This window commemorates the life of Sir
Thomas JACKSON who was
raised at Urker, just south-west of Creggan Church. He rose
to world-wide fame as head of the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank in
the late 1800s but even so returned home frequently. Even
more frequently, he was known to give substantial financial support
to dozens of local residents and family members. His family had
lived at either Urcher (Urker) or Liscalgot for close to 300
years - possibly more.
the window says that he was "born at Urker", he was actually
born at Aughavilla, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim on June 4, 1841.
The window itself was created by Douglas Sons & Co., 40 Dublin
Street, Belfast and executed in the Craftsman style.
Of interest to me
is the reordering of the familiar words "Faith, Hope and
Charity" to "Faith, Charity and
Hope". So long after the fact, it is not possible to know
whether this arrangement was done for artistic or theological
reasons. The word "Charity" may have been chosen as the central
word as it suits the composition to be in a central
position. If the rationale was instead theological,
then this also would have had echoes in both the theology
and actions of many members of the JACKSON family.
the post-famine world of South Armagh, it was clear to many of
them that hope could not abide where charity did not
already prevail and their practical generosity spoke to that
on a regular basis.
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