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Title: W. Stewart, Stranorlar, to G Kirkpatrick, Ballymena.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStewart, Rev William/49
SenderStewart, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationreverend
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginStranorlar, Co. Donegal, N.Ireland
DestinationCullybackey, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev. George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, colleagues
SourceD 1604/131: presented by Rev. Robert Kirkpatrick, Breezemount, The Roddens, Larne, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9012029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 06:12:1993
Word Count1044
TranscriptTo: Revd George Kirkpatrick
Hazel Bank
Culleybacky [Cullybackey?]

Tyrcallen Stranorlar Wednesday May 17th 1854

My dear George
I do not know whether Mary Louisa Robinson
will deprive the Governor of the Bank of Ireland
and his partner of the services of Alexander the Discreet.
I think a blessing seems to attend the house
of Kirkpatrick, for since the French Emperor's marriage
he has certainly become a better and wiser man.
I was in great hopes of being able to pay you a
visit about the beginning of this month, as we had
occasion to go to Glasgow last month where we landed
early on the morning of Good Friday on which day I
was Sixty. We had so calm a passage that even
Mrs Stewart was not sick and had a most kind and
comfortable reception from our esteemed landlady,
Mrs Fortheringham, 69 Batt Street where we had been
during our last visit in [18?]'51. As Mrs Fortheringham (nee
Dora Macdonald) is an Episcopalian, we had an
excellent pew in St Jude's Blythswood Square, Mr Miles
successor to Robert Mongomery [Montgomery?] being minister.
He married to a neice of Mrs Dean Carter, cousin of Mrs
Maxwell Carpendale and has a very extensive Ulster connection
& acquaintance. Having been in very early life in the Navy, he has
all the raciness of an evangelical sailor. He called
upon us with great frankness on Easter Monday, and
Mrs & Miss Miles some days after, but as it was the
day before out [our?] departure, we had not the opportunity
of returning the visit and making further acquaintance with
them. They live at Kelvin Grove, close to the beautifully
situated Botanick[Botanic?] Gardens, but as there is an
omnibus every hour, he is not dissociated from his congregation.
You are aware that all the non-Paseyite[?] episcopal clergy
in Scotland have been excommunicated from the
Scotch [Scottish?] Episcopal church, and are under the
Archbishop of York. Sauchiehall Street which leads to the new

city of palaces called Woodside, will probably be the most
splendid street of Glasgow. They are taking down immense
ranges of the old buildings in it and erecting
new blocks in a Style and sumptuousness of architecture
which I believe is unequalled. The great free
stone quarry is within the city of Glasgow, very near the
principal railway terminus.
I was much surprized [surprised?] to meet in Glasgow on
the day I landed, Rev____d [Reverend?] Robert Cunningham who is
married to Elisabeth Jeffery, Edward's wife's sister, and who had
started for New York from Broomi[?] with his wife and his
two little daughters a few days before we landed, in the
"Glasgow." The vessel had struck & stuck upon an
unknown rock in the Clyde during the low tides occasioned
by the long continued East winds, and the passengers
had been taken back to Glasgow Mr Cunningham
with some difficulty got his passage money returned, and
they were sent free to the "Pacifick"[Pacific?] in the
Mersey, but the passage money was £40 higher. We spent
Friday evening with them at Mr James Browne's, Mr Cunningham's
sister's husband, who has lately become by succession
Laird of Carrie. It turned out to be Carrie's birthday
as well as mine. They lived in a part of Sauchie
Hall [Sauchiehall?] Street called Wellington Place, moderate
sized houses with long gardens in front, but probably it will
soon be converted into broad and magnificent portion
of that rising street. I spent several hours with them
the next day (Saturday) on board the Princess Royal in
which they were transferred to the Mersey. They were
accompanied by the wife of Professor Daniel Wilson of Toronto
with her three little daughters and two little sons. These,
with Mr Cunningham's two little daughters, formed the happiest
little knot of Christian children I have ever met. Mr Cunningham
preched in the salon of the Princess Royal on Easter Sunday
to a very attentive and interesting congregation.
I spent eleven hours on Thursday the 20th of April with
my young friend John George Cunningham in Edinburgh. He
had just taken the degree of AM[?] with much distinction
but seemed greatly worn out with study. He judiciously
went to Carrie near Edinburgh with his uncle soon after
and to Glendorick in the Carse of Gowsie to recruit his

health. He spent part of last summer with me along
with his cousin my nephew Henry William, and we expect
him again this summer. The two principal novelties
in Edinburgh since I saw it eleven years ago are Donaldsons
Hospital, a splendid architectural gem; and the
statue of the old Duke on a rearing horse.
Mrs Stewart and I also took advantage of an excursion
train to visit our friend in Ayr for a few hours, at less
than 1/4[d?] fare. We returned to Londonderry on the
National fast day, but the Vessell [Vessel?] having been detained
four hours we were too late for the Cathedral service. The collection
at Stranorlar exceeded £10.
I have just recieved a letter from my friend Valentine
Griffith, announcing the death, after a very short illness
of his youngest daughter Jane. She was a very dear and
nobleminded girl, very like her uncle Robert and nearly
six feet high. I much regret the absence from [?] Rille
of Mr Griffith's excellent Christain friend and neigbour
[neighbour?] Mrs Hume, daughter of the late Bennet Dugdale.
The two eldest daughters were absent, at Mullamore,
Mr Barlie's, & Mrs Griffith has been long exceedingly
ill. I hope this trial & fatigue may not be too severe
for poor Helen. I cannot go to them; as I am laid
up with my first attack of [?]
I little thought my dear George when I began my
letter to you, that we should hear this sad intelligence.
There was something singularly nobel, disinterested, self
denying and affectionate in Jane Griffith. I fear she over
worked herself during the long illness of the family.
Mr Griffith mentioned her death as one full of humble
reliance on her saviour, and that her last articulate
word was "Tyrcallen."
I cannot recur to other subjects at present.
Believe me my dear George
Ever sincerely yours
Wm [William?] Stewart

Mrs Stewart desires to be affectionately remembered to
you. Mrs Kirkpatrick & family. We found it necessary to
return by Derry and to give up our intended East Ulster tour.