Ballywatt Presbyterian Church

Very little is known of this church. However Derek Torrens (contactable via the mailing list, see Join us, above) wrote:

I was reading some of the Headstones at Ballywatt Presbyterian Church, at Ballywatt, which is between Ballymoney and Portrush. On a Headstone of the Nevin Family I found the following;-

To the Memory of ALICE NEVIN, of Kilmoyle, who departed this life July 24th 1845, aged 72 years. Also to the Memory of her Husband ROBERT NEVIN, who departed this life 28th April 1851, aged 92 years. Also their daughter ANN DORRANCE, Relict of the Late JAMES DORRANCE, Ballury, who died 4th December 1891, aged 82 years.

Also in the Ballywatt and Ballyhome area there is a Dorrans family who also have members buried at Ballywatt The oldest of them would be a Hugh Dorrans who died about 1903 aged 85, so he would have been born about 1818. I looked through some Parish records of the area, There was no sign of any Dorrance/Dorrans in both the Ballywillan and Dunluce Parish records but in the Griffiths Valuation for the Parish of Ballyrashane there was a Hugh Dorrans living in the townland of Gorticloghan, Co Londonderry. But he wasn't in those areas in the Tithe Applotments of 1832. There was also a Stephan Doran at Islandeffrick townland.

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