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Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« on: Wednesday 20 December 17 15:40 GMT (UK) »
From 1900 to 1903, Francis Joseph Bigger and Herbert Hughes published a series in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology called, "Armorial Sculptured Stones of the County Antrim."  This is a valuable record and includes transcriptions of many headstones which are now lost or unreadable.  However, I have come to the conclusion that the series was never completed...

In the first article published in Volume 6 (starting page 39), Bigger and Hughes wrote:

During the summer of 1899 we have been able to visit all the churchyards in the county, and to make rubbings of the arms on the tombstones in each, and at the same time to copy the inscriptions ... When we came to make up the total number of arms copied, we found they reach over 250, which we are satisfied is vastly more than any other county in Ireland

Today I worked through all the articles to compile an index for my own use.  The last installment I can find is in Volume 9 (ending page 137).  However, this ends with "to be continued", plus the total number of transcriptions I've counted is just 171.

So I'm wondering if anyone knows whether the series was continued elsewhere, or do unpublished notes survive somewhere?


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Re: Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 20 December 17 15:45 GMT (UK) »
By the way, here is a copy of the index I was working on (someone is bound to have done this already, but I couldn't find it online):

No. Vol. Pg.   Name       Church
1   6   39   Burney      Larne Parish Churchyard
2   6   40   Burney      Larne Parish Churchyard
3   6   40   Burns      Larne Parish Churchyard
4   6   40   Burns      Larne Parish Churchyard
5   6   41   Campbell      Larne Parish Churchyard
6   6   41   Allen      Larne Parish Churchyard
7   6   42   Allen      Larne Parish Churchyard
8   6   42   Chichester      Larne Parish Churchyard
9   6   43   Chichester      Larne Parish Churchyard
10   6   43   Calwell      Larne Parish Churchyard
11   6   44   Carley      Larne Parish Churchyard
12   6   45   Fleck      Larne Parish Churchyard
13   6   45   Eccles      Larne Parish Churchyard
14   6   46   Eccles      Larne Parish Churchyard
15   6   46   Eccles      Larne Parish Churchyard
16   6   47   Glasgow      Larne Parish Churchyard
17   6   47   Glasgow      Larne Parish Churchyard
18   6   48   Ferries      Larne Parish Churchyard
19   6   49   Finley      Larne Parish Churchyard
20   6   49   Finlay      Larne Parish Churchyard
21   6   50   Houston      Larne Parish Churchyard
22   6   50   Esdel      Larne Parish Churchyard
23   6   51   Haddan      Larne Parish Churchyard
24   6   51   Hadden      Larne Parish Churchyard
25   6   52   Kelly      Larne Parish Churchyard
26   6   52   Kirkpatrick      Larne Parish Churchyard
27   6   53   Learmor      Larne Parish Churchyard
28   6   53   Manson      Larne Parish Churchyard
29   6   90   Manford      Larne Parish Churchyard
30   6   91   Mearns      Larne Parish Churchyard
31   6   92   Montgomery      Larne Parish Churchyard
32   6   93   Montgomery      Larne Parish Churchyard
33   6   93   Meharg      Larne Parish Churchyard
34   6   94   Munro      Larne Parish Churchyard
35   6   95   MacMunn      Larne Parish Churchyard
36   6   95   Murdoch      Larne Parish Churchyard
37   6   96   MacNeill      Larne Parish Churchyard
38   6   96   Naesmith      Larne Parish Churchyard
39   6   97   MacTier      Larne Parish Churchyard
40   6   97   Ogilvie      Larne Parish Churchyard
41   6   98   Paton      Larne Parish Churchyard
42   6   98   Patrick      Larne Parish Churchyard
43   6   99   Robinson      Larne Parish Churchyard
44   6   99   Rogers      Larne Parish Churchyard
45   6   100   Shutter      Larne Parish Churchyard
46   6   100   Smith      Larne Parish Churchyard
47   6   101   Stuart      Larne Parish Churchyard
48   6   101   Thom      Larne Parish Churchyard
49   6   101   Wate      Larne Parish Churchyard
50   6   102   Watt      Larne Parish Churchyard
51   6   103   Watt      Larne Parish Churchyard
52   6   103   Uriell      Larne Parish Churchyard
53   6   104   Woodside      Larne Parish Churchyard
54   6   104   Workman      Larne Parish Churchyard
55   6   162   Allen      Rashee Parish Churchyard
56   6   162   Allen      Rashee Parish Churchyard
57   6   163   Kirkwood      Rashee Parish Churchyard
58   6   163   Houston      Rashee Parish Churchyard
59   6   164   Hume      Rashee Parish Churchyard
60   6   164   Alexander      Rashee Parish Churchyard
61   6   164   MacAlexander      Rashee Parish Churchyard
62   6   165   MacLellan      Rashee Parish Churchyard
63   6   165   Orr      Rashee Parish Churchyard
64   6   166   Orr      Rashee Parish Churchyard
65   6   166   Orr      Rashee Parish Churchyard
66   6   166   White      Rashee Parish Churchyard
67   6   167   Blair      Raloo Parish Churchyard
68   6   167   Blair      Raloo Parish Churchyard
69   6   167   Blair      Raloo Parish Churchyard
70   6   168   Craig      Raloo Parish Churchyard
71   6   168   Craig      Raloo Parish Churchyard
72   6   168   Craig      Raloo Parish Churchyard
73   6   169   Crawford      Raloo Parish Churchyard
74   6   169   Crawford      Raloo Parish Churchyard
75   6   169   Finlay      Raloo Parish Churchyard
76   6   170   Gordon      Raloo Parish Churchyard
77   6   170   Jaffrey      Raloo Parish Churchyard
78   6   170   Knox      Raloo Parish Churchyard
79   6   171   Lock      Raloo Parish Churchyard
80   6   171   Lock      Raloo Parish Churchyard
81   6   171   Nickle      Raloo Parish Churchyard
82   6   172   MacDowell      Raloo Parish Churchyard
83   6   172   Robinson      Raloo Parish Churchyard

(part 1/2)


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Re: Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 20 December 17 15:46 GMT (UK) »
Part 2/2:

No. Vol. Pg.   Name       Church
84   6   231   Bailie      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
85   6   231   Brown      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
86   6   232   Brown      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
87   6   232   Caldwell      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
88   6   233   Callwell      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
89   6   233   Callwell      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
90   6   234   Campbell      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
91   6   234   Crawford      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
92   6   234   Crawford      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
93   6   235   Dale      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
94   6   235   Dale      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
95   6   236   Faries      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
96   6   236   Faries      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
97   6   237   Faries      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
98   6   237   Getty      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
99   6   237   Linn      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
100   6   238   Lorimer      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
101   6   238   Lorimer      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
102   6   238   Lough      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
103   6   239   Lusk      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
104   6   239   Lusk      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
105   6   240   Lusk      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
106   6   240   Magill      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
107   6   240   McKee      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
108   6   241   Moore      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
109   6   241   Moore      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
110   6   241   Murphy      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
111   6   242   Neill      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
112   6   242   Neill      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
113   6   242   Parr      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
114   6   243   Paterson      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
115   6   243   Shaw      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
116   6   243   Sheriff      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
117   6   244   Sherriff      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
118   6   244   Steele      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
119   6   244   Steele      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
120   7   58   Tweed      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
121   7   58   Tweed      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
122   7   59   Willson - Caldwell      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
123   7   59   Wilson      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
124   7   60   Wylie      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
125   7   60   Young      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
126   7   61   Wharry      Carncastle Parish Churchyard
127   7   142   Adair      Antrim Parish
128   7   143   Collingwood      Antrim Parish
129   7   144   Clark      Armoy Parish
130   7   144   Dunlop      Armoy Parish
131   7   145   Tatnal      Ballinderry Middle Church
132   7   146   McGee      Ballinderry Old Churchyard
133   7   146   Alexander      Ballylinney Parish
134   7   147   Barron      Ballylinney Parish
135   7   147   Boyd      Ballywillin Parish
136   7   148   Ross      Ballywillin Parish
137   7   148   Stirling      Ballywillin Parish
138   7   149   Allen      Kilbride Parish
139   7   150   Blair      Kilbride Parish
140   7   150   Brady      Kilraughts Parish
141   7   151   Jameson      Kilraughts Parish
142   7   151   Moore      Kilraughts Parish
143   7   152   Wolfenden      Lambeg Parish
144   7   152   MacDonnell      Loughguile Parish
145   7   153   McCollum      Loughguile Parish
146   7   154   Watson      Magheragall Parish
147   7   155   Waugh      Muckamore Parish
148   7   155   Carson      Shankill Parish, Belfast
149   7   156   Lennon      Old Poorhouse, Shankill, Belfast
150   7   157   McCollum      Skerry Parish
151   8   90   Lecky      Ballymoney Parish
152   8   91   Hutchinson      Ballymoney Parish
153   8   92   Hamilton      Ballymoney Parish
154   8   92   Mitchell      Ballymoney Parish
155   8   93   Hackett      Ballymoney Parish
156   9   93   MacAuley      Cushendun Parish
157   9   94   Seeds      Derriaghy Parish
158   9   95   Ferguson      Donegore Parish
159   9   95   Scot      Donegore Parish
160   9   96   Scot      Donegore Parish
161   9   131   Smith      Armoy Parish
162   9   132   Aikin      Killead Parish
163   9   132   Montgomery      Killead Parish
164   9   133   Shaw      Killead Parish
165   9   133   O'Hagan      Ramoan Parish
166   9   134   Boyd      Ramoan Parish
167   9   134   Boyd      Ramoan Parish
168   9   135   Boyd      Ramoan Parish
169   9   135   O'Mullan      Ramoan Parish
170   9   136   MacCambridge      Ramoan Parish
171   9   137   McCrank      Ramoan Parish


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Re: Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 20 December 17 15:57 GMT (UK) »
Have you checked PRONI's e-catalogue to see if any working notes for the series were deposited? perhaps also National Library, Dublin?
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Re: Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 20 December 17 16:04 GMT (UK) »
Hallmark,
Yup, I've already downloaded several copies of the UJA from there :)  The issue is that the series of articles by Bigger and Hughes just seems to stop in Volume 9 of the UJA (even though it says tbc).  There's nothing in volumes 10 or 11 of the UJA.  I've also checked Jstor which also has the articles up to 1903, then nothing after...

Aghadowey,
I'd checked PRONI, but not the National Library in Dublin - I'll go and search the index now.

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Re: Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 20 December 17 16:12 GMT (UK) »
Hm, there's this at the NLI, but it is just what I have already:

Armorial sculptured stones of the County Antrim.
http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000130713

I suppose it is possible that are untitled working notes, but I imagine Bigger has left a mountain of stuff behind to sift through, e.g.:

Miscellaneous papers of Francis Joseph Bigger
http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000053930

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Re: Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 21 December 17 08:42 GMT (UK) »

... but I imagine Bigger has left a mountain of stuff behind to sift through ...


There are various references online to indicate that Lieut-Col. F.C. Bigger (FJB's brother) donated a huge collection of his brother's works to the Belfast Public (Central) library and it currently remains in the ownership of Libraries NI:

http://www.rascal.ac.uk/collection/149

Edited to add: There are a number of local newspaper references from 1900 mentioning the inclusion of 'Armorial Sculptured Stones of the County Antrim' in the various issues of the Ulster Journal of Archaelogy, these too cease after September 1903 and playing around with various search combinations using different variants of the Bigger and Hughes names or key words like 'armorial' and 'sculptured' fails to elicit any further relevant 'hits' from September 1903.


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Re: Armorial Sculptured Stones of Co Antrim - Incomplete?
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 21 December 17 17:46 GMT (UK) »
Gaffy,

48 boxes, 40,000 items - I think you found the mountain I alluded to!

Unfortunately that also means I'm unlikely to get the time to search it all any time soon.  I'll just have to make a note for now and perhaps sometime in the future I'll go and have a look.

Thanks,
Gilby