Hill Street (1-74), John Street, Johnston's Row, Kilmaine Street, Lake Street, Lavery's Court #812094
1901 Ireland Census, Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 47/66 Lurgan Town: Shankill; D.E.D. 55-65, 67-82 New Street, North Street, Prince's Street, Queen Street, Rogers Street, Robert Street, Rookery, Rooney's Lane; 67-82 Shankill Place, Taylor's Court, Thompson's Court, Thomas Street, Totten's Row, Totten's Court, Ulster Street, Union Street, Victoria Street, Weaver's Row, Waring, Woodville Street, Watson's Lane, Waringstown Road, Windsor Avenue, William Street #812095
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Cornakinnegar D.E.D. 47/4-12 Townlands: Clanrolla, Cornakinnegar, Drumnykerne, Killaghy, Liscorran, Lurgantarry, Tannaghmore North, Tullydagan, Tullyronnelly #1999999
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Rural D.E.D. 48/1-15 Townlands: Aghnacloy, Ballyblagh, Demense, Derry, Dougher, Drumnamoe, Knocknashane, Legaghory, Monbrief, Shankill, Taghnevan, Tannaghmore South, Tirsogue, Toberhewny, Tullygally #2000000
1911 Ireland Census, Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/1-11 Townlands: Aghnacloy, Ballyblagh, Demesne, Derry, Dougher, Knockshane, Shankill, Tannaghmore South, Toberhewny, Lurgan Town: (Agnes Street) #2000000
1911 Ireland Census, Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/12-18 Lurgan Town: Albert Street, Ann Street, Arthur Street, Avenue Road, Black's Court, Brown's Court, Brown's Lane #2000001
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/19-26 Lurgan Town: Brown Street, Brownlow Terrace, Castle Lane, Carnegie Street, Charles Street, Church Place, Church Walk, Clara Street #2000002
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/27-34 Lurgan Town: Claytown, Connolly's Row, Draper Row, Dobbin's Court, Edward Street, Emerson's Court, Factory Lane, Fleming's Court #1999534
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/35-46 Lurgan Town: Flush Place, Francis Street, Garland Avenue, George's Street, Gilbert's Court, Gilford Road, Greer's Court, Gratton Street, Hamilton Street, Hamilton's Court, High Street #1999535
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/47-52 Lurgan Town: Hill Street, Hoop Hill, James Street, John Street #1999536
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/53-65 Lurgan Town: Johnston Row, Kilmaine Street, King's Street, Lake Street, Lavery's Court, Mark Street, Market Street, Mary Street, May's Court, Moore's Lane, Nettleton's Court, New Street (off Victoria Street), New Street #1999537
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/66-73 Lurgan Town: North Street, Prince's Street, Queen's Street, Robert Street, Roger's Court, Rookery Street, Rooney's Lane, Shankill Street #1999538
1911 Ireland Census,  1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/74-80 Lurgan Town: Shankill Street Place, Taylor's Court, Thomas Street, Thompson's Court, Totten's Street, Ulster Street, Union Street #1999539
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/81-88 Lurgan Town: Victoria Street, Victoria Place, Waring Street, Waringstown Road, Watson's Lane, Weaver's Row, Wellington Street, Wesley Place #1999540
1911 Ireland Census, 1911 Lurgan Urban D.E.D. 49/89-91 Lurgan Town: William Street, Windsor Avenue, Woodville Street #1999541
Early 18th century list of freeholders on the various Co. Armagh properties including the Brownlow estate -- Brownlow wills -- The Manor of Richmond in 1706 -- The Brownlow estate rentals -- Sir William Brownlow's muster roll of 1630 -- Shankill Parish subsidy roll of 1634, poll abstract of 1660, hearth money rolls or 1664 and 1665, Protestant householders of 1740, householders of 1766 -- Lurgan and adjacent parishes -- Armagh Chancery decrees -- Registers of births, deaths, marriages, of "friends" of Lurgan Co. Armagh monthly meeting -- The Logan family -- Lurgan / by W.R. Gracey -- Descent of the family of Reid -- Links between Armagh and Lurgan -- Interesting names associated with Lurgan -- The Town of Lurgan -- Shankill -- Lurgan, an examination of the depositions of 1641 -- The Lurgan spade -- Antiquities of Lurgan and district -- Brownlow pedigree chart -- Brownlow wills #1279352

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Hearth Money Roll, Oneilland Barony, John Hayes' website
Griffith's Valuation Index, Shankill Civil Parish, John Hayes' website
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