For years, our family had a large copy of this photo, but
never knew who the gent might be. Only that
he looked pretty cool.
In May 1995, when Struan, Bruce, Sara & I went
to Ireland together, we came face to face with the original
hanging in the Orange Hall at Aghavilly (The Pert Hall). According
to the plaque, it had been presented by Lt. Edgar BROWNE, Royal
Irish Fusiliers - a nephew of Hugh EDGAR.
In a newspaper article saved by our grandmother, Edgar Monteagle
BROWNE mentions the childhood influences of his Uncle Hugh EDGAR
as being particularly important to his political life. We also
know that our grandmother was fond of him and his sister Jane.
The copy of this photo that we grew up with now hangs in the Vancouver
home of Brian Gerald Muir BROWN.
In County Armagh: One Hundred Years Ago" A Guide and Directory
1888, (p. 179) Hugh EDGAR is mentioned as the pastor of Aghavilly.
A description of him in Armagh Clergy 1800-2000, (p. 113) gives a bit
Hugh Edgar. Son of Alexander Edgar, Carpenter, of Belfast. Born
in Belfast c. 1837. Self_educated; Q.U.I., B.A. 1864; and entered T.C.D.,
June 21, 1866, aged 29 years, B.A. 1872, M.A. 1876.
D. 1870; P. 1871; C. of Drumbeg (Down), 1870_75; I. of Aghavilly, 1875_94.
A mural tablet in Aghavilly Church is inscribed: "Sacred to the
memory of Rev. Hugh Edgar, A.M., Rector of the Parish of Aghavilly for
19 years, who entered into rest 22nd April, 1894, aged 59 years. This
tablet is erected by the parishioners to record their esteem for of
(sic) his faithful labors, and to express their sorrow at his lamented
death." He is buried in Clifton Street Cemetery, Belfast.
I also have in my collection a number of parchments
relating to degrees which Hugh EDGAR received for his various degrees
and ordinations. Some of these will be entered at a later date (when I
get better at making them more viewable).