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Shankill Graveyard, Lurgan, Co Armagh

Magee University


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Lurgan has a link with Magee University College, Londonderry. The founder of the college was Mrs Martha Magee daughter of Mr Robert Stewart. Martha became the wife of the Rev William Magee, who was born near Saintfield, Co Down, in 1754. He was licensed by Belfast Presbytery in 1780 and ordained at Lurgan in the same year. The Rev William Magee died 1800 and was buried in Shankill. After this Martha Magee left Lurgan and settled in Dublin and died in 1846. When Her husband died she was left with two sons, both of whom entered the army. Some time after the death of her sons, her brothers Colonel Stewart, and General Stewart died and left her a vast inheritance. The epitaph on the Magee Memorial in Shankill, reads:

 

“The Rev Wm. Magee Minister of the Presbyterian Church Lurgan, died 9th June, 1800. At the demise of Mrs Martha Magee, about £60,000 to the Irish Presbyterian Church including £20,000 for the establishment of a college.”

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