St. John's Church of Ireland
in Clare townland on the east side of town
This parish was formed in 1722 out of Magheralin parish.
The church was built 1725 by Arthur Hill & Sir John Rawdon
when Rev. Hugh Hill was rector. Adam Stothard & Nathaniel
Trueman were the churchwardens.A
copy of the Indenture of 1725 is available.
The rector 1728 until his death in 1833 was Rev. John Gifford;
It was described in 1836 as a plain, whinstone, rectangular building
corniced with cutstone and a doorway ornamented with cutstone.
It has a tower with a low, shingled spire and held 400 people
with an average attendance in 1836 of 250. The inside was plain
with rectangular windows, occupies an acre of land and stands
on a hill.
The rector for 34 years up til his death
in 1777 was Rev. Thomas Waring . Rev. Andrew Greenfield was rector
1783 until his death May 1788. Rev. William Henry Wynne was rector
for 37 years until his death in 1873 . A gravestone says Rev.
James Robert Ffolliott was rector of Moira until his death 1 Apr
1874. In 1877 the rector was Rev. G.B. Sayers & in 1899 was
Rev. T. W. Harper M.A. & in 1910 was Rev. W.E. Hurst.
records available are some from 1725 then baptisms 1784- 1860,
marriages 1784- 1845, burials 1784- 1856, graveyard nearby, PRONI
has some records after 1830; gravestone inscriptions UHF Vol 18,
oldest stone 1742; email me for a gravestone look-up