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Holmes Merchants of Belfast

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Re: Holmes Merchants of Belfast

Posted: 21 Jun 2007 10:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Holmes, Carley, Glasgow
I, too, am researching an Alexander Holmes, merchant of Larne. Recently I visited the Old Presbyterian Church of Larne and Kilwaughter in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, where my Glasgow ancestors attended in the 1700s, and I saw (and photographed) a plaque in the back of the church commemorating Alexander Holmes and his wife, Margaret Carley, daughter of Alexander Carley, a Merchant of Larne. Alexander Carley's wife was Jane; the fact that the name Glasgow appears in two of the children, Jane Glasgow Holmes, and the son, Glasgow Holmes, suggest that Alexander Carley's wife might have been Jane GLASGOW.

Alexander Carley's family is buried in St. Cedma's Cemetery in Larne. The Carley stone says:
Erected by James Carley, in memory of his father Alexander Carley who departed this life on the 24th of March 1813 aged 51 years. Underneath are also interred three children of the latter vis—William who died on the 21st of January 1790 aged 3 months, Nancy 6th of April 1792 aged one year, and Alexander 8th of Novr. 1793 aged 9 months. And his daughter Margaret HOLMES who died Feby. 16th 1836 aged 45 years. Also Jane, relict of the said Alexander Carley, who died April 24th 1848 aged 86 years. And the above-named James Carley who died May 9th (1852) aged 62 years. Also the remains of Margeret Holmes who died in Liverpool on the 7th Jany aged 37 years daughter of the above-named Margaret Holmes and Alexander Holmes, buried in Rio de Janeiro April 1836. Also the remains of Elizabeth daughter of the said Alexander Carley, who died on the 4th of June 1862 aged 66 years. And of Jane, daughter of the said Alexander Carley, who died on the 7th of June 1862 aged 64 years. And of Anne, daughter of the said Alexander Carley, who died on the 9th of June 1881 aged 80 years. And of Ellen, daughter of the said Alexander Carley, who died on the 7th of May 1884 aged 82 years."

Also in the vestibule of the church there was a plaque for Alexander Holmes (Jr.):
"Sacred to the memory of Alexander Holmes of Larne who departed this life Octr. 16th 1844 aged 32 years and was buried in the bay of Bengal off Ceylon whilst returning to his native country after nineteen years residence abroad. Most dear to the memory of all who knew him."

Alexander Holmes is mentioned several times in the Belfast News Letter Index. Recently I went to the Fort Worth, Texas Library, which has microfilms of the Belfast News Letters from the period Alexander Holmes was in Larne. I copied some of the articles pertaining to Alex. Holmes:

1786, Jan. 24 – Jan. 27 issue

A BURGLARY
Whereas some person or persons broke into the Vestry of the new Meeting-House of Larne, last Saturday night (as supposed), forced open a lock, rummaged a chest and cupboard, and carried off a small matter of money: --We, each for himself do promise to pay the respective sums to our names annexed the person or persons who shall within nine months from this date, discover and prosecute to conviction, the Thief or Thieves concerned in the aforesaid robbery.
Given under our hands this 26th of December, 1785

l. s.d.
Isaac Coan 2.5.6
Geo. Quin 1.2.9
Dan Patterson 1.2.9
Thos Kirkpatrick 1.2.9
Robt. Getty 1.2.9
Alex Holmes 1.2.9 [Name seen on plaque in church with Glasgow surname on plaque]
Thos. Moore 1.2.9
Wm. Moore 1.2.9
Sam Drummond 1.2.9
Wm. Foresyth 1.2.9
James Glasgow 1.2.9 [This James Glasgow probably the son of Hugh, b. 1737]
Duncan Sweeny 1.2.9
John Howe 1.2.9
John McClea 1.2.9
Sam. Allen 2.2.9
All others 0.11.4

October 1779

Alexander Holmes, Soap boiler and chandler, begs Leave to inform his Friends and the Publick, that he is now carrying on that Business in the House formerly occupied by Widow Glasgow in Larne; where Retailers, &c may be served on reasonable terms for ready Money. October 5th, 1779


1786
Lent Assizes, 1786, County of Antrim
At the General Assizes for the County of Antrim, the following persons were appointed to serve as HIGH and SUB.CONSTABLES for the year 1786 (by the order of the Grand Jury), J. Lendrick, Treasurer. Carrickfergus, 17th April, 1786

HIGH CONSTABLES
Upper Glenarm, Alexander Holmes of Larne.

October 1779

Alexander Holmes, Soap boiler and chandler, begs Leave to inform his Friends and the Publick, that he is now carrying on that Business in the House formerly occupied by Widow Glasgow in Larne; where Retailers, &c may be served on reasonable terms for ready Money. October 5th, 1779

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Alex Holmes was mentioned in the old Session Book of the above mentioned church:
"August, 1789--At a meeting of the Committee, appointed by Presbytery for taking into consideration the state of the Stipend account, due by the Congregation to Rev. Mr. Sinclair, upon a serious and minute investigation thereof, we find the sum of TWO HUNDRED Pounds sterling of arrears due to him at 1st. Nov., 1789, which sum is settled and agreed on as the whole amount of arrear Stipend due by the Parish to the above date.--Robert Sinclair, Minister; Robert Drummond, Chairman; Thomas Stewart, James Glasgow, Alex. Holmes, John Hay, Thomas Moore."

Alexander Holmes' daughter, Mary, married Rev. James Crawford Ledlie, D.D., who was minister of the above-mentioned church 1808-1832. They had a large family. During the latter part of his ministry in Larne, Dr. Ledlie lived in the townland of Ballyboley, where he built a large house and occupied a farm. (from the CONGREGATIONAL MEMOIRS OF THE OLD PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATION OF LARNE AND KILWAUGHTER, Rev. Classon Porter).

I hope these bits of information will be of interest to the Holmes researchers out there.
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